Adobe losing ground for professional photographers, slow and lacking refinement

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Lightroom can’t handle large resolution images, even with minor levels of editing, and it is even more unusable with more complex edits applied. Lightroom became the bottleneck in my workflow, so, as much as I don’t love the UI, I’ve had to switch to Capture One Pro. If Adobe were to rebuild the software from the ground up with a stronger focus on performance, I would like to be able to return to LR. It can be done - Phase is doing it. My RAW images are big, but they aren’t so big that a program intended for professionals shouldn’t be able to handle them. What about when I jump from the D810 to the 850? Or if I start renting a 100 megapixel medium format back? Or if I digitize my medium and large format films with my DSLRs by stitching frames? Lightroom doesn’t scale well and relies too much on system hardware to make up for sloppy programming. The goal should be to use fewer system resources, to make the system work smarter not harder. Adobe has been a huge disappointment to me the past several years, and I’ve loved their kit ever since I started with them in 1997. So, Adobe, step up your game and make real stuff again. The professional world is waiting.
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JR

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Gary Rowe

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Just out of interest, what size files are you talking about?  (My raw files are only 25MB, but in LR6/CC I regularly work on stitched/scanned .tif files of around 1GB, with 1.6GB as the largest. It ain't the quickest, tho' ...)
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My current individual NEFs average around 45 mb from the Nikon D810, but I still have lag with some older, lower res files. I lived with the lag for a while, as it was more like a frog in water gradually heating up, but when I switched to Capture One and Photo Mechanic once I realized just how much time I was sacrificing to lazy app architecture, it was a night and day difference. Adobe slacks off because of their position in the industry it seems, taking for granted that they’ve been king of the image editing mountain for a long time, but there are niche programs, such as Photo Mechanic, and newer all-in-one players, such as Capture One, that are leaving them in the dust. I want to stay with Adobe; 20+ years of experience with their software means that I know the UI and I’m more comfortable getting the job done in the Adobe universe, but they’re making it impossible to stay with them. Not all my shoots are high volume, but if it takes me an extra couple of hours or more to edit portraits or an extra day or three to edit a wedding or an extra week or two to edit several hundred frames of digitized 35mm film, that’s too much time lost, time that could be spent doing other essential tasks. And, that’s even with augmenting my workflow with other hardware and software solutions such as a newer Wacom tablet with customized shortcuts and a soft-keypad app, ActionPad,for my iPhone and iPad with custom macros and other shortcuts.

Apple has also been screwing over pros lately, so I don’t have the latest system, but it’s still capable: quad core i7 processor, 16gb of RAM, and a 1tb SSD in my MacBook Pro.

Even with all the crap Apple and Adobe are putting out right now, digital workflow is faster than traditional wet lab workflow, but it can, and ought to, be better and more streamlined than it is at present. That’s my point. And, I won’t have brand loyalty to a company that isn’t loyal to its user base. If more Adobe users decided to give some of the other software a try, not just a few minutes here and there, but a solid commitment to making it through at least a chunk of the learning curve,, I think Adobe would see a mass migration.
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Jao van de Lagemaat

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Did you upgrade to Lightroom Classic CC? It has increased speed by quite a bit on my 2012 quad core i7 MBP with 16 GB and 1TB SSD drive. I do very large stitches all the time and indeed LR was getting bogged down but its much better now.
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Jao van de Lagemaat

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And to be sure, I am NOT referring to Lightroom CC that just came out. I am referring to Lightroom Classic CC which is the update to Lightroom 2015 CC. Lightroom CC is a completely new and different program.
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yes. LR is a miserable experience when working with 50mpx+ raw files. I love the LR workflow, but for my professional jobs which involve high MPx raw's, i have to use C1 due to poor LR performance.