I've been playing with ON1. I'm decided to try because of it's a layer capability. I prefer a perpetual license to Adobe's subscription only licensing. Because I not gone the subscription route, my comparison is with Lightroom Classic 6.14
My initial observations in the comparison are:
- The camera profiles for my D810 seem to differ significantly from those in Lightroom. The Lightroom profiles seem to match Nikon's fairly well. I've been trying to duplicate some of my favorite images that I've processed in Lightroom. An example in this image processed with Lightroom
All I did in Lightroom is was use the Camera Standard profile and increase the shadow and saturation sliders. I've been unable to duplicate the golden color of the mountainside or the contrast and saturation of the sky with ON1. With ON1 the mountainside is yellow, regardless of the ON1 profile I choose. The color temp and tint settings are the same in with both programs.
- ON1 seems to encourage the use of "filters" to modify image appearance instead of adjusting the the built in controls of the Develop module. Filters add the flexibility of having opacity and blending modes to the other develop controls. Filters in ON1 are similar to effects in Lightroom but there are many more ON1 filters. ON1 builds presets on top of the filters, with several filters each with their own sliders, opacity and blending mode are combined in a single preset. This gives a tremendous amount of artistic flexibility when processing and image, but playing with all this flexibility can take a lot of time. In the example above I only spent a few minutes in Lightroom to get an image I liked. I've spent a few hours trying and failing to get as good an image in ON1.
- I find the Print module in Lightroom very convenient. It takes care of the image resizing and sharpening and the printer profiles almost painlessly and produces in my opinion a very acceptable print. In ON1, all the resizing, sharpening have to be done explicitly and desperately for each different print size produced. The printer profile for the paper used must also be applied as a separate processing step.
- ON1 can be used as an add in to Lightroom in much the same way that many users go to Photoshop for processing that they can't do with Lightroom
I can't see myself moving from Lightroom to ON1. IMO the ON1 raw conversion for my D810 is inferior and the printing is in ON1 is much more complex. At the present time the only time I will use ON1 is when I need layers. I will start in Lightroom and use ON1 as an add-in instead of Photoshop when I need to do something beyond the capabilities of Lightroom.
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