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6 Important Things You Need to Know About Lightroom 6

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Adobe recently came out with Lightroom Classic CC. It is a subscription service that gives photographers a chance to forget about Adobe Lightroom 6.  They’ll also gain access to a rich variety of perks like the Adobe Creative Cloud. But, this update hasn’t appealed to everyone.

Don’t want to switch over to the newest version of Lightroom? There are six things you need to know about its previous version.

6. Lightroom 6 Will Immediately Disappear If You Update It

A screenshot of updating from Lightroom 6 to Lightroom cc
Make sure this box remains unchecked when you upgrade to Lightroom Classic CC.

If you upgrade to the latest version of Lightroom standalone, you’ll get a 7-day trial for Lightroom CC. This is a subscription service that costs at least $9.99 per month (this depends on the service you choose.)

Lightroom Classic CC comes with more storage. You’ll also get creative cloud which includes Photoshop, a portfolio website, mobile apps and tools you can use to create social media posts.

While these features are appealing, not every photographer will find them useful. It’s not surprising that some confusion came with the upgrade.

Fortunately, you can switch back to Lightroom 6. All without having to subscribe to its latest version.

First, uninstall Lightroom CC. Download Adobe Lightroom 6, and uncheck Remove old versions (you’ll find this in Advanced Options).

This will give you access to the trial version without getting rid of Lightroom 6.

5. It’s Not Compatible With Newer Cameras

If you use a camera released after November 2017, you won’t be able to use Adobe Lightroom 6. This may or may not be good news for you.

If you often upgrade your camera equipment, you’ll have no choice. You’ll have to pay at least $9.99 every month (depending on the kind of features you want to have access to).

Or switch to another editing program. If you don’t upgrade your equipment often, you don’t need to worry about this at all.

A Canon DSLR camera resting on the snow
I don’t feel the need to upgrade because I use a Canon camera, which I bought many years ago, that meets all of my needs.

4. It Might Be a More Affordable Option for You

Unlike Lightroom Classic CC, you aren’t tied to a subscription or photography plan when you use Adobe Lightroom 6. Right now, it costs $149 to purchase immediately. You won’t need to pay for any more features after that.

Lightroom Classic CC won’t give you access to the Develop module if you cancel your subscription plan. Unless you start using another editing program, you’ll need to keep paying for it every month.

This isn’t a bad thing if you can afford it. Some professional photographers are willing to invest their money for these adobe products. Especially into the best and newest version of their favorite programs. But it might not be the best option for you.

I recommend going through the benefits of using Lightroom CC. You can see how it could (or could not) help you grow your business and improve as a photographer.

If you subscribe to the cheapest plan or buy Lightroom CC, you’ll have to pay almost $120 every year. Lightroom 6, but, won’t have any annual fees.

A laptop on a desk table, open on the Lightroom 6 editing screen

3. You’ll Have It for Life

You’ll only have access to Lightroom Classic CC while you pay for it. This might not be the most convenient option if your income is unstable or if you don’t edit your photos all the time.

You might feel obliged to make the most of your money and take photos even if you don’t want to.

Lightroom 6 or LR6 will always be there, no matter how broke or busy you are. You have perpetual license. It will never expire or ask you to pay for extra features.

The Develop module won’t suddenly disappear because you can’t pay a subscription fee.

A black and white photo of a girl editing photos on Lightroom 6

2. It Might Be Slower Than Modern Editing Programs

Since there will no longer be any specific updates for Lightroom 6, it won’t have any editing improvement potential. Of course, if you’re happy with your current workflow for photo editing, then this shouldn’t trouble you at all.

If you feel like something’s missing, though, you might want to upgrade to Lightroom Classic CC. The more time passes, the slower Adobe Lightroom 6 will be when compared to modern editing programs.

If it takes you years to upgrade to another version, you might miss out on faster editing features. Also, more storage for your photos, and other perks offered by clever creative cloud photography plans.

A person editing photos on Lightroom 6 in a home office
One advantage of using the latest version of an editing program is having access to the best and quickest features.


1. You Can Experiment With Other Programs

Because Adobe Lightroom 6 will never expire, you don’t have to limit yourself to one photo editing program. You can always try out other programs, Lightroom standalone versions, and smartphone apps.

If you do find a better option, Lightroom 6 won’t suddenly disappear. You can experiment with as many editing programs as you like. All without worrying about subscription plans or end dates.

What I like to do is edit my photos in different programs. Because I love Lightroom’s Develop module, I color correct my photos or do some nondestructive editing there on my raw files.

When it comes to retouching or something a little more complicated, I switch to a different program. This makes my editing workflow easier and allows me to make the most of everything I have.

A screenshot of editing a portrait of a female model on Photoshop
Photoshop is another editing program that’s loved by many photographers. Fortunately, you don’t have to add it to your list of programs to pay for. Alternatives to Photoshop include GIMP and Pixlr. Both are completely free. They have tools that are like the ones in professional editing programs like HDR merge and panorama merge.



Lightroom standalone is considered to be one of the best editing programs. It has made some photographers’ lives inconvenient with its switch to Lightroom Classic CC.

This unexpected problem doesn’t have to be problematic for you.

If you love Adobe Lightroom 6, you can fix the automatic upgrading issue within seconds. If you’re curious about Lightroom’s newest invention, you can get a free 7-day trial.

You can do all this without spending a penny. Or losing your favorite program to a monthly subscription plan.

Every photographer should give Lightroom Classic CC a try. It might surprise you with its features or disappoint you with its limitations.

No matter what, you can always go back to Adobe Lightroom 6 or dive into a new world of exciting modern tools. You’ll win either way.

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