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Which Should I Use, Lightroom CC, Lightroom Classic or Lightroom 6?

Lightroom CC LogoLightroom ClassicAdobe released a new application called “Lightroom CC”, and they renamed the newest 7.0 version of the Lightroom program we have known and used for 10 years “Lightroom Classic CC”. In this article I’ll explain what Lightroom CC and Classic are and how they differ to help you make a decision on which is right for you. Note that I would expect Lightroom CC to acquire new features fairly quickly, so you should revisit your decision regularly.

These two solutions are only available as subscriptions. However, Adobe has decided to also continue selling the non-subscription perpetual Lightroom 6 – consider this to be an old version of Lightroom Classic.  Lightroom 6 hasn’t gotten any new features in over two years, and will receive only two more small updates over the next few months to provide support for new cameras, new lens profiles and bug fixes. If you’re using an even older version of Lightroom and want to get as up-to-date as possible without subscribing, this is an option – but consider that as new Mac and Windows operating systems comes out, there’s no guarantee that they won’t introduce significant issues in Lightroom 6 – and if so, Adobe will not fix them.  As you read the content below, consider Lightroom 6 to be an older version of Lightroom Classic. (I haven’t yet verified whether the pricing for Lightroom 6 will stay at $149 for new users, and $79 for the upgrade version.)

Lightroom Classic

Lightroom Classic is the new name for Lightroom as we used to know it – a very powerful program for managing and editing your photos, and for creating lots of different types of output with (prints, books, slideshows, web galleries, publish services). For a decade it has been the choice of professional photographers and amateurs who are serious enough about their photography that they don’t mind climbing a learning curve (though not nearly as steep as Photoshop’s) in exchange for powerful file management, editing and output capabilities. Nevertheless, some users have found themselves confused by and overwhelmed with Lightroom Classic’s file management and catalog approach and have struggled with missing files, lost work and other catalog issues.

Lightroom Classic is a desktop-centric solution – your photos reside on your computer, and you manage where they reside, what folder structure they reside in, what the file names are, etc.   Understanding the relationship between your files and Lightroom’s catalog is critical to using this program successfully, as otherwise you will encounter missing file and folder issues, lost work, etc. It’s left completely up to you to back up your catalog using Lightroom’s utility, and your photos using some program other than Lightroom.

Photos in Lightroom Classic have a limited connection to the new “Lightroom CC ecosystem” – i.e. to Lightroom mobile on your mobile devices, web, and now Lightroom CC Desktop. You can “sync” (upload) specific collections of photos from Lightroom Classic to this ecosystem (just as before), but:

  • all your photos are not automatically synced to this ecosystem
  • the full size original files never go beyond your desktop computer – only smaller versions of your files (smart previews) get “synced” to the cloud and Lightroom mobile, web and Lightroom CC Desktop
  • some Classic work will not sync to the rest of the ecosystem – for example, keywords, collection sets, color labels, snapshots.
  • some work done in Lightroom mobile, web and Lightroom CC will not sync to Lightroom Classic – keywords and folders at this point, but more will follow since Adobe does not plan to invest any more resources in syncing to/from Classic.

Beginners: click here to go to a video introduction to Lightroom Classic.

Lightroom CC

Lightroom CC is Adobe’s new cloud-centric photography solution. While the software resides on your computer, your photos, generally speaking, reside in the cloud (though you can also keep a copy on your computer). Lightroom CC has a professional-quality set of tools for editing raw (and other) images, at this point missing just a few that Classic has.

Watch my video below for a brief look at Lightroom CC:

Lightroom CC’s Cloud-Based Approach Has Great Advantages

  1. You can very easily access and work on all your photos everywhere:
    • on up to two computers with Lightroom CC installed (Yes, Lightroom CC finally gives photographers a seamless multi-computer solution. This is not a multi-user solution unless you are logged in with the same ID and are careful to not work on photos at the same time.)
    • all your iOS and Android mobile devices, with the Lightroom mobile app
    • on any computer at lightroom.adobe.com on the web. Imagine visiting someone and being able to use their computer without Lightroom on it to import photos into your Lightroom catalog, browse and edit your whole library, and automatically have all your new photos and work show up back at home.
  2. Your photos and work are automatically backed up to the cloud.
  3. You can take advantage of new resource-intensive features that are performed on Adobe’s servers – right now, the new Search feature that analyzes the content of your images to find what you’re looking for.
Lightroom CC Ecosystem

