Photoshop or LightRoom - My Take on it All
April 25, 2018 • Leave a Comment
The Photoshop versus LightRoom debate has been raging since LightRoom was released and quite frankly there isn't a right or wrong answer but I'm sick of it all. The simple fact of the matter is that people like to bicker over who is right and who is wrong and we see this with Ford and Holden, Nikon and Canon and it isn't going to go away regardless of what I say here. However, I will say that there are certain things in life that have a cult following and to me some users of LightRoom fit into that category. Apple, Elon Musk and Tesla Cars, Hitler and the Pope are all leaders of cults and even though Adobe are not, I think that LightRoom users may well be.
You see, in the immortal words of John Cadogan anyone can own a device like an Apple computer because they want one and that doesn't make them a cult member. But, people who are fanatical about something and they actually have no idea why, then they are cult members. When nothing else will do for them and you receive a whole load of abuse from them when you say anything about their cult product. I find that this is the case with LightRoom, people get all defensive and give out abuse and to be fair they really have no reason to do that.
Personally, I consider myself to be fortunate, I hate Apple, I would never buy a Tesla car and I certainly do not follow the road of Hitler or the Pope so, it figures that I wouldn't be a lover of LightRoom and that is exactly right, I am not. Thing is, I don't love Photoshop either but, I do find it more intuitive and easier to use and the workflows are certainly more sensible but, I don't worship the ground it walks on and I certainly don't like the quirkiness of Bridge. So, I guess I'm not a cult member but I do feel sorry for people who cannot make their own informed decisions because they are blinded by marketing and cult following clouds their judgement.
So I have a quick response to people who ask me why I don't like Apple and LightRoom and it is this. You can use whatever you like and it doesn't bother me at all however don't come to me for help when your product fails and in the case of Apple, in my experience it will. So I also ask them to look at it subjectively like this, You will not find an Apple MAC simulator on a PC but there are several PC emulators for Apple MACs. Equally, there is not an open in LightRoom option in Photoshop yet there is an open in Photoshop in LightRoom which for me sums the entire debate up. I don't need Apple or LightRoom so why are you even talking to me?
What I can do though is help you make the choice that will best suit you. Not that I'm going to advocate LightRoom, far from it because I use Photoshop but, if what I say about Photoshop doesn't make sense then go and buy LightRoom.
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