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Adobe takes a crack at getting Photographers back with new Photoshop Photographer Program

I guess I have to give credit where credit is due.

Adobe yesterday announced a new subscription plan for photographers interested in only using Photoshop and Lightroom. Called the Adobe Photoshop Photography Program, it certainly is an improvement over their initial subscription plans. With the uproar Adobe created in the photo community since their announcement in May this is the first stab Adobe has had at repairing the damage they created with photographers.

Does Adobe's new Photographer Subscription Plan now work for you? Sound off in the comments below.

Does Adobe’s new Photographer Subscription Plan now work for you? Sound off in the comments below.

If you own a previous version of Photoshop CS3 or newer and start your subscription before the end of the year you can qualify for their $9.99 (plus tax) per month subscription offer for photographers. This “introductory offer” includes Photoshop CC, Lightroom 5, Behance Membership, and 20GB of cloud storage. But you must sign up for it before December 31st. You will have to wait a couple weeks to sign up on this offer. Once Lightroom 5.2 is announced in a couple weeks you can then take advantage of this.

But while this is certainly an improvement I wouldn’t go so far as to say “Photographers Rejoice” as PetaPixel did. There are still some issues with the subscription model and as such I am still not confident in recommending it to photographers who do not make their full living off of photography. 

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“Empty Bottles” – New Mexico – Wooden crate of old glass soda bottles

This crate of old soda bottles was photographed in Northern New Mexico in a old fountain drink type of trailer. These old glass soda bottles feature Dr Pepper, Sunkist, and Coca Cola with a rusty old Pepsi sign in the background.

"Empty Bottles" - New Mexico Click on photo to view larger & to purchase prints.

“Empty Bottles” – New Mexico
Click on photo to view larger & to purchase prints.

It was photographed with my Canon 5DmkII and 17-40mm lens. Prints of the photo are available here.

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onOne Software announces Perfect Photo Suite 8

onOne Software today has announced Perfect Photo Suite 8 – the upcoming and highly anticipated upgrade to Perfect Photo Suite 7.

Coming in November of 2013 this software is going to be a must-have for just about every photographer – especially those who have not been too happy with Adobe lately and are looking for alternatives.

Perfect Studio 8

New in this release is the New Perfect Enhance module, Perfect Eraser, Perfect Batch utility, and a re-engineered Perfect Effects module.

Click here to read more about it on onOne’s site. Be sure to sign up for the public beta that will start in October.

Here is the full press release: 

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“Harley Parking Only” – Arizona

Coming across this old Harley Davidson motorcycle at a location that mainly features old cars and trucks was a great find.

I started enhancing this 3 photo HDR image by processing it first in Nik’s HDR Efex Pro software. From there I used Silver Efex Pro to desaturate much of the background and edges to separate the bike a little bit from the background, leaving color in certain areas that I liked – such as “The Other Woman” truck in the background.

Harley Parking Only

Harley Parking Only – click on photo to view larger and to purchase prints.

I then used Color Efex Pro 4 software to bring out more detail, to add a slight vignette, and also to soften up some of the background a bit. Additional layer masking as well as dodging and burning in Photoshop.

Lastly, a very subtle photo texture from FlyPaper Textures was added to finish the look.

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