Lightroom CC Is Easier to Use

If you have struggled with the file and catalog management aspects of Lightroom Classic, you’ll find that Lightroom CC is much easier to use. The only file management decisions you can make (if you are the kind of person who goes into Preferences) is whether Lightroom CC should store a copy of your photos on your computer in addition to in the cloud, and if so where; and if not, how much hard drive space it should use to keep files that it thinks you’ll want access to so that you don’t have any delay as it downloads them from the cloud. Otherwise the tasks of file management are taken completely out of your hands – you don’t decide where each import of photos will be stored, you don’t organize and reorganize files and folders or access folders, and you don’t rename files – YOU LEAVE THEM ALONE.

Instead you create albums (aka collections) of photos you want to view together, you add keywords, and use Lightroom CC’s content-based search function to find photos.

Lightroom CC Has Serious Limitations at This Point

  • It depends on having internet, and decent internet at that. Without an internet connection you CAN use the program to manage and edit your photos, but your photos won’t get backed up to the cloud, you won’t be able to get your photos to mobile, web, or multiple computers, and you won’t have access to Lightroom CC’s powerful search function or the “reverse geocoding” process that assigns city, state and country based on GPS coordinates that your camera assigns.

    If you have internet but upload and download speeds are slow, it will simply take a long time for your photos to sync to the cloud and down to mobile, web, and other computers. If your internet usage is metered, you’ll have to be careful that you don’t exceed your plan. (Remember, it’s uploading your full-size files, not small compressed versions of them.)

    Finally, Lightroom CC storage in excess of 1 TB will cost you extra, so if you have tons of photos (and videos), you’ll have to decide if it’s worthwhile.

  • It syncs ALL your original files to the cloud. 

    I listed this under advantages, but if you have multiple terrabytes of files, the plan can get very expensive – Adobe is charging quite a premium for storage.  Even aside from cost, you may not want all your photos with you. There is no capability to only selectively sync certain albums or subsets.

  • It is missing many, many features that Lightroom Classic has.

    Lightroom CC will get more features and capabilities over time, but right now it is light. Whether you care about features that are in Classic but not in Lightroom CC will be a big determinant of whether Lightroom CC is for you in the short term.

    It has most tools that Lightroom Classic has for editing photos. Adobe’s goal is to achieve parity on this. UPDATE June 2018: at this point it’s just missing green and purple fringe removal tools and range mask in the local adjustment tools.

    Many Lightroom Classic features that aid one in editing are not available (such as Reference view, Before/After side by side, step-by-step history, soft proofing). Update June 2018: In terms of editing groups of photos together, its Copy/Paste feature is approaching parity with Lightroom Classic’s sync feature.

    It has no output creation capabilities – no printing, book making, slideshow designing and playing, or web gallery design and upload; no publish services to manage exports to Flickr, SmugMug, etc., and limited export abilities. One can:

    • Export JPEG copies of any size (specified with long edge=x pixels), but Quality is fixed at 80 – this is not suitable for making large prints (or even some medium size ones.)
    • Export a full size copy in your original file format
    • Share directly to Facebook
    • Share albums of photos on the web, where viewers can comment on and like them and play a slideshow.

    In this separate article I list every feature of Lightroom Classic that isn’t in Lightroom CC. I’ll do my best to keep it up-to-date.

  • If you accidentally delete photos – and it is easy to accidentally delete photos – they are gone forever.

    This will get fixed, but for now, if you delete photos you should know that they do not go to your Trash or Recycle Bin, they will no longer be backed up in the cloud – they are simply gone forever from your life. When you add photos to Lightroom CC, it makes copies of them and leaves the originals alone (these originals may be on your hard drive or on memory cards as you import new photos, or in your mobile device camera roll. Until this issue is fixed, I recommend not deleting the originals. If your originals are on memory cards, back them up elsewhere. Read more about this issue here.

Pricing Options

If you don’t need Lightroom Classic and Photoshop (for really advanced editing and creative applications), then you can subscribe to just Lightroom CC.

For Lightroom Classic users, pricing (at least here in the U.S.) remains unchanged, at $9.99/month and includes Photoshop as well as the new Lightroom CC. The 20 GB cloud storage will allow you to experiment with Lightroom CC with a limited number of photos, and sync Lightroom Classic collections to/from mobile and web. However, if you wish to switch from Classic to Lightroom CC and continue to use Photoshop and/or you have multiple terrabytes of files, you’ll pay significantly more.

