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Forum: General Talk 01-13-2009, 05:10 AM  
Poll: Your Age
Posted By Nudelbutt
Replies: 22
Views: 4,710
Age 21.

My parents owned a couple of pentax film compacts back in the day (still have them) but i never thought much of the brand. In my teenage years, we got a sony digital camera (when 3.2MP was a big thing) and it was a whopper! Didnt use that much though.
Before I went into uni i got another sony compact which was much smaller this time and I used it a fair bit. At some point, i got into photo manipulation and decided to go the next level so that i would have better images to play with. I had a look around, looking for the cheapest and simplest set up (probably what they are trying to achieve with the K-m).
Cue Pentax k100d with sigma 18-55mm lens! I was pleased and excited with the first few images i got which spurred me to seriously get into the genre of photography. Since then i got into the habit of trying new techniques and ideas while researching into lenses and accessories to help improve/enhance my images. Not wanting to sell the lenses I accumulated and switch into a new system, I upgraded to the k20d. Nothing wrong with the k200d but the features of the k20d appealed to me more :p

So after that long winded story I am pretty much like dopeytree: I did my research and got what I concluded was best. ;)
Forum: Photographic Technique 12-28-2008, 06:59 AM  
B&W Conversion
Posted By Nudelbutt
Replies: 49
Views: 7,081
I think improving contrast (curves, levels, channel mixer or etc.) between B&W is important and reducing grey colour.
You can make B&W photos more dynamic by dodging highlights and burning shadows:).
Making your subject of focus more lighter than the rest will draw the person's eye to it.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-27-2008, 10:53 PM  
Post your best B+W 2008
Posted By Nudelbutt
Replies: 36
Views: 3,637
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-12-2008, 04:55 PM  
Portraits of my Daughter C&C pls.
Posted By Nudelbutt
Replies: 15
Views: 2,307
Nice. Maybe try and convert them into black and white for better impact :)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 11-18-2008, 03:13 AM  
DXO Mark : an interresting performance comparison site for DSLR cameras
Posted By Nudelbutt
Replies: 30
Views: 13,007
I think they mixed up the gx20 with the k20d cause it says there the k20d is cheaper. the gx20 has a lower iso?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-17-2008, 05:26 PM  
Water color effect
Posted By Nudelbutt
Replies: 16
Views: 2,128
To be honest, I like the original one better because to me the water colour effect looks like an over-sharpened image and kinda rough looking lol. Maybe it will look better bigger? The original looks nice and smooth and tranquil. :p
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-17-2008, 04:44 AM  
Samsung GX-20 for A$1199 with kit lens
Posted By Nudelbutt
Replies: 16
Views: 6,981
Yeah they are pretty much the same. The GX20 has a different menu interface and slightly different body. It would be a good buy! :D
Forum: Photographic Technique 11-17-2008, 04:37 AM  
Feel stupid.... Aperture error.
Posted By Nudelbutt
Replies: 9
Views: 3,320
The camera will adjust its SR to what focal length you have set. Setting it at a focal length outside of what you intend to use will theoretically reduce the SRs effectiveness. Not sure but i always try to set the focal length to what i intend to use or close to it as instructed in the manual.
Forum: Photographic Technique 11-17-2008, 03:32 AM  
File transfer
Posted By Nudelbutt
Replies: 17
Views: 3,405
I use either. Using the card reader is quickest i think but one of my cards doesnt read right so i use my usb cable for that situation :)
Forum: Photographic Technique 11-17-2008, 03:28 AM  
Feel stupid.... Aperture error.
Posted By Nudelbutt
Replies: 9
Views: 3,320
Yep, as he said. go to custom options and scroll to the last setting and set it to 2 to allow you to use the lens when the apeture ring is not set to A. You wont be able to auto focus but you can change the shutter speed or press the green button to set it automatically.

