Last week Adobe released a new update to Lightroom and Lightroom Mobile. But what they managed to achieve, was completely confuse the fuck out of people by renaming their products.

Lightroom CC is now called Lightroom Classic CC. And it’s original name Lightroom CC has been given to Lightroom Mobile which was updated for the mobile and released on the desktop as a standalone app.

Lightroom CC

They also claim that Lightroom CC is the way forward which offers you much more flexibility, mobility and backup. Amongst many other features, one of the main is that all your photos are hosted on the cloud that is on Adobe’s Servers. This is great if you live in countries where high-speed uploads are available. In Australia however much of the users have got next to no upload speeds so how do you upload RAW files to Lightroom CC.

Don’t get me wrong if you have high upload speeds then you should definitely get in this, in fact consider myself one of the lucky few Aussies who have decent speed Fibre connection. But the most important feature is the backup!! Adobe has 20GB for standard Photography users and also a 1TB version as well.

For me, this is not useful for two reasons:

  • I already use CrashPlan to backup my photos and other data to the cloud, so I don’t need yet another cloud storage.
  • I already have 2.4TB and growing image repository.

Lightroom Classic CC

They updated now so-called Lightroom Classic CC with some new features such as:

  • Performance improvements for those who want to stick with desktop only version – with faster preview when switching between Develop and Library modules
  • Sidecar based preview for faster review of images
  • Better Masking options for finer adjustments to your images

At a first glance, these features don’t look like much but the image preview rendering is slightly faster and so is switching to develop module. I’ve only spent little time in Lightroom Classic CC but I could notice a difference. Sidecar preview is only something you can use when you import new images, not with current images in Lightroom Classic CC. And the masking tool, when I will look into it when I need it.

So really, what is Adobe really delivering with this update; some much needed performance improvements and a new feature..that’s it? Consider the fact that the last release was in December 2016 and in October 2017 that’s all they released? I don’t even bother getting disappointed about Adobe and Lightroom, I have learned to live with it.

Conclusion – My Workflow

Being able to Sync 20GB across my Mobile & Desktop makes things somewhat better for me. I see myself using Lightroom CC for my mobile photography more.

Images taken on my phone can be added and edited using Lightroom CC. I can then continue working on the Desktop seamlessly.

On the desktop version of Lightroom CC (and don’t confuse this with Lightroom Classic CC) I can import my Presets and use them to quickly edit. However Custom Presets are still missing on the mobile. You would think that the presets will sync up across your other devices, but no!! (deep breathe)

For desktop editing, I will still continue using Lightroom Classic CC for now. I still have tons of presets that I have invested in over the years and will continue to create more. It would take a revolutionary change for me to move my entire catalog over to another software and completely ditch Lightroom Classic CC. For the moment, I live with the pain.