The Adobe Creative Cloud Photography option, which retails for a $9.99 monthly subscription, includes both Lightroom and Photoshop.
To the amateur photographer, this may sound amazing. I mean, it’s THE application used by professional photographers around the world for making their amazing images look there best, right?
In reality, Photoshop is a tool used mostly by graphic artists and designers. And is really designed with them in mind, not photographers as the name suggests.
Sure, it’s a nice bonus that Adobe has offered in addition to Lightroom. But, in terms of a professional photographer’s workflow, it’s more of a hindrance than anything useful.
Why would I want to export an image from one application to another to do, well, anything related to processing an image for final delivery to a client? I wouldn’t. It’s what you call a wasted effort.
The digital-age of photography processing has grown leaps and bounds since the 1990s. I started using Photoshop in 2000, when it was a necessary tool for professional photography digital processing.
Today, in 2015, the landscape has changed. Digital image library management and image processing are best and most efficient when contained in the same piece of software.
Photoshop is not, and shouldn’t be, necessary for professional digital image processing. But it is useful for creating the occasional graphic or to freshen up a old logo.
Stay tuned for more insights and rants as I continue my exploration of a suitable replacement for photo editing.