Do you like physical analog buttons and dials rather than virtual ones on a screen? If yes, then this might just be for you. Loupedeck is a photo editing console for Lightroom that has a button or a dial control for most of your editing needs. The idea is very simple. Using a dial or a button to edit an image in Lightroom instead of using the keyboard and mouse combo. It is a little smaller than an average size keyboard and has around forty dials and buttons that can be customized to do various functions using the app provided with it.
Before you ask I am going to say this, NO this does not make your workflow any faster. It might, however, be useful for people who suffer any kind of nerve problems and have difficulty in using a mouse for a long time.
The dials and buttons do a good job at performing rudimentary basic tasks but it really cannot handle anything much more than that, at least at this point of time. For example, many people use the alt key while masking, sharpening and in many other ways, if using only the Loupedeck console, you may not be able to use this function at all.
The large dial on the left side of the console is used for straightening and cropping the picture. The problem with this is, it only changes in 4 degree increments, something that may not be suitable ALL the time. Moreover the brush button on the console only SELECTS the brush for you after which you have to use….,you guessed it right, your trusty mouse.
Overall, the Loupedeck console seems to be a new innovative thought in the right direction but, in my opinion, it has to do so much better to totally replace the mouse and the keyboard on a photo editor’s desk. The app that comes with the console does allow us to change and alter the functions of the buttons; but it is really a pain to switch every time you need something done. Lastly, and this is a big one for me since I am more of a Photoshop user than Lightroom. It works ONLY with Lightroom. Which means whenever you need to do a part of the editing on Photoshop, you have to use the keyboard and mouse anyhow. Problemo! With a $300 price tag, this Loupedeck should do so much more.
Do let me know what you think of this new toy…..would you consider buying it?