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1 - Get Ready for Class

Welcome to our class!

If you have a question, reply to the e-mail I sent you or click Ask Jim.

What's In the Cloud?

When something is in the cloud:

• It means it's located on a server (really big computer) somewhere.

• It's not on your computer's hard drive.

Confusion - Be Careful

Please read the following carefully so you buy the correct version of Lightroom.

Adobe now has three versions of Lightroom:

1) Lightroom 6

Adobe isn't selling Lightroom 6 anymore.

It may be available from Amazon, BestBuy, etc.

Pros

You don't have to pay about $10 per month (yearly contract).

Cons

Adobe has stopped updating the program:

• Adobe disabled the Map module, where your photographs are displayed on a map based on their locations.

• When you buy a new camera, Lightroom 6 may not be able to open its raw files.

You'll have to convert them using the Adobe DNG Converter (free).

I just purchased a new camera. Photoshop or Lightroom doesn't recognize the raw files. What do I do?

Adobe DNG Converter

• If you're using a school computer, you won't be able to use the Lightroom catalog that you use in class at home.

2) Lightroom Classic

Lightroom Classic used to be called Lightroom Classic CC.

You pay about $10 per month (yearly contract).

The program is located on your computer.

Your photographs can be on your computer's hard drive or in the cloud (Adobe's cloud or any other cloud that you choose).

3) Lightroom

Lightroom used to be called Lightroom CC.

This version is 100% cloud based.

The program is in the cloud.

Your photographs are only in Adobe's cloud (not on your hard drive, not on a cloud of your choice).

This version is not used in class.

Do not buy.

Buy

Please buy—Lightroom 6—or—Lightroom Classic.

Lightroom is not used in class.

Do not buy.

Lightroom 6

As mentioned, Adobe isn't selling Lightroom 6 anymore.

It may be available from Amazon, BestBuy, etc.

Lightroom Classic

Lightroom Classic CC Get Started

Windows Users Only

Your laptop or desktop computer must have a 64-bit operating system.

To check, go to Windows: 64-bit Operating System Required.

Do You Already Have Lightroom?

Which Lightroom do you have?

Lightroom 6 and Lightroom Classic look like this:

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Lightroom 6 and Lightroom Classic

Lightroom looks like this:

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Lightroom

Enlarge the Above Screenshots

Click to see both screenshots, side-by-side.

If you have Lightroom 6 or Lightroom Classic—you're all set.

Onward

Click the appropriate link below.

Using Your Laptop Using School Computer
Laptop Desktop Computer at Home