Adobe has announced that the $9.99/month Photoshop Photography Program is now available to everyone, they have removed the previous product ownership requirements. Users who commit to a one year subscription (billed monthly) will get the Creative Cloud versions of Photoshop (PS) and Lightroom (LR) including future updates, 20 Gigs of storage and a Behance ProSite membership. Visit Adobe for more information.
In case you were not aware, which is highly unlikely Adobe announced today that their computer system had been hacked and some customer user account information including: User Id, encrypted password and credit card information had been accessed. Accounts that have been involved (3 Million users) will receive an email on how to re:set their deactivated accounts, which will require a password change.
Remembering the numerous passwords we all have today can be cumbersome, but you should never ever use the same user id and password for different companies / systems / accounts. If you have accounts elsewhere that use the same UID/Password as Adobe's, I'd suggest that you change them up also. Use upper & lower case and throw in some special characters (?,>,$,%,# etc...) if possible. The longer and more random the password the better.
Some people who have been slamming the Creative Cloud have been say on line since this was announce that.... "See I told you another reason why you should stay away from CC" and other such rubbish. Ok... most of those same people have also been saying that they upgrade regularly and CC is not for them. I have to ask, how did you do your last upgrade? I suspect it was online with the Adobe store, and your information was likely as vulnerable as the CC members. This is not the 1st time a large corporation has been hacked, Sony went thru this also a while ago and it likely won't be the last. I'm sure Adobe's recent subscription only business model decision made them a target, but I also suspect that the CC subscription service likely didn't make them any more vulnerable than before.
I have two Credit Card accounts one for everyday brick and mortar purchases and a second with a very low limit that I use for all of my on line activity. That way if my account does end up being hacked, and the bank says I'm responsible I'm only on the hook for a small amount. People tend to freak a bit when this stuff happens but it is encrypted and when you go to a restaurant you often hand your card to a perfect stranger who walks off and does who knows what with it while away from the table.
Photoshop Photography Program is a new packaged price for the creative
cloud versions of Photoshop (PS) and Lightroom (LR) that Adobe announced
during Photoshop world (Sept’13). This was their response to the
overwhelming backlash from the photography community who thought that
the $20/month price point for essentially a Photoshop rental was way too
much when compared to the old price when updating the standalone
license approx. every 18 months. I agreed with the majority of
Photoshop only users and said I’d never subscribe.
So Adobe will now RENT (yes it is still a rental model Bus. plan) you Photoshop and
Lightroom for $10/month under this new program as long as you own a
Photoshop CS3 or a newer license and agree to subscribe for a yearly membership
before 31-Dec-2013. This reduced price is not an introductory price
which will increase after the 1st year, it is a reduced membership plan
for who knows how long. Adobe has said that the price will remain as
long as you retain your monthly payments. If you decide to unsubscribe,
and rejoin sometime later your monthly fee will revert back to the
original $20/month plan.
I had said I would never subscribe, but I have decided that at $10/month this makes sense
for me. In the past I have updated both applications soon after
they were launched. I’d always wait until early adopters had identified
any major bugs before I updated but soon after the dust had settled I was
handing over $200+ for PS and $80 for LR. In fact I had just updated to LR5 when this announcement was made. I asked Adobe for a refund
and since I had purchased LR within 30 days, they gave me a full refund which paid for the 1st 8 months of my CC membership. I have always
wanted access to some of the PS extended features, but to upgrade from my
standard version was alway too expensive, now I have an extended version which is another reason for my subscription decision.
Scott Kelby did a very good job of explaining why Adobe made the leap to a subscription business model on his Grid Live pod cast available on the Kelby TV web site. I wont go into the details but it comes down to Adobe being able to roll out new features quickly to users and still meet the tax law requirements they operate under. The tax law states that new content could only be rolled out if customers paid a nominal fee for them. This happened with creative suite 5.5, the new features couldn't wait for a tradition 18 month roll out, so for $45 they made the content available with a half version update. Instead of waiting for application roll outs every 18 months, under this subscription model they can make them available to users sooner and still meet the requirements of the USA tax code. Scott states that regardless what you think about Adobe's business model, protest all you want they will not return to a stand alone license model. To provide content and stay relevant in this world of quickly changing technology they can't go back.
