A better upgrade option for LightRoom 6

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I have been using LR since v2... and have upgraded all along to the "end of life" version 6.   It's a wonderful product, process, and all that.  I'm not a professional digital photographer, just an avid home, recreational user that has been able to organize, edit, and manage thousands of photos using LR.

The initial purchase price and a couple of upgrades over the years has always been one of its strong points and continued to make me a loyal user.  But now... the cost of upgrading to the "cloud" version is extremely significant, I would say punitive.  $10/ month?  I bought it outright for less than $150!!  Factor in those upgrades, we're still talking much less then a few hundred dollars.  For the subscription, that would only be a couple of years (and, remember, I've been using LR for 10 years...). 

I understand Adobe is moving to a cloud based subscription model.  I just think this is such a dramatic change in cost, there needs to be a better option, especially for the home user, not the professional. 

I don't want or need the online storage from Adobe.  If that's what is driving the cost, can't Adobe offer a less expensive subscription w/out device synching and online storage?  C'mon, make it easy for me to do this. 

Is there any thoughts on how to get this message bubbled up to Adobe?  Any others wrestling with this over bearing cost? 

I hate the thought of eventually losing all the work I've put into my 10 years of catalog(s).


Again, to be clear, what I'm advocating is for Adobe to offer a less expensive LR subscription option to make it more "on par"  (economically)  for those that have been using LR desktop for a long time.  

I don't need Photoshop.  I don't need online storage.  I don't even need a mobile version.  

I do want a *supported* version of LightRoom that will keep on working.  

The target audience here is a home user, the casual/recreational photo person, the person with a thousand iPhone and other photos organized and tagged and otherwise managed in LR.  Not the "pro" or even semi-pro digital commerce user.


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margo noreen

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dmeephd

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Margo, it's not just casual photographers whom long for the sort of version you describe.  Some of us pros don't want online storage (for which Adobes prices are outlandish) or mobile; we want performance.  Period.

Oh, and not to be held hostage to a subscription.

Migration is what's been holding me back from dropping LR.  However, the November release of ON1 Photo Raw is promising a smooth migration of images, keywords, collections, and smart collections.  Supposedly they're using some AI (not really, at this time in human history there's no such animal by the classic definition; it's simply machine learning) to interpret the LR presets and apply those edits to your images and maintain those edits in ON1.

We'll see.  Their 2018 migration tool was not so hot.
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john beardsworth

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PhotoMechanic is not a DAM - don't let yourself be misled. It's great for reviewing/tagging large numbers of pictures, but is just like Finder or Explorer . If a drive crashes or you've accidentally moved or deleted photos, PM has no idea they ever existed. It's only competition to Lightroom in a niche of the market.
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Ok thank you for your feedback.
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dmeephd

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John's correct.  Photo Mechanic is a high-speed viewing and ingesting tool for photographers who need to be able quickly select those images they think are salable and then import them into something like Lightroom.  PM is not a DAM.

The primary market for PM are sports photographers who face publishing deadlines; however if you are a prolific shooter and are impatient to boot, then PM will allow you to review your images much faster than LR.
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john beardsworth

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PM has worked on a DAM product, but.... Way back in 2012 they were apologising for its delay and I remember discussing its non-appearance during a trip to Seattle. That was in 2007, so I must have been hearing rumours about it for year or two before then. Believe it only if you ever see it!
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Yes, I remembering hearing about that too, but it never came to fruition.  They have a very nice niche market which will not change with the times as sports reporting has to be contemporaneous by definition.  Photography going digital made that all the more possible.  And expected.

In the 1980s I could shoot Formula 1 and because they had to—Road & Track, Gran Prix International, and AutoSport waited two weeks for proof sheets and published months after the race was over and done with.  Film gave them no choice.

Digital changed everything.