This past week at the Photo Plus Expo in New York, I heard from my team at the NAPP booth on the expo floor that there’s still a lot of confusion among folks who are interested in upgrading to the Creative Cloud, so I thought I’d do a real quick, simple post with what your options are all the way around, along with hopefully clearing up some other misinformation.

NOTE: Here I’m just focusing on the question at hand: how to upgrade to the latest version of Photoshop, not all the plans for the full Creative Cloud and all the other applications that come with it.

1: You have never owned Photoshop:
You can get Photoshop CC (the latest version) for $19.95 a month

2: You owned a previous version of Photoshop (any version from Photoshop CS3 to CS6)
For you, Photoshop CC is $9.99 a month PLUS you get Lightroom 5 as well and 20GB of cloud storage and a Behance Prosite (custom web portfolio) as well. Sweet!

NOTE: This deal is only available until Dec 31st of this year. If you wait until after the first of the year and miss locking in this insanely low price, whining is strictly forbidden (well, at least here anyway). 

3. You owned Photoshop as part of the old Creative Suite (any version from Photoshop CS3 to CS6).

OK, at this point, you’re kind of hosed, because there is no good “downgrade path” from the full Creative Suite to just one single product like Photoshop. So, you have three options:

Option 1: You can pretend you never owned the Creative Suite and pay the $19.95 a month for Photoshop alone.

Option 2: You can get the upgraded version of your entire Creative Suite, (the full Creative Cloud with Photoshop CC all the Adobe CC Apps like InDesign, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Dreamweaver, and a bunch more) for $29.95 a month, which is a savings of around $20 a month over what someone who didn’t own the Creative Suite would pay. This is probably the best option, since you wind up with a totally upgraded Creative Suite called “The Creative Cloud”

Option 3: Wait and see if Adobe comes up with a “downgrade deal” so you can go from all the Creative Suite applications you currently own down to just Photoshop and Lightroom for $9.95 a month. The problem with Choice 3 is; that deal doesn’t exist yet, and there’s no guarantee that it ever will.

Do I think Adobe might come up with a downgrade deal for CS users? I hope so, and I actually think so. I’ve talked directly with Adobe about how photographers stuck in this Creative Suite Purgatory feel and while Adobe hasn’t made some of these decisions as fast as many of us would probably like, they are listening. This is all new territory for them (and the biggest business decision probably in their history), and I imagine they want to hear from everybody on all sides, really analyze all this stuff, and make sure they make the right decision.


1. You don’t EVER run Photoshop in a browser. It works just like it always did. You just use your browser to download Photoshop CC onto your computer, just like you would from an App store.

2. Do you NOT have to be constantly connected to the internet to run Photoshop CC. You can run it offline just like you always did.

3. You don’t have to store your photos in the cloud. Ever. You store them on your computer just like you always did.

4. Photoshop CC is the latest version of Photoshop. When you upgrade to Photoshop CC, you get every Photoshop upgrade as soon as they’re released, as long as you stay a CC subscriber.

5. Photoshop works the same way it always did, so don’t let the word “Cloud” freak you out. The biggest difference from a usability standpoint is that instead of buying a “Box” of Photoshop at the store (like we used to do), instead now you download it (so you don’t get a box, but you still get Photoshop).

6. If you don’t want to upgrade to Photoshop CC, you can buy the last non-subscription version of Photoshop, which is Photoshop CS6. It’s $699. You still have to download it, but you don’t have to pay a monthly subscription fee.

I hope that helps clear the fog on a few of these issue for people who are interested in upgrading to Photoshop CC. If you’re not interested, I’m sure we’re going to hear from you anyway, right? ;-)

By the way: here’s the link with more info on Photoshop CC, including a download link.

I’m up in Boston today, teaching my “Shoot Like a Pro” seminar, so I won’t be able to respond to any of your comments here, but hopefully some of my crew back home might jump in and help if they can. I hope to meet some of you here today in Boston so make sure you come up and say “hi.” By the way, if you’re coming to my seminar, I would dress warm. Brrrrrrr — it’s cold up here!

Check out this quick “helicopter fly-over” of my seminar
The folks from IntelligentUAS & DJI Innovations were at my seminar on Friday in Washington DC and did a flyover of the seminar crowd using a DJI Phantom (with Zenmuse H3-2D and GoPro Hero 3+). I love that overhead video view. Too cool!

I’m on my way, today!
I’m teaching my “Shoot Like a Pro” Seminar there tomorrow at the Hynes Convention Center. Over 500 Boston-area photographers have already signed up, and if you want to come too, it’s not too late: Here’s the link:

Next Stop: New York City on Thursday, November 14th.

