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bio website chuqui.com
location California
age 56
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Oct
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answered What do you wish you knew about Lightroom keywords when you started?
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Jul
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answered Do I really need a fast 50mm lens?
Jul
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Jun
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answered What techniques should be used when attempting bird photography?
Jun
21
answered Is digiscoping a good alternative to using a super-telephoto lens for birding?
Jun
20
comment How can I get sharp manual focus despite poor eyesight?
thinking about it, I thought I'd call this out in a comment: manual focus is a technique, and like any technique, it requires practice. and practice. and practice. With the advent of autofocus, you actually have a good teacher; the AF system. get in controlled situations and AF on subjects, and study the viewfinder to see how it looks. then practice replicating that with manual focus. it's not something that you'll turn off the AF and magically do well the first time. like most of photography, you have to work to get good at it.
Jun
20
comment How can I get sharp manual focus despite poor eyesight?
I'm +6.50 with astigmatism. I spent about a year wearing contacts, which couldn't correct the astigmatism. I finally went back to wearing glasses full time. Contacts have their own needs and complications, there's a lot to like about them, but ultimately, the hassle was more than they added to life. also realize that not everyone wears their glasses while shootimg. I do, but others take them off while looking through the camera. You can't correct the astigmatism if you take them off...
Jun
19
answered How can I get sharp manual focus despite poor eyesight?
Jun
15
answered Is the IS of the Canon EF 100-400 4.5-5.6 L IS USM Telephoto Zoom worth the extra £200 over the Canon EF 400 f/5.6 L USM Lens?
Jun
6
comment Is it normal for memory usage in Lightroom 3 to exceed 1.5GB, and what can I do about it?
as an addendum to this -- there seems to be a bug in lightroom 3 for the Mac where for some reason it decides it really needs about 6 gigs of virtual memory. on a 4 gig machine, this can really sludge it out. I've talked to a number of other lightroom users who see this occasionally; when that hapens, LR can get really slow. quitting lightroom and rebooting will bring speed back up to normal. all indications are this is a flaw in lightroom of some sort, but not one you'll notice with 8 gigs of ram, but will at times with 4.
Jun
5
comment I was looking at the Nikon D90, but it's discontinued. What should I choose instead?
here's one place this has been covered before: photo.stackexchange.com/questions/2876/…
May
20
comment What “start up” telephoto lenses do you recommend for Canon for wildlife photography?
for a couple of practical images on the Tamron lens, flickr.com/photos/chuqui/5735034215/in/photostream (shot at 40mm), and flickr.com/photos/chuqui/5731259543/in/photostream (shot at 300mm). you can see how soft the detail on the bear is at 300mm. that's not acceptable. but at wider ranges, the lens does fine.
May
20
answered What “start up” telephoto lenses do you recommend for Canon for wildlife photography?
Feb
11
answered What options are there for good, cheap online backup of photos?
Feb
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answered How Do I Know My Memory Card Is Dying?
Jan
29
answered Should I turn off optical image stabilisation when shooting long-exposure photos?