While my friends regale me with stories of African safaris and incredible wildlife encounters, I somehow got myself mired in the mucky world of learning software. How did this happen?
Once upon a time I decided to kick up my photography a notch by moving to better photo processing software. It seemed like a courageous step at the time to move up from iPhoto.
Back then my choice came down to Apple’s Aperture or Adobe’s Lightroom. I knew the popular choice was Lightroom so of course I picked the other one.
I was not being entirely contrarian – I have had great success with Apple programs in the past. This time I picked the wrong horse as Apple abandoned Aperture leaving me hanging in software purgatory.
I had gotten the hang of navigating around my little corner of Aperture and managed to get what I wanted out of the photos most of the time. It may not have been genius and certainly not the quickest, but it was comfortable – like a good old cotton shirt.
After much dithering and delaying, I finally downloaded Lightroom. I hate being wrong but there was no way around this one. I may have been the last Aperture holdout on the continent.
It is possible there are certain parts of my photography where I am graceful and fast like a gazelle. When it comes to learning software, I am more like a Clydesdale stumbling around a computer store, relearning what little I thot I knew.
This morning I am faced with a miazma of tutorial videos on vaguely familiar topics. I’ve watched a few, got intimidated and don’t really know where to go next after several warnings about starting right or it could be trouble down the road. I think I may move directly to trouble and save a few steps.
To add chaos to confusion, I also accidentally got PhotoShop with Lightroom which brings another set of problems. The largest is likely that I can’t tell people anymore that I don’t have PhotoShop. Not that I have any intention of learning how to use an even more complicated program!
Some day I will happily look back at this time and likely be amused at the fuss. Meanwhile I think I’ll go for nap. Maybe if I put the video on under my pillow, I’ll absorb the key points while asleep.
These software safaris aren’t all what they advertise!