What’s going on with Lightroom?

During a club meeting a few months back, I asked how many members use Adobe Lightroom, and as I recall, a majority raised their hands. Therefore, I thought it might be helpful to share some information about the recent Lightroom changes announced by Adobe, even though this isn’t “club news” per se. Judging from the various blogs and trade articles, there’s lots of confusion about the changes.

Today I noticed an article by well-known local pro photographer Michael Frye, and he explained it very well, so I’ll share the link to his article. Before sending you off to read his article, here’s my own simple summary:

  • Lightroom 6 (end of life):  The traditional pay-once, non-subscription version of Lightroom (known as “Lightroom 6” in its latest version) has been discontinued. It will continue to run indefinitely, but it won’t get any updates to support new features, bug fixes, new camera models, new computer operating systems (e.g. Windows or MacOS updates), etc.
  • Lightroom Classic CC (replacement for the former “Lightroom CC”):  If you currently use the Creative Cloud (subscription) version of Lightroom, known until last week as “Lightroom CC”, the new replacement for it is “Lightroom Classic CC”. It’s the same program, with a few new features, performance improvements, etc. Lightroom Classic CC is the subscription, desktop-based, full-featured LIghtroom we’re used to, but with a new name.
  • Lightroom CC:  A completely new version, now known as “Lightroom CC” is a whole new, strictly cloud-based, app. It currently offers a limited set of features (like you’d expect on a mobile app for example), although this is widely expected to change over time.

At the present time, most photographers who use Lightroom, want the latest full featured editing, & are willing to pay a subscription fee, will use Lightroom Classic CC. Other popular options include ON1’s Photo Raw (current version is Photo Raw 2017, and  a new 2018 public beta is available for adventure seekers), and Phase One’s Capture One Pro. There are a variety of others out there as well.

If you use Lightroom 6, are satisfied with its features, and don’t plan to upgrade anytime soon to one of the latest cameras, you may continue without upgrading.

Confused yet? Welcome to the circle of confusion (haha). Here’s the link to Michael Frye’s detailed explanation:  https://www.michaelfrye.com/2017/10/26/big-lightroom-news/

-Bill Heiser, Club VP & Webmaster