... their mastery has come at such a hard price they cannot bear to consider another option. Almost as if they had built their car from raw steel themselves...
I am now firmly in LR for 90% of my needs. I did resist initially for the following reason: I knew if I switch, my Photoshop skills, already modest, are going to suffer even more. I knew if I stay in PS I would need to use it on a daily basis and would need to dig deeper and deeper. Practice makes perfect, as they say. I downloaded hours and hours of PS video tutorials, started watching them... and would not last more than halfway through.
There is always that nagging feeling that everything worth learning or doing requires considerable effort... no-pain-no-gain* type of thing. I also used to drive a stick shift, and thought those who drive automatic are "girly men" (as Governator would put it so eloquently
)... until I had a chance to drive an automatic, after which there was no turning back. I also used to listen to the music via a class A amplifier (iPhone today). Sooner or later we all succumb to the siren song of ease, convenience and/or sheer laziness. Especially if the end result is better, the same or, as a minimum, indistinguishable from the old "macho" ways of doing things.
In other words, for me, it was a blessing in disguise, i.e., that I never learned PS to the level of mastery.
* Now, if only there would be a pill to get me six-pack abs without diet, discipline and exercise