Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop

For years and years, Adobe Photoshop was amongst the most pirated pieces of software on the planet. Not surprising, really. It was, is, the best photo editor available. And it was so prohibitively expensive, the only way the average Joe could afford it was to steal it. Then along came Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, to complement the original. Another slick and essential piece of gear for the digital photographer. It was cheaper too, but still quite a financial outlay. And, as a result,  just as heavily pirated.

Last year, Adobe tried to crack down on piracy by moving their software into the cloud. Would you be surprised if I told you that cracked versions were on torrent sites within days? Perhaps hours. Invariably, despite software creators doing their darnedest to prevent it, the pirates will find a way round any protection that is put up. It’s a pointless battle.

But I’m really, really pleased to say that Adobe has found a genuinely novel, workable and real world model to help reduce piracy. They’ve made their product affordable. Really affordable, with monthly plans that make sense to even the hardest up snapper. Photoshop and Lightroom are such powerful, yet user friendly pieces of kit, that they should appeal to every enthusiastic photographer. I have signed up today for the Creative Cloud Photography Plan. Available to US citizens for $9.99. Us Brits have to pay an inflated, but still reasonable, £8.78.

I love Adobe Lightroom, which is my primary photography processing and management tool. It’s a work of digital genius. I like Photoshop, which I use less often, but it’s such a powerful tool. I love the fact that I now own them both. Two legit installations on my laptop. The latest editions, and I’ll be getting all the latest updates.  Have you given Lightroom a try yet? You’ll never go back to whatever you used before once you’ve given it a fair run on your PC.



17 thoughts on “Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop

  1. PS is easy for you, maybe. I had two versions of PhotoShop Elements for Mac OS X over the years. The earlier version was challenging but workable. The more recent version is awkward and for me, unusable. I downloaded and registered it to my older laptop and a copy will not run on my more recent laptop. It’s delicate and demands that I reinstall and re-register at every turn.

    Don Cuevas


    • As a longtime Photoshop user, I find Elements to be quite difficult to use because Adobe has tried to hide all of the controls. This, sadly, seems to be a trend in software. I think usability peaked about ten years ago.


      • I must confess, I’ve never really given Adobe Elements a go. I’m not sure it’s worth giving a go any more…the pricing of the Lightroom and Lightroom combo surely renders Elements surplus to market requirements.


        • I’ve only used Elements a time or two on my mother’s computer which doesn’t have Photoshop on it. I wondered how she would ever successfully manage to use it. Truth is, I don’t think she’s ever really tried.


  2. I’m still using my legitimately-purchased copy of Photoshop CS2, which is now officially a dinosaur. (Released Spring 2005.) Still, it does everything I need, and it’s pretty fast on a contemporary computer. I even figured out how to install and get it to work on Windows 7. It’s a fine piece of software; it never crashes, and I’m quite happy with it.

    By the way, apparently anyone can now download and use this piece of software for free, right from Adobe. Just Google “Free Adobe Photoshop CS2.” Apparently they disabled the authentication server for that version, and you can get a free key from their site. All you need to do is register with Adobe.


    Kim G
    Boston, MA
    Where we’re hoping our new camera’s output will require less photoshopping. At least for color correction.


  3. Having used PS and Elements at work for a while I got used to them but never really liked them. After I retired I found the GIMP… I figured it out (actually to me it is much easier than PS) there has been no turning back. As for Lightroom, I know nothinggg, but if it means working on that cloud thingy it’s not for me.
    I still also use some smaller editors (I think I have 5 or 6 installed) for quick and simple edits and another strictly for ‘Batch’ processing.


    • There’s no need to actually work in the cloud with either PS or Lightroom. And as I’ve said to others, Lightroom is really worth a try.

      I did use GIMP years ago. I should give it a try again one day, just to see how it’s evolved.


  4. Edward Piercy says:

    I just changed to chromebook after my PC laptop died. And as such I can’t use my ancient copy of Photoshop 6. I thought I would be miserable without it. But then I found Pixlr, a pretty decent Photoshop clone, and have surprisingly not missed PS6 at all. Only thing I don’t like about Pixlr is the text tool. But that alone is not a deal breaker.


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