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bio website chuqui.com
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comment Use Lightroom as a photo editor only, without catalogueing?
You need a catalogue, you just don't realize that yet. You will. It's more than worth building into your workflow; once you do, you'll realize how much effort it can save.
Dec
16
comment Do professionals really never use a 24-70 lens?
I never used a 24-70. I chose the 24-105 instead... (I know, not helpful...)
Dec
9
comment How can I remove color banding from a picture (without Photoshop)?
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about image processing of computer generated images.
Dec
4
comment How can I extract the captions from Facebook albums?
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about pulling content off a web site about a photo and not really about photography.
Dec
2
comment How to clean shattered UV filter glass from Lens?
I'd be really careful about this technique, since you don't know if that fluid will strip off or damage the lens coatings.
Nov
29
comment Can I update the Camera Raw part of Lightroom?
you're ignoring overall performance and processing improvements that can improve your processing and workflows...
Nov
26
comment How would I blur something out of a photo?
graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/…
Nov
26
comment How would I blur something out of a photo?
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about a photoshop operation, so best for that group
Nov
26
comment Astro-photography - 8 inch Schmidt-Cassegrain vs 10 inch Newtonian
this question is likely to get a more authoritative answer in the astronomy forum, since it's about the telescope, not the camera gear.
Nov
25
comment Camera rec: 4:3 | DSLR Light-weight, fast focus, image quality
The things you call "baggage" are a fact of life with a DSLR -- weight, complexity, cost -- but it also brings you more capability and flexibility (and usually quality). I live with one foot in the DSLR world (Canon) and one in the Mirrorless world (Fuji), mirrorless cameras just re-arrange the impacts and results. I would suggest, honestly, looking at an upgraded point and shoot, either another Lumix or something similar, especially at your budget. I like the Canon SX50, for instance, for cost and flexibilitym or the new SX60 just released. You don't need a DLSR for good images today.
Apr
12
comment Are Lightroom 5 Smart-Previews Useful?
this is something I'm actually working on a detailed writeup on ( chuqui.com/getting-geeky-lightroom ) , but quickly -- catalog on the laptop drive in the standard place. newly imported and work in progress on the laptop. stuff I'm done with on the network server. I keep the RAW files for the 4 and 5 star local as well.
Mar
10
comment Camera System for an enthusiast
that's a big difference. For that much more, I'd go iwth the 60D.
Mar
10
comment Camera System for an enthusiast
The two bodies I recommend to folks right now: 5Ti for entry level and 70D for higher end APS sensor. The 7D is an older body due for retirment, the 60D is a good, solid camera, but the 70D is enough better that it's worth buying instead because the cost difference isn't big.
Mar
10
comment Can film be considered to have infinite resolution as opposed to digital sensors?
we also need to remember that lenses don't have infinite resolution, either. So even if the film or sensor had infinite detail, the image sent to it through the lens won't.
Feb
25
comment How to calibrate a printer and monitor if neither are very good?
also don't forget that sites like borrowlenses or lensrentals.com RENT calibrators and that can save money over buying one you'll only use rarely.
Feb
25
comment How to calibrate a printer and monitor if neither are very good?
I'd suggest seriously considering upgrading your monitor. Good IPS monitors are increasingly inexpensive (the Dell 23" IPS ultrasharp is $200US today; I use it's bigger brother). You're better off with a better monitor than trying to calibrate a bad one, spend the money on the monitor before a calibrator.
Feb
25
comment Managing multiple catalogs in Lightroom? Between external hard drive and laptop
this is what I do. A small working set on the laptop disk that can carry with me. the larger set of images not in active projects on the disk (in my case a NAS). With smart previews, works like a charm. Use a single catalog, carry what you need while mobile, store the rest on the external drives.
Feb
21
comment Better to buy an older high-level camera or newer entry-level camera?
I think a lot depends on the specific cameras involved and the quality of the sensors. If the expensive camera is two sensor generations back from the newer entry level camera, I might well go for the entry level to get the improved sensor, because ultimately, that's a huge part of the final image quality. I don't think you can generalize this, it depends on the units involved.
Feb
12
comment How to get fast access to RAW data from 3 different Macs?
awesome. networking hardware would have been my next thing to verify... good luck!
Aug
16
comment Should beginners start post-processing soon?
esa, nice analogy, and spot on.