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Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 02-08-2014, 07:54 PM  
Yongnuo flash not firing from Vivitar hot shoe cable
Posted By ChooseAName
Replies: 3
Views: 1,212
Any idea how to fix that?
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 02-08-2014, 07:08 PM  
Yongnuo flash not firing from Vivitar hot shoe cable
Posted By ChooseAName
Replies: 3
Views: 1,212
I have a K-30 with updated firmware, not sure right now which version. I have a Yongnuo YN 560 and I am trying to fire it attached to a Vivitar hot shoe cable. The flash won't even turn on though! When I try to turn it on, the flash just beeps three times and then all the LED indicators on the flash turn off, along with the flash itself. The YN 560 manual says that three beeps means that the flash is charging. But the batteries in the flash are fully charged. I have confirmed that the flash works when it is mounted in the hotshoe. I'm pretty sure I have the flash in the hot shoe cable the right way. I know that sometimes the hot shoe cable doesn't seat itself in the camera hot shoe well so I've tried jiggling it in there pretty well. I am staying well below the 1/180 shutter speed. Strangely enough, when I slide the flash into the cable hot shoe backwards, the flash will at least turn on, but won't fire at all.

A couple of pictures are attached. In the one showing the hot shoes, from left to right is the following: flash hot shoe interface, cable hot shoe, and camera hot shoe. I notice that the pin configuration of the camera hot shoe and the cable hot shoe are slightly different. The YN 560 is a manual-only flash, which means none of the pins matter except the middle pin. However, I notice it also has a pin above the middle pin. The camera hot shoe does not have that top pin, but the cable hot shoe does.

Any ideas? Is there something obvious that I'm missing here? I have an event that I'm shooting tomorrow and would like to use the flash on a flash bracket, but could go with on-camera flash if necessary.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 12-14-2013, 02:42 PM  
Wireless trigger unreliable when one above the other
Posted By ChooseAName
Replies: 3
Views: 768
One unit on camera hotshoe, the other on the bracket arm. It could be that they are too close, but when I'm "in the field" and doing a quick check before I put them on, I usually hold them right next to each other (albeit side by side and not one on top).
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 12-14-2013, 02:27 PM  
Wireless trigger unreliable when one above the other
Posted By ChooseAName
Replies: 3
Views: 768
Has anyone noticed this? My Cactus v5's are VERY unreliable when one unit is above the other, i.e. when I have a flash on a flash bracket. When I first turn them on, they'll be in sync for a bit. Then the receiver will stop receiving, or the receiver will display a constant orange test LED. But when you bring them closer to the same plane, they're nearly flawless. I suppose it's possible that the antennas in these put out a dipole pattern like the one on the bottom half of this image (I'm not an antenna engineer but I wish I were):


I was hoping not to have to order a flash sync cable because my photography budget is tight, but I had no choice with this problem.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 11-25-2013, 05:43 AM  
Model releases for political campaign photos
Posted By ChooseAName
Replies: 5
Views: 1,913
The TL;DR version is, do I need to get model releases for everyone who appears in a photograph to be used in a political campaign? Potential use for images is both web and print.

Long version:

I am taking photos for a friend of mine who is running for state legislature. So far we've had one public event and I've been careful to try to frame the shots as to best mask the identity of the people he interacted with. I've read the ASMP FAQ on model releases and legal issues and have done Google searches, but nothing out there really addresses whether photos for a political campaign are considered "advertising," although the ASMP FAQ does say that advertising is a pretty broad category as far as the law is concerned. I have a feeling that campaign photos could be considered advertising but I'd love for someone to definitively say otherwise ;) (nobody is making money while running the campaign but state legislators do get a very small salary)

