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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 2 Days Ago  
What camera functions have you discovered long after buying the camera?
Posted By BarryE
Replies: 38
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I'm not sure if it was my post you were referring to, but I believe the K3 has three USER settings and K1, five.

ps. K3 is a great camera. I don't use it for paid work, so I have a Landscape, Walkabout and Birds in Flight settings. Another thing about the USER settings are that they can be named, which make them even more powerful/useful.

---------- Post added 05-22-20 at 07:34 PM ----------

But also a trap to fall into :(
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 3 Days Ago  
What camera functions have you discovered long after buying the camera?
Posted By BarryE
Replies: 38
Views: 1,211
Gulp! I had to read that again. I can't imagine not having USER modes there's never enough of them. I rarely use any other modes - not AV, TAV, what's the shutter priority one? I forget. I have 5 base USER settings that I switch to for the job in-hand and alter them as required. I then know what my starting point is - it allows me to context switch. All the other global settings are kept the same and same across all cameras too, where possible, so I have to think less and concentrate on task in-hand. Eg as I recall ...

USER1 Landscape: MUP, AV, remote, f11, ISO 100 etc.
USER2 Portrait (flash): f5.6, ISO 400 etc
USER3 Walkabout: TAV: f5.6, 1/125 etc
USER4 Real Estate (blend):
USER5 Real Estate (flash):
Grrrr No more. So for birds I work from USER 3 ( with +/- EV etc). Interiors, I work from USER 3 or 4. Products from USER1 or 2, depending. Etc. Etc. I'm sure I'd use 10 if they were available.

Until I switched to USER modes I was too often getting caught out. Now it rarely happens. Damn, shouldn't have said that ...
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 4 Days Ago  
What camera functions have you discovered long after buying the camera?
Posted By BarryE
Replies: 38
Views: 1,211
That my K-1 and K-3 had a video mode;-) Can't think why anyone would want that feature.

Also, as I don't like getting caught out with these things, the first thing I do when I receive a new camera is check inside to confirm it's got a mirror. Then I'm happy. The manual is read long time later. So not know about some features? Many, I suspect.

Good thread, guess I'll learn something ...
Forum: General Photography 05-12-2020, 01:41 PM  
Buyer's remorse? Confess here!
Posted By BarryE
Replies: 51
Views: 1,720
How about buying gear that I already had and then finding an duplicate hidden in a cupboard. First feeling is one of shock, rapidly followed by guilt and then panic that I'll get found out! Nothing especially expensive, a few tens of pounds tops. But it's not been an isolated occurrence, sadly ...
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 05-12-2020, 08:33 AM  
SD Card spring
Posted By BarryE
Replies: 5
Views: 372
My K-1 SD 1 slot, spring/ejection mechanism is weak. I use the duplicate write feature and only ever remove SD card from slot 2 to upload photos to preserve life of slot 1. Using camera's USB upload is a not a route I wish to use.

I do wonder how much of an issue the occasional spring/ejection issue is with users.

The problem for me with this approach is when I'm tethering to LR. Ideally, I would like to just use one slot so transfer time is reduced, but as this has to be slot 1, I have a dilemma...
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 04-26-2020, 12:51 PM  
Feedback Request on Photoshop Blending
Posted By BarryE
Replies: 10
Views: 630
As others have said it's the difference between the high and low contrast images that is the issue, I'd say. So desaturate the sky and then use the old and probably my favourite tool dodge and burn on the building.

Looking again I'd guess the light from the clouds is coming from the left, so flip the sky, then dodge in the highlights to suggest the light coming in from the, now, right. Don't forget to burn in some shadows too, to improve the local contrast, considering where you want the fake light to come from.

Could also edit out the light in the room, which suggests a dull day.

If you're processing in 16-bit and widest gamut, keep these until you're happy to reduce things, thus limiting unnecessary noise.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 04-25-2020, 01:21 PM  
Colour space questions.
Posted By BarryE
Replies: 13
Views: 564
This is a workflow issue. Assuming your monitor can actually display all, or nearly all Adobe 1998, then use this develop all your RAW images. Also use 16-bit.

Don't start in sRGB and 8-bit. Then when you decide on your output, eg Smugmug (which you say uses sRGB) then make the conversion, to sRGB and change to 8-bit. Then check the conversion looks OK and upload.

By staying with the larger gamut and 16-bit you keep your options open. The printer service I use, uses Adobe 1998 and website sRGB. (I actually used ProPhoto for years and only changed to Adobe 1998 as ProPhoto gave me a little more wiggle room when processing in PS. Probably, unnecessary, but the idea was to keep the best quality image for as long as possible before deciding the output I needed.

Ref question2: Adobe 1998 covers sRGB so in Adobe mode on your printer viewing an sRGB file is fine.

If your monitor covers a smaller portion of Adobe 1998 than 100% then it is possible the differences are smaller between the two modes.

