Free and Inexpensive Alternatives to Adobe’s Creative Cloud

July 20, 2019 10:00 am

Daunted by the prospect of paying annual subscription fees to Adobe in perpetuity for Lightroom and Photoshop? Prefer to remain in control in case the internet is down? Looking for simplicity or functionality that the Adobe products cannot provide? Black-belt cheapskate Bill Fletcher will show you his favorite solutions for Windows, Mac and Linux that meet your needs while avoiding financial servitude to Big Business. Other members are invited to contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for a place on the program to show off their favorite finds.

I intend to focus on these applications:

1. FastStone (Free) Image Viewer / Editor
Rich Isaacman, who gave the March talk on travel photography, says this is his go-to image editor.  It’s fast, simple. effective, and handles RAW flawlessly. Runs from a flash drive, so you can take it with you after all.  It has gazillions of great features, but, alas, it’s Windows only.

2. Affinity Photo Full-featured, affordable ($50 list, often $40, free updates) alternative to PhotoShop. Windows, Mac, iPad. Uses PhotoShop plugins like Nik collection.  Can use but does not require fancy GPUs.

3. digiKam, a great free alternative to Lightroom  Windows, Mac, Linux.  I’ll add to this teaser later.

4.  digiCamControl Windows only. Despite the near name collision with #3, this is a very different product. Control your camera settings remotely from your Windows PC via USB or WiFi. LiveView, focus and review shots (including RAW) on your PC screen.  Automate focus stacking, time-lapse and astronomy shots. Did I mention it’s free?

Location: Harriett Brown Community Center, 901 Dares Beach Rd, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
Speaker: Bill Fletcher
Location: Harriet Brown Community Center, Dares Beach Road, Prince Frederick

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