I like the word "maven." It means "an expert or connoisseur" (with subtle undertones of "know-it-all"), and, like many of my favorite words, comes from Yiddish. Yiddish words enhance our vocabulary far out of proportion to their numbers. Who doesn't like words like schlep, schlub, kvetch, meshuga, nudnik, golem, glitch, drek, kibitz, and a recent favorite, schmaltz, which means both melted chicken fat and excessive sentimentality?! How wonderful is that? Oy vey! (Is there a Yiddish word meaning "wonderful"? There seem to be about twenty that are put-downs. You nebbish.) I'd use Yiddinglish words more often if I could remember how to spell them. I always have to look up megillah, for instance.
Anyway, there are a few downsides to my job. One is that I can't stick to one camera forever and ignore all the rest. Another is that I can't be a maven. Mavens, in photography, know everything about a few things and very little about the rest; which is great, and as it should be. We learn what we need to learn in depth; the rest we let go. This is not only admirable, it's necessary.
So, a question for you software mavens (mensches all of you). If ACR (Adobe Camera Raw) isn't the greatest raw conversion software for Fuji X-Trans files, then what is ACR best at? Whose files does ACR ace? Is ACR better than anything else for any particular company's files?
Just curious. I love ACR. It's home for me. I do 80% of my editing there. It's...it's....
I could go off, but I don't want to kvell.
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