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Dear all,

 

 

I have been a Lighthroom user for years and been satisfied with it even though nobody's perfect and some other are better in some aspects. The announcement from Adobe That they discontinue the standalone version (LR6) and promote only The CC version (be it "Classic" or not) looks like a "take it or leave" message !

On a pure economic standpoint, I fully understand their interest : getting a permanent subscription fee at a minimum of 144€ per year should make the shareholders happy !

But, considering my needs, I do not see a lot of advantages in switching to the CC.

I understand the benefits of the cloud and the capacity to access to your pictures everywhere you are and with any type of device, but quite frankly I do not care.

Having the full LR version downloaded on my PC and on another portable is quite enough for me and I am not dependent on any internet / WIFI connection to do my posttreatment.

You also may argue on the security and the fact you can save your production on the Adobe cloud : fine, but having backups on several portable harddisks is sufficient for me, knowing that a lot of progress is made with those devices and you can find at least 2 Tbytes robust portable harddisks at a quite reasonable price.

There are certainly other advantages to switch to CC ,speed (?), permanent releases...but at the risk to be extremely oldfashioned, i am quite happy with what I already have.

 

Is there anyone sharing the same opinion or am I the only one ?

 

 

 

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I certainly agree with you. There should be a subscription plan for businesses and a standalone version for consumers.

 

I stopped buying LR when they went from version 5 to 6 with no real difference other than support for new cameras.

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Take a look at Affinity Photo for MAC or PC.  It is the top paid photo app at the MAC app store.  I recently bought the iPad version (US$20).  It works great.  It is a combination of LR and Photoshop having RAW processing, layers, HDR, panorama, etc.  I plan to switch over to the Affinity Photo for MAC by the end of the year. 

 

Adobe will regret the decision to go the subscription route at some point down the road. 

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I'd strongly suggest you look at Capture One Pro. They have a dedicated Sony version for only $50., instead of the $299. they charge for the non Sony version. The Sony version is in no way stripped down either.

 

I have Lightroom 6 also and have stopped using it as Capture One is MUCH more robust. I tend to use alot of adjustment layers and find Lightroom very limiting with what can be adjusted in those layers. Capture One has no such limitations. After I saw that Adobe is changing to subscription only, I won't be updating Lightroom ever- nor do I see a reason to use it.

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For $50 the CaptureOne for Sony is an absolute steal. I don’t use much of the photo editing options in the product as I mostly do sports photography so I have little use for layers/masks etc.. the rendering of the images is first rate. I suffered a little during the transition from Apple’s Aperture but after a while it has become second nature

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Thanks guys for your quite relevant answers. I did start using Capture One and, although it takes time

to adapt coming from Lightroom, it seems quite powerful.

I need of course to learn and test much more (and presumably it will take some time to reach a good undersatnding of all the features) but the test I did with landscape pictures on Capture One sounds very promising.

 

By the way, I was so used to Lightroom that I had lost somewhat my creativity, applying very often the same corrections or changes to my pictures : switching to another system with a different philosophy and structure forces me to adopt a new behaviour.

As you all know, probably better than me, Photography requires patience and time, but it's defenitely worth the journey.

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On 10/19/2017 at 6:44 AM, PHDX said:

Dear all,

 

 

I have been a Lighthroom user for years and been satisfied with it even though nobody's perfect and some other are better in some aspects. The announcement from Adobe That they discontinue the standalone version (LR6) and promote only The CC version (be it "Classic" or not) looks like a "take it or leave" message !

On a pure economic standpoint, I fully understand their interest : getting a permanent subscription fee at a minimum of 144€ per year should make the shareholders happy !

But, considering my needs, I do not see a lot of advantages in switching to the CC.

I understand the benefits of the cloud and the capacity to access to your pictures everywhere you are and with any type of device, but quite frankly I do not care.

Having the full LR version downloaded on my PC and on another portable is quite enough for me and I am not dependent on any internet / WIFI connection to do my posttreatment.

You also may argue on the security and the fact you can save your production on the Adobe cloud : fine, but having backups on several portable harddisks is sufficient for me, knowing that a lot of progress is made with those devices and you can find at least 2 Tbytes robust portable harddisks at a quite reasonable price.

There are certainly other advantages to switch to CC ,speed (?), permanent releases...but at the risk to be extremely oldfashioned, i am quite happy with what I already have.

 

Is there anyone sharing the same opinion or am I the only one ?

 

 

 

While I sympathize with your point of view, and still have the legacy version on my laptop, the harsh reality is that LR6 is a casualty of advancing technology. I am disturbed that in order to process images I must be able to connect to the web. No more can I use otherwise worthless airplane time returning from a shoot to edit hundreds of images. It doesn't seem quite fair, but  I realized that LR6 was on borrowed time, I reluctantly subscribed to CC because, for me, there is no practical alternative.

I do secure sweet revenge, however, by making certain that before I exceed the provided capacity of the LR Cloud and face additional costly charges, I move images entirely out of LR elsewhere. I am vindicated each time I thwart Adobe's rapacious need for more revenue. 🖕

 

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I have a number of LR 6's I bought on eBay very cheap. Am set for the foreseeable future. They do everything I need to do. (Except convert Sony A7Rii raw, whish is a pain.) Hell, I can even get by with LR3.

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