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Adobe Announces Cloud Version of Lightroom CC

Published: 18/10/2017
By: larry

11 comments on “Adobe Announces Cloud Version of Lightroom CC”

  1. Interesting. Implicit in the copy of the video is that only new photographers are not using LR. Hmmm. OK so I am a dinosaur. But when I consider one of the main selling points, that of keeping photo files in the cloud for use on multiple platform, I have to ask others here "do you have the upload internet speed to support this process?" I know I don't but how many do? This to me is a possible Achilles Heel of any cloud based storage and working.

  2. Good to hear keeping the current "Classic" version (for now) as that I read on CNET the CC will have some growing pains. It is stripped down getting of those pesky file extensions so if you shoot RAW+jpg you have two identical photos and don't know which is which...and don't even want to think about at tiff Photoshop save back to Lightroom. Also, the included Cloud storage is relatively light when you consider RAW files at 42MB each, but you can add more at additional cost. Recently downloaded Phase One's Capture One, which"for Sony" is very inexpensive and have been very impressed as it has similar organizational/coding features to Lightroom and excels in some processes. Still haven't made the full jump to it, but learning the system.

  3. Maybe I watched a different video, but I saw all the above concerns addressed. You like what you have ... keep it, they are still going to support it. You have a lighter need and want more options for on the go, then try the other. Seems you can use either one and decide for yourself if it is the way to go for you.

    I can see this new program as being useful when working with agencies thousands of miles away...

  4. For professionals using high mega-pixel camera and/or doing high volumes, trying to work via an online application is not an option. If Adobe were to go to a purely online based version of Lightroom, there is no way I could use the product. I also have no need to access every image I have all of the time. I do keep a portfolio on my phone and laptop so I can show a potential customer a sampling of my work. If I have a scheduled a meeting with somebody, I can easily sync images to my laptop that are relevant to the work I might do for that person. It would be a waste of time to select images online out of the thousands while I'm meeting with the person even though I do keep things pretty well organized.

    Security and privacy are issues for me. Every large cloud firm has had at least one instance of being hacked or mis-configuring their software leading to data being left unsecured and visible online. For most of my work, it wouldn't matter, but there are images that I have that are very valuable or sensitive. Some images I keep completely off of my computer when they are not needed to avoid legal issues due to contractual obligations.

  5. Maybe this comment doesn’t even need to be made, but I use photo editing software everyday, and these updates make me yawn. I don’t us LR much but if I had a version of ps from 10 years ago hardly anything would change.

  6. The video mentions 20GB of initial storage : my average full day shoot folder weighs in at 30GB (I shoot brackets for Enfuse). What additional storage is going to cost is another story! I think in practice this looks like Adobe's way of courting amateur users who want a sort of Apple I-everything cloud based system, which saves them the trouble of backing up their images: such users will probably be uploading jpegs and phone pix anyway which will go a fair way with the storage laid on. Most professionals should have some sort of external mirrored drives for RAW data back up and if you really need to store key RAW/ TIFF images in the cloud, there are resources like Google vault available. And, as Ken brown says, I don't assume that any organisation is immune from hackers/ technical glitches (remember Google lost a load of users' documents a while back). All the commercial work in my entire Lightroom catalogue is backed up and synced as a full res jpeg to both Photoshelter and Smugmug in case of downtime/ disasters with one of them. Once the processing work is carried out to an image, do you really need to revisit the RAW file unless a new Adobe process version is released and you want to see how your best images now look? And @Larry Gray, thanks for pointing out the Lightroom-Photoshop coupled work: how many of us use that functionality to create composite files? I doubt whether initially at least we will be able to make use of that.
    So it's good to hear Adobe are still committed to the "classic" desk-based app: I work with a 16GB laptop and use the smart previews function to load up whatever images I want to take to a portfolio viewing without having to bring an external disc of originals : or I invite people to view specific galleries on Photoshelter.
    If LR Classic really shows some performance increases then that will be worth shouting about.

  7. One of the great things about this CC version is integration across all devices, and a side benefit is that you can use them with the Photoshop App. Sometimes I have a client who just needs a front exterior ASAP before the other photos are delivered, and I can shoot with a wifi-equiped camera, do a reasonable quick edit on my phone, and the PS App will do an amazing job of correcting the perspective, and then I can just email or text the pic to the client. All in a couple of minutes.

    Once they figure out how to make layers and masking on the PS App, we could conceivably shoot from an ipad and edit/upload right from the job site.

  8. @William Feemster - Reports are mixed. In the Scott Kelby webinar, I watched after the release of the new LR and PS Scott said he was having intermittent problems but that others were having no problems.

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