Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6 Release Date Rumors and News

adobe lightroom 6 box

Updated April 21st, 2015:  Lightroom 6 has just been announced!  Check out the new features and download the free 30-day trial at You can also pick up your copy at Amazon now on sale. Remember, all those on Adobe’s CC plan can upgrade free as part of your Creative Cloud membership.

Updated April 4th, 2015: A new day, a new leak.  This time coming from, a camera and software store in the Netherlands.  Here we have the same Lightroom 6 box that we’ve been seeing pop up from the other leaks in the last few weeks and the European retail price of €159.95. However what’s new is the release date – They had it set for April 21st. But of course, with the last few rumored release dates we’ve seen, just take this one with a grain of salt. The only thing we are certain of is that the release is close… in most software releases, the retailers receive product info and inventory no more than 2 or 3 weeks in advance.

Here’s a screenshot from the store translated using Google Translate (UPDATE: this page has since been removed):

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Updated March 20th, 2015: Adobe has just released Camera Raw 8.8 for Lightroom which covers 10 new cameras and more lenses – Here’s the link for both the Mac and Windows download which you can pick up directly from

While often ACR and LR release dates are in-line, that’s not always the case (as we saw in 2/2007, 7/2008, 3/2012 and this time around). Some are speculating that because ACR 8.8 and the DNGC 8.8 were just released, that the release of Lightroom 6 may actually not come out this coming week or next.

However, we still think that Lightroom 6 is coming sooner than later (one of the leaked LR 6 pages at an Australian retailer had the release date set for March 25th). It’s likely that Adobe is planning on releasing LR 6 and ACR 9 without any of the new functionality or coding-bug fixes.  Based on the product page leaks we’ve seen during the past week at Best Buy, Amazon, NewEgg, and several others, it’s likely the disks/boxes have already been printed and are either at or waiting to be shipped to their top retailers. It’s also been 3 months since the last Camera Raw updates and well over due for an update – So even if the Lightroom 6 release date slipped a few days, we believe Adobe still kept the ACR/LR update as planned.

Either way, we’ll keep you updated with the latest news as we get it.

Updated March 16th, 2015: We’re just “days” away from the Lightroom 6 release, and helping confirm our suspicions, Best Buy posted Lightroom 6 for a few hours (it has since been pulled down). Nothing really new in terms of the product features that we already know (see below) but we can confirm the price – $149.99 for the full version and $79.99 for the student version. These prices are unchanged from current Lightroom 5 MSRP pricing. We’re not sure about the upgrade version price but expect it to also stay unchanged at $79.00.

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lightroom 6 student best buy

Updated March 9th, 2015: Well, folks, March 9th is here… and from the looks of it, we’ll have to wait just a little bit longer for the release of Lightroom. Both a French and Australia site originally had today’s date listed for the release, but no word yet from Adobe. We still have our fingers crossed that we will hear more news later today.

Amazon Japan had a release date of March 20th posted (before they pulled the pre-order page down) so we’re pretty confident that you’ll see it be announced between now and then (see screen shot is below).

Updated February 25th, 2015: Amazon Japan has a pre-order page up for Lightroom 6 with a posted release date of March 20th.  The list price is also listed a little bit higher at ¥17,280 vs. ¥16,800 for Lightroom 5, but the pricing change is likely because of the stronger dollar – We don’t expect to see an increase in prices here in the U.S.

lighroom 6 on amazon japan

Updated February 19th, 2015: A few of Adobe’s resellers, both in Europe (the French website and Australia ( have accidentally leaked out all of the Lightroom 6 specs, release date and box image (and we were fortunate to catch the info before it was all pulled down!). Here’s what we know:

adobe photoshop lightroom 6 box

  • Release date listed: March 9th, 2015.
  • System Requirements: Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and Mac OS X version 10.8 and higher.
  • Key new feature: GPU Acceleration for much faster performance (especially in Develop module).
  • Price: Expected to stay unchanged at $149.00 for the full version and $79.00 for the upgrade (international prices in local currency not expected to vary by much).
  • Availability: Standalone or part of the Creative Cloud subscription plan.
  • Manufacturer Part No: 65237579
  • UPC/EAN Number: 5051254621348

Here’s the full list of key features and changes in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6 (just note that this text is translated from French using Google Translate so it’s not grammatically perfect):

