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Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-02-2018, 07:30 PM  
K50 EV compensation defaults to -5 in Manual mode, but only in Manual
Posted By agatchell
Replies: 7
Views: 801
Thanks. Now, it all makes sense. I first noticed the problem at a model shoot at my camera club. I had a series of shots come out completely black and thought that had something to do with it. Eventually, someone (a pro) explained that had nothing to do with it. I just had messed up and not fired the flashes. I eventually fixed that problem, but couldn't solve this. It makes sense that the camera would read -5 in that situation because the settings were for use with 2 large softboxes. Composing without those would naturally cause the camera to underexpose.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-02-2018, 07:21 AM  
K50 EV compensation defaults to -5 in Manual mode, but only in Manual
Posted By agatchell
Replies: 7
Views: 801
I have a K50. I have only recently started using Manual mode regularly. I noticed that, whenever I shoot Manual, the camera defaults to -5 EV compensation. The screen on the back will show 0 EV compensation, but, if I hold the shutter release to lock focus, it goes right to -5. If I see it in -5 and adjust it to 0, then take the shot, it goes back to -5 and severely underexposes the shot. This does not happen in Bulb or TAV or any other mode; only in Manual. I have tried multiple lenses (one old repaired 50-135, one very new 300) and the camera did the same with both. Have you had this problem? How do you fix it? I can't find any menu options that address this problem.

Andy
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-23-2015, 05:28 AM  
Help with Rokinnon 14mm F2.8
Posted By agatchell
Replies: 14
Views: 1,036
Thanks, Adam. That was simple. Tonight, I'll have to try it outside.

