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Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 11-11-2018, 01:16 AM  
A "dedicated" computer?
Posted By Gallopingphotog
Replies: 16
Views: 2,119
I've considered both an iMac and a mini, but lack of portability is a problem. But thanks for the reply.

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I appreciate all the opinions and suggestions. I'm still leaning toward a second laptop specifically for photos. It's portable, don't have to worry about sharing ;) and if I can keep it restricted to photos, it should meet my needs. Again, thanks!
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 10-14-2018, 03:27 PM  
A "dedicated" computer?
Posted By Gallopingphotog
Replies: 16
Views: 2,119
I have a 15" MacBook Pro, with Lightroom and Photoshop for handling my photos. My husband (non-photographer) uses his iBook most of the time, but there's still stuff he needs the laptop for. I use it for everything. The sharing part is OK, only sometimes inconvenient. But the photo issue is getting worse; taking up more and more memory. I store photos in the cloud and on external drives when I think I won't need them for a while, and compress files on the laptop, but it seems I'm always teetering on the edge of hitting the memory limit.
Lately I've been looking at refurbished MacBook Pros, with the idea of buying one to use strictly for photos. I'd try to get rid of everything I don't need, like Garage Band, etc., keeping just basic word processing, and add LR and PS to this computer.
So does this make any kind of sense? Or is there some other alternative I should look at?
I'm not computer-smart, so a non-Apple solution wouldn't be good. Also, I have an iPad but I like the larger screen much better for photos.
Any ideas most welcome!
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 08-21-2018, 08:04 PM  
Greetings from New Mexico, USA
Posted By Gallopingphotog
Replies: 14
Views: 479
Welcome! I clung to my Pentax Spotmatic for eons until I fell off a dock (Iím a born, trained, full-time professional klutz) and it sunk in a very deep lake. Reluctantly I bought a K-1000 and fell in love all over again, so much that I bought another body from the photo editor at the newspaper where I then worked. Still have both. Since then Iíve had a k-10, k-100, and k-3 II. My cameras have been bounced around on horses, slid down rocky trails with me attached, survived rain and sand and the occasional grandchild who want to ďtake a picture.Ē Thatís the main reason I love the brand, they just take a lickiní and keep on tickiní.
Do you live near Albuquerqe? They have a fantastic photo club and I have a friend and fellow Pentaxian I would be happy to put in touch with you? Heís good at explaining stuff to someone whose brain has been bounced around as much as her cameras! 😜
Forum: Photo Critique 06-19-2018, 07:20 PM  
Landscape Green monster!
Posted By Gallopingphotog
Replies: 6
Views: 535
Mike: Thanks for your kind offer. These were nothing but family "snaps" so I can piddle around with them, using your instructions, to see what I can do. Keeping extra cards in your bag is a good idea. For most of our longer trips, which might involve activities ranging from serious hiking to family get-togethers, I usually pack a large "master" backpack with most everything but the kitchen sink (as he's toting it in to our hotel each night, my husband swears the sink is in there too!). Then, depending on the day's events, I'll pack what lenses, filters, etc. I need in a smaller backpack, sling bag, Think Tank belt modules or messenger bag as suits the occasion. I avoid a sling or messenger bag for hiking rough trails as they shift and throw balance awry, but avoid a backpack in a crowded city or where a little nicer-looking bag is desirable. All of this is probably just an excuse to satisfy the female "purse" mania, but anyway, I think I'll tuck a couple cards in each one just in case...Anyway, thanks again!
PS: Is your country over the Royal Wedding hoopla? Mine isn't, yet. Americans seem to love royalty!
Forum: Photo Critique 06-18-2018, 05:57 PM  
Landscape Green monster!
Posted By Gallopingphotog
Replies: 6
Views: 535
Thanks to all of you! I do think BigMackCam's edits significantly improved this, enough to be able to share with the rest of the family. I almost always shoot Raw, but I knew I had very little space remaining on this card, and when I realized I hadn't brought a spare, it was all I could think of to do. One thing this has taught me is to put together a little checklist of what to have in my bag every time I set foot outside the house!
Again, many thanks!
Forum: Photo Critique 06-18-2018, 02:07 AM  
Landscape Green monster!
Posted By Gallopingphotog
Replies: 6
Views: 535
Took this photo and others (more interesting, this is a throwaway) while hiking with the family. We live in West Texas so this lovely park seemed very green to us. But not this green!
I've tried manipulating this in Lightroom, Photoshop and Photos (Apple), but I can't seem to tone the green down without sort of flattening the color completely.

Yeah, I know it's jpg but I left the house without grabbing a new card, so I had to save space on the one in the camera:mad:
Any advice will be most appreciated.
Many thanks!
Forum: Winners' Showcase 12-01-2017, 05:30 PM  
November, 2017 Winner: Autumn Colors in a Big-Toothed Aspen Leaf
Posted By Gallopingphotog
Replies: 96
Views: 4,296
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 12-01-2017, 05:30 PM  
Fall Time Leaves
Posted By Gallopingphotog
Replies: 9
Views: 345
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 12-01-2017, 05:29 PM  
Fall Colors
Posted By Gallopingphotog
Replies: 4
Views: 241
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 12-01-2017, 05:28 PM  
Cottonwood Color
Posted By Gallopingphotog
Replies: 12
Views: 428
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 12-01-2017, 05:27 PM  
Beech forest at sunset
Posted By Gallopingphotog
Replies: 21
Views: 852
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 11-19-2017, 12:51 AM  
Poll: Expired Contest Poll VOTE NOW - Photo Contest #134 Poll (The Sky - October 2017)
Posted By Gallopingphotog
Replies: 49
Views: 6,326
#13 All sky, strong lines, emphasized by b&w
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 11-19-2017, 12:46 AM  
What GPS software to use with a k3 II
Posted By Gallopingphotog
Replies: 3
Views: 818
Many thanks!

