“Do We Need Photoshop?” is the title of a recent blog post on Rob Sheppard’s Nature and Photography blog. There is much discussion and complaining among photographers about Adobe’s decision to make its Creative Suite including Photoshop a cloud based product costing $40 a month ($20 a month for Photoshop by itself). As many of us are using Photoshop less, there is serious doubt about whether to sign up for the new cloud based Photoshop.
Rob believes that most photographers can do be very satisfied by using a combination of Lightroom, the latest version of Photoshop Elements, and Nik Software Viveza 2. The Nik software package, which is now owned by Google and is available for $149 and includes all six nik plugins Viveza 2,Color Efex Pro 4,Dfine 2, Sharpener Pro 3, HDR 2 and Sharpener Pro 3. This is exactly the choice I have made.
Read what Rob has to say at: Do We Need Photoshop? | Nature and Photography.
I would also suggest reading Michael Frye’s blog posts on Thoughts on the Adobe Creative Cloud and the new version of Lightroom with an improved Healing Brush Lightroom 5 Beta. Lightroom 5 is now out.