  • Environment nondestructive – Unleash your creativity in a nondestructive editing environment that allows you to test your ideas freely. The originals remain intact and you can easily cancel your edits or save multiple versions of a cliché.
  • Advanced conversion feature black and white – Monitor closely the tonal qualities so essential to the black and white photos. Combine precisely the information of eight color layers in the grayscale conversion.
  • Face Recognition – Quickly find pictures of loved ones, even without metadata tags. You select a face on the photo, Lightroom and search the person it belongs to all of your other shots. Sort and group your photos by faces.
  • Merge to HDR – Create realistic or surreal images from high-contrast scenes. By merging HDR, you can easily combine photos with different exposures into a single HDR image.
  • Optimized web galleries – Present your work in the most elegant web galleries, more attractive and interactive. The new models of HTML5 compatible galleries are supported by many browsers and mobile devices work stations.
  • Integration of online sharing – Easily publish images on social networks and sites for such as Facebook and Flickr. On some sites, you can even view the online comments on your images directly from Lightroom Library.
  • Development predefined settings – Save time by instantly applying the desired effect to your images. Just save develop settings as a preset and apply them to other photos in a click. If Lightroom includes dozens of presets, thousands more are offered by third parties.
  • Sophisticated Healing Brush – Get best pictures with one touch. Set the brush size and move it according to specific plots. Unwanted items and other imperfections, including irregular shapes son type, magically disappear.
  • Upright (Vertically) – Straighten skewed images with a single click. The Upright tool (Vertically) analyzes the image and detects horizontal or vertical lines inclined. It can even recover images without horizon.
  • Fusion panoramas – Realize XXL ultra detailed panoramas. Photo merge technology lets you merge multiple images, including raw files, to create panoramas out of the ordinary.
  • Performance gains – Import and refine your photos in record time. Lightroom leverages compatible graphics process to get you better performance, especially when you edit your images in the Develop module.
  • Sophisticated video slideshows – Create stunning slideshows combining still images, movies and music, and supplement them with pan and zoom effects, for example.
  • Creating photo books – Create beautiful photo books. Lightroom includes a large number of user-friendly catalog templates that you can now customize. Load them then printing a few clicks.

lighroom 6 on fnac

Lightroom 6 is expected to be released in April, 2015.- Rumored Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6 Release Date

Here’s a quick look at Lightroom’s release date history:

  • Lightroom 5.7 – Released on November 18, 2014 (this is the current version).
  • Lightroom 5.6 – Released on July 31, 2014.
  • Lightroom 5.5 – Released on June 18, 2014.
  • Lightroom 5.0 – Released on June 10, 2013.
  • Lightroom 5.0 beta – Was made available on April 15, 2013.
  • Lightroom 4.0 – Released on March 5, 2012.
  • Lightroom 3.0 – Released on March 23, 2010.
  • Lightroom 2.0 – Released on July 29, 2008.
  • Lightroom 1.0 – Released on February 19, 2007.

What happens if I just bought Lightroom 5 before LR6 was released?

Adobe has historically been pretty good at honoring customers with a free upgrade if fallen under their grace period. Just keep in mind that this does not apply to beta releases, only for orders made in the period between the official announcement date and shipping date (usually up to 4 weeks prior to the announce). You can read more about the Adobe free upgrade policy.

If you’re looking to use Lightroom 5 now and don’t want to pay for both versions, you have a few options. The first one is to take advantage of the free trial download – As long as you haven’t tried it out before you will be able to use it for a full 30 days without paying for it. The second option is to purchase Lightroom 5 directly from Adobe and then return it within the return window (they have a 30-day return policy when you buy it at

It goes without saying that all customers on either the Creative Cloud or Photoshop-Lightroom photography subscription plan will be able to upgrade for free to LR6 once it’s released.

What would you like to see in Lightroom 6?

Leave your thoughts below.

  1. April 6, 2015


    Again another new release date appeared on
    Now it shall be the 21st April.
    We’ll see!

  2. March 30, 2015


    I hated to have to come back to Adobe for my Photo Library needs. Apple killed Aperture and Photo did not handle my needs so I am left with Lightroom. The importing of my Aperture library did not go well. I am trying to keyword and set up my Collections. I can only do so many and then I have to restart Lightroom and start again. I have a large library. I was hoping that Lightroom 6 would help. I have read all about March 2015 for an update. It is March 30th now. Still no word from Adobe as to when. This has been my experience in the past with Adobe. I have a new iMac 27 inch with a lot of power that this program doesn’t allow me to take advantage of it Hate the idea of subscriptions to do my work. Boy I hate going back to the old times.

    • April 2, 2015

      Bob Wallace

      rfrmac – It is unfortunate but the nature of “Rumours” and “Guesswork” is just that. So far I have not actually seen any comments from Adobe (Meaningful or otherwise).

      it would have been nice if at least one of the “Rumours” about the “Release Date” were true, but the evidence speaks for itself…………Nothing happened in March….not even a comment from Adobe!!

      I too have an extensive Library and I have been putting off a “Reorganisation” of the content. I have no idea what to expect from Lightroom 6 because to the best of my knowledge, Adobe has always been good at letting others do the talking…………and then ignore them.

      I strongly suspect that Lightroom as a “Entire Standalone” is highly unlikely. Lightroom 5 can do many thing reasonably well, but there is a lot more that it cannot do because that is the domain of Photoshop

      They do, however, work very well with each other providing that Lightroom is used to Manage the Assets

      Rumours of HDR, Face Recognition, One Click Adjustments and the like are nice things, but will they work…………..we do not know.

      Content-Aware Technology works in Photoshop (sometimes) and it may be ported to Lightroom (of sorts) but we wait to see what actually happens

      Thus far everybody has been wrong about the release date…………perhaps the suggested features list may also be void of substance!!

