Adobe products: Lightroom Mobile, CC and Classic

In this lesson, I want to give you an overview of different versions of Lightroom, so when you start with food photography now, you get a clear understanding what are the product of Adobe and which package you should buy.

Lightroom is a product of Adobe – and it comes in 3 different versions. 

1 Lightroom mobile

You can download and use Lightroom mobile for free.

Mobile version gives you great flexibility of editing images at any time wherever you are, as you don’t need to bring your laptop with you.

It gives you options to shoot in raw via the app and edit the image at the same time. Moreover, you can export the edited image as jpg and share it on your social media immediately.

How to use Lightroom Mobile as your camera:

Open the Lightroom Mobile – go to the right bottom corner and click on the camera icon – choose the professional option (this way you can shoot images in RAW – it’s the DNG format you will see on the top bar on the screen in the app)

You can adjust also the settings – ISO, f-stop and shutter speed. This is great is you want to practice manual mode, so once you buy a DSLR camera in the future, you will be already a pro!

This version is great for

  1. Travelling & hobby photography, family images,
  2. Food blog if you shoot your images with your mobile 
  3. Social media too.

2 Lightroom CC

Lightroom mobile version has its “twin” which is the Lightroom CC version for desktop. If you want to use this, you need to pay for the subscription to Adobe.

Click here to see this product directly on the Adobe website.

After you create your subscription, the images on Lightroom mobile and desktop version gets synchronized, which means, images you capture via your Lightroom mobile version, will appear on your Lightroom CC desktop too. This is very comfortable, as it’s always better to edit your images on a larger screen than your phone.

Lightroom CC is perfect for shooting with mobile while travelling, family images, your blog. As because it synchronizes with your Lightroom mobile, it also gives you great flexibility of editing your images directly on your desktop without importing images between devices.

Even if you shoot your images on the mobile, I recommend editing them on your PC, as the screen is larger, so you see the image in details.

3 Lightroom Classic

If an advanced version of Lightroom for photographers who take images by the camera. Click this link to see the product directly on Adobe website. 

This version gives you much more options for editing, it has a better performance, more precise adjustments.

Lightroom Classic is the best option if: 

  • You shoot images with a camera, 
  • You want to store images on your PC or hard disk, 
  • You shoot professional images for your clients
  • You want to upgrade for a better quality editing of your images for blog & social

Lightroom CC or Lightroom Classic?

Which one to use, really depends on you and what you need. I personally recommend using Lightroom Classic from the beginning. This is the program I use for the editing of my images, but also the program I use to create all image critique videos. So if you are not using it, it might be hard for you to get value from those videos.

These two programs require different workflow, and you can see it in the image below. If you use your mobile camera, or you want to do food photography only as a hobby in your free time, I think it’s more comfortable for you to stay with Lightroom CC/Mobile. But, if you want to become a pro one day, Lightroom Classis is the one.

And here you can see which package/subscription I recommend to purchase from Adobe:

If you want to stay with Lightroom Mobile/CC, I recommend the first option. As your images are saved in Cloud and not on a hard drive, you will need lots of space. Adobe is giving you in this package 1 TB, which should be enough for you (if you take this as a hobby).

The second option – Photography plan (20GB) is the one I am using. This package includes all Lightroom versions – so Mobile, CC and Classic, and Photoshop. It gives you only 20GB of space. However, this should be enough, as by buying this package, you most probably will be using Lightroom Classic, and this program requires storing your images on an external hard drive.

The third option is a combination of the previous two options. You can use all Lightroom versions + Photoshop, together with 1 TB.

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