With the advent of Adobe going to its monthly subscription model for Photoshop and all the other Creative Cloud applications, including Lightroom, it begs the question: is now the time to explore alternative choices for photographers to edit our images? While Adobe still offers Lightroom as a stand-alone application with the old licensing deal, you have to wonder how long before you have to get your upgrades on a monthly payment plan only.
There is a great writeup and discussion on Tim Grey's blog about this new revenue model by Adobe. For me, I've tried to like Lightroom, I really have... it's just not for me. I'm currently playing with Lightroom 5, and I do admire the Clarity slider (with its negative feature), but otherwise, I remain unimpressed. And now there is the spectre that Adobe
may will ultimately take it into the cloud only, I think it's a safe bet to explore alternatives.
First and foremost among them is Apple's Aperture. Currently at version 3.4.5 this is an incredibly powerful, full feature, photo processing and archiving software. Add in powerful plug-ins like Nik's Collection, and OnOne's Perfect Photosuite 7.5, and there is no need to use Adobe products for photographic images. Yes, these plug-ins also work equally well from within Lightroom, but honestly, my great concern would be that Adobe would force photographers aboard the cloud subscription model, even for Lightroom, eventually.
Apple's powerful offering of Aperture is used the world over by many talented pros, including Chase Jarvis, VII Photo Agency co-founder and National Geographic photographer John Stanmeyer, internationally renowned commercial and beauty photographer Parish Kohanim, Bill Frakes, Jim Richardson, Sarah France, and others. If we all trust our most important images to Aperture, perhaps it's time for you to open the Aperture by downloading it from Apple's App Store, and give it a try. You don't have to follow Adobe into a monthly subscription "service", like a utility bill, in order to process your images... you have choices, you have great choices!