By PF Staff in Pentaxian Profiles on Dec 12, 2014
Today we're happy to present a brief biography of Alex Munoz, an American professional photographer who shoots with the Pentax 645Z medium format system. He is currently sponsored by Ricoh Imaging.
I am a lifestyle/fashion advertising photographer based in Los Angeles, California, USA. I have been taking images since I was 6 years old. What started out as a hobby became a profession in later life. Today, I am a PPA Certified Professional Photographer, and I occasionally teach photography classes in between commercial assignments (e.g. meet me at WCS2015 for a weeklong masterclass).
I learned by taking pictures with cameras which barely had an exposure indicator in them. It was all film, and all manual. I have been shooting digital since 2008, and today I work exclusively with Ricoh/Pentax equipment for all my still image needs. I also create commercials and infomercials as a DP, as Director, Creative Director, or any combination thereof. What can I say is that I just love creating visuals, both moving and still.
I used to shoot pretty much with anything out there throughout the years, but today I find it important in my area of work to shoot with medium format type sensors. It's the added resolution, different perspective, and per pixel sharpness that makes a huge difference. The 645Z, as an overall package, is clearly leading the way in that regard. While I have often used Hasselblad or Phase One cameras before, the speed at which I am able to work on set with the 645Z is just much closer to a DSLR than anything else out there.
Landscape Photographer and 645 System User
By EarlVonTapia in Pentaxian Profiles on Jul 7, 2014
Mike Oria is a long-time member of PentaxForums (posting as mikeSF) based in the San Francisco bay area. During the day he works as a sales director for a medical lab. On weekends and his spare time, he is an avid photographer. His first digital SLR, a Pentax *ist DL, came from a garage sale. Now he shoots with a K5 and a 645D. Mike specializes in landscapes and seascapes.
In this interview we asked Mike about how he got into photography, what made him get into the Pentax 645 system, as well as some tips and tricks for how a budding photographer can take their skills to the next level.
Read on to find out his answers!
Medium format photography with the Pentax 67II and 645D
By PF Staff in Pentaxian Profiles on Apr 13, 2014
I'm a British ex-pat based in Okinawa. I specialize in shooting travel images of Japan for publication in magazines, newspapers and guidebooks.
In 2002, I started using the Pentax 67II. It’s a big, heavy, beast of a camera, but I was hooked by the beautiful transparencies it produced. In Japan, the 67 is nicknamed Gulliver, and for nearly a decade it was my faithful travel companion. After escapades with ninja, yakuza and geisha I named my website TRAVEL67.com.
In 2010, the arrival of the 645D meant I could have the quality of medium format with the faster workflow of digital. Along with travel imagery, I started working in the studio, shooting model portfolios, products, headshots, and the occasional dog. My travel and studio photography converged with the Karate Masters Portrait Project in which I bring a studio flash to the dojos of Okinawa's martial arts icons.
An equine photographer
By PF Staff in Pentaxian Profiles on Jan 12, 2013
Like most journeys, mine began with a single step.
As a normal 9 to 5'er with little extra cash to throw around, I had mostly resigned myself to snapping away with a point and shoot, telling myself that one day when I am big, I would get a DSLR.
Well my 43rd birthday rolled around in November 2009, and I decided I was big enough.
After a lot of internet research I became the proud owner of a Pentax K-7.
At that point it was still very a fun hobby, and as my daughters rode horses, there was a natural attraction to these great clumsy animals brought on by being around them so much. It's fair to say that without my girls riding, I may never have begun to take my photography seriously.
When my daughters finally got to do their first show at the local equestrian club, I was surprised to see that there was no official photographer. To me it seemed a perfect opportunity to start a little sideline business.
And thus the idea of offering equine photography services was born.
Portrait Photographer, Pentaxian
By PF Staff in Pentaxian Profiles on Dec 1, 2012
It's been a while since we've featured a professional Pentaxian on our homepage, but today, we're happy to bring you an article about Charis Talbot, a talented model photographer from the UK (forum username CharisVega)! Throughout the biography you fill find many samples of her work. We're happy to have her as our first female Pentaxian!
When I was a child I was obsessed with books and stories. My parents photo albums to me were a story to which I didn't know the words. I spent hours looking at old weathered black and white photos of almost forgotten family members trying to work out what they could tell me, hoping they'd surrender their secrets to me. My love of imagery blossomed in my teenage years when amongst my random doodling it appeared I had a startling talent for painting portraits. I went to university to study fine art but soon became disenchanted with painting. Photography rescued me.
I learned photography using my dad's old army issue Yashica and spent endless happy hours in darkrooms tinkering. During my last year digital became a ‘thing’. My work was mostly photographs of abandoned houses in the rural countryside of Wales, I did do a few portraits here and there but because they didn't look magazine standard I wasn't interested and we didn't have Photoshop to experiment with.
After graduating I took the (not so) obvious choice of working in finance, singing in bands, modelling and generally ignoring my degree. This was mostly because I didn’t have any faith in my own ability. Eventually five years later, I’d got a job managing a small photographic shop in the Cotswolds. I was sitting in the repair workshop cleaning out a mouldy lens and thinking about the ‘professional photographers’ who came into my shop and suddenly I knew I could do better. I knew I wanted a Pentax K-x as they were my favourite models to demonstrate to customers. The Pentax rep popped in around this time and recommended the Pentax K-r.
I was immediately sold as it came in white and I loved the features. I believe when choosing a camera it’s a little like Harry Potter in that the wand chooses a wizard and a camera chooses the photographer.