Lightroom 2022 review

Powerful non-destructive editing is now more flexible with AI features.

Lightroom press shot of a flamingo within Lightroom
(Image: © Adobe)

Our Verdict

Perfect for non-destructive batch processing and excellent for file organisation, Lightroom works via the cloud for ultimate multi-device synchronisation. A reasonable monthly subscription cost makes this a viable option for beginners and professionals alike

For

  • Fast, AI-powered features
  • Extensive file management
  • Non-destructive editing tools

Against

  • Subscription only plan
  • No layers-based editing
  • Libraries must be synced

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Introduced in 2006, Lightroom is a non-destructive image editing software for photographers and image editors that need cloud-based file synchronisation and flexible editing features. Available for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android devices, Lightroom is suitable for those that need an editing tool that’s available when they are, either from the desk at home or on a portable smart device.

The latest version dropped in October 2021 and saw some of the biggest changes to the software in some time. But is it still up there with the best photo editing software around? Our Lightroom reviews aims to find out. 

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The Verdict
4.5

out of 10

Adobe Creative Cloud

Perfect for non-destructive batch processing and excellent for file organisation, Lightroom works via the cloud for ultimate multi-device synchronisation. A reasonable monthly subscription cost makes this a viable option for beginners and professionals alike

Jason Parnell-Brookes

Jason Parnell-Brookes is an Internationally award-winning photographer, educator and writer. He won Gold in the Nikon Photo Contest 2018/19 and was named Digital Photographer of the Year in 2014. Jason is a qualified teacher, Masters graduate and works with many high profile international clients. For Creative Bloq, he writes about cameras, photography and video and photo editing.