Lightroom Classic CC and Lightroom CC are only available as a monthly/yearly subscription, but in return, you always have the very latest features without having to wait for Adobe to release a paid upgrade.
These days, there are two kinds of Lightroom:
Lightroom Classic CC (usually shortened to Lightroom Classic) is the latest version of that traditional folder-based Lightroom for Windows/Mac, which stores your photos on your hard drive. It’s available as part of the Photography Plan subscription along with Photoshop, and it’s updated every couple of months. It looks like this:
Lightroom CC is the cloud-native family of Lightroom apps for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, tvOS and ChromeOS. It stores your photos in the cloud so they can be accessed from all of your devices. It’s available as part of the Photography Plan subscription (only 20GB of cloud space) or as a Lightroom CC subscription (with 1TB of cloud space). It’s a brand new program, so it doesn’t have all of Lightroom Classic’s features, but it’s easier to learn. It looks like this:
If you’re not sure which version will be best for you, there’s a feature comparison here.
Some people are concerned about being locked into a subscription forever, but it’s only a year’s commitment and you can move on to other software if you find it’s not the right choice for you. Even if your photos are stored in the Lightroom CC cloud, they can be downloaded to your computer to use with other software. There’s also a trial version so you can try before you buy.
To Sign Up
Here’s the links to the sign up pages for the Photography Plan or Lightroom CC plan.
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