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By Albert Pedrosa

Who would have thought that we would reach this point when everything would be in the cloud. Recently, Adobe released the Lighroom Cloud version. As if we are not confused enough that Lightroom is officially named Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC. Now there are two variants, one is the classic and the other is up in the clouds.

The entry of Internet didn’t really come with a big bang but it is slowly creeping in that later you wonder how you end up in the middle of everything connected. Sending of large images over email or file transfer protocol (ftp) was a big leap already back then. It saved courier cost and mailing time. Now you don’t even have to transfer, you can let it stay in the cloud.

No Curves. Very disappointing for advanced users since no more can you see Tonal Curves in the editing panels. The brush and the rest of the linear and gradient tool are still there so you’ll just have to be creative with what you have.

Lightroom Cloud version already existed as an app that you can install both in Andriod and iOS few years back. You can sync your files from your Lightroom in your desktop and continue your work on the go. The difference this time around is the same app you see in your mobile device will look the same in your desktop cloud-based version.

The experience of working between desktop and mobile device will be the same, thus creating continuity. The user interface is designed for mobile user experience. You’ll see more of sliders and non-complicated menu that would clutter the working space especially when working with smaller screen for mobile devices.

Although the cloud-based LR both in desktop and mobile is packed with the latest software innovation in performance, some few important advanced features can only be found in the desktop version. Adobe committed to keep both cloud-based and desktop version in the development loop.

LRCC Develop. The editing sliders are unusually bigger; probably designed for mobile use. It still offers the same powerful zonal sliders that are very effective with working on your tones, similar to the desktop version.

LRCC Develop. The editing sliders are unusually bigger; probably designed for mobile use. It still offers the same powerful zonal sliders that are very effective with working on your tones, similar to the desktop version.

I think that the move to offer a cloud-based version is to reach out to both hobbyist/consumer type and professional photographers. The application has the sophistication of professional editing and asset management software that many serious hobbyists and pros have been anticipating it in their mobile devices.

There are only few apps like Snapseed and VSCO that offer pro-editing capabilities but not so much on asset management. The cloud-based LR is offering 1 TB in its subscription package. This will definitely encourage photographers to put their photo library in the cloud. Some photographers even think that their digital assets are safer in the cloud.

I hope Adobe has resolved and invested in the development of its cloud storage this time around since based on my experience, I’m getting a lot better performance using Dropbox than Adobe’s cloud storage. I find Dropbox much faster and intelligent compared to Adobe’s cloud services.

LR CC. This is how the new Lightroom CC looks like. There’s no more Library and Develop modules just plain grid and you can jump to editing immediately. Very straight-forward and easy to Navigate.

LR CC. This is how the new Lightroom CC looks like. There’s no more Library and Develop modules just plain grid and you can jump to editing immediately. Very straight-forward and easy to Navigate.

I’ve been an avid Lightroom user ever since. Between the desktop and cloud-based LR, I’m still hooked with the desktop since I’m more comfortable working with my laptop on the go than with a tablet. Maybe the new iPad pro will change my mind, if ever. At the end of the day, photographers will have to adapt to a more efficient workflow whether it’s an entirely cloud-based or a mix of the two.

Keep on shooting everyone!

Albert Pedrosa is a commercial photographer who loves to shoot fashion. He teaches Fashion Photography and High-End Retouching at PCCI and maintains a studio in Malate, Manila for both commercial and creative works. Visit Website: www.albertpedrosa.com / Instagram: @albertpedrosaph.

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