Best of luck :)
Forum: Photographic Technique 11-16-2008, 07:08 PM  
Number of PEFs on a SD card
Posted By Nudelbutt
Replies: 11
Views: 2,840
My 16gb card also says 660 (in my k20d). Maybe they have a preset number when a card is empty then calculates the rest based on the images you take? i dunno lol
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-16-2008, 05:13 AM  
RAW + JPEG with JPEG on One Star quality
Posted By Nudelbutt
Replies: 58
Views: 11,654
Well as per said, the RAW file is your like your photo negative so all the detail is retained no matter how many times you open the image in photoshop to edit it. A jpeg however does not have all the data/detail captured by the camera and also each time you save it after editing it, the quality will degrade.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-16-2008, 01:35 AM  
RAW + JPEG with JPEG on One Star quality
Posted By Nudelbutt
Replies: 58
Views: 11,654
Indeed, I'm not sure why people would take RAW and JPEGs at the same time =S.
I think it might be useful if you're travelling and you want to give some pictures to a friend who doesnt have PS or pentax lab (ie cannot open PEFs). I read in a mag that sports photographers or journalists shoot in JPEG as they need to upload it quickly for their article, maybe they keep the raw file to make wallpapers for the fans or somethin.
I guess which one you use would depend on the situation (I do enjoy the raw button on the k20d :D)
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 11-15-2008, 07:06 PM  
What kind of photos do you dislike?
Posted By Nudelbutt
Replies: 230
Views: 28,401
Yeah, really obvious HDR really annoys me but non-photography people seem to like it.

I hate those "Myspace/Facebook/Bebo shots" where its quite obvious that the person has taken a picture of themselves. Like every camera nowerdays has a bloody self timer! :ugh:
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-15-2008, 07:09 AM  
What's in the air?
Posted By Nudelbutt
Replies: 11
Views: 2,054
Fantastic shot! Love it! :D
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-14-2008, 03:17 AM  
POST A PIC TO OWN THE PIC ABOVE! (Game)
Posted By Nudelbutt
Replies: 788
Views: 82,619
Maybe THAT is the image that is owning the previous one :p
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-14-2008, 12:11 AM  
Lens Advice please...
Posted By Nudelbutt
Replies: 9
Views: 1,882
If your priority is low noise then a k20d is the way to go. This way you can bump up the iso in low light conditions and maintain low noise. Although maybe you should invest in a flash gun for those low light situations?

To get sharper images you should look at prime lenses like the Pentax FA 50mm 1.4 which is quite cheap and allows you to shoot in low light conditions.

Btw, more megapixels on a sensor=more noise. Try not to crop so much and the noise will be less obvious! :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-12-2008, 07:50 PM  
Recipe
Posted By Nudelbutt
Replies: 6
Views: 1,934
More Sauce Tomate then! :p
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-12-2008, 07:48 PM  
POST A PIC TO OWN THE PIC ABOVE! (Game)
Posted By Nudelbutt
Replies: 788
Views: 82,619
Developers & Construction workers do it better

Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-12-2008, 06:32 PM  
Difficult Run Cascades
Posted By Nudelbutt
Replies: 13
Views: 2,064
^^^ That looks pretty sweet. I recon it looks better in B&W :lol:
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-12-2008, 06:30 PM  
cheap fa50/1.4
Posted By Nudelbutt
Replies: 16
Views: 4,343
About a year ago I paid nearly double that ($AUD430) but nower days its just under $300. I dont regret buying it then cause over the course of that year i got some pretty sweet pics :D

Australia always gets stooged when it comes to mark-ups. :hmm:
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-12-2008, 05:57 PM  
Long Exposure Waterfall C&C Welcome
Posted By Nudelbutt
Replies: 14
Views: 2,384
Very nice! Good job! :)
Forum: Photographic Technique 11-12-2008, 04:00 AM  
Should we stack ND filters?
Posted By Nudelbutt
Replies: 25
Views: 26,590
You can stack em to, as you say, make 3 stops but I think it might cause vignetting. A polariser can also add a few stops like a ND filter but again, it might cause severe vignetting if you stack too many filters. If you want to add more stops you can try increasing the shutter speed or aperture. :)
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