Whether you go with one plan or the other, you’re essentially paying $10/TB/month for the Lightroom CC ecosystem – being able to have all your photos with you and to be able to work on them everywhere you go, and for all of that data to be backed up to the cloud.  Then there’s $9.99/month for Lightroom Classic and/or Photoshop.

Creative Cloud Photography Program Pricing

Creative Cloud Photography Program

  • Lightroom Classic CC

  • Lightroom CC with 20 GB of storage so you can try it out with a limited number of photos

  • Photoshop CC

$9.99 USD / mo (with annual plan)

$19.99/mo with 1 TB cloud storage; exclusive offer for current CC subscribers: $14.99/mo, first year only.

$10/TB for each additional TB.

Lightroom CC Logo

Lightroom CC

  • Lightroom CC with 1 TB cloud storage

$9.99 USD / mo (with annual plan)

$10/TB for each additional TB – available only as 2 TB, 5 TB, 10 TB.

Visit Adobe.com for a complete list of plans available, including the All Apps plan with 20+ apps, and student/teacher plans.

So What Should I Do?

You’ll have to factor in price, but here are some thoughts otherwise. I’d definitely recommend Lightroom Classic if:

  • Workflow efficiency is critical

  • You want hands-on file and catalog management and advanced metadata tools

  • You don’t want your photos in Adobe’s cloud and/or don’t value “all your photos everywhere”

  • You live in a rural area with terrible internet, wouldn’t get anything out of the “all photos everywhere, and you’d rather have a high powered program.

  • You’re a Lightroom Classic user who wouldn’t want to give up items on this complete list of missing features.

  • You don’t mind a significantly steeper learning curve

In this case, stick with Lightroom Classic and nothing changes for you (other than that you’ll only get updates if you’re on a Creative Cloud subscription program.)

On the other hand, I’d recommend Lightroom CC if:

  • You want a program that has great editing tools (mostly the same as Classic), but is otherwise simple and easy to use

  • You value having all your photos everywhere effortlessly

  • You would love to have the application manage your files for you and not to have to understand how the program works.  If going out to Finder or Windows Explorer/My Computer makes you anxious because you don’t have strong computer skills, then Lightroom CC is for you – but it isn’t just for the technically-anxious.

Those of you who don’t fall neatly on one side or the other will have a tougher decision to make.  Don’t forget that you can download trials of both!

What About Using Lightroom CC Together with Lightroom Classic?

I plan to write a separate article sometime soon on the topic of using Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic together. For now, I’ll say that a viable workflow for people who are mainly Lightroom Classic users could be to import photos into Lightroom CC and work on them while you’re away from home, and let Lightroom CC deliver them to Lightroom Classic back at home – then you’d empty out Lightroom CC.  Maintaining your entire photo library in both and working in both to get the best of both worlds will introduce signicant issues and really isn’t a good idea for anyone but the most technically adept.

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2018-09-27T15:27:13+00:00 October 18th, 2017|63 Comments

63 Comments

  1. Chris Wesselman October 18, 2017 at 8:42 am - Reply

    Hi Laura, many thanks for your thorough explanations! As full CC subscriber, who will probably *stay* a Lr Classic user, I am offered an upgrade to “Lightroom Classic CC”. Will Lightroom Classic upgraded through the CC menubar icon be called “Lr Classic CC” from now on? In other words this is *not* Lr CC? It is just the Lr Classic upgrade released today?
    Really appreciate your work here!
    – Chris

    • Laura Shoe October 18, 2017 at 3:26 pm - Reply

      You’re welcome, Chris! Lightroom Classic CC is the subscription-only upgrade to Lightroom 6/CC 2015, that is, the version 7 upgrade to the Lightroom program we have been working with for the past 10 years. “Lightroom CC” (without the 2015) is the new cloud-based application that now comes along with your LR Classic + Photoshop subscription. (It only comes with 20 GB of storage for LR CC original files, though, which isn’t much.)

  2. Tony Staples October 19, 2017 at 9:28 am - Reply

    Excellent article Laura. Unless you are a pro photographer or a very serious amateur that needs the ability to edit photos away from home I can’t see any advantage to LR CC. The increased cost and the loss of facilities (especially no Photoshop) makes not a no-brainer for me. I’ll be sticking to Classic.

