What makes me think I get to have an opinion about Lightroom?
You may, or may not, at some point notice what appears to be a contradiction. Or a discrepancy. Or something that just doesn’t make sense to you. Let me explain.
You may notice that I use Adobe Lightroom for my photograph cataloguing and post-processing. You may also notice that I teach people how to use Adobe Lightroom. You may have found my Adobe Lightroom Resources page linking to all sorts of useful things about Lightroom such as information, forums, presets and tutorials.
And then you may notice (yes, you might have noticed this) that every time a new version of Lightroom is released I write a review where I rip Adobe a new asshole for putting out such poor software.
And you say to yourself “WTF?”
Allow me to enlighten you, for your questioning is legitimate.
I don’t hate Lightroom. I hate the bugs in Lightroom. I hate Adobe’s excuse for customer support. I hate people on the internet who claim that they are “beta testers” for Adobe who don’t know their ass from a hole in the ground. But I like Lightroom. When Lightroom is working the way it’s supposed to work I think it’s fantastic software.
Just because I use Lightroom doesn’t mean I have to be blind to the flaws. Here in our Western culture we have a very strong emphasis on conflict duality. George Bush made this idea of famous when he uttered his statement “either you’re with us or against us”. Contemporary liberals continue in this vain by asserting that anybody who disagrees with Obama is a racist.
The idea that since I use Lightroom I must somehow be willing to be completely blind to any faults that it has is absolutely ludicrous. In my reviews I focus on the negative things for a number of reasons.
There are plenty of Adobe fan boys out there already writing reviews and making videos which drone on endlessly about how wonderful Lightroom is. The world does not need another blog post titled “Lightroom is the greatest photo processing software ever created in the history of the universe and I’m so excited to be using it and everything Adobe has ever done is wonderful and I want to give them more of my money and either you are with Adobe or you are against them and if you ever say anything negative about Lightroom you are a racist.” Scott Kelby has already written that blog post multiple times.
I write about the flaws in Lightroom so that people who are searching Google in order to find solutions to their Lightroom problems will know that they are not alone and perhaps find something in my blog post that will help them.
Since Adobe doesn’t give me free software or pay me money I, unlike those professional bloggers, am free to exercise my integrity and to be honest.
Since I don’t work for Adobe I can be honest. If a person who works for a tobacco company told you cigarettes are healthy would you believe it? Someone who works for Adobe has just as much credibility.
Since I’m not an Abode beta tester (aka useful idiot) I don’t have to suck up to Abode in order to keep my access to free software and my status as an Adobe beta tester which allows me to post on internet forums with an obnoxious and condescending tone while presenting myself as an authority because I’m an Adobe beta tester (idiot).
I write about the flaws in Lightroom because they exist. If no one at Adobe knows abut the flaws they will certainly not get fixed.
I write about the flaws in Lightroom because I paid for it. When I gave Adobe my money I purchased the “right” to bitch. If you get something free you take it and shut up. When you pay for something you expect to have an opportunity to critique it.
This is why I do things the way I do them. Being mindlessly accepting and supporting of something with no regard to flaws is just as bad as mindlessly and totally opposing something regardless of merit.
Indeed some of you live in the world of either you are with us or against us but I have moved beyond such things. If you can’t keep up with me the fault lies in you, not in me.