  3. March 28, 2015

    Bob Walllace

    Rumours……………Rumours……………..It’s all rumours and guesswork

    Yes we have ACR 8.8……and nothing to match in Lightroom 5.7…….but Adobe has always been good at “Smoke & Mirrors”

    The one silent voice thus far is “Adobe”…………..which is interesting in itself

    I am still using Lightroom 5.7 with Photoshop CC but no adverse (Mismatch Error Messages yet………….Fingers crossed, but that is nothing new with any Adobe Product

  4. March 26, 2015


    So, it appears the “match 25” guess was inaccurate.
    Having ACR 8.8 is nice and all, because now at least I can turn my Olympus E-M5 Mk.II raws into DNG, but Lightroom doesn’t support my raws natively yet. Would be nice if it did, and for that, I need Liightroom 5.8… or 6.0.

    • March 26, 2015

      Kyle bazzar

      That’s the exact reason why I’m being so impatient with this. I have the Nikon d7200 and have photos to work on

  5. March 26, 2015


    How long to wait? 🙁

  6. March 25, 2015


    So… where is Lightroom 6?

    • March 26, 2015


      That’s what I want to know.

  7. March 16, 2015


    Live view when shooting tethered please!!!! Please. Being able to double watermark one being the file number on the photos. At least let us watermark with the file number…

    • March 27, 2015


      Wow – haven’t heard anyone request this yet – but its pretty good one!

    • April 11, 2015


      Live view when tethered? Use the free Digicamcontrol from
      It’s probably the best solution for tethered/stacking/remote shooting that I’ve come across, paid or free…..BTW if you like it and use it do the decent thing and drop Duka a donation contibution.

  8. February 24, 2015


    Nonsense! The current version is 5.7, not 5.5 – and many of the features it describes are already available, most introduced in 5.6

    • February 25, 2015


      Thanks Alan – We just got the release date list updated to 5.7. As for the features, it’s a list of all features in LR6 (not just the new ones) so of course there will be many that are found in the current version.

    • March 7, 2015


      Whilst there aren’t many new features, I’d pay for an upgrade to get better performance alone.

      No new features were added in LR5.6. The features in 5.6 are the same as those in 5.0. The only difference might be slight enhancements to improve usability or bug fixes. They don’t release new features in dot releases which is why the gradient filter mask has never appeared in LR, but has in ACR when used in PS.

      So… going through the list I’d say the changes/ additions are:

      For definite:

      – Face recognition (yawn)
      – Merge to HDR
      – Merge to Panorama
      – GPU support


      – A modified slideshow module
      – An improved book module
      – An improved web module

      …and hopefully:
      – A second generation healing brush. The first generation in LR5 wasn’t bad for a first effort for definitely needs improvement.

      The rest is just a list of what has always been there, or released in V2.0 to V5.0. But they had to add that for new customers, otherwise they’d never know what was in there.

  9. February 4, 2015


    It’s February!
    No new Infos about LR 6??
    What is going on?
    LR 6 should be out in March, but there is no beta in sight?

    And again! I hope for a stand alone version.
    Keep your fingers crossed!

  10. December 19, 2014


    Guys, you will regret it with safety in the future, to be ever gone into the cloud of large companies. Not only in LR

  11. August 21, 2014


    I guess we will see Adobe Labs release the Lightroom 6 Beta to coincide with some announcement via PHOTOKINA 2014 on or after September 16th?

    • September 4, 2014


      Lol, honestly, I think a lot of people just lost interest in LR after LR 4.

  12. July 14, 2014


    Looks like Adobe are intending to phase-out Lightroom as a non-Creative Cloud service. See
    Clearly take-up of regular cash payments to Adobe month in for years is not too attractive to Lightroom users like me?
    I suspect the change (in the linked article) may be a legally required one as holding peoples changes (work) hostage may be illegal. The side benefit is that it reduces one of the criticisms of Creative Cloud for those considering jumping into the void?

    • July 16, 2014


      In fact it looks like they are killing Lightroom and using it as a migration tool for us to buy Photoshop (Photography CC) at TWICE the yearly price of Lightroom upgrades.

      Time to look elsewhere for the future of photography raw processing. This ride has come to an end.

  13. June 26, 2014


    That’s a pitty.
    I’d like the new filter brush in lightroom.
    I think it would be very helpfull.

  14. June 24, 2014


    LR 6 is comming in March 2015.

    • June 24, 2014


      So LR 6 has NO NEW FEATURES, just some small UI changes and performance boosts.

      Well, not much reason to leave LR 4 then.

      The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6 features that were recently revealed by Cyberland are simple UI tweaks that makes things more streamlined compared to 5.5 but the biggest “feature” are the stability and performance enhancements.

      Cyberland reported that the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6 has been greatly optimized that it runs almost 70 to 100 percent faster than Adobe Lightroom 5.5

      • June 24, 2014


        Looks to me LR has run its course, no new features, no new innovation.

        Steam has run out of LR from adobe, looks like adobe has lost their will to push Lightroom forward and looking to leverage LR users into Photoshop on Photography CC.

        Time to look at competitors for new new features.

        • June 28, 2014


          Good luck with that, Bob – there are no serious competitors, since Apple has discontinued Aperture. And before any one flames me about products like Capture One Pro, first consider their compatibility with third party plug-ins like Nik, Photomatix, Snapheal Pro, Topaz, and Perfect Photosuite, etc. Your workflow will be very cumbersome without plugins (manually exporting and importing into these products sucks big time).

