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If You Have Lightroom 5

If you're bringing a laptop to school with Lightroom 5, you can continue to use Lightroom 5.

If you'll be using a school computer, you'll need Lightroom 6 or Lightroom CC (described below).

You can't use Lightroom 6 at school—and then go home and use the catalog* on Lightroom 5.

* The catalog contains all of your organizing and editing information.

Lightroom 5 Versus Lightroom 6/CC

  Lightroom 5 Lightroom 6 Lightroom CC

Support for raw files from cameras

released after April, 2015

No Yes Yes
Online features No No Lightroom Mobile, Lightroom Web, video tutorials
Dehaze No No Yes
HDR No Yes Yes
Panorama No Yes Yes
Perspective No Yes Yes
People View* No Yes Yes
Reference View** No No Yes

Windows computers:

32 bit***

64 bit***










* Facial recognition

** View a reference photograph alongside a photograph you're editing. Useful when matching two photographs.

* Described below

HDR & Panorama with Lightroom 5

If you're using Lightroom 5, try the following programs for HDR and panoramas.


Photomatix (about $40)




Microsoft Image Composite Editor (ICE)


Windows Users

Lightroom 6 and Lightroom CC require a 64-bit operating system.

How to Check

Do the following.

1) Look for the Windows key to the left of the space bar.

2) Look for the Pause key towards the top of your keyboard.

3) Press and hold the Windows key and press the Pause key.

4) Release both keys.

5) In the window that opens, look for System type.

If the operating system is 64 bit, you can use Lightroom 6 or Lightroom CC on your computer.

The computer below is 32 bit.

Lightroom 6 and Lightroom CC won't run on it.

Note that the processor is x64-based.

The computer may be able to be upgraded to 64 bit.


View Basic Information About Your Computer

You must consult a computer expert to upgrade to 64 bit.

Lightroom 6 & Lightroom CC

Lightroom 6

There's a standalone version called Lightroom 6.

It costs about $145.

You can buy it via a download or on DVDs.

Lightroom CC

Lightroom CC is subscribed to for about $10 per month, with a yearly contract.

CC stands for Creative Cloud.

You also get Photoshop CC.

Lightroom 6 Versus Lightroom CC

Here are some of their similarities and differences.

  Lightroom 6 Lightroom CC
Bug Fixes Yes Yes
Camera & lens updates Yes Yes
New feature updates No Yes
Online features No Lightroom Mobile, Lightroom Web, video tutorials
Support Chat Chat & phone
Dehaze No Yes
HDR Yes Yes
Panorama Yes Yes
Perspective Yes Yes
People View Yes Yes
Reference View No Yes