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10-10-2011, 01:42 AM   #1
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Hi All,

Found you guys after finding your amazing lens review database through google. Kept on getting distracted by all the wonderful threads.

I own a K100d, and have mainly used the programmed settings for the last 5 years. I mainly take macros of flowers and action shots of my two wolfhound crosses as well as general landscapes etc.

After 5 years of 'playing it safe' am now looking into trying out all the manual settings and getting into trying out new-old lenses.

Looking forward to learning heaps on the forum!

10-10-2011, 02:30 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum from a bit to the northeast.
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Thanks Jac! Only a *little* to the north east I see. *snarf*
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Welcome WolfieGirl, this is a great forum to bounce ideas around in and get some ideas on how to get more comfortably onto your photography journey. The K100D is a fine camera - it was my first dSLR and produces some spectacular colours.

The first place to start trying out camera settings is semi-auto: Av and Tv, then setting your own ISO levels. So start learning about the exposure triad, which is fundamental to getting out of auto modes - here's a start: Learning basic photographic techniques - PentaxForums.com. Then work on framing and composition, and you'll find more and more pleasure in your results.

Enjoy the forum.

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Hi Ash,

Thanks for all your advice! I was finally brave enough to try the Av settings today. I'm amazed just looking in to the playback monitor how richer the colours look! And the sharpness! Am already starting to think perhaps I was too quick off the mark in getting some new manual lenses having only just discovered the manual settings and how they compare with my own kit lenses. haha.

Thanks for the links. Will go take a look!
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No worries, and a couple of other general tips:
- try to keep ISO as low as possible, and at a maximum of ISO 1600 on your camera (only if necessary) to limit 'noise'
- if your shutter speed turns out to be longer than 1/(focal length) for a handheld shot, you should consider a tripod to limit camera shake bluriness in your results, even with the shake reduction mode on (it's only good for only slight adjustments). If you use a tripod, then switch the SR off.
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*eyes start to spin*

LOL
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One thing at a time, eh?
Anyway, it's all for the fun of it, so enjoy the learning process.

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absolutely!
i'll get there.... eventually!
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Welcome Wolfiegirl, from sunny Newcastle.
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Greetings from almost-sunny (20% chance of rain) mountainous California! You want to talk lenses? Takumars are great. You want to talk settings? Low ISO, SR on, shutter speed at least 1/focal.length; open the aperture for subject isolation, stop-down the aperture for sharpness. You want to talk perfection? Ain't none, but almost anything can be fixed in PP. That's a start. Cheers!
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Welcome from Melbourne mate!

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Another cooeee from Melbourne. Welcome to the Pentax Forums. Ask any and all questions you have and be prepared for wondefully fullsome and generous answers. Lots of good folk in here.
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QuoteOriginally posted by RioRico Quote
Greetings from almost-sunny (20% chance of rain) mountainous California! You want to talk lenses? Takumars are great. You want to talk settings? Low ISO, SR on, shutter speed at least 1/focal.length; open the aperture for subject isolation, stop-down the aperture for sharpness. You want to talk perfection? Ain't none, but almost anything can be fixed in PP. That's a start. Cheers!
*giggles*

you're too funny rico!

hi fellow aussies! thanks for the lovely welcome! i think i spent all of last night just browsing through the site. i think i know what i'll be doing today...
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QuoteOriginally posted by wolfiegirl Quote
you're too funny rico!
Yeah, that's what they told me, just before the lobotomy. I'm much calmer now.

But I digress. Chance of rain went up to 110%. Nice soft light amidst the scattered hail. A good day to stick the Rodenstock XR-Heligon 120/1.8 lens on the camera (fixed focus at 50cm) and go stalking wild paint-flakes and rust-spots. They're so much easier to approach than are squirrels, deer, pumas, other local denizens. The mantids have all migrated south for the winter, so my favourite subjects are gone. Such is life.

Confession: It wasn't really a lobotomy. Cheers!
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