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12-26-2012, 10:21 PM   #121
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I don't have a flash either, except for the pop-up flash, but at least on the K-r you can turn the flash down to a maximum of -2. It's fun to experiment with various f-stops on manual (with k lenses, m42 lenses like Taks) using various flash "minus" settings. I've gotten some great pictures that way.

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QuoteOriginally posted by timmijo Quote
you can turn the flash down to a maximum of -2
What does this mean?
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QuoteOriginally posted by hollywoodhr Quote
What does this mean?
Your built-in flash runs at full-power by default. With the built-in flash running, press and hold the exposure compensation button ( +/-) and turn the wheel on the back of your K-r. This allows you to reduce the light output by the flash.
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Yes, you can set your flash to not be as strong. I was getting complaints from my grown kids (my favorite subjects to shoot, to their dismay) that the flash was very bothersome. So with a little fiddling, I discovered that I can turn it "down".

Just enter your flash mode (bottom button on the four-way controller), and you will see a symbol of your edial underneath the icons. Turn the e-dial wheel to lower the flash output. You can lower it in increments down to "2" or raise the flash in increments up to "1". You do not have to be in the middle of shooting to do this.

I have found that when shooting in full manual exposure and with manual mode that using the flash (turned down) can render a gorgeous, sharp picture, especially with an old manual lens. But if you just have the kit lens, this works very well to render a nicely-lit photo, too.

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QuoteOriginally posted by timmijo Quote
Yes, you can set your flash to not be as strong. I was getting complaints from my grown kids (my favorite subjects to shoot, to their dismay) that the flash was very bothersome. So with a little fiddling, I discovered that I can turn it "down".

Just enter your flash mode (bottom button on the four-way controller), and you will see a symbol of your edial underneath the icons. Turn the e-dial wheel to lower the flash output. You can lower it in increments down to "2" or raise the flash in increments up to "1". You do not have to be in the middle of shooting to do this.

I have found that when shooting in full manual exposure and with manual mode that using the flash (turned down) can render a gorgeous, sharp picture, especially with an old manual lens. But if you just have the kit lens, this works very well to render a nicely-lit photo, too.
Very interesting, thanks!
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Hey!

I took some photos today, and I'd like to know what you think of these? Well, it's basically this one scene, I just wanted to capture these decorations.



Filename - IMGP5350.jpg
Make - PENTAX
Model - PENTAX K-r
Orientation - Top left
XResolution - 300
YResolution - 300
ResolutionUnit - Inch
Software - PENTAX Digital Camera Utility Ver. 4.30
DateTime - 2012:12:30 03:24:53
Artist -
YCbCrPositioning - Co-Sited
Copyright -
ExifOffset - 286
ExposureTime - 1.3 seconds
FNumber - 10.00
ExposureProgram - Aperture priority
ISOSpeedRatings - 200
ExifVersion - 0221
DateTimeOriginal - 2012:12:30 02:14:58
DateTimeDigitized - 2012:12:30 02:14:58
ComponentsConfiguration - YCbCr
ExposureBiasValue - 0.70
MeteringMode - Center weighted average
Flash - Flash not fired, compulsory flash mode
FocalLength - 28.13 mm
FlashPixVersion - 0100
ColorSpace - sRGB
ExifImageWidth - 4288
ExifImageHeight - 2848
InteroperabilityOffset - 29608
SensingMethod - One-chip color area sensor
CustomRendered - Normal process
ExposureMode - Manual
White Balance - Auto
FocalLengthIn35mmFilm - 42 mm
SceneCaptureType - Standard
Contrast - Hard
Saturation - Normal
Sharpness - Hard
SubjectDistanceRange - Distant view

GPS information: -
GPSVersionID - 2.3.0.0

Maker Note (Vendor): -
Mode - Auto
Quality - Good
ISO - 200
White Balance - Auto
Lens Type - smc PENTAX-DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL II

Thumbnail: -
Compression - 6 (JPG)
XResolution - 72
YResolution - 72
ResolutionUnit - Inch
JpegIFOffset - 29750
JpegIFByteCount - 7399




