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Forum: Photo Critique 09-12-2011, 01:52 PM  
Landscape Washed Out
Posted By Haakan
Replies: 7
Views: 1,507
You could try to sharpen and increase contrast of the grass.
Best regards,
Haakan
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-12-2011, 05:30 AM  
My photos always seem a bit soft?
Posted By Haakan
Replies: 145
Views: 15,247
Thank you,
I have myself received a lot of help from members of this forum, and I am happy if I can pass on some of the learnings.

Best regards,
Haakan
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-11-2011, 11:23 PM  
My photos always seem a bit soft?
Posted By Haakan
Replies: 145
Views: 15,247
From what I read, most RAW images need some sharpening. There is a quite nice overview of this in this article (the discussion of sharpening is in the second half of the article):
Photoshop | Kelvin Photographer

Best regards,
Håkan
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-11-2011, 03:12 PM  
My photos always seem a bit soft?
Posted By Haakan
Replies: 145
Views: 15,247
Hi Nicole,
I used the "smart sharpen" tool in Photoshop. I have not used Lightroom myself, but I understand there is also a sharpening tool there. I found this tuturial on the web:
Understanding Sharpening In Lightroom | ishootshows.com

Another tool that I have tried and like is Focus Magic. It can be downloaded for trial purposes free of charge: Recover Detail and Sharpen Your Blurred Photos

I think there are also a lot of other tools that will work nicely.

Best regards,
Haakan
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-11-2011, 10:31 AM  
My photos always seem a bit soft?
Posted By Haakan
Replies: 145
Views: 15,247
Hi Nicole,
I read you shoot RAW. Usually in that case you need to apply some sharpening (to compensate for the anti-aliasing filter), so if you have not done that you may give it a try.

I tested it on your first posted image, and it seems to respond quite nicely to some sharpening (the sharpened on to the left, your original to the right).

In case you do not want me to post a processed version of you original, please let me know I and will remove it.

Best regards,
Haakan
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-11-2011, 11:55 PM  
Why is my print result blurred
Posted By Haakan
Replies: 8
Views: 3,562
I would try some sharpening of the image before printing. I find that sharpening for printing tend to require different settings than for the screen. And SLRs are often quite conservative in their sharpening by default (which is good since it allows the user to set it according to their liking), so do some trials of different settings until you find a setting you like.

If you do not use Photoshop, I quite like Focus Magic (can be downloaded free of charge for trials on a limited number of images)

Best regards,
Haakan
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-09-2011, 03:13 AM  
Do I need a new lens
Posted By Haakan
Replies: 35
Views: 6,151
Hi Trishytee,
I think the baby picture in itself is very nice, and I do not think that the burnt out parts in the front are too distracting. To me they seem to be part of a "high key style" portrait.

As for the sharpening, I will not portray myself as an expert, so I will just tell you how I would do if you like to try.

First I would create copies of the original image in different layers in order to be able to have the original intact.

I would then soften the image to my liking on a copy in one layer. But since it is hard to first soften and then sharpen selected parts on the same copy (since the bluring becomes worse by the initial softening), I would use another fresh copy in a layer above for the sharpening. Here I would use smart sharpening to sharpen the eyes to my liking. For this layer I would create a layer mask which I initially fill with black, and then I use a soft bruch of appropriate size to paint the layer mask with white (with an opacity of about 25-50%) on the eyes or other parts that I want to have sharp in the image (the white will make those parts "shine through" to the layer below). Since I have used an opacity I can go over the same parts many times to increase the effect, and also create a gradual transition to the the unsharpened parts of the image.

I think the description makes it sound more complex than it is, it is actually quite simple in reality.

Best regards,
Haakan
Forum: General Talk 01-09-2011, 01:12 AM  
Congresswoman Giffords shot
Posted By Haakan
Replies: 106
Views: 12,526
This is how Giffords' Tea Party backed opponent Jesse Kelly was building on the cross hairs map. In June he called for a meeting to "get on target" to remove Gabrielle Giffords that included practicing to shoot with a fully automatic M16.
Forum: General Talk 01-08-2011, 03:36 PM  
Congresswoman Giffords shot
Posted By Haakan
Replies: 106
Views: 12,526
I am truly saddened by this event.
Unfortunately I am not surprised. It could almost be expected when you have politicians like Palin publishing lists with gun crosshairs and naming of people, of which Gabrielle Giffords was one.

