HDSLR Tutorial Series

By known filmmaker Shane Hurlbut

By PF Staff in Giveaways and Events on Feb 23, 2011

Have you thought about using your Pentax DSLR for video?  Shane Hurlbut is offering a series of 5 online video tutorials, one each week starting on Monday, February 28th.  The series will cover camera and lens choice, challenges and solutions, workflow, and more to get you started with high-quality filmmaking!

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World Pentax Day - February 27th, 2011

Pentaxium event coming up this month!

By PF Staff in Giveaways and Events on Feb 8, 2011

Calling all Pentax camera users: we want your photographs from before dawn to after dusk on the next Pentax World Day: Sunday, February 27th, 2010. Submit photos to our gallery to show your Pentax spirit and to share something special from your part of the world! The only restrictions are as follows:

1. Although you may submit entries at any time, the photo must be taken on Pentax Day (February, 27th, 2011), between midnight and midnight your time. Please leave all EXIF information intact. You may submit up to three photos.

2. The photo must be taken with a Pentax camera.

3. The photo should be no larger than 1Mb in filesize.

4. The photo should be submitted to the world Pentax day event category within our user photo gallery. Click the "Upload" link located in the navbar to add your photo. You must be logged in. You will be able to upload between 2/27/2011 and 3/14/2011. After this period, only viewing will be allowed for this category.

Help us chronicle this day in the the life of Pentaxians from all corners of the world. Astound us with your film-like imaging, your freedom from camera shake, and your sharp, contrasty lenses!

If you experience any trouble uploading photos, please make sure you've selected the correct gallery category first, then post here if you need help.

Help us make this day a Pentax Day! I will send this message as an e-mail notification to interested forum members as we near the commencement of the event.

CLICK HERE TO UPLOAD (starting 2/27/2011)

Holiday Two-Lens Giveaway!

Giveaway of the Pentax 18-135mm and 35mm lenses!

By PF Staff in Giveaways and Events on Dec 3, 2010

We are very happy to announce an exciting two-event, two-lens giveaway: "Write a review, win a lens".

In a nutshell, if you write a user review of any piece of Pentax equipment found in our lens databases, you will have a chance to win the new DA 35mm lens as well as other prizes!  Furthermore, if you also write a professional-grade review, and it is voted to be the best out of all the submitted professional reviews, then you will win a DA 18-135mm zoom lens.  Second and third place will be able to win other prizes as well.

All forum members are welcome to participate in one or both of the events! 

Click here for full event details.

This giveaway is sponsored in large part by B&H Photo, a premier authorized Pentax retailer. As you do your holiday shopping, we invite you to shop and B&H and take advantage of their special offers and free shipping!  Furthermore, if you order from B&H, you may be eligible for free Marketplace access on PentaxForums.com.

Enjoy the giveaway, happy holidays, and Merry Christmas!

The 12 Days of Christmas

Another exciting photographic event

By PF Staff in Giveaways and Events on Nov 29, 2010
From the people who brought you "Single in September"; from which they published a book documenting their adventure - comes a new Photo Challenge.

The 12 Days of Christmas.


The rules are simple: One photo every day between the 14th and 26th of December. Use whatever lenses, body, filters, or Vaseline that you have in your arsenal. But each shot should capturing a little of what makes up Christmas on your side of the world.

Of course, you don't need to be a practising Christian to join but just keen to share a little Christmas Spirit, or more pragmatically, simply document how the Yuletide unfolds in your corner of the globe.

For those interested all you need to participate is create an Album called "12 Days of Christmas" to which you upload images whenever you can and this Album can be searched, viewed and commented on by fellow members. Otherwise, if you need advise or a little prompting then feel free to involve yourself in the preliminary thread.

Merry Christmas and a K-5 New Year!

Workshop: Getting Started In Adventure Photography

Boulder, Colorado - September 25th and 26th

By PF Staff in Giveaways and Events on Sep 18, 2010

If you're an outdoor, nature and adventure shooters, and are considering turning your passion into a career or part-time source of addition income, come join pro adventure photographer and dedicated Pentax user Ben Fullerton, as well as fellow pro adventure photographer Lucas Gilman, and Photo Editor of Backpacker Magazine Julia Vandenoever for an Adventure Photography Workshop in the beautiful and iconic Chautauqua Park of Boulder, CO. This workshop will be aim at advanced amateurs and aspiring pros, and will be focusing on the skills, techniques and knowledge that one needs to move up into the semi-pro or pro fields. Workshop will be a mix of hands-on, field time and classroom style segments. For more info go to the event forum post. Thanks for looking, it would be awesome to have a strong contingent of Pentaxians attending!

Day 1 will be taught by Lucas and will be and will be a mix of classroom and hands on discussion about technique. This day is all about the camera and using to capture images. Topics like, various exposure modes, and how and when to use each, lens selection and camera angles, use of natural light and location selection and so on will be covered.

Day 2 will be co-taught with Ben and Julia, and they will be focusing on what to do after the capture. They will be talking about workflow such as backing up images, sorting and selecting favorites, editing, and finalizing images. Ben and Julia will be talking about this all in as much of an non-platform-specific way, and focusing more on concepts and strategies, so that users of all editing/computer platforms can benefit (although they are both Lightroom/Photoshop users). After that they will talk about the business side of adventure photography. How to market yourself and to who, how to sell images, licensing, contract negotiating and copyright.

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