E90Post
 


Extreme Power House
 
BMW 3-Series (E90 E92) Forum > BIMMERPOST Universal Forums > Off-Topic Discussions Board > Photography/Videography > Adobe LIghtroom, purchase standalone or subscribe monthly?



Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
      06-13-2017, 11:25 AM   #1
ska///235i
***** noob
ska///235i's Avatar
United_States
785
Rep
10,360
Posts

Drives: 325xi>M235i>428GCx Mspor
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Boston

iTrader: (34)

Garage List
2006 325xi  [0.00]
Adobe LIghtroom, purchase standalone or subscribe monthly?

So whats the difference now to subscribe vs getting the software?
__________________
2006 325xi (Sold)
2014 M235I (Current)
2015 428xi Gran Coupe (STB)
Appreciate 0
      06-13-2017, 12:05 PM   #2
GoHokiesGo
Private
GoHokiesGo's Avatar
United_States
46
Rep
82
Posts

Drives: 2010 X5M
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Loudoun, VA

iTrader: (0)

The subscription package (Adobe CC) has you pay a monthly fee, typically $9.99 for the photography package, and you retain a license as long as your subscribe.
  • Advantages:
    Access to latest versions of Lightroom & Photoshop all the time, automatic update when a new version is released, a few additional programs and apps, cancel at any time if you don't want to use it.
  • Disadvantages:
    Need an internet connection occasionally to verify license (may be inconvenient if you're traveling somewhere w/o internet), you don't permanently own the software, continue to pay monthly fees regardless if you use the new updates or regardless if your total subscription cost has exceeded the value of the standalone software.
The standalone Lightroom software, version 6 now, is a traditional buy and own software copy. The actual software program, today, is the same for Lightroom 6 and Lightroom CC, it's just the licensing that is different.
  • Advantages:
    You own it outright and can access the software any time, only pay once vs monthly, don't continue paying a subscription fee that eventually exceeds the cost of the software, don't have to upgrade if you don't need the latest software features on new versions.
  • Disadvantages:
    Miss out on having access to both Photoshop & Lightroom for more advanced/detailed edits, miss out on always having the latest upgrade version of the software, upfront cost is larger

I bought the standalone software for my purposes - I picked it up when it was on sale and CC was just coming out, and it cost less than a year of the subscription package. I own LR5 since I didn't see much advantage to the upgrades in LR6 (I use separate software for panoramas and HDR, and they're pretty easy to interface with and export/import with LR). If they improve the HDR engine or have some larger upgrades in version 7, then I'll consider the software upgrade at that time. If I had an Adobe CC subscription, I would get that upgrade automatically; however, that's probably the biggest factor that you need to determine for your needs when choosing between the two options.

Occasionally the CC subscription goes on sale too for a 1-2 year commitment, so it can even out if you need to have the latest and greatest versions. I can do 90-95% of what I want to edit within Lightroom on its own, but there have been several occasions where I've wanted access to Photoshop for more detailed edits that you just can't accomplish in LR alone.
__________________
~Jason
2010 X5///M - Catless DP's, TTFS Stg2 tune
2007 335i E92 - Sold

JP Photography - Travel/Landscape/Automotive Photography
Appreciate 0
      06-13-2017, 01:02 PM   #3
ska///235i
***** noob
ska///235i's Avatar
United_States
785
Rep
10,360
Posts

Drives: 325xi>M235i>428GCx Mspor
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Boston

iTrader: (34)

Garage List
2006 325xi  [0.00]
Wow thanks alot for the detail info
__________________
2006 325xi (Sold)
2014 M235I (Current)
2015 428xi Gran Coupe (STB)
Appreciate 0
      06-19-2017, 09:31 PM   #4
benacto
Private
benacto's Avatar
20
Rep
82
Posts

Drives: 2014 Silver 550i Msport
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Los Angeles

iTrader: (0)

I'm not sure if you can even get a legit Stand alone version anymore. Probably get someone to rip you one.
But CC for 10 bucks a month isn't bad. The new features are cool. Tho it doesn't happen often, it does get buggy sometimes.
I do use LR and PS everyday all day, at home and at work.... so I notice it more often.
Appreciate 0
      06-20-2017, 08:35 PM   #5
P1et
Major General
P1et's Avatar
2054
Rep
6,899
Posts

Drives: cars
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Texas

iTrader: (1)

I have the standalone, one-time version. You can still buy them, but it's hard to find.
Appreciate 0
      06-21-2017, 01:22 AM   #6
Ickdeep
Major
Ickdeep's Avatar
United_States
293
Rep
1,018
Posts

Drives: '13 F10 535Xi
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Seattle, WA

iTrader: (0)

Garage List
2013 BMW 535i  [5.00]
I do the paid per month just because when I first started doing photography, I didn't want to invest too much into it.
__________________

///M Double Slotted Grill | Blacked Out Emblems + Door Handle Trim + Head/Tail Lights
Painted Front & Rear Reflectors + Fender Trim + High Kick Rear Spoiler
BurgerTuning Spacers | Black 351 Wheels | CF Vorsteiner Front Lip | DMT CF Diffuser | M5 Mufflers
Appreciate 0
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:55 AM.




e90post
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
1Addicts.com, BIMMERPOST.com, E90Post.com, F30Post.com, M3Post.com, ZPost.com, 5Post.com, 6Post.com, 7Post.com, XBimmers.com logo and trademark are properties of BIMMERPOST