Is It Worth It? Switching From Adobe Lightroom Classic To Lightroom CC


(upbeat music) – All right, so since
Adobe announced the updates to Adobe Lightroom with Classic
and CC back at Adobe MAX last year, one of the most
common questions I’ve seen is whether it’s worth it to switch over from Adobe Lightroom Classic to the newer Adobe Lightroom CC. And you know I didn’t want
to just put out some videos and stuff saying that, yes,
just do it or, no, don’t do it. I wanted to actually immerse
myself in the migration process to see what the pros and cons are, if there are any shortcomings, and then share my thoughts with you so that you can make an educated decision as to whether this new
workflow works for you. Now before we jump in,
let me put this out there. Adobe provided me with
a year’s subscription to the full Creative Cloud suite as well as 10 terabytes of
Adobe Creative Cloud storage. Now you don’t need the full
suite to use this video to migrate from Classic to CC. There are options specifically
for photographers. And you may not need
10 terabytes of space. However, that’s on you. You need to figure out what
your space requirements are and whether the cost
associated with it is worth it. Now Adobe did not pay me
one cent to do this video. I’m not sponsored by them. I’m just doing this because
so many people have asked me about this migration
ever since I mentioned that I’m gonna be moving
over pretty much whole hog from Classic to CC, so I want
to put this video together. So with that, let’s start with the pros. So it goes without saying that
probably the number one pro for moving over from Classic
to CC is that you have pretty much instant backups of all of your original RAW files. Once you start importing
photos into Adobe Lightroom CC, it’s gonna begin uploading
them to the cloud and those RAW files will
be available there for you as well as giving you the
option of keeping local copies of the RAW files in case you
want to have local backups which is what I do personally. Next is probably the
most important pro for me with Lightroom CC and that
is it eliminates the need to manage one singular catalog. Lightroom Classic is kind
of an antiquated database technology where you can only
work on one individual catalog and if you travel elsewhere
you have to work on a separate catalog and then down the line migrate them somehow together. And it’s always been a very
convoluted process for me because merging the photos
from a trip with my main photo catalog there was
always some inherent issues. So with this, with Lightroom
CC, think of your catalog being managed in the cloud and
that leads me to the next pro which is now you can have as
many computers, smartphones, tablets, accessing that
centralized tablet. So you can have access
to all of your photos and all of your edits on
any device at the same time. And let’s say you go on a trip somewhere and you decide to import
your photos on your phone or your laptop, those will get uploaded, assuming you have bandwidth. Remember you need an internet connection, but they’ll get uploaded,
and when you get home, they’ll be already waiting
for you on your home computer. And to me, that is one of the
missing steps in my workflow that I’ve been waiting for for many years. Like I mentioned, it
also syncs your edits. So if you work on your
home computer on a photo, those edits will appear on
your phone and any other device that’s linked to Adobe Lightroom
with your Adobe account. Now in addition to syncing
edits, it also syncs metadata like the title and caption and the tags associated with a photo. And that’s important for
me because a lot of times when I’m traveling,
I’ve got just dead time where I don’t have anything to do. So what I’ll do is I
can now take my phone, open up a bunch of photos that I’ve marked that I want to share to my
stock portfolio on Stocksy, and then add the captions,
the tags and everything and basically all I need to
do is upload the full res JPEG which I can do from my
phone or from any computer. So basically it allows
me to use my free time more effectively without worrying
about asynchronous editing issues with tags and metadata. Another pro that’s actually
very worth bringing up is that with the new Adobe
Lightroom CC workflow, it does a really nice job
of seamlessly migrating the photos you take with your camera, whether it’s a DSLR or a Mirrorless, as well as your smartphone photos. Listen, let’s not ignore
the fact that a lot of us take photos that are really
good with our smartphones. The cameras and the sensors have become stupidly good on them. So rather than kind of have
all these different workflows where your mobile photos
are maybe with Apple photos or Google photos or here or there, now you can automatically import them into Adobe Lightroom CC and have
them available everywhere. More importantly, you also have access to the editing controls of Lightroom CC which is really nice. You don’t have those kinds of controls in some of the other apps. Also I found that Adobe
Lightroom CC is way faster, I mean seriously faster, than Classic. And that’s a huge pro for
me just being able to flip through photos, call them
quickly, and then also edit them. I find that to be a lot snappier. And then probably one of the
