About a year ago a friend of mine gave me a hint on a new editing tool for Lightroom he had see on the crowd funding website Indiegogo.
‘The Loupedeck…Is this something for you Peter?’ sounded his sms.
I watch the campaign site on Indiegogo. The campaign was crystal clear:
‘Loupedeck™, the photo editing console for Lightroom™: it takes your photo editing to the next level. It makes your editing faster, improves the ergonomics and most of all, it lets you be more creative and focus more on the photo. The hands-on and highly intuitive console replaces the mouse and keyboard, and it works seamlessly with Apple and PC operating systems. Simply plug and play.
The photos and video made it easy for me to understand: besides the Wacom pen tablet this would be the future of photo editing! Many other photographers would probably have felt the same, since the amount of backers (people who funded) was already huge. I decided to also become a backer right away. This would be a valuable and good product. After having paid the $229 (a discount of 38%: the retail price would become $369), the waiting started.
The Loupedeck team did a really good job in sending their backers regularly updates by mail. I really began to feel involved in the process and started telling friends about the project and it’s probably amazing product.
Three weeks ago the Loupedeck team sent me my kit. They also sent a stylish carry-on bag. I tested the Loupedeck thoroughly and I must say: other a few days of practise there is only one word for it: AWESOME!
It is hard to imaging my editing time before the Loupedeck: this works so great! The intuitive way of working, the look and feel, the way it speeds up my workflow, no words to describe it.
One of the only two things I miss a bit is a way to control the Tone curve with the Loupedeck, since I use this a lot in Lightroom. Would be nice when a software update in the near future makes it possible to change the function of (for example) the roll bars for the individual colour channels to be able to control the highlights, lights, darks and shadows of the Tone curve, if customer wants this. The other is I miss a Reject button. Maybe it is an idea to change the left zoom button (near the Pick button) into a Reject button (as software option). I have already sent in these suggestions. But for the rest: AWESOME!
Great work Loupedeck team! Thanks a lot!
So for now: to every photographer who works with Lightroom I would like to say: order a Loupedeck and take a look at it yourself! Go find out! It won’t disappoint you and it will change your workflow forever. But best of all: you will LOVE working with it!
For more info: Click this Loupedeck link
(This post is not sponsored by Loupedeck! – Pictures from Loupedeck campaign site on Indiegogo, only used to create this post. Featured post image: Peter Boers )