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Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 11-24-2016, 03:12 PM  
Home studio backdrop - what do you use and recommend?
Posted By Tommy
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Thanks for your input. That was really helpful. Paper it is! At least that's where I'll start. Interesting comment about the gels. I'll definitely try that some time in the future.



Good remarks. I'll keep in mind to try to keep trying in the rest of the home. I'm quite new to flash photography so there might be a few more spots in the house that are usable than I used to think of when not having a flash.
A foldable one seems interesting. I'll look into that as well.



Yeah, I realise that more an more. I'll go with the less wide option as a start. As you say....it'll be cheap so I can try both gray and white and see what I like the best.



Interesting, I'll look into that. Christmas is coming up so why not :-)



I'll start with paper I think but I will definitely mount the paper rolls to the ceiling in a way that I can hang almost anything with a few clamps.

Thanks a lot everyone. I'm very greatful for your comments. This was really helpful. Now I have motivation enough to clean out that room from all the junk that is currently there :-)

/Tommy
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 11-24-2016, 04:46 AM  
Home studio backdrop - what do you use and recommend?
Posted By Tommy
Replies: 9
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I have a problem that almost any picture I take in our house has some annoying item in the background.
I have a space that I could use as a small studio and am thinking of getting some kind of backdrop to start experimenting with flash photography and portraits.
My first thought was to get two or three paper backgrounds on rolls and then have mounts screwed to the ceiling.
I am thinking about the wider kind (107 inches/2.7 meters)...though THAT wide might be overkill for my rather small space.

But then I was thinking about using fabric.

What are your suggestions on this? What are the pros and cons of using paper vs fabric?

And if I use only paper. How many and what colors would you start with? My first thought was to go for black and white. But maybe a third color would be fun. Is gray a good option or a waste if you have black and white? Or is black or white a waste if you have gray? I know, it all depends on what you want to achieve but I don't mind if you just write your personal opinion as I really don't know what style I will be shooting the most.

/Tommy
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-05-2015, 02:27 PM  
AF performance 16-85 vs 18-135 vs screw drive on K3?
Posted By Tommy
Replies: 15
Views: 4,286
I decided to go for the K-3 without any additional DA 18-135 right now. The delivery was super quick and I already have it in my hands :-)

So far, it's all I wanted it to be! AF speed is a huge improvement for me (coming from the K10D). So far I have only tried it with my Sigma 17-70 and the DFA 100 Macro.
The Sigma focuses amazingly fast eventhough relying on screwdrive focus. During live view its slow as someone mentioned but I have not gotten used to that anyway yet.
The DFA 100 Macro also focuses fast unless it wants to hunt back and forth over the whole focus throw which is sooo long on that lens, Takes a while even on the K-3 but I expected that.

I might have to writ a separate report in another thread about my first experiences as right now it seems I have to update Lightrrom to view the pictures, then some sleep and then some serious shooting.

Thanks again for the help. I might still buy another zoom lens later this year or some other year so it was valuable to get all your views on my "problem".

Right now though, I couldn't be happier! ;-)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-03-2015, 01:31 PM  
AF performance 16-85 vs 18-135 vs screw drive on K3?
Posted By Tommy
Replies: 15
Views: 4,286
I totally see what you are saying and I have been lugging around all my lenses on many trips before (though, not quite as good as the ones you are mentioning). The family has increased to three kids though, which somehow has made me thinking about compromises, smaller cameras, fewer lens switches etc etc. I have some other, shorter, trips coming up before the Asia trip and all my lenses are coming along then. I'd love to have the 50-135. If I'm not too tempted by going FF in a few years, I can see myself owning it some day.

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That was really a very similar situation. Good to hear your views on the AF. I won't be doing much video (I think) and prefer using the viewfinder (also....I think. I really don't have any option on my K10D :-)
I think if I started to play around with those lenses I might like the silence too.

/Tommy
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-01-2015, 01:43 PM  
AF performance 16-85 vs 18-135 vs screw drive on K3?
Posted By Tommy
Replies: 15
Views: 4,286
Wow! Thank you all for all the wonderful input. I did enjoy the reading and even though all people have their own way of looking at things, it is still valuable to hear your views. Not sure it made the decision easier though :-)

Right now I consider ordering only the K-3 and settle with my old Sigma 17-70 for a while longer. I have a trip to Asia coming up in december and by then it would be nice to have a WR standard zoom lens with decent range (considering the damp environment). I think 16-85 sounds more appealing right now but I am not sure if it is worth all that money.
I'll still have the Sigma 17-70 probably so maybe getting a 18-135 is smarter for travel (and as a compliment at home) but those 16mm at the wind end sounds better than getting the 135 at the long end. I do have the Sigma 8-16 for the really wide shots but that won't be coming along on an Asia trip due to size/weight. On the other hand, getting a lens for just one trip is maybe a little stupid?

Oh well, guess I am back where I started :-) I do know more now, but I am still left with budget thoughts vs LBA. Postponing the lens choice for another six months sounds like the sane thing to do. But sane is not always fun...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-30-2015, 03:42 PM  
AF performance 16-85 vs 18-135 vs screw drive on K3?
Posted By Tommy
Replies: 15
Views: 4,286
I have put off upgrading my K10D for so long that I think it's finally time to upgrade to a K-3.
One of the things I will enjoy is having better autofocus. I have the Sigma 17-70 (the old 2,8-4,5, non-HSM version).
So my question is: How much better will AF performance be if I also upgrade the lens to the 16-85 or the 18-135 and which one of those two lenses would be the better choice considering AF-performance? Will the cost of getting a new lens pay off in terms of noticeably quicker AF or is the AF speed of my screw-drive Sigma lens also very fast on the K-3?