Haakan
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-08-2011, 10:58 AM  
Need K10D CD (or copy)
Posted By Haakan
Replies: 4
Views: 2,093
Hi,
I might have misunderstood, but I think you can find all SW for the K10D on the pentax support site

Digital Cameras and Accessories - Official PENTAX Imaging Web Site

Just selected camera model, and you have the Remote Assistant used for tethering (at least it worked for me)

Best regards,
Haakan
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-08-2011, 02:24 AM  
K200D firmware update 1.01 has failed
Posted By Haakan
Replies: 18
Views: 6,075
Have you tried to open the RAW files in another tool than the Pentax Photo Viewer?. It could perhaps be the RAW conversion in the viewer that provides the artifacts you see.

Best regards,
Haakan
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-07-2011, 07:15 AM  
Do I need a new lens
Posted By Haakan
Replies: 35
Views: 6,151
For me, "sharpen more" is often too agressive and give me little control. I like "smart sharpen" better, using correction of gaussian blur or lens blur. I usually start with 1 px and amount of 100% and play both these parameter up and down while viewing the image att 100% or 200% to see that I do not get too much artifacts.

Another option which I have had good success is to use FocusMagic. It can be downloaded for trial purposes if you like to try it.

As for the 1stD, since that was a 6 MPix camera it was not as revealing as your new camera, more mega pixels do put more demand on the lens. Still, I think that it is worth playing around with sharpening somewhat to see if there is something to gain there.

Best regards,
Håkan
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-07-2011, 01:25 AM  
Do I need a new lens
Posted By Haakan
Replies: 35
Views: 6,151
You might also want to consider a little sharpening of your images in the post processing. Since you shoot RAW, you often need to add a little sharpening to compensate for the AA filter that is found in digital cameras.

I did a little adjustment of your first image, and it seems to take to sharpening quite nicely (of course there are some artifacts when doing the sharpening on the compressed image posted here in the forum, so you should try it on your original and see if it helps).

I uploaded an image where I put the one I sharpened side by side to your original.
If you do not want me to post a processed version of your image, please tell me and I will remove it directly.

Best regards,
Haakan
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-28-2010, 10:14 AM  
Am I expecting too much?
Posted By Haakan
Replies: 59
Views: 10,688
Hi Brian,
as some others have pointed out, I think it is just a matter of boosting the contrast and saturation. Since you posted it here for feedback, I took the liberty to take your image, used the "curves" to make a "s-curve" re-mapping. I also boosted saturation and vibrancy. I might have taken the adjustements too far, but I wanted to show the difference quite clearly.

I think that when you convert yourself from RAW, you need to take control of parameters such as contrast and saturation yourself.

I have attached the adjusted image side by side to the original.

Best regards,
Haakan
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-29-2010, 01:20 PM  
Pentax: give Benjikan a K5 and 645D
Posted By Haakan
Replies: 127
Views: 34,819
I fully agree to the proposal that started this thread. I do not understand how Pentax marketing are completely neglecting the value they do get out of Ben's usage of Pentax in high profile magazines, coupled with his willingness to stand up for his choice of the Pentax gear.

For me personally Ben's, as well as other professionals (many who are also members of this forum), usage of Pentax and the excellent results they produce have been a key factor when doing my initial digital SLR choice. Even though I did a lot of reading up, comparing specs etc, and felt that Pentax would be the best camera for me, it was still the proof, given by these photographers, that the Pentax gear could produce professional results in a very competitive environment that gave me the guts to not follow the conventional route and buy Canikon but instead follow through on the result of my comparisons and go with Pentax.

Now I also feel lucky of being part of a brand where these professionals are so willing to spend time on forums like this and share their images and expertize.

Pentax - as a small brand, please do not underestimate the value of this !

And, I can hardly wait to see what stunning results Ben could produce with the 645D.

Best regards,
Haakan
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-10-2010, 11:16 PM  
Nature Images from Kruger Park (not for the prudish)
Posted By Haakan
Replies: 4
Views: 1,734
Thanks for looking,




Thanks Jer.
It felt a little akward. Did not know if I should look away or pick up the camera, but the opportunity was too good to miss.

