About one week ago Adobe put out their newest Lightroom iterations, and a faithful subscriber to their monthly photography plan I grabbed the updates.
On paper, Lightroom CC – the new one, please do not mistake it for the previous Lightroom which is now called Lightroom Classic CC, confusing, isn’t it? – is a very nice thing. Lightweight and fast. When I tried it out it even ran very fine on my 7 years old Mac Mini.
The features are a bit cut down compared to Lightroom Classic CC, but I never used Lightroom’s full set of features anyway.
Now Adobe makes us believe that our future is in the Cloud! No more unsure local storage, though if you want, you can still maintain your library on your computer with local backups of course. But the main feature is that all your photos, even the RAW files will be uploaded and be accesssible form any of your machines, pads or phones and even over the net.
As I said, yes, on paper. Anyways, Apple has been doing this for years now with Photos, and with the new Mac High Sierra update, the feature set of Photos is rivaling that of Lightroom CC! Yes, no kidding! And what’s more, Photos can use any app as en external editor. So much for plugins…
Of course the old Lightroom, Classic CC is still there, faster than before and with the same feature set so you don’t have to use the cloud based version if you don’t like it.
Adobe offers several plans:
- The old Photography plan with Lightroom and Photoshop AND Lightroom CC with 20 Gb of cloud storage. Same price as before, about 11€.
- The Lightroom CC plan, only Lightroom CC and 1 Tb os storage as well at 11€
- And finally the Photography plan with 1Tb of online storage at 24€
If you have to you can get additionnal Terabites at 10€ a go. Monthly, not cheap!
Anyways, the new software looked good, so I decided to give it a spin. I converted my subscription to the Lightroom CC plan at the same price and started migrating my photo library, about 6000 files in all, roughly 98 Gb of data.
Of course the migration failed…. and it can be done only ONCE with each library. After much thought I found that the ONCE limit means on the same computer. So I transferred the whole library and catalog to my Mac Mini and went at it again. Success!
After a loooong night of uploads my photos were safely on Cloud Nine! Perfect!
I worked a bit in LRCC the following day and fould it very nice, fast and good looking if it were not for a small detail…. More and more photos started to disappear from the cloud!
Darn, something went wrong! Surely an error on my side as I deleted my old, local LR library from the computer. Guess that had some unwanted echoes online.
So I delete the whole library online and try to upload my photos it again. No more migration possible now, so I import my folders to LRCC. Again a success but this morning I saw that again a number of albums have disappeared (and I have counted them and the photos thoroughly, just to be sure).
That pissed me off a bit… normal! So I finally start to think: Apple’s newest Photos has all the power I need, it can use Macphun’s Luminar as a superb external editor for the things a bit more complex. It warkd with Affinity Photo, a worthy Photoshop sibling. So what am I looking for?
And of course up to now Apple newer ever lost a single of my photos. Through numerous updates, changes of systems etc.
I cancelled my Adobe subscription immediately and deleted all their software.
Now after about 3 hours I’m up and running with all my photos (film and digital) in Photos which is chugging happily along, busy uploading the whole crap.
And all this will cost me NOTHING! As I already have access to 2Tb of Apple’s cloud to manage my devices, safeguard my files and keep my bookmarks, address books and calendars in shape. And these 2Tb cost 9,99€ a month and I share them with my whole family!
Call me a desperate Apple fanboy, but Adobe has disappointed me badly. At least I don’t have to pay double for cloud storage now. And it’s decidedly more secure!
Thanks for reading and if ever you had a different experience I’d be glad to hear.