I could of course just order the K-3 and try it with my Sigma lens to see if its good enough but if i do decide on the 18-135, I can get it a lot cheaper if I order it bundled with the K-3. Then there is of course the usual question of which lens I would prefer in terms of all other aspects. I think I can find that answer in other threads though. Range-wise I think I would prefer the 16-85. I do consider the DA*16-50 too but am a little afraid of the old HSM-issue.

Thankful for any help during these difficult times in life ;-)

/Tommy
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-09-2015, 02:50 PM  
Night Fog and stars
Posted By Tommy
Replies: 24
Views: 1,821
I love them all but #3 and #4 are simply amazing! Very inspiring!
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 12-14-2014, 01:19 AM  
3 Million Post Giveaway: Confirm your entry!
Posted By Tommy
Replies: 2,854
Views: 93,745
If I win, I have promised myself to finally upgrade my K10D to a K-3.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-11-2014, 11:41 AM  
Architecture La Sagrada Familia - Barcelona
Posted By Tommy
Replies: 2
Views: 727
Stitched from 4 images. Changed the tone a little in Lightroom.
Any suggestions on more PP? Can't make up my mind about erasing the bright light to the left or not?
Ah...so many choices!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-10-2014, 04:41 PM  
Machinery First camera on the moon: Pentax!
Posted By Tommy
Replies: 5
Views: 659
Forget about Hasselblad being the first camera on the moon. The truth is that it was an early pre-production model of the K10D that was used when Armstrong and Aldrin stepped onto the surface. Pixel count wasn't really high back in 1969 so the Astronauts might look a little "blocky" in this picture:



/Tommy
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-25-2013, 05:28 PM  
Macro November roses
Posted By Tommy
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Views: 339
November 25, just north of 59N...
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-02-2013, 02:12 PM  
Macro Captured Rain Drop.....
Posted By Tommy
Replies: 11
Views: 575
Wow! That is amazing! That drop looks like it will stay there forever....almost solid!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-02-2013, 01:27 PM  
People Mandy - Reflections
Posted By Tommy
Replies: 10
Views: 2,195
Beautiful! I too think the nose ring is a litte distractive.....but just in a few shots where it gets very dominant, like in #4. However, no 3, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12.....all beautiful! Nice work with the reflections. My absolute favorite is #3!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-02-2013, 01:08 PM  
Night Thunder
Posted By Tommy
Replies: 10
Views: 677
Great shot! Very well captured! I like the dark blue/purple color and that lightning filling up so much of the picture. Beautiful!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-02-2013, 12:06 AM  
Cityscape NYC last year
Posted By Tommy
Replies: 9
Views: 533
Thank you, charliezap! Yes, the S.O.L. is very interesting to me since I was almost thinking of putting the camera away since it was such a gray day and all the pictures seemed so flat, looking at them in the camera. Doing some tweaks in Lightroom made it a lot better.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-01-2013, 02:07 PM  
Cityscape NYC last year
Posted By Tommy
Replies: 9
Views: 533
Thank you, scratchpaddy! Yes that is rain! At first, I was so disapointed that we had bad weather but as soon as it changed from pouring down to light rain, I decided to make the most out of it. In retrospect, I think that light rain pushed me to try to take better pictures. I love big cities too!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-01-2013, 01:51 PM  
Cityscape NYC last year
Posted By Tommy
Replies: 9
Views: 533
A few from a great trip to NYC last year:













/Tommy
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-19-2013, 03:53 PM  
Travel Canadian Rockies
Posted By Tommy
Replies: 19
Views: 1,184
Went there in 2003 and still recognize many of the locations. Well captured!! It might be worth pointing out, to those who have not seen it in real life, that the water color in that first pic is authentic!!
Otherwise one might think that you did some unnatural color corrections or WB changes in PP. I like your pictures and how they bring back so many good memories!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-25-2013, 02:32 PM  
Abstract Resurfacing
Posted By Tommy
Replies: 11
Views: 556
Freakingly good!! That nail on the middle finger looks horribly cracked and adds a lot of feeling to the picture!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-25-2013, 02:27 PM  
Landscape SF Skyline and Treasure Island
Posted By Tommy
Replies: 10
Views: 857
Very good! I really like the first one and the third one! Beautiful!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-25-2013, 01:53 PM  
Macro A few flowers (and some leaves)
Posted By Tommy
Replies: 8
Views: 577
Wow! These are all great! Leaf Layers is really cool. My favorite is A Pale Indigo though!
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 06-24-2013, 05:13 PM  
Yellow subway train
Posted By Tommy
Replies: 0
Views: 454
Yellow subway train
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-18-2011, 02:17 PM  
Travel Sicily - part two (west and north coast)
Posted By Tommy
Replies: 6
Views: 2,293
Thanks! Means a lot!



Sicily was indeed great! We both had a great honeymoon together and I didn't took it too far with the running-around-with-the-camera...I think......at least we're still married!!! With scenery like that surrounding you all the time, wherever you go (almost), it really doesn't take much extra time to get many good pictures. I definitely recommend Sicily...the best was the food though....amazing....and the ice cream is incredible.



Thanks Dave! Appreciated!



Thanks! You are right, it really looks deadly but I guess it's safe. Not uncommon in southern Europe though. Except this place had these bright red covers that I thought looked cool.

/Tommy
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-18-2011, 01:54 PM  
Architecture Spheres
Posted By Tommy
Replies: 14
Views: 2,340
Great job on the B&W conversion! I like the way you cropped it too!

/Tommy
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-18-2011, 01:51 PM  
Cityscape BURANO italy
Posted By Tommy
Replies: 3
Views: 1,465
Wow! Great set of pictures with some beautiful colors!

/Tommy
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