Adobe Lightroom CC review

Perform high-end image adjustments from the mobile or desktop versions of this powerful digital darkroom

Adobe Lightroom CC screenshot
(Image: © George Cairns / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Lightroom is packed full of sophisticated image-editing tools that enable you to shoot, edit and share the best versions of your work. AI tools assist you in your editing (rather than take control) so that you can select and adjust the properties of complex subjects such as skies or people. Thanks to well-designed tools you can perform tricky retouching operations such as cloning and healing from the comfort of your smartphone’s screen, sync the shot via the cloud and then fine-tune the results on your PC’s larger display.


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    AI-assisted selections

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    AI-assisted presets for a range of looks

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    Clone and heal on smartphone and tablet

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    Smart Previews save device space

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    Intuitive interaction on mobile devices

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    Pop-up tutorials help master the app


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    Cloud storage soon fills up with data

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Adobe Lightroom 2023 is essentially a streamlined version of the original incarnation of Lightroom (which has been rebranded as Lightroom Classic) Lightroom has jettisoned many of the modules in Lightroom Classic (such as Slideshow, Print and Web) to focus on the art of fixing common photo problems with colour, composition and tone. It can also help you create eye-catching social media image content using AI-assisted presets. 

There are three routes to buying Lightroom CC. You can buy it for $9.99 per month as part of Adobe’s Photography Plan, a bundle that comes with Lightroom Classic and Adobe Photoshop CC, plus 20 GB of cloud storage. Alternatively, you can buy the one-app Lightroom CC plan on its own, again for $9.99 a month, but with a much more substantial 1TB allocation of cloud storage. If you want all three apps AND the 1TB of storage, there is a supersize subscription option for $19.99/m.

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George Cairns

George has been freelancing as a photo fixing and creative tutorial writer since 2002, working for award winning titles such as Digital Camera, PhotoPlus, N-Photo and Practical Photoshop. He's expert in communicating the ins and outs of Photoshop and Lightroom, as well as producing video production tutorials on Final Cut Pro and iMovie for magazines such as iCreate and Mac Format. He also produces regular and exclusive Photoshop CC tutorials for his YouTube channel.