Google Perceptual and Relative Colorimetric intent. You may not want to get too bogged down in this area, but it may help to understand how the conversions are made and how out of gamut colours are reassigned.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-24-2020, 07:35 AM  
Should I finally invest in a K-1?
Posted By BarryE
Replies: 58
Views: 2,043
Acquiring camera gear is rarely an "investment", unless you become a highly paid professional. For the rest of us it's just a cash drain :-(. That being said, As BarneyL suggests the upcoming APS-C might well be the answer for you. I use both a K-3 and a K-1, and I find I constantly switch back and forward between the two formats. I earn a modest income from photography, or rather I did before the virus, and for that work it's 100% K-1. However, the K-3 is probably my preferred choice for personal work because of the size of the set-up. The upcoming APSC will be well worth considering, I'm hoping ...
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-19-2020, 12:03 PM  
Lockdown ... so let's try Astrotracer. Any hints and tips ...
Posted By BarryE
Replies: 8
Views: 764
Many useful pointers. Thanks. And special thanks to MossyRocks for the link to his previous thread.

I'll give it a go sometime over the next few days and feed back ...
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-18-2020, 01:55 PM  
Lockdown ... so let's try Astrotracer. Any hints and tips ...
Posted By BarryE
Replies: 8
Views: 764
It's been a feature of the K-1 that I've ignored, but lockdown does stir things up, when not thinking about the awfulness of things. Anyway, anyone got any tips and hints to get the most of of Astrotracer, please?

I guess I can read up on the settings. Stick the camera on a sturdy tripod on a clear night, still night and open the shutter with remote for many seconds and capture something that resembles a night sky, but it would be nice to hear from some wise heads to try and make a good start.

I'm lucky enough to live in a dark sky area, so I shouldn't be too bothered by stray lights. I've a choice of wide angle lenses, so my request is the less obvious stuff I'm not likely to think about from the start.

Any help welcome. Thanks ...
Forum: General Photography 04-14-2020, 12:26 AM  
Photography business
Posted By BarryE
Replies: 31
Views: 1,074
The trouble with "humorous" names is that they often don't travel too well and at different times elicit different reactions. Also, the name normally needs to endure. A quick Google came up with Cheap Shot Photography who claim to have been trading for 20 years in the US, so maybe I'm talking rubbish, again ;)
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-02-2020, 01:12 PM  
Need help - how do I take good images small item??
Posted By BarryE
Replies: 60
Views: 2,125
Mirrors are easy to use to add extra light.

Compact/make-up mirrors are usually convex and and can focus light effectively.

Acrylic mirrors are cheap and break proof, if you are going to photo other items of jewellery in the future.

---------- Post added 04-02-20 at 09:18 PM ----------

Also, overexpose the shot. The lightbox will be whiter (or even blown out, which is no problem) and there will be more light to bounce back onto the earrings. Experiment with what light levels you prefer.
Forum: Pentax K-1 03-23-2020, 05:26 AM  
Cosmetic Question-77mm 1.8 Limited on the K1
Posted By BarryE
Replies: 35
Views: 3,575
I think you may have the equation wrong;) It's: silver lens + black camera = quirky/unusable/interesting/different.
I have a K3 and a silver 20-40 and I'm strangely fond of it's appearance. This comes from a person who normally tries to be inconspicuous and drives a beaten up old Skoda.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-12-2020, 12:44 PM  
Suggestions wanted - best and inexpensive way to store negatives and prints
Posted By BarryE
Replies: 11
Views: 864
I store my A1 and A2 prints in archival cardboard boxes, with each print separated with a sheet of archival tissue paper. Working well.

The supplier I use is:
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 03-10-2020, 08:26 AM  
The Photography Show 2020 at the NEC, UK is posponed
Posted By BarryE
Replies: 6
Views: 574
They've made the correct decision, especially for the staff and exhibitors. Whether, they can actually afford to reschedule it is, I would have thought, unlikely.

I fear that after last year's show, which was not a huge financial success, I understand, the show's future looks less than rosy. I didn't go to last year's event though I get free tickets each year. Having talked with a couple of smaller exhibitors, the decision to split it with video and to include an ever growing number of non photo retailers has not helped sales or visitor numbers. I was planning to go this year, but I'd decided not to a few days ago because of the virus risk. The show has drifted away from what it was. The event is still a good opportunity to meet up with folk, but the incentives to buy have diminished compared with on-line options. Of course there's rarely any Pentax gear, but that's to be expected. A vulnerable format, I fear. Sad ...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-08-2020, 10:49 AM  
The difficult choice of the two lenses kit
Posted By BarryE
Replies: 38
Views: 1,791
Personally, I dislike lens swapping in the field, so I'm biased against it. Also, I don't like the 24-70 for a number of reasons. When I was regularly printing large, I would only ever use a prime, using two bodies with a prime on each. I also prefer the way a prime makes you work/think the shot more - perhaps you could use a K3 and K1 with a prime on each. Not too heavy or bulky option.