If I'm running around getting good shots of candidate-in-question, it would be a maddening task to request a release signature from every person who happened to be in shots. But if it's necessary, then I'd be willing to do what it takes to cover my bases. We did have a sign-in station at the meet-and-greet that we've done, and in future similar events, it might be good to have the model release as part of the sign-in process. But that won't be applicable for events where the candidate is out in the community.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-16-2013, 04:07 AM  
Tamron 70-200mm F2.8 Di LD Macro mechanically loose
Posted By ChooseAName
Replies: 3
Views: 1,203
My copy of this lens jiggles in the circular vector of motion (as opposed to radial), i.e. it twists a little bit. I do not get the problem that you get though - operation of my copy has been flawless. Perhaps this is some sort of design flaw where you happened to get one that was just out of tolerance, and I happened to get one that was within.
Forum: Sold Items 06-25-2013, 03:45 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax SMC-M 135 / 3.5
Posted By ChooseAName
Replies: 5
Views: 1,382
Not-PM replied to, lens is still here, bump
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-19-2013, 03:40 AM  
Question for K-30 users about the Top LCD
Posted By ChooseAName
Replies: 28
Views: 2,687
That won't be quite the same because then he wouldn't be able to see any status info except for what's in the viewfinder. I'm pretty sure the *ist can't display settings on the rear LCD.
Forum: Photographic Technique 06-18-2013, 08:01 AM  
Suggestions for "death bed" photography
Posted By ChooseAName
Replies: 23
Views: 2,635
Thanks guys. The reunion has already taken place and I've posted a couple of my shots in post #18. If there is a next-time-I-see-her, it will be in December.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 06-18-2013, 06:10 AM  
Should I get a flash?
Posted By ChooseAName
Replies: 13
Views: 1,542
Yes, you should get a flash. The aforementioned Strobist blog is (IMO) the best photographic resource available on the internet, concerning flash photography. When people say they hate using flash, it's because they haven't discovered bounce flash or better yet, moving the flash off camera. WORLDS apart from using the on-board popup flash.

Neewer TT560 is available on Amazon for $40. This is a completely manual flash so you can ignore the listing that says it's for Canon/Nikon. This is because manual flashes only have one pin which it receives instruction from the camera body - that one pin is the one that says "fire!" I have no personal experience with this one, as I have Yongnuo manual flashes.

What exactly are you looking for when you say you're looking on eBay for a good deal? For items that are < $40, I don't think the price will get too much lower for a good quality item. $40 or less is already a pretty good deal for a flash, unless you want TTL capability.
Forum: Sold Items 06-18-2013, 05:46 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax SMC-M 135 / 3.5
Posted By ChooseAName
Replies: 5
Views: 1,382
Bump. What's this worth to you? Entertaining all offers in which I am able to profit a little bit.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-17-2013, 08:09 AM  
Poll: what is your most used exposure mode?
Posted By ChooseAName
Replies: 115
Views: 8,155
If not using flash, Av for the DOF control. If using flash, M because all of my flashes are themselves manual only. Every now and then I'll also use TAv but that's a distant third place compared to the quantity of time I spend in Av and M.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-17-2013, 07:57 AM  
Question for K-30 users about the Top LCD
Posted By ChooseAName
Replies: 28
Views: 2,687
As others have said, the transition from top to back LCD isn't too difficult. I went from K200D to K-30. What I really do wish, however, is that the K-30 had a battery grip option!
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 06-17-2013, 06:38 AM  
10' x 12' vs 10' x 20' Backdrops
Posted By ChooseAName
Replies: 6
Views: 2,537
I'm not sure what thread count mine are. They're Walmart brand so they probably aren't anything too fancy. It's T-shirt material, whatever that's really called. You do have to watch out for dust and lint. It's easily cloned out in processing, or you can spend a few minutes on it with a lint brush (but you'll still probably end up cloning out missed pieces anyways). Sheets, bookshelves, and http://www.amazon.com/Heavy-Duty-Muslin-Clamps-inch/dp/B004AZ38Z0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1371476227&sr=8-1&keywords=photography+clamps]clamps like these. :D

