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Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 11-16-2011, 03:35 PM  
overcooking my images
Posted By sogden
Replies: 4
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i've just started to use PSE9 to edit my images and i'm worried i might be 'overcooking' my images
i tend to find that on most of my images i want to lighten the shadows and darken the highlights on the lighten or darken option on the guided editing tab(usually only by 5-20 units)
it seems to improve the image quality-better colours/less detail lost in under or over exposed parts of the image
i'm just worried that i'm making my photos look overstaurated/unrealistic ?
is this adjustment a common step in post-production or should i trust more to the original metering
thanks
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 11-11-2011, 12:44 AM  
total newbie -1st flash purchase
Posted By sogden
Replies: 34
Views: 7,384
I've seen a Polaroid flash(pl126pz) on Amazon for 70..has ttp ..tilt+swivel ..sounds good..anyone heard of this?
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 11-10-2011, 03:22 PM  
total newbie -1st flash purchase
Posted By sogden
Replies: 34
Views: 7,384
i'm wanting to get my 1st flash
the 2 areas i'd use this would be for portraits and macro with a Raynox DCR 150
i have never used a flash before(except for the inbuilt camera one) and don't really understand the differences between the settings/ttl etc..
any advice on what to get and general flash info would be appreciated
(budget approx 70/$100)
thanks
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-31-2011, 02:20 AM  
kx kit lens replacement
Posted By sogden
Replies: 5
Views: 1,671
i think in the short term i'd leave the telephoto lens(that'll be the next on my shopping list) and invest in a wide-angle to normal zoom lens.
i'd be interested to here how Tamron 17-50 f2.8/Sigma 17-70/Sigma 24-70/Tamron 28-75 compare
i'm tempted by the Sigma 24-70 and Tamron 28-75 as they're fast and v well regarded in reviews..would you say that a shorter range of zoom genrally has better overall image quality ?
i know eventually i've got to decide between convenience of longer range(with less lens swapping) or better IQ
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-30-2011, 03:56 PM  
kx kit lens replacement
Posted By sogden
Replies: 5
Views: 1,671
Having had my DAL 18-55 + 50-200 kit lenses for 18 months i feel i want to start replacing both with a whole new set up.

My main photographic interests are my kids + landscapes although i would like to broaden my horizons(if you pardon the pun)

I'm a bit undecided on which way to go and would value any opnions out there(and i'm sure i'll get lots of different ones but thats all good)
Option 1 is to get a like for like replacement ..so maybe a Tamron 17-50 + Pentax 55-300
OR i could get a larger range at the wide angle end such as the Sigma 17-70 and get the Pentax 55-300 later
Alternatively i was considering a faster mid range zoom such as the Sigma 24-70 or Tamron 28-75 add a telephoto zoom later and maybe also a 'super wide angle' such as the Sigma 10-20 or Tamron 12-24 later

I appreciate theres quite a price difference in all these options and i just need some gentle nudging in one direction or another
IQ..price..build quality - in order of importance(i don't want to buy any lens thats not a significant improvement over my current set up)

I value any opinons out there..cheers
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-30-2011, 03:23 PM  
bestslr deals
Posted By sogden
Replies: 2
Views: 616
I'll answer my own question .. Just done a quick Google search and apparently its a scam..DO NOT USE THIS WEBSITE
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-30-2011, 10:35 AM  
bestslr deals
Posted By sogden
Replies: 2
Views: 616
has anybody used this co before
they seem to be cheap for a range of lenses that i'm considering and the website looks legit..
thanks
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-25-2011, 09:49 AM  
help me choose a xmas present for myself
Posted By sogden
Replies: 19
Views: 1,959
Thanks for all the advice so far.
I quiet fancy a 'walk around lens' as i feel i'd use this a lot..
Potential shortlist;
Pentax17-70(q expensive and not v good ratings on here)
Pentax 16-45(cheaper/better rated/shorter range)
Tamron 17-50(how does this compare to the Pentax 16-45)
Sigma 17-70 f2.8-4 macro(good range/good rating/macro option)
Tamron 28-75(at longer end of range)

I feel i may have a bit more deliberation top come before narrowing my search
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-24-2011, 02:27 AM  
help me choose a xmas present for myself
Posted By sogden
Replies: 19
Views: 1,959
Hi
I've had my K-x for 18 months now and i'm ready to get a new lens
My current lenses are the 18-55 + 50-20 DAL kit lenses and a 2nd hand 50mm A f1.7 i got for 50 off ebay
I've been happy with all my lenses so far and i do a range of photography at a range of focal lengths but i suppose my main interests are landscapes and photographing my kids
I've liked the 50mm prime but as its a manual focus and as my kids don't stay still for v long i get a high % of out of focus shots and hence i don't use it as much as i'd like
Now my decision lies with do i upgrade my main kit lenses or get a lens that would add to my current system
Some of the lenses i'm considering are;

A super wide-angle - Sigma 10-20 f4 or Tamron 10-24 f3.5
(anyone compared these? i'm not sure if i'd make full use of this type of lens?)

A replacement for my 18-55 - Pentax DA16-45 / Sigma 17-70 / Tamron 17-50 f2.8 / Tamron 28-75 f2.8
(are any of these a significant upgrade on my kit lens? anyone compared these?)

A replacement for my 55-200 - Pentax 55-300f4
(again is this a significant upgrade in quality ?)

A new auto focus prime lens - Pentax DA35 f2.4/ Pentax DA35 ltd f2.8 / Sigma 50 f2.8 macro / Sigma 70 f2.8(macro) / Tamron 90 f2.8 macro
(i quiet fancy trying macro photography - which is best for this?)

Price wise i'm looking at max 400
Image quality is the priority

I realise i'm v undecided and would appreciate any advice/comments

Thanks
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