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Lightroom As A Standalone Product Is About To Be Officially Dead | Final Update To Be Released Toward The End Of The Year

By Brittany Smith on October 26th 2017


The gauntlet has officially been dropped and the days of Lightroom as a standalone product are numbered. Adobe announced Lightroom’s newest compatibility update earlier today for cameras such as the Fujifilm X-E3, Nikon D850 and Sony RX10 IV along with a slew of new lens profiles. Click here to see the full list.


Adobe’s decision to move their products to the cloud has many wondering if this will be the last upgrade of Lightroom as a standalone product. Adobe has confirmed that one last final upgrade will arrive towards the end the year.

“As we align our investments in the direction of supporting our subscription-based products, the last version of Lightroom 6 will be coming out towards the end of the year. If there is a camera not supported in Lightroom 6, you can use the DNG converter before importing your images into Lightroom 6.”

The newest release of Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic last week perpetuated many mixed emotions among conflicted photographers who are now unsure if the future of Lightroom will continue to fit in their workload. It feels as though they have turned a blind eye to a large portion of their customer base and are relying on long time loyalists to keep the ship afloat among a sea of other viable options such as Capture One Pro.

Personal feelings aside, one thing is very clear: the future of Adobe is courtship by a monthly subscription based model and the final countdown has begun. Lightroom 6 will cease to exist outside of the cloud and no longer be supported once the final update goes live in the coming months.

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Brittany is a fashion and beauty photographer who works between NYC, Montana and LA. She photographs the way she has always wanted to feel and believes in the power of raw simplicity. When not behind a camera she can usually be found at a local coffeeshop, teaching fitness classes at the YMCA, or baking something fabulous in the kitchen.
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Q&A Discussions

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  1. Yaneck Wasiek

    I’m not sure who at Adobe makes these decisions and who they listen to for feedback. This is simply stupid! I like the cloud solution but I don’t think all the photographers should be forced to move to the cloud! Why would I want my catalogs to sit somewhere unknown while I am perfectly fine with my computers. We are currently using both LR and C1 and we will seriously consider moving fully to C1 when Adobe truly drops the ball on LR Classic.

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  2. Anthony Crespo

    Bye bye Lightroom and hello capture one this is BS!

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  3. Matthew Saville

    Align our investments? We’ll show YOU how we “align our investments”!!!!!

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  4. Josh Leavitt

    I imagine a lot of folks will be jumping ship to Capture One. Dinosaurs like myself who still prefer to own products rather than simply have access to them for a monthly, or annual fee will likely make up the bulk of the LR expats. But a lot of people have been complaining about how horribly slow LR has become too – hopefully the cloud version will have changed that.

    I’m quite satisfied with a product called ACDSee Photo Studio Ultimate 2018. It consolidates photo catalog/library management, RAW editing, and layer editing into one program so you never have to export/import files into other applications. It’s hugely beneficial for workflow efficiency.

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