Adobe’s Creative Cloud Photography Plan Becomes Permanent Fixture

Creative Cloud Photography Plan

Adobe has finally stopped extending the “special deal” on its Photoshop Photography Plan and committed to making the subscription plan a permanent offering at only $9.99/mo. 

The plan is now called Creative Cloud Photography and includes the same Photoshop CC plus Lightroom apps, along with a Behance account for storing and sharing your images. Of course, this includes the continuous updates to Photoshop CC and Lightroom, which we’ve seen a ton of new features added today, including a version of Lightroom mobile for the iPhone.

Creative Cloud Photoshop and Lightroom

I know there are some who refuse to pay a subscription fee for Photoshop and Lightroom on principle; however, it’s getting harder for me rationally argue against it (admittedly, I’ve been a subscriber since the beginning of Creative Cloud) in spite of a few hiccups along the way.

It costs about the same as eating out a single meal at a fast food restaurant as it does to have a month of use for all of these apps. There’s a whole lot of value in there for $9.99 per month.

I’ve been using Lightroom mobile lately and I love it. Yeah, there are still some more features I want to see (even after today’s updates); however, just being able to flag and rate images on my iPad from anywhere is such a convenience.

You can find out more about the Creative Cloud Photography plan here on Adobe’s website.



  1. Charles dupre says

    Adobe has lost my confidence in honest dealing. It really borders on bait and switch. I feel sure a new start up photo computer geek will develop a better mouse trap and put us that reject adobe for pulling this offensive and unethical trick on the long time consumer back in business.

  2. says

    Generally, updates have been free; upgrades have cost about $200. With PS CC, updates continue to be free for PS and Lightroom, and upgrades come free with the subscription. The cloud is available as well as Behance, a cross discipline sharing platform.

  3. B. L. Bolin says

    Thank you very much for having the honesty to admit that you have been a monthly subscriber from the beginning. It is a shame that so many individuals that purport to be journalist hide their own prejudice and bias towards any issue that they report, and I applaud you for openly Admitting that you have no problems with subscriptions.

    Your analogy concerning a meal, while true still does not feed me for the only time I get to go out once a month to eat a cheap meal.

    I know there are many of you, especially if you live in New York that this is chump change. Yet 10 dollars is still 10 dollars.

    But you did point out what’s really at play here, It’s a thing called a principal.

    For a few decades now I’ve had a arrangement with Adobe wherein as a customer I have purchased goods. Goods which have become heavy in their packaging, and over time showed a lack of integrity in that if I wanted one particular item I could only receive it if I purchased a large package.

    This lack of principles has carried on to the point that now they wish to change the type of relationship we have and they asked me to become a subscriber.

    Now for you that have no principles, or least not a principal concerning this and can rationalize your behaviors, please carry on I’m sure that Adobe will only get better and more customer centered.

    I mean once we start giving in on principles, the idea that those who demand that we set them aside also demand more and more for less and less.

    Adobe, as with humans have shown a propensity that once it thinks it’s self far too highly of itself, refer to his pride; it thinks it can do anything it desires and everyone will serve it.

    Well, this is where honest-to-goodness principles are more important than software.

    I agree with the other 2 that I refuse to bow down to yet another attempt to be controlled by a corporation that only cares about itself in the subterfuge of stating they care about their clients, or in this case now subscribers.

    Maybe we should say clients, no really we should be called renters, no let’s call It what it really is captives.

    You see that’s all it’s about, Adobe wants to capture an audience and never let it go.

    You’re right Eric, what’s a few bucks, what are principles anyway.

    Morals, standards, or respect lets get rid of those as well.

    When all is said and done it really doesn’t matter does it Eric.

    The most important thing is that Adobe swallows up all the other small software firms and becomes a leader In the industry.

    It’s that we become addicted to something that they keep on selling us, something we have to Had to survive.

    It’s become the new business model – addiction, fulfill a product that you make a demand for, good business practices.

    The one fallacy that this all is based upon is that their product is the best product out there.

    This is why I have switched to one of the smaller media capture and editing systems and I love it.

    And I must say that if it wasn’t for the roofless and immoral practices of Adobe I would not have found a better platform.

    I have one last comment concerning the arrogance and pride of Adobe – go to hell.

      • B. L. Bolin says

        My platform is Windows 7, For in-depth photo editing I utilize onOne Photo editing suite 8.5, which I love; everything else I use Magix, which has worked great. For Photo cataloging and small changes (Photo manager 12) as well as video (Video Pro X6) and audio (Music maker). I have close to 20,000 pictures edited in Lightroom 5 which I am attempting to go back through making a copy for Magix, man what a job (I am keeping LR 5 current for now, my fear is it will go CC at some point). I have moved all the video to Magix, which is a lot. Having been the director of a Small video production nonprofit, utilizing a couple of massive Microsoft turnkey video systems, having invested thousands of dollars in Adobe Video editing Software (Premiere Pro, ext.) over the years (since 2002), the video move has been a massive job, but I am enjoying working with Video Pro X6, it is fast.

        • says

          Thanks for the follow-up. I suspected that with onOne’s recent updates that a lot of photographers would be moving to it exclusively as it has become a very powerful platform.

          I hope your fears are wrong about Lightroom 5. I don’t see that transition to CC being as “smooth” as Photoshop and other CS apps have been.