Lightroom has split in two – we test out the ‘Classic’ option to see if it still delivers
Lightroom is now firmly established as many professional photographers’ software of choice – and it’s easy to see why. It offers nuanced but intuitive cataloguing, developing and outputting options and makes it possible to achieve great results with relative ease.
It’s worth pointing out at this juncture that the software has been subtly rebadged, as Adobe Lightroom Classic CC. This might seem unnecessary, but it’s to distinguish this incarnation of Lightroom that we’ve come to know and love from a completely new version of Lightroom, rather confoundedly named Lightroom CC. If you’re serious about your image editing, you will want to use the version that now includes Classic in the title.
Many of the improvements in this version are related to speed of use and responsiveness. For example, you should notice less lagging when switching between different interfaces, such as the Library and Develop modules. This has never been a real problem with Lightroom, but every little helps when you’re dealing with many images, and it does indeed seem a notch zippier in general.
A feature improvement made here is the addition of something called Range Masking. This enables the user to action greater refinement of the localised masking options – such as the Adjustment Brush, the Radial Filter and the Graduated Filter – according to colour or luminance.
If you’ve been keeping up-to-date with Lightroom CC’s updates over the past two years, you generally won’t notice anything surprising or radical about this new Classic version, but users of Lightroom 6 will notice a greater variety of differences.
If you are serious about processing your photos to a high standard, then Lightroom Classic CC is perfect.
10/10 – Lightroom Classic CC is still very much the RAW processor and image cataloguing application of choice.