Episode 7 serves as a bit of a help group session for Sharky and me as we look inward to our feeling about Adobe Lightroom’s performance. We laughed, We yelled, We cried (silently and when no one was looking) as we recounted stories of untold minutes and hours wasted while our current photo manager and editor of choice chugged along. Alternative products were brought up and excuses were made as to why we couldn’t switch. It was emotional. Fortunately, everything turned around and we saw the rainbow as the topic shifted to what the current trends in photo and tech seem to be. I pulled out all the stops with my fortune-telling abilities to share what I believe will be the next major innovation in the photography space. All that and another heaping portion of “What’s On Your Gear Shelf” makes up Episode 007.

Show Notes

  • The show kicks off with Sharky recounting all the times he has pleaded for Adobe to do something about the performance issues that are glaring with the current iteration of Lightroom
  • A bunch of alternative were tossed into the ring—like ON1 Photo Raw, Capture One Pro, MacPhun Luminar, and Photo Mechanic, but Brian brought up that he doesn’t have the time to relearn an entirely new program while also ensuring a smooth migration of his entire photo catalog
  • The hosts are hopeful for some relief in the form of a major update to Lightroom announced at Adobe MAX
  • After a healthy dose of lamentation, Brian and Sharky change gears to discuss trending technologies in the photo space and things are looking very cool
  • Brian is hedging his bet that Artificial Intelligence (AI) will play a big role in making cameras smarter by allowing them to analyze the scene being shot and make adjustments accordingly to improve the output
  • Brian also recounts his time working on the Google Photos team and the importance of their Auto Enhance feature. [via AdWeek]
  • Sharky believes that there will be greater demand for manual lenses, given how easy they have become to adapt to most camera mounts
  • He continues on to discuss the upward trend of players like Kickstarter, which allows entrepreneurs to fund fringe camera product development to the market without the need of seeking out venture capital.

What’s On Your Gear Shelf?

Sharky: Think Tank Photo Pro Speed Belt v2.0 [via B&H Photo and Video]

BrianHot Shoe Spirit Level Cube [via Amazon]