EDIT: I think I bump up the black level a little bit (I believe that would be moving the left histogram slider to the right) and I think that will take care of any unevenness in the background for black sheets. I say "I think" because I've been favoring white backgrounds recently. I love the black background, but having black hair and having kids with nearly black hair...
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 06-17-2013, 04:36 AM  
10' x 12' vs 10' x 20' Backdrops
Posted By ChooseAName
Replies: 6
Views: 2,537
I don't have any backdrops that were intended to be backdrops. Like you, I don't have any dedicated studio space. I use bookshelves, clamps, and bedsheets. I have black, white, and tan colored sheets. That's the very low budget option. I've used a white reflector as a studio backdrop on-the-go.
Forum: Photographic Technique 06-17-2013, 04:25 AM  
Suggestions for "death bed" photography
Posted By ChooseAName
Replies: 23
Views: 2,635
I've attached some of the shots I took of her. None of these have any heavy processing - I believe mostly just color and contrast adjustment. I'm satisfied with the images I got of her, and satisfied with the time I was able to spend with her in what was likely my last visit with her.

EDIT: First was taken with Tamron 28-75, the next two with Tamron 70-200.

EDIT v2: I don't remember the settings for the first one of her in the easy chair. There might have been a little bit of flash involved but obviously not much. I really like that one for the somewhat-silhouette. The second was shot with 60 inch shoot-through umbrella to camera right, with a white reflector propped behind her and I believe I had another flash popping on that to blow out the background. The third was a gridded flash on camera right. I'd been wanting a shot of her with her face exactly half-lit and this one suffices. The last two were taken outside on a sunny day, under the shade of a carport, while she was interacting with family members.
Forum: Pentax K-5 06-17-2013, 04:01 AM  
flash sync / lens mount rants
Posted By ChooseAName
Replies: 79
Views: 6,258
The flash won't fire at speeds higher than 1/180. Hence the X-sync speeds that camera info pages usually list. There is no question that Pentax lags HEAVILY in the flash department compared to Canon and Nikon, and the X-sync speed of 1/180 is no doubt part of that assessment. Canon and Nikon DSLRs start at 1/200 for the entry level.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 06-12-2013, 12:17 PM  
Lightroom 3 exif data
Posted By ChooseAName
Replies: 4
Views: 1,102
That page does say to upload an unedited straight-from-camera JPEG. "Exporting a photo" would mean that LR is doing some work on it before making it a JPEG. Switch the in-camera setting to lowest size JPEG for this purpose, then take that exact file and upload it directly.
Forum: Sold Items 06-10-2013, 06:03 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax SMC-M 135 / 3.5
Posted By ChooseAName
Replies: 5
Views: 1,382
bump again
Forum: Photographic Technique 06-08-2013, 04:06 AM  
Suggestions for "death bed" photography
Posted By ChooseAName
Replies: 23
Views: 2,635
I'm not one to often say things like "wow that was amazing," but.....wow, that was amazing... Definitely gives some inspiration
Forum: Photographic Technique 06-08-2013, 03:57 AM  
Suggestions for "death bed" photography
Posted By ChooseAName
Replies: 23
Views: 2,635
Thanks for the input, everyone. I didn't plan on transforming the atmosphere into a "photo shoot" type, although I can definitely see how setting up umbrellas and all that could be seen by grandma that way. From what I remember, her room is pretty dark, and small. Just having one hotshoe flash on-camera might turn the whole room into a light box.

I'll try to get the inside scoop on whether she would mind me taking pictures. If she's looking a LOT worse I might either refrain completely, do black and white, or silhouette.
Forum: Sold Items 06-07-2013, 02:55 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax SMC-M 135 / 3.5
Posted By ChooseAName
Replies: 5
Views: 1,382
Bumpity bump
Forum: Photographic Technique 06-07-2013, 02:13 PM  
Suggestions for "death bed" photography
Posted By ChooseAName
Replies: 23
Views: 2,635
How do you photograph old wrinkly people? Any way to minimize the wrinkles, or just embrace the wrinkles?

