Adobe Releases Lightroom CC

Gerry van der Walt All Authors, Gerry 2 Comments

If you’ve been keeping an eye on social media the last few days you would have seen all the hype about Lightroom CC, or Lightroom 6 if you decide to go for the standalone version.

It’s now official and Lightroom has just released the latest version of Lightroom.

The one main thing that has caught my attention is that Lightroom 6, the standalone version, will not receive any future feature updates.

Lightroom CC, which you can get as a part of the Creative Cloud Photography package will be updated as and when new features becomes available.  Initially the two versions, Lightroom CC and Lightroom 6, will be exactly the same but down the line things will change as new updates are released.

Oh, and if you choose to go with Lightroom CC you will have access to all the web and cloud based services which will give you the ability to access Lightroom from your mobile device.

The CC version, which also includes Photoshop CC, will cost you USD 9,99 per month or USD 119,88 per year whereas the standalone version is priced at USD 149,00 once off.  With no future updates planned for the standalone version the decision to move to CC becomes an interesting one.


I’m off to Kenya on Sunday but will definitely be upgrading before I leave and will, when I get back, share more thoughts on some of the new features specifically with wildlife photography in mind.

For now, here are some of the headline features that has been included in Lightroom CC and a quick thought on each.

HDR images made easy

“Create natural-looking or surreal images from extremely high-contrast scenes. Using HDR Merge, you can easily combine multiple shots taken with different exposure settings into a single high dynamic range image.”

I’ve never been a fan of HDR especially in wildlife photograph but this is a very interesting addition to Lightroom.

See how it works here.

Stunning panoramas

“Capture superwide fields of view and amazing detail. Photomerge technology lets you stitch together multiple images, including raw files, to create seamless panoramas.”

For landscapes this is an great addition and one I’m definitely keen to try.

See how it works here.

Faster performance

“Import and perfect your photos faster than ever. Lightroom takes advantage of compatible graphics processors to boost its overall speed, especially when you’re enhancing images in the Develop module.”

Apart from one or two hiccups I’ve never really had major speed concerns.  That being said, nothing wring with faster performance!

Better control of filters

“Precisely control which parts of your image are affected by the Graduated or Radial filters. Now you can use a brush to edit the filter’s mask, adding or subtracting filter effects wherever you want.”

Now this is exciting and something I am very keen to explore!

See how it works here.

Tell your stories

“Pull images from Lightroom intoAdobe Voice and Slate on your iPad or iPhone to craft visual stories and animated videos.”

Since I am very much invested in the online world and social media the idea of being able to share to and from a platform like Slate, which I’ve been playing with, is very attractive.

Perfect presentations

“Use the new Presentation mode on your iPad or iPhone to show off photos without accidentally adjusting or editing them.”

For travel and meeting clients and agents this could be quite amazing.

Lightroom CC

You can check out more of the headline features on the Adobe Lightroom website.

You’ll see a whole bunch of other features which sounds quite amazing but from a wildlife photography point of view we will have to wait and see how practical they really are.  To get the most out of this new upgrade you are going to have to go all in and go the CC route.  This means going mobile, going cloud, the works in order to really tap into the potential of this new version of Lightroom.

As with each new version I’m sure we can expect a lot of people to really ‘go after’ the new functions and we’ll see overcooked HDR wildlife images and lots and lots of panoramas being posted online.  When you upgrade, remember that just because you can apply all these amazing new tools doesn’t mean you have to.  By al means play around and learn the new filters and tools but always keep you original vision in mind and keep it natural.

So there you have it.

I’ll be updating in the next day or so and will then, during my trip to Kenya and Madikwe play with the new Lightroom and all the tools and share my thoughts when I get back.  During this time I will also start updating all our course material so if you are joining us for our very popular Lightroom course you can be assured that you will be getting the latest, up to date information.

Visit the Adobe website here to upgrade your Lightroom today and then stay tuned for more updates on the blog and the Wild Eye Facebook page.

So, will YOU be updating?

Will you be going with the standalone version or will you finally take the plunge and go CC?

Leave me a comment and share your thoughts.

Until next time.


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Gerry van der Walt

I am a private and specialist photographic safari guide, public speaker, co founder of Wild Eye and wildlife photographer. Visit my website at or follow my journey on Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter a look forward to changing the way you see the world.  I also host a Wildlife Photography Podcast and I Vlog!

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  1. Carol Bell

    Help Gerry… I have no idea what I should do……..I think I will just sit back and wait to see more of your blogs. I have no “ipad or iphone” … am not very computer literate although have learnt a lot thru doing photography and what “Wild Eye” has taught me. Dont even know what “cloud” is…….. so cant give any input……. other than “a big maybe” that this is when I wish I lived in Joburg to come and have more workshops with Wild Eye.

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      Gerry van der Walt

      Hi Carol. If your camera is supported in your current version of Lightroom I would suggest you stay with it and keep going. Once you are ready and need to upgrade due to equipment upgrade or a specific function that gets released I would look at upgrading. Drop me a mail if you have questions and we can look at it. 🙂

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