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bio website chuqui.com
location California
age 56
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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.
Jul
29
comment How to get sand out of the sensor?
I clean my own sensors, both dry with air and wet. If I did this with me sensor, I'd send it for professional cleaning. If you mess it up, you have a really expensive repair bill or a doorstop. I wouldn't take the risk with my camrea, I'd send it to the pro.
Jul
26
comment What are some options for a low-cost, general purpose, travel lens for Canon?
hey, to help your research, I pulled some 100% crops of similar images from both my Rebel XT and my SX50. You can take a look and get a sense of the relative quality of the two units. chuqui.com/2013/07/…
Jul
26
comment What are some options for a low-cost, general purpose, travel lens for Canon?
(continued...) On the other hand, I've removed almost all of my Rebel XT images from my public web pages, because the image quality rather sucks compared to even my iPhone. Some of that is because of the photographer, but most of that is the old sensor and kit lens it had. But you clearly don't like this option, so I'm going to stop pushing it. Do what you think best, I've suggested as hard as I feel I should... (but I'd sell that Rebel... seriously)
Jul
26
comment What are some options for a low-cost, general purpose, travel lens for Canon?
The SZ50 is a 12megapixel camera that's 4x3x4 and ways 550 grams. The Rebel XT is 4x4x2 and 485 grams for 8 megapixels. That size and weight is body only (all data from the Canon site). Once you put a lens on it (at least, anything other than the 40mm pancake) it'll be noticably bigger and heavier again.You'll have to make your own decision on the quality of the lens, but my evaluation is that the image quality is quite good, way beyond what I'd expect for a $400 lens. Or I wouldn't use it.
Jul
25
comment What are some options for a low-cost, general purpose, travel lens for Canon?
FWIW, as a general rule I tell people I advise on hardware purchases to not think about resale or investment value unless they're buying a "keeper" lens -- the kind of lens you'll own for 10-20 years. And a $350 lens is almost never a keeper lens. Canon L glass is keeper lenses... With the speed of technology in photography, buy for now and worry about later later.
Jul
25
comment What are some options for a low-cost, general purpose, travel lens for Canon?
do some research. You can look up images on a site like flickr by camera model, and find images taken by a camera you're considering (like the SX50), and compare them to your rebel. I cut my digital teeth with a Rebel XT. Now I shoot mostly with a 7D, and I'm starting to use the SX50 more. I think it holds up well. I think it's much better than the Rebel XT. But you'll need to do your own research...
Jul
14
comment How does Canon 70-200 f/2.8 II compare with Canon 300mm f/2.8 II for image quality for weddings?
I would definitely carry the 70-200 over the 300m at a wedding, although you will never catch me with a camera at a wedding.... Both are good lenses, so I'll go for utility and flexibility; the technical difference between the two is unlikely to ever be noticed by anyone w/o a loupe...
Jul
9
comment Birding on a budget?
Let me know how it goes or if you have questions, Sean. good luck!
May
28
comment What is a good lens for a Canon 5d for birds/wild life with a budget of 1500 dollars
I disagree with the idea that IS isn't a huge consideration for birding and wildlife. It's the difference between handholding a 400 or 500mm lens and having it put on a tripod and gimbal. With the big (heavy) glass, it does make a significant difference in usability in many situations.
May
28
comment What is a good lens for a Canon 5d for birds/wild life with a budget of 1500 dollars
the 24-105 is the wide angle zoom I use, and it's a nice partner to the 100-400. you can pick it up for $800-850 used in good condition from places like KEH. I recommend being really careful about buying a 100-400 used, because it's design makes it susceptible to bumps and bruises, but I bought my 24-105 used and it rocks.