Lightroom – My Choice for Editing and Storage
While there are a number of applications on the market for categorizing and editing photographs, my choice is Lightroom Classic CC 2018 by Adobe. Lightroom is a complete package, combining storage, categorization, and powerful editing tools all in one program.
Lightroom was first released in February, 2007, and was quite expensive at $299. Over the years, new features were added to the program. The final standalone version, Lightroom 6, was released in 2015. The current version of Lightroom is no longer available as a standalone program. It is only available as part of Adobe’s Creative Cloud subscription service.
While some may balk at the idea of an ongoing subscription or computer program, it is becoming the norm. We’ve seen it with former standby programs such as Microsoft Office, and most recently, the venerable financial program Quicken became subscription-based in 2018.
Current subscription price for Adobe Creative Cloud is $9.99 per month. The subscription includes Photoshop CC 2018, Camera RAW CC, and Adobe Bridge CC, as well as Lightroom Classic CC 2018 and Lightroom CC 2018. (I will discuss the latter program a little bit more later in this post.) While a $120 per year subscription can seem significant, it includes tools which in their standalone applications, cost nearly $1000. Additionally, programs available by prescription are regularly updated at no additional cost, something not usually available in standalone program purchases.
For me, the choice became easy once I evaluated the amount of work I do. While I am not as prolific as a professional photographer, nor even as some of my photographer friends are, I take on average about 1200 photographs per month. For me, the subscription cost of this program package is worthwhile to manage and edit that number of photographs.
What Lightroom Does
First and foremost for me, Lightroom manages my photographic collection. I have seen some articles claiming that Lightroom is not a photo manager in the vein of Adobe Bridge. That is true to the extent that photos must be imported into Lightroom to become part of its Library. Adobe Bridge, on the other hand, allows you to categorize photographs directly from your hard drive folders.
(FREE TUTORIAL) Basic Photo Editing In Adobe Lightroom CC For Mobile
The image enhancement tools and features that are now available inside of the Adobe Lightroom CC for Mobile App are truly groundbreaking but mastering this App is not easy. Learn the basics of photo editing in Adobe Lightroom CC for Mobile in this brand new video tutorial.
For those of you like me though who are coming to this App with a Lightroom Classic background then CC for Mobile’s Develop Mode will look a little strange at first. Don’t panic. Almost all of the image enhancement features that we are used to using in Lightroom Classic are hidden in here somewhere.
Although the Lightroom CC for Mobile App is incredibly powerful, it is not easy to master. First, the touch interface present some unique challenges.
One of the hardest things to learn here are what all of the different types of finger taps do. Learning how the App will respond to a single-finger tap, versus a double-tap, or what a two finger tap will do can be quite frustrating.