Can you just buy Lightroom CC or Classic? Is Lightroom only available by subscription or you can buy it outright? Many photographers and photo retouchers wonder how to buy Lightroom in the most affordable way. Adobe Co. offers photographers 4 easy ways they buy Adobe Lightroom or receive a pleasant discount. Read about them below.
Lightroom is the most popular photo editing software for deep color correction, photo management, and basic photo editing of RAW files. It has a simple interface and useful photo editing functions as converting and working with RAW files, color correction tools (adjusting white balance/sharpness/brightness/temperature/shadows/saturation/tints, etc.), working with Lightroom presets, and brushes, syncing your photos with Photoshop, etc. Today, you can get Lightroom as a subscription to Creative Cloud and buying a standalone Lightroom 6.
1. Photography Plan with 1TB of cloud storage
Subscribe to the Creative Cloud Photography plan to get the latest updates in Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC for $19.99 per month. (view more)
2. Lightroom 6 Standalone
Buy Lightroom 6 as a Single App licensed product (without subscribing to the Creative Cloud plan) for $167. (view more)
3. Lightroom CC Plan
You receive all-new Lightroom CC and 1TB of cloud storage for $9.99 per month. (view more)
4. Creative Cloud All Apps
Download the entire bundle of creative Adobe apps and 100GB of cloud storage for $52.99 per month. (view more)
On the official Adobe’s website, you can find 3 plans that give you an opportunity to buy Adobe Lightroom. Each of them allows to regulate the amount of Cloud storage according to your needs. I have been engaged in photography for a long time, and as for me, 1-2TB is the optimal amount of memory. If 1-2TB of memory is not enough, you can expand the volume at any time by paying extra.
Many photographers do not want to switch from outdated, stand-alone Lightroom 6 to a new Lightroom Classic CC. Many Lightroom users were confused as they had to pay subscription every month though they purchased the original software. However, Adobe provided a list of advantages of the LR Classic CC version and explained why the outdated Lightroom 6 can’t fully satisfy professional needs.
1. Lightroom Classic CC is frequently updated
2. Lightroom Classic CC is faster and better optimized for weak PCs
3. Support all cameras
4. Many features which are not available in Lightroom 6
5. Tight integration with other applications
6. Cloud storage
1. Monthly costs
Despite the fact that Adobe hides Lightroom 6 quite well on its website, you can still find it officially. Until now, many photographers consider standalone Lightroom 6 software to be in line with today's standards and requirements.
If you are satisfied with the available photo editing functions in conjunction with a variety of limits, you can purchase Lightroom 6 on the official Adobe website by following these steps:
STEP 1. Visit the official Adobe website, log in to your personal account or register.
STEP 2. Go to “Creativity & Design” and click “View all products”.
STEP 3. Click “All Adobe Products”.
STEP 4. In the additional search settings select the “Creativity & Design” section, and tick “Photography”.
STEP 5. Find the Lightroom 6 software and click “Buy now”. Then you will be redirected to another page. Pay attention to the price and type of purchase that should be called the “Full license”.
STEP 6. Fill in information about yourself and buy Lightroom 6. Today, the price is $149.
1. It's cheaper than Lightroom Classic CC
2. Unlimited period
4. Significant performance and optimization loss
1. There is no support for new cameras
2. Limited functionality
3. There is no Lightroom CC
4. There is no Photoshop
Today, Adobe Co. offers three separate plans that include Lightroom 6 and the purchase of Lightroom 6 as a separate product. Many photographers choose the most expensive plan, thereby gaining access to all Adobe programs. For beginners I recommend reading about all plans and choosing the most suitable one.
Lightroom 6 is a great software for those, who do not need Photoshop, Lightroom CC, Cloud storage and tight integration with other Adobe products. This is an independent photo editing software that works completely autonomously and doesn’t offer all updated photo editing features.
You should choose this version if you travel frequently and have no Internet connection but need good, stand-alone picture editing software to work with RAW files. This plan is ideal for wedding and events photographers for quick color correction and photo management.
Photography plan is an excellent decision for photographers and designers who do not need all Adobe products and want the highly used photo editing or photo retouching function for affordable price. The plan doesn’t include all kinds of programs but it offers only the most necessary features for image retouching, color correction, and digital drawing.
Also, similar to other subscriptions, you will get Cloud storage. It can be changed depending on your needs: from 20GB to 1TB. It is suitable for photographers working in the studio and fashion shooters. Their photos are usually taken in RAW format, and on average, one photo session occupies about 20GB.