coolest, probably the most forward thinking pro
with Adobe Lightroom CC, is that it genuinely offers you an option of eliminating a laptop. So if you go on a trip and
weight is a serious concern, you don’t need to bring a laptop here. You can bring a tablet or
even just a smartphone. And because all of these
devices currently can import RAW files, you know whether you’re using a wireless hard drive like
those from Western Digital or you’re just connecting your
camera or an SD card reader directly to your smart
device, you can ingest those RAW files onto your smart device, again a smartphone or tablet, and have the RAW files backed up and have all of the same benefits but without the added weight of a laptop. Now of course, with the good come the bad, so let’s talk about the cons. Without a doubt, the number
one con that a lot of users are feeling is the cost. So depending on how much data you need, how much storage you
need in the Adobe cloud, that can get pretty expensive. 10 terabytes I believe
cost about $100 a month and that can get prohibitively expensive for a lot of photographers. So until Adobe figures out
that dropping the price or increasing storage for
the current offering price is something that needs to be done, you’re gonna have to figure out whether that investment is worth it. One thing to consider though
is you don’t necessarily have to back up every
single photo of yours. There are many workarounds
in terms of what files you back up using collections
in Lightroom Classic and we can talk about that in a minute. But if you do want to back
up your entire catalog and you do have a lot of files, that might be a serious concern for you. Now beyond the cost, there’s
also bandwidth concerns that you have to factor in. If you have a lot of
files, every single byte needs to make its way up to Adobe’s cloud. Now things to consider is
whether you have a bandwidth cap. A lot of places, especially
outside of the United States, have caps in terms of how much bandwidth they can use with uploading. Also typically upload speeds
are significantly slower than download speeds, so
it might take a lot longer to upload your library
if it’s a big library. Next, some people just
don’t like being locked into an individual ecosystem. I mean just ask most Android
people who talk about Apple. They don’t like the idea of being boxed into Apple’s Mac OS and iOS sandboxes. The same thing goes here. When you upload your photos
to Adobe Creative Cloud, you are kind of buying
into their ecosystem. Now that could be a great thing, and to me it’s a great thing because I
really enjoy what it offers, but if you’re the kind of person
that’s skeptical about that that might not be
something you want to do. With that said, let’s say down the line you decide I’m done with this, I don’t want to do the Adobe
Lightroom cloud thing anymore, there is an Adboe
Lightroom Downloader tool which will allow you to
download whatever you have in the cloud locally. And probably the number one
con that you want to consider, if you’re planning on moving
from Adobe Lightroom Classic to Lightroom CC is the
lack of feature parity, meaning the things that are currently in Adobe Lightroom Classic
that are not in Lightroom CC. These are the things that
you’re gonna have to consider whether they are critical
to your workflow. If they are, just stick with Adobe Lightroom Classic for now. Adobe is working really
hard to make feature parity. I mean from Adobe Lightroom
CC version one to 1.1, they introduced two of the
most important features for me that were missing and that was the tone
curve and split toning. So with that, that brought me to about 90% of what I need to do. But in terms of features
that are currently missing, you’ve got merging with HDR and Pano. You don’t have access
to camera calibrations. Another one that’s super
important to me is geotagging. I love geotagging my
photos and not being able to do that is a bummer. However, I still have all
the geotagging information and if and when that feature
comes to Lightroom CC, I’ll be able to add them retroactively. For those of you that use
the Print and Book functions, that’s not in there, as
well as multi-image editing, which is something that I
don’t get, meaning if you make an edit to one photo and you
want to paste those settings unto multiple photos at once,
you can’t do that currently. That to me is a glaring oversight. Hopefully they’ll fix that. You also don’t have any extensive
import or export controls. And what I mean by that is
when you import your photos into Lightroom Classic, you
have access to some cool opportunities like adding metadata, your copyright information,
contact information, that kinda stuff. You don’t have that
ability with Lightroom CC. It’s basically import these
photos into this album and that’s what you’ve got. The same thing with export. For me, I rely on an
app called JPEGmini Pro which reduces the file
size of exported JPEGs within the export process. It does it automatically. I don’t have access to
that in Lightroom CC. I also don’t have any
access to other options like renaming files on import or export. So that’s just something
that you have to consider. Also if you send your photos
