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Adobe Lightroom Classic versions

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Product:  Adobe Lightroom Classic  |   Subject: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic

In this exercise, we will learn about Adobe Lightroom versions. 

In this section, I want to spend a few minutes to give you an idea of the different available versions of Lightroom. There are two available versions of Lightroom. There's a Lightroom as part of the Creative Cloud Photography plan. Then there's also the standalone version of Lightroom. 


Now, you can get the standalone version of Lightroom by going to Amazon and searching for Lightroom. This is the product you get, and you can get it for about $150. 

It depends on the kind of platform you want to use on Windows 10, eight, seven, or even for the Mac OS. But there are advantages to having Adobe Photoshop Lightroom through the subscription model on the Creative Cloud plan. And that's because you get a whole bunch of access to different applications. As part of the Creative Cloud plan on the photography plan, or $10 a month, you can access Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop, and the Adobe Lightroom mobile. You can, of course, synchronize your photos using the cloud. But there are more details that you can take a look at for yourself by clicking on www.adobe.com/products/Photoshop-Lightroom/versions.html. And you can check out the versions and the kind of options that are more important to you. 

I would say that the benefit of buying the standalone version of Lightroom 6 is that you get the license to use that application perpetually. But if you do get it as part of the Creative Cloud, you get Lightroom updated continuously through the Creative Cloud membership. You can always use Lightroom as you, of course, pay for your monthly subscription price. Now, the best of both worlds. I prefer using it in the Adobe Creative Cloud because, of course, there are a whole bunch of features that you don't get with the standalone version. 

However, it might be advantageous for you to buy it once and continue to use it. I want to mention that Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is based on the Adobe Camera Raw engine, and the camera engine is continuously updated. Through the Creative Cloud Photography plan, you get updated versions of Lightroom all the time. You are always up to date with the standalone version. If you buy Adobe Lightroom 6, you're going to get all the updates for version 6. Then that'll be the end of it. When Adobe moves to Lightroom 7, for example, you're not going to get access to that unless you buy another standalone license. That's why if you get the Creative Cloud membership, you're going to be perpetually updated as long as, of course, you subscribe to the Creative Cloud. So those are the options that you can do when you're working with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. 

So once again, to recap, you can get Lightroom in one of two ways: 

  1. You can get it as part of the Creative Cloud Photography plan or as a standalone version of Lightroom, a single-use perpetual license. 
  2. You can get the continuously updated Lightroom Creative Cloud subscription model. It is up to you to look at the key features across each of these versions that become more important to you as you work with your photography. 

I hope this has been helpful, and if you do have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out.