First Impressions of Lightroom 6 [IP 121]

Jim sits down with Jeff Harmon & Darin Mellor to discuss the new & exciting features found in Adobe's Lightroom 6.  The three talk about their first impression with the program & provide honest feedback about the newest release of their favorite photo editing program.

What's in this episode:

  • Last chance to enter the April Improve Photography Photo Contest. – Use #improvephotography on Instagram to participate by April 30, 2015!
  • Lightroom 6 is here & has some new exciting features.
  • The new tools in Lightroom 6 that has Jim excited.
  • Jeff puts Lightroom 6 up against Lightroom 5.  – Which is faster?
  • How many Photo Tacos can one listen to in the extra time it takes for Lightroom 6 to import new images?
  • Why Jim, Jeff, & Darin are underwhelmed by this release of Lightroom.
  • Darin has decided not to download Lightroom 6.  – Find out why.
  • The 2015 Lightroom Steal is Back for a limited time on Monday, May 4, 2015!!! – Listen for details.

Resources Mentioned:

  • Animoto – (Use Coupon Code ‘IMPROVE' to save 15% off a Pro Account!)
  • 2015 Lightroom Steal!  – Keep an eye on this link & enjoy the savings for a limited time starting Monday, May 4, 2015!!


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7 thoughts on “First Impressions of Lightroom 6 [IP 121]”

  1. Interesting episode, especially for us Aperture guys looking for a replacement. But one question: Early in the podcast, Jim says that Adobe has stated that Lightroom 6 will be the last “boxed” version of Lightroom. Can you point to where that statement was made? Most other things I have read say that Adobe intends to continue to make “boxed” versions available.

    1. @Jim (not Harmer 🙂

      You are right, Adobe has not clearly said one way or the other if the perpetual (non-cloud) licensed or “boxed” version will be available going forward. With the release of Lr 5 in 2013 they had in their FAQ page:

      “Q. Will I still be able to purchase Lightroom 5 outside of the Creative Cloud
      A. Yes. Lightroom 5 will continue to be available as a standalone product, available for purchase as an Electronic Software Download(ESD) or as a boxed product with a traditional perpetual license.

      Q. Will there be a different version of Lightroom called Lightroom CC?
      A. No.

      Q. Will there be features of Lightroom 5 that are exclusive to Creative Cloud members?
      A. No.

      Q. Will Lightroom become a subscription only offering after Lightroom 5?
      A. Future versions of Lightroom will be made available via traditional perpetual licenses indefinitely.”

      However, with the release of Lr CC 2015 (version 6) the language got much weaker in the FAQ:

      “Q: Can I still purchase Lightroom outside Creative Cloud?
      A: Yes. Lightroom will continue to be available as a stand-alone product, available for purchase with a traditional perpetual license.

      Q: Are there any features of Lightroom available exclusively to Creative Cloud members?
      A: No.”

      I argue the answer to that second question there is inaccurate as the mobile sync features are only available to CC subscribers. I don’t see it continuing on “indefinitely” as they said with Lr 5, but time will tell.

  2. Andrew Daniels

    No mention of the improved slideshow features in LR6? Guess it conflicts with the animoto sponsorship.

    1. Darin Mellor

      Andrew, we will have to discuss the Slideshow Feature in Lightroom on a future episode. Thank you for the feedback, but it is never our intent to let an advertiser sway us from mentioning something. Improve Photography is not sponsored by anyone in the true form of what defines sponsorship. Sometimes we will slip and say this episode is sponsored by, but it is just an advertiser buying airtime so we can continue to bring you this podcast on a weekly basis. When Lightroom fixes their bugs, (and we are able to discuss the subject again), we will be sure to mention the slideshow regardless of who bought an ad for that particular episode.

    2. @Andrew,

      Doesn’t have anything to do with an advertiser. For me it has to do with my lack of interest in the feature. I have felt the slideshow functionality in Lightroom has been so limited it wasn’t really useful. It certainly got better with Lr CC with the pan and zoom (Ken Burns effect), the ability to add more than one music track, and an attempt at getting the slides to sync to the music automatically (which doesn’t work very well) added. However, it is still not flexible enough for me to use it or be excited about. I personally use Sony Vegas Movie Studio with a plugin that creates good random pan and zoom that I can then customize a bit to make it focus on the point in each photo I want to emphasize combined with Adobe After Effects to build my slide shows. It takes a lot more effort, but the results are so much better I can’t use the limited functionality in Lightroom.

      Our discussions thus far have been the features we are most excited about. None of us were excited enough about the new slideshow functionality to mention in thus far. We also haven’t talked about a number of other new features like keyword painting, tethering warnings of battery being low or memory card full, zipped backups, collections filter, pet eye, auto horizon leveling when cropping, to name a few.

      Stay tuned to hear more of our real-world experience and reviews of features as the team spends more time using the new version.

  3. I get the presets every year when they come out, it’s always like an early Christmas present that I get to play with for hours or even days seeing what all I can do with them then use them throughout the year. It’s become a thing I do every year and look foward to the 2016 ones wish I could set up an auto pay

  4. I’m listening to the podcast a little late, but heard you saying how LR6 keeps refreshing the adjustment sliders. I am on a windows machine and I have the same problem. I however have been able to attribute it to the catalog setting of auto writing changes to the xmp file. I turned that option off and no longer have that problem. Hopes this helps.

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