Tell you what folks. This could be HUGE great news for many of you!!
Adobe just announced a few days ago that they will be offering a new $9.99 per month Photoshop Photography Program that includes Photoshop Creative Cloud (the latest and greatest and often updated), Adobe Lightroom 5, 20GB of online storage and a membership to Adobe’s Behance portfolio website.
What does this mean, exactly? Well, essentially, subscribers pay $9.99 per month and get the full, most up-to-the-date versions of BOTH Photoshop and Lightroom. I see the 20GB of storage and the Behance portfolio as bonuses, albeit great ones!
Here’s a quick pro/con list, as you do need to consider just a few things before jumping in:
- Potentially, the price. Adobe’s full CC suite is $50 per month. It includes a ton of programs and is worth it if you use them all. But the average photographer won’t even come close. We just need Lightroom, and the ambitious would love to have Photoshop. Lightroom 5 is currently $129 for a limited time. Adobe Photoshop used to be $550 (one time buy price). But it appears Adobe has made the transition to its cloud based delivery, and thus Photoshop is $20/month. All to say, either way you slice it, $9.99 per month is currently be the best deal in town.
- It allows you to “spread out the cost” of these fantastic programs (as opposed to buying upfront).
- Updates. As Adobe releases new versions of these software titles, you get the updates. Even if they update to the next number (i.e. Lightroom 6), you’ll have access so long as you’re still subscribing.
- The website and storage can be a great way to start. Though I ultimately recommend you find a long term solution to store ALL your photos, not just the ones you want for your portfolio.
- The only legit con I can think of is that you might not like the idea of “renting” software. Keep in mind this is a subscriber service, so if you stop subscribing, you no longer get Lightroom and Photoshop. Some would rather buy the programs upfront, one time, and know they have it forever. Of course, they usually end up buying the next major update. That said, if you’re ONLY going to work with Lightroom, then a one time $129 purchase price will be cheaper come month 14. Of course, a couple months after that, they’ll probably release Lightroom 6, which would cost you about $80 to upgrade). So then you have to decide if it would have been worth it to just have the CC version, along with photoshop.
Either way, I think the biggest win is this: For all you out there who didn’t want to spend $130 upfront for Lightroom, you can now have it for the cost of 1 lunch per month.
The $9.99 deal will start Sep 16th. Check the adobe blog for more details.