          Apple’s departure has created a gap in the market now for someone to rise up against Adobe and it’s subscription model, but that’s a big ask given how sophisticated LR5 is. I don’t think you quite realise what a great product LR5 is (I’m an Aperture user and envious of what it can do and Aperture can’t).

          • June 28, 2014


            p.s. also consider any so-called competitor to Lightroom’s ability to share to Flickr, Smugmug, Facebook, neither do they integrate with publishing companies to create books and print nearly as well. And finally, consider that LR and Aperture are both database engines that allow metatagging of your images and amazing search facilities to slice and dice your library so can manage your assets with ease.

            Competitors to LR & Aperture cannot do any of these things anywhere near as well, so I put it to you again Bob, competitors? What competitors?

      • June 27, 2014


        I agree with others ….. a few UI changes and some speed improvements are hardly worth upgrading from LR4 for me.
        I was hoping for GPU acceleration, Network catalog & image storage storage and guarantees that as soon as LR7 comes LR6 will not be abandoned (as LR 5 will be soon).
        Nikon are to give away their new RAW image software soon so even less reason for Nikon owners to upgrade.
        All rather disappointing though. Only reason I can see to upgrade now is a low low price. But this is unlikely as Adobe wish to trap you onto to Creative Cloud where you can be controlled and price-raped.

    • March 28, 2015

      Bob Walllace

      Still another 3 days for the March release rumours to be correct…………does it really matter that much………… “No”

  15. June 23, 2014


    I went to the Adobe site to consider the Lightroom 5 upgrade. I could not navigate directly to the upgrade. At every turn I came across the push to CC. So did not upgrade. I know that I can purchase the upgrade from another source easily, but I won’t be doing that. LR6? Maybe? I’ll wait to see the Adobe attitude at the time. I am a heavy photoshop user but see no reason to join CC. Disappointed in Adobe tactics, you bet I am.

    • March 28, 2015

      Bob Walllace

      Many of us (self included) were disappointed in the “CC Captive Audience” move

      We snarled at Adobe but it made no difference

      I am occasionally moved to change my mind when new features emerge, but the bottom line is that I do not necessarily need them to get by

      Adobe has always been good sat the “Smoke & Mirrors” tactics…….. and it is still going on

  16. June 22, 2014


    Now would be a VERY good time for competitors to have a “Upgrade from Lightroom” price to get us into their product 🙂


  17. June 21, 2014


    I just seen that Amazon S.a.r.l have SOLD OUT on Lightroom 5 Upgrades retail box.

    Looks like people got tired waiting for LR 6 and don’t want Photography CC, they went out and bought ALL stock of LR 5 Upgrade on Amazon uk lol.

    Just hope Amazon get more in stock.

    • June 21, 2014


      Or it’s possible that Adobe’s no longer shipping LR upgrades to their resellers. Removing upgrades is another too to “help” customers switch to the cloud.

      • June 21, 2014


        Then Amazon would state “Currently Unavailable” and not the “Not in stock” message.

        If you check Lightroom 4 on Amazon it states “Currently Unavailable”
        if you check Lightroom 5 on Amazon it states “Temporarily out of stock.”

        • June 22, 2014


          Your’e probably right – Amazon US, Canada, Germany have upgrades in stock as usual. Only Amazon UK is temporarily out of stock.

  18. June 21, 2014


    I see no reason to upgrade past Lightroom 4 since there is really no new worth while features in 5.x, unless you don’t know how to use lens geometry sliders and prefer a button to do it for you or if your camera/lens combinaions are not supported, unless you are using bleeding edge or obscure cameras/lenses, there is no real gain from updating, unless you want to be laughed at for using your iPhone for professional photography.

  19. June 21, 2014


    The fact that the additional features included in Adobe Photoshop Camera RAW 8.5 plug-in for CC (Modify Graduated and Radial Filter masks with a brush etc) weren’t included in the Lightroom 5.5 upgrade suggest to me that Adobe intents to release Lightroom 6 sooner rather than latter. Why else would they hold them back ?.

    I’ve always been of the option (based on release schedules) that we will see LR6 in the fall, with a Beta release this summer. Nothing in the 2014 Creative Cloud announcement suggested otherwise to me.

  20. June 20, 2014


    I agree with the majority – ADOBE are very strongly promoting and discounting prices to try to get users onto Creative Cloud (CC). The smart can see that the June 18th 2014 announcement that the monthly price for PS and LR is no longer an offer is really only temporary.

    As soon as your workflow and images are dependant on CC then the price WILL rise – whatever ADOBE say. They will charge whatever maximises profit (they are obliged to the shareholders) and OK some will not renew but what will they use then.

    Plenty of other software around and anyway Elements 12 is actually superior to LR for editing – I should know I own Elements, LR and Photoshop CS6!

    By the way – message to ADOBE … $9.99 is £5.88 not £8.78! As we all know in the UK we are being ripped off all over.

  21. June 19, 2014


    I cannot use the Adobe creative cloud because Adobe only allow people 13 years of older to use it.

    I am however using Lightroom 4 but since I am under age, I have to stop upgrading to Lightroom due to Adobes restrictions.