I've recently bought the 55-300 and it's so refreshing to use. I don't now need the perfection to print large, so this lenses is a great, lightweight option. Use a 55-300 on K-3 and a 20mm &/or a 35mm on your K1. Yes there's a FL gap, but the extra MPs on the K-1 allows cropping to fill the gap.
Forum: General Photography 03-03-2020, 01:13 AM  
Accessories needed for WR shooting?
Posted By BarryE
Replies: 8
Views: 579
I'd second the umbrella and third it ! A light weight version. When the rain is falling hard it gives 100% protection. When walking in pouring rain, I lay mine over my backpack as a second line of defence. If use tripod and remote, then camera is easily protected when shooting. And they are cheap. Then I just rely on the WR of the gear. Of course I always have hood on anyway ...
Forum: General Photography 03-01-2020, 12:00 PM  
Corona virus prevention on cameras and lenses
Posted By BarryE
Replies: 209
Views: 8,578
Just feeling a little picky. Black Death or bubonic plague - two different diseases. I didn't realise that till recently. Before the time we licked our camera equipment, so probably an academic distinction :-)
Forum: General Photography 03-01-2020, 12:57 AM  
Corona virus prevention on cameras and lenses
Posted By BarryE
Replies: 209
Views: 8,578
The sad thing is that the reaction of folk and governments will kill off many businesses and ruin peoples lives. Possibly more than the actual virus. In the UK just as things were picking up after the hiatus of Brexit, businesses will be floored. I wonder if the UK's largest photo show will go ahead next month?

One thing that is striking about this virus that appears to be different to others is where the fatalities (few percentage wise) are falling. Yes, old and sick, but not the young. However more males are succumbing. So older and male ... that's a bit like many of us here ...

ps. Peperberry farm's test was a cracker. An audible cackle from me when I read it, causing my wife to look up. I found it hard to explain I'd been reading a camera forum ;-)
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 02-28-2020, 09:50 AM  
Hello from sunny Devon :)
Posted By BarryE
Replies: 8
Views: 317
Welcome back (maybe) from sunny Hampshire.

Looking forward to seeing your informed comments when folk here ask about protection filters, Pentax AF, mirrorless, FF v APSC, etc, etc;-)
Forum: Pentax K-1 02-28-2020, 02:06 AM  
Memory Card Slot 1 Locked
Posted By BarryE
Replies: 4
Views: 638
Interestingly both my K-1 bodies have different feels to their slot 1 & 2 spring ejection mechanisms. Slot 1 is weaker. I now rarely eject from slot 1, writing to both cards and only ever ejecting from slot 2. I wonder if this is connected to what you've found?
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 02-27-2020, 04:24 AM  
Saying hello... again
Posted By BarryE
Replies: 9
Views: 325
Welcome back from down south ...

Re the equipment: I've not got specific camera/lens suggestions, but I would say that you should think how you want to use your gear having retired and now your in Anglesey. Would birding on the coasts be an interest? Would light gear be better to carry for the years to come? Weather proofed? A travel kit?

You could extract the exif data from shots you like and see what gear was used.

Did retirement come with a lump sum :-) - perhaps then wait for the new APSC flagship.

Take your time and experiment with what you have in your new environment ...
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 02-27-2020, 02:12 AM  
Posted By BarryE
Replies: 8
Views: 254
Welcome aboard, Jacob, from the very wet an windy UK...
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 02-27-2020, 02:10 AM  
Hi I'm Lucy
Posted By BarryE
Replies: 20
Views: 880
Another welcome from Hampshire to you (and your hubby)...
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 02-25-2020, 02:36 AM  
Help needed with dark background portraits using multiple Pentax wireless flash units
Posted By BarryE
Replies: 36
Views: 1,355
With all this talk, which I haven't followed in detail, I find that Frank Back's succinct list would be my starting pt. Where I would differ is ever staying with optical triggering. I started this way and the limitations caused much frustration. Having moved to the Cactus triggers and their cheap flash units, I find the flexibility so much better. You can 'hide' the flashes from the controller, no line of sight light issues etc. Much simpler.

I do like the Cactus flashes. They're easy to control from the camera. Their (relative) cheapness appeals in many ways, ie I'm less precious about looking after them so I just get on and use them, propping them up in lots of precarious positions - they've fallen a few times with no harm. My 540 is now my reserve flash as I've bought more cheapy Cactus units - they don't require triggers on the flashes as it's built in. One trigger on the camera then the Cactus units just fire off as instructed from the camera trigger. Simple.

Also as Frank says, making up modifiers and flags is easy enough with foam board, foil etc. Add in theatre gels (not fancy photographic ones) to colour the light, clip on generic dome diffusers etc etc. and creative options abound ...
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