I'm still skeptical about Adobe keeping the monthly subscription fees at the current $10/month level and I'm still not carzy about renting software. I'm sure like everything else the price will increase, when and by how much only time will tell. But for me at this price point this made sense, it may not be for you and that is your choice.
year’s TIFF may be my last, never say never but I think I’m about to
retiring my milk crate (I stand on one to elevate myself over the heads
of the PR people and security personnel on the carpet). If I don’t
retire I’ll trade in my milk crate for a ladder and show up much later
than the 10-12 hours that are required to secure a decent spot on the carpet
rails these days.
I first looked at the schedule this year I thought it was terrible, but after I
put my list of galas together it wasn’t so bad. This year TIFF surprised us with
some substantial changes to the venue layouts. The Prince of Whales
(POW) theater was one of the worst venues for us fans in the past, so much so that last
year Tom Hanks even said that he felt like cattle being lead to the
slaughter. TIFF appears to have heard this criticism and put up
barricades along both sides of King street and went so far as to
completely close down King street while talent was on the carpet,
halting even street car traffic at times. I was told that an area for
fans was created at the Elgin/Winter Garden theater this year too. Roy Thompson Hall (RTH) was even changed up this
year. Bell the largest corporate sponsor added the "Bell Fan Zone" an area across the carpet from the traditional fan rail. This
new area was to be used for viewing older movies after the carpet
closed at 09:30pm, but it soon became a fan area that proved to be a
good location for normal autograph seekers, but even the hounds were using
it as the week progressed.
festival started Thursday with a 30th anniversary reunion for the “The Big Chill” cast members, with most in attendance minus
Jeff Goldblum and William Hurt. Tom Berenger showed , but some how I missed him, DAMN!!
I’ve seen some of the cast before, Mary Kay Place, Meg Tilly and Jobeth Williams were new for me.
was able to update some older images of a few stars like Nicole Kidman
who I capture back in the old days of point and shoot. Managed a nice
full frame head shot i’m really pleased with, not looking at the camera
but a really nice 3/4 profile in really good light which is often hard during
the early gala at RTH due to the sun’s location. Another update was
Kate Winslet who was looking very nice and very pregnant.
A lot of new talent for me this year too, including Matthew McConaughey,
Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Aniston, Collin Hanks, Benedict
Cumerbatch, and the Hemsworth brothers Liam and Chris. A couple of other
stand outs for me were Brendan Glesson who I’ve alway like in anything
he has done and Taylor Kitsch for his portrayal of the Pulitzer prize
winning South African photographer Kevin Carter in “The Bang Bang Club”.
new Oscar winners were added this year including Julia Roberts and the
director/producer team of Ron Howard and Brian Grazer. Six other winners
were also updated this year Colin Firth, Chris Cooper, Nichole Kidman,
Kate Winslet, Tim Robbins and Director Paul Haggis.
a bad year overall, but the waiting game is getting to be too much for
the quality of the images I’m getting. I may look at getting a decent
ladder and then pick my battles a little better by limiting the number
and locations that I attend. New talent only and then only the people
that interest me. I found myself giving up early on locations this year
because I wasn’t interested in the talent, as was the case of Daniel Radcliffe. I could care less to see Harry so I gave up my front row spot to a young woman who was clearly a Potter fan. It worked out as I got
to see Matthew McConaughey who was at POW later that night, someone who
was more interesting to me and I didn’t plan on seeing when I put my
schedule together. The fan friendlier venue change at POW had a lot of
us rethinking our locations this year. Next year, maybe???
I have always carried a small point and shoot camera in the bag I shuttle to and from work, but never really liked the results it produced. It may be just me but I like a view finder and hate using an LCD to compose images. So when Canon release the new Rebel SL1 I thought this might be the solution I've been looking for. It is small, very light weight and accepts all of my current lenses, although it looks a little strange mounted on my 70-200mm.
My 1st real outing with it was the Serena Rider concert at this year's Luminato Festival and I was impressed with the results. There was only the stage light, flash wasn't an option so the ISO had to be cranked up to 3200 at times and I was surprised how well the images looked. Noise was impressively low considering the ISO and holding the camera was a dream. It is big enough that you could hold it (unlike most point and shoots) but light enough that you hardly knew it was there.
