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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-27-2014, 06:43 PM  
k3 or K5 2s for HDR?
Posted By flyer
Replies: 7
Views: 1,667
The K-3 can shoot RAW or JPEG HDR pictures.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 04-18-2014, 05:45 PM  
slaves or constant lighting?
Posted By flyer
Replies: 11
Views: 1,061
Generally, roaming dogs (or cats) are more expressive but absolutely unpredictable. In such a case, the constant lighting is a blessing.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 04-16-2014, 06:24 PM  
slaves or constant lighting?
Posted By flyer
Replies: 11
Views: 1,061
Strobes are constant, but pets aren't. They tends to move around, especially when they think they've done enough modeling. And, when they move around, the flashes sometime get thrown off, but with continuous lights, the light meter will readjust the exposure.

I use Bowens lights (5 X 30 watts). I also have some strip lights made with 4 GTI daylight balance 54 in. tubes (home made). Those light tubes are used in color balanced light booth in the printing industry, and they are full spectrum. I get a few thousand lux of lights at about 1 meter out of those strip.

I'm sorry if I took so long to answer your questions, but my wife has been in the hospital for the last three weeks, so lately, my visits on this site are kind of sporadic.
Forum: Pentax K-3 04-12-2014, 08:03 PM  
Is indoor lighting auto focus improved?
Posted By flyer
Replies: 18
Views: 1,804
When it comes to low light focusing, the K3 is outstanding. Quite a few notches above anything else.

As for speed, all the DA* lenses are slooooooooooow focusing lenses, so it sometimes kind of negate the focusing ability of the K3.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 04-08-2014, 05:13 PM  
slaves or constant lighting?
Posted By flyer
Replies: 11
Views: 1,061
In studio, most of the time, I use strobe. When photographing pets, I use continuous fluorescent lights. This way, if the animal(s) move unexpectedly (common problem with pets), I can still keep on shooting with the camera metering the light, so I don't have to re-adjust exposure, as would happen with strobes.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-05-2014, 04:23 PM  
SO...Let's Talk About Meters!
Posted By flyer
Replies: 24
Views: 1,868
Another point to take into account with digital cameras is the fact that some manufacturers (Nikon is well known for that) do "fudge" the ISO on their cameras to help make them less "noisy" at high ISO. Generally, Pentax cameras are rather accurate when it comes to ISO.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 03-30-2014, 08:39 AM  
Trip to Quebec City and Montreal, sights to visit(and shoot)?
Posted By flyer
Replies: 14
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Québec city is the only fortified city left in Canada, so it's worth visiting. It's almost like going back to a different era.

Montréal was (and still is) Québec's province commercial hub, so is very different. Also, Québec is older than Montréal, with a somewhat different architecture. Old Montréal has more tall (like 5 or 6 stories) buildings than Québec.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 03-30-2014, 03:54 AM  
Trip to Quebec City and Montreal, sights to visit(and shoot)?
Posted By flyer
Replies: 14
Views: 1,582
Don' forget the Notre-Dame basilica. The interior is outstanding.
Forum: Pentax K-3 03-15-2014, 04:35 PM  
Focus stacking
Posted By flyer
Replies: 15
Views: 3,167
It's done manually all the time. Why wouldn't it work if the camera does it on it's own?
Forum: Pentax K-3 03-15-2014, 07:27 AM  
Focus stacking
Posted By flyer
Replies: 15
Views: 3,167
I do a fair amount of close up using focus stacking.

I was wondering if it would be possible for Pentax to use the AF adjustment to do "auto focus bracketing"? Maybe it could be implemented with a firmware upgrade? It could make stacking a lot easier, using it in conjunction with mirror lock up on a tripod.

It could also be another Pentax "first".
Forum: Pentax K-3 03-09-2014, 04:58 PM  
old 35mm lenses and K-3 sensor
Posted By flyer
Replies: 23
Views: 3,026
The focusing screen doesn't affect AF. A microprism or split screen focusing screen will only affect exposure (especially with spot metering) due to the "blacking out" part of the screen with "smallish" opening of some zoom lenses.

