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bio website chuqui.com
location California
age 57
visits member for 4 years, 11 months
seen Apr 25 at 1:38

Apr
23
comment What would improve my landscape photography more: upgraded body or a wide-angle lens?
Landscape is a lot more about technique and composition, and when you go super-wide, that's doubly true. Don't be surprised if you're early work with that 10-18 frustrates you, because it can take some practice to learn how to take advantage of it. If you're not shooting much currently in the < 35mm range on the existing lens it may not be worth buying yet and putting time into practice with what you have first. Or consider doing stitched panoramas to get the wider view instead of another lens.
Apr
12
comment Raw vs Jpeg for non-professional use
@Martin -- the big thing for me with my old jpegs was the inability to make the changes I want in controlling shadows and highlights. Thigns blow out too easily with JPEG and you end up with lots of noise. Also a limited ability to rework and re-sharpen.
Apr
12
comment Raw vs Jpeg for non-professional use
@raphael I don't think you'll know that until later and I'm not sure how much you should worry about that NOW if your goal is to be a casual photography enjoying taking pictures. If your goal is pro, things are differernt, but that's not his goal.
Apr
7
comment Nikon D3300 - Trouble Focusing on Birds both Stationary & Moving
meant to add this in -- if the bird is in foliage, standard AF will fail more often than not. You want to learn how to switch onto spot AF and set the spot to the appropriate point (often not the center of the screen) to minimize this problem -- but branches have a great ability to find a way to convince AF to focus on them.... sometimes only manual focus will get the job done.
Apr
6
comment Nikon D5100 Producing Corrupt Images
It is always a good idea to format the card at the start of any shoot. that gets rid of any existing corruption, or at least helps you ID a failed card before it's too late. This is classic for failed or corrupted card.
Apr
5
comment How to do 1 or more photos per second without jitter using a Canon 7D?
How fast is the card you're writing to? If it's not fast enough to catch up, the buffer will fill.
Apr
5
comment How do I stop my Nikon D40 from blurring when the flash is off?
possible duplicate of How "slow" can I take a picture at a boxing match?
Apr
4
comment Are there any drawbacks to putting good glass on a cheap body?
The new Tamron and Sigma lenses are surprisingly good. Are they as good as the 100-400 II? Nope. Are they better than the Canon kit lens? Definitely. For a casual photographer who doesn't want to spend the money or hassle of two lenses but wants the reach? I think it's a nice compromise. So for this situation, I'll hold to calling them good glass.
Apr
3
comment Who is the photographer of this black and white photo of two female nudes standing over a pile of clothes?
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it's not really relevant to taking pictures, and this isn't the right group to be identifying the creator.
Apr
3
comment How to do 1 or more photos per second without jitter using a Canon 7D?
I hadn't considered the buffer issue that Michael mentioned. I'm sure he's right on this one.
Apr
3
comment How to do 1 or more photos per second without jitter using a Canon 7D?
Michael -- you're correct. I misremembered. Went and checked my 7D, and it does cycle the mirror. Apologies for the mis-info. so I'm guessing it's autofocus.
Mar
29
comment Lightroom - How Do I find Photos that are Missing Copyright Metadata?
as soon as I posted that, I remembered taht's a field Adobe's search/collection setup doesn't support (why? stupid... it should have 100% coverage of data) -- so you need to use a plug-in to set that up. This one will do it: johnrellis.com/lightroom/anyfilter.htm
Mar
29
comment Lightroom - How Do I find Photos that are Missing Copyright Metadata?
this isn't a complete answer, because copyright status is manually set, and it can be set but "Copyright" can still be empty, so you're going to need to check for that field being empty, too.
Mar
27
comment zoom lens for Baseball games
F2.8 vs. F4 won't make a huge difference here other than cost, to be honest.
Mar
27
comment zoom lens for Baseball games
what size ballpark? If you're in a high school park near the dugout, you can get some nice work with a wider lens or something around 200mm. If you're in a larger park with the pros you'll want more like 400mm, more for outfield action (if those are allowed in the stands, they aren't many places).
Mar
25
comment What is the best long-term storage for a film camera?
fair enough. thanks.
Mar
25
comment What is the best long-term storage for a film camera?
can you point me to links on this? I'd like to see the science behind it. I'm not disagreeing with you, I'm curious. (or as wikipedia would note, [citation requested]
Mar
25
comment What is the best long-term storage for a film camera?
can you point to a reference for this? I'd love to see some data on this!
Mar
25
comment How are compact system (mirrorless) cameras typically charged?
A tablet is unlikely to have the power to charge a camera but systems designed to charge tablets (like Mophie blocks) will if you need it. Carrying multiple batteries in the field and charging at night is easier and faster
Mar
22
comment What is a “pseudo mannequin”?
here's a link that'll give you background on the technique: removethebackground.com/blog/ghost-mannequin-photography-1