The multiple versions of Lightroom have been around for a while now, but the difference between Lightroom and Lightroom Classic and which offers the best workflow still confuses some people. Both serve a different purpose and a different type of user and workflow.
In this video, Pye Jirsa walks us through his workflow using both applications so that we can see how they differ and the benefits that each offers over the other. What may as come as a surprise to some people is that the two apps are not mutually exclusive, either. It’s entirely possible (and maybe beneficial) to use both in your post-processing workflow.
In short, Lightroom Classic is, as the name suggests, the familiar old Lightroom we’ve come to know and love over the years. Everything’s stored locally and all your data resides in a self-contained catalogue file on your computer. Typically it’s used by a single photographer working on a single device, like a desktop or laptop, and you never need to share your files between multiple machines.
Lightroom, on the other hand, syncs up with your Creative Cloud account, allowing you to access and modify your images at any time from all of your different devices – very handy if you’ve got a desktop, a laptop, a tablet and a smartphone and you like to use all of them for your photo editing needs at different times. You can make pretty much all of the same adjustments with the non-Classic versions that you can with Classic, but it offers a different workflow, that lets you be more efficient across multiple devices.
Exactly what the implications of the two systems are and where one might be more beneficial than the other for you is something that Pye goes over in the video. He uses both Lightroom and Lightroom Classic in his workflow for different tasks and goes quite in-depth into how both of them fit into his workflow.
[via SLR Lounge]