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A Way for Real Estate Photographers to Speed Up Their Lightroom Work

Published: 08/02/2019
By: larry

Roy, the PFRE editor, pointed out an interesting article by Lee Morris over at Fstoppers.com reviewing a new hardware interface for Lightroom Classic CC called Lupedeck+.

At first, I was a bit skeptical about replacing the Lightroom sliders with a physical keyboard interface but Lee's video review makes a good case that this will speed up your Lightroom work. Exactly what many high volume real estate shooters need. So unless you outsource all your post-processing this may be an option for you to consider.

It is $249USD with free worldwide shipping.

14 comments on “A Way for Real Estate Photographers to Speed Up Their Lightroom Work”

  1. You can get a cheap usb audio mixer and I believe the plugin below if you dont want to drop 250. Works well, but the sliders dont automatically move on the mixer as you change photos. There are two different slider settings from what I remember. One is a continuous move. For instance if you cranked a slider all the way to the left, on the next photo that will be the middle on the slider in lr. Thus causing an issue. Or you can make it so it mimics the positioning in lr. If that slider is cranked all the way to the left, it will register that in lr after a slight move on the mixer. It didnt automatically update the lr sliders until you moved it slightly on the mixer. At least it was that way a while back. Havent tested it lately. Hope that makes sense.

    http://www.midi2lightroom.com/index.php/en/

  2. We started with adding a Loupedeck to our LR workflow when they first came on the market. We soon acquired a second, then third. When they upgraded to the new Loupedeck +, we purchased three of them and put our original models on the shelf (we will sell those three cheap if you want to give them a try). This product made a huge difference in our workflow. It has shortened our editing time by 40% and increased the quality of our work. Don't tell Loupedeck but we would pay twice the price for this increase in productivity. Seriously, this is a great product for our industry.

  3. As someone who's dealing with carpal tunnel (from years of competitive bass fishing and mousing computers), this looks like a game-changer for me. I'm going to give it a try! Also, I wanted put this out there for those of you who use the Wacom tablet. I bought the EK Remote accessory last year, and it's made a HUGE difference in my speed with Photoshop. I won't try to explain it all here, but by being able to customize buttons on this small hand-held device to create on-screen menus for actions or keystrokes (that you set up for your own workflow) has been an incredible time saver for me. I don't even typically use the pen itself that much, but I can take a set of layers for a flambient mix, and be done with most routine edits in PS in less than 90 seconds (aligning layers, brushing in corrections, flattening and saving back to LR).

  4. @Mike MacKeage, thanks for the link. I've had that same notion in the back of my mind for something like the iControl audio device for GarageBand (I think), but I don't think I have the chops to reverse engineer it and write an interface. I was also thinking of just using a simple Arduino since I can code for those to create physical controls for adjustments I use all of the time. Even though I trade barbs back and forth with Scott Hargis, I do use his advice on getting images done in camera as much as possible. That usually only leaves me with some minor adjustments in LR and then a bunch of menu accesses to export the files. Making a hardware box with buttons to do much of that just like a Photoshop action would save me a bunch of time. Maybe it's time to clear off the electronics bench of dead projects and breadboard one.

    I think I'd want to test drive the Loupedeck since it gets so many good reviews and I'm not convinced that it would be that much faster for me. Spending $250 to find out it's not for me isn't something I want to do. I'd also like them to make one with a Bluetooth interface so I could just switch it on/off and store it easily off to the side when its not in use. My desk can be a bit of a disaster when I have mulitple projects going like right now so another keyboard sized object with a wired tether would get in the way.

    @Arne, What price do you think you'll be asking for the old models and how much of a difference is there?

  5. I bought the Loupdeck+ shortly after Lee Morris did that review on Fstoppers. To be honest, when I first got it I was disappointed and frustrated. That has all changed once I figured out how to re-configure it for my workflow. Now I very seldom have to touch the keyboard while editing photos. The main advantage of the + model is that it is now compatible with PS. It's also compatible with Premiere Pro if you are into video editing. I have not used it with Premiere Pro yet.

    @Neil Donaldson, yes, you can program it to activate the radial filter. You will still have to use a mouse or tablet to make the radial and select one of the Effect Presets. But, from there you can use the various dials to adjust the preset.

    @Ron Castle, if you don't use the pen with your EK Remote then I think you would enjoy the Loupdeck+.

    @Ken Brown, just like anything else new it's probably going to slow you down initially until you get it programmed to your liking and get used to it. I have learned to rely on it. It reminds of a situation I went through a while back. I use a Bluetooth keyboard. One day the batteries were pretty much dead. I thought, no problem I'll just work without the keyboard while the batteries recharge. After about 30 minutes of frustration of not having it and not having the keyboard shortcuts, I was used to using, I gave up and went and took a nap while the batteries charged. Once you get used to something it's hard to do, what should be simple tasks, without it. It's the same now with the Loupdeck. Could I still edit images without it? Sure. But, I don't want to anymore.

  6. @Arnie I have been considering sending my files out for post processing, but if this truly has saved your processing time about 40%, I'd be more than happy to invest in this device.
    does it work the same on a MAC and a PC?

  7. Just saw a review on B&H that a user couldn't get it to work in RAW.
    has anyone found this issue to be true?

    I shoot RAW and jpg on my Fuji, and want to know that Loopdeck will process both files

  8. @Eric, it's true that it does not work with Adobe Camera Raw. I personally make all of my raw adjustments in LR so I don't see this as an issue. It's been a long time since I have used ACR.

  9. Last week after seeing this console on our blog, I purchased it from Amazon prime at the same price as B&H. The most amazing thing was that I ordered it at 11:30 in the am, and it was delivered the same day at about 4:30!!! how the heck do they do that?????

    I hooked it up and downloaded the software. It truly is a joy to use, but you need to read the online manual to learn how to do some of the setting. since I am not tech Savvy, it is a bit challenging setting up the custom settings, so I might need to get my 11 year old grandson to teach me this.

    But for most of the younger computer smart RE photographers on this site, I'm sure it will be easy. I feel once you start using and learning it you will find, that $250 is not a bad investment especially if it reduces your post processing time. My brother was a studio drummer and sound engineer so I would go into the studio to photograph bands, and to watch him working the sound board with a bazillion sliders and pots,which was very intimidating to me. but this console is very minimal and should be a breeze to learn...…………….I think.

  10. @Kerry, I agree. The same thing happens with trying out a new workflow. At first it's slower until you get used to it and then it may speed things up. I use keyboard shortcuts all of the time and try to memorize new ones every week for things I do all of the time. Take away my keyboard and I'd only be able to do one job a day for a time until I could remember where everything is under the menus again. I'd still like to have a Loupedeck that is wireless. The desk never seems to stay properly clean for very long.

  11. Just ordered the LD+!
    Does the LD+ allow you to set a button for "Group into Stack" and/or "Open as layers in Photoshop?"

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