    I do this as a hobby and 1) am not allowed to use the Cloud by their terms and 2) cannot afford subscriptions

    • June 20, 2014


      I also use LR4 but it does not support raw files from my two new cameras. However I own both Photoshop CS6 and Elements 12. Elements 12 is far superior to LR4 (and 5) for image editting. It has a reduced feature Adobe Camera raw. Obviously Photoshop CS6 is the bees knees. Where LR is particularly good is the PRINT module.
      I would recommend using LR4 for printing but get a cheap copy of Elements 12 for editing images and LR4 for printing and other features (BOOK/SLIDESHOW).
      If you are bothered about the missing raw features and have an unsupported camera (in LR4) then use Adobe DNG converter to convert Raw to DNG.

  22. June 19, 2014


    My production/work machines are NOT connected to he INTERNET, this rules out subscription and “periodic online activation checks”. This renders the use of subscription inpractical.

    Anybody that connects their production machines to a public network, are idiots.

    Also, I have seen people on the Creative Cloud, on deadlines, and the cloud not being available, support not being available when they need it the most. Too risky and too costly.

  23. June 18, 2014


    Why would I subscribe to something I do as a hobby and not profit from?

    What kind of idiocracy is that?

    They are lucky I PAID for Lightroom now and then, and to even think that they think I would want to subscribe to Photoshop on top of that for DOUBLE the money currently?

    Somebody lost the plot me thinks.

    I have Lightroom 4, did not upgrade to Lightroom 5 because I read the new features, and nothing there to warrant me spending more money for stuff I do not use.

    Good thing RawTherapee is making good progress, good thing there are at least three other decent raw processors available willing to fill the gap left by Adobe.

    Glad I did not spend more money upgrading each year for this trash. Glad I held back on Lightroom 5 only to be up the river, Lightroom 4 works fine with my camera/lenses, when it stops working for new cameras and lenses, I just walk away and go to something that does have better support.

    If adobe doesnt consider my money worth it, fine by me, they won’t get it, somebody else will.

    • June 18, 2014


      Also, when people stop using Lightroom, the people that do subscribe, the authors of books, the people that make money from tutorials and seminars for Lightroom, they will eventually leave also to pick up the new money on the other products people move on to.

      Who is left? Photoshop junkies just.

  24. June 18, 2014


    What I see happening , from their event today, they are migrating as many photographers to the cloud via the Photography CC subscription, no new Lightroom update today (still on LR v5.x) but they push mobile and integration with Photoshop (Lightroom cannot succeed in the cloud at the current asking price (double the upgrade price yearly) without Photoshop.

    Once Adobe get high numbers for the Photography CC subscription, they will say “oh well a lot of photographers agree and like the subscription method (even though it is TWICE the price of a yearly upgrade)” then kill the box version and go Subscription for Lightroom at that point.

    That was the purpose of today’s lightroom (dismal) showing at the event, it is a migration to cloud strategy.

    A lot of photographers do not use nor need Photoshop, nevermind paying double the price for extra stuff they don’t need.

    Will there be a LR6, I think that depends on the Photography CC numbers from today’s anouncement. If you want LR sub only, then please, subscribe, if you want a box only verison, don’t support the cloud with Lightroom package.

    • June 19, 2014


      > That was the purpose of today’s lightroom (dismal) showing at the event, it is a migration to cloud strategy.

      Or here’s a radical theory: maybe they didn’t announce Lightroom 6 because it isn’t ready for release yet.

      • June 19, 2014


        The writing on the wall is very clear, they want you to subscribe, they want you to get away from box products. That is the purpose of the Photography CC, it isn’t so they can keep making box products.

      • June 19, 2014


        The biggest event in the year for Adobe, every product got updates, this is where they announce the big stuff.

        Earnings and their state and future strategy to investors were reported the days before, and you’re telling us, a company with a big push to subscription ONLY, with 10,000 employees, does not have Lightroom features in their roadmap for this BIG DAY?

        They are pushing MOBILE, that was their big announcement. They are pushing to Photography CC, that was their big announcement.

        Lightroom 5.5 is a mechanism to get us to “Mobile” Photography CC.

        If you think they don’t want us to move to subscription, you are..simply, either 1) An Adobe fanboi, and/or 2) Naieve.

      • June 19, 2014


        They sure had every other product, including LR 5.5 and mobile and CLOUD subscription ready, at the biggest event in the year for Adobe and their shareholders. You may fool yourself, but not me.

  25. June 18, 2014

    Lightroom is dead

    They are now forcing lightroom users to subscribe and pay for Photoshop regardless of whether they use it or not, I pay circa 50 GBP for upgrading yearly, now they want me to pay 9 GBP per month, price just doubled, and I get to pay for products I don’t use (Photoshop).

    Time to jump to Rawtherapee and Aftershot Pro 2 and others.

  26. June 18, 2014


    More coupling of LR to CC no real new LR features

    Lightroom is dead on the desktop.

  27. June 17, 2014


    Interesting to note, they are continually referring to Lightroom as “Photoshop/Lightroom” so that is the mechanics of how they are going to offer Lightroom CC subscription, by pairing it to Photoshop, they know Lightroom will be a MAJOR FAIL subscription on it’s own.

    Fact is, the majority of Lightroom users are hobbiests, amateurs, and small time wedding photographers. Hardly a big source of revenue.

