Now, this is unusual. If you follow this blog, you might know I am not the biggest fan of the Adobe product policy, and had chosen Photo Mechanic over Lightroom three and a half years ago, and did not regret that decision. Though I found myself liking the Lightroom Development module (even if largely similar to Camera Raw), but not at all the Library Module.
The guys over at Camera Bits, producers of Photo Mechanic, had announced a product called Photo Mechanic Catalog, for release in 2013, but guys, it’s nearly Xmas!
For my recent trip to Svalbard a good friend lent me a Nikon D600 so I had a spare body to my D300, and without realizing it that sent me right into the Adobe update spiral. I had blogged about the tricks the Adobe product managers use to make us upgrade and spend lots of money on product features we actually do not need earlier, and my post about how to use the newest Camera Raw with old Photoshops is actually quite well visited… and now I ended in the same trap again with the images from the D600. While Photo Mechanic was doing great (because I always take RAW and JPG it could work as quickly as you can think with the JPGs), I wanted to work on many images from the trip, and there the multi-edit functions from Lightroom clearly surpass the idea to use Camera Raw for all of the required adjustments.
So I needed to upgrade – shit! The Lightroom 5 update being only ca 80€ I thought it to be actually feasible, but then by chance I stumbled – one day before it expired on Dec 8 – on the offer by Adobe for the photographer’s edition of the Creative Cloud – Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5 with a monthly fee of about 12€ (yep, thats $16.50). Ok, sigh, I did it.
Two pluses for Adobe by me:
- You finally can get the English version also in Germany! Which is what I always wanted, because if you try to use tutorials you find in the Internet, you do *not* want to have to translate the layer blend function names by yourself – won’t work anyway. And as a bonus, the English-only subscription is even cheaper than the I18N version!
- They include a free Behance pro-site. Now I had wanted to make a new portfolio site for my images (remember this is a blog) for a while now, and so I finally got around to start creating my portfolio site!
You can find my brand new Behance portfolio at http://www.behance.net/lucide.
My favorite image from the first series on Behance above – Arctic Waters.