Lightroom 6 Suggestions?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Apple_Glen_UK, Dec 4, 2015.

  1. Apple_Glen_UK macrumors newbie

    Apple_Glen_UK

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    Hi,

    I'm relatively new to this forum and the world of Macs too. Bought my first ever Mac (MacBook Pro) only a couple of months ago and am loving it & pleased with my purchase.

    I had a bit of a dilemma with my photos though. I have tonnes of old photos and plan to continue adding photos to my collections. I am not interested in any Cloud storage - I like having them in one place on my computer (and I do back them up). However, I did not like the Photos app that was on my MBP. I trialled a few other apps but wasn't impressed either until I came across Adobe's Lightroom 6. I signed up to a 30-day trial and really liked it. I saw that the price of it was £89.00 on Amazon which I thought was quite high. It has now gone up to £108 and seems to be going up by the day.

    But since my 30-day trial expired the other day Lightroom still opens up on my MBP and warns of 'reduced functionality'. It still allows me to sort folders etc which is the main reason I wanted it anyway. Will it continue to let me use it like this do you know?

    I would quite like to buy the full version but am a tad skint at the moment with Christmas around the corner and the fact I've spent all of my money on purchasing my MacBook Pro!

    Would love to know your thoughts and how good Lightroom 6 really is, as I probably don't appreciate even half of what it can do yet. If I mainly want it to store photos and not necessarily to edit them, can I continue to use the scaled down trial version do you think?

    Thank you.
     
  2. fieldsphotos macrumors 6502

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    As far as I know you can use the expired trial version forever. You just won't be able to use any of the editing sliders in the Develop mode from what I understand. So if you are cool with just using Lightroom as a catalog manager, then you are good.

    As far as Lightroom being worth it, I feel it totally is. It can do a lot of really nice editing and its easier to use than full up Photoshop. There are also lots of great plugins out there for it that can really add pop to your photos.

    Keep an eye on the prices, as it tends to go on sale a couple of times a year.
     
  3. robgendreau macrumors 68030

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    Lr is the Big Dog of photo organizers. Probably the most widely used, and although tons of people prefer other programs for a variety of reasons, there is very little you can't do in Lr that you can do in the others.

    You can search here for the alternatives; they get discussed a lot. What would work for you depends on what features you are finding useful in Lr right now.
     
  4. Cheese&Apple macrumors 68000

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    Look into the Adobe CC (Creative Cloud) photography plan for $10.00 US a month. Full use of Lr and Ps with continual updates is a good deal. Lightroom is great and, if you expand your need of photo editing beyond Lr, Photoshop will do all that you can imagine and them some.

    http://www.adobe.com/ca/creativecloud/photography.html
     
  5. MCAsan macrumors 601

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    Totally agreed! It is cheaper than the subscription to Capture One Pro.
     
  6. matt9013 macrumors 6502

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    Does Lightroom get a lot of updates? Was thinking about outright buying it but if they get major updates every year or even every few months I may just go the sub route. Would rather just buy it outright though.
     
  7. Apple fanboy macrumors P6

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    Minor ones throughout the year. I bought 6 as an upgrade from 5 as I also don't like being tied in to a subscription model.
    I'm not sure that will be an option when 7 comes out.
    But there is no reason you have to upgrade. You can still use an older version for a few years (although it might not support newer cameras after a while).
     
  8. MCAsan macrumors 601

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    I have gotten several upgrades to both LR and PS via the CC Photography subscription. Most notable is the Dehaze tool that is introduced in Develop module as a slider. Next Dehaze was added to Development module's adjustment brush and graduated filter. There are few more feature upgrades that happened in the CC releases.
     
  9. TheGenerous macrumors 6502a

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    Lightroom is probably the best software for cataloging and editing large collections of photos. I don't think you'll regret the purchase. Is Adobe Bridge appealing to you for cataloging? I don't know if is free but it does help organizing (no editing)
     
  10. matt9013 macrumors 6502

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    No, I don't have any cataloging needs at the moment and don't think I will.
     
  11. Apple_Glen_UK thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Sorry to drag this up again but I have another LR6 query I'm hoping someone can advise on.

    After trialling several different apps I settled on Lightroom 6. I only really want it for cataloging my photos. I'm not fussed about editing them. I signed up to a trial of Lightroom 6 and after the trial finished it continued working in that I could add photos/folders etc. No change there. The only thing that changed was that I was unable to edit them which didn't bother me anyway.

    However, a week or so ago I clicked on the Adobe Creative Cloud symbol thing (sorry - new to Macs and don't know many technical terms!) and clicked on the options to remove it. Since then the symbol has gone but now whenever I open LR6 I am getting a message which reads 'Lightroom Trial - Your Trial Will Expire in XX Days'. This wasn't happening before and I am now worried that in 21 days from now it will disable completely on my MBP. I wish I'd never mucked about with it in the first place now!

    Does anyone know anything about this or should it still continue to work in the same way again after these 21 days are up? I like LR6 and would purchase the stand alone version but having recently forked out a lot for my MBP I am kind of skint.

    Thanks.
     
  12. MCAsan macrumors 601

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  13. Ray2 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm a Lightroom user. Some thoughts given budget is an issue. Photo Mechanics, Graphic Converter, Adobe Photoshop Elements.
     
  14. kenoh macrumors demi-god

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    Good suggestions as alternates. Be careful though on photoshop elements. Certainly on version 11, if you bought it from mac appstore it didnt have the catalog manager capability. To get that you had to buy the retail pack from somewhere like Amazon. Dont know if it is still the same on version 14, just something to watch for
     
  15. robgendreau macrumors 68030

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    I think you should be able to continue to use Lr as you have for just finding photos, and not developing or editing them. But check directly with Adobe.
     
  16. mildocjr macrumors 65816

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    I like Affinity Photo, has a lot of the same features as lightroom and you can buy it outright for way less. I use their counterpart Affinity Designer for a Illustrator alternative, same price for each($50). Looks like they are working on a Windows version at the moment. Comes with plenty of tutorials for new users.

    I do want to mention that it does not act as a library.
     

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