Staying Put…

staying put.jpgYep… I’m staying put.

I’ve read a lot of articles recently where people are not happy with Adobe’s Creative Cloud. The price, the way Adobe ties you in…  How you can’t cancel your monthly subscription as and when you need to without you having to pay 50% of the remaining months of your contact.

But to me you knew when you signed up for Creative Cloud.. you agreed to the annual subscription with the payments spread over the next 12 months (where you a liable for 50% of the remaining months subscriptions) or a one-off payment (with no refund value). Again in my opinion, if you don’t read the terms of your annual contract then you only have yourself to blame not Adobe.  It clearly states you have a 14-day grace and after that you will still have to pay the 50% on the monthly payment scheme and no refund if you pay annually.

So I thought I would let you know why I’m staying put.

For the price of £9.98 a month, I get:

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  • Lightroom Classic
  • Lightroom for Mobile
  • Photoshop
  • 20gb of Cloud Storage
  • Photoshop Express
  • Photoshop Camera
  • My Own Portfolio Page (which I don’t use)
  • Adobe Spark
  • Photoshop on iPad (if I owned one)
  • Camera RAW (used in Photoshop)
  • Bridge
  •  XD
  • Premiere Rush
  • Lightroom Plugins

The elements that I use on a regular basis are in Bold Italics.

Before this plan existed and Adobe decided to become a subscription-based entity,  all I had was Adobe Lightroom which I had to purchase… and then pay for updates or forsake the new features which came out with the next version of Lightroom.

With subscription… I get the latest updates which are included in my subscription.

Before Adobe Creative Cloud, Photoshop was well out of my reach.  I couldn’t afford to buy the Program.  I had to pay for Photoshop Elements, which again, I had to pay for time and time again, with every version change.

Again with Photoshop, I don’t have to worry about software updates… my subscription covers them.

I could save myself the money if I downloaded Adobe Bridge and Camera Raw which are free.  And I can use the free version of Lightroom Mobile (but I won’t be able to sync images between the mobile app and  Lightroom Classic).

By going free, I would lose the ability to install plug-ins, like I can in Lightroom Classic and Photoshop, which allows me to use third-party software.  Like I can do now with Lightroom Classic and Photoshop!

Lightroom Classic is my main catalogue of all my images.  And the vast majority of my editing is done in Lightroom Classic.  I can send images to Luminar 4, On1, Topaz, and Nik collection, should I want to use these software programs.

If, I’m out and about with only my phone and want to take an image… fine snap that image, add it to Lightroom via the Lightroom App, which will save the image in the cloud storage and when I’m back on my desktop/laptop that image will automatically appear in Lightroom Classic.

I can then move the image to another folder, if I wish, as your images are downloaded to a folder called Lightroom Mobile on your desktop/laptop. I can add it to a collection, and if I so wish delete the image which will stop the image from syncing from Lightroom on my mobile device to Lightroom Classic on my desktop/laptop.  Again, if I remove the image from Lightroom mobile and stop it syncing that image doesn’t become part of my storage allowance!

For £9.98 a month… I could of course pay for the following,

  • 1 and bit breakfasts at the Harvester.
  • 4 and bit mugs of Starbucks Coffee
  • 2 trips to Chatham on the bus.
  • 1 trip to Bluewater on the bus.
  • 20 Cigarettes if I smoked… which I don’t.

I can live without traipsing around Bluewater and Chatham.  And I have coffee at home… as well as the ingredients to cook breakfast.

So for me… £9.98 a month to stay up to date with a set of Photo Editing Programs is well worth the money.  And that is why I won’t be leaving Adobe Creative Cloud.

Because all software needs updating at some point or another and that means paying for updates.  So as my go-to software when editing photos Lightroom Classic is my first point of call and I will continue paying for their subscription-based software.

Thank you Adobe…. I’m staying put…


About the Author

Bren is a female amateur photographer, fibromyalgia sufferer and blogger who along with her husband, Ashley, have created a photography blog called Brashley Photography which showcases the places they’ve visited on their photography journey. Bren and Ashley primarily concentrate their photographic skills on landscape, architecture and floral subjects. Based in the South East of England they hope to give their readers an insight into the wonderful and beautiful landscapes, buildings and places that the South of England has to offer.

12 responses to “Staying Put…”

  1. Quite right too.
    I do get a bit bored with the complainers, and cloud based subscription software is the future.
    Besides, if you don’t want to pay the price there are some good open source, free applications around which do a very good job.
    I opted for the Linux world (instead of Windows) world years ago, using various free packages. I haven’t seen a reason to change, but photography is a hobby, not my profession.

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    • Thank you… I too am fed up with the complainers about adobe. As you say Cloud based subscription in the future will be the norm. Every piece of software, where you buy it or subscribed to it, has its glitches… and many an app too. Adobe have just been the first ones to go that way… And what I like about it… they have put Photoshop within easy reach of me… without having to spend hundreds to get it.


  2. Agreed! I love my Adobe Cloud subscription for all the reasons you mentioned above. For people on a tight budget or who don’t want a subscription there are many low cost and open source options. If recommend Dark Table.

    I wonder about the people who make a promise ( a contract is a promise ), then break that promise and complain about being held to account for breaking it.

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    • Exactly.. you can’t go and buy a washing machine with 12 months to pay and then decide you don’t want it and stop paying because you’ve found a free washing machine. So why do people think they have the right to moan when Adobe makes them pay up. The time to think about it is when your renewal is due… that way you can stop the subscription … end of.


  3. Adobe as products are great. My problem is that I frequently wind up in places with no internet access…Or access that is so slow that it’s useless. I still use my old version of LightRoom on my older computer, but they won’t let me load onto my new one.

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    • Have you contacted Adobe…they might be able to assist you. I have slow internet at times and updates take a while. Sometimes I use my mobile phone and connect my PC to my phone. I find that sometimes makes the downloads easier and quicker.


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