Yesterday I installed Lightroom 6 and attended a Major League Soccer match, which the Whitecaps lost to D.C. United. Here’s a combo review, with some Lr6-enhanced footie pix.
The big difference · LR6 manifests on your computer simply as “Adobe Lightroom”; its predecessor was “Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5”. That’s about the biggest difference; the editing and saving operations look and feel more or less just the same.
Marketing · The Whitecaps Football Club (WFC) markets itself aggressively as “The best sports atmosphere in Vancouver”. It’s been years since I’ve been to a Canucks or Lions game, but I think they have a point; it’s more cheerful, less beer-drenched, more gender-balanced.
Then there are the Southsiders; organized fans who fill a couple of sections (on the south side of the stadium) and keep a steady roar of drums and organized cheers going. They have banners and wave huge flags; it’s impossible not to smile at them.
Importing · The one big LR6 difference I noticed was photo import, which runs slower, separates copying and DNG conversion into separate user-visible steps, and triumphantly pops up a dialog to let you know it converted your pix to DNG, just like it’s been doing for years.
The game · The nice thing about soccer is that the game is fluid, doesn’t stop all the time the way football does between plays or hockey does for commercials.
The bad thing is, when a team is having trouble moving the ball through midfield, all the endless sideways and backward passes between the defencemen and keeper. I think the game would benefit from some analogue of basketball’s over-and-back and 25-second rules.
Grumpy with Adobe · I’ve liked Lightroom enough to have bought each successive release, over the years, without thinking much about it. I still like it, but at the moment I’m really wondering why I bought this one.
One big feature is said to be face recognition; I’ll report back on if I ever find it useful. The other is using the GPU, allegedly to make Develop operations run faster. I perked up when I read that, remembering how blindingly fast Lightroom 1 used to be. Well, if there’s a difference, it’s sure not dramatic, at least on my combination of a high-end MacBook Pro and 16MP raw files. Maybe I’d feel it if I were using one of the huge Sony sensors.
The team · I guess I didn’t see them at their best. But let’s start with the good stuff: Octavio Rivero is just immense fun to watch.
I’ve watched some soccer on TV, but hadn’t realized how much of a full-contact sport it is. Rivero’s style isn’t about using raw speed and free space; it seemed like every moment he had the ball, he was in full-body-contact mode, leaning into defenders while they tried to claw their way through him to the ball. In my memories of college soccer, that sort of contact was a foul, every time.
Steven Beitashour also offers high entertainment value: Totally committed, unflappable, and with remarkable bursts of pace.
The Whitecaps are at the top of the MLS standings at the moment (although other teams have games in hand) but both the defense and midfield play had spells of looking ragged and klunky. Maybe it’s just that DC, who are also high in the standings, are really good.
Rent or buy? · Adobe really didn’t want to sell me Lightroom; clicking on “buy now” got me an offer to rent it for $10/month. I reflexively declined, because I don’t particularly need a closer relationship with Adobe. It turns out that you can buy LR6, but you have to dig through the Web site pretty hard.
Hm, the $10/month would have got me cloudspace for my pix and also the mobile app; maybe I’m doing it wrong?