By Reda Sedki
Recently, I had a few discussions with my photo friends and club members about the recent announcements of Adobe during their MAX conference in Los Angeles in October 2018. Adobe made major changes and upgrades in their Photography Plan that we pay a monthly subscription fee to use, for Photoshop and Lightroom.
The upgrades to Photoshop and Lightroom Classic also included a new version of Lightroom CC. The upgrades introduced a major upgrade in “Camera Raw” software, the engine for both of these two principal photo post processing softwares. Adobe also included several mobile Apps for phones and tablets in the Photo Plan.
Our discussions centered on the use of the new Lightroom CC 2018, Version 2, that was created to be used on desktops, mobile phones and tablets. Some were not aware of the upgrade, some hesitated to install it out of caution, and others had installed it and are using the Classic version but not the not Lightroom CC 2018.
Personally, I installed the updated version of LR 2018 and PS 2019 on my desktop, my Android telephone and my Android tablet. I am currently enjoying the new features of the upgrade. After a few weeks of use I can state my personal opinions of my experience:
* Features on all devices include importing; global and local editing; creating albums (Collections); capturing photos and sharing them on the web; and creating your website.
* LR CC editing tools are available and almost identical on all the devices. I am currently using LR CC much more than the LR Classic. The editing controls are easier to use. The control sliders are sensitive and its effect is immediately viewed on the screen. I edit full versions of RAW photos on any of my devices and it is automatically synchronized to all of the devices without any problems.
* Library recognizes people and other content in your photos and then applies searchable keywords automatically. It is magic.
* Images are auto backed up to the cloud up to 20 GB and up to one Terabyte as part of the plan (for extra cost}.
I have not yet tried the new Photoshop 2019 or some of the free mobile apps that complement Lightroom. I am currently seriously engaged in preparing for the Education Committee two session workshop. The workshop will include detailed presentation, workflow, use and comparison of the different versions of Lightroom. The workshop is mainly oriented to new and intermediate users of Lightroom.
I also recommend to my friends who are hesitant to try and experience the more advanced, easy-to-use new versions that you are currently paying for. You can also come and join our first session of the workshop on November 17.