    One question. If LR CC is coming with my Classic subscription is it going to mess up my file structure if I play around with it?

    • Laura Shoe October 19, 2017 at 11:12 am - Reply

      Thank you, Tony. It would be increased cost OR loss of Photoshop, not both (unless you have over 1 TB of photos).

      If you want to mess around with LR CC, it will be cleanest if you turn Sync off in Classic while you do it. If you leave Sync on, which you certainly can, expect a couple things: first, for any photos you import directly into LR CC that aren’t in Classic, a second copy will sync over to Classic. Second, any collections you’re syncing from Classic will also end up in LR CC (but just smart previews). In any case, LR CC won’t mess up your file structure – it creates its own copies of photos you import directly into it, and when it syncs photos over to Classic, it puts them into your folders according to your Classic sync file location preference (on the LR CC tab in Preferences). Clear as mud? 😉

      • Tony Staples October 20, 2017 at 4:24 am - Reply

        I was thinking that I didn’t want to pay any extra. I really don’t think I’ll bother with CC. My workflow, as a Mac user, means that I export all my edited photos across to the Photos App as JPGs. That way I have access to all of them everywhere via iCloud. I never do editing anywhere else except home so there’s not much in it for me.
        Providing Classic gets regular updates I’m happy to continue with it and the occasional hop over to Photoshop.
        I realise that my method uses more storage but storage is relatively cheap nowadays.
        Thanks for all your info. It’s always clear and concise and very welcome.
        PS – I’m sure the new CC version will be very exciting for many.

  3. Marion Woodman October 19, 2017 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    Laura, thanks for sharing this information with all of us. I am wondering how I can simply upgrade my LR5 version to LR6 as I am not interested in taking out a subscription for all of the options that are available. I’ve been searching their web page all afternoon and as of yet have not been able to find a place to simply do the upgrade to version 6. Can you help me figure that out? Thanks in advance.

  4. Tony Staples October 20, 2017 at 4:48 am - Reply

    Hi Laura. I’ve just had a look at the CC downloads and I see PS, LR Classic & LR CC. I’m not planning to download for another week (waiting to see if there are any issues) but presumably I only need to download PS and Classic if I don’t plan to use LR CC? Would it pay to download LR CC anyway to stave of any problems?

    • Laura Shoe October 20, 2017 at 7:15 pm - Reply

      You can just download PS and Classic, Tony.

  5. Theresa Clarke October 21, 2017 at 6:34 pm - Reply

    I have Lightrom 6.

    Can I upgrade to Lightroom Classic CC and Photoshop and just ignore the Lightroom CC component?

    Will my catalog and all of my presets from my Lightroom 6 catalog be automatically functional in the Lightroom Classic CC upgrade?

  6. Horst Wetjen October 22, 2017 at 10:43 am - Reply

    Hi Laura. I’ve been using the old Lightroom CC (now classic) since Apple killed Aperture. I installed both Classic and the new Lightroom CC and currently have about 13,000 photos. I’ve migrated my catalog to the new Lightroom CC and all went well. I like the look and feel of Lightroom CC, but some functions I need are missing (for example, adjustment of capture date and time). What happens if I turn Mobile Sync on in Lightroom Classic. I need some way to get new photos I’ve imported into Lightroom CC into Classic to compensate for some of the missing features in the new software. I also need the changes I make in Classic to migrate back to CC. Is this even possible?

    • Laura Shoe October 22, 2017 at 2:59 pm - Reply

      Hi Horst, yes, you can turn sync on in Lightroom Classic, and copies of your files will sync in from LR CC along with the work you do. Working in both will present complexities that I can’t enumerate here, but it is possible. Examples include: all work won’t sync – for example, keywords in one won’t sync to the other, files will be duplicated, deleting synced photo in Classic will delete from LR CC, but not vice versa; etc. I do recommend that most people just stick with Classic until LR CC does everything they need. Do read my Definitive List of what can be done in Classic but not in Lightroom CC to make sure LR CC will do all you need.

