My head is full of thoughts related to photography editing choices.
A few days ago I purchased Adobe Photoshop Elements 15. The software caught my eye, when I saw a video on Facebook of one of its editing features — changing a frown into a smile. Adobe Photoshop Elements contains many more “fun” editing choices as well. When I first began to edit my images, I used Adobe Photoshop Elements. At that time Adobe Photoshop Elements was a much pared-down version of Adobe Photoshop. I recently read that Adobe Photoshop Elements now contains approximately 80% of the features found in Adobe Photoshop, including Adobe Camera RAW (ACR). The software sells for $89.99, but was on sale for $39.99 on Amazon. I pressed the buy button, without hesitation. Sitting on the back burner (and forming some of my justification for purchasing Adobe Photoshop Elements 15) is the thought that someday I would like to delete Adobe Creative Cloud (Adobe CC), which I subscribe to on a monthly basis at a cost of $9.99/month.
Yesterday I received and installed Adobe Photoshop Elements 15. I used the software for a few minutes. Adobe Camera RAW doesn’t have near the bells and whistles that ACR has in Adobe CC. I was aware that ACR was a pared-down version, when I purchased Adobe Photoshop Elements. I used the “turn a frown into a smile” feature. That is a very cool editing feature! There is so much new about Adobe Photoshop Elements since I last used it. The last version I owned was Adobe Photoshop Elements 7. I placed two Adobe Photoshop Elements instructional books on my Amazon wish list. Neither book is available until January 2017.
Speaking of sitting on the back burner …
I reinstalled Adobe Photoshop CS5 yesterday morning and determined it is unusable to me, with my current photo editing workflow. Since September 2009, I photograph almost exclusively in the RAW format and use ACR to convert my RAW images. The highest ACR version available for Adobe Photoshop CS5 does not recognize my Olympus OM-D E-M1 digital camera. I could install the DNG converter and convert my RAW image to a Digital Negative (DNG), which would be recognized by Photoshop CS5. I choose not to add this conversion step to my workflow. I uninstalled Photoshop CS5.
Adobe no longer offers Photoshop as a stand-alone photo editor. Adobe Photoshop CS6 is the last stand-alone version of Photoshop, one version newer than what I own. Adobe Photoshop CS6 DOES support my camera; however, it lacks some of the features that I use currently while editing images in Adobe CC. It is a possibility that I will purchase Photoshop CS6 sometime in the future. The software is currently available on Ebay, new in the box, at a reasonable price.
RAW image conversion is available in two other photo editing programs that I have used: Olympus Viewer 3 and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. I have not used either program extensively. Therefore, I cannot determine at the present time if either program would meet my RAW image conversion needs. The same is true for Adobe Photoshop Elements 15. I do not know, at the present time, if that program would meet my RAW image conversion needs.
Currently, I use Adobe Photoshop Lightroom mainly for its organizer capabilities. I have tried other programs to organize my photographs and prefer Lightroom’s organizer. Therefore, I do not foresee eliminating Adobe Photoshop Lightroom from my photo editing tools. In addition to being part of Adobe CC, Adobe continues to offer Lightroom as a stand-alone photo editor (current release is Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6). It is a possibility that I will purchase Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, as a stand-alone program, sometime in the future. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom offers ACR most similar to what is contained in Adobe CC.
I will continue to use Adobe CC for the time being. Adobe CC is updated frequently with new features. I subscribe to Adobe CC’s Photography Plan, which includes both Photoshop and Lightroom. At some point in time I expect to feel comfortable using Adobe Photoshop Elements, Olympus Viewer or Adobe Photoshop Lightroom to convert RAW images. When that day comes, I will delete Adobe CC.