Today Adobe Releases Lightroom 5 And I’m On The Fence
Today is the first day that Lightroom 5 is fully available to the world. You can see the official post here. As excited as I usually am about new Adobe products I am on the fence about this one. Let the truth be told I am at a crossroads with image processing software all together. I have devoted most if not all of my creative life to the use Adobe creative tools but I can’t seem to get past the whole renting software movement known as the Creative Cloud. As a professional I fully understand paying for tools that make easier and my finished products better. Over the years I have paid tens of thousands of dollars for software and I own it. As long as I have a computer I can use it but due to thieves who pirate software all of this is changing.
I know you might be saying that Lightroom 5 is available in a boxed version so what’s the problem. I am almost certain that Lightroom 5 will be the last boxed version. Everything else Adobe has moved to the cloud so why not Lightroom 5? Also I have been at odds whether or not I actually need to keep upgrading software every single time something new hits the market. I have grown tired of trying to learn every new gimmick that hits the streets. How many versions of software do you need to process your photos. I own Lightroom 1,2,3,4. I have Photoshop CS thru CS6, I have Capture One 5 & 7, I have DXO, I have EOS Utility, I have all of the NIK plugins, I have OnOne Perfect Photo Suite, the list goes on and on, I have, I have….. Does Lightroom 5 offer me a set of tools I can’t live without? No, not really.
Lightroom 5 does offer a little more speed and a few neat features. In the past you know I would be more than ecstatic to be teaching all Lightroom 5 has to offer. But the fact is I do not own Lightroom 5 and today I don’t find myself rushing to buy it. I did play with beta version and I love the new healing brush, and the radial gradient. As great as these new tools are, I already have the same abilities in Photoshop. Now, there is a particular tool that I am extremely interested in that’s only in LR 5 and it’s the Upright Tool. Also, if Lightroom is your only editing software then I say run don’t walk to upgrade. The healing brush alone is worth the hundred and fifty.
As much software as I currently own, the problem for me isn’t really the software, it’s the new direction Adobe has chosen to move. As I sit here any type I do so with a heavy heart. I love Adobe but I can’t seem to come to terms with Adobe’s cloud strategy. It will either work or it will not. I know it’s their right to market their products however they want and they alone will have to live with the consequences. With that said, it’s my right to do business with them or not and also live with the consequences. I guess I am getting old or something because the world seems to be changing so fast. For me, at least with respect to software, it needs to slow down a little.
Until I can come to terms with the cloud and the fact that I will be paying every month for the rest of my life to use a particular set of rapidly changing creative tools I will just have to sit on the side lines. I will be sitting and waiting to see how this whole cloud software for professionals plays out. Adobe may already have millions of people on the cloud but I am not one of them.
I have filled out the payment information several times to join Creative Cloud only to close the page before clicking submit. Maybe over the next few days I can come to terms with CC and renew my relationship with a company I have been in love with for so long. I feel like I’m in a rocky relationship and need some time apart to figure it all out.
Sorry for all the drama and want to thank all of you for taking time to visit today. Maybe tomorrow I will post some lighting stuff, until then I hope you have a great day. Sincerely, Thomas Shue
The Upright Tool