    • June 19, 2014


      The official name of Lightroom has always been “Photoshop Lightroom”. Since long before the Creative Cloud. This is not new and it indicates nothing.

  28. June 17, 2014


    To those that are crying for facial recognitiojn, please, there are far more important higher priority issues/features that we need more important than recognising family and friends because you’re all too lazy to tag them yourself.

    If you want facial recognition, then use a face recognition program to tag people not a RAW PROCESSOR.

    • September 9, 2014


      Lazy?? Really???

      I have 22,000 photos in my library, imported from other family members, complete with many group shots, and I can tell you that there is no more important tool (to me) than a face detection tool

  29. June 17, 2014


    If it was Cloud subscripton ONLY, it wouldn’t be called Lightroom 6, it would be called Lightroom CC.

    If it is Lightroom CC only; I will just upgrade from LR4 to LR5 and that will be my last, and I will start using RawTherapee more, and keep evaluating Aftershot Pro 2 (but Corel is NOT a good company to get in with).

  30. June 16, 2014


    Tom Hogarty, Lightroom’s Principal Product Manager stated as recently as last month that
    “Future versions of Lightroom will be made available via traditional perpetual licenses indefinitely”.

    • June 20, 2014


      Tom Hogarty was not important enough to be presenting Lightroom at the Creative Cloud event.

      His words mean nothing.

  31. June 10, 2014


    I like others will not bother to fund ANY subscription model. I feel sorry for the Lightroom 5 people who are about to be abandoned as the Lightroom 4 owners were when Lightroom 5 came out.
    If LR6 is subscription then just dont bother to change? OK you will have newer cameras that will not be supported other than through Adobe DNG or Camera Manufacturer software, is that so bad?
    Dont turn to DXO though as similarly they only support newer cameras with new releases so any INVESTMENT is wasted!
    Keep an eye for shareware and freeware software as there is some great stuff out there that supports RAW.
    BEWARE of ADOBE (Paid-for) cronies extolling any new version. This goes for the so called ‘free press’ (supported by Adobe advertising). Most killer features are already present even in older versions and Lightroom itself is really not as good as Photoshop (whatever anyone tells you) other than the PRINT module.

    • June 16, 2014

      Matt McCrorey

      For those of you who out right refuse to support ANY subscription model you are downright arrogant and short-sighted. Adobe is making a smart decision. The revenue and stocks speak for themselves.

      Personally I think this model makes it easier for private individuals to buy into the system rather than pay nearly 2400 for the Master Suite in the old days. The bottom line is value. Is the product good and worth the money?

      If the answer is yes, then people will buy. If you don’t find the value in the product then don’t buy and that is your prerogative, but to say you will never buy into a subscription is down right ignorant of where the market is going. If it didn’t work as a business model, than Adobe wouldn’t be making money,and they would change. But as they say: “Money doesn’t lie”. So go ahead: don’t buy subscription.

      I’ll have my product. You’ll have your pride. Just know what you are choosing.

      • February 20, 2015

        Jon Rune Trengereid


      • March 7, 2015


        “but to say you will never buy into a subscription is down right ignorant of where the market is going.”

        Baaaaa! Baaaa!

        Is that a flock of sheep I hear?

        The subscription model only works for those who need it. For others it is costly. Look at it this way: It’s been two years since the last release of LR. That would have cost me £240, vs a £59/ £69 upgrade and all I’d have for that money is a copy of PS that I would have barely opened since I use LR and other packages for most of my work….. if it works for you and get the money out of it good. But for mere mortals, it’s a waste of money.

  32. June 10, 2014

    Jerry Fowler

    Fear not… OnOne is stand alone and has alot of the tools. Yes I do buy every LR lightroom upgrade. But got to CC and I go bye, bye. A poroduct is supported by the masses when it is serving the public. If it’s focus is to serve shareholders and forgets from where the doller comes from the dollar goes elsewhere. I have always paied for the prodcuts I use. Take that option away and I am gone.

    • June 10, 2014


      Well said. If the cloud is superior to PC installed software, Adobe, as well as others, have done a very poor job of making the benefits of it obvious to the buying public. It is obvious Adobe has developed a clear understanding to the advantages CC presents to the corporation and shareholders. This is a classic example of “putting the cart before the horse.”

      If LR6 is accessible exclusively by CC, I will be looking for other software.

  33. June 6, 2014


    I will NOT lease my applications from Adobe or anyone else. If they don’t make it a stand-alone product that I can buy and use as I see fit, I will not be upgrading.

    I like Lightroom and have purchased every version since 3.0 but I will not get 6 if it is not a purchase. I have the last version of Photoshop that was a purchase and it looks like that will be the last one I own. Too bad.

  34. June 2, 2014


    Face recognition with full MWG compliance. It will prevent defections to and bring back users from Google Picasa. The mass of Windows users will balk at being forced into Creative Cloud – there are too many other options.

  35. May 27, 2014


    Stand alone or won’t buy it.
    Not interested in CC hostage apps.

    • June 10, 2014


      Me neither, and I think Adobe is going to push a lot of small business owners away from using their products if they all become subscription only.

  36. May 15, 2014

    Lawrie Robertson

    Improvements in slide and video including being able to lay multiple song tracks within the slideshow module. Currently, it limits you to a single track – if you want to use more than one song, you have to use separate software to such as WavePad to create the single track made up of more than one song – total hassle.

