I don’t know about that…
While watching Germany’s Next Top Model with my S.O. (it’s entertaining from all sorts of different viewpoints: it’s heavy into photography, the models dress up in visually wild costumes, and there’s tons of dramady), I like to look at what the photographers do and what they use. (She basically watches it for the normal entertainment value, not the photo nerd side.)
Anyway, the photographers shoot with all sorts of cameras (a good bit of medium format and full frame — but even some APS-C cameras… from Hasselblad, Leica, Fuji, Canon, Nikon, Sony, etc.). However, they’re not using Lightroom. They’re basically almost all using Capture One when showing the behind the scenes reviewing, often tethered wirelessly (but sometimes still with a cable).
Once in a while, they do not shoot tethered (usually when they’re at a beach or some other location where it’s not so practical), so there’s no way to know if it’s raw, jpeg, or what they’re using to process the photos. But more often than not, they have an on-set review area where Heidi Klum and others look at the photos while they’re being taken. This “live” reviewing adds another layer to the narrative. (Regardless, they nearly always quickly show the picked and polished-up photos during the sequences.)
Is Capture One what the photographers prefer? Is it mandated by the show? Is it a generally accepted de facto raw photo software used in the fashion industry? I don’t know. But I do know it isn’t Lightroom.
Here’s a screengrab from a somewhat recent photo shooting:
Anyway, the point is: Not everyone uses Lightroom. It’s not an industry standard. (Many do use it, of course — especially hobbyists and small studios — but it’s not used everywhere.)
They are still probably using Adobe Photoshop even when using Capture One, though. (This is just a guess. GNTM never shows the retouching process, even when it’s obvious the picture has been doctored, like with wires removed, etc.)
But back to the topic of Lightroom:
Having used Lightroom for many years (and switching to darktable a few years ago): I fully agree with everything @bastibe said.
Lightroom is decently good by default, lets you do minor changes pretty easily, but starts to give wild results pretty quickly after that. Like any raw software editor, there’s a learning curve with Lightroom too. The difference is that the curve is a bit more subtle at first (compared to most other raw editors), but then drops off with functionality later. There’s a trade-off. For some people, especially hobbyists and semi-pros, that’s fine.
Perhaps pro-level model photographers know this and need additional retouching functionality without going into the realm of bizarro editing? And they usually choose Capture One as a result? Just a guess.
And, yes, Lightroom’s Fuji handling is not very good in so many ways. I’m especially thinking of the annoying “worms” due to the demosaicing process causing weird artifacts. There are so many blog posts and videos that mention this problem. It has gotten better over the years, but it’s still there. I’m glad that’s a thing of the past for me now, thanks to darktable.