      • Horst Wetjen October 24, 2017 at 5:07 pm - Reply

        Lightroom CC definitely does NOT meet my needs. There’s just too much missing – in addition to missing quite a few advanced adjustment tools, it doesn’t even have red eye removal or basic print capability. Even Apple Photos was better when it first came out. In the hopes that this will change in the near future (and I do want my photos to live in the cloud), I’ve developed the following work around: I export projects that are finished as a new catalog and import that catalog into CC. For projects still in work, I just sync those projects to the cloud from Lightroom Classic. Once the project is complete, I delete the photos synced from Classic in Lightroom CC, export the project as a catalog from Classic and import it into CC. I’m never deleting anything from Lightroom Classic. Is there any down side to this?

        • Horst Wetjen October 25, 2017 at 1:52 pm - Reply

          I answered my own question: a combination of imported catalogs and synced photos from Lightroom Classic causes duplicates and missing photos in Lightroom CC. Just what you said in your original answer, but only worse. I didn’t believe it could really be that bad. I guess it’s time to abandon Lightroom CC.

  7. Nicolas Lope de Barrios October 24, 2017 at 7:27 pm - Reply

    Hi from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Great article, it helped me a lot. I am an amateur ‘advanced’ photographer, Photography Plan Subscriber for 4 years now. Otherwise I would have use the link in your blog.

    Looking forward to an article of using Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic together. I think it would be best for long time users to ease the transition to ‘pure’ CC.

    • Laura Shoe October 24, 2017 at 10:59 pm - Reply

      Welcome, Nicolas! Thank you for thinking of that CC link on my blog. I haven’t written an article on using both yet, but I do speak to it briefly in my recorded webinar at 46:00.

  8. Dave Marr October 26, 2017 at 1:52 pm - Reply

    Thanks so much Laura! Best article on this somewhat complex subject I’ve seen so far! – answered my questions about initially testing the waters with LR CC until it gains more feature parity with Classic.

    • Laura Shoe October 26, 2017 at 7:50 pm - Reply

      You’re welcome, Dave – and thank you for your note!

  9. John Thurston November 4, 2017 at 6:42 pm - Reply

    Laura,
    I am most likely going to have the bulk of my images stored in my extensive and very organized Lightroom Classic Library and catalog. As you have mentioned you could use Lightroom CC to import images while on Location. That is what I have done with some film images that were scanned to a CD, and the location was simply my bedroom as I was a bit lazy this morning and did not want to use my Main Desktop computer and its Lightroom Classic and import them there.

    I see lots of “How to” Import from Lightroom Classic into Lightroom CC, but not in the opposite direction.

    The files I imported into Lightroom CC are now synced to the Cloud and back to Lightroom Classic as Mobile/CC Collections and the files now physically reside on my Desktop’s “From Lightroom Mobile” Directories where I usually sync my iPhone images. They also reside on my Laptop that I used to run Lightroom CC and its CD Drive.

    I would like to get those scanned images into my Classic Library Folder structure which is organized by Date-Subject-Location and the Lightroom Library also reflects the way I organize them in the Finder with the same naming scheme.
    Will I just use the “Show Folder” command and then move them in groups to new folders in my Classic Library organizing scheme?
    I only want them in one place and with the rest of my Camera images as opposed to iPhone images.

    How would I best do this? You hint at posting a “How to work with both” blog post soon and I guess I am begging the question…How do I move them into my Classic Library structure and “Empty” them from the CC scheme, yet leaving them in Synced collections that are accessible by Lightroom CC/Mobile but not physically stored in CCs scheme?

    Thanks in Advance
    John Thurston

    • Laura Shoe November 6, 2017 at 12:08 pm - Reply

      You can drag the files elsewhere using the Folders panel in Classic, John. For new files synced going forward you can go into Preferences>Lightroom CC and change the location that these go to.

      That will change the location of the copy in Lightroom Classic. You can then delete the copy in LR CC. However, this will remove them from mobile. Set up a synced collection in Classic to get them back into mobile.

      The only potential downside of this scheme is that only LR CC can sync the full size files to the cloud – Classic just syncs smart previews. As you do as I suggested you’re removing the full size file from the cloud and replacing it with a smart preview. Some will see this as a negative, but others with limited bandwidth or slow internet might see this as a positive.

  10. Charly November 5, 2017 at 11:04 am - Reply

    Laura, as you can see, many of us are interested in the article you are working “Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic together”. On the other hand, I believe that one scenario that would motivate to use both would be uploading pictures taken with iPhone using the mobile app. Thank you!