from Lightroom to third party plugins like ON1 Photo RAW or Luminar or any other third party app,
there is no support for that right now in Lightroom CC. The only third party app,
I guess you can call it, is Photoshop, you can
send photos from Lightroom straight to Photoshop. But unfortunately, if you
want to use a third party you have to actually
export either the original or a JPEG file to your desktop, open it up in the third
party app, do your changes, save the file, and then
reimport into Lightroom CC. Hoping that workflow gets
improved in the future but that is something
that is worth considering. And then finally if you
use a lot of presets in Adobe Lightroom CC currently,
you can take your presets from Lightroom Classic and
import them into Lightroom CC but those presets do not sync
like photos and edits do, meaning if you have a
preset pack that you bought from my store, for example,
those presets can reside in Lightroom CC on your
desktop or on your laptop but they won’t sync
throughout your other devices. Now before we jump over to the
computer where I’ll show you how I’ve been doing my phased migration from Lightroom Classic to Lightroom CC, there’s just one thing that
I want you to consider. I think there’s this preconceived
notion that if you want to migrate from Lightroom Classic to CC you have to do it whole hog,
meaning you have to be able to move your entire catalog
over and then upload every single photo and
it’s gonna take forever. That’s not true at all. In fact, you’ve got some pretty
granular control in terms of which files and how
often you migrate over and that’s exactly what
I want to show you now. So don’t think this is
kind of a one shot deal. Over the past few weeks I’ve
been migrating month by month from my photo library from Classic to CC, and it’s been a pretty seamless process. And so what I’d like
to do is jump over now and show you exactly how to do that. All right, so here we are. Let’s jump in front of the computer. Before we do anything,
I want to show you some of the settings that I have in
Lightroom CC on my computer. So if you go to Lightroom CC
and then go to Preferences, I have this check box, Store a copy of all originals
at the specified location. And the reason why I like this
is because this is the only option that currently allows
you to set the folder location for all of your originals. Currently, if you want to
have your smart previews stored locally, it for
some reason requires you to store them on your internal hard drive in which case mine’s called Macintosh HD. But for the originals,
the much larger files, you can set a folder path
on any external hard drive. So I have mine set on
a line called Bokeh XL which is my G-Technology
24 terabyte RAID array. And any photo that gets imported
in, either on this computer or from any other device, the
RAW file, the original files, will get downloaded on this computer and then onto that G-Technology
drive automatically. Now on my laptop, I have
the opposite going on. I’ve got this option where I store a copy of all smart previews on
my internal hard drive. So what that means is when I,
for instance, go on a trip, I’m going to the Canadian
Rockies in a few days, when I import my photos into Lightroom CC either on my laptop or
on my iPad, for example, it will upload the RAW files when there is an internet connection and
then it’ll remove the RAW files from the laptop to reduce space
and keep all smart previews which is about 2560 pixels on the long end if I remember correctly. And when you select that
option, it’ll show you what the storage requirements
will be on your computer so you’ll know what file
space you’re gonna need if you want to store the smart previews. Now there’s a third option
in which you don’t store any of them automatically. You just tell Lightroom to
store up to a certain amount of the hard drive space,
so up to a storage amount where you have 25%, for example, free. And then it’ll delete
other smart previews. But remember everything
will always be in the cloud. All right, so with that,
now if you look on the left over here, you can see
that I’ve already migrated all of my photos from 2017, 2016, 2015, and now I am uploading May of 2014. So I’ve been doing this a month at a time. So starting in 2017 I did
December, then November, and so on and so forth. And as one month finishes, then
I’ll migrate the next month from Classic into CC. And the way that you tell
the status of what each file looks like is by looking
at this little icon on the bottom right of the grid. You can also look at it on the InfoView. If you press I on your keyboard, that’ll toggle the InfoView. And under Sync Status, you can
see that for this particular file, this icon represents
that it’s been synced and backed up. And locally I’m storing
the original file as well in the cloud the original file
is backed up which is great. Now let’s say you want to
know where your original files are being stored on your computer. Remember I specified mine
to be stored on Bokeh XL, the G-Technology 24 terabyte drive? Well, here is Bokeh XL
on my computer here. It gets put under a
folder called Lightroom CC and then it’s this folder here
with a bunch of gibberish, then there’s originals,
and then you can see here, 2015 for example, and