Price: $19.99 per month
Lightroom CC plan is perfect for those, who do not use or do not need Photoshop. This is quite an interesting plan if you do only color correction, use Lightroom presets and brushes. The plan includes Lightroom CC and 1TB of Cloud storage. This Adobe Lightroom CC plan is ideal for wedding photographers because the program will quickly organize and sort event photos, and 1TB of memory will allow you to store dozens of libraries.
Price: $9.99 per month
Creative Cloud All Apps is a plan that includes all Adobe products available today. A perfect plan for web designers, graphic artists, professional photo retouchers/photographers, and video editors.
Adobe has combined all its products in one plan, thus making it possible to work with photos using not only Lightroom and Photoshop but also various other programs, such as Illustrator CC, InDesign CC, Premiere Pro CC, After Effects CC, Audition CC, Dreamweaver CC. This plan is made for all creative people engaged in digital photography or video recording.
Price: $52.99 per month
If you are a student or a teacher at any official school, you have small privileges in buying Lightroom. You can save up to 60% of the total Lightroom cost of the chosen subscription. You need to fill out the form on the official Adobe website and provide data on the place of study or work. Then the information will be sent for verification and within a day you’ll get a letter on your email. Namely, it is the approval of the discount, which you can use to save on Adobe Photography Plan Students & Teachers.
To get a student’s Lightroom discount you must be at least 13 years old and registered in one of the following establishments:
University or college. It should be an accredited public or private university, college (including community, junior or vocational college) that provides degrees requiring at least two years of full-time education.
Primary or secondary school. You should be a pupil or a teacher of an accredited public or private primary or a full-time secondary school.
Homeschool – determined by state homeschooling rules.
If you are older than 13 years, and you are a student or a teacher from one of the above-listed establishments, you need to fill out an application as follows:
STEP 1. Fill out the form, indicate the place of work or study, and specify whether you are a student, teacher or administrator.
STEP 2. For quick information approval, specify the e-mail of the educational establishment or other mail domains. If you do not have an e-mail address of your school, or your e-mail address cannot be verified, additional rights will be requested.
STEP 3. Send the student’s document issued by the establishment with your name, the name of the establishment and the current date. The evidence of registration can be:
STEP 4. Confirm the application and wait for messages on the mail.
If you are not a student, a teacher or an employee of an educational institution, do not get disappointed, because we can reduce Adobe Lightroom price of any of the plans in another way. The point is that Adobe has quite interesting offers, promotions and generous discounts once a month. If you frequently visit the official website, you may notice an interesting offer, as it was recently, during the New Year holidays. Photography plan, which usually costs $19.99, is available at a decent discount – $14.99. However, it is worth remembering that the offer is limited, and allows you to save only once, and then you will be automatically transferred to the usual payment.
Despite the various online resources that offer Lightroom Classic CC for free, the only way is to get a trial version for 7 days on the official website. This is quite an interesting variant for those, who still use Lightroom 6.
If you do not know whether you should switch from Lightroom 6 to Lightroom Classic CC, try it for free. After Lightroom trial period finishes, you should decide whether you need it. To get the free version, follow the steps below:
STEP 1. Visit the official Adobe website.
STEP 2. Go to the “Photo, Video & Design” tab, then click “View all products”
STEP 3. In the drop-down window find Lightroom Classic CC and click on “Download trial’’
STEP 4. Done. You will be automatically redirected and the downloading will start. It is worth clarifying that if you have already used the trial version, you cannot repeat the procedure again.
If you are going to do batch editing or just beginning to use Adobe Lightroom as a photo editing software, I recommend you downloading the following free Lightroom presets and brushes for fast and professional color correction.
This is one of the best Lightroom presets to correct your overexposed photos and adjust light. If you have too white photos, apply this preset to make it clear and show other colors.
Give your portrait photos a stylish film look in several clicks. The photos become warmer as if taken at the Golden Hour.
Make your nature and travel photos vivid and full of bright colors. HDR effect is the best way to enhance landscape photos and make them crisp and attractive.
Make photos warm and fill with sunlight with this free Lightroom preset. It looks as if it was taken by an old film camera. Highly recommended for outdoor portrait photos.
Make your model’s teeth white and snowy in a matter of seconds. Adjust the teeth color to make them look realistic.
Hi there, I'm Ann Young - a photographer, photo retoucher and of course, journalist. Here on FixThePhoto blog you can find all of my reviews, photography and photo editing tips, pricing guides, and photography experiments.