    • Laura Shoe November 6, 2017 at 12:03 pm - Reply

      I’m afraid I haven’t started on it yet, Charly, but there’s no need to use Lightroom CC to get your iPhone photos synced to Lightroom Classic – just import them into Lightroom mobile and turn syncing on in Classic. Here’s a video introduction to working with Lightroom mobile (the LR mobile interface has changed and more features have been added since I recorded it, but working between mobile and Classic is the same.)

  11. Cameron Hall November 19, 2017 at 10:12 am - Reply

    Hi Laura
    Is Adobe abandoning converting raw files to DNG in LRCC?

    • Laura Shoe December 2, 2017 at 10:49 am - Reply

      It’s too soon to know that, Cameron – there is no option to convert to DNG in version 1.0 of Lightroom CC, but it’s possible that they could add the feature later.

  12. Peter c December 1, 2017 at 8:10 pm - Reply

    Hello Laura. A great and balanced article – thanks. I think adobe have done a great job with the release of v1 of CC. Not sufficient features for some of us to migrate at this time, but sure gives a good indication of where we are heading. I won’t go into the specific features I do like and I will leave cost out of this discussion, suffice to say that to have a full res image stored, backed up and accessible on all devices from a robust cloud based storage seems to have many benefits. I am still not ready to migrate fully and probably won’t until maybe v2, but a work around for the missing features seems to be….. add photos to CC and ‘share’ associated album. This becomes available as a Collection in Classic. From here there is full Classic functionality in this collection. I make virtual copies with different presets for example to print, make book, or web based output, etc. these copies and any other processing auto sync back and are a available in the CC environment. This seems to give the advantage if cloud based storage, the features of CC as well as giving access to full Classic functionality and modules.

    • Laura Shoe December 2, 2017 at 11:00 am - Reply

      Hi Peter, there’s no sharing of albums in LR CC – everything is automatically synced to the cloud (and down into LR Classic if sync is turned on there). You can otherwise do as you suggest, but there are complications (for example, you’ll have duplicate files, and some work doesn’t sync in both directions). I hope to write an article on this soon.

      • Peterc December 2, 2017 at 3:29 pm - Reply

        Thanks Laura, I am looking forward to your article. I can’t see where the duplication is? The high res image is only stored in the cloud and any processing is only done on previews or virtual copies in either cc or Classic. This give access the Classic modules not yet available in CC with all the benefits of cloud storage. Thanks again and I am sure your article will clarify this.

        • Laura Shoe December 3, 2017 at 12:28 pm - Reply

          If you are importing into Lightroom CC, Peter, and then syncing to Classic, Classic creates its own copy of the files, so this is a duplication of the files. That’s OK, but you should be aware of it.

          • Peterc December 3, 2017 at 3:43 pm

            Thanks again Laura. Good information.

  13. Chris December 24, 2017 at 2:30 am - Reply

    Hi Laura, Thanks for the article. In Lightroom CC can duplicates be found in some automated way, and deleted? Presently I have a plugin in Lightroom Classic for this. Every couple months I end up with hundreds of duplicates. I’m an amateur.

    • Laura Shoe December 31, 2017 at 2:30 pm - Reply

      You’re welcome, Chris. No – there is no duplicate detection functionality, except that during import it screens out duplicates as best it can. Lightroom CC also does not support plugins at this time.

  14. Andrea February 4, 2018 at 10:18 pm - Reply

    Hi Laura,

    I really appreciated this article, thank you for your diligence and effort in producing it. I have a couple of questions:

    1. I see that my cloud symbol in CC says 13 GB out of 100 GB used.. does that mean Adobe is giving a max of 100 GB for storing photos without paying an additional fee? I thought I read in the article it was 1 TB.

    2. Normally I import my photos and create a new folder and add presets, edit, then export to the highest resolution for sending out to retouching services. What would happen if I tried this process in CC and then had to delete the album because my storage space was low? Would I be able to export the album as a folder onto my desktop for storing or for sending to retouching? Or are all of the “edits” gone because I took the album out of the cloud?

    Thank you so much!!

    • Laura Shoe February 6, 2018 at 3:09 pm - Reply

      You’re welcome, Andrea. 1. If you have the Photography Program (with LR Classic and Photoshop as well as LR CC), you have to pay an extra $10/month to get the 1 TB of storage. 2. Before deleting, export in the Original+Settings format.