Filename - IMGP5361.jpg
Make - PENTAX
Model - PENTAX K-r
Orientation - Top left
XResolution - 300
YResolution - 300
ResolutionUnit - Inch
Software - PENTAX Digital Camera Utility Ver. 4.30
DateTime - 2012:12:30 03:24:53
Artist -
YCbCrPositioning - Co-Sited
Copyright -
ExifOffset - 286
ExposureTime - 3 seconds
FNumber - 20.00
ExposureProgram - Aperture priority
ISOSpeedRatings - 200
ExifVersion - 0221
DateTimeOriginal - 2012:12:30 02:31:07
DateTimeDigitized - 2012:12:30 02:31:07
ComponentsConfiguration - YCbCr
ExposureBiasValue - -0.70
MeteringMode - Center weighted average
Flash - Flash not fired, compulsory flash mode
FocalLength - 21.25 mm
FlashPixVersion - 0100
ColorSpace - sRGB
ExifImageWidth - 4288
ExifImageHeight - 2848
InteroperabilityOffset - 32202
SensingMethod - One-chip color area sensor
CustomRendered - Normal process
ExposureMode - Manual
White Balance - Auto
FocalLengthIn35mmFilm - 31 mm
SceneCaptureType - Standard
Contrast - Hard
Saturation - Normal
Sharpness - Hard
SubjectDistanceRange - Close view

GPS information: -
GPSVersionID - 2.3.0.0

Maker Note (Vendor): -
Mode - Auto
Quality - Good
ISO - 200
White Balance - Auto
Lens Type - smc PENTAX-DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL II

Thumbnail: -
Compression - 6 (JPG)
XResolution - 72
YResolution - 72
ResolutionUnit - Inch
JpegIFOffset - 32344
JpegIFByteCount - 6965




Filename - IMGP5362.jpg
Make - PENTAX
Model - PENTAX K-r
Orientation - Top left
XResolution - 300
YResolution - 300
ResolutionUnit - Inch
Software - PENTAX Digital Camera Utility Ver. 4.30
DateTime - 2012:12:30 03:24:53
Artist -
YCbCrPositioning - Co-Sited
Copyright -
ExifOffset - 286
ExposureTime - 1.3 seconds
FNumber - 13.00
ExposureProgram - Aperture priority
ISOSpeedRatings - 200
ExifVersion - 0221
DateTimeOriginal - 2012:12:30 02:27:05
DateTimeDigitized - 2012:12:30 02:27:05
ComponentsConfiguration - YCbCr
ExposureBiasValue - -0.70
MeteringMode - Center weighted average
Flash - Flash not fired, compulsory flash mode
FocalLength - 18.00 mm
FlashPixVersion - 0100
ColorSpace - sRGB
ExifImageWidth - 4288
ExifImageHeight - 2848
InteroperabilityOffset - 31320
SensingMethod - One-chip color area sensor
CustomRendered - Normal process
ExposureMode - Manual
White Balance - Auto
FocalLengthIn35mmFilm - 27 mm
SceneCaptureType - Standard
Contrast - Hard
Saturation - Normal
Sharpness - Hard
SubjectDistanceRange - Close view

GPS information: -
GPSVersionID - 2.3.0.0

Maker Note (Vendor): -
Mode - Auto
Quality - Good
ISO - 200
White Balance - Auto
Lens Type - smc PENTAX-DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL II

Thumbnail: -
Compression - 6 (JPG)
XResolution - 72
YResolution - 72
ResolutionUnit - Inch
JpegIFOffset - 31462
JpegIFByteCount - 6800




Filename - IMGP5393.jpg
Make - PENTAX
Model - PENTAX K-r
Orientation - Top left
XResolution - 300
YResolution - 300
ResolutionUnit - Inch
Software - Microsoft Windows Photo Viewer 6.1.7600.16385
DateTime - 2012:12:30 03:25:30
Artist -
YCbCrPositioning - Co-Sited
Copyright -
ExifOffset - 2364
ExposureTime - 1/60 seconds
FNumber - 7.10
ExposureProgram - Aperture priority
ISOSpeedRatings - 3200
ExifVersion - 0221
DateTimeOriginal - 2012:12:30 02:59:15
DateTimeDigitized - 2012:12:30 02:59:15
ComponentsConfiguration - YCbCr
ExposureBiasValue - -2.30
MeteringMode - Center weighted average
Flash - Flash not fired, compulsory flash mode
FocalLength - 42.50 mm
FlashPixVersion - 0100
ColorSpace - sRGB
ExifImageWidth - 2848
ExifImageHeight - 4288
InteroperabilityOffset - 31212
SensingMethod - One-chip color area sensor
CustomRendered - Normal process
ExposureMode - Manual
White Balance - Auto
FocalLengthIn35mmFilm - 64 mm
SceneCaptureType - Standard
Contrast - Hard
Saturation - Normal
Sharpness - Hard
SubjectDistanceRange - Distant view