  37. May 12, 2014


    As much gpu acceleration as possible.

  38. May 2, 2014


    I’d love to be able to set preferences on shortcut keys tied to mouse buttons.. my Logitech mouse has 4 thumb buttons and I program them in the Logitech menus..but it would be easier for most if you could set them up right inside LR.

  39. May 1, 2014


    I like shooting photos with narrow depth of field, f2 or f2.8 Therefore I spend a lot of time in Lightroom comparing photos by where exactly the point of focus is.

    Being able to visualize that in Lightroom would save me lots and lots of time.
    The information is available as metadata, I believe, apparently Nikon’s software does display the focus point.

    This would be the biggest single improvement from my pov.

  40. April 24, 2014


    I work in LR with 2 monitors, one in grid mode the other as develop mode, i’d like in grid mode to be able to see the left menu for folders switch and manage, each time i want to navigate between folders my develop mode switches back so one the monitors turns unusable till i got to develop again.


  41. March 24, 2014

    Pat Verhulst

    I like LR5 but would like to have the possibility to change certain short keys so they are compatible with European keyboards (left and right square brackets don’t exist on European keyboards).

    • March 28, 2015

      Bob Walllace


      I can’t speak for the rest of Europe but the UK Keyboard definitely has the “Left/Right Square Bracket Keys”

  42. March 18, 2014


    Blend multiple exposure images is mandatory!

  43. March 16, 2014


    I would love to see Fuji Xtrans sensor support and Fuji lenses profiles. Adobe please, please bring this to Lightroom 6!

  44. March 11, 2014


    So it’d March already so I hope Lightroom 6 is right around the corner. I hope the new version has improved colournoise and better Auto settings.

  45. March 10, 2014


    I’d like to see more advanced noise reduction and sharpening modules. Currently they are quite basic and far from the standard of commercial 3rd party plugins.
    I would also like to have “neutrals” and “black” added to the color module, as in Photoshop’s “selective color” panel. I use them extensively in Photoshop but as everybody knows, editing colors in RAW is much better for the image quality than editing them in a bitmap image.
    Also, I would like to have a function to remove sensor dust in a set of images. Yes, I know it is possible to do it with the current tools but I’d like that to be both quicker and more accurate (e.g. able to recognize small movements of dust between one shot and the other).
    Finally, I would love the possibility for any user to create lens correction presets for any lens. I know that would go somehow beyond the purpose of the software, but it would be nice to have for those who don’t (always) use mainstream lenses.

  46. March 7, 2014

    Olivier Gilloire

    GPU support #1! Processing speed is very slow compared to Capture One (but C1 does not work for my hasselblad files 🙁 )

    Face recognition a plus as well

  47. March 4, 2014

    Andrew Ray

    More options when using the section brush and gradient tools, including the White, Black,Vibrancy and Shapening/Noise masking sliders

  48. February 13, 2014


    I only hope adobe allows the software to display 10 bits as photoshop!!!

  49. February 12, 2014


    I think most of the users desagreeing with Lr CC are not paying for Lr licence, CC would not allow theme to use Lr in the future as a cracked version.
    I do pay and i will continue using Lr as a stand alone or as CC.

  50. February 2, 2014


    I would like to see Adobe combine Photoshop and Lightroom into a stand-alone non-subscription product and name it DARKROOM.

    It would be also great if they would finally ALLOW the use of the arrow keys when choosing LR effects.

  51. January 28, 2014


    I’d love to see facial recognition similar to Picasa’s offering.. I’ve used it extensively to keep family and friends organized and speed up searches. Tags just to don’t cut it..

    • May 6, 2014


      Totally agree – this would be a massive plus to the workflow

  52. January 27, 2014


    The CC will come to Lightroom. It is not a question of if, but when. I did switch some
    Months ago to Apple Aperture and did not look back. I am not an Adobe hostage
    Any more. i am happy. Aperture is older but still very good for editing my wedding work
    For my clients.

  53. January 26, 2014


    I hope for a stand alone LR, too.
    I also would like a small Text-Editor.

  54. January 21, 2014

    Olaf Hoyer

    Biggest Item on Wishlist: GPU support. Should speed up lots of operations, and OpenCL implementation in PS is already there and continually expanded…

  55. January 21, 2014


    Critical for my workflow is the support for more than 2 monitors. I would really really really like in both Develop and Loupe to have the main menubar window in one display with the ability to display the selected photo in two other color-calibrated monitors, one in portrait and one in landscape. I asked Adobe for this feature shortly after LR4 came out, a few others chimed in as well. The feature didn’t make v5, maybe it will be part of v6.

  56. January 14, 2014


    Provide support of network stored libraries. It’s a pain today to be working with LR with the same library on multiple machines.

    • March 6, 2014

      Anand Chauduhri

      Totally agree – need support of network drives

      • June 10, 2014

        David Connolly

        I second this, that would be amazing

  57. January 13, 2014


    GPU support please! Improve GPS module and mixed biblio and develop tab. Maybe more possibilities in print tab… And finally… keep being standalone.

  58. January 12, 2014


    Facebook Syncing so after I had to reformat I can tell what has been uploaded..

