Adobe Lightroom! You’re killing me!
I’m so frustrated with Adobe who controls the majority of programs for photographers. My frustration is with Lightroom. I was a very early adopter of Lightroom when it came out and have used it ever since version 1. I even used one of its competitor at the time which was Apple’s Aperture and I still stuck with Lightroom even though Aperture was way better in those early days. But I’m now just mad at Adobe for an outdated piece of software because they have no major competition they don’t have to update, I guess.
OK first off I use creative cloud and I get all the updates to all the software and in the last two years I think Photoshop has updated at least 3 or 4 times with new features and the latest version is Photoshop CC 2017. In the same time Lightroom has not updated except for small tweaks like adding new RAW camera data and its current version is CC 2015. So for two years I have been using a program that is frankly to slow and sometimes makes my job take so much longer to get done.
So a little bit of my day for perspective of what I go through. On any given day I shoot anywhere from 100 to 1000 images. Let’s take a normal 100 image day which starts out shooting products then importing them into lightroom which are all RAW images so this takes awhile.
So once i have the images in I go through and rename them which is fast but then I have to go in and start the real work. I start by cropping and rotating some images which can become sluggish at times if I have a lot of images to do. When I go into the develop module I have to wait for the image to render a preview which takes a couple of seconds. Right now your saying a few seconds that’s not that big of a deal but when you take a few of seconds and times that by a few hundred images then it starts to be a huge time hog.
On to making adjustments on multiple images I like to use the sync settings because it does speed up the process of syncing my settings across a bunch of images quickly but what I have found is it works the first time great but if you are going through and you decide to make a tweak to a second images that looks better and you do a sync again the images freak out and some images have the first set of synced values and some have the second set of synced values. This is definitely a huge problem but not much I can do about it. I’m sure its because I’m working too fast for lightroom to catch up.
This brings me to the last thing and the thing that set me off and made me write this. I just went in and renamed 9 images just like I always do and the program took 20 minutes to perform the task. 20 minutes to do what I could do manually in a minute. I use lightroom for 99% of my day and I have been using it since the beta version for version 1. Today I have decided that I’m going to download some of Lightroom’s competitors and If I like any of them and I can make it work for my workflow, I might not look back and for the first time I Would have to move on from Lightroom.
The competitors to Lightroom I’m going to try out our:
I will write about my findings after I use them so stay tuned. Unfortunately It will take a long time to transfer out of using lightroom because I have used it for so long and I have a image organization system that is based on lightroom but I can not keep waiting for a company that does not value its users like me that use Lightroom daily and my business depends on it.