Lightroom CC Reactions

My take on Lightroom for Digital Photo Magazine is up

True disruption in tech happens about every 25 years, and the last one with cameras was autofocus. Now, it’s mirrorless, including the camera in your phone. So Adobe has built a consistent and replicable experience across all your devices, anticipating how we work today and, more importantly, tomorrow.

That tomorrow is without the DSLR.

And, it doesn’t matter what Adobe does under the hood to Lightroom Classic, as long as the windows are modal between Library and Develop, it’s unusable for me. That’s the reason I switched to Capture One and will continue to use it.

Lightroom CC is intended to work as Adobe expects us to, with our devices and using the computer as a terminal. Also, wait for it…Lightroom CC expects a future without the DSLR and with a modern workflow. It doesn’t account for HFR shoots unless you have unlimited bandwidth.

Lost in the uproar is the absolute feat of software engineering that Adobe was able to build linear gradients into the app across platforms. As I quipped on Twitter, “Because dehaze works so good, especially for photos taken in the Pacific Northwest, I’m not even mad at them.”

You shouldn’t be either. While I don’t use Classic and don’t recommend you do, either, it’s not going away anytime soon. If there’s anything really to be upset about, it’s that Adobe’s CEO acknowledged it runs slow, even on fast machines. So, at most, Classic is now not quite as slow and there’s one tool added.

If you are upset about Classic, it’s probably really time to think about your next camera and to understood technology isn’t waiting for you, most definitely not after several product cycles of mirrorless cameras, with more coming.

That’s what this blog is about afterall all.


Originally published at Sony Mirrorless Pro.

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