It’s been almost 5 months I have this new helper for editing – Loupedeck console. It’s basically a keyboard, made exclusively for Adobe Lightroom full of dedicated and programmable buttons in Develop module. During time when I work with pictures have tried lots of solutions for speeding up my workflow (midi controller, was thinking about Palette as well), but Loupedeck was the first to convince me to buy.
Thanks Czech and Slovakian distribution at Blackdog.sk I received beautiful package, similar to those I know from Apple products. Console works on both platforms Windows and Mac OS and after simple installation and USB connection, you can go for set up.
1. INTRODUCTION AND SETTINGS
Console contains buttons and sliders, which controls known sliders from Lightroom like: Exposure, Shadows, Highlights, Black, Whites, Contrast, White Balance, Tint, Vibrance, Saturation. Further buttons for tools like Crop, Undo, Redo, Fullscreen, Brush, Before/After, Export, Zoom, Fn (for double the options of these buttons) and buttons for rating pictures Stars 1-5 (even the colors), Copy, Paste, Pick and Zoom and arrows for move between photos. For those who love to work with separated color channels you have the complete control for HSL (this is really nice).
You have option to customise your own buttons – C1, C2 and C3 and P1 – p8, which works for your presets and with combination of Fn button you can double up.
Application settings is very intuitive and you have lots of video tutorials at Loupedeck website. During my using there has been few updates, which added new functions or corrected bugs. Since last update you can customise sensitivity for all the sliders and buttons.
I don’t have many to reproach. Controlling using both hands and when using brush (default button) or radial filter (custom button) and other local adjustments I work together with Wacom tablet. Overall I can more focus to the picture itself and don’t pay to much attention to Lightroom sliders. You cannot edit curves on console, but me personally have few custom presets and don’t edit curves that much anyway. But if needed, adjust these manually without any issues. After some editing time I can feel more like a DJ, but when you are wedding photographer like me and going through big library of photos, time savings is gold.
I love to use all the turning buttons as well, because you can press them as well to go to the default settings. This is really great.
Console itself is invented quite smart and after first look seems to be pretty luxury, but I’m so sad that Loupedeck didn’t care too much on used materials. Hard plastic is ok, but for a price of the console I would expect bit better performance. Because when using some of buttons, I feel like touching keyboard from my very first computer. I speak mostly about the arrow buttons, because you have to press them really in the middle to press correctly and it very beginnings it was a nightmare. It’s true that after some time I got used to it and it’s not that big deal anymore. But I hope that second generation would be much better in this way. Right now I can see that Paste button has almost all the lettering gone (probably I’m just pasting type:)
3. FINAL WORDS
Everybody can find pros and cons himself. Lots of people say that price is too high, but for me as a wedding photographer is every speeding my workflow like gold. It’s not saving 50% of time, but every speed up and making my work easier is appreciated.