If you need Photoshop as well the Creative Cloud for Photographers is actually a great deal as it includes fully updated versions of both Lightroom and Photoshop, and you can get a full year of Creative Cloud for Photographers for just $120 or £100 at Amazon, but if you need to stop paying the subscription you’ll be locked out of Lightroom’s Develop module.
So if you’re looking to purchase the Standalone version here’s a couple of links that will help you save a bit of money!
If you’re buying Lightroom 6 Standalone for the first time, it’s usually slightly cheaper to order from Amazon, either as a download or as a physical disc (local prices may vary, but at the time of writing it’s usually a dollar or two cheaper from Amazon than from Adobe).
If you’ve already got a previous version and you’re looking to upgrade to Lightroom 6 Standalone you can find that option on Adobe’s website. Adobe makes it ridiculously hard to find, so I’ve included some instructions to help you find it.
Cheapest place for Lightroom 6 Standalone: Amazon
Amazon usually (and at the time of writing!) sells Lightroom 6 Standalone as the full product (not the upgrade) for ever so slightly less than Adobe.com sells it. You can choose to purchase either the physical disc version, or a downloaded version. It’s the official product, fully supported by Adobe. To get the absolute cheapest price make sure to switch to either the Mac Download or the PC Download version using the button on Amazon’s product page.
Cheapest way to upgrade to Lightroom 6 from previous versions: Adobe.com
You can upgrade a previous version of Lightroom to the latest Photoshop Lightroom 6 from Adobe’s website, if you can find it! If you’re doing it manually you need to load their Products Page, then filter for ‘Desktop apps’. Click through all the pages until you find ‘Photoshop Lightroom 6’. Last time I looked it was on page 8 of the desktop apps. Click BUY. Then to get the Upgrade price click on ‘Full’ and switch it to ‘Upgrade’. Then select the Lightroom version you’re upgrading from. The link above is for the UK site, filtering for desktop apps by default. Hopefully Adobe will automatically re-direct you to your local version of their site.
How to upgrade Lightroom CC Demo to Lightroom Standalone
The other thing to be aware of is that the demo is now only available branded as Lightroom CC, but don’t worry, you can still upgrade the Lightroom CC Demo to a fully licensed Lightroom Standalone. Simply download and use the Lightroom CC demo as normal, ignoring any CC features included (such as sync, etc – they won’t be available if you switch to Standalone). Then when you’re ready to upgrade from Lightroom CC demo to Lightroom Standalone, simply follow Adobe’s official instructions, which I’ve copied below:
1. Launch Lightroom and select: Help > Sign Out (YOUR_EMAIL_ADDRESS)
(Important: When you sign out of Lightroom the Creative Cloud desktop app may open and ask you to sign in again. DO NOT sign in to the Creative Cloud desktop app.)
2. Relaunch Lightroom. Click [Sign In Now]. If you sign in with an Adobe ID that has an active Creative Cloud membership associated with it, you will NOT see the serial # screen as it will activate with your Creative Cloud account. Just head over to the Adobe instructions page where they’ve got more info about mixed licensing situations.
3. Click [License This Software]
4. Enter your serial #, then click [Next].
Note: If you’re upgrading from a prior version, have your prior version serial number handy to enter as part of the activation process. If you’ve lost your box and/or serial number – or can’t remember prior version serial number – sign into your account to view your registered product serial numbers. If you didn’t register your product, but you still have Lightroom installed and licensed, you can retrieve your serial # from the following location:
/Users/[your user name]/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Lightroom/Lightroom 5.0 Registration
Note: You may need to access hidden user library files in OS X 10.7 or later: http://helpx.adobe.com/x-productkb/global/access-hidden-user-library-files.html
C:\[your user name]\Program Data\Adobe\Lighroom\Lightroom 5.0 Registration
Note: On Windows it will have the extension .LRREG
5. After licensing your software with your serial number, Lightroom 6 will launch!
How to use Dehaze on Lightroom 6 Standalone
One of the ways Adobe makes Lightroom CC more tempting is by withholding feature updates from Lightroom 6 Standalone. They do this by invoking a tax law that prohibits them from adding new features to a sold product *after* the quarter in which it’s released, a rule that doesn’t apply to subscriptions.
Adobe conveniently wasn’t ready to add the ‘Dehaze’ feature until right after the quarter in which they released LR 6 had ended, and therefore LR 6.1 doesn’t include the feature whereas Lightroom CC does.
But if you’d like an incredibly easy way to use Dehaze in LR 6.1, read on!