Goodbye Adobe and hello Phase One, Macphun/SKYLUM, Affinity, ON1?

Written by: Sean Hall

This post is about an experience of too little too late. The product that has brought about too little change and came too late for me is Adobe's Lightroom.

When I was new to the Adobe lineup of products as it pertains to photo editing I initially had trouble understanding why there were two products that seemed to do much of the same thing. Didn't make sense to support a workflow that starts in one product and is finished in another and yet those files don't continue to exist seamlessly.

For years I worked almost exclusively in Adobe Camera Raw and only stepped over into Photoshop when I needed more control over colors. This sort of tool set just feels like someone saw a need, created a new product to address those needs, but didn't get a chance to seamlessly integrate the new development with the old. And, so two products exist sometimes duplicating efforts. This oversight makes sense for a small company with limited resources, but just feels inexcusable for Adobe. With their subscription plans it feels like they're spending more time on how to get more money out of their consumer base more so than how to add more value into their products.

Since it no longer feels like a cozy relationship for me to continue with Adobe I'm planning on moving on.