Comments on: The Future of Lightroom May Be Uncertain, But The Future of Exposure Is Clear Simple Tools. Simply Beautiful. Tue, 21 Aug 2018 10:07:50 +0000 hourly 1 By: Jimmy Beech Thu, 29 Mar 2018 19:04:46 +0000 Thanks for commenting, David. Chromatic aberration and perspective correction controls are definitely on our radar to consider adding in a future version of Exposure. I’ll add notes about your interest in both of those features in our request log.

By: David Ross Thu, 29 Mar 2018 16:21:16 +0000 Like other posters here I am looking for an alternative to Lightroom. I downloaded the trial version of Exposure 3 and I felt at home immediately. It is easily the most intuitive software I have tried. I really enjoyed using it. However, there are several features that I really, really miss – chromatic aberration and perspective control. If those were added I would purchase Exposure 3 immediately!

By: Jimmy Beech Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:58:21 +0000 Thanks for letting me know, Patrick. We have panorama-stitching on our list of features for future versions of Exposure.

By: Patrick Wed, 17 Jan 2018 09:15:41 +0000 Hi Jimmy

Thanks for your clarification on compressed raw files- that was mandatory for me.

I use the pano quite often, e.g. nature and some sport photography. As I‘m not happy with the build in pano-function in fujis x-t2, I do that on the PC.

Regards from Switzerland,

By: Jimmy Beech Mon, 15 Jan 2018 20:26:50 +0000 Hi Pat – thanks for commenting. Yes, Exposure can read Fuji’s RAW format files, even the compressed versions.

Panorama stitching is a feature that we have on our roadmap for a future version of Exposure. How often would you use a feature like that? i’m interested.

By: Patrick Sun, 14 Jan 2018 22:36:41 +0000 Hi Finley and Team

Does X3 read Fuji Compressed RAW files?
When can we expect to have the pano-stitch function integrated?
I’m so looking for an alternative to Lightroom –


By: Jimmy Beech Tue, 21 Nov 2017 19:49:52 +0000 Hi Mike, thanks for commenting. Instead of using the copy from card dialog, likely you just need to point Exposure to the drive your images are in. If you’ve done culling with Lightroom, the flags or star ratings should carry over. You can add a folder or drive by selecting the Add (+) button and choosing “Add a bookmark.” You can then select any drive or folder your computer sees. This article has more information about moving from Lightroom and the information that is carried by Exposure.

Using Exposures filters, you can select the images you want to edit from the folder, and you can copy/paste them into a new location on your computer. Exposure has a catalog-free workflow, so there isn’t an importing process. With Exposure, you access and view images on your computer just like you’re using Windows Explorer or Mac Finder. Check out our Managing Image Files tutorial to learn more about that.

We have heard requests for creating a view and select images option to the copy from card interface, so it’s on our list of features to consider adding in future versions of the software.

By: Mike Babic Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:42:58 +0000 There’s a pretty good chance that my problems are directly linked to me being an idiot. But, what I find the most frustrating in X3 is NOT being able to ‘select photos’ while importing.
After several hours of trying to determine whether it’s just me or a characteristic of X3, I have yet to find a clear answer.
This, in and of itself, will determine whether I purchase X3 or not (currently on a free trial after what I hoped would represent my last experience with LR).
Am I missing something, or, am I doomed? The alternative is a return to the quirkiness and desperately slow speed of LR. Help! Please! As an example, every time I drop in an SD card or back-up drive, it wants to load every single image. I can select ‘don’t load duplicates’ which helps, but on a card with 700 frames on it, it loads all of them and I then have to physically ‘cull’ the ones I don’t want, rather than simply ticking a ‘select’ box on the ones I do. In terms of speed and convenience, I’m finding this process brutally time consuming. After losing a computer this week, I’m re-downloading thousands of pics from back-ups and I certainly don’t want to do a ‘cull’ process on 6-10,000 images. I’m hoping it’s just something I’m missing because I love the program and speed.

By: Jimmy Beech Mon, 20 Nov 2017 18:54:35 +0000 Hi Greg – thanks for commenting.

