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Adobe recently came out with Lightroom Classic CC, a subscription service that gives photographers a chance to forget about Lightroom 6 and gain access to a rich variety of perks. However, this update hasn’t appealed to everyone.

If you don’t want to switch over to the newest version of Lightroom, here are 6 things you need to know about its previous version.

1. Lightroom 6 Will Immediately Disappear If You Update It

A screenshot of updating from Lightroom 6 to Lightroom cc

Make sure this box remains unchecked when you upgrade to Lightroom Classic CC.

If you upgrade to the latest version of Lightroom, you’ll automatically get a 7-day trial for Lightroom CC, a subscription service that costs at least $9.99 per month (this depends on the service you choose.)

Lightroom Classic CC comes with more storage, Photoshop, a portfolio website, and tools you can use to create social media posts.

While these features are appealing, not every photographer will find them useful. It’s not surprising that so many people were confused by the unexpected automatic upgrade.

Fortunately, you can switch back to Lightroom 6 without having to subscribe to its latest version.

Uninstall Lightroom CC, download Lightroom 6, and uncheck Remove old versions (you’ll find this in Advanced Options) when Lightroom asks you to update to the newest version.

This will give you access to the trial version without getting rid of Lightroom 6.

2. It’s Not Compatible With Newer Cameras

A Canon DSLR camera resting on the snow

I don’t feel the need to upgrade because I use a Canon camera, which I bought many years ago, that meets all of my needs.

If you use a camera that was released after November 2017, you won’t be able to use Lightroom 6. This may or may not be good news for you.

If you often upgrade your camera equipment, you’ll have no choice but to pay at least $9.99 every month (depending on the kind of features you want to have access to) or switch to another editing program.

If you don’t upgrade your equipment often, you don’t need to worry about this at all.

3. It Might Be a More Affordable Option for You

Unlike Lightroom Classic CC, you don’t need to be tied to a subscription plan when you use Lightroom 6. Right now, it costs $149 and can be bought immediately. You won’t need to pay for any additional features after that.

Lightroom Classic CC, on the other hand, won’t give you access to the Develop module if you cancel your subscription plan.

Unless you start using another editing program, you’ll have no choice but to keep paying for it every month.

A laptop on a desk table, open on the Lightroom 6 editing screen

This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Some photographers are willing to invest their money into the best and newest version of their favourite programs. But it might not be the best option for you.

I recommend going through the benefits of using Lightroom CC and seeing how it could (or could not) help you grow your business and improve as a photographer.

If you subscribe to the cheapest plan, Lightroom CC, you’ll have to pay almost $120 every year. Lightroom 6, on the other hand, won’t have any annual fees.

4. You’ll Have It for Life

A black and white photo of a girl editing photos on Lightroom 6

You’ll only have access to Lightroom Classic CC while you pay for it. This might not be the most convenient option if your income is unstable or if you don’t edit your photos all the time.

You might feel obliged to make the most of your money and take photos even if you don’t want to.

Lightroom 6, on the other hand, will always be there, no matter how broke or busy you are. It will never expire or ask you to pay for additional features.

The Develop module won’t suddenly disappear because you can’t pay a subscription fee.

5. It Might Be Slower Than Modern Editing Programs

A person editing photos on Lightroom 6 in a home office

One advantage of using the latest version of an editing program is having access to the best and quickest features.

Since there will no longer be any specific updates for Lightroom 6, it won’t have any editing improvement potential. Of course, if you’re happy with your current workflow then this shouldn’t trouble you at all.

If you feel like something’s missing, though, you might want to upgrade to Lightroom Classic CC.

The more time passes, the slower Lightroom 6 will be compared to modern editing programs.

If it takes you years to upgrade to another version, you might miss out on faster editing features, more storage for your photos, and other perks offered by clever subscription plans.

6. You Can Safely Experiment With Other Programs

A screenshot of editing a portrait of a female model on Photoshop

Photoshop is another editing program that’s loved by many photographers. Fortunately, you don’t have to add it to your list of programs to pay for. Alternatives to Photoshop include GIMP and Pixlr. Both are completely free and have tools that are very similar to the ones in professional editing programs.

Because Lightroom 6 will never expire, you don’t have to limit yourself to one editing program only. You can always try out other programs, Lightroom versions, and smartphone apps.

If you do find a better option, Lightroom 6 won’t suddenly disappear. You can safely experiment with as many editing programs as you like without worrying about subscription plans or expiration dates.

What I like to do is edit my photos in different programs. Because I love Lightroom’s Develop module, I colour correct my photos there.

When it comes to retouching or something a little more complicated, I switch to a different app or program. This makes my editing workflow significantly easier and allows me to make the most of everything I have.

Conclusion

Even though Lightroom is considered to be one of the best editing programs, it has made some photographers’ lives inconvenient with its switch to Lightroom Classic CC.

Fortunately, this unexpected problem doesn’t have to be problematic for you.

If you love Lightroom 6, you can fix the automatic upgrading issue within seconds. If you’re curious about Lightroom’s newest invention, you can get a free 7-day trial to test everything out. You can do all this without spending a penny or losing your favourite program to a monthly subscription plan.

In my opinion, every photographer should give Lightroom Classic CC a try. It might surprise you with its features or disappoint you with its limitations.

No matter what, you can always go back to Lightroom 6 or dive into a new world of exciting modern tools. You’ll win either way.

We have great articles comparing Darktable to Lightroom and resizing images for Facebook in Lightroom to check out next!

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Taya Ivanova

Taya Iv is a curious bookworm, portrait photographer, and admirer of nature. Her photos have been published in international magazines and featured on book covers.