The Best Place to Buy Lightroom

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If you’re looking for the best place to buy Lightroom, this short guide will help you make the right decision.

Lightroom is the most useful piece of software on any photographer’s computer, but knowing where to buy Lightroom isn’t immediately obvious.

You’d be surprised by the number of times I’m asked by my photographer friends where to buy Lightroom!

Adobe makes it rather difficult to buy Lightroom as a standalone product (Lightroom 6), but you can still get it here.

You can also buy the latest version of Lightroom CC Classic, as part of the Adobe Creative Cloud, a subscription plan which includes access to other Adobe products and regular updates.

Buy Lightroom – My Recommendation

There are 3 options to buy the latest edition of Adobe Lightroom. My recommendation used to be to buy it as a standalone product, aka Lightroom 6, but I’ve since changed my mind…

Lightroom 6 is currently available for a great price from Amazon – the best price on Lightroom available here in 2018.

I purchased Lightroom 6 from Amazon in 2015, and used it quite happily until earlier this year. I could have carried on using it indefinitely, if not for a couple of reasons:

  1. I bought a new Sony a7 III camera and Lightroom 6 didn’t support it.
  2. I needed access to new tools exclusive to Lightroom CC Classic

Let’s look at the various options to buy Lightroom so you can see which is best for you:

Option #1 – Buy Lightroom Creative Cloud Photography Plan

Buy Lightroom from here
Get Lightroom Mobile and free updates throughout the year with a subscription to Lightroom Creative Cloud Photography Plan

Lightroom Creative Cloud Photography Plan is Adobe’s subscription program and includes Lightroom CC, Photoshop CC, and unlimited syncing of photos from Lightroom to Lightroom mobile, as well as to Lightroom web.

It also includes most importantly new camera updates (so you can keep editing photos shot with newer models of camera), and updates.

These updates include extremely useful functions such as Dehaze, local Whites and Blacks, gradated filter, boundary warp and Selective Masking, that make editing photos much easier and quicker.

More recently this year, Adobe released a major Lightroom CC Classic update which included Profiles – basically one click adjustments to your photos, which again makes editing much quicker.

The Lightroom Creative Cloud Photography Plan also includes some other apps and services, but to honest you’ll probably never need them. Things like Photoshop Fix, Photoshop Mix, Spark Page, Spark Post… see the whole list here.

I haven’t met any photographer who uses any of the included apps, except for Lightroom Mobile which some people like to use to keep their work in sync over multiple devices.

The main advantage of Lightroom Creative Cloud Photography Plan is that you get all the new features that are added during the Lightroom CC product cycle for free, and you can keep purchasing new cameras and be able to use Lightroom to edit the photos.

Lightroom Creative Cloud Photography Plan costs $9/month. For those with a photography business, this may not seem expensive, but those who can’t use the cost as a tax deduction may not like this subscription plan.

For professional photographers, Lightroom Creative Cloud Photography Plan is the most popular option. Keeping images in sync across multiple devices is convenient for those with fast Internet connections, and continuous free updates can be appealing too.

Option #2 – Buy Creative Cloud

You can also subscribe to the complete Adobe Creative Cloud, which includes all the CC suite of products (inDesign, Illustrator, Premier Pro etc etc).

If you’re a photographer who also dabbles in other creative pursuits (video editing, illustration etc), this could be a great option for you.

However, at $49.99/month, the expense can quickly add up. This option is more popular for agencies or companies who need access to Adobe’s whole suite.

Option #3 – Buy Lightroom 6 as a Standalone Product

Buy Lightroom 6
Free yourself of subscription payments with the standalone version of Lightroom 6

Lightroom 6 is currently available on sale at Amazon – click here to get it.

If you buy Lightroom 6 as a standalone product like I did, it may seem like more money than the other 2 options of the Creative Cloud plan mentioned below.

However, if you calculate your ownership of Lightroom over 2 years, you can see that even the cheaper Lightroom Creative Cloud Photography Plan comes to $239.76.