I’ll be back for “The Grid” on Wednesday
I’m heading home right after my seminar on Tuesday, so I’ll be back for live airing of “The Grid” on Wednesday. Matt had a really good topic for this week….I just wish I could remember what it was, but I do remember thinking, “Man, that would make a great topic!” so make sure you tune in to see if I was right  (LOL!). It’s this Wednesday at 4:00 pm ET (New York Time) at 

What will photography look like 10 years from now?
PC Magazine did a nice write-up on the Photo Plus Expo industry panel I was part of on Wednesday night where we tackled that very question. Here’s a link if you’ve got a sec:

Here’s one for Lightroom users
I get a bunch of questions about managing your images and folders in Lightroom, and Matt just did a really great, short, to the point video about it in his “Lightroom Killer Tips” show, and I included it right here (above).

Don’t Miss Wednesday’s Guest Blog
This week, we welcome Washington DC-based photographer John Harrington, and he has some really pragmatic business advice for photographers on working within a client’s budget (and determining what that budget really is). It’s a really insightful post and you don’t’ want to miss it this Wednesday right here.

That’s it for Monday. I’m off to Boston, and I hope I’ll get the chance to meet you there! Cheers (no Boston pun intended). ;-)

This is pretty sweet deal, but it’s only good until November 3rd — you get Lightroom 5 and the PRINT version of my Lightroom 5 book for Digital Photographers (which normally sells for $38 even with the Amazon discount)  for FREE (whoo hoo!).

I wish I could take credit for this deal, but this is Amazon’s doin’, but I’m psyched they did it.

Here’s the link (click here), to take advantage of Amazon’s free Lightroom 5 book deal.

Scott Kelby at Photo Plus Expo
I know Scott covered this the other day, but I (Brad) just wanted to remind you of his schedule at Photo Plus Expo this week. He’ll be talking about sports photography in the Canon booth this afternoon at 2:30pm, and again on Saturday at 11:30am. If you’re there, make sure you stop by to see him! There are plenty of other amazing speakers (like our friends Greg Heisler, Peter Read Miller, Jack Reznicki, Vincent Laforet, Bruce Dorn, John Paul Caponigro, Tyler Stableford and others), so you can come by at any time and see some great people and images!

Freeze Motion Photography
This week's free class is Freeze Motion Photography with Frank Doorhof! The class just started airing yesterday and will run through October 30. All you have to do is go to and sign up for a free account, then click play! Of course, if you want to watch all of the other classes any time you want, you can always sign up for a subscription ;-)

You can also leave a comment here for your chance to win a 1-month subscription!

Kelby Training Live
Want to spend a day with Scott Kelby, Joe McNallyMatt Kloskowski, or RC Concepcion? Check out these seminar tours!

Shoot Like A Pro with Scott Kelby
Oct 25 - Washington, DC
Oct 29 - Boston, MA
Nov 14 - New York, NY

One Flash, Two Flash with Joe McNally
Oct 30 - Orlando, FL
Nov 13 - Los Angeles, CA
Nov 18 - South San Francisco, CA

Lightroom 5 Live with Matt Kloskowski
Nov 6 - Fort Lauderdale, FL
Nov 15 - Sacramento, CA

Photoshop for Photographers with RC Concepcion
Nov 1 - Phoenix, AZ

Lots more dates have been added for the rest of the year, so head over to the Kelby Training Live site to get the full schedule! Don't forget, if you register for a seminar at least 14 days in advance, you can save $10 by using the code KTL10 at the checkout. And leave a comment for your chance to win a ticket to one of these events!

Last Week’s Winners Subscription

Kelby Training Live Ticket

If you’re one of the lucky winners, we’ll be in touch soon. Have a great Thursday!

Fishing from a kayak in the Florida Keys with a GoPro camera

There is nothing like securing a contract to photograph an event like the one I was blessed with in June.

Nik Wallenda was going to walk a high wire across the Grand Canyon, untethered, and the Discovery Channel was going to broadcast it to more than 200 countries with an estimated viewership of 200 million people.

Nik Wallenda walks a high wire across the Grand Canyon June 24, 2013

I had been hired to document the event, Nik’s family and friends who were there, and add to the already-vast Wallenda family legacy, archives and heirlooms. I would also feed to Getty Images.

Nik Wallenda gestures into the abyss on the first day of on-site training.

Nik sits on the edge of the Canyon at sunrise on the first day of on-site training.

All in all, it would be a demanding, pressure-filled shoot, four-day shoot, yet with a built-in cushion: Great visuals guaranteed. How could it get better?

By taking my near-80 year old father along.

Dad made friends easily. He laughs with Jack Hanna’s wife, Suzi, at the Grand Canyon within five minutes of meeting her

Nik Wallenda is a nice, kind, sweet, friendly, talented, charming, devoted family man. I didn’t steal that line from any press release. I learned it on my own. This year he let me photograph him nearly a dozen different times.

Nik Wallenda walks a high wire over downtown Sarasota on January 29, 2013

Nik Wallenda poses holding a piece of the cable he used to walk a high wire over Niagara Falls February 15,2013

His family is always there. Most times it’s the physcial presence of his wife and three children, his mother and father and many other family and close friends who rig his cables, handle his media calls, guarantee his safety and hundreds of other details that go along with being part of the most recognized high-wire family in history.

Always present is the shadow of his great-grandfather, Karl Wallenda, and others who carved out history in the 200 years the Wallendas have been performing.

