Monthly Archives: July 2015

HowTo: Lightroom WB Issues & DNG Workaround

I am finding it hard to like Lightroom after Aperture, but will persevere. I can see, and appreciate, all the more comprehensive features, it is just visually, after Aperture, I find it too cultured and limiting. But hey, thats life, it is the only option I have now really.

One of the first issues I encountered is preserving the in-camera set WB set on infrared images. Although LR is set to “in camera” the default range is too limited and it puts a bad cast on the images nor does it allow them to be amended back to what they should be.

Thankfully, it is a well known limitation and there is workaround using the DNG editor to set a profile/recipe for infrared images: link to David Clapp’s page (there are other’s who have publicised this work around).

Example of a standard (wrong) import:


Adobe Std

Example of a corrected (with DNG editor) import:


Custom DNG Edited

Sadly I am finding that this is not so easily sorting issues with bandpass images from the likes of BG3 and UG5.

UPDATE – I have given in trying to get Adobe to correctly import in-camera WB mixed UV and IR images, from the likes of the Schott BG3 and UG5 filters, and have gone back to using the Olympus Viewer for importing and exporting Tiff files, which I then import into Lightroom.

All image rights reserved.


HowTo: Moving from Aperture to Lightroom

LR5ASo I have finally been forced to move away from Apple’s terminal ill Aperture to Adobe’s Lightroom, as my version of Aperture becomes rapidly more buggy, especially with white-balancing infrared images.  I would like to have titled this post  as “migrating”, rather than “moving”, but in reality there is no practical migration option, just exporting and importing – i.e. moving. The main thing being that you can import primary images directly to Lightroom from an Aperture Library; however, any adjustments, versions, stacks and a few other key attributes do not come across with them – which really is the whole point !

I have adjusted approximately 70% of the images in my library and made stacked versions of about 10% – primarily all the important/best ones! And out of over 10,000 images, that is a lot that can not be migrated. 🙁  There is no prospect of me ever getting the time to re-edit thousands of images.

Am not sure who to be really mad at: Apple for letting me down or Adobe for not giving me a good migration capability – consequently, I will be mad at both of them. I guess more at Apple for letting us photographers down (and “yes” I acknowledge they gave us fair warning of not wanting us as customers any more).

If you are interested there are some good testimonials and walk-throughs of what you can, and can not do, moving from Aperture to Lightroom:

Having investigated this for the last week and tested various options, my approach is as follows:

  • Keep Aperture on my MacBook as a backup for existing/pre-move images.
  • Keep the existing Aperture libraries on my external (mirrored) drive.
  • Export all originals from Aperture to an archive folder on my NAS (Synology), which also archives them to AWS Glacier.
  • Export versions of all images from Aperture as full-sized JPEGs, to a MacBook folder, and import them into Lightroom. Then treated them as all finalised images in Lightroom and at least be able to search all images in Lightroom; just doing minimal, if no, editing on them (given they are only JPEGs). If I do need to do substantial editing, I either pull out of hibernation Aperture or import the original image file and start again.
  • All new images imported and edited with Lightroom going forward.

For reference the Lightroom masters/images on my MacBook are held on a folder which syncs with one of my Synology NAS machines using the Synology Cloud Station software.

One thing to also not overlook is re-licensing, or migrating over, your Plug-ins; for me, primarily PTlens, Nik Tools, HDR Soft and Topaz. Thankfully I have kept the original licence emails and purchase receipts.