So the new Lightroom 6/CC update came out yesterday and had two awesome features I want to show you.

I’ve only had the new software for a day so I’ll create more updates in the coming days to share with you.

New big feature #1: Panorama stitching inside Lightroom!

Previously a feature you could only find in Photoshop (if only using Adobe software), Lightroom has rolled out the ability to automatically stitch together multiple photographs into perfect panoramic images.

I made a video for you below to show you exactly how to do this.

New big feature #2: HDR inside Lightroom!

Same as above, creating HDR’s before the new Lightroom CC update meant that you had to bounce the images over to Photoshop, or a third-party software like Photomatix.

Now you can easily blend HDR images inside of Lightroom.  Check out the video below to see how to do this.

Feature #3: Speed

The new Lightroom uses your computers GPU unlike previous version which they estimate could increase speed 10x!  

Feature #4: Facial recognition

Lightroom cc facial recognition

Now you can tag friends, family, and clients automatically by facial recognition.  Thats right folks, the future is officially here.

This can come in really handy if you have a big Lightroom Catalog with a ton of images and you want to pull up all the images of a certain person quickly.  Pretty awesome.

Check out the video below to see how this works.

Feature #5: Filter Brush

Now you can better control which areas of your image are affected by the graduated filter or radial filters.  Now you can use a brush to edit the filters mask, adding or subtracting whatever you like.

Feature #6: Improved Slideshow tools

Check out the video on all the new features below

Features #7-20: tons more hidden gems

There really are a heck of a lot of new features in the new Lightroom update. I found a video that does a great job of going through all the other cool smaller stuff:

Upgrading to Lightroom CC or Lightroom 6

If you are a Creative Cloud subscriber:

adobe creative cloud

If you are a Creative Cloud subscriber like me, you can simply upgrade by opening up your Creative Cloud application and downloading the new version of Lightroom CC.

This isn’t the place to start a debate, but I’m a fan of the Creative Cloud because I’m a full-time photographer and always upgrade to the latest versions of both Lightroom and Photoshop for $9.99/month.

This is cheaper if you end up buying the standalone versions every year.  You can click this link to get both Lightroom CC and Photoshop CS6 for only $9.99/month on Amazon.

If you own a stand-alone version of Lightroom

LR CC download

If you own the standalone Lightroom 3 or 4 software and don’t want to pay monthly, you can click this link purchase the new standalone LR CC update as a download at B&H Photo for $149.

If you already own Lightroom 5, you can upgrade to Lightroom 6 for $79.  This post does a great job of showing you how to do this, Adobe intentionally makes it difficult…

 What you don’t get in Lightroom 6 that you do get in Lightroom CC

The two big features you won’t get with the Lightroom 6 are the mobile Lightroom feature (sync your images on your computer to your mobile device via the Lightroom app) and Lightroom web, which enables you to share images with friends or clients.

You also likely won’t get as many updates as the whole idea behind the Creative Cloud is constant updates on the fly rather than a new version update every year or two.


  1. Steven Siegel April 22, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    Hi Mike, For those of us who recently purchased new equipment such as the Nikon D7200, I understand that Lightroom 6 now provides supports for RAW processing of this camera model, other new cameras and the newer lenses. Our processing has been put on hold (unless we wanted to use JPGs or TIFFs) because the big companies fail to adequately coordinate new product releases with software support. I assume that Adobe has some link with Lightroom 6 that will allow those of us with earlier versions of Lightroom to flawlessly bring our catalogs into the new version. I will be curious to see how easy they make it.

  2. Scott April 23, 2015 at 3:55 am

    Thanks for taking the time to review LR6. The videos were a nice addition.
    Will you be creating one for the new Filter Brush?

  3. Mike Newton April 29, 2015 at 2:18 am

    Hi Scott,

    That is a great idea! Perhaps I’ll make a video for that for this upcoming weeks email blast and blog post! Thank you for writing!

  4. Mike Newton April 29, 2015 at 2:20 am

    Hi Steven,

    You are right, sometimes the camera companies are painfully slow in regards to working with the big software players to keep everything updated.

    When you move from an earlier version of Lightroom to a more recent one it is really simple to update all your stuff. When you upgrade to LR 6/CC for example, it is very simple to update your catalogs. Presets will need to be updated if you were using LR 3, but that is very easy as well.

  5. Mike Newton April 29, 2015 at 6:54 pm

    Hi Steven,

    I was thinking about this again last night and created a short video showing you the process of opening an old Lightroom 4 catalog in Lightroom CC.

    Here is the video on Youtube:

  6. franklin July 7, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    Hi Mike
    I find your Hacking Photography exciting and it is really educative.
    I am learning how to use LR5 and would like to master it.
    Any advise would be a great help.

  7. Mike Newton July 8, 2015 at 12:20 am

    Hi Franklin,

    Thanks for commenting! I’m glad you are enjoying everything so far. I’ll be coming out with more posts soon, but feel free to look through the blog to find more info as well. You can also check out my new Monthly Edit Membership as well:

  8. Marilynn Evans July 8, 2015 at 2:56 am

    I am having a great time with the presets I just bought from you. I am 82 years old and photography keeps me very happy.

  9. Mike Newton July 9, 2015 at 7:29 am

    Hi Marilynn, I’m glad to hear you are enjoying the presets. Thanks for commenting!

  10. Gary August 23, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    Hi Mike,

    I purchased the presets package from you. I have the Lightroom 4 standalone version. If I purchase CC through your link will I still retain the presets automatically.

  11. Mike Newton August 25, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    Hi Gary,

    Yes, Adobe does a great job of keeping everything in its place including your presets and current Lightroom catalog. I hope this helps!

  12. lionel claude franciscus July 12, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    Hi Mike

    Thank you for your interest in improving the lives of professional and the very amateur photographer like myself. I recently got into lightroom 5 and had no idea even how to start. through trial and error, we learn.

    I then heard about presets and also learnt how to use it by reading your content. Have a D7000 & kit lens 18-15mm. Will email an image and hope you could comment.

    Thanks for the interest, effort and detail you put in.


  13. Mike Newton July 14, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    Thanks for reaching out Lionel! Feel free to shoot me an email –

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