I’ll answer the question for myself:
KUBOTIFY a picture with a single press of a key! (Check me out! I made up a new verb!)
In Photoshop, I can run an action with a single keystroke. I assign my favorite actions to F-keys, and BAM! I’ve got them at my fingertips. No need to scroll through lists and lists to find my favorites.
In Lightroom, there’s WAY too much mousing and scrolling through all of my presets, and it’s the one thing that USED TO annoy the living daylights out of me. (note I said “USED TO”… keep reading)
THEN, I got the Kubota RPG Speedkeys! I set them up, assigned my favorite presets to the keys, and BAM! I can apply a preset with a press of my finger — even while I’m reclining back in my chair instead of leaning over my keyboard & mouse! I can even go through pictures, rate them, pick them, reject them, change the develop settings, all without touching my mouse. That used to be IMPOSSIBLE in Lightroom. It’s awesome.
If you love Lightroom Presets but desperately want the ability to apply them with a single keystroke (like a PS action), GET THESE SPEEDKEYS! They’re USB wireless, so you can sit back, relax, hold your speedkeys and cruise through your Lightroom workflow with lightning speed!
It took me a few tries to get the layout I like, and I’m still tweaking it, but DANG, it’s nice!
I know, I know, they’re pretty pricey compared to other Lightroom tools, but they are SO WORTH IT if you work in Lightroom a lot. I’m hoping they’ll have a special at PhotoPlus Expo in a few weeks — come visit me in the Kubota booth on Thursday (opening day of the show, Oct 28) at 3:30pm where I’ll talk all about how I use Lightroom to speed through my workflow.