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Decisions, Decisions.

My head is full of thoughts related to photography editing choices.

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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.

2 Responses to “Decisions, Decisions.”

  1. Les

    I have Lightroom 5, Paint Shop Pro X8 for photo editing. Both work very well for me. Lightroom 5 is real nice, but there are allot of things it does that I don’t know about. PSPX8 does things that Lightroom does not. I love them both.

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  2. Lorraina

    Whew!!! Well, not much of any of that got through to me. I use a cheap pocketable little point and shoot. i’m almost 73yrs old. Re technology; i taught myself a few tricks on PSE 8 to make my art look a little better many years ago and that’s what I still use all these yrs later. I bought PSE 10 a few years ago but couldn’t make head nor tails out of it so I stick with what little I do know. I’ve forgotten a few things i used to know but i’m ok with that. (one gets tired after 70 or was it 72, can’t remember) Hell, I need a nap after reading of the decisions you’re facing. Good on you Linda for forging ahead, for knowing you have to keep up annually otherwise as age catches up to you, you won’t be able to keep up with technology. Your photography is second to none and it’s an awesome and respectable hobby/business you have, a supportive husband to go with you on photo shoots, you have a fabulous outlook on nature and the world in general and you have an awesome brain and that’s a fact.
    One warning I feel i must give though is to be careful when buying on Ebay. Though the price might be right they have a way to get you with trumped up “shipping and handling” Now is that a strange saying or what – TRUMPED up…..lol, congrats on your new president! We love him btw.

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