Lightroom CC Photography WorkflowWith Adobe’s recent release of Lightroom CC, a lot of photographers are getting a bit confused about what that means for their existing workflow when it comes to Lightroom. Today I want to briefly go over how to incorporate the new cloud-based resources of Lightroom CC into your existing Lightroom workflow, without having to switch all your stuff over and learn a completely new platform.

Let’s get started by heading over to my desktop computer. So we’re on my desktop computer and I’ve already updated Creative Cloud. As you open the Creative Cloud app, you now see two versions of Lightroom. We now have Lightroom Classic and Lightroom CC. Lightroom Classic is basically the original Lightroom program. Lightroom CC is Lightroom mobile but it’s now available for laptops and computers, and not just mobile devices. The benefit is that Lightroom Mobile was only available for phones and tablets. I was always wishing that I was able to edit remotely on my laptop. I was limited to just truly editing my photos on my desktop which is where my Lightroom program and my original Lightroom catalog reside.

Let’s go ahead and open up Lightroom. This is Lightroom Classic. There are some updates to this actual program as far as performance and a couple of adjustment things, but we’re not going to go over that in this video. If you’ve ever played with Lightroom Mobile in the past, you’ll know that in order to sync to Lightroom mobile you have to create a collection. I created a collection for this engagement shoot that I want to edit. Down here next to the collection, you’ll see a little checkbox. It’s already checked. I’ll uncheck it, here. There’s a little box. When you hover over it is says “Click to Sync with Lightroom Mobile”. Go ahead and click that and then the Sync icon appears. This collection is now syncing with the Adobe Cloud Lightroom mobile and it’ll be available on my laptop for me to go ahead and edit remotely.

So we’re now here on my laptop computer. I apologize for any change in audio quality. We can see that the Emily Engagement collection has synced all 146 photos we have them here. Change the view and we can see that the rating system and flags have carried over. We can continue to do that down here. Over to the right hand side I had to move my face so we can see these. We have the edit tab, the crop and rotate tab, healing brush tool, brush tool, linear gradiant and radial gradient. So almost all of the powerful editing tools available in Lightroom Classic are available here in Lightroom CC. Everything you do here will transfer over to Lightroom Classic once you open that back up everything will sync. Also good to note that anything you import here will be transferred back, and the original sent back, to your Lightroom classic and save them to at computer so you can import on the go, too, working remotely on your laptop.

That’s about it for this video. Thank you for watching, if you have any questions feel free to leave it in the comments or send me an email, and I look forward to talking to you next time.

Gear used in this video:
The video was shot on a Nikon D750, with a Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 lens.