Photoshop has become an expensive piece of software over the years. As an amateur I couldn’t justify the cost of such software, especially when Lightroom and Aperture was released. Lightroom meeting most of my needs along with NIK software suit, which cost me in total around the £200 mark.
Over the past few days I decided to give Adobe’s creative cloud a go. This was prompted by the release of their iPad app. The App is very good and hopefully Adobe will update it to be able to title and keyword images and sync back to the desktop. I was reluctant to install Lightroom 5 on my 6 year old iMac. Lightroom 4 was slow and buggy on my machine, and I moved some of my processing workflow to Aperture, not that it was any faster. Thankfully Lightroom 5 hasn’t suffered the same issues as 4 did on my ageing iMac.
The maths for the photographer makes sense. Creative cloud costs just under £9 per month. Over the year that’s less then £108. You get the use of Lightroom – so the subscription pays for itself. But you get the function of syncing to your iPad and what’s more the use of Photoshop.
Sending the seven RAW images to photoshop I thought might take some time. I was expecting 5 minutes maybe. But in about 45 seconds the result appeared. I was blown over! Yep a 200meg image file is not quick to handle, but the old iMac is doing well
I decided to give Photoshop a go. It’s been around 7 or 8 years since I last played with Photoshop. (Version 6 I think – on a windows machine) and a lot has changed. I found it a complicated program back then, so I know I wouldn’t really get on with it that well to begin with. Thankfully You Tube is full of tutorials and help. I thought I’ll give the Merge photos into panoramic a go. I had a series of images which I took in 2006 while working in Doha. I snapped 7 images, tripod mounted to be able to stitch together at a later date. And another wide angle image which I cropped to be a panoramic.
The above image shows the cropped panoramic. A nice shot and one that I’ve always liked. But it’s never been wide enough. I know that I had a wider version that just needed the correct software and skill to be applied. Photoshop CC now seemed the answer, some eight years later.
Photoshop CC on a six year old iMac was never going to be fast. Although it is a quad core, and the first iMacs with 64bit processing power I can only max the memory to 4 gigs. Not a lot in today’s standard. The tech spec of Photoshop from Adobe says a minimum of 1 gig. That surprised me. Sending the seven RAW images to photoshop I thought might take some time. I was expecting 5 minutes maybe. But in about 45 seconds the result appeared. I was blown over! Yep a 200meg image file is not quick to handle, but the old iMac is doing well, and since I had Lightroom open, I thought further adjustment could be made in their.
It’s been eights years since I took this image. And now I’ve processed it. A wider view of Doha and it’s city lights. An image I am now proud of…