Nik’s wife Erendira (Left) and his sister, Lijana, share a hug after the Grand Canyon walk.

I really like breaking rules. The big one on this trip, if Nik would allow it, would be to bring my father along. It’s not professional to have family and friends along on shoots. We all know that.

Nik Wallenda tugs on the wire that he’ll use to walk across the Grand Canyon during a training session two days before the actual walk.

When I thought about Nik’s devotion to family and legacy, I couldn’t help but think how great it would be to have my 78-year-old father, Marvin, along with me. He was a truck driver for most of his adult life. He’d never seen a TV stage in real life, much less one that crossed the Grand Canyon. But, he is in good shape, he is warm, smart, funny, charming and very sweet. He is devoted to his family.

He is much like Nik, in other words. I had to ask.

“Nik, can I bring my dad along?” I wrote in an email two weeks before our journey was to begin. “I’d be honored to have your dad along,” Nik wrote back.

With Nik in the backround, my father Marvin and I pose for a photograph. Photo by Thomas Bender

So, for three of those days, my father was at my side as we followed Nik Wallenda and his family and crew to press conferences, training sessions, meet and greets with fans, rehearsals, meals, horseshoes and hijinks, and finally to Sunday, the day Nik was going to create history and put his life on the line in front of 200 million people on live television.

Nik Wallenda walks a high wire across the Grand Canyon

My father became a minor celebrity himself along the way. His hometown newspaper, The Altoona Mirror, wrote a story. Dad said he couldn’t go anywhere without people asking him about his trip with Nik Wallenda to the Grand Canyon.

He developed a true friendship with Jack and Suzi Hanna who invited dad to visit them at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. (We went this month)

I never asked Nik to pose with my father until the after-party. Dad was tired. We had been working together for about 12 hours by the time this photo was taken.

I think a lot of people were moved about seeing my father and I hanging out together at the biggest event in the world.

Two other photojournalists there told me they had lost their own fathers recently. One teared up, I believe from the wish that he could have been in my sooty shoes, with his own father. I was reminded how blessed to have mine there.

The successes were huge. Nik finished the record-breaking walk despite immense heat, windy updrafts from the Canyon floor, slippery desert dust on the wire and a thousand other challenges he and his team faced and conquered.

Nik blows a kiss to his wife and children as he nears the end of his historic high wire walk.

My dad and I had a great time, bonding and making memories and photographs that will be around long after we’re all are gone. One thing I didn’t plan on, but was incredibly satisfied to find out: Not only did I add to and enhance the Wallenda family heirlooms and legacies, but those of my own family as well.

My father and I at the Grand Canyon. Photo by Douglas Hay

iPhone close-up of Nik’s autograph on the 16×20″ I printed for my father.

iPhone shot of note we received from Jack and Suzi Hanna. I sent them a 20×30″ print of their choice. He said he wanted it signed. I told him, “you know Nik, you ask him to sign it.” He said, “I want you to sign it.”

Show hosts Willie Geist and Natalie Morales pose with Nik at sunrise on the morning after the walk.

Nik back on the wire at sunrise on the morning after the walk.

Thank you to Scott Kelby, David Hobby and Joe McNally for showing me the light.

Thank you to Nik Wallenda for saying yes to just about anything I ever asked him and for always giving me something interesting to shoot.

Thank you to my Jack and Suzi Hanna for treating my father like he’s the most important man in the world.

Thank you to my father, Marvin, for always having a sense of adventure and my mother for things I could never put into words.

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I’ve got a busy week coming up, and I hope at some point along the way you’re a part of it. :-) [Photo above by Bede McCarthy].

Tomorrow I’m speaking on a panel with a very interesting topic: on the future of photography

Canon has invited me to speak in their booth theater on one of my favorite topics: Sports Photography, and it’s open to anyone at the Expo, so come on by — I’m on at 2:30 pm (I’d love to get to meet you in person, so if you come by, make sure you come up and say “hi”). Here’s the schedule for all the instructors and Canon Explorers of Light teaching in Canon’s theater:

Note: On Friday, Peter Read Miller is speaking at 1:00 pm. I’ll be out-of-town on Friday but that’s one I wouldn’t have missed. Also if I were there that day, I’d be sure not to miss Greg Heisler — he is really amazing (and a terrific speaker).

On Friday I fly down to Washington DC for my “Shoot Like a Pro” Tour there at the Washington DC Convention Center. Over 600 photographers are spending the day with me on Friday, why not come along? Here’s the link to grab your seat and we’ll see you on Friday.

On Saturday I’m back at Photo Plus Expo for my Canon booth presentation at 11:00 am, and then I’m headed back home to take a quick breather (Whew!) before I head to Boston for my Shoot Like a Pro tour there on Tuesday (here’s the link if you want to come and join me).

It’s a busy week, but I’m really looking forward to it, and for the chance to meet you in person, so I hope if you see me anywhere this week (NYC or DC), you’ll stop me and say “hi.” See you somewhere soon! :-)