The desktop versions (Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic CC) are not free, and you can only get them by purchasing one of Adobe’s Creative Cloud Photography Plans (see below). There is a trial version, but it only works for a short time. With the Lightroom mobile app for iOS and Android, it’s a little more complicated. This app is free to download and install, and you can … [Read more...] about Is Lightroom free? That’s a good question if you use the mobile app
Lightroom reviews, tips and tutorials
Lightroom is Adobe's all-in-one photo organizing, RAW processing and editing tool. It can be used on its own or alongside Photoshop, which is designed for more complex editing and illustration work.
You can only get Lightroom as part of Adobe's various subscription plans. The Adobe Photography Plan page explains these in more detail.
There are now two versions of Lightroom, which makes things more complicated. Lightroom Classic CC is the more powerful 'traditional' version which use images stored locally on your computer. Lightroom CC is a newer, slimmed-down version that uses cloud-based storage where all your images are available everywhere. This Lightroom CC vs Lightroom Classic CC comparison explains the key differences.
This isn't an image quality comparison, simply a breakdown of the key differences in the Capture One vs Lightroom debate. They appear very similar in terms of what they do, who they're aimed at and how they work, but there are some key differences in the details. If you are struggling to decide which is best, this feature comparison will hopefully make your decision … [Read more...] about Capture One vs Lightroom: which of these high-end programs is best?
The name is the same, but despite the apparent similarities, these are two very different programs. So if you have to decide between Lightroom CC vs Classic, which do you choose? This comparison will help you decide! Adobe's decision to split Lightroom into two different products has made it more difficult for photographers to choose the right photo cataloguing tool. … [Read more...] about Lightroom CC vs Lightroom Classic CC
HDR photography relies on capturing an extra wide brightness range in a scene, which usually means shooting a series of exposures and then merging them in software. You can get dedicated HDR applications and plug-ins for this, but some regular photo editors are adding HDR merge tools too. The Lightroom HDR merge option has been around for a while, so how does it work and how … [Read more...] about Lightroom HDR: how the HDR Merge tool works
So what's wrong with Lightroom? Lightroom is probably the automatic go-to program for enthusiasts and experts looking for an all-in-one photo organising and editing program, but it's not necessarily the best and it's not popular with everyone, so many will be looking for Lightroom alternatives. One problem is Adobe's subscription system for its software. The Adobe … [Read more...] about Lightroom alternatives: which is best?
Verdict: 8/10 Lightroom has become a standard tool for a large number of photographers and it does streamline the organisation and editing of large numbers of photos. But while it's powerful and effective, its raw processing is not the best and its organisational system can feel quite awkward. Worse, for many users it's become very slow to use. But it is convenient and … [Read more...] about Lightroom Classic CC review
Verdict: 6/10 Where is Adobe actually going with Lightroom CC? Its cloud-based storage is convenient, but locks you into Adobe’s expensive storage subscription, and it does a lot less than Lightroom Classic with little sign it’s going to catch up any time soon. It looked good at the start but hasn’t really gone anywhere. Pros All your images available … [Read more...] about Lightroom CC review (2019)
The default processing for camera RAW files in Lightroom is a reasonable start but quite often you find yourself making the same adjustments time and time again for specific cameras. I get that particularly with my Fujifilm X30. It’s a few years old now and has a pretty small sensor that’s prone to noise, but it’s perfect for travel and I like the way it renders … [Read more...] about How to change Lightroom’s default processing
Apologies for the clickbait title, but BAN adjustments just seemed like such a snappy description. Lightroom is a great tool for carrying out basic image enhancements. It’s also great for applying a range of creative effects. However, I like to keep these two things separate and treat them differently. That’s because I want to see both my original raw materials in Lightroom … [Read more...] about BAN adjustments in Lightroom (BAN – Basic And Necessary!)
Adobe has announced its next generation of professional imaging tools for photographers, and now offers two very different versions of Lightroom. From today, Lightroom will be available either as a regular desktop-based image storage solution or as an all-new cloud-based service where all your files will be available and editable anywhere. There are other changes to the Adobe … [Read more...] about Adobe brings radical revamp for Lightroom CC