Adobe Lightroom Classic and Lightroom CC

I’ve been using a prerelease version of Lightroom CC for a couple months—it’s great, get it, but not for studio use. I’m working on an article for Digital Photo Mag about why that is.

For now, here’s what you need to know: I’m using LR CC for my travel and creative work and for the more intensive stuff Capture One Pro.

It doesn’t matter what Adobe does under the hood to Lightroom Classic, as long as the windows are modal between Library and Develop, it’s unusable for me.

That’s the reason I switched to Capture One and will continue to use it. I’m already subscribe to the Creative Cloud for Photoshop and Capture One round trips with it perfectly.

So, if you shoot on the go like I do, then Lightroom CC is a significant and recommended upgrade for all the reasons Adobe shared today.

Don’t use Classic.

From Adobe’s blog…..

The Lightroom CC ecosystem is a cloud-based service with three device-based apps: desktop, mobile and web.

Lightroom CC is designed and built around 3 guiding principles:

  • Powerful Yet Simple—Lightroom CC will offer the powerful image editing that you want, while being simple and intuitive to use. Our goal is that it will have everything you need and nothing you don’t.
  • Seamless experience across all your devices—Lightroom CC will work the same across desktop, mobile, and web. This allows you to move across your devices without needing to relearn or figure things out. Your photos and edits are all where you’d expect them to be.
  • Cloud Based—Everything you do in Lightroom CC is synced to the cloud. This means that you can access and work with your photos from any device (including multiple computers), and can easily share photos with others. All of your photos and all of the work that you do with them will be automatically backed up all the time.

See here for useful video tips, and here for Lightroom CC FAQs.

Lightroom CC on Desktop (Mac/Win)



Lightroom CC on desktop is a completely new app for Mac and Win.  Lightroom CC is designed from the ground up to focus on photographers’ needs as they move between their devices and tap into the power of a cloud-based photo workflow.

Lightroom CC features a new interface that makes it easy to organise AND edit from the same streamlined experience.  Your original images, edits, and metadata is synced and stored in the Creative Cloud.  Once in the cloud, Lightroom CC taps into Adobe Sensei to automatically tag your images for search.

iOS and Android

Lightroom CC on mobile devices got a number of important new features today as well, and fully supports the Lightroom CC ecosystem, while continuing to support Lightroom Classic.

Along with Lightroom CC on the desktop, both iOS and Android gain the ability to search through all of your synced photos, leveraging the power of Adobe Sensei to automatically tag and keyword your images for you. Now you can find photos you’re looking for by searching for what is in the photos. You can also now add keywords that will sync with all Lightroom CC devices, helping you find images with those specific keywords later. And to help you organise your images, Lightroom CC on both Android and iOS lets you create and manage your albums into folders, making it easier to keep track of all of your albums of photos.

In this release, Lightroom CC on iOS has also been optimised for iOS 11. We’ve added in the ability to import from and export to iOS 11’s Files app, making it possible to access any photo that’s available within Files. On iPads running iOS 11, you can now take advantage of Drag and Drop to import your photos, including raw photos, from any other app directly into Lightroom CC.

On Android, we’ve optimised the app for the latest version of Android OS, Android O. You’ll also now be able to selectively enhance your photos with the Selective Brush. And finally, the app has been optimised for Chromebooks, with a new interface that provides an optimal editing experience for devices with keyboards, as well as trackpads and touch interfaces.


Lightroom CC on the web continues to get more sharing tools, as well as a new Tech Preview.

The new Lightroom CC Gallery lets you add multiple albums to a single page that you can easily share with friends, family, and clients. Any images added into your albums will automatically show up in your gallery, and images will always reflect the latest edits, making it super simple to keep your gallery up to date.

For the past year, Lightroom CC on the web has offered a glimpse of new features and functionality coming to the Lightroom CC ecosystem, and today we’re excited to share yet another glimpse: Best Photos. The Best Photos tech preview stemmed from the desire to pick more quickly the best photos from a group without the long and sometimes monotonous task of sorting through a number of similar photos. Best Photos leverages a number of Adobe Sensei technologies to help automatically identify and group similar photos, pick the best photo from that group, and then select the best photos of each of the groups. This Tech Preview gives you a chance to play with some of the exciting new technologies that our researchers are working on and provide feedback on what you like, what you don’t like, and features that you’re wishing for.



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