The AF sensor itself is located in the bottom of the lightbox and receives the image via a semi silvered part of the main mirror and a secondary mirror behind the main mirror.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-24-2014, 07:58 AM  
K-3 and RAW setting
Posted By flyer
Replies: 4
Views: 668
You don't have to switch to RAW before doing any change or turning the camera off.

And you can also do HDR in RAW on the K3.
Forum: Photographic Technique 02-19-2014, 10:42 AM  
Working in low light. Suggestions?
Posted By flyer
Replies: 14
Views: 1,162
You could also try catch in focus. As you move the focus ring, as soon as the focus is reached, the shutter will activate.
Forum: General Talk 02-02-2014, 06:12 AM  
Things That are Gone
Posted By flyer
Replies: 120
Views: 5,972
Kids building tree house.

Now, if you ask a kid if he can build a tree house, he's likely to look at you like you fell from the tree.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-27-2014, 06:03 PM  
Pentax User with print question
Posted By flyer
Replies: 16
Views: 1,188
I have a HP Z3200 24" and an HP 8850 13 X 19.

Just remember, you don't save money doing your own printing, au contraire, but you have the convenience and the control.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 01-18-2014, 02:00 PM  
Usage Rights Question
Posted By flyer
Replies: 11
Views: 988
May be a stupid question, but did you sell the copyrights?
Forum: Photographic Technique 01-09-2014, 06:07 PM  
Photographing snow
Posted By flyer
Replies: 19
Views: 1,776
An easy way to get correct exposure with snowy landscape is to take an exposure reading off the palm of your hand, lock exposure, then take your picture. This method work properly if you are in a location with the same lighting as the landscape.

When you're used to use the AE-L button, it's real quick, and almost foolproof.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-06-2014, 04:43 PM  
Nodal Points for Panoramas
Posted By flyer
Replies: 18
Views: 6,114
Often, people talk about the "nodal point" of their lenses while discussing panos. It should be the "entrance pupil" you should calibrate for, not the nodal point. The entrance pupil is the exact optical point where you should pivot the lens to avoid parallax problems.

This is a big misunderstanding in photography.
Forum: Pentax K-3 12-25-2013, 05:11 PM  
K3 sample shots ... post here !
Posted By flyer
Replies: 8,832
Views: 1,025,123
Your Australian Sheep dog is a very nice dog.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 10-18-2012, 06:19 PM  
P-TTL and children / frustrated
Posted By flyer
Replies: 37
Views: 2,948
There must be something wrong with your set-up. The pre-flash is so close to the picture taking flash that you don't even see it.
Forum: Photographic Technique 10-18-2012, 06:13 PM  
stopped motion with motion at a bar help
Posted By flyer
Replies: 9
Views: 1,223
You can put the main subject in a darker area while the other people are in a brighter surrounding and use the flash in slow sync mode to illuminate the main subject. Your main subject would then pop out because it would be blur free, and brighter than the background if you slightly under expose said background.
Forum: Photographic Technique 10-15-2012, 05:41 PM  
Foundry Castings
Posted By flyer
Replies: 11
Views: 1,316
Due to the extreme difference in highlights and shadows, you should bracket your pictures. Then, you should be able to find a satisfactory one.

Also, while moving from "cool" to warm locations, watch for condensation on/in your lens.
Forum: General Talk 10-10-2012, 06:18 AM  
MK Shakes Head In Utter Disbelief....
Posted By flyer
Replies: 15
Views: 1,436
Some people have their head where the chicken have their eggs.:lol:
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 10-08-2012, 03:39 PM  
Pentax Battery Grip D-BG4 for K-5 or K-7
Posted By flyer
Replies: 10
Views: 3,147
But if the grip at $100.00 damages your $1000.00 camera, you're not ahead in the game.:hmm:

And, if people would start buying the original instead of clones, it might bring the price down. You know, the law of supply and demand...
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 10-08-2012, 05:04 AM  
Pentax Battery Grip D-BG4 for K-5 or K-7
Posted By flyer
Replies: 10
Views: 3,147
That's something that never ceases to amaze me. People are paying around $1000.00 for a camera, and quite a few hundreds for lenses, but they balk at the cost of the grip.

When you buy the Pentax grip, you buy peace of mind. You know if something goes wrong with your camera, it won't be blamed on a third party grip, or whatever...
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