I’ve been using Lightroom since version 2 which I picked up back in 2009, I think. Lightroom – now Lightroom Classic – is currently on version 9.3. Along the way I’ve had my gripes and complaints. In the early days it was mostly to do with missing features. With more recent versions the big issue is speed – or the lack of it. I also did my share of complaining when Lightroom finally went all in with the subscription model, though I do find the intensity of the hostility that this move generated excessive. From time to time I have also experimented with Lightroom alternatives, but every time I come back to Lightroom.

Partly this is down to familiarity. I’ve been using Lightroom for more than a decade now. It’s second nature to me. The Lightroom alternatives, try as they might to replicate Lightroom visually, all have a steep learning curve to use to their full potential. I’m not sure I have the time or energy to for that.

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