Best regards,
Haakan
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-09-2010, 01:45 PM  
Nature Images from Kruger Park (not for the prudish)
Posted By Haakan
Replies: 4
Views: 1,734
Visited Kruger Park in South Africa earlier this year. Managed to see all of the "Big 5" and a lot more. It is a fantastic place to visit, it is about 300 miles long and has one of the highest concentration of wildlife in the world - highly recommended.

Would like to share 2 images. The first one is when a lion couple decided to pass in from of our car and stop in the middle of the road to do "their thing". Photos taken through the front window, but still turned out quite OK.



We were also lucky to see a leopard in a tree quite close to the road. Taken mid day so the sun was quite harsh, but a few ones turned out decent.



Best regards,
Haakan
Forum: General Talk 05-20-2010, 10:27 AM  
For the lefties: Another Religious Nut...
Posted By Haakan
Replies: 58
Views: 7,142
Here it is:
















You Tube



Forum: General Talk 05-18-2010, 01:44 PM  
For the lefties: Another Religious Nut...
Posted By Haakan
Replies: 58
Views: 7,142
Come on, there are bigger nuts in the religous field. E.g. Jerry Falwell blaming the 9/11 on the feminists, gays and lesbians:

Quote:
I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People for the American Way — all of them who have tried to secularize America — I point the finger in their face and say "you helped this happen.
End Quote:
Jerry Falwell - Wikiquote
Forum: Photographic Technique 11-02-2009, 11:34 AM  
The undercover wedding Part Two
Posted By Haakan
Replies: 26
Views: 4,146
Thank you kunik,

I can assure I did not have any malicious intent. As I stated in my (now deleted) post I thought that the images did a very good job of capturing the happiness of the couple (which is the most important part), and just wanted suggest that some of the technical issues that the OP said she encountered could perhaps to some extent be masked by some post processing.

My mistake of not asking first though.

Best regards,
Haakan

(I like your idea of having a setting where one can allow that ones images can be post processed by other members. As I said, I have myself learned much from other members showing me alternatives to how I have processed an image)
Forum: Photographic Technique 10-31-2009, 08:04 AM  
The undercover wedding Part Two
Posted By Haakan
Replies: 26
Views: 4,146
Taff,
Certainly not my intention to be rude. I have had great help though from other members when they have shown me way to improve my pictures by giving examples of post processing changes.

Have removed my previous post in order to not offend anyone.

Best regards,
Haakan
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-11-2009, 12:23 PM  
viewfinder doesn't match image - confused
Posted By Haakan
Replies: 14
Views: 5,231
I am no expert, but could it be that the mirror does not return to its proper position? This could perhaps shift the image in the way you are seeing.

Best regards,
Haakan
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-21-2009, 11:53 AM  
Dynamic range measurements on Dxomark - K20D - this doesn't seem right
Posted By Haakan
Replies: 14
Views: 3,680
According to DxOMark my K10D has as good dynamic range as the top of the line Hasselblad - please don't tell me that is not true ;)
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 09-07-2009, 10:21 AM  
Point & Shoot Contest #22 - "Ways of Getting There"
Posted By Haakan
Replies: 23
Views: 4,012
Hi All,
I have really enjoyed looking at all the contributions, I think they all have shown different "ways" (no pun intended :)) of interpreting the theme.

The hard part has been to try to pick a winner. I have even involved my family but we could not agree on a common view, which shows that it is not an easy task.

Anyhow, after flipping images back and forth, here is my very subjective list:


Shared 3rd place:

&




Second place:




And finally my choice for 1st place:



I fell for the colours and the perpective in this image.

And now I am happy to hand over the baton to Andreas

Best regards,
Haakan
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-06-2009, 12:26 AM  
Low noise benefit of FF vs APS-C equals ... zero
Posted By Haakan
Replies: 240
Views: 39,604
Hi wolfier,
I agree that FF in some cases have an advantage (and as you pointed out there are also the opposite cases). But you first example is where it actually in real life does not have a noise advantage.

If you can increase the shutter time for FF, you can of course to the same for the APS-C, again giving the same noise performance. As discussed in the thread, when aperture is stepped down in order to gain DOF, you will not have any noise advantage with FF.

Best regards,
Haakan
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