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Photoshop Elements 13 Might Be All You Need
Jim Colburn, Photographer
Omaha | NE | USA | Posted: 4:09 PM on 05.29.15
->> One reason that I have yet to upgrade my Mac's OS to Yosemite is that, in all probability, my Photoshop (CS5) will stop working and I didn't want to be forced to pay Adobe for a forced "subscription" to CS6. It's also safe to say that I've been displeased with Adobe since they upgraded to CS6 and made darn sure that the updates to their Camera Raw plug-in didn't work with previous versions.

I downloaded a trial copy of Photoshop Elements (V13) and set it to "Expert" mode and I have to say that it will do anything that I need it to do. It will open TIFFs, JPEGs and Raw files, crop them, caption them, and it will save them save them as TIFFs or JPEGs with varying degrees of compression. I can use levels, unsharp mask, etc. and it will work with the few additional plug-ins that I sometimes mess around with.

For photojournalism you really don't need much else.

The best part is that you don't have to sign up for a never ending "subscription" at $10/month. Adobe will sell it to you for a one time $99 fee and, at least until tomorrow (May 30th) it's on sale at Adorama, B&H and the usual suspects for $63.
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John Froschauer, Photographer
Tacoma | WA | USA | Posted: 3:28 PM on 05.30.15
->> Just an FYI you can upgrade to CS6 without a subscription. Takes a bit of digging on Adobe's site to find it, but is possible. I keep thinking of doing so should I do the Yosemite update that I too have held off doing for fear of losing CS5.

If you select buy from the link below and then do the upgrade on the next page, you can still license CS6 sans paying monthly for the rest of your life.

http://www.adobe.com/products/catalog/cs6._sl_id-contentfilter_sl_catalog_s...
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Doug Pizac, Photographer
Sandy | UT | USA | Posted: 6:08 PM on 05.30.15
->> Jim...

The subscription version is CC, not CS6 which is a one-time purchase.
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Simon Wheeler, Photo Editor, Photographer
Ithaca | NY | USA | Posted: 7:31 PM on 05.30.15
->> Jim,

Thanks for the tip. FYI Photoshop CS5 runs fine on my circa 2008 iMac running OS 10.10.3
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Jim Colburn, Photographer
Omaha | NE | USA | Posted: 9:22 PM on 05.30.15
->> It turns out that CS5 is running okay under Yosemite but for speed and convenience (i.e using Camera Raw with Canon CR2 and Fuji RAF files) I'm going to stick with PS Elements as my primary editing program. It really does seem to load and run faster than CS5.

As for the upgrade to CS6 using the link provided by John Froschauer (thanks for that), I don't think I'm willing to give Adobe $199 for a program that offers "No additional services", "No feature or version updates", and "Limited content on product Help page."

I'm looking forward to the time when Affinity's Photo program comes out of Beta, and costs $50.
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Frank Niemeir, Photographer
Woodstock | GA | usa | Posted: 2:02 PM on 05.31.15
->> https://www.digikam.org a Lightroom type product that is open source.
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