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 (Classic and CC)
Lightroom is an all-in-one photo cataloguing, organising and editing tool that also synchronised with a mobile app so that you can browse and share your images while you’re on the move. It uses the same RAW conversion engine and tools as Adobe Camera Raw, which comes with Photoshop, but comes in two versions: Lightroom Classic CC uses the same desktop-based storage system and tools as the 'old' Lightroom, while Lightroom CC is a new stripped-down version with a simpler interface which uses paid-for cloud storage.
We’d like to think that white balance is a science, right? And that the Temperature and Tint values that form the basis of white balance adjustments are universal constants that we can expect to be consistent across all software applications? That’s not how it is. If you’ve ever suspected that different RAW converters interpret white balance settings differently, here’s the … [Read more...] about 3 RAW converters, 3 different white balance settings!
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
Adobe is claiming its new feature offers a 30% increase in fine detail resolution. It’s just one of a number of improvements and enhancements across the Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom ecosphere, but it’s the one likely to attract most interest. Enhance Details is a process applied to RAW files during the demosaicing process – when the software processes the red, green and … [Read more...] about Adobe February 2019 update brings new Enhance Details feature