Pentaxian Profile: Juan Roldán

Wedding photographer from Colombia

By PF Staff in Pentaxian Profiles on Feb 11, 2016

I am a graphic designer by trade, but I've also been a professional photographer for about ten years now.  When I previously worked with one of the two "big brands", I was in a bunch of different fields like food, jewelry, architecture, and models.  Things changed when I got married and learned the real meaning and beauty of that special day. And so I had a revelation and decided to start shooting weddings seriously.

Weddings are really hard to shoot.  They demand my full effort and push my gear to its limits. When the ceremony is about to begin, there is this electricity in the air and nerves and anxiety everywhere. A lot of eyes are attending to what’s going on; that’s when I need to be ready, watching everything, with hands on my camera and eyes on the couple. When I hear the shutter release I know that my Pentax gear is entrusting me to do this mission.

I do weddings because I believe in love, and I admire the courage between two people who join and start a new family.  They give me hope about this world which sometimes gets so crazy and cold. There are smiles everywhere, tears sliding down cheeks, hugs, families reunited, little ones, and grandparents. Some are happy, some are sad; that's life, and I feel glad and humbled to be there.

Pentaxian Profile - Jeffry Scott

"Once a Pentaxian, Always a Pentaxian"

By PF Staff in Pentaxian Profiles on Sep 30, 2015

You may have heard the phrase "Once a Pentaxian, Always a Pentaxian."  In the case of Jeffry Scott— today's featured photographer— it took extensive experience with four other camera systems for him to come to that realization.

We hope you can relate to this story of soul-searching in the camera world.  Enjoy!

Pentaxian Profile - Terry Miesle

Insect field study

By PF Staff in Pentaxian Profiles on Aug 29, 2015

Editorial note: in today's Pentaxian Profile, we follow the story of Terry Miesle, a Pentaxian who uses his Pentax gear to shoot macros and document wildlife.  Click on any photo in this article to enlarge.

Pentaxian Profile: Thomas Ohlsson

Portrait Photographer, Pentaxian

By DonThomaso in Pentaxian Profiles on May 11, 2015

I am a photographer specializing in portraiture or model shots. I have a master’s degree in economics and am currently studying in the field of informatics, when I am not taking photos that is.

I’ve always been interested in technology and gadget, and even though I owned simple P&S film cameras in the 90’s as a child, I saved up for a 1.3 megapixel Olympus while working during summer break as a teenager. I had enjoyed taking photos for a long time, but I never really put any thought into them. It was more a way of documenting my own experiences and using the pictures as a way of remembering. This kind of photography may be sufficient for personal use, but it didn’t communicate very many feelings to people that weren’t there at the moment of each capture.

Alex Munoz: Medium Format Pentaxian

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.


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