What are the differences between Lightroom Classic and Lightroom CC? In this post, we will answer the question, what really is the difference between Lightroom Classic and Lightroom CC?
Are you looking to purchase Lightroom but you’re not sure which version to get? Let’s go ahead and talk about the major differences between Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic. Now in 2019 Lightroom CC has seen a bunch of upgrades but it still isn’t up to par with Lightroom Classic.
As a starting photographer, you may be looking to get Lightroom and not really sure which one you should get. Let’s take a quick look at what really makes them so different. This post will be just a quick look at the differences between Lightroom Classic and Lightroom CC.
Overview: Differences Between Lightroom Classic and Lightroom CC
Starting out with the biggest difference, which is the interface. So Lightroom Classic is the Lightroom that’s been around all these years. It’s what everyone’s been using. It’s what everyone is used to. If you ask a professional or someone who’s been using Lightroom for a while, they probably would just tell you to get Lightroom Classic. Lightroom Classic has all your options. It has the two tabs on the side. It’s very familiar. There’s a lot going on there.
On the other hand, Lightroom CC is a mobile-ready version of Lightroom, which is kind of watered down from what classic is. Even on the computer, it looks very much like a mobile app. But Adobe did that so you can also use it on your iPhone and your iPad. The Lightroom CC interface is a little bit easier to get used to, especially if you’re new. But you’re not gonna have as much functionality in the program.
Next up is importing. Importing is so different between the two programs. So Lightroom CC basically only lets you import your photos. Very straight forward, you can import the RAWs, you can import the JPEGs, and you can edit them, and that’s about it. Keep in mind if you’re doing this on something mobile like an iPad, it’s kind of annoying, because unless you have an external hard drive, like the WD My Passport Wireless Pro, you have to basically import into photos, and then from photos import it into Lightroom. And it’s just like a whole thing.
Whereas Lightroom Classic you have a lot of options for your imports. You can import it and import to an additional external hard drive. You can put your preset on your import while it comes in which saves you a bunch of time. Hot tip, if you don’t do that already, do it because it saves so much time. And there’s just so much more you can do with your importing in Lightroom Classic.
Another big difference is exporting. So, exporting in Lightroom CC is extremely bare bones. Basically, you can export it in a large file and a smaller file, and that’s about it. You can’t choose what type of file type it is, you can’t export RAW, you can’t choose the PPI for printing or anything. It’s just exporting.
Whereas Lightroom Classic you have options to change your size, you can export multiple options, you can export in different file types, so PNG, JPEG. You can change the PPI, so you can have it print ready. You can even have it open in another program after it exports. So it’s night and day between the two as far as exporting.
And last but not least is the pricing. So the pricing is probably the most confusing part, and it really depends on what type of photographer you are and what you’re looking for.
So basically your three options are, you can get Lightroom CC alone. And with Lightroom CC alone you’re basically getting 1TB of cloud storage and Lightroom CC. So this is good for anyone on the move, anyone who just needs to edit like a couple fashion shoots, a couple portrait shoots, some Instagram stuff, something very just bare bones and not too much. Exporting JPEG’s are gonna be fine, but you wanna be mobile. You wanna use an iPad or something all the time.
The next option is the photographer’s package, which comes with Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom Classic, and Lightroom CC. The difference in this package is you are not getting the 1TB of cloud storage. So you can use this package as a wedding photographer or portrait photographer, all the options you need Lightroom Classic is gonna give you, you can edit on your iPad. And that versatility really helps out being able to have it loaded in the cloud, you can use Lightroom CC on your iPad, but then also can use Lightroom Classic whenever you are at home and you need to export, ready for print photos for your wedding couples etc.
The last option I think is a little overkill. I don’t know why anyone would do it, but it’s basically $20 a month and you get Lightroom CC, Lightroom Classic, Photoshop, and the 1TB of cloud storage. That’s just if you have the money for it, you may as well get it. But I don’t know who would really need the whole thing.
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