Best price for Adobe Photography plan

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by nicholasg, Mar 1, 2018.

  1. nicholasg macrumors member

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    I'm sure I've heard somewhere (maybe here) people buying an activation code for the Adobe Photography plan for less than 12 * 9.99. Anyone know where/how to do that?

    Also

    Why would someone buy the annual plan when the monthly plan is the same price?

    Thanks,
    Nicholas
     
  2. robgendreau macrumors 68040

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    I've been able to snag a couple of year deals at <$10/mo. One was a sale at B&H, another was some special somewhere or other in conjunction with something else I purchased. Think I got like $20 off $120. Might have been for paying for a web site or something; I can't recall. But look around; they pop up from time to time. And you can add one onto your existing sub.
     
  3. Darmok N Jalad macrumors 68000

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    I'm not a big enough user to do a subscription, so I bought LR6, which was the last "one time purchase" version. Not a big fan of software subscriptions.
     
  4. Apple fanboy macrumors Nehalem

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    Some of us don't like monthly subscriptions so I'd pay for it upfront when I upgrade from LR 6 to LR Classic.

    As for discount codes they sometimes have them with product. We were doing 10% off or 100% for 12 months with Xrite stuff at work a year or so ago. I think I saw similar on something else as well.
     
  5. Darmok N Jalad macrumors 68000

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    Isn't LR6 the last non-subscription version? Best I can tell, you can't do a one-time purchase of LR Classic or LR CC, unless I'm missing something.
     
  6. MCAsan, Mar 2, 2018
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    There are 3 different Adobe CC Photography plans depending how much storage space you and which apps you want included. You can monthly or prepay for a year in advance.

    Lr 6 was the last of the standalone perpetual license Lightroom releases.


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  7. boast macrumors 65816

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    I set an alert on Slickdeals. I got it for $90 on Amazon in December.
     
  8. Apple fanboy macrumors Nehalem

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    Yes I own the stand alone LR6.
    When I upgrade I will pay annually not monthly.
     
  9. maflynn, Mar 4, 2018
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    Except that Adobe has stopped all updates. People are still using Aperture, so the signs are good that you can continue using LR6 for many years.

    As for subscriptions I hate them, but consider this. Capture 1, costs 300 dollars, and if you upgrade annually its another 119 dollars. LR's subscription is 119 a year.
    In two years time owning C1 will cost 419 dollars, and LR will be 238
    three years C1: 538, LR: 357
    four years: C1: 657 LR:476

    Basically C1's upgrade is the annual cost of LR. Of course unlike LR you can choose not to upgrade, however I suspect if you delay updating too long you'll be on the hook for the full price
     
  10. Apple fanboy macrumors Nehalem

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    I'm not sure many of the updates are that good. I upgraded 6 from 5 when it came out.
    (April 2015) for £85 I believe.
    So after 10 months I am better off than if I'd gone subscription. So as it's been 30 months, I'm certainly better off!
    I'm far too lazy to learn new software. I can get a huge discount on C1 at work. But I like LR. I'll upgrade eventually, but no rush.
     
  11. maflynn Moderator

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    I agree and I tend not to upgrade but the price difference is telling. I like C1 but I can't justify the price

    I also agree on learning a new software. I'm used to LR and finding a replacement had been difficult
     
  12. kenoh macrumors demi-god

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    I bought a Capture 1 pro subscription in November last year because the sharpening of Fuji files was crap in LR but seemed better in C1P. Then learned how to sharpen better in PS. So stopped using C1P because I know my LR flow, a flow that hasn't come naturally to me in the first place so learning a new tool was too much for me. Further I knew that I still wanted access to PS so that would mean keeping LR and C1P. No way! not happening.

    I looked at my spend over the past couple of years and for me it made sense, as I was upgrading pretty much annually anyway (partly because I kept buying new cameras), also Photos wasn't an option. I worked out that the Adobe subscription was close enough in cost comparison for me to just suck it up and pay it. The way I see it, if I wanted PS prior to CC, then I was looking at £700 or something to buy it. I could never justify it as I am only just starting to look into it seriously so the subscription (the basic one) gives me access to these tools. I don't need the additional package as it is just luxuries I can work without at this stage.

