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01-12-2012, 07:09 PM   #1
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How do I use the K5?

I bought my wife a K5 for Christmas. She would like to learn how to use it, meaning all the features. Why they are there and why use them and when.

Does anyone know of a excellent online course she can enroll in or is there a book you would recommend?

Thanks

01-12-2012, 07:43 PM   #2
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That's a lot to learn! What is her current familiarity and skill with photography?
01-12-2012, 08:02 PM   #3
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Have you seen this? Sseems to be what you are after
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Nice present for your wife

If there is no experience at all, she can start reading about basics of photography on e.g.
Cambridge in Colour - Photography Tutorials & Learning Community
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A book that is often advised is Bryan Peterson's "understanding exposure".

I can not advise on something specific for the K5.

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You can't beat a real class interacting with a teacher and other students. Check out the better camera stores (many are offering such classes these days) or if you have a local "learning annex" type place. It won't be specific to the K-5, of course, but she'd be instructed that "now is the time to read up on such and such feature" for your particular model. Can be too overwhelming with no guidance...
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did she read the manual ? Because all the meaning of the features are well explain in it.
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In general, to learn photography, look at Scott Kelby's digital photography books. They are geared towards Canon/Nikon users, but the same principles to apply.

Yvon Bourke has an e book about the K5 that is pretty good: https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-k-5-forum/127109-yvon-bourque-k-5-ebook-out.html.
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If your wife has little to no photography experience, I can recommend the books by Bryan Peterson -http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_1_7?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&fie...+p%2Caps%2C304. His book, Understanding Exposure, I would consider the starting point - then you can branch out from there.

And, she simply needs to "play" with the camera and make note of what seems to work for her and what doesn't.

Nice present!!

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QuoteOriginally posted by aurele Quote
did she read the manual ? Because all the meaning of the features are well explain in it.
If she had no experience, that would make her cry and take the camera back for a refund.
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One place to look is doing a search on Google for Pentax K5 related videos....
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I highly suggest you have her sign up for a photography course at the local community college. Photography books and camera instruction manuals can be very intimidating to the inexperienced.
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I'd also reckon she should start slow, and learn to enjoy the basics of framing, composition and lighting first. There are a number of features that may never be used, but learning about exposure modes and HDR may add some value from the start of her journey. The resources linked above are fine sites.
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