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Thanks, I will learn to do that.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 11-11-2017, 12:22 AM  
What GPS software to use with a k3 II
Posted By Gallopingphotog
Replies: 3
Views: 818
I just bought a k3-II. I don't have any previous experience with GPS. Do I need to download an app or some software in order to put the GPS information onto a map? I have a MacBook Pro. Is there a tutorial or something I could access to learn about how to do all this? I'm not only GPS-ignorant but also basically non-technical:(
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 11-10-2017, 01:22 AM  
Fall Colors
Posted By Gallopingphotog
Replies: 4
Views: 241
Fall colors in the Canyon de Chelly.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-17-2017, 12:22 AM  
DA 18-270 on a k3II?
Posted By Gallopingphotog
Replies: 7
Views: 1,232
Thanks much!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-16-2017, 11:49 PM  
DA 18-270 on a k3II?
Posted By Gallopingphotog
Replies: 7
Views: 1,232
I'm planning to buy a k3II, and also want a nice all-round zoom for those times when it's just a bad idea to be switching out lenses. Would the Pentax-DA 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 ED work with that model of camera. I know that with my older Pentax bodies -- k10 and k100 -- it would only be manual focus. I want to make sure it's 100% compatible with a k3II.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-16-2017, 11:40 PM  
Getting Asahi Pentax Spotmatic in 2017?
Posted By Gallopingphotog
Replies: 17
Views: 3,011
Loved my Spottie (lost in divorce). I have two k1000 bodies and both still work fine. Just like Timex: They take a lickin' and keep on tickin'. And they work fine with the lenses I now use on my k10 and k100 digitals. In fact, I was messing with them just the other day. My only difficulty is remembering to advance the film before taking the next photo!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-06-2017, 12:49 PM  
Small flash for a k3II?
Posted By Gallopingphotog
Replies: 12
Views: 1,019
I'm looking to buy another camera and studying the k70 and the k3II. I'm leaning toward the 3, but the lack of an on-board flash gives me a little hesitation. I prefer my Bower SFD926P Power Zoom Flash when I do want light. But I don't like taking it on long hikes when carrying capacity and weight are priorities. But every once in awhile I want a little "fill flash." So I'm wondering if there is a very compact unit that I could put on the hotshoe that would approximate the same light needs as an on-board. Small, lightweight, doesn't stick up very far.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 04-22-2016, 06:12 PM  
Where to get help?
Posted By Gallopingphotog
Replies: 5
Views: 1,057
Yes, I still use a couple of manual lenses from my k1000 film days. One of the several reasons that I stuck with Pentax when I went digital. I agree with you about the Takumars; my 135mm is still the sharpest lens I have! So losing the autofocus on the 10D is not fatal, merely annoying and sometimes inconvenient (like this Sunday, when I'm shooting a celebrity tennis match). Thankfully my 100D still is fine. So one of these days pretty soon I will be looking at a k-50 or newer.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 04-22-2016, 05:58 PM  
What makes a photographer a pro?
Posted By Gallopingphotog
Replies: 18
Views: 2,166
Thanks to everyone. Y'all posed some good questions and made good suggestions. For this year, I've opted to go with the simple approach:

I know it won't cover every situation, but the more details I add, the tickier it will get. And this isn't the Pulitzers, it's the Tri-State Fair and it's supposed to be fun!
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 04-04-2016, 12:09 PM  
What makes a photographer a pro?
Posted By Gallopingphotog
Replies: 18
Views: 2,166
Some may remember I raised this question a couple years ago. Still wrestling with it! Iím in charge of amateur photo competition for our state fair. Issue is whatís the difference between an amateur and a pro?
Iíve considered specifying you are a pro if you make ANY money shooting, or if more than 50% of your income is from photography, or if you make more than $1,000Ö.Percentages and absolute dollar amounts seem arbitrary. The more detailed the rule, the more quibbles there will be. But something is needed. I've discovered that two of last year's entrants have websites offering to shoot weddings, portraits, etc., although the word "professional" does not appear anywhere in their text.
Finally have come up with the following: ďIf you offer your photographic skills to the public for compensation, please enter the Professional Division.Ē
Questions: Is it worded clearly? Does it raise more issues than it would solve? Should it be more precise (a dollar amount, or if the person does advertising or has a web site)?
Thoughts, opinions, suggestions more than welcome!
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 03-24-2016, 05:10 PM  
Where to get help?
Posted By Gallopingphotog
Replies: 5
Views: 1,057
Adam:
Thanks. Some other folks had suggested that too, so I think that's the direction I'll go. Good to have this resource!

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Thanks. I'm not wedded to the 10D so I'll be looking for a newer model.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 03-22-2016, 10:45 PM  
Where to get help?
Posted By Gallopingphotog
Replies: 5
Views: 1,057
My k10D (long out of warranty) has messed-up auto-focus. It won't hold, just dithers. This happens with all my lenses. All work fine with my k100.
There is no camera store within a couple hundred miles of where I live. Is there a Pentax repair facility I can ship it to?
Any advice greatly appreciated!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-21-2015, 03:31 PM  
"Battery grip" for a k100D?
Posted By Gallopingphotog
Replies: 3
Views: 1,503
Found and ordered. Thanks!
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