+James O'Gorman +Ryan Prince
Adobe CC vs Standalone.....
When I looked into this about a year ago (might be more actually) I had just upgraded to LR4 which at the time I think cost £70. I was also starting to take photography and post processing a bit more seriously. At the time I was very much into my HDR and had a friend in the US that seemed to finish all of his images in PS, so I started to try and understand his workflow and investigate if I could sell a limb (lol) to afford a standalone copy of PS. I think at the time the version I wanted CS6 was about £300 plus.
I investigated CC and did the maths. With the above prices and a subscription to the Photographers package (I pay £8.57 a month) I could happily use the CC for 3/4 years without it costing me any more. This time period would also give me chance to refine my workflow.
Do I use the CC Package to its full extent? Well LR is my main workhorse and photo organiser. All of my 'keep' shots end up touching this program is some form during my workflow, which with CC has changed (I will expand more in a moment). PS is a nice to have and I do use it fairly often. I have set myself the challenge of learning this more and I probably use it on photos that need more detailed post processing and I love layers etc.
To me the advantages of the CC are the following:
1) Always have the most up to date versions of LR and PS. Got LR CC (6) last week and can see improvements and uses.
2) Mobile apps have changed my workflow in the field (coffee shop to you and I) and means that I can start editing whilst I am out (the Sony A6000 with NFC and Wifi has helped this) and carry on at home where the photo (and edits) are waiting for me. Lots of apps that work with CC so this needs more that just one paragraph.
3) 20gb of storage and Behance account. Nice to have and I do store some of my pics there but I primarily use Google Drive where I have 1TB.
4) Weird one here....when I watch training videos etc I always have the version they are talking about.
Just a quick note about how my workflow has changed and why in 2/3 years time I may change again......Perfect Photo Suite 9.5 by OnOne. This was introduced to me by +Scott Davenport
and has almost superseded PS in my workflow. I know use this to view my pictures before transferring on the 'Keep' ones to LR, most if not all of my editing is now done in this suite and finally I interlinks with all the CC Programs seamlessly. Every photo I post now goes through PPS 9.5+James O'Gorman
with regards to transferring from Aperture to LR +Scott Davenport
would be good to touch base with. He is a San Diego based photographer whom is just making the jump as we speak. He has documented some of his highs and lows on his blog so check it out here http://www.scottdavenportphoto.com/blog/
Not sure if any of this has helped but feel free to give me a shout if not.
In summary....I love the Photographers Package on the CC - it fits "me" at this time in my photography journey.