then if I go into any of these folders there
are the original files. They are there in their full
resolution, full file size. If you shoot with your
camera set to uncompressed, they will be the uncompressed RAWs. So one of the main
differences that you will see pretty much right off the bat is, unlike with Lightroom
Classic, where if I go to my Lightroom Classic
photo library over here and we go to 2015 and then January, you can see that I control
the folder hierarchy. But with Lightroom CC, you
do not have that control. It basically just dumps
them based on the date of the files. So that’s just something to consider. Your folder or file
hierarchy won’t be managed in your finder or your explorer. They’ll be managed in Lightroom CC. So again, something to consider. All right and one last
thing, you can see here that if you are syncing any folders, they’ll be a little icon on the left that’s kind of a
rotating, spinning circle. Also on the top right, it’ll
give you a specific status in terms of how many
photos are left to sync. It doesn’t give you time because
I guess bandwidth changes. But it’s just something to consider. You’ll know that if you are
synced, if all of the files in an album are synced, they’ll have a check mark next to them. And that actually gives me
one last thing that I want to show you the difference
between a folder and an album. In Lightroom CC, folders
are what you’re gonna use to create your hierarchy. So if you want to have
a specific hierarchy, you’re gonna use folders. But you can’t put photos in folders. Photos have to go into
albums, and you can see when you go to the plus icon here, there’s a Create Album and Create Folder. So for example, 2015 is a
folder, May is a folder, but all of these collections are albums. So if you click on any one of them, that is where your photos go. All right, so now it’s time
to actually migrate photos from Classic to CC. Now I have a very specific
way of doing this, and when you see it, it’s not
because I want to make things difficult, this is
through trial and error. This is how Adobe kind
of makes you do things, if you want to migrate
this particular way. Now this way that I’m
gonna show you is the way, in my opinion, the best way if want to migrate month by month
while also retaining your structure, your
file and folder hierarchy that you have in Classic, and it’s actually a pretty cool way. So check this out. Let’s go to Classic and the next month that I want to migrate is June. So in June I’ve got
2,016 photos across all of these individual
folders, these subfolders that I created based on each shoot. So this is what I do. First, I go under
Collections, and you can see I already have collections
for 2017 and 2016. So under 2014, which is the current year, I’m gonna right click and
create Create Collection Set. Next I’m gonna type
06-June to kind of match the naming structure that I have. And I’m gonna make sure that it’s set in the collection set of 2014. So collection sets, just so
you know, are what they imply. It’s a set of collections
in case you want to group multiple ones under
one main parent folder. Now you can’t have smart
collections set as collection sets or regular collections. That’s something important. If you have smart collections,
which basically aggregate based on certain criteria
like metadata or rating, you’re gonna have to
manually create collections and then move those files over,
just something to consider. All right, so with June
created, what I’m gonna do is go up here, select the
folders under June here in the actual library section,
and then drag them down onto June which is in this collection set. So this doesn’t duplicate your files. You’re not making copies. It’s just creating another reference point as a collection set. So under the collection set 2014, you create a collection set called June, and in here you’ve got all of the photos, and now you’re ready to start
kind of the migration process. So this is what I do. Make sure you select
the collection set June. Don’t just right click. Make sure this is highlighted. That is important because it’s
weird if you don’t have it highlighted and you
right click and export, it might export a different
folder that you have selected. So with this, I right click and I select Export This Collection Set as a Catalog. Then I’ll go down to my backup volume which I have called Blades XL, and I’ll type in 201406. You can see there’s already 201405. And I’m gonna click on Export Catalog. And this is a pretty quick process. All it’s doing is it’s
writing a Lightroom catalog referencing the photos
in this master catalog. Here’s where Adobe makes
things super weird. Watch, if I go, you would
think now, if I want to migrate my catalog, in Lightroom
CC I would go to File, Migrate Lightroom Catalog, and then we’ll go
through the process here. And I’ll walk you through
this again afterwards. I’ll hit Continue, Continue,
and then I’m gonna browse to that catalog that I
just created which is under Blades, 201406, and there’s are catalog. Let’s click Migrate and hit Start Scan, and boom, you get this error. So let’s click Migrate
later to get rid of it. Why is that, why am I getting that error? It’s because if you
export a collection set to a new catalog from Classic, in order to migrate it
