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bio website chuqui.com
location California
age 55
visits member for 3 years, 9 months
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Feb
23
comment Lightroom: Print Module or Develop/Export for online printing in specific aspect ratios?
technical quality? no, it wouldn't make a difference.What I want are workflows that work reliably without a lot of manual tweaking, and that's tough to do using the print module.
Feb
21
comment Lightroom: Print Module or Develop/Export for online printing in specific aspect ratios?
It looks like roughly 60-70% of the images need manual "fixing". at that rate, I might as well do the crops by hand and do them right up front, rather than build a broken process I have to be constantly manually fixing.
Feb
21
comment Lightroom: Print Module or Develop/Export for online printing in specific aspect ratios?
If your exported aspect ratio and the aspect ratio of the existing image aren't the same, then some kind of crop is going to be needed. In a recent setup I was working on, I was going from (primarily) 2:3 (my camera's native ratio) or 4:5 (a common crop for me) to 16:9. If you use something like Jeffrey Friedl's Crop for Ipad regex.info/blog/lightroom-goodies/crop-for-ipad to handle the change, you have to choose where to crop (top/bottom or both from the center). I ended up with lots of birds with heads chopped off.
Feb
14
comment Best Descriptive book for a Canon 7D?
apologies, didn't realize that. just pulled links the way I typically do, didn't think taht it might be against policy.
Jan
18
comment Compensating for poor air quality?
sometimes you don't have that option.
Dec
13
comment Should I prefer versatility or a longer focal length for wildlife photography?
agreed on the 300F4+1.4x being a great and cost effective combo. It's my go-to lens these days (I used to preach the 100-400, also a good option, but changed about a year ago. don't regret it; my next upgrade will be to a 70-200 IS II and 2x, but that's about double the cost of the 300F4). Consider retnring a 500mm for the trip, too. You'll likely want it.
Oct
6
comment Starting out professionally in landscape / nature photography
Depends on what your expectations are. If you just want to put up a web site and any sales are beer money, that's one option. If you want to have it be a significant income stream? Whole different beast. (I'd argue that "beer money" sales isn't professional, personally). But there are literally tens of thousands of people with cameras thinking like you are thinking right now. How do you stand out?
Sep
28
comment Is it normal for memory usage in Lightroom 3 to exceed 1.5GB, and what can I do about it?
When I upgraded to Lion, I found Lightroom no longer worked well enough for me in 4 gig, so I upgraded to 8 gig. Now that I'm running mountain lion, it seems to be a bit laggy at times (2010 Macbook Pro 2.4GHz), enough to annoy me at times. the primary slowdown seems to be convrting to and using DNG, so I've switched conversion to the end of my workflow and it's sped things up a lot. It doesn't seem to be memory, but CPU saturation.
Sep
12
comment Best easy-to-carry-around Canon (or ANY OTHER) camera plus lenses for bird /wildlife/landscape photography (hobby)?
looking back on this comment, I don't want to make it sound like I don't think a monopod or tripod is helpful. Both are in the right situations, and can increase sharpness on many shots. But I don't think they are required any more for a lot of situations.
Sep
12
comment What “start up” telephoto lenses do you recommend for Canon for wildlife photography?
updating: I'm not using flickr now, so those links broke. Here's the bear shot in its new home: photos.chuqui.com/…, and a nice shot from the Tamron @ 35mm: photos.chuqui.com/yosemite_chapel_20110516133223_chuq.html
Sep
12
comment Which lenses are best for macro and for birdwatching (both Canon and Nikon)?
updating: I'm no longer using flickr, so that link broke. Here's that shot in its new location: photos.chuqui.com/pismo_misty_morning_20100718091552_chuq.html And I retired my 100-400 for a different setup. Here's some thoughts why: chuqui.com/2012/09/…
Sep
12
comment Best easy-to-carry-around Canon (or ANY OTHER) camera plus lenses for bird /wildlife/landscape photography (hobby)?
That's very close to what I started with and shot for the first 3-4 years of my bird photography. It'll work fine. (my first body was a Rebel XT).
Sep
12
comment Best easy-to-carry-around Canon (or ANY OTHER) camera plus lenses for bird /wildlife/landscape photography (hobby)?
disagree on needing a tripod unless you have scorching sun. This is one place where IS makes a huge difference, so if you're going to shoot very early or late, an IS lens is very handy. this image: photos.chuqui.com/201110301812064_chuq.jpg was shot after6PM in October. ISO 3200 on a 7D, 1/125 @ F5.6, handheld, with a 420mm lens. So you can do good and sharp in bad light handheld iwth practice and technique.
Sep
12
comment Best easy-to-carry-around Canon (or ANY OTHER) camera plus lenses for bird /wildlife/landscape photography (hobby)?
speaking of eagles, here's one I shot over the weekend with my setup (7d+300F4+1.4x). There's some cropping, and I think the worry about cropping is somewhat overrated these days. photos.chuqui.com/… -- also, don't forget if you have to crop heavily, you have an option of using a tool like "perfect resize" to upscale the image so it can be printed larger. Lots of options beyond "more glass" these days.
Sep
6
comment What options are there for good, cheap online backup of photos?
the new amazon glacier service looks to be worth investigating, but at this point, I'm waiting to see what front end systems are built to take advantage of it. (expecting Jungledisk to have a good product at some point).
Aug
19
comment Tips to buy second lens for Canon 550D
Not everyone agrees with the recommendation on the 50mm. check this note: photo.stackexchange.com/questions/14313/…
Aug
16
comment Why is the sky in photos always too white?
another common option here is the graduated ND filter, which can affect only the over-exposed parts. You can also in many cases process a single image in different ways, one to do the sky, one for the ground, and then layer them together in photoshop or an HDR program. multi-image HDR is usually better, but not always practical
Jun
28
comment How can I import multiple cards into Lightroom simultaneously?
Platt's reasoning is about efficiency (as opposed to speed; not necessarily the same thing). In my tests, it's definitely faster to copy images to disk and THEN import. More importantly, if I'm importing multiple cards, copy all cards to disk, then do a singloe import means I can leave the computer alone for most of the import and not have to come back to swap cards. I don't use a multi-card reader at this time, it's overkill for me, so I can't say how that'd affect my workflow. (for 1 card imports, I just leave it to Lightroom adn not worry about it)
Jun
27
comment Should I buy an L Lens for my crop camera before buying a full-frame body?
by the way, a good way to help decide this issue: rent sample lenses and bodies and go do test shoots. chances are, a quick shoot with top caliber lenses will make the decision obvious.
Jun
27
comment Should I buy an L Lens for my crop camera before buying a full-frame body?
Another vote for upgrading lenses. I did that a few months ago, and it was well worth it. If your body is relatively recent (< 3-4 years old) it'll do you well. I tell people to plan to ugprade bodies every few years, but good lenses will last decades. rfusca is right about the 7D, that body rocks; I love mine.