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Difference Between Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic?

What's the Difference Between Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic?

We're here today to answer the question, what really is the difference between Lightroom Classic and Lightroom CC? As a starting photographer, you may be looking to get Lightroom and not really sure which one you should get. So let's take a quick look at what really makes them so different.

1. Interface

Starting out with the biggest difference, which is the interface.

Lightroom Classic

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 two tabs on the side. It's very familiar. There's a lot going on there.

Lightroom CC

Lightroom CC is a mobile-ready version of Lightroom, which is kind of watered down from what classic is. You see here, even on the computer, it looks very much like a mobile app. But they 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.

2. Importing

Lightroom CC

Importing is so different between the two programs. So Lightroom CC basically only lets you import your photos. Very straightforward, 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 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.

Lightroom Classic
Whereas Lightroom Classic you have a lot of options for your imports. You can import it and import it 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 'cause it saves so much time. And there's just so much more you can do with your importing in Lightroom Classic.

3. Exporting

Lightroom CC

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.

Lightroom Classic

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.

4. 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 JPEGs 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're not getting the 1TB of cloud storage.

So I use this package because obviously as a wedding photographer, I need all the options that Lightroom Classic is gonna give me, I edit on my iPad. And that versatility really helps out being able to have it loaded in the cloud, use Lightroom CC on my iPad, but then also use Lightroom Classic whenever I'm here at home and I need to export, ready for print photos for my couples. 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.

So that was just a quick look at the differences between Lightroom Classic and Lightroom CC. Let me know which one you use and let me know why you us it. And what kind of setup you have. I hope I answered your question.

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