May 22, 2022

I’m Surprised at How Much Lightroom ‘Cloud’ Is Still Missing After All This Time

Im working on a course for KelbyOne, which would be a special version of my SLIM system (my Simplified Lightroom Image Management system) simply for folks utilizing the cloud variation of Lightroom. And while there are parts of my system I can skip altogether (thanks to the cloud backup in the cloud variation), there are a number of parts, organizational-wise, that you still cant do in cloud. Im surprised at how many things still havent made their way from Classic over to the cloud version of Lightroom after all this time.
I currently have turned a switch that backs up my whole high res photo library to the cloud, but its (a) to Backblazes cloud, and (b) its just $5 a month for unrestricted storage, and it works like an employer.
If I flipped that switch in Lightroom and backed up my 12TB of pictures to Adobes cloud (instead of Backblaze) utilizing Adobes current pricing (I simply confirmed the pricing with Adobe sales), it would cost me about $204.00 per month simply for the storage (thats $2,448.00 per year simply for storage), since they just let you buy 10TB or 20TB and absolutely nothing in-between.

So, Im working on a course for KelbyOne, which would be an unique version of my SLIM system (my Simplified Lightroom Image Management system) simply for folks utilizing the cloud variation of Lightroom. And while there are parts of my system I can avoid entirely (thanks to the cloud backup in the cloud version), there are a number of parts, organizational-wise, that you still cant perform in cloud. In fact, Im shocked at the number of things still have not made their way from Classic over to the cloud version of Lightroom after all this time.
Yes, Adobe has included a few of the missing features because the cloud version introduced back in 2017 (yes, its been that long), and the editing pictures part of cloud is getting close to remaining in parity with what you have in Classic, however there is simply still a lot it cant do when you get beyond modifying, and preparing this class was yet another reminder of how far it still needs to go (and yet, it costs two times the monthly cost since you require to pay for cloud storage, and I know what youre thinking, 1TB is not NEARLY enough. More on that in a moment).
I get it– Lightroom lite is for a different crowd. One that doesnt do client-based work. Perhaps I need to just call it what it is; its “Lightroom mobile,” and oh yeah, theres a desktop variation of this mobile Lightroom, too.
I would like it if there was a switch in Lightroom Classic I could turn, that would offer me auto-backup of my high resolution images to the cloud. Yes, I know, I would have to spend for it. I currently have actually turned a switch that supports my whole high res image library to the cloud, however its (a) to Backblazes cloud, and (b) its only $5 a month for endless storage, and it works like a boss.
Prepare For Some Shocking Numbers
If I turned that switch in Lightroom and supported my 12TB of photos to Adobes cloud (instead of Backblaze) utilizing Adobes current pricing (I simply validated the prices with Adobe sales), it would cost me about $204.00 per month simply for the storage (thats $2,448.00 per year just for storage), because they just let you buy 10TB or 20TB and absolutely nothing in-between. There is no 12TB plan. No 15TB. No 18TB. Simply ten or 20TB.
If I chose just to put “most” but not all of my photos in Adobes cloud and simply purchased the 10TB strategy, then I could get away with paying $102 a month to Adobe for storage or just $1,224.00 per year. Simply as a reference, that is more than every $100 expense in that photo above annually. For storage.
Or, obviously, I might simply pay Backblaze $5 a month as I do now (thats $60 per year). So, essentially Adobe is charging around 20-times as much for cloud storage as Backblaze. Possibly I dont desire that switch in Lightroom Classic after all.
Im shocked Adobe doesnt use an unlimited storage strategy like Backblaze. Well, if theyre charging $2,500 per year for 20TB, Im afraid even to ask what that might look like.
I think what Im truly saying is, ” Today, I recognized Im even better utilizing Lightroom Classic than I believed. Its $10 a month, it has a TON of features Lightroom Lite still doesnt have, and I get Photoshop, and Lightroom mobile consisted of, and an entire bunch of other cool stuff that comes with my subscription (like Adobe Portfolio and Creative Cloud Express, and more), and if I pay Backblaze $5 a month all my pictures are instantly backed up to the cloud.”
Have a terrific weekend.
– Scott.