to Lightroom CC, you have to first open that catalog
in Lightroom Classic, just open it and quit. You don’t have to do anything. Then you’ll be able to migrate over. So you just saw that error. So now let’s go to Lightroom Classic. We’ll go to File, Open Catalog, point to that catalog that I just created from the June 2014 collection
set, and click Open. And you can see here is the catalog. There is the whole folder
structure, just like we had it. It also will have any
collections that these photos that you have in this month, for example, any collections that they
were associated with. So if you don’t want that,
you can just right click and Delete because these
collections will migrate over. And then just click Delete over here, and so you just have your
collection set there. And now you can go ahead
and go to File, Open Recent, and then go back to the
original master catalog, if that’s something you want to do. But more importantly, now
you can got into Lightroom CC and let’s try this again. So File, Migrate Lightroom Catalog, click Continue to go through it, and then Continue one more time. One of the benefits is
when you open that catalog in Lightroom Classic, it now
is automatically detected so you don’t have to go find it. Just select it, click Start Scan. Looking good here, and now
you’ll click Start Migration. Now depending on how many
photos you’ve got in that month or however you decide to export it, this can take a bit of
time and it even says it when you start the migration
it could take a bit of time because it’s analyzing every
single file, every photo, every collection, and
prepping it for migration. So when you’re ready, you
click Start Migration. Right here we are done. You can see the migration is complete. About 67 gigabytes and
2016 assets are migrated. Everything looks good,
so we are done here. Now here’s the cool thing. Here’s why going through
the whole collection sets, exporting as a catalog,
reopening a catalog, why it’s cool and why it’ll help with this migration process. Check it out. If I scroll down over
here, you can see there is a new folder called Migrated
201406 which is basically the name of the catalog. And look, there is June
with all of the folders, the hierarchy here, that I kept from the original Lightroom Classic. So let’s just kinda collapse these folders to make it a little easier to see. And now all I need to do is
take June, drag it to 2014, and then I can delete that
migrated 201406 folder. Don’t worry, it won’t delete
any of the actual files. You’re just deleting
that reference folder. So delete albums and
folders, so that’s gone. And now if we go to the status over here, you can see that it’s preparing to sync. There are the 2,158
photos which are the ones from the 2016 that were just brought in plus the remaining few from
the previous import of May. All right now, let’s check this out. So here I’ve got my iPhone X,
I’ve got Lightroom installed over here, I’m gonna launch it. And then you can see there
is 2017, and I’ve got all of my photos over here,
as well as 2016, 2015. But if we go to 2014,
there’s June already there. All the folders are already here. If I go into one of these
folders, you can see the photos that have synced up to the cloud
and back down to the phone. And what’s cool is I can go
into one of these photos. This is the thing, this is
what’s most important to me with this new workflow is, let’s say I’m just hanging out somewhere. Because I’ve got access
to all of my photos, every single one of them, I can edit them using Lightroom controls. I can also edit them
using any third party apps on iPhone or if you’re an Android user, the same thing over there. But I can go and go to,
for example, keywords and start adding keywords like Australia, and bike, these kind of things. These are the things that I
do when I upload my photos to stock which is a really important passive income system for me
is uploading the photos there. So because with stock
keywords are so important, I can do that here. I can also go into Info and
add a title and a caption which also, when you export
the photo, come over. They get translated over, the keywords and the caption title. So these are little things that I can do. But most importantly is
I can just browse through all of the photos very leisurely, find the ones that I’ve forgotten, and then edit them and
share them with everyone which to me is great because
I went and took the photos but unless I was
historically sitting in front of this computer, which
has every photo I’ve taken, this is the only place
that I can edit them. But now I can even edit
them on a phone like this which is super cool. All right, so I know I threw a lot at you. By all means, if you’ve got any questions, leave them down below. I’m really fortunate to
have some friends who work at Adobe, specifically a
shout out to Josh Haftel who’s fielded so many of my questions. I tried to ask as many
questions as possible up front to help answer them for you in advance. But if you’ve got
questions, leave them down in the Comments section below. Definitely if you like this
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Dereck Turner

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