  59. January 11, 2014


    ADOBE are desperate to provide themselves with a regular (monthly) and healthy (large) revenue from CC. However they miscalculated what private users (as opposed to professionals) would pay. As such they have been discounting for quite a period to get uptake. Key products such as PS have persisted and are likely to do so. I have CS6 and can live with that for the next ten years if necessary (and possibly longer) whereas Lightroom I would drop instantly if it was CC only. After all Lightroom is an organiser with clumsy and mediocre editing facilities but a great print module. Who prints books, maker slideshows or web stuff regularly? Not many I suspect.
    Expect both LR6 and PS CS7 … soon (June?).

  60. December 21, 2013

    Ron Scubadiver

    IMO, Adobe will not do much to speed up Lightroom. That is how they differentiate it from ACR in Photoshop. As it is, Lightroom is mostly single threaded. When importing files, the preview generation does not start until the copying is finished. Then, the time consuming preview generation runs on a single core. These things are easy to change, so the absence must be intentional. As for a major feature like content aware editing, don’t bet on it.

    When CC was announced there was talk of some kind of product that would slot between LR and PS, but I have not heard anymore about it.

  61. December 17, 2013


    LR as stand alone, but supporting DB managament in the network. means to use same Photo DB on different workplaces within the network. My printer is to far awy from the main workstation, so for printing I often use an other workplace

  62. December 13, 2013

    Kurt Thomas

    Of course the missing functionality in LR 5 that should be in LR6 is GPU support, to speed up those calculation-intense processes. Photoshop has had it for some time, hopefully LR will catch up in LR6.

  63. December 9, 2013

    Tony Johansson

    Keep LR as standalone. But I do not think Adobe will do otherwise as the competition with other brands software would be taken away and I do not think that Adobe wants this. With Photoshop and the other heavy applications maybe it is a different thing.

  64. December 2, 2013


    I would also prefer the stand-alone version LR. Otherwise, I would probably switch.

    • December 4, 2013

      Andreas Andrews

      When you say you would switch, what would you switch too? Personally I’d probably carry on using LR for years in it’s current state and be happy with what it can do (if I was forced to do so), but as far as I’m aware the alternatives are limited to…. Aperture.

  65. December 2, 2013


    I also agree with keeping Lightroom a stand alone. I agree with Ian, it will make people look at other software if it turns into a CC package!

  66. December 1, 2013


    If they go the Creative Cloud road, I would have to look for some other solution. Letting Adobe hold my images as hostage is not acceptable. I need new LR updates when I buy new cameras that are not supported, or if Adobe come up with some new feature I like. If any of thes conditions are not met I’m not interested in being forced paying for upgrades,
    just to be able to access my image database.

    • December 12, 2013


      If you keep your images on your own hard drive and export them as tiff or jpeg files from lightroom with lightroom corrections included you will have your images available to you, albeit not in an easily accessible database. I suggest that you do not use adobes cloud to keep your master files, only keep files there that you want to share.

  67. November 29, 2013


    I’d like to see the possibilities of using different presets used with brushes or the ability to blend presets together easily.

  68. November 15, 2013


    “shake reduction” from Photoshop CC and improved lens correction. DXO optics is best for removing chromatic aberrations and defringe. improved noise reduction would be great too.

  69. November 12, 2013

    Jill Adams

    Would like more options in the print module– would like layer type functionality to create more sophisticated designs for holiday cards, Facebook timelines, etc. Instead of having to take into photoshop which is a pain to resize the photos and implement into a design. More design features in short– type, etc.
    Would also leave LR if they went to the cloud.

  70. November 12, 2013

    Torres Schmidt

    I would love to have Iris and tilt shift blur similar as we do have in Photoshop. I do use these features a lot and it would really speedup my post processing when I will not need open Photoshop each time I need to apply iris or tilt-shift blur.

  71. November 10, 2013


    I’d love to see some HDR functionality – I think that would do it for me!

    • December 17, 2013

      Rune Overas

      Have you tried LR/Enfuse? It is a great plugin you can make great HDR from. Just google it. 🙂

  72. November 1, 2013


    Hopefully the Library and Develop modules will become merged. The continuous mode switching is unnerving and makes me wish to return to Aperture, or to switch to Capture One Pro.

  73. October 30, 2013


    Lightroom 4/5 is OK but a move to Creative Cloud would kill LR stone dead and I would only buy Elements from that point on, stick to PS CS6 or use rivals (DXO, ONONE etc).
    ADOBE are clearly failing in their attempts to FORCE customers onto Creative Cloud and have had to resort to drastic price cuts.
    Commercial artisans that do not pay for software (their customers do) may not care and prefer the CC platform the millions of private customers may think otherwise.

  74. October 28, 2013

    Serious Shooter

    Stand alone LR is a must. If the cloud comes to LR it will be a big disappointment.

  75. October 26, 2013

    Baggy Bag

    I also hope for a stand alone LR and for better performance as I have a fully upgraded new iMac 27″ but unfortunately LR can’t take effort of the power

  76. October 24, 2013

    Paddy Boyle


    Like you, I would hope the Adobe leave Lightroom 6 as a stand alone, independent of Creative Cloud.


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