There are a lot of new apps on the market and many of them look pretty much the same. However, there are some differences between the Lightroom versions, including the difference between the free Lightroom mobile app (LrCC for iPad) and the desktop version (Lightroom Classic). This article will look at the differences and give you some tips on how to make the best choice for your workflow.
Let’s look at the major Lightroom versions and some of the differences between them.
What are the differences?
1. Lightroom Classic – free.
2. Lightroom CC – Lightroom Classic + cloud storage, free.
3. Lightroom CC for iPad – Lightroom Classic + iCloud Photo Library, free.
4. Lightroom Mobile – free.
5. Lightroom CC for iPad – Lightroom Classic + iCloud Photo Library, free.
There are lots of ways to use Lightroom, including editing photos on your computer, editing on a tablet, or using an app such as the iPhone or Android version of Lightroom.
Lightroom Classic vs. Lightroom Mobile
The most obvious difference between Lightroom Classic and the mobile apps is the number of features available. Lightroom Classic allows you to do almost all editing functions. You can do basic adjustments such as exposure, contrast, color balance, and brightness and shadows, and you can add some creative effects such as vignette, cross processing, and lens flare. Lightroom Classic can also save directly to your camera, as well as to other devices and social media.
If you want to edit on a tablet, then the mobile apps are your best bet. In these versions, you can make changes to the photos, including adding vignette, cross processing, lens flares, and more, and you can add some creative effects. The mobile apps also offer image stabilization, as well as touch-ups and edits.
Lightroom CC vs Lightroom Classic
Both Lightroom Classic and Lightroom CC include cloud storage. In addition, Lightroom CC gives you access to over a terabyte of cloud storage. However, there are some differences in the features available in the two apps.
In Lightroom Classic, you can create collections, and add keywords, tags, comments, and metadata. You can also sync your photo library to multiple computers and share photos with other Lightroom users. In addition, Lightroom Classic offers a range of organizational tools, including albums, smart collections, and keywords.
The iPad version of Lightroom Classic has a similar set of features. These include collections, keyword searches, tagging, and comments. However, the iPad version does not offer some of the more sophisticated organizational tools found in the desktop version.
Lightroom Mobile vs. Lightroom CC for iPad
Lightroom mobile offers a simpler set of features than Lightroom CC for iPad, and also the iPad version of Lightroom Classic. You can edit a photo in Lightroom mobile, but you cannot change the image’s exposure, levels, saturation, or contrast. You can apply effects and change the background, but you cannot add a vignette or cross process.
In addition, the iOS versions of Lightroom Classic and Lightroom mobile offer only the basic set of editing features. They do not include advanced features such as RAW editing or organizing.
Lightroom Classic vs. Lightroom CC for iPad
Another major difference between Lightroom Classic and Lightroom CC for iPad is the size of the app and the amount of storage available. Lightroom Classic for iPad takes up approximately 10.4 GB of space, whereas Lightroom CC for iPad only takes up 1.5 GB of space. This means that, if you’re looking for the best way to edit photos, you may want to consider buying Lightroom CC for iPad.
It’s also worth pointing out that the free Lightroom mobile app for iPad doesn’t include iCloud Photo Library. If you want to take advantage of the cloud storage provided by iCloud, you’ll need to buy the desktop version.
It’s also worth pointing out that Lightroom Classic for iPad allows you to view, download, and edit photos stored in the Cloud. However, if you’re using iCloud Photo Library, you’ll need to purchase the desktop version of Lightroom to use the full range of the features available.
Another difference between Lightroom Classic and the desktop version is that you cannot use the Lightroom Classic for iPad to download and edit images stored on your computer.
You can see from the above table that Lightroom Classic for iPad only includes basic editing features, whereas the desktop version of Lightroom Classic includes some of the more advanced editing features.
As mentioned, the main difference between Lightroom CC for iPad and Lightroom Classic is that Lightroom CC for iPad is only free and does not offer any of the advanced editing features in the desktop version.
However, if you are willing to spend a bit of money, Lightroom CC for iPad is worth it. It includes more advanced features, such as the ability to edit RAW files, adjust exposure, correct red-eye, and add artistic effects.
You can see from the table below how Lightroom CC for iPad offers a wider range of features than Lightroom Classic, and that Lightroom Classic for iPad only has a few features that the desktop version doesn’t offer.