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Photography Terms Cheat Sheet

Widely used photography and camera terms · 06-30-2014 · By Inexorable in Photographic Resources

Being nearly two centuries old, photography is understandably replete with terms that span the archaic (ISO) to the contemporary (IS) and the arcane (EV) to the pedestrian (LV) . The problem is compounded by the well-known penchant of marketing whizkids to pitch new products using newly minted catchy abbreviations as props.

For a newcomer striving to get to speed in photography, it can be exasperating to be repeatedly confronted with terms such as PDAF and DOF while reading articles and following discussions.

At Pentax Forums, we feel your pain and wish to mitigate it with a compilation of widely used photography terms.

Read on for a glossary of photo terms which you can bookmark and/or print for reference!  A follow-up article will dwell on terms associated with lenses and other photographic gear.

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10 Tips for Capturing Memorable Candid Shots

Capturing the moment isn't always easy, but these tips will help! · 06-28-2014 · By ccrookston in Photographic Resources

Every photographer wants to capture fun, quality and memorable candid photographs.  And doing so is a blend of technique, practice, work, and good old fashioned luck.  Here’s ten tips that may help.


1) Notice light
All good photographers are connoisseurs of light. Candid photography is no different. If a face is half in sunlight and half in shadows, it won't make a good shot. While direct sunlight in the middle of the day can cause funny shadows around noses and eyes, the light at sunrise and sunset (the golden hours) is soft, gentle, and flattering. Skies that are cloudy but not gloomy give an even, well diffused light, free of harsh shadows. And light bouncing off water or walls can help fill in the shadows from direct sunlight.  Pay attention to the overall lighting around you, recognize when you have favorable, beautiful light, then get to work.  

Regaring the photo above: Sunset is always a good time for candid photography.  If you don't want silhouettes then use a reflecor.  In this case, one wasn't availabe.

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Pentax 645Z Around the Corner: 645D Price Slash

40-megapixel body drops to $4999 in the US · 06-27-2014 · By PF Staff in Pentax News

With the imminent debut of the $8499 51-megapixel Pentax 645Z, the outgoing 40-megapixel Pentax 645D has been dropping in price and becoming increasingly more affordable worldwide.

Last month, B&H Photo was selling the Pentax 645D for $6999 with a free D-FA 55mm, which effectively brought the final price of the body to $5800.  However, opting out of the lens would not let you score the camera for less. 

Today, the US dealer price of the 645D body has dropped by $2000 to just $4999: an all-time low.  Even though the 645D's performance is comparable to that of 36-megapixel full-frame cameras such as the Nikon D800 and Sony A7r, at this price point we feel that it's once again a very compelling option for photographers who crave high resolution-images.

According to John Carlson of Pentax USA (Ricoh Imaging), the 645D will be staying in the medium-format Pentax lineup as a lower-cost option.  However, since history repeats itself, we can't help but speculate that the 645D will soon be discontinued, as it relies on hardware dating back to 2009 and Pentax typically discontinues outgoing models shortly after the launch of their successors.

To learn more about the 645D, check out our in-depth reviews:

The new Pentax 645Z is expected to start shipping to customers as early as next week, though based on what we know, the first batch has already sold out through pre-orders.  If you're interested in the 645Z, get your order in as soon as possible!  Or, get a 645D at the new low price of $4999.

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"Arches" Photo Contest Winners

Announcing the winners of our May, 2014 contest · 06-26-2014 · By PF Staff in Photo Contests

"Bridge" by Imatginarium

It is our pleasure to announce the winners of our May, 2014 photo contest, "Arches"! In first place was forum member Imatginarium from Spain, who captured the photo "Bridge" (pictured above). This photo was shot with a Pentax K110D and an smc Pentax-DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL lens.

Our runners-up were forum member slowpez from USA in second place with "Fort Jefferson" and Pablom from Israel in third place with "Arcs". Click on either thumbnail for a larger version.

"Fort Jefferson" by slowpez "Arcs" by Pablom

We'd like to congratulate the winners one more time!  Also, be sure not to miss our June "Hot and Cold" photo contest, which closes at the end of the month of June.

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Pentax K-3: $100 Off + Free Grip

Big savings are back at B&H · 06-25-2014 · By PF Staff in Pentax Deals

A great deal is back at B&H Photo!  You can now get the Pentax K-3 body with a free Pentax BG-5 grip and a free FluCard tethering card at the discounted price of $1196.95, which includes Pentax's $100 instant rebate launched in early May.  The total savings amount to $423.95!

