Edit Lightroom Photos FASTER — Loupedeck Review


– This is Loupedeck. It was originally founded
on indiegogo campaign and it’s built to be a photo console for editing photos on Adobe Lightroom for either Windows or Mac. Now it was built specifically to speed up your photo editing. And from my experience, this thing actually does help with that. I don’t make any promises
like it’ll double your editing speed, but
this is definitely faster than using a mouse and
trying to work your way down the adjustment sliders on
the right side of Lightroom. And my wife and I both noticed
a decrease in the amount of time it takes for us
to edit a series of photos like something from a
trip or a big wedding. And I also personally
found a newfound love for editing black and white
photos when using Loupedeck. My favorite parts of
using Loupedeck so far are the tactile feel of
the controls, the knobs, the buttons, everything. And how you can reset them to zero. This also had me using hue, saturation, and luminents way more than before, especially when editing
black and white photos, which can be pretty powerful. I also really like the Lightroom plugin, which lets you change the
custom buttons quickly. And instead of wasting my
time scrolling up and down the right panel of Lightroom
in the develop module looking for the right slider
or how to adjust something, now, for the most part,
all the tools I need are on this panel, and I can just quickly move my hand a little
bit, make the adjustment, and then go to the next photo. Now let’s take a quick
tour of all of the buttons and dials on this thing. They’re broken up into kind of five different function groups. Number one, selecting; number
two, your basic changes; number three, color management; number four, the custom functions; and number five, activation. Form right to left, you have
a large rotate and crop wheel, which you can click down
to get more precise with. Surrounding that you have undo and redo, a brush adjustment toggle, and all the star ratings and color labels. Below those you have copy and paste; the function button, which modifies custom one, two, and three; pick
photo, which flags a photo or can reject it if
you’re holding function; and a zoom button. Back up top you have
the full screen toggle, color and black and white
toggle, and the HSL selectors. These buttons toggle whether
the dials to the right are changing hue,
saturation, or luminents. Above the HSL dials are
eight custom preset options, which you assign within the
Lightroom develop presets. So you could have four color ones, a couple black and white ones, maybe a couple film options. And you can set those so you can quickly change a photo to a custom preset you have with the push of a single button. Continuing on to the right
are the before and after side by side toggle and export buttons. Below those are the main color dials; white balance, tint,
vibrance, and saturation. Continuing down are the
arrow keys to navigate between photos and another zoom button. This just leaves the
main dials in the middle and the three custom options. You’ll work with your hands hovering here in the middle most of the time to change exposure, contrast, clarity, blacks, shadows, whites, and highlights. Custom one is a dial, which
I have programed to de-haze, and then when I hold down
function, to noise reduction. It can also be programed
to change vignette, sharpness, vertical, and
horizontal transform. Custom two I’ve set to toggle between the library and develop modules. And then when I hold down
function, to show clipping. Custom three I have set to
toggle the spot removal tool. And then when I hold down function, to toggle the graduated filter tool. I know, that’s a lot of dials
and buttons on this thing. But I think it’s important to know if you’re gonna get one of
these what it can and can’t do. Having used this Loupedeck
for a couple of months now, there are a few scenarios
where it really shines for me and speeds up my workflow. The first one is culling through photos to select star ratings or
color labels in library module, just like I could use the keyboard before. Next, I can quickly copy edits
from one photo to another and I can crop and rotate
photos pretty fast as well. And lastly, the fine tune
adjustments on the sliders enable me to change something
by .01 or .02 really easily compared to using a keyboard or mouse. Not everything’s perfect with this. If I can make a couple
updates or improvements I would add even more custom buttons or let me change them to pretty
much anything that I want. So because of this, I still
use my keyboard and mouse for other keyboard
shortcuts to change things that this can’t do. And I also love that
this thing is wireless and didn’t need that USB cable. And I’m also standing by so
that this potentially works in Adobe’s other programs like Photoshop. I’d really love it if this
thing could work with Premiere and the Lumentri color panel because a lot of the sliders are the same; exposure, contrast,
tint, that sort of stuff. The biggest complaint I’ve
seen about the Loupedeck online in comments of other reviews is the price. It comes in at $300
U.S., which isn’t cheap, and there are less
expensive mini panel options like the Behringer,
BCF-2000, or an X-Touch mini. But those take more
customization and setup. So if you’re an armature photographer or you’re a hobbyist and you’re
trying to save some money, maybe get a cheaper panel, spend the time learning how to set it up and
do the software customization. But if you are a professional photographer and $300 isn’t as expensive
as a lot of people are complaining it is to you, and maybe you don’t want
to spend that on a lens or more memory cards or a flash or whatever other thing you
might need with that money, then the Loupedeck is
a pretty solid option. Plus the Loupedeck, for me, just made editing photos fun again instead of feeling like a chore. I was just more into editing my photos and getting them to look
exactly how I wanted them to than when I was just using
a mouse or the track pad. I know that sounds really weird, but something about having it be tactile and how I could change the
photos, it got second nature. I didn’t have to look down
to see where the dials are. Kind of felt like I was
learning an instrument. Playing music without
having to look at it. So I don’t know how to
explain that in any other way. But the Loupedeck made photo editing just more fun for me again. Special thanks to the
team over at Loupedeck for sending this to me for review. And if you’re interested
in learning more about it, definitely check out the
links below to find it online. Thanks so much for watching. I’m Caleb Wojcik, and I’ll
see you in the next one. (modern music)

12 Replies to “Edit Lightroom Photos FASTER — Loupedeck Review”

  1. 300$ is a lot for just one program that doesn't give you as much editing control compared to photoshop. If this did multiple programs like you said it wish it would do then it would be worth it. Until then its probably better to hold off till then if they do decide to include that

  2. This is backaward. Why develop an expensive console when you can create an application with similar functions and shortcuts for your mobile and use it for computers via bluetooth. Just imagine a digital console like this in your mobile.

  3. The cheaper options can be customized fully. You are a professional spending 300 and still using your keyboard and mouse. So comparing 300 with a pro and cheaper options with a hobbyist doesn't make any sense.

  4. Those who come here to say its expensive, its useles blablabla…. are 98% amateur… no offense Pay 3.5k cad for a lense then come back to me say that a 300$ keyboard is expensive when you can do more with more shortcut than hovering everywhere with a mouse instead of turning knobs without looking (yeah keyboard shortcut doesnt rotate like a knob) time is money, my 300$ expense got paid in one day by working more more efficiently…

  5. Is there any chance something like this can be mapped to work with Davinci Resolve for color grading motion images there? Would be unbelievable value if it could pull double duty.

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