Adobe Pho­to­shop CC and Light­room 5

Two pro­grams for one sub­scrip­tion price makes this op­tion the best for most pho­tog­ra­phers

NPhoto - - Test Team -

We last ran a group test of im­age edit­ing pro­grams back in is­sue 23, and a year and a half later we’ve reached ex­actly the same con­clu­sions we did then.

Our first con­clu­sion is that more and more of us are likely to use two pro­grams, not one. If you want the best im­age cat­a­logu­ing tool, the best RAW con­verter and the best im­age ed­i­tor, you’re not go­ing to find all the fea­tures you’re look­ing for in one pack­age, so you’ll be buy­ing mul­ti­ple pro­grams.

Our sec­ond con­clu­sion is that the Pho­to­shop CC and Light­room 5 com­bi­na­tion comes clos­est to con­tain­ing ev­ery­thing you could ask for. Now that Ap­ple’s Aper­ture has been discontinued, Light­room has lit­tle pro­fes­sional com­pe­ti­tion, so it’s be­come the go-to cat­a­logu­ing tool for en­thu­si­asts and pro­fes­sion­als alike.

That com­bi­na­tion does not in­clude the best RAW con­verter, though. DxO Op­tics Pro 10 and Cap­ture One Pro 8 are bet­ter. If out­right qual­ity is top on your list of pri­or­i­ties you might choose one of th­ese in­stead of – or as well as – our win­ning pro­grams (you can now send RAW files from Light­room to Op­tics Pro 10 for con­ver­sion).

What re­ally set­tles this once and for all, though, is Adobe’s Cre­ative Cloud Pho­tog­ra­phy plan. For less than £9/$10 per month, based on an an­nual sub­scrip­tion, you get both pro­grams, and what­ever you think of the idea of on­go­ing soft­ware sub­scrip­tions, that’s a heck of a deal.

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