Sure, during that time Adobe will probably have released a few updates to Lightroom, but is that worth the extra cost? Also, do you really need Lightroom mobile and all the other features of the Creative Cloud?

I can’t answer that for you, but I chose to buy Lightroom 6 as a standalone product and used it happily for a few years before upgrading to the subscription plan mentioned above.

With the standalone Lightroom 6, you still get free 6.x updates with bug fixes and some other background improvements.

I dislike subscription plans, and owning the software outright made me feel more comfortable than ‘renting’ a software, which is what the Creative Cloud feels like to me.

In addition, Internet upload speeds here in Australia are not fast enough to justify using Lightroom mobile.

However, since buying a new camera made my standalone copy of Lightroom redundant, I was forced to upgrade to the subscription plan. As it turns out, I’m glad I upgraded, since the updated features of Lightroom CC Classic make the cost per month more than worth it.

How should you Buy Lightroom?

So now you know the 3 options to buy Lightroom, what’s the best way to buy Lightroom for you?

Well, if you need your images to be in sync over multiple devices, have a new model camera, and/or can take advatnage of all the latest Lightroom CC Classic updates, I’d recommend going with Lightroom Creative Cloud Photography Plan.

The updates during the year from Adobe may be sporadic but it’s nice to know you’re using the latest version of the software.

It also should be mentioned that since creating the Creative Cloud, it’s possible that there might not be a Lightroom 7 released by Adobe. Adobe no doubt wants to push all its users to subscription plans.

Where to Buy Lightroom?

Buy Lightroom from Amazon
Lightroom 6 is on sale at Amazon. It’s a small saving, but it’s still the best offer available.

The best place to buy Lightroom 6 is Amazon, where it is currently on sale.

Click the here to get the best price on Lightroom 6 standalone from Amazon.

If you’d like to subscribe to the subscription version of Lightroom, get it direct from Adobe:

Click here to buy Lightroom Creative Cloud Photography Plan.

Lightroom Tutorials

Speed Up Lightroom

Once you buy Lightroom 6, you’ll want to watch some Lightroom tutorials to get up to speed quickly.

Here are the Lightroom tutorials and tips that I recommend. Some of them are free tips, some are my own products and some are products that I use on a regular basis.

It should also be mentioned that there are some great free Lightroom tutorials on YouTube by Adobe, but in general, the tutorials mentioned below go into more depth on each topic.

Speed up Lightroom – implementing this one tip will have the biggest impact on the speed of Lightroom.

Lightroom Power User – this is a book I wrote packed full of short, actionable tips and tricks to speed up your Lightroom workflow and improve your editing.

Understanding Post Processing – one of the best Lightroom video courses on how to use Lightroom.

Lightroom Hot Tips – a free selection of my 10 favourtie Lightroom tips.

If you found this post on how to buy Lightroom useful, please consider buying Lightroom from one of the links in the page. Any small commission generated from your purchase does not affect the price of Lightroom, and helps to keep Shotkit running.

Mark Condon is a British wedding photographer based in Australia and the founder of Shotkit.

  • Thanks, your article answered my question. My problem was that I haven’t needed else only the lightroom.

  • I paid for lightroom yesterday with the hope I will also get a Photoshop but I didn’t get it. Please am new with all this stuffs. Please what should I do? Am really said right now. I have no interest with light room and I don’t don’t even know how it works or how to use it.

  • liked your comments about Lightroom. Am going to order from Amaz0n the stand alone product. I am new to photography and have beren doing minimal post processing with the software on the Mac.

  • Very helpful information, i will be buying either the stand alone or the cloud, not sure yet. I’m going to think about it for a while. I will be sure to buy from this site. Thank you for your time. Carla Hoosier TN

  • Thank you so much for the info. I like how you explained each option. I am not a professional photographer and sure cant afford another monthly payment so I think I will be visiting Amazon…

  • Hi there. I did own the stand alone lightroom 6. I’ve now had my iMac wiped and need to reinstall, I have the serial number – where do I go to reinstall as Adobe don’t make it easy. Many thanks in advance.