Here's the situation. My 92 year old grandmother-in-law is pretty much on death's doorstep. She's deteriorating rapidly and can't really leave her room anymore. There's a family reunion in one week that we suspect she's "holding on" for, and we don't think she'll hold on much longer after that. Attached is a picture of her in 2009 and she's probably thinner and as a result, more wrinkly.

This is probably the family's last chance to get good pictures of her. The shooting location will almost certainly be in her room, on her easy chair or unfortunately possibly even in her bed. Among all my lenses, I'm covered from 28-200mm. I have flashes and umbrellas. I'm guessing I won't be able to go out very long because of the size of the room.
Forum: Sold Items 06-05-2013, 02:12 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax SMC-M 135 / 3.5
Posted By ChooseAName
Replies: 5
Views: 1,382
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
Pentax SMC-M 135 / 3.5

Asking Price
$30 USD

Item Location
Georgia (United States)

Item Description
Fair condition M 135 / 3.5, comes with front and rear caps. There is a dent in the filter ring but the lens still enables good pictures. Front lens cap goes on fine but it probably won't take filters anymore. Front element is clean; the picture seems to show a fleck of dust but examining it now, I don't see anything on there.

I will ship outside the US if the buyer pays actual shipping cost.

Bought used from PF member alanjoke in July 2012. First two are pics of lens and a few samples taken with this lens follow. I'm selling it off because I have an f/2.8 zoom that covers the 135 mm focal length. Aperture blades work fine.

I don't remember how the dent got there. I don't believe it came to me with the dent so obviously it happened in my possession. The picture of the dog was taken about May 2013, after it had been dented. So despite the dent, it can still provide good images.







Are you the original owner of the item being sold?
No

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling

Item Condition (Key)
Used
Fair

Shipping Destinations
Worldwide

Shipping Charge
Included in cost, buyer pays actual cost if not in US

Shipping Services
USPS

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal

Return Policy & Additional Details
No returns for buyer's remorse. Returns accepted within 3 days if item description wasn't accurate somehow.

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Photographic Technique 06-04-2013, 04:57 AM  
I want to improve, but I'm discouraged!
Posted By ChooseAName
Replies: 12
Views: 1,911
I'm no expert on stock photography but I do believe I have heard that they are very picky. You have to have pretty professional looking images.

In the first picture, I would've chosen to frame less sky and more cityscape. Although to be honest, that cityscape doesn't seem very interesting to me, and this image doesn't really do much justice to a K-5 image sensor (looks like a snapshot rather than a "photograph"). But taste is subjective. I can't really tell much about focus because the uploaded image is pretty small. The buildings farther back are obscured by haze and that could have contributed to their critique.

The second image does look a bit dark. Have you looked at the histogram for that one? If it's still on the camera, you should be able to press Info and get the histogram on there. I'm guessing it will be skewed to the left. But I'm not certain that just having correct exposure would have gotten that one accepted. For my taste, that photo lacks context. I would have chosen to zoom out or step back to include more of the surrounding environment, assuming that the surrounding environment was appropriate i.e. was more of the same steps and all that, rather than you having cropped people out of the frame.

Not sure about their critique of the third because the low resolution of the uploaded image. The rhetorical question I ask myself about this is "What is it?" It's a bridge illuminated at night-time, with something illuminated behind it. It shows some nice colors IMO but again I think it lacks context. Why do I care about this bridge? Why do you think I should care about this bridge? What were the surroundings of this bridge? Was there interesting stuff going on around the bridge? Why did you frame the bridge like this? You took it at around 50mm...I would have zoomed out a bit wider, to show more context. But sometimes you want context, and sometimes you don't. Sometimes an illuminated bridge is just an illuminated bridge though, I understand that.

Again, taste is subjective.
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