  15. Jennifer February 13, 2018 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    Thanks – this was REALLY helpful…I was very confused by the new releases and this straightened all up! Love the pros and cons of each version

    • Laura Shoe February 14, 2018 at 1:08 pm - Reply

      I’m happy to hear it was helpful, Jennifer! Thank you for your note.

  16. Marte Beate March 6, 2018 at 1:41 am - Reply

    Hi Laura,
    I am thinking about buying Lightroom 6. But I not sure if or how long it will work on Windows 10. Since Adobe are not updating Lightroom 6 anymore, how will that effect the program? I am affraid that it will stop working if/when Windows 10 are upgraded on my computer.

    • Laura Shoe March 6, 2018 at 11:41 am - Reply

      It works with Windows 10, Marte. There’s no guarantee that it will work with Windows 11 when it comes out, and any problems won’t be fixed – but there haven’t been major compatibility issues in the past with operating system updates.

  17. Bob August 4, 2018 at 11:46 am - Reply

    Hi Laura, I am currently using LR 5 and I am considering trying LR Classic CC. I have not been able to get a consistent answer regarding returning to LR 5 if I decide to cancel my subscription to Classic CC. The first question: If I cancel my subscription to Classic CC, will I be able to use LR 5 again. I have been told no by some (including an Adobe tech rep), others have told me yes, but it is complicated. Second question: If I can use LR 5 again, can I convert my catalog back to LR 5.

  18. Ruby August 21, 2018 at 3:08 pm - Reply

    Is Adobe interested in hearing why I have decided to change to another company after many years of using and loving Lightroom and Photoshop? i.e. the changes I would like to see.

  19. Ruby August 21, 2018 at 3:09 pm - Reply

    Is Adobe interested inthe changes I would like to see? Otherwise I plan to seek other programs, regretfully as I’ve used and loved Lightroom and Photoshop for many years.

  20. Bridget August 28, 2018 at 8:40 am - Reply

    I am on the fence about purchasing a Light Room program. I am not a serious enough photographer to want to pay a monthly/yearly fee, but am completely torn on whether I should purchase and run LR6 or bite the bullet and get LR Classic. Advice?

    • Laura Shoe August 29, 2018 at 1:03 pm - Reply

      Hi Bridget, as time is passing I am coming around to recommending against Lightroom 6. It hasn’t been updated since December, 2017, and it won’t be updated if/when things break. For example, Google will be changing something soon that will break Lightroom 6’s Map module – so it just won’t work going forward – there will be no fix, as there will be in the subscription Lightroom Classic CC product. Mac or Windows operating systems updates can also break things (though up to now issues have been relatively minor.)

      I’d bite the bullet and get Classic (or the cloud-based Lightroom CC), or consider a non-Adobe alternative.

  21. gena August 29, 2018 at 12:48 pm - Reply

    Thanks for this Laura, it answered my question (can I use both CC and Classic CC) and confirmed my decision: Classic only. The main reason is that I do not wish to be tied to the internet.

  22. Jim Meehan September 30, 2018 at 1:11 pm - Reply

    Laura
    Iam totally confused. I was a LR5 user who got a new camera that needed LR6 for raw support. So I subsccribed to LR classic cc which I thought was what you call LR7! Instead it looks nothing like my LR5 screen and does not have the top pannel that has the library develop etc modes. The right panel is different as well and meta data is not an expanddable line on the right but a button. It does not feel anything like LR5 that I am used to and I have tried to find a button on the top or sides to bring in the old borders. Can you gve me any idea what I have gotten in to?

    • Laura Shoe September 30, 2018 at 1:18 pm - Reply

      That’s not Lightroom Classic CC, Jim, that’s the new cloud-based Lightroom CC (which also comes with your subscription and which you can ignore.)

  23. Jeff October 16, 2018 at 8:46 am - Reply

    Any idea if they will ever add the ability to tether a camera is the new Lightroom CC cloud version? For work I shoot 90% in the studio and while I have the full Adobe CC suite to work with, it doesn’t appear that tethering is an option in Lightroom CC. So I am stuck using my previous Lightroom 2015.9 version just to be able to tether. I don’t really feel like paying for yet another Lightroom version via LR Classic to get up to date tethering.

    • Laura Shoe October 16, 2018 at 10:22 am - Reply

      I don’t know if Lightroom CC will get that functionality, Jeff. Why not upgrade to Lightroom Classic CC 8.0 though? (That’s the updated version of the 2015.9 version you are using.)