Many of the features you mention are already on our roadmap for future versions of Exposure. There were a couple of requests that were new, so I submitted them to the design team.

Mouse wheel edit sliders — In Exposure, you can hover your cursor over slider controls, then use the arrow keys to make fast adjustments.

Feather adjustments to radial shape — The radial shape controls enable you to set the feather amount of the region by adjusting the placement of the dotted line. The solid line is where the effect is displayed at full strength, 100% opacity, and the dotted line is where the effect is off, at 0% opacity. Our Local Adjustments video shows you how to use those controls in detail.

Export Profiles — Exposure’s quick export functionality enables you to make and access export recipes, just like what you described. Check out our exporting video to learn how to set them up.

You can always save changes to any of the presets you have made and saved in Exposure. You can’t make changes to the factory presets, but you can save any changes you make to the preset as your own custom version.

By: GregD Sun, 19 Nov 2017 20:57:04 +0000 I have been using LR since version 1 and with the poor performance issues of late and ever changes product models, I am finally looking for an alternative. I have looked at four other LR alternatives and put X3 at the top of may list. While not perfect, and none are, it comes the closest to my workflow backup needs. I understand that AS is working on making enhancements to some short falls. Thru my eval, here are few things I would like to see addressed.

– On the edit tool sliders, once selected allow change in value with mouse wheel
– Provide a feather adjustment slider for the Radial Shape
– Show thumbnails of photos to be imported so to be able to make a selection
– Ability to update development presets with changes (Save Preset with changes)
– Would be nice to have development presets as a dropdown on import
– On export dialog, add the dropdown for Export Profiles to populate the export dialog
– All metadata fields should text wrap
– Export dialog is not a flexable as LR, LR is clean and very easy to use.
– Hue and Luminance color is missing (all other apps have these features)
– Import/Export keywords
– printing support

X3 is relatively close as a LR clone for my work flow. I hope to see improvements to address shortcomings but all in all I am quite impress with X3 as a LR alternative. After all my product evals, I must say the LR is very elegant in its design and usability, all the vendors should take a lesson.

By: Finley Lee Tue, 07 Nov 2017 22:48:25 +0000 I wrote up using the embedded RAW data as a feature request. We will definitely look into it – I can see that it would have some benefits.

Thanks for the comment!

By: Brian Bullock Tue, 07 Nov 2017 22:30:04 +0000 Hi, Finley.

From what I have read elsewhere, your lens corrections are based off another vendor’s lens database. That’s not my preferred way to go, and it limits which lenses you can correct. If you were to use the embedded RAW data, you would be able to cover all of the lenses for vendors that include this data in RAW.

By: Finley Lee Fri, 03 Nov 2017 15:52:56 +0000 Thanks for the comments, Brian. We’ve logged your feedback and will consider it as we plan new versions.

We’ve had a lot of requests for printing, improvements to highlights/shadows, and perspective distortion correction, so those are pretty high on our list.

There have been fewer people asking about HDR merge and panorama stitching, and yours is the first request I’ve heard for focus stacking.

We correct some MFT lenses but not all, which suggests we aren’t using the embedded correction data. I’ll check with my team and see if that’s something we should be doing.

By: Jimmy Beech Fri, 03 Nov 2017 13:56:49 +0000 Hi Stefano – No, you can’t copy and paste keywords from image to image in Exposure. Instead, you can create a set from the keywords applied to one of your photos, and then click each of them in your keyword library to apply it to selected image(s). That will handle it pretty quick.

Check out our Organizing with Keywords tutorial to learn more.

By: Brian Bullock Thu, 02 Nov 2017 23:56:13 +0000 Hi, Finley.

I have only been trialing X3 for a few days, but here are the things I haven’t found or have a problem with thus far:

1) HDR merge

2) Focus stack

3) Panorama stitch

4) Perspective distortion correction tool like LR’s Transform

5) Printing – I currently print directly from LR and need whatever software I use to have this ability.

