Photographers fret as Adobe tests removing $10 Lightroom-Photoshop plan

CNET | 5/2/2019 | Stephen Shankland
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Lightroom Classic lets photographers edit and catalog photos.

Adobe is seeing how photographers respond to the removal of a $10 monthly subscription that combines Photoshop and Lightroom, and the answer when it comes to some shutterbugs is -- not well.

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The subscription, introduced in 2013, combines Adobe's two main photography software packages and 20GB of cloud storage that can be used to sync photos shot with mobile devices. Adobe hid that option for some visitors to its website, though, presenting them instead with a $20 monthly plan that includes the two programs and a larger, 1TB chunk of storage, or a $10 monthly plan that includes only Lightroom and the 1TB of storage.

The original $10 option is still available over the phone (1-800-585-0774) or by visiting Adobe's photography plan website (though it's not visible there for some, including me). "From time to time, we run tests on Adobe.com which cover a range of items, including plan options that may or may not be presented to all visitors to Adobe.com," the company said in a statement Thursday.

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The test left some unhappy, including professional photographer and YouTuber Tony Northrup. A price of $20 per month "is too high for most beginning photographers," he tweeted Thursday, soliciting recommendations for alternative software.

The move brings back echoes of complaints about Adobe when it switched to subscriptions from perpetually licensed software, which customers pay for once and then may use for as long as hardware supports it. Subscriptions can be similar in pricing to paying for perpetual licenses and periodic updates, but with perpetual licenses, your software...
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