Category Archives: General Interest

Adobe’s Photoshop Photography Program


Beginning September 16, 2013, until the end of the year, Adobe is offering a Creative Cloud subscription for Photoshop and Lightroom for $9.99/month (read: $120/year), with no increase after the first year. According to their blog post, this will be THE price for the 2 products, for the life of the subscription (all things subject to change, of course). This offer, geared towards photographers, is based on feedback Adobe has received from the photographer community.

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I feel like I’m getting one-hundred-dollared to death for software upgrades (that I may or may not need). No sooner do I buy the “XYZ Collection version N” for a reduced price of $99 or $149 (or whatever), 6 months later (or less) I get the email to upgrade to “XYZ Collection version N+1″ for only $99! ENOUGH ALREADY!!!

That being said, knowing you’re going to pay $120/year, in advance, for the latest and greatest Photoshop and Lightroom (presently, I only use Photoshop) might not be a bad deal. Do I always need to have the latest and greatest? Probably not. But, as I understand it (please correct me if I am wrong), Photoshop CS6 will be the last boxed/downloadable version of Photoshop (aside from Elements) going forward. So if in 1, 2, 3 years I do want the latest and greatest Photoshop, I will have to pony up for a Creative Cloud subscription at whatever the current price is. End of story.

The caveat for this once-in-a-lifetime-offer, you have to already own Photoshop CS3 or newer to get the deal (no problem for me, I own CS3 thru CS6, I’m good… a sad confirmation of the one-hundred-dollared to death assertion).

I understand $120 annually is a good chunk of change, especially for the casual photographer that isn’t necessarily making money at this, but if I casually add up all of the money I’ve spent on Photoshop thus far (initial investment, continuous multiple version upgrades, etc.), I’m averaging close to, if not over $120 a year… and that’s just for Photoshop!

All said and done, I’m probably going to go for it. At the moment I can afford it (that too being subject to change), so I might as well drink the Kool-Aid now and get it over with. If it doesn’t work out, I can always cancel my subscription… at least I think I can. :)

Good luck with your decision… bottoms up!

You can read about the details here on Adobe’s Blog.


P.S.  As I post this, I just received an email with an offer to upgrade to VMWare Fusion 6. (*sigh*)

A Group Show at Worcester Academy of Music

The Worcester Alliance of Photographers is sponsoring a group show to be held at the Worcester Academy of Music, Worcester, MA.  The deadline for submissions is April 27, 2013.  The show will run from June 2013 until January 2014.

For specific dates and details, please click on the link provided below –

Worcester Academy of Music group show details.

Upcoming Exhibit: Focus on Black & White

Focus on Black & White

A group show at Middlesex Bank in Natick

New England Light Painters

April – June 2013

All members of New England Light Painters (NELP) and other local photographers are invited to submit their work for this special group exhibit at Middlesex Bank in Natick.   All of our exhibits at the Middlesex Bank are under the auspices of The Center for Arts in Natick (TCAN).

The theme for this exhibit is black & white photography.  Any image that is entirely or substantially black & white may be submitted.  Both conventional photographs and manipulated creative photographs are welcome.  We would like to feature multiple works per artist, so consider submitting works of a similar sub-theme or grouping.  Also, keep in mind this is a public venue so please use discretion when selecting your subject matter for submission.

Your submission for judging will be by email.  Images must be in JPG format, no larger than 1200 pixels wide/high.  File size must be under 500KB (use sufficient compression).  Your image file name should be in the format:


The #W and #H are the width and height of the framed photograph (including the frame), in inches; price in whole dollars (no cents) or NFS if print is not for sale.  For example, JohnPublic-MyPiano-20W-16H-175.jpg would be a valid file name.  Submit your images by email to David Kahn (ArtPhotos[at]  You will be notified by email if your work has been selected for this exhibit.

All accepted photographs submitted for hanging must be framed and wired (no sawtooth).  Please make sure your framed artwork is labeled with your name, preferred contact information (email and/or phone number), artwork title and price, and make sure the exhibit organizer has all of this information.  We will prepare labels for each piece with this information, and an exhibit price list.


  • Each artist may submit up to five (5) images by email for judging (no fee).
  • All work submitted for hanging must be framed and wired (no sawtooth).
  • Interested parties will contact you directly if they are interested in purchasing your work.
  • There is a commission due to TCAN from any sales resulting from this exhibit.   (25% for TCAN members, 30% for non-members).  Artists are encouraged to join TCAN.
  • Sold work must remain at Middlesex Bank for the duration of the exhibit.
  • TCAN has limited insurance for artwork on display.  NELP is not responsible for any artwork.
  • We will not be having a reception for this exhibit, due to Middlesex Bank policy.

Schedule summary:

03/09/2013 (5 pm) – Images for judging due by email (ArtPhotos[at] – You will receive confirmation of submission via email.  If you don’t receive a confirmation email within 24 hours of submission, please follow up with David.

03/16/2013 – Artists notified of images selected.

04/06/2013 (9 – 10 am) – Framed work due at bank.

04/08/2013 through 06/29/2013 – Show is open to the public

06/29/2013 (9 – 10 am) – Pick up work at bank.

CIPNE Annual Photo Bazaar – Photo gear swapfest & sale!

It’s time again for CIPNE’s annual photographic flea market!  I’ve been to this event the last two years and have managed to pick up some great gear both times.

Previously held at LensProToGo in Concord, MA, this year it’s being held at Boston Studio Photography – West in Clinton, MA.  The event is free to the public, but due to limited space selling is restricted to CIPNE members only.

So mark your calendar:
CIPNE Annual Photo Bazaar
Saturday February 16th, 2013
9:30am – 12:30pm
Boston Studio Photography – West
470R Main Street, Clinton, MA 01510

For more information please visit CIPNE’s website:

Hope to see you there!

New England Light Painters – Winter Gallery Show

NELP’s Winter Show, Music for the Eyes, at Middlesex Savings Bank in Natick, will open on January 7, 2013 and run until March 29, 2013.

The theme for our first show of 2013 is Music—anything having to do with music, musical performance, musical and performing arts, still life and the abstract were up for consideration.

Congratulations to the artists whose work has been chosen for this show.  Please stop by the bank during normal business hours to view their wonderful photographs.

Dennis Ditto
Andrea Gardner
Russ Garre
David Kahn
Alan Kidawski
Virge Lorents
Bradley Orner
Rafael Swit
Richard Tranfaglia
Jim Wojdylak

Per bank policy, there will not be an opening reception for this show.