DuncanDovovan: Do you know Babylon? A nice little translator? It started off as a free software, then you needed a license. And today the upgrades are so INSANELY expensive, that I stopped using it. Adobe must be careful that they do not force the market into alternatives. Aperture/their own Lightroom/OnOne... There are excellent alternatives out there for people who used to buy PS, but do not use it to its full extent. The hundreds of $$$ for this CS5-CS6 upgrade is not worth the money for that group if you ask me, but they kind of force you into this upgrade, through their policy to only allow upgrades at a "reduced" price from the previous version. It does not feel comfortable to me. I think CS5 is the last version I will use and I will start looking for alternatives, like plugins for Aperture/Lightroom from Nick Software/OneOne.
I agree in some extend. PS is getting more and more expensive and more and more powerful and complicated and I think a lot of users don't even scratch the surface of what this software can really do, but I tried several alternatives (Aperture, Lightroom, some lesser known applications) and I always come back to PS because there was always something missing in the alternatives that I got used to in PS. For example HDR. Lightroom doesn't have built-in HDR processing. Sure you can get an extension, but that didn't work for me as good as the built in HDR in PS worked. I guess it all depends to what extend you use post production software.
Kampbyll Photography: PS is ok , but my view point is very simple , PS to me is an excuse not to buy better equipment , i personally would rather have the best equipment than there is no need to waste my time in PS , i have no need to go to Photo Shop , my pictures look great like they are , and those who waste time there should just upgrade there camera , better yet take better pictures!
I agree with all replies above. I am not a Pro-photographer, but I saw so many demonstrations, videos and tutorials that you can shoot superb pictures using an entry level DSLR. Upgrading your equipment doesn't make you shoot great photos. It's experience, talent, a bit of luck and Photoshop that make you create great photos.