DSLR Guide for Shooting Sports II: Horse Racing

How to set up autofocus and other DSLR settings

By beholder3 in Articles and Tips on Sep 11, 2017

Horse Racing

In our second article on how to shoot sports type subjects with Pentax gear we will again try to showcase one way to approach a certain type of subject scenario. The previous article can be found here: Guide to Camera and Autofocus Settings for Shooting Sports.

Again this is intended to get interested users going quicker and to provide an easy reference for you, regardless if you use a Pentax, Canon, or Nikon DSLR. Most of the tips in this article should help you out with shooting sports, perhaps after converting some Pentax-specific terms.

Astrophotography Part 6 of 6: Reducing Image Noise

Tips for Reducing Noise

By K David in Articles and Tips on Aug 11, 2017

High-quality digital cameras with good high-ISO performance combined with fast, high-quality optics from makers like Pentax, Samyang, Sigma, and Tamron are taking astrophotography out of the enclaves of astronomers and putting it in the hands of hobbyists, too. This six-part series examines various elements of astrophotography.

This article looks at ways to reduce noise in digital images. Using best capture practices, software, and editing techniques, a significant amount of noise can be removed from overnight photos.

To revisit the rest of the articles in this series, here are links and their subjects:

How to Check Your Lens for Decentering

A quick and easy decentering test

By beholder3 in Articles and Tips on Jul 20, 2017

When we invest our money in high-quality camera lenses, we expect them to be able to capture sharp, clear photos.  One of the production quality aspects of lenses is how well they are "centered"; a decentered lens can lead to inconsistent sharpness and should be exchanged or repaired.

This article describes a quick, easy, and reliable way to check for lens decentering all by yourself.

Travel Photography - Making the Most of Your Opportunity

Tips and suggestions to maximize your enjoyment and minimize stress

By babywriter in Articles and Tips on Jun 26, 2017

So, you’ve scheduled the trip. Travel plans are set, excitement is building, and of course you want to record it with your camera for posterity. But the more you think about it, the more stressful it gets. How do I prepare? What should I bring? And how can I end up with great photos when I’m done?

The good news: you don’t need to stress. Traveling with a camera can be both fun and meaningful, and you don’t need thousands of dollars of gear, or a handy-dandy six-step instruction course, to make that happen. A bit of preparation, and trusting your instincts, can result in some stellar photos. 

Behind the Scenes: Ultra-Wide Review Cover Photo

A behind the scenes look at this complex image

By Heie in Articles and Tips on Jun 7, 2017

Many of you may remember the below cover image from the 4-Lens Ultra Wide Angle Showdown between the Pentax DA 10-17, Sigma 8-16, Rokinon 8mm FE, and Rokinon 10mm, our most comprehensive lens comparison review to date:

Click on the image above, and all the following images, to view an enlargement.

Ever wonder how it was made? Well wonder no more, as this post goes into a detailed reflection on all the pieces to this puzzle!

First, I wanted to apologize for the delay - the review was published in June of 2016 but this article didn't get the same front page attention until June 2017. For those unaware, I'm active duty in the U.S. Army and quickly deployed after the review was published and never had an opportunity to write this article until my January 2017 return from the Middle East.

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