Amidst the fury that surrounded Adobe’s fall Lightroom announcements (see The Cost of Software for details), it was easy to miss the fact that there are people who actually want to use Lightroom CC, especially for its promise of a cloud-based, device-independent workflow.
We honestly remain on the fence about the bifurcated Lightroom platform, but we’ve also run into more than a few people who expressed interest in—and asked questions about—Lightroom CC. Most of the questions are about the future of CC, especially since the core app’s feature set at launch was anemic in places. That said, Adobe has posted one major update to Lightroom CC since its release in mid-October, adding curves-based editing and split tone controls, as well as a new Auto image enhancement feature (which also was added to Lightroom Classic in December).
There have been a few good places on the web to get information about Lightroom CC (Lightroom Queen remains the best FAQ-based source for all Lightroom info), but if you’re looking for more in-depth, Lightroom-CC-specific content, there hasn’t been a lot. Over the holidays, we had a chance to go through the first solid book about Lightroom CC, Jeff Carlson’s Take Control of Lightroom CC. Jeff has been writing for years about digital photography, editing apps and the rise of tablet computing for photo editing, and here he takes you through every aspect of Lightroom CC, from importing to editing to sharing. He also talks at length—and with great clarity—about migration from Lightroom Classic, as well as strategies for using both apps together.
If you want to get the most out of Lightroom CC, Jeff’s book is the perfect place to start. Take Control of Lightroom CC is priced at $15 and comes in PDF, epub and Kindle formats, and is available from Take Control Books. A sample chapter is also available for download.