Using The New SmugMug for Photography

Posted by on Aug 7, 2013 in Computer and Internet, Photography | 0 comments

Screenshot (3)If you follow any photography news you might have heard that SmugMug recently unveiled a huge new design.  I never really cared much for the design of the site previously, but this completely turned it around and after exploring a bit I finally signed up for a Pro account.  I’ve been trying to setup a WordPress site for my photography stuff for a while, but it’s very time consuming setting it up for lots of images.  SmugMug has great looking portfolios and it’s worth the few bucks to not worry about the hassle of having another WordPress site to manage.

I put a bunch of my images up already, although I have more to do and I’m still trying to organize them into categories and layout I like, but it’s a great overview of some of the things I have been photographing.

You can see my site here:

If you are interested in joining SmugMug, I have a coupon that will save you $5 on your subscription.  Sign up here, or use the following code for your discount.

Coupon code: eXUNPaHHoUzrc


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So Long, Adobe Creative Cloud

Posted by on Jul 6, 2013 in Photography, Software, Technology | 0 comments

adobecc_uninstallAfter a year of trying out Adobe Creative Cloud, it’s time to say so long.  I decided to try out Creative Cloud which was offered at a discounted rate of $29.99 for owners of previous Creative Suite products.  Now after that year the price moved up to around $50 a month, so I opted not to renew.

This has nothing to do with the Adobe apps themselves.  They are the best tools for design and media creation there is, but the real problem here is the subscription model.  As I’ve written about before, Adobe recently moved their entire Creative Suite product line to the cloud that is only available by subscription.  There’s no more ‘owning’ the software as we are used to.  You pay the monthly fee and you have access to the software.  You can’t buy a full license any longer, so if you don’t subscribe you don’t get access to the software.

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Photoshop Goes Cloud-Only-Good Idea?

Posted by on May 7, 2013 in Computer and Internet, Photography, Software | 1 comment

Creative CloudWe knew it was only a matter of time before Adobe made the switch to cloud-only software, but I was quite surprised that they did it so soon.  The Creative Cloud was introduced about a year ago I believe, and yesterday at Adobe MAX, they announced new versions of their Creative Suite line is no more, and replaced by Creative Cloud.  They will still support Creative Suite 6 with fixes and limited updates, but no new features or anything like that.  If you want the latest and greatest, the cloud is where it is.

ReadLetter from Creative Cloud team

What Adobe showed off is quite impressive.  You will be able to sync your settings across devices, get new features and updates continuously, get access to additional tools, and much more.  There’s no doubt Adobe offers great tools for designers and artists, but the real issue here is the big change to pricing and purchasing.

Here’s the basics:

  • Photoshop CC (or any single app) alone will cost $20 per month.
  • Full subscription to the entire suite will cost $50 per month.
  • Discounts are available for students/teachers, previous customers, etc.
  • You pay each month, or can pre-purchase memberships from Amazon.

That’s it.  You will no longer be able to purchase a boxed copy or download version as you maybe have done before and are used to.  I’ve been using Adobe products for many years now, although my main app Lightroom will continue  with traditional licensing – at least for now.  I understand the benefits of having a subscription they are trying to push.  Getting updates without “upgrading”, but not having access to the applications if I can’t pay one month is really a big problem.  Not everyone wants or needs to upgrade to the newest version, and going full cloud only gives you the choice of subscribing, or finding an alternative.  I have enough monthly bills as it is, I don’t want another just for software.  I’d rather buy it and be done with it.  Give me reasonable pricing and upgrade paths, and that will be more enticing to upgrade more than anything else.

Adobe has gone cloud-only, Microsoft Office is headed that way, and who knows who else will be next.  Now I need a monthly budget for software that I use and need?  Yeah, that’s not really appealing to myself and I think many other consumers would agree.

So tell me, what do you think about this move by Adobe?

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More Gear for Sale: Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D Lens

Posted by on Jul 30, 2012 in Photography | 0 comments

Selling off another piece of photograph gear trying to consolidate down my equipment.  On eBay is a used, but in excellent condition Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D lens.

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My Adobe Creative Cloud Experiment

Posted by on Jul 5, 2012 in Computer and Internet, Photography, Software | 0 comments

We’ve written about how Adobe has introduced the Creative Cloud which basically for a nominal monthly fee lets you download and use just about every Adobe creative application as long as your subscription is active.  There’s both pros and cons to this, but being that I can get the first year for just $30/month, I decided to try it out and see if going the way of the cloud is reasonable.

I’ll be posting on experiences throughout the year.


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Posted by on Jun 22, 2012 in Photography | 0 comments

Shark! by Spencer-Scott
Shark!, a photo by Spencer-Scott on Flickr.

This is an image I took at the Atlanta aquarium.

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