    Adobe seems to have fixed the Fuji file handling in the CC version 7.2 update so again, no reason to keep the C1P sub going. Bottom line I will not be renewing my Capture 1 subscription in November and will be continuing with the LR one.

    I pay mine annually. Personally I prefer up front rather than monthly charges. I know there are no cost benefits to the year subscription and if you cancel the monthly one you still have to pay up to complete your current subscription period so again no benefit of one over the other, just budgeting for an annual spend fits my preference better.
     
  13. DarthVader! macrumors regular

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    Photos seems almost good enough, but not quite right. it is still missing certain features that Aperture and Lightroom has.
     
  14. kenoh, Mar 6, 2018
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    Yep. Also, my main editing machine is a Windows rig so more reason why Photos is out for me - I know, blasphemy! :)
     
  15. maflynn Moderator

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    When you look at it annually, as I did in post #9 I'm seeing how much Capture 1 will cost me vs. LR. Even if I don't upgrade C1, I can own LR for 2.5 years before I reach the cost of Capture 1. As much as I hate paying for subscription, I see how it measures up vs Capture 1. Sadly, for me, I've not found a competing product that approaches the functionality of LightRoom, other then Capture 1. I've tried many others over the course of months and I either need to alter my workflow to a degree I'm not comfortable, or I have to forgo major features, or in some cases both. If Adobe committed to keeping LR6 updated, I would be tempted to buy the perpetual license, but I cannot justify that this late in the game, i.e., spending that much on a EOL product.

    I'm with you, I think spending it annually makes it feel less then a subscription and also allows me to budget my money better, but also compare apples to apples, in that I pay $$$ for adobe, vs. On 1, or Luminar, or C1.
     
  16. kenoh, Mar 6, 2018
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    Spot on... totally with you.

    I am just not gelling with Luminar for example, just doesnt feel intuitive to me (my fault not the product, many people enjoy it). Aurora HDR is good but it is only a small piece of the puzzle as we know.
     
  17. maflynn Moderator

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    Same here and the fact that we're approaching the 2nd quarter of 2018 with MacPhun updating Luminar with their promised DAM module, is also disappointing. I figured it would take a while, but I had hoped we'd see it in the 1st Qtr. I tried using Luminar and I agree, its a poor fit the way I'm used to working.

    On another note, I think the lack of DAM capability in so many of these apps, goes to show you that, its not an easy or simple feature to roll out. Many companies have promised DAM capability but few have rolled it out yet.
     
  18. Ray2 macrumors 6502a

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    Unless something has changed, other than Develop and Map, nothing "expires" in Lightroom. One can even download a Trial copy, let it expire and continue to use Lightroom's DAM module, for free.

    I always felt Lightroom's Develop module was weak (overzealous sliders, poor color editing, not best in class demosiacing). So why not pair it's excellent DAM with an outboard developer.

    Shooting Fuji, I tend to go to C1 in sessions mode or Iridient for conversion and develop. But LR is always DAM. The odds of MacPhun matching the ease of use and functionality of Lightroom are slim to none.
     
  19. MCAsan macrumors 601

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    And yet, Adobe has two from which to select. First is Bridge which is a browser and importer. I do not store edits in a central database. You use sidecars for any raw file edits plus the PSD file format for storing all the layered editing you do in Photoshop. The second choice is Lightroom with a Library that does importing into the file system and tracks the editing history inside the Lr catalog database. Optionally Lr will also write edits to sidecar files.

    Bridge is free, no CC subscription required.
     
  20. Ray2 macrumors 6502a

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    I haven't used Bridge for ages so this comment may no longer be valid. However, Bridge used to also have essentially Lightroom's Develop module in the form of "open in" ACR. Not as pretty but it used to have the same functionality. Just have to be willing to put up with side-car files in DAM.
     
  21. tcphoto1 macrumors 6502

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    I use CaptureOne as my image processor and Adobe CC to finish images. Last year, I bought the one year subscription for $99 and this year was $85 off eBay.
     

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