RFC: Beating Photoshop's Rent Forever Cloud Trap
Developing a Good Photography Workflow for Enthusiasts & Artists
( Archival | Fast | High Quality | Powerful | w/o monthly payments )
- Page 1: Adobe increases ( Fear | Uncertainty | Doubt | Expense | Risk ) on Photoshop
- Page 2: Strategy reestablishing a trusted, free and "Good Photography Workflow"
- Page 3: Implementation of said "Good Photography Workflow"
- Page 4: RFC Format of Rolling Articles and Community integration
- Page 5: Possible Impact of Adobe's License change on Photographic Industry
- Page 6: Requests for Comments ( Please help if you know the answer )
- Page 7: FAQ, Revisions, References & Future
Page 2: Strategy reestablishing a trusted and "Good Photography Workflow" ( w/o monthly payments for the next 10 years )
The Strategy can be divided into 4 Phases:
- Write down all my questions and worries triggered by Adobe's License Change
- Figuring out where to go from here
- Develop Targets for the new "Good Photography Workflow"
- Implementation of said "Good Photography Workflow"
- Continuous Improvement through RFC Format of Rolling Articles and Community integration
Phase 1: Write down all my questions and worries triggered by Adobe's License Change
- I just got CS6 & LR4. But if I keep using it do I dig myself deeper into Adobe dependency and even they do not get me now, will they get me later on monthly payments ?
- What are current alternatives to Photoshop LR & CS6 ? Should I change right now ?
- Can I change my workflow so I can use Lightroom and CS6 w/o being forced into the cloud ?
- Can I change my workflow so that changing to other Software packages later is less painful ?
- Are there strong benefits for Lightroom which actually make it a good idea to keep it ( or for others might there be strong reasons to even change towards it ? )
- Is it doable to develop a high quality workflow which will remain w/o monthly cost for say at least the next 5 ... 10 years, including publishing your work, including buying new cameras ?
- Now that I am looking closely at my workflow, what changes can I do to improve it?
- What could be a doable path from CS6 + LR now to a Adobe free photography workflow in the future ?
- Links to great Articles and videos on these subjects
- How to change / create the work flow to ensure you can open your files 10 / 20 years later ?
- How to publish Galleries efficiently to ( dpreview | flickr | google+ )
Phase 2: Figuring out where to go from here
I changed my Workflow in 2007. When Lightroom came out I took the time to look at my old workflow, list down all its problem. I looked at Lightroom with all its possibilities and started to develop a complete new workflow from scratch, which I refined with every new Lightroom release. Since I am about to create a new workflow it makes sense to have a look at my last process re-design. To make a list of what worked and what did not worked. When comparing the workflow 2006 with 2012 I will also get a sense of direction. In case I like the direction we already have a direction for the new work flow. In case I find problems with that directions, I will find the necessary corrections which need to be done for the Workflow 2013.
Comparing my workflow via Tools used in 2006 ( Pre-Lightroom ) versus today
|My Tools 2006||My Tools 2012||Similar Tools|
|Editing||OS Browser||Lightroom||Photo Mechanic, Capture One, AfterShot, DxO Optics, Aperture|
|RAW Conversion||Photoshop||Lightroom||Photo Ninja, Capture One, DxO Optic, AfterShot, Aperture, RAW Therapee|
|Photo Merging||N/A||Photoshop CS 6||Photomatix|
|Developing/Retouching||Photoshop||Lightroom||Capture One, DxO Optics, PaintShop, Pixelmator, GIMP|
|Collection||OS Browser||Lightroom||Capture One|
|Print Layout||Illustrator||Lightroom||Illustrator, InDesign, Quark Express, Open Office Writer|
Benefits of the changing from Workflow 2006 to Workflow 2012
- Working speed: My Speed has more than doubled
- Cost: The reduction in tools reduced my cost roughly by 50%
- Administration Effort: Probably reduced by at least 60% due to greatly reduced number of SW packages which needed to be updates, maintained, etc ...
- Quality of my Work: Greatly increased. Lightroom Image Retouching of 2013 is better than CS 2 ( which was the Version I use). Another reason is that due to increased working speed I produced more output and thus had more practice.
- Filesize: Greatly reduced. While in 2006 an average file of an image I retouched for printing was 300 ... 500 MB, the same image in 2013 was 4 ... 15 MB.
Was I going in the right direction ?
Yes and no. Obviously all Benefits of the Workflow 2012 over Workflow 2006 are improvements and therefore keepers. So I was very happy with this workflow. Especially after I added Photoshop CS6 I was looking forward to add Photo Merging ( HDR | Panorama | Replaced Sky ) to my arsenal and was expecting new creative juices to be unleashed. However, now I am realizing I made unacceptable Sacrifices ...
Unacceptable Sacrifices made in my Current Lightroom-centric Workflow
Unacceptable Sacrifice 1: Loss of Archival Quality of my work
Before the Adobe License dilemma I had not given it any thought. Now I have to say that since all my files are in proprietary file-formats that my current workflow is not archival and has to be changed.
Unacceptable Sacrifice 2: Loss of Freedom to switch Tool without loosing my work invested into my Photos
After Adobe's License change I analyzed what would happen to my workflow and assets if I changed away from Adobe SW. The result was shocking me: If I would make this change now I would loose all edits & retouches that I have done. Considering that I spend 1/3 of my time shooting and 2/3 of my time editing, retouching and presenting this means the majority of my work would be lost if I stopped using Adobe SW today. After Adobe showed me its teeth I now am grimly motivated to change my workflow so that I can change tools without loosing the work time I have invested into my photos. Never again!
Phase 3: Develop Targets for the new Workflow 2013
- Remove the Unacceptable Sacrifices of the Workflow 2012 ( Non Archival | Locke into Adobe )
- Keep as many Benefits as possible from Workflow 2012
- Rethink the Workflow from Scratch and add as many new benefits as possible
- Remove unnecessary steps
- Make Workflow Steps transparent and documented
- Split the Workflow Description into Generic and Application Specific
- Create a standard to document an Application specific Workflow so that Workflows provided by different Authors still can be easily compared
- Create Training Materials for the newcomer to Workflow as well as the seasoned expert
- Support Simple Benchmark Methodology to be able to compare speed differences
- Support standardized List of features to be able to create comparison tables of Workflows
Phase 4: Implementation of said "Good Photography Workflow"
Phase 5: Continuous Improvement through RFC Format of Rolling Articles and Community integration
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