      • Jeff Qualmann October 16, 2018 at 10:38 am - Reply

        Thanks for the quick response. If the upgrade from LR 2015.9 to LR classic CC 8.0 is free – I am on it. But this is a work computer/software and I am not sure they’d spring for yet another paid upgrade after investing in the Adobe Cloud CC suite. I’ll look into it.

        • Laura Shoe October 16, 2018 at 10:47 am - Reply

          It should be free, Jeff – it’s part of the same subscription. They could have upgraded to Classic CC v. 7 a year ago (and 8 now).

  24. Laura Taylor November 7, 2018 at 9:12 am - Reply

    Hi, Laura. I am an amateur looking to increase my hobby. Like many (maybe most?), I take advantage of digital and shoot way too many pics to keep, in hopes of getting that best one. I also have lots of old family photos I’ve scanned over the years, so I want the cloud storage. However, I don’t want everything I shoot to go to the cloud.

    I did not realize when I subscribed to the Photography Plan and began with Lightroom CC that I would not be able to select which photos were uploaded to the cloud. I have upgraded to the TB plan, but I want to be able to decide which photos to upload. So, what is the best way to manage that and what is the best way to get started if I already have over 3000 photos in the cloud, knowing there are probably 1500 (or more) that don’t belong there)?

    Thanks in advance for your help. I’ve been to many forums about deleting from CC, but I can’t find an answer to the entire range of my question(s).

    • Laura Shoe November 7, 2018 at 10:15 am - Reply

      Hi Laura,

      There’s no way to specify only certain photos to go to the cloud – the options are (1) everything, or (2) don’t use Lightroom CC. With Lightroom Classic, only collections you specify are synced to the cloud … but in this case they aren’t the full size originals, they are smaller “smart previews”. These enable you to work with your photos on mobile and web, but they are not a backup of originals.

  25. Ana Alicea November 18, 2018 at 9:10 pm - Reply

    Hi Laura,
    I have LR 5 and learned this week that it does not support my Fuji XT2 raw files. If I upgrade to LR 6, does it support the Fuji raw files? I hate to have to subscribe to an annual service. Thank you.

  26. Rob Bristow November 22, 2018 at 8:37 pm - Reply

    Hi Laura,

    Many thanks for the clear explanation. If I move from LR6 to a LR/LRClassic/PS monthly plan how many computers is it valid for?

    • Laura Shoe November 24, 2018 at 11:21 am - Reply

      You can be signed in on two computers, Rob.

  27. Lance Dixon November 25, 2018 at 2:42 am - Reply

    Thank you for your article Laura. I currently use Lightroom 5. I am about to purchase a camera that was launched last month, the Panasonic Lumix DC-LX100ii. I see this has already been added to the new subscription Lightroom. At present I wish to avoid subscription and note that you report Adobe to continue selling Lightroom 6 and that final updates for new cameras etc. will be added over the next few months. Will they include this newly released Panasonic camera? If the answer is yes, how do I purchase Lightroom 6? The Adobe web site make the new subscription purchasing look easy; however, to obtain Lightroom 6 and new updates, this is more confusing. Your response would be very much appreciated.

    • Laura Shoe November 25, 2018 at 10:10 am - Reply

      Hi Lance, the final update to Lightroom 6 was in December, 2017 – there are no further updates for new cameras (or for anything else – the Map module will go dead in a few days because of a change at Google that Adobe will only address in the newer Lightroom Classic CC.) Alternatively, you can use Adobe’s free DNG converter to convert your raw files to the DNG format, and then import these into LR 5 (or 6).

  28. Marten Holmes November 29, 2018 at 7:04 am - Reply

    Thanks for the explanations. I have a question – I’m just retiring so am going to sell off most of my equipment and thinking of buying a Fuji XT3. The problem is I don’t think Lightroom 6.5 will convert the RAW files. I don’t want to go to subscription as photography isn’t bringing an income in any more but I still want to be able to edit photos, obviously. I’m hoping to get into old aguish my old Mac, old Lightroom and a new camera, is it possible?

    • Laura Shoe December 1, 2018 at 10:38 am - Reply

      Hi Marten, here is a list of all cameras supported by Lightroom version. If your camera isn’t supported in your Lightroom version, you can use the free Adobe DNG converter, convert them to the DNG format, and then import them into your version of Lightroom (unless the camera is brand new and isn’t yet supported by the DNG converter.)

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