Adobe Lightroom Is DEAD! Final Version 6.14 – Lightroom Alternatives

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That’s it guys. Adobe Lightroom is no longer being updated. Today’s release of version 6.14 is the end of the road for the standalone version of the software.

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38 COMMENTS

  1. Hey there Photo Tribe…

    That's it guys. Adobe Lightroom is no longer being updated. Today's release of version 6.14 is the end of the road for the standalone version of the software.

    In this VLOG I speak about who and how it effects the photographer and provide some alternatives that may interest you!

    I want to hear from you! In the comment area below, share with the community what you currently use for your photo editing and provide your RATING of it!

    Link to the Last Lightroom Update Version 6.14 – https://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom/help/whats-new-cc-2015.html?red=a&tduid=9d22b37ed97afd8bf88444ea2925a83f&url=https://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom/help/whats-new-cc-2015.html

  2. If you able to sell your image 1 for $100 or more then yea good to subscription but for the rest noobs ain’t so cheap. 🤣

  3. Ok . ……. I take it that Lightroom 6.14 is a 32 bit….. and I take it that it cannot be upgraded to 64 bit. Or can it?

  4. I only care about Keyword Tagging and Organization, not editing at all. I have photoshop for the occasional edit (which I do very little of)… I have a lot of photos with NESTED KEYWORDS already organized in Lightroom; and need to be able to export and import them to and from the picture files' itself. Does anything begin to compare with Lightroom on that?

  5. I wasn't a fan then and I'm still not a fan of subscription software now. Its slow but I convert my files to dng or TIff files. This works for now but eventually will run into road blocks as newer better updates are only available through subscriptions. I can only hope that this promotes some good competition in the future.

  6. Unfortunately almost a year on and Ive got back to Lightroom! Tried the alternatives but still no DAM in any of them! Hopefully as the year goes on there might be news that Luminar or similar will give us an alternative. Most recently tried Capture One and wasn't too bad but still missed the data management of Lightroom. Who knows maybe we'll get something else soon that really takes on Lightroom.

  7. Better wait a little for special prices and get Capture one. Black Friday, Cyber Monday and around Christmas, Amazon, B&H and many other companies lower their prices on software.

  8. Fuck you, Adobe! Bye, bye! Your arrogance will be your death. Hey, Google… you listening? Time to make a standalone photo editor.
    Hey, JCristina, I would like to see a video where you spotlight your top three alternatives to Lightroom. Thanks!

  9. "That would be expensive after a while"!?!? Geee! Even for a hobby is cheap enough. And LR is NOT dead, don't lie the people!

    1/ Aside from updated RAWs and lenses one gets new features every now and then. Thatn means some very lovely new things like dehaze or transform. For professionals they are huge.

    2/ You get to use cloud space and in the CHEAP subscription mode it is even better – one gets the Adobe Photoshop. GIMP is nice as Blender as free is for the 3D world. But when you get to make your money with that – I have no idea how much should you charge to name it EXPENSIVE! $10 a month….. Really? Really?

    3/ Adobe SENSEI! Now Here is a little tip. Google it. This is their AI. It learns from you and from the others, but as a tech it exists for pretty some time. It quite well handles distinguishing different objects in photos. Last PS update even brought selection to a whole new level. Does anyone of your viewers had been explained or introduced to that little magick? DO anyone on youtube actually understands the potential of that tech??? Does any of the one time buy perpetual licenses has any functionality and potential at the moment now?

    So in conclusion: Having two major softwares LR updated every quarter of the year with at least one small functionality enhancement and PS – the industry standard every year with huge updates and improvements for $120/y. That is a hell of a deal!

    If it was Summer 2017 – I would tell you LR sucks due to performance issues. But now they FIXED that. I swear! They did it. There are days I develop 1k images. Crop/Exposure/Color/ even local adj. – everything is smooth and really well going.

    So do I want any other software for this money? For this photography plan – it is a hell of a deal! Have been using CaptureOne for some time – sharper images from RAWs – indeed (don' know now, haven't tested 10 vs LR 7). Still Adobe Lightroom is NEITHER DEAD nor there is any better software.

  10. $120 every year, yes…but you are getting every new update and version change with that. On average, how long does the average user use the stand alone version until they upgrade? Something to consider.

  11. A question for you. So you talked about the other software but which one is close to LR? I don't really want to spend hours learning something totally new so was hoping out of all these there is one that looks or have the same features like LR but something I can purchase. My computer that does images is not connected to the internet for virus reasons. so want something i can install and just work off of it. Thank you in advance for any direction you can guide me.