I was a little skeptical of the Rebel's button layout and had never used an LCD touch screen to control a camera, but I was soon sold on this feature. I really liked being able to switch settings with the LCD, without my glasses I could easily make changes and being dark the LCD helped there too. I hope this feature is added to the 7D II which is supposed to be released soon, in fact I hope the 7D II also handles noise as well as this little SLR.
The only draw back I found and I knew this going in was the RAW frame rate, I was bumping into the buffer more than I'd like but I didn't buy this camera for wild life per se so I can live with it. Overall a good little camera.
I've added a few more FREE structured keyword lists to my collection that you can download and edit as you wish. Added are individual files for Dogs, Cats and Cities and Towns in both Canada and the USA.
Again the contents of these files are for your personal needs as you may require. The contents may not be redistributed, re:shared or re:packaged completely or in part in any form, commercially or otherwise.
So back last year Adobe launched their new version of Photoshop CS6 (PS CS6) and intended to only offer users who were current (CS5) a reduced upgrade price, well the backlash from the PS user community was huge and Adobe had a change of heart and extended their upgrade pricing to CS3 and newer versions until December 2012. Their new business model has been met with even more disdain and it doesn't appear that Adobe is going to blink this time.
When PS CS6 was launched Adobe also introduced their Creative Cloud (CC) subscription service which contained their entire creative suite of products including PS. Users could buy their products as a standalone license or subscribe to their CC and pay a monthly fee to use their entire suite of products. Adobe has said that the response was very positive for their subscription service and they currently have a user base of 500K subs. Users who were paying thousands of dollars to keep current with the suite of development tools thought that this new service was great deal, and it likely is if you use 3 or 4 products, but what if you're just a photographer? Well even some of Adobe's people are now saying the deal isn't a deal even with the new CC launch just announced.
Adobe is now saying that they will no longer support a stand alone version of their suite products, this includes PS. If you want to stay current you will have to pay them a monthly fee to use their latest and greatest products. When Adobe announced this new business model it was confusing to say the least and even now there is a lot of misinformation floating around the photography community. So if you are like me who uses PS and Lightroom (LR) what does all this mean:
- PS CS6 is the last standalone licensed version you can own. Going forward you must pay a monthly subscription fee of :
- $10/month 1st year for owners of PS CS3 or newer, $20/month after 1st year.
- $20/month if you do not own PS CS3 (or newer).
- $30/month if you want to subscribe for a single month or months less than an entire year.
- The PS CC will be downloaded just like your existing version, however once you stop your subscription the software will no longer function on your machine.
- You do not have to be connected to Adobe via the internet to use PS CC. The software needs to be able to contact Adobe at least once every 30days for a single month subscription or once every 99 days for a yearly commitment.
- You can still purchase the latest version of PS CS6 from adobe, although they have gone out of their way to hide the link here it seems you may have to pay full price $600.
- Adobe has said that they will continue to support and fix bugs with PS CS6 to at least one more OS release for both platforms (Windows and Apple). They will also provide updates to camera raw to support new camera models, however new features will not be included.
- Lightroom 5 (LR5) will continue to be available as a standalone product outside the cloud, at least for now, who really knows what Adobe has planned?
- Photoshop Elements is another way to go if you do not to subscribe to the cloud products or can't afford PS CS6.
Users are upset to say the least, myself included. Will I subscribe to CC, NO!! I'm thinking about not even updating to LR5 because I do not know where that product will end up in 6 or 12 months. Adobe told everyone to update their older versions of CS to CS6 before December, or they will be left behind, and people did thinking that they'd have to pay full price for CS7 otherwise. Well in just 5 short months the bait and switch, there is no CS7, nicely done Adobe.
The monthly fee of $20 may not sound like much to someone who is making a living off of their photography, but there are a lot of hobbyist like myself who do not make a dime off of their work and never intended to. They enjoy photography as a way to express themselves and get out and enjoy nature etc. I think Adobe will soon realize that like myself there are a lot of users who will live with the current CS6 product and hope that someone else comes along with a competitive product.