February 1, 2007
since1968.com has an interview with Mark Hamburg, the “founder” of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom as well as being an Adobe Fellow (and “a recovering Photoshop expert”-Mark’s words).
Mark talks a bit about Lightroom’s origins and why he was prompted to work on the project after spending so much time on Photoshop-he was the 2nd engineer, after Thomas Knoll, to work on Photoshop.
Mark says “I started out worrying about alternative paradigms for image editing, but then my manager at the time, Greg Gilley, who was an avid photographer, started to push toward: ‘Well, we just have all this stuff, and how do we deal with lots of images and what can we get out of pushing ACR further.’ Actually the way he got me to deal with that was he pushed me to go get a camera and start shooting more. I very rapidly determined that as interesting as it was to do image editing there was clearly just a general problem that comes from shooting far more than the tools are really built to deal with. At this stage it’s focused on ‘I’m shooting gigs of images and I need a tool to deal with that.’”