Tom Goodman

Tom Goodman

Lives in United States Philadelphia, PA, United States
Has a website at www.tomgoodman.com
Joined on Sep 23, 2007

Comments

Total: 208, showing: 1 – 20
« First‹ Previous12345Next ›Last »
In reply to:

Tom Goodman: Whenever PS CC announces a new tool we can expect the following comments:
1. The tool is crap.
2. The tool is available elsewhere at a better price
3. The tool has been available elsewhere and works better
4. This is the just the sort of bone Adobe throws our way to justify its outrageous subscription fees.

I cannot comment on number one since I haven't tried the tool. I cannot comment on comments numbers 2-4 because I don't use other software.

I can comment on number four, the longest-standing complaint. I just looked over my history of using PS. I cannot trace it back to my first purchases of PS 5 but I did find the following regarding upgrades I purchased for later versions.
1. $217 in 3/09 for CS4
2. $221 in 3/10 for CS5
3. $221 in 8/12 for CS6

When I started my subscription the price per month with tax was $10.59, or $127.08 a year. That is a fair price, consistent with earlier expenditures and frankly for a much better deal that includes LR and some Cloud storage.

I have to correct something in my original post, a correction which makes my points even more compelling. I looked up the details of those purchases (I keep all records) and those prices I paid included not only PhotoShop and upgrades but also (not every year) InDesign, Pagemaker and Acrobat Pro.

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2017 at 10:58 UTC
In reply to:

Tom Goodman: Whenever PS CC announces a new tool we can expect the following comments:
1. The tool is crap.
2. The tool is available elsewhere at a better price
3. The tool has been available elsewhere and works better
4. This is the just the sort of bone Adobe throws our way to justify its outrageous subscription fees.

I cannot comment on number one since I haven't tried the tool. I cannot comment on comments numbers 2-4 because I don't use other software.

I can comment on number four, the longest-standing complaint. I just looked over my history of using PS. I cannot trace it back to my first purchases of PS 5 but I did find the following regarding upgrades I purchased for later versions.
1. $217 in 3/09 for CS4
2. $221 in 3/10 for CS5
3. $221 in 8/12 for CS6

When I started my subscription the price per month with tax was $10.59, or $127.08 a year. That is a fair price, consistent with earlier expenditures and frankly for a much better deal that includes LR and some Cloud storage.

Falconeyes: I understand what you are saying and, no doubt, the fee could rise at any time. That said, I have been paying the $9,99 plus tax rate ($10.59 in PA) for at least two years now so my costs are consistent with outright purchases in the past and I do believe I get more for my money.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2017 at 19:09 UTC

Whenever PS CC announces a new tool we can expect the following comments:
1. The tool is crap.
2. The tool is available elsewhere at a better price
3. The tool has been available elsewhere and works better
4. This is the just the sort of bone Adobe throws our way to justify its outrageous subscription fees.

I cannot comment on number one since I haven't tried the tool. I cannot comment on comments numbers 2-4 because I don't use other software.

I can comment on number four, the longest-standing complaint. I just looked over my history of using PS. I cannot trace it back to my first purchases of PS 5 but I did find the following regarding upgrades I purchased for later versions.
1. $217 in 3/09 for CS4
2. $221 in 3/10 for CS5
3. $221 in 8/12 for CS6

When I started my subscription the price per month with tax was $10.59, or $127.08 a year. That is a fair price, consistent with earlier expenditures and frankly for a much better deal that includes LR and some Cloud storage.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2017 at 13:00 UTC as 9th comment | 9 replies
In reply to:

Bambi24: How anyone still shops at this openly racist and sexist store is beyond me. They're lucky they haven't been shut down yet.

2016: "US Labor Department Lawsuit charges NYC Jewish-owned electronics giant with discrimination.
B&H Photo ‘forced Hispanic workers to use separate, unsanitary bathrooms'.
The lawsuit also stated that female workers at the store’s warehouse in the Brooklyn Navy Yard were not provided with a separate restroom or changing facility. "

http://nypost.com/2016/02/25/bh-forced-hispanic-workers-to-use-separate-bathroom-feds/

Bambi24 surrounds the citations with quotation marks and provides a link. Nowhere in the link does the word "Jewish" appear. Care to explain?

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2017 at 13:43 UTC

Sorry, Vic Gundrota, the results are not "stunning" and that was easy to say. The results are fungible with literally millions of images made every day on all sorts of cameras. The smartphone is the device of choice for most people today because it is easy to use and already along for the ride. In that respect, it is replacing many lower end and entry level cameras.

That said, I could care less if a "stunning" image was made with printing out paper, a pinhole camera or a Deardorff 8X10.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2017 at 14:42 UTC as 273rd comment

Let us hope they never need to rekindle the magic

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2017 at 12:29 UTC as 26th comment | 1 reply
In reply to:

sandy b: Bummer for Nikon. On the other hand, I just got mine back today with a brand new shutter, New grips, cleaned and updated firmware postage free with a 2-week turnaround. And a guarantee on the shutter. Not bad for a 2 1/2-year-old camera.

They have the customer service thing working, now if they could just fix their shutter issues.

