Opinions, we all have them. Some its OK to share and some we should keep to ourselves. I have heard a lot of opinions on the recent changes with regards to Adobe Lightroom but I thought I would reserve judgement until I had a chance to see first hand what all the fuss was about.

So I guess I will start things of by saying…What the hell were you thinking Adobe with regards to the naming conventions in Lightroom. I think much of the criticism that has been levelled at you in the last week or so could have been avoided had you thought a bit more carefully about the route you were taking.

To the uninitiated regarding Lightroom, it is a very powerful program which allows photographers and hobbyists to catalogue and edit their images without the need much of the time to use Photoshop.

Previously the program was called Lightroom CC. Adobe have since released a second version of the program to suit a different generation of photographers which has been designed to integrate more seamlessly with the cloud. However Adobe have also stated their commitment to the ongoing development of the Lightroom we all know and love.

So what have Adobe called these new products……….Well the established version of Lightroom is now known as…………..*drum roll*……………Lightroom classic. So what is this new version of Lightroom called I hear you say. Wait for it……………are you sitting comfortably?………….Lightroom CC

Seriously, they rename the established product and give the new product the old name.

Having did my research it didn’t take long to see that I would need to stick to Lightroom classic to maintain my workflow and to get all of the tools I am used to using.

Now here is the important bit. Having read everything I have regarding the changes I feel we have only got grounds to complain about 1 thing….and that is the naming convention of the product. However I’m seeing complaints about lots of other things.

  • The fact you have to use subscription if you want to use the programs
  • The fact people don’t want their work in the cloud
  • The lack of features in the new product
  • The pricing for the extra cloud storage from Adobe – Ok maybe this one has a bit of merit

Subscription, it’s a fact people. The software industry is moving more towards a subscription model. I have worked in two different industries in my time. Civil Engineering and software support. In civil engineering I use a program called AutoCAD. This program has been available for a very long time under a subscription model, and believe me when I tell you that it is a hell of a lot more expensive than the Adobe products. I’m just pleased that my company foot this bill. Secondly I used to support customers with accountancy software for a company called Sage. Whilst I was employed at Sage they began developing their subscription model offering and that was about 4 years a go. So it has been on the cards for a while.

The second complaint is regarding the cloud connectivity and people not wanting to use it. The old program is still available, Adobe have said they are going to continue to develop it. It is up to you if  you want to use this software at all. If you don’t like or don’t want to use the cloud then simply don’t use the new program. No complaints required

Lack of features in the new program. Put simply everyone has to start somewhere. Don’t forget, as humans we learn to crawl before we learn to walk. Software is no different. It takes time to mature and evolve. It has been announced that the intention is to bring parity to the two products, but remember Rome wasn’t built in a day. If this is an issue for you then feel free to sip your toes in the water and try out the new program, but essentially stick to what you know and continue to use classic. Disaster averted.

Cost for extra storage…..I’m not even going to argue with this one. People do have a point. I have only seen the American pricing model which is $10 per TB. As photographers we have a lot of files which could easily breach this amount very quickly. The kicker is, if you use their product you have to use their storage solution. I can’t see this being a suitable product for a serious hobbyist or professional photographer. It simply is not viable from a cost perspective in the long run.

In summary thought here is why I feel we can’t complain, or at least those of us that were already on subscription plans such as the Creative cloud photography plan. They have not charged us any extra. They have gave us the product free of charge, and we even have 20gb of storage with which to test it. It is up to us as to whether we actually use it.

Up to now, for me no. It’s not for me. I like the bells and whistles that the now named Lightroom Classic offers me. As such I am going to stick with it. I am not going to complain either……….well just about the stupid name maybe but that’s it, I promise.

Change is scary

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