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With a choice between Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Lightroom Classic, Lightroom would appear to be the de facto editing standard. Yes, Photoshop itself remains the kingpin for artistic photographers who enjoy composites and special effects, but for many photographers, you can do it all in Lightroom.

And that’s great! We can spend too much time editing our work and so the speed with which Lightroom allows us to process images is a huge benefit. In fact, if you’re not familiar with Lightroom (or an equivalent program), you’re not yet a fully fledged photographer because, no matter how good the image is straight out of the camera, editing our work is a part of the process. You don’t buy all the ingredients to make a cake without actually making the cake!

The last upgrade in Lightroom Classic takes the app that much closer to perfection, certainly for experienced users. For example, the tone curve interface has been upgraded, making it easier (and more obvious) to use. Buttons for switching from parametric to point mode now sit next to the red, green and blue channels, giving you all the control you’d expect in Photoshop, including the ability to pin a control point and adjust its input and output values manually.

With a subscription, we don’t have to choose between the two varieties of Lightroom and while their interfaces are quite different, the editing process remains essentially the same. However, with everyone moving to the cloud and using portable devices to play with their images, it’s Photoshop Lightroom that is taking centre stage. One of the cool things on the latest release is the ability to share step-by-step edits with other photographers.

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