GPS information: -
GPSVersionID - 2.3.0.0

Maker Note (Vendor): -
Mode - Auto
Quality - Good
ISO - 3200
White Balance - Auto
Lens Type - smc PENTAX-DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL II

Thumbnail: -
Compression - 6 (JPG)
XResolution - 72
YResolution - 72
ResolutionUnit - Inch
JpegIFOffset - 31358
JpegIFByteCount - 4075
12-30-2012, 12:39 AM   #127
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They look absolutely brilliant to me! Well done indeed!
12-30-2012, 06:04 AM   #128
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Beautiful shots I especially like the first shot from the center of the square. You got the perspective of the buildings just right. Many may not like the star burst effect around the street lamps but I like because it enhances the theme of the scene.

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Thank you!
They turned out the way I wanted them to, so I'm satisfied with the photos too this time.
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Nice. The best I've seen of yours so far. I've been following this thread from the start with great interest. Obviously you must have used a tripod or some such aid for the long exposures. Good also to see some other subjects from where you are located. I am not a huge fan of the stark landscapes of your earlier posts. (Maybe because I live in an area on the Canadian prairies that looks almost identical) Please keep up with the posts and I hope you keep enjoying your photography experiences.
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I have two more photos and I got a question about lights on a photo:



NS_Sailor was talking about star burst effect around street lamps on my photo, and those are seen on this photo too. So, I wanna know which settings should I use for this star burst not to happen? I personally don't mind it, but I just wanna know. And then there is this photo below, which doesn't seem to have that star burst thing going on too much, but some of the lights there look like... i don't know how to say it. They are like not sharp, they look like this weird nebulous light ball. Maybe it's normal, I don't know?



QuoteOriginally posted by Spot Quote
Nice. The best I've seen of yours so far. I've been following this thread from the start with great interest. Obviously you must have used a tripod or some such aid for the long exposures. Good also to see some other subjects from where you are located. I am not a huge fan of the stark landscapes of your earlier posts. (Maybe because I live in an area on the Canadian prairies that looks almost identical) Please keep up with the posts and I hope you keep enjoying your photography experiences.
Thank you!

I'm also happy to read that people have interest in this thread, so I'm not just wasting everyone's time haha. When I first started this thread I didn't really expect any answers, because that is how my threads are usually, no one replies . But this is not the case at all right now. And I am very thankful for all the help that I have gotten.

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Starbursts and fuzzy lights in night scenes are a form of flare. You can deliberately create starbursts using a filter with fine etching, or stretching a nylon stocking over the lens. The type of starburst will vary depending on the etching design or weave of the nylon. The fuzziness in lights might be caused by the reflectors placed immediately behind many surface mounted lights - or internal reflections within the lens ... the purpose of multi-coating is to reduce such internal reflections. To reduce flare, if at all possible, avoid using any extra glass surfaces (filters) when shooting night lighting - unless of course you want that specific effect.
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Don't be afraid to post process your photos. Even in the days of film, photographers made changes in the darkroom with dodging and burning. Good photo processing software is worth it's weight in gold. It can take a ho-hum photo and make it more acceptable and even take a good photo and make it great. What can be done in post processing is even more dramatic when you shoot in RAW. Here's a quick and dirty example of a shot taken inside an English castle to demonstate what I'm talking about:
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Don't be afraid to post process your photos. Even in the days of film, photographers made changes in the darkroom with dodging and burning. Good photo processing software is worth it's weight in gold. It can take a ho-hum photo and make it more acceptable and even take a good photo and make it great. What can be done in post processing is even more dramatic when you shoot in RAW. Here's a quick and dirty example of a shot taken inside an English castle to demonstate what I'm talking about:
WOW!
Does post processing also mean "editing photos"? I'm asking because I kind of have this feeling that these two are are not the same thing. Hehe. I usually photoshop my photos when I find something that I like more than others. But right now I'm only converting them from RAW to jpg, because I'm trying to figure out the settings of my camera...

Thought I would share some photos that are taken 3+ years ago with a compact camera, they are all photoshopped, but I like them much better than I like the photos that I take now. I think my photos now are inexpressive.
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"Post Processing" (PP) and "editing" can mean something different, but in everyday use, they mean the same thing - - after taking a photograph, making changes to create (hopefully) a better photograph.
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