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Thanks, Sterretje. I did look in the manual first. But the index listed Live View only on pages 26 and 67.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-22-2015, 08:17 PM  
Help with Rokinnon 14mm F2.8
Posted By agatchell
Replies: 14
Views: 1,036
I bought a Rokinnon 14mm 2.8 for use on my K-50. I am going to Cherry Spring State Park this summer hoping to get some good night shots. I am not very good at shooting in manual mode. With this lens, I find that I can't see if what I'm shooting is in focus, because everything in the image is too far away. A non-Pentax friend suggested digitally zooming the Live View, but I can't figure out how to do that (or if it can be done.) How can I get the subject close enough to tell if the image is in focus?
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 01-30-2015, 02:41 PM  
Pentax K50 SD Card Question
Posted By agatchell
Replies: 7
Views: 1,944
But not with the K-50 itself. When I load my pictures into Silkypix, they load as if they're all text files, so, if numbered, they look like this: 1, 10, 11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,2,20,21...
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 08-05-2013, 09:13 PM  
Apocalyptic fireworks over Sturbridg
Posted By agatchell
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Views: 424
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-20-2012, 08:23 PM  
Sigma EF-530 DG Super suddenly won't flash
Posted By agatchell
Replies: 2
Views: 2,536
I have a K200D and a Sigma EF-530 DG Super flash. I have had the flash for a year and a half and had just been starting to get the hang of it, when it stopped working. If I press the TEST button it works, but, on the camera, no such luck. The camera flash works fine. Could I have changed a setting that caused this to fail? I just loaded in brand new lithium batteries, so it's not the batteries. I'd welcome any workable solutions. Thanks.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 05-24-2012, 02:51 PM  
Help w/ Shooting a Wedding For My Brother-in-Law
Posted By agatchell
Replies: 30
Views: 3,077
OK. One last thing - it's a good idea to plot out your movements during the ceremony in advance. I hadn't been to a wedding in a very long time and the rehearsal was not thorough, so I was in exactly the wrong position when the father lifted the bride's veil. Think in advance about where you want to be for the different parts of the service and how you're going to move around without drawing attention to yourself. Also, plan on getting the best shots of people walking up the aisle on the way in, not on the way out. No matter what happens, most people walk much faster on the way out than on the way in and, if the lighting is typical of churches, it'll be very difficult to get clear shots of the bridal party as they walk out of the church. And, like in every other photography situation, pay attention to backgrounds - ill-placed neon exit signs can require a lot of post-processing to fix a very important picture.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 05-24-2012, 06:25 AM  
Help w/ Shooting a Wedding For My Brother-in-Law
Posted By agatchell
Replies: 30
Views: 3,077
I just remembered one more thing: a macro lens is good to have at a wedding. Macros are useful for taking pictures of the rings together and various other details.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 05-23-2012, 10:28 AM  
Help w/ Shooting a Wedding For My Brother-in-Law
Posted By agatchell
Replies: 30
Views: 3,077
I also shot RAW. I took about 1,800 shots, which took me about 6 weeks to process (fitting in whenever I could find time).
Re: equipment, preparation is key. I got 2 16GB SDHC cards beforehand and had plenty of space on them. I have a battery grip and I use Lithium batteries, so I didn't need to stop to change batteries. I also brought an extra set of rechargeables for my Sigma 5300 flash, but didn't use it enough to need to change the batteries. Your mileage may vary, but, if you've only got one camera, you're going to want to limit the amount of time your camera is not ready.
Having a wrangler is definitely a good idea. You will drive yourself nuts if you have to round up everyone for each shot.
Definitely shoot with equipment that you know. The wedding and reception I shot were in the same location in the middle of a sunny summer day, but there were 6 different lighting scenarios in the chape alone. On top of that, we paused to do shoot the various combinations of family and married couple together in a space that was very different (dark foreground, very bright background); shot the bride and groom under bright sunlight; shot the wedding party under deep shade; shot the cake cutting in a well-lighted yellowish room, then shot the reception in a big conference room with lots of very bright windows. You may not run into the as many different challenges, but don't bet on not. You may be better at handling different lighting than I am. But it helps to know your camera and how to handle different lighting going in. So, even if you end up stuck with what you have, you're far better off know what you have and knowing it well than having better stuff you don't know.
Remember that you're not just there for the couple. The bride and groom may want avant garde shots, but the parents will be disappointed if you don't get the standard shots.
I agree that it's very important to be assertive, but equally important to not be too intrusive. After all, the day is about them, not you. Do make sure you get enough food and water. Nobody likes having their day ruined by a photographer who passed out from dehydration>:)
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 05-22-2012, 07:17 AM  
Help w/ Shooting a Wedding For My Brother-in-Law
Posted By agatchell
Replies: 30
Views: 3,077
I shot my first and, so far, only wedding with my K200D, last summer. Here are my suggestions;
1. The 18:55 might be good for shots of the wedding party, but a tighter zoom would help get candid shots. A good portrait lens is a must for the bride and groom. I used a 18:250 and 50:135 2.8. I wish I had something faster.
2. The Sigma should be a good enough flash. Is the wedding indoors? Either way, you may not want to use the flash too much during the ceremony. I had help from one of the other guests, who had shot several weddings. His suggestion was set it at the highest ISO you're comfortable with and just shoot. You're going to want clear pictures without being too intrusive; his way seems to be the way to go. My camera is not as fast as yours. You should be able to get clear pictures at higher ISO than I could manage. I think I would have been better served to use a monopod than a tripod.
3. Position yourself during the service to make sure you get good pictures of the bride. You can move around and get the groom, but the bride is generally more important.
4. Find out in advance what shots the couple definitely want. Do they want standard wedding stuff or experimental? Do they want shots of the bridal party, the bride's preparations, the wedding rings, the cake, etc.? Do they want candid shots of all of the guests individually?
5. Decide what you're willing to do, then write out a specific contract, spelling out what they're expecting and what you're agreeing to do. I know you're not getting paid, but this can avoid pain and suffering later.
6. Do you shoot RAW? If you are planning to give them the images and let them print them out, I don't advise shooting RAW, unless you're sure that they know how to develop RAW images. How big is your memory card? It's a good idea to have two memory cards, one for the wedding and bridal party formals and the other for the reception, in case anything goes wrong with either.
7. Make sure you have an extra set of batteries for the camera and the flash.
8. If you can, spend some time in the location at the time of day during which the wedding will take place to get a sense of the lighting challenges. Especially if it's a church, which can be very difficult.
9. Have fun.

That's it for now.

Andy
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-25-2011, 06:52 PM  
DA18-250mm zoom creep: a simple solution that works...
Posted By agatchell
Replies: 7
Views: 7,370
I've had that lens since I got the camera. The low light performance and the creep have always been annoying. I can deal with the low light performance. And now I no longer have to deal with the zoom creep. Thanks!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-21-2010, 04:36 AM  
K200D screen shuts off
Posted By agatchell
Replies: 9
Views: 2,084
I do have a battery grip, which has lost some functionality. It suddenly stopped taking pictures. It'll autofocus, but then not take the shot. I took the camera out yesterday and the problem did not happen at all. Maybe it was just that. Thanks for all your feedback.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-18-2010, 05:32 AM  
K200D screen shuts off
Posted By agatchell
Replies: 9
Views: 2,084
I have had a K200D since last year. I really like it, but one thing has always annoyed my. The screen on the back shuts off. For instance, what inspired me to join you all is that I just tried to format my memory card. I pushed the menu button and tried to arrow over, but the screen shut off. So, I pushed the menu card, tried to arrow over again, and the screen went off again. It took 7 tries to get the screen to stay on. Unfortunately, this is not at all unusual. I had the lens cap still on, set in Tv or Sv mode. Am I doing something wrong or is it my camera? It happens a lot when I try to review images, too, or when I do just about anything that requires reviewing the screen. Thanks.
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