Adobe has made it a bit tricky to purchase the standalone version of Lightroom. Watch the video above to see how to do it.
When you click on either of the “Buy Now” buttons at the top of Adobe’s Lightroom page you’ll be taken to a form to sign up for the Creative Cloud Photography program. This is a subscription plan for $10/month which allows you to use both Lightroom and Photoshop. There are no options to purchase the standalone version of Lightroom from this “Buy Now” page.
What you need to do to purchase the standalone license (full version or upgrade version) is to scroll to the very bottom of the page. In the bottom right hand corner you’ll find a box labelled “Lightroom 6”.
Lightroom CC (the version you’ll get with the subscription plan) and Lightroom 6 (the version you get as a standalone product) are identical, the difference being that with Lightroom 6 you won’t have access to the mobile features that you do in Lightroom CC.
Personally I think purchasing a standalone version of Lightroom 6 is the better option, especially if you’re a hobbyist or have owned previous versions of Lightroom and can get the upgrade price.