Whether or not to move to the Adobe Creative Cloud is the apparent big question, both among professional and non-professional users. While it is a personal choice, of course, there are some considerations.
For professional users I see the single app subscription to Photoshop as an advantage. Updates to raw processing, new and refined tools and procedures continue to make it the premier image editing program and well worth the investment. The recent decision by Adobe to include Lightroom in the cost of the single app Photoshop subscription makes it an even better deal than before.
For advanced non-professional users it is a simple matter of economics to decide whether or not to join. If you own CS6 or even an earlier version, they will continue to function and may serve you well enough that the subscription is an expense you can avoid. They will just not be updated from where they are now. Since Lightroom will also be available outside of the CC subscription as a stand along product, you can still purchase and own it. That will give you access to the most current raw processing engine and you can use your older version of Photoshop to do any editing that requires the use of layers, channels, and other enhancements that are not available in Lightroom. At the under $100 price tag of Lightroom, it is the best deal out there. Elements users are still able to purchase upgrades and own them, so there is no issue there.
If you use more Adobe programs you will pretty much know what you need to subscribe to in order to accomplish your jobs. I am a bit disappointed that the subscription service may make it impractical for me to try new Adobe programs for web design and coding that I might have found interesting. Since I do not make money in that arena, I will simply continue to work with open source software.
In a few local notes, my recent surgury experiences have made it necessary to cancel the flash and fine art editing classes for the fall. I hope to get back into things in the spring and you will be apprised here of those plans.
You are invited to the Harrisburg Camera Club 2nd Annual Open – Air Photography Exhibition Sunday September 29th from 12 Noon to 4:00 p.m. The event will be held Rain or Shine at 1800 Hummel Avenue across from Flinchy’s Restaurant under the 581 expressway in Lower Allen Twp.