  12. Just like the cell phone companies now making you pay a monthly lease for a new phone. Rather than paying a upfront cost and done with it. Like with cell phones people will pay that monthly fee for Lightroom/Photoshop. I do! 😆

  13. I'm not a fan of cloud technology in any capacity. I'm sure in certain circumstances it has it's benefits, just not for me. I'm working with an old version of elements that was bundled with my Canon T3i. I'm looking to break away from Photoshop software completely. I have been looking at Afinity as well Corel Paint Shop. I actually started off with JASC Paint Shop long ago, and I do at times miss it. LOL I still have that software, but I don't think it supports RAW. And Afinity, from what I'm hearing is pretty awesome. I could buy both Corel and Afinity for the price of the latest version of elements.

  14. I am still using LR6 and will continue to do so, until I change my camera and it will no longer accept my NEF files. I only use LR for editing files, and am not tied in with their workflow and cataloguing process. Those who are, may find it more difficult to migrate to an alternative programme.
    If you use LR for handling files and catalogues, and storing your work, it's like a spiders web. It drags you deeper in to their corporate nest, and makes it difficult to escape paying their blackmail fees. Ok, If you are a professional photographer, the cc version will pay for itself, otherwise, no way jose.
    Hopefully Affinity are working on an alternative, as I believe their photoshop clone works very well.

  15. I really like Capture One for people and some nature scenes. Really sort of lovely output.

    I’ve used DXO — an unpopular choice, I know — to create outstanding, hyper real product photos effortlessly. I’d say the detail DXO can bring out makes it a poor choice for people, unless you dial it down a whole bunch. Even then it can be a pita

    I’ve given my gf Corel Aftershot to use on an i7 Surface Pro. She seems to like it. It includes a cut down version of Perfectly Clear. Excellent choice for amateurs I’d say

  16. Dead as a door nail!! The subscription plan is greed and a wrougt. I'm going over to either Luminar or Capture One.

  17. How do yet get off the LR bandwagon if you will lose all of your adjustments and collections when you switch over a new software? I have 400k images on LR and would have one hell of a time moving over to a stand alone system at this point. Would you export all of your "master files" as a TIFF knowing that all the adjustments made in LR would soon vanish? Or, simply re-post process all your "keepers" with a new software program? That would be painful…certainly if you quit paying the monthly lease fee you won't be able to access your processed files in LR…right?

  18. Hi J, Thanks for the LR news. I used your link for the free upgrade to Aftershot 3 as I have V2 all ready, but that was well over a month ago and so far have heard nothing from Corel.
    Is this promo still available or has Corel pulled the pin on this? Keep the videos coming mate, they're great.

  19. Hi Steve again, new to Nikon with D7500 and D750. I'm used to Paint Shop Pro.Instead of LR last call, am I bette off just going to Paint Shop Pro 2018 Ultimate? What I don't know is how to work with are layers and masks. I only know layers from a little Autocad, that is so opposite what photography editing layers are that I am confounded. Anyway, my lenses are a couple of G and mostly D and one oldest is 1987-89 55 micro AF 2.8. I want to buy LR finally and milk it for as long as possible. DAM(?), presets, profiles, and such are unknown to me. I just want better NEF , ARW (from a SONY a6000) and DNG (from a GRII) processing tools.

  20. Personally I always preferred ACD as it is both a browser and an editor so the work flow is much easier and integrated. Further there are many discounted versions. There are also free programs that I use like photoscape10 for win10 (not sure if it is available for apple) and I also think that the open source raw therapee is another good choice. And I always prefer to support opensource software. As software gets further developed I doubt whether lightroom will be a competitive choice and I presume that Adobe knows it.

  21. I have been slowly transitioning over to Affinity from Photoshop and trying to find a good photo library system to organize the photos. I miss Aperture.

  22. I've been a hater of the software rent model, but I have changed my mind and I happily switched to the monthly fee. Why ? Basically buying a software 100/120 for first version, and later on 60-80 once or twice a year is not that much cheaper, and it's always a pain deciding to upgrade or not, or having to pay once again for what you thought you already paid for. So Adobe's move from LR perpetual license to LR Classic renting model is smart for Adobe, but actually also smart too for most heavy users. Maybe not so fun for casual users that want to keep their version for several years and don't require the latest functionalities, I'm sure LR CC will cover up for most of what they need, and will improve several times a year.

    So my choice has been LR Classic, but I made sure to keep LR 6.1 CC alive, so I did not have to take the risk of converting my catalogs to LR Classic 7, because there's no way back.

