Monthly Archives: September 2013

Adobe’s Photography Program licence question

Adobe’s Photography Program is due to go live this week. It’s not there yet though, perhaps because they’ve been busy rolling out updates to Lightroom and Camera Raw.

I have been able to answer one question I had: will I be able to install Photography Program on my laptop as well as my desktop under a single licence? Well, yes I can. As a single licence user, the Adobe licence Terms include the following:

2. Software License; Membership.

2.1.3 Portable or Home Computer Use. Subject to the restrictions set forth in Section 2.1.4, the primary user of the Computer on which the Software is installed under Section 2.1 (“Primary User”) may install a second copy of the Software for his or her exclusive use on either a portable Computer or a Computer located at his or her home, provided that the Software on the portable or home Computer is not used at the same time as the Software on the primary Computer.

Also, I notice that the Adobe Subscription Terms allow me a 30-day cancellation period, which is reassuring, and gives me a deadline to finish my evaluation of the Program!


Labrador ferry

Ferry journeys have lots of idle moments. Here are some of mine from a recent trip up the coast of Labrador, Canada (all with iPhone, Hipstamatic, Gsquad lens, Blackeys SuperGrain film):











Adobe’s Creative Cloud Photography Program

Adobe Photography Program dealAdobe has responded to concerns from the photography community over its policy of moving to Cloud-based applications and licencing these in suites or expensive single apps. For most photographers a suite of professional Adobe apps would lie unused; what we need is some combination of Lightroom and Photoshop. Well, Adobe’s response is the Photography Program.

Since I  already have a licence for Photoshop I can migrate to this Cloud offering for £7.14 per month plus VAT. That’s £8.57 at 20% tax.

What will I get? I’ll have Photoshop and Lightroom installed on my PC and continually upgraded with the latest features and bug-fixes. I can use them stand-alone but I’ll need to connect to the Internet at least once a month to renew the licence (shouldn’t be a problem). I’ll also get some Cloud storage (could be useful) and a Behance Pro subscription. Behance is a template-based Web site builder and publisher, which has the potential to replace my existing Web site host using my existing URL.

What I don’t know is whether the Photography Program licence will cover both my desktop and laptop computers or whether I’ll need 2 licences, but let’s assume 1 licence will cover me, so what are the costs?

At the moment I pay £5.80 /month for Web hosting. Upgrading Photoshop and Lightroom costs me about £8 /month (that’s £200 every couple of years), i.e. a total of £13.80 /month. I should be able to replace these costs with a Photography Program subscription of £8.57. Sounds good economically!

But what happens if I decide to stop my subscription? In a month my licence will expire and I won’t be able to use the applications. I can always revert back to my stand-alone licences, but in a few years time they will be out of date and unsupported. My files will be on my local computer so I won’t lose them but I will lose the synced versions in the Cloud. I know from my use of other Cloud services such as Google Drive that having Internet access to some files is very useful at times, so I might find myself coming to rely on this service.

Alternatives: my use of Photoshop has diminished due to the functionality in Lightroom but I still use it for individual images where masking and layering is needed, so could I find an alternative? There are several candidates but could I cope with the evaluation and learning-curve process? Preferably not! There is an excellent alternative to Lightroom: Capture One Pro, but I have to either keep Lightroom for my past catalogue of work or find a way of migrating every image to C1 – not an inviting prospect without mature migration tools. And I’d rather be doing photography than fussing with the technology.

Another unknown is whether I can get enough functionality from Behance to replace my existing site, or will I need to continue to run a stand-alone site? If so I will need another URL at additional cost so why bother with Behance? Maintaining my existing site makes the economics unfavorable and I’d quite like an easier-to-maintain site anyway. I will only know the answer to this one by trying it.

So Adobe’s Photography Program is looking enticing. I shall investigate further by taking out a subscription when it becomes available and report on progress, warts an’ all, on this blog over the next few months. (Deep breath…)

Hipstamatic experiments

I’m increasingly playing with low fidelity photography these days; I’m especially drawn to a few combinations of lenses and films in Hipstamatic on the iPhone. And with the demise of the iphoneography blog, I decided to add a lofi section to my own blog. There is still the excellent Life in LoFi blog of course.

Taken in a local cafe in 2012. iPhone+Hipstamatic app, Kaimal Mark II Lens, Kodot XGrizzled Film, No Flash. Copyright Malcolm Raggett
Taken in a local cafe in 2012. iPhone+Hipstamatic app, Kaimal Mark II Lens, Kodot XGrizzled Film, No Flash. Copyright Malcolm Raggett

There are several apps to choose from apart from the built-in camera app. I’ve opted for Hipstamatic as this offers hundreds of combinations of lenses and films. Plus, I like the square format.

Airstream Cafe, London
Airstream Cafe, London, 2012. iPhone+Hipstamatic app, Kaimal Mark II Lens, Cano Cafenol Film, No Flash. Copyright Malcolm Raggett

I realised I needed to find a few combinations that suited my style of photography. I’m not keen on nostalgia but I like desaturated colour and black & white. Fancy borders can sometimes be useful to add character and provide a unity to a set of pictures, though some of the Hipstamatic films go a bit overboard. Generally, the simpler the better!

Windmillls, local garden centre, 2011. iPhone+Hipstamatic app, Kaimal Mark II Lens, BlacKeys SuperGrain Film, No Flash. I tried the image in colour but found it overpowering, prefering the abstract quality of black & white. Copyright Malcolm Raggett