This deal also includes free expedited shipping (1-3 day delivery) within the US.  International shipping is available but costs extra.

Pentax K-3 with $100 AF 540 FlashAdd a Pentax AF 540FGZ flash for just $100 more!

For even bigger savings, you can bundle a Pentax AF-540 FGZ flash for just $100 more ($319 off list price): look for it under the "Savings Available" heading on the page linked below.

Click here to order your K-3 now!

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Photographing Family and Friends: A Cheat Sheet

Capturing portraits of family and friends is fun but challenging. · 06-24-2014 · By Inexorable in Photographic Resources

Visualize yourself at a bash together with friends and family, showing photographs from your recent travel.

"Oh! That's a fine portrait! Why, you are a fine photographer!" goes a friend.

"Thank you!" you reply, thrilled at the compliment.

Eyeing the camera bag lying next to you, the friend continues, "Why don't you take pictures at this event. We are meeting after so long and no one is clicking with a professional camera. I would love to pose for some portraits."

Just as you are recalling your best line to turn down the invite because you are not prepared for it, the friend adds, "Please!"

Uh! Oh! The 'Please,' and the earlier appreciation leave you with no choice, do they? But you have no time to study the guests and pick suitable poses for them from among the few hundred in the Poses directory of your desktop, which isn't with you in any case! You have no studio lights, you have no assistant.

But you do have the camera and a few lenses that would do the job? Your honor is at stake!

You aren't sure you are upto the challenge; your trepidation is mounting! 

There is no help around the corner, but there is help in your pocket! A printout of the cheat sheet below! All you need to do is pull it out, recap the points, and click away.

It's easy to guess what happens thereafter. As soon as you take a photo, people breathe down your neck to see the camera LCD, and then collectively say - Wow!

The cheat sheet below is a compilation of practical tips to help photographers take good pictures at a gathering of family and friends.

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How to Clean Camera Lenses

Removing dust, dirt, and stains · 06-23-2014 · By K David in Pentax Tutorial Videos

We use our lenses and demand much of them. The front elements, especially, can be splashed with rain, mud, and sweat; bumped by hands, elbows, and dog noses; or dirtied by a myriad of other terrible and creative destructive forces. Addressed when you return home or to your on-assignment home, correctly cleaning your lens of dirt and detritus can prolog the coatings' lifetime, improve image quality, and protect your lens's value. Performed incorrectly, however, and lens cleaning can damage your lens. Searching the Internet for a tutorial on lens cleaning will return tens of thousands of results. Some present sound and proven methods. Some are the work of crackpots. The technique described herein is my approach for lens element cleaning. Of course, clean your lens element at your own risk.

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World Pentax Day: July 11-13, 2014

Go out and shoot during this weekend, then upload to the event gallery! · 06-22-2014 · By PF Staff in Pentax Events

The next World Pentax Day (WPD) is actually going to be a three-day World Pentax Weekend and it will take place on Friday thru Sunday, July 11-13th, 2014.  This is our fourteenth installment of the WPD and we hope to see as many members as possible partake in the event!

What is World Pentax Day?

The idea behind World Pentax Day is very simple.  Each year, the PentaxForums.com staff designates two or three days for the World Pentax Day event.  On each of these days, Pentax users have the opportunity to go out and shoot, and then upload their favorite photos to a special collective event gallery.  Thus, together, we paint a snapshot of the world through the "eyes" of Pentax cameras! From time to time, we may add a twist to each event, such as a hosting an additional giveaway or making a photo book.  Best of all, World Pentax Day is open to everyone!  Photos submitted to our gallery must be taken with a Pentax camera and on the day designated as World Pentax Day, however.

We encourage you to get together with your photo friends or local photo club and use this day as an excuse to go out and put your camera to good use, especially if this will be your first WPD.

How to Upload

Starting on July 11th you will be able to upload up to 5 of your favorite photos to the event gallery, which is linked below.

Upload to the World Pentax Day Gallery

The link above will go live on the 11th, and the gallery will remain open through the end of July.  Once again, only photos taken on 7/11/2014, 7/12/2014, or 7/13/2014 may be uploaded to this gallery.

To learn more about the event, please read our World Pentax Day overview page.

Want to see previous submissions?  Click here to view the full World Pentax Day gallery, which contains over 10,000 photos!

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