Free Photoshop 17th February 2021

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Adobe Photoshop 22.2 (Windows)
  • 2021:02:17 14:17:07
  • 0.040 s (1/25) (1/25)
  • f/4.0
  • 800
  • 2000:01:01 00:00:39
  • No
  • 22.00 (22/1)

Shot Notes

Back in 2008, at the height of the global financial crisis, I did what every parent fears for their child, I quit my well paid stable job and started a career in the creative industries. In 2009 I dedicated myself to the mastery of Photoshop. Back then Adobe had just introduced monthly subscription payments but you could still buy it for life, so I did. It was not cheap, costing about the same as 4 years of subscription, but I used it every day for the next 10 years.

Fast forward 12 years and my Windows 7 version of Photoshop on my equally old laptop is on its last legs. I was loathed to switch to a subscription having already paid a lump sum, and Photoshop has not changed much since CS5 apart from switching to Windows 10. Fortunately, I had a few stock photos at an agency called Fotolia, which Adobe bought in 2014. My images were transferred to Adobe Stock and they offered a bonus of free Photoshop if you exceeded 150 sales in 2020. I added about 100 images between building a solar roof on my van and the start of the blueberry harvest. It was enough to qualify for a free 1-year Photoshop subscription. My new efficient laptop coupled with half a kilowatt of solar means I should no longer have to ration fossil-free photoshopping to a couple of hours each month.

Extra image info: Wood Table & Control Panel

Update: Adobe has repeated the bonus scheme for 2021. The images I added last year have already sold enough this year that I got 150 sales before the end of May. This means 100 good photos on Adobe Stock will get you a perpetual photoshop license. One which is renewed for free every year before it expires.

3 Responses to “Free Photoshop”

  1. 1

    You look all set, very comfortable look. What is the make/model and was your camera plugged in or was it a webcam taking that picture.

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    Jason Benz:

    Not a live feed. Each smaller image is just the shot I took 10mins earlier while I waited for the light outside to get dark enough for me to get an even exposure. Using new 17-40mm lens as my 24-105mm died. I do now have a gap between 40-100mm (and above 400mm) but now I can shot wider than ever before making this shot possible. All my lenses are Canon EF ‘L’ series. (2008) Canon 5D mk II camera but now I have latest photoshop, upgrade finally possible because new RAW image files will be recognised.

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