My service centers were on the East Coast. Even that part of the experience was unsatisfactory. The first service center was in Brooklyn and took overflow work from the main on in upstate NY. The second and third may have been at the main one in upstate NY. In any case, all the service centers performed terrible work.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2017 at 13:19 UTC
In reply to:

sandy b: Bummer for Nikon. On the other hand, I just got mine back today with a brand new shutter, New grips, cleaned and updated firmware postage free with a 2-week turnaround. And a guarantee on the shutter. Not bad for a 2 1/2-year-old camera.

They have the customer service thing working, now if they could just fix their shutter issues.

I had a D750 subject to the original recall. I sent it in and when it was returned there were so many spots on the sensor I returned it in anger and they agreed to clean it again. It was still a mess when they returned it and so, against my better judgement I returned it again!! Then it was returned with a completely damaged new shutter that left a huge black band across each image. In other words, the new shutter completely failed. Of course I was astonished and angry. Nikon sent me a brand new D750 with their apologies., This new one is now subject to this latest recall.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2017 at 11:14 UTC

I am shocked. Next you'll tell us there's gambling going on here.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2017 at 12:04 UTC as 3rd comment
On article 2017 iPhone Photography Award Winners Announced (185 comments in total)

Putting aside the actual images for a moment , this award reminds me of a photographer friend who once said "There is an award for everything."

I have never looked at a photograph I've admired and wondered about the equipment. Never. Nor do I look at a painting and ask myself, "Did the painter use acrylics or oils?" I just don't care. I know some types of equipment make certain kinds of images possible or better, but when an image attracts me I don't care how it was realized.

So many contests carry entry fees which is part of what inspires so many competitions. They are profitable or, at the very least, most if not all of their costs are covered and the resultant advertisement in some cases, the iPhone in this one, is striking.

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2017 at 12:27 UTC as 21st comment | 2 replies

These are very ordinary portraits so their technical details don't mean a thing.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2017 at 18:46 UTC as 17th comment
In reply to:

BaldCol: Overpriced and overhyped like all Apple products but as long as people keep buying them why should they care.

Custom built PC's from a variety of makers other than the usual suspects (Dell, HP, Lenovo et al) are better than the high-priced Macs using only top-quality materials. P.S. You get much more machine for less money. Try configuring a MAC with multiple SSD drives, 32-64 G Ram, much better cooling and power supply and see what you get. P.P.S. And this has been true for years.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2017 at 19:52 UTC

Shouldn't this post have appeared in the old Sports Illustrated Column "Signs that the apocalypse is upon us"?

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 13:25 UTC as 21st comment

I saw a show of her work in Washington a few weeks ago at the National Gallery. The prints are extremely large (if memory serves at least five feet or more on the long side). Many observers admire her direct, unaffected approach. I find them the perfect portraits for our age: large (because it's possible and trendy); straight-forward (because Djkstra's is a simplistic vision); and prosaic (because the more "artless" an image the theory goes the more genuine)

In the end, banality at any size is still banal.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2017 at 16:15 UTC as 21st comment | 3 replies
On article Archos to make Kodak-branded Android tablets (142 comments in total)
In reply to:

Fujica: — Make America Great Again —
With Kodak? - The US is becoming more of a joke each day.
What a parody this is.

"Make America 1950 Again!"

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2017 at 20:15 UTC
On article iPhone 7 Plus survives 13 hours in icy Russian river (98 comments in total)

You won't mind if I am unimpressed by news coming out of Russia???!!!

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2017 at 19:15 UTC as 37th comment | 16 replies
In reply to:

photo_rb: Was there an addendum for the exploding washing machines?

I know what you mean. We live in an age of internet reviews and rather than help me make choices I find them very confusing. An item can have a 4.3 rating but those negative ratings (once one reads them and verifies the person isn't just grinding an axe) give one pause. It rarely comes down to a matter of taste unless a negative reviewer gives a poor rating because they wanted the item in brown but it only comes in black. So many of the negative reviews are thoughtful, documented and reason to hesitate. For all of the information at our fingertips these days, the decision is complicated for virtually any item that has more than one moving part or circuit.

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2017 at 13:50 UTC
In reply to:

photo_rb: Was there an addendum for the exploding washing machines?

Ah, yes, the washing machines. I had to have my Samsung washing machine repaired because of the potential explosion and it was quite the painful experience. I also have a Samsung "Smart" TV which is the least intelligent electronic device I have ever owned. Samsung could not give me one of their products going forward. Three strikes and they are out.

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2017 at 12:51 UTC
In reply to:

SELEES: All of this nonsense could have been avoided if Samsung and all other players, namely APPLE, would get it out of their heads that we consumers are desperate for a thinner phone.

I have NEVER heard anyone, after getting their new Apple iPhone or Samsung Note etc, say, "Love the phone but gee I wish it was thinner!" No!

We all want others things like, better camera, better battery life (ie: thicker, bigger longer lasting) and in the case of Apple in particular, a MicroSD card slot so that we can add our own memory expansion without the Apple Tax!

Hardly rambling

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2017 at 12:49 UTC

If you need a Steadicam you won't be using a smartphone.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 17:44 UTC as 8th comment
Total: 208, showing: 1 – 20
« First‹ Previous12345Next ›Last »