6) On an image with a large dynamic range, the X3 sliders for highlight and shadow don’t go far enough. On a photo that LR corrects easily, X3 reaches its limit long before I have the values where I want them. I tried holding down the shift key while moving the sliders, but I don’t see any difference in their max values. Maybe I’m doing something wrong.

7) X3 doesn’t appear to use lens distortion info in the RAW file to correct the image. I use Olympus and Panasonic lenses on a m4/3 system, and the cameras store correction info in the RAW files.

By: Stefano Thu, 02 Nov 2017 21:27:42 +0000 Hi, in Exposure X3, is it possible copy and paste keywords from one photo and another?

By: Jimmy Beech Wed, 01 Nov 2017 14:10:32 +0000 Thanks for the feedback, Georges. I’ll relay your comments about the Shadow slider over to the design team. I’ll also mention to adding photo stitching capabilities.

Exposure has robust exporting features for diverse workflows. There are a few different video tutorials on our website that demonstrate how to get the most out of exporting in Exposure. Our Exporting video is the best place to start, it includes detailed descriptions of all file handling options such as metadata, image size, and more. The Export Watermarks video will show you how to create watermarks and how to apply them to your images. And watch our Exporting for Social Media tutorial to learn how you can speed up your exporting productivity with Exposure’s quick export presets.

By: Georges Tue, 31 Oct 2017 19:49:13 +0000 Hi all,
I have tried Exposure as an alternative to LR also ;o)
Very good software. UI is exactlly like i always wanted it in LR.
There are a lot of advantages in Exposure vs LR and Capture One.
What i’m missing is :
– Panoramas (i do a lot of multi image pictures),
– The Shadow slider gives “not so good” results,
– The end result (export) is slightly less good as Capture one and LR (maybe my lack of knowledge).
I continue my experimentations.

By: Finley Lee Mon, 30 Oct 2017 15:53:42 +0000 There’s no published roadmap at the moment. What features are most-haves for you?

By: Brian Bullock Mon, 30 Oct 2017 03:18:10 +0000 In a couple of answers, you mentioned your ‘roadmap’. Have you published this anywhere. X3 is currently missing some of my must-haves and I’d like an idea of when these items are likely to be resolved. Thanks.

By: Jimmy Beech Fri, 27 Oct 2017 16:52:02 +0000 Thanks for commenting, Anatoly.

No. Exposure X3 can extract standard XMP keywords from image file metadata. And Exposure can import and export keyword sets, but it can only do this using its own format. Additional support of importing/exporting keyword sets with other apps, like Lightroom, is something we have on our list of features to add.

And no, it’s not possible to transfer collections from Lightroom to Exposure. Exposure does not have a feature to import data from Lightroom’s collections at this time.

By: Anatoly Fri, 27 Oct 2017 03:48:17 +0000 Because I’m a newbie – so can’t you answer me the next (maybe silly questions..) :
– is it possible to move/export keywords lists from Lightroom to Exposure ?
– is it possible to transfer somehow Collections structure from LR to Exposure ? (here I mean that LR collection is a set of different folders)

By: Jimmy Beech Thu, 26 Oct 2017 17:36:38 +0000 Hi Jason. Thanks for commenting. Yes, you can do that easily. One of the benefits to Exposure’s catalog-free workflow is that you can open directly in Exposure from any folder on your computer. Take a look at our Managing Image Files video to learn about how to browse files, add bookmarks, and perform file management in Exposure.

By: Jason Lee Boyd Thu, 26 Oct 2017 15:41:39 +0000 This probably not the place to ask, but I will. LOL! I think I’m going to make the transition over to Exposure but have a question. Can I just import/edit from a specific folder on my drive rather than copy from my SD card?

By: Finley Lee Thu, 26 Oct 2017 14:55:22 +0000 I’ll add that our sidecar files are very small and contain only essential edits and organizing information about photo.

I shoot with a Fujifilm XT-1, whose raw files are about 33MB in size. My Exposure sidecar files range from about 5K to 30K, depending on how many edits I make. So in my situation, the Exposure data increases disk usage less than 0.1%. We designed it to be very respectful of your disk space.