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Software developer, professional since the early 90s, amateur back to the mid 80s.

Maintainer of MySQL++.

Maintainer of the Winsock Programmer's FAQ.

Pixel pusher for fun, mostly photography, but some 3D (my avatar is one of my pieces) and 2D art.


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comment Is Lighroom 5 available only as subscription?
Incidentally, the payoff numbers also work for those who are more interested in Photoshop than Lightroom. Say you bought a copy of CS2 a decade ago on sale for US $580, then skipped the odd versions, upgrading to CS4 and CS6 for $250 each, a typical price for that sort of upgrade. You'd have spent an average of $108/yr, which happens to come out to right about the cost of the LR+PS bundle. And keep in mind, this is an unfair comparison, because your $10/mo + tax now gets you all upgrades, immediately, plus you get the Extended features and Lightroom on the side.
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revised Is Lighroom 5 available only as subscription?
Fixed incorrect cups to gallons conversion; explained math; added airport utility review link
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revised Is Lighroom 5 available only as subscription?
Clarity tweak
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revised Is Lighroom 5 available only as subscription?
Added requisite car analogy :)
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revised Lightroom- How to import into same folder from different day?
added screenshots; noted "Into Subfolder" wrinkle
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revised Is Lighroom 5 available only as subscription?
dropped FCP, Motion and Shake para; previous change covers that sufficiently for the scope of this question
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revised Is Lighroom 5 available only as subscription?
added some info on the scope of Adobe's product catalog
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revised Is Lighroom 5 available only as subscription?
you can tell I'm not a gambler
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revised Is Lighroom 5 available only as subscription?
assorted minor improvements
Dec
23
answered Is Lighroom 5 available only as subscription?
Dec
19
asked Is there a standard vocabulary for posing?
Dec
19
comment Hierarchical vs Flat Keyword Lists and Performance in Lightroom
Re: "not too deep," the unfortunate thing is that what we really want here is an ontology. It would be neat if Lightroom shipped with a WordNet based keyword set, for example. Instead of a strict hierarchy, as now, it should be possible to have cycles, so that adding the "umbrella" keyword to a photo would imply "rain" and "outside" without needing to explicitly apply them. Lr's limitations are a real problem to a descriptivist like myself.
Dec
19
revised How many keywords are possible in Lightroom without a performance penalty?
minor clarity and grammar tweaks
Dec
19
answered How many keywords are possible in Lightroom without a performance penalty?
Dec
11
comment Diagnose a damaged lens from focus test results
@fasttouch: They're selling on eBay for US $125-150, at the moment.
Dec
7
comment Lightroom plugin development — is it worth it?
@PaulKulchenko: I finally had the opportunity to try ZeroBrane Studio to debug an LR plugin recently, and it truly is an advance over debug logging. Thanks for the tip!
Dec
7
revised Lightroom plugin development — is it worth it?
tried ZeroBrane, and it works as the commenter says; folded my take on it into the answer
Dec
7
comment How to make a 3d model from an object in a photograph?
+1 for the principle of the thing, but my technique took me about half an hour to muddle through the first time, from File > Open to a finished product. Now that I've figured the details out, I could replicate the work in 5-10 minutes. With my modest 3D chops, it would take me a day or two to model a sofa similar to the one in the original photo. Add days more to replicate the whole scene. Nice GI renders like those you've posted take days more still. Then you need to futz around with a compositor to take the passes you rendered out to substitute in alternate textures without re-rendering.
Dec
7
revised How to make a 3d model from an object in a photograph?
better explanation of how this technique compares to camera mapping; coalesced 3D format discussion; mentioned DXF; handwaved zthe measurement dialog; settled on "sofa" over "couch"; assorted minor tweaks
Dec
5
revised How to make a 3d model from an object in a photograph?
recommended rectilinearity and precise plane placement earlier; added colored plane coverage example; improved technique for creating first plane; added footnotes; verified CS3 compatibility