So - I've been taking pictures solely "for fun" for a few years now - have steadily upgraded equipment and take more pictures. I mostly take pictures at my kids' soccer and lacrosse games - in part to keep me busy and distract me - in part to capture moments to share with family members (and now for teammates and their families too).
I used to rely solely on iPhoto for editing - and then migrated to Aperture and liked the user interface and basic features that I could figure out without much difficulty (or time watching "how to" videos). Aperture was shelved for Apple's Photos - which I migrated to - and really dislike. I can't even find my damned picture files anymore!
Anyway - I just downloaded a free trial of Lightroom - and am messing with it - and like it (I think). Now - you can buy Lightroom outright for around $150 - or "subscribe" to Adobe's CC for $9.99/month ($120/yr) and have access to LR, PS, among other things. I also looked at Canon Digital Professional - the software that came with my camera - and am not really sure what to think of it.
PS? I don't think I'll ever have the time or energy to learn PS (especially after reading the "Why I Don't Use PS" thread.
I feel like the world has migrated to two sides of a room. Using something like Photos to make pictures for Facebook and Instagram, or using the Adobe suite to create elaborately manipulated pictures.
Where's the middle ground? I want to shoot in RAW - and be able to recover pictures that would otherwise be lost in JPEG - and like some functionality of the more sophisticated programs - but don't have the time to sit and learn all the ins and outs (and relearn them every time I forget how to use them because I only use them every couple of months!).
Am I alone out there? What's a guy like me to do?