    I also have used a lot of other software. My favorite was Nikon Capture NX2, but they stopped supporting it, and Capture is now a free software without the U-point technology, and with no upgrade path whatsoever.

    I've used Bibble 1 and Bibble 2, before they were bought by Corel and became aftershotpro 1. Very good editing capabilities, probably the best universal raw converter at that time,but not that good on the Digital Asset Management Side. I upgrade to Aftershot 2, but did not feel I really needed Aftershot 3. Probably still a very good alternative for those who want to leave the Adobe bandwagon.

    I have DxO since version 10, upgraded to 11 and now the PhotoLab Elite, but have not used it yet. The interface isn't really self-learning, and I've yet to find a workflow that pleases me with them. DxO is very useful with the side products Viewpoint 3 and DxO FilmPack, which you can use integrated into LR, which I do.

    I have also downloaded Luminar 2018, and have yet to discover what it offers. Feels like it will be convenient for people who want to work with presets. I prefer to start with a neutral image and enhance it step by step, and I feel LR Classic does that better. But I still have to put it to the test.

    I also have special software for panorama, PTGui, and for HDR : PhotoMatix and Aurora.

    As a DAM software, I use ThumbsPlus, which is very convenient for me as I do besides photography a lot of drawings, mapping, illustration, and this is a universal tool that enables me to convert about any file format and filesize to what I want in very easy quick steps, with a very powerful batch editor and batch processing. I've seen no other software doing this part better, and ThumbPlus is both my preferred entry platform (replacing FileManager / FileExplorer for all image file formats) and the final resize and sharpening tool for photography, which it does better than the export function in LR. And when in ThumbsPlus, can start directly whichever photo/image editor I need, including LR, PhotoShop, DxO, AftershotPro, Nikon capture NX2, PTGui, PhotoMatix, and even MSPaint. I have them all at my fingertips, one mouse click away within ThumbPlus. Check out www.cerious.com if you want to try it out, you can use it for free during one full month.

    Although I use photography as a professional tool, taking images / photos of outside spaces and buildings I have to work on, I'm not a photographer producing photos for third parties, I only need them to help document my own work as a planner and researcher. But I take about 10.000 photos each year and need them in top condition. And I do quite a few private photography sessions in between.

  23. Hi J. The main reason I stick with Lightroom is because I print all my own photos and I find the Print Module [particularly the Templates which I use all the time] invaluable. If you know of an alternate program with a comparable Print Module I would certainly love to see it. But as I said because I mix and match when I print [I don't just print large landscapes] which is mainly travel and documenting family the templates are my go to solution.

  24. Adobe has been a cloud company for some time, not a software company.  The software side was dragging it down and investors were suggesting spinning off the software side, like NIK.  Instead they incorporated into their cloud and basically saved it.  PS 6 users should be thankful they are getting another update. Folks Adobe has helped photographers and does not deserve all the hate.

  25. As an amateur, I'm staying away from all subscription models. I use Apple Aperture 3.6 and all my gear is supported, but I need to test heavily when newer version of macOS come out. I'm running the latest High Sierra without issues, and have a library of about 60K photos so far. It's outdated, but it has all the professional features I need. As a photo library software replacement, the choices I'm considering currently have drawbacks. I bought AfterShot Pro to give it a try, and it is still a bit crude. I'm hoping they'll add face recognition and mapping in the future (two features only non-pros need). My second choice is Capture One, which also doesn't have amateur features. So I plan to stay with Aperture until a valid replacement (as per my standards) becomes available. It's surprising how many people are still running Aperture to this day. Apple's commitment to professionals is lacking and they're missing an opportunity with photographers now that they have iMac Pros but no Pro photo software.

    I do advanced editing using Serif's Affinity Photo instead of PhotoShop, but it's obviously not a photo library management software. If Serif was to come out with a photo workflow and library management software, I'd make the move in a pinch as I'm sure it would be top notch (just like Affinity Photo is). If I ever become a pro photographer, I would still steer clear of Adobe because of their forceful approach to a subscription model. I work for a government agency, and subscription makes sense when you have tens of thousands of workstations (one monthly cost for the actual hardware, OS, apps, network, power, shared drives, support, maintenance, upgrades, etc., etc., etc) but at home, I'm not getting behind the subscription model at all. If you don't tell software vendors what you want, they'll tell you what you need.

    Thanks for the content J.

  26. I noticed that Adobe Photoshop Elements has not been mentioned. I have been using this software for years. It is virtually a cut down version of Photoshop and may suffice for people who do not require the extra features of either Photoshop or Lightroom. A new version is generally issued around once a year but this may not be needed unless you require a raw converter for a new camera.

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