It might have once been an absurd thing to contemplate, but has the day finally come where landscape photographers do not actually need to use Photoshop?
For the last year or so, I've repeatedly said that Lightroom's constant updates and new features have added so much to it as a standalone editing platform. Whether it's the incredibly accurate selection tools that now incorporate aspects of AI or the evolution of masking capabilities, Lightroom has undoubtedly become a very powerful editing tool in its own right, so much so that I now find myself spending much longer in Lightroom, which is something I never did until about 18 months ago, as I always just went immediately to Photoshop. But has Lightroom come so far that it can entirely replace Photoshop and perhaps make it redundant?
That questions brings us to this great video from Alistair Benn from Expressive Photography, in which he considers whether landscape photographers even need to cross over from Lightroom into Photoshop in order to edit their images. Benn is a very accomplished landscape photographer who talks a lot about Lightroom and Photoshop, so it's worth giving the video a watch. For me, I will continue using Photoshop because I like to use a lot of layers in my edits, as well as use Actions, many of which I've created myself over the years. Benn leans towards retaining the use of Photoshop for other reasons. How do you feel? Is Adobe cannibalizing Photoshop by making Lightroom so good?