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Forum: Ask B&H Photo! 06-07-2020, 04:55 PM  
I won't ever shop with B&H again
Posted By MarkJerling
Replies: 6
Views: 1,477
Well, this is "Ask B&H" so I assumed you'd like some help from them rather than just vent about poor service. Silly me.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 10-23-2014, 12:33 PM  
Post-Processing Post Processing Challenge #125
Posted By LarsW
Replies: 34
Views: 3,792
Cooler white balance and lots of clarity in Camera raw. Imroving luminance and color contrast in PS. Sharpening. Pasted in a moon.
Mirrored image to match light direction of the moon.
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 10-02-2014, 11:38 AM  
Point and Shoot Competition #83 - Autumn
Posted By Bart
Replies: 58
Views: 5,926
Autumn is actually my favorite season.
It can present itself in all kinds of forms.

Glorious fall colours,
Dreary rainy days,
Mysterious mist,
Graveyards,
and not to forget, Halloween scenes.

Since half of the world in now in Spring, no time restrictions on the entries.

I'm more interested in the mood than the actual dates anyway.
Like this one that is from September 20th



And this one is from December 30th



(both with Panasonic FX500)

RULES (as per usual):

1. Have lots of fun!
2. Cameras:

No cameras with sensors larger than 1".
No large format or camera typically requiring a tripod to use.
No interchangeable lens cameras.
No 35mm (D)SLRs or any camera weighing over 1kg.

Cameras permitted (cameras listed as acceptable here supersede rules above):

Mobile phones, old and new, iPods, tablets, toy cameras.
Fixed-lens 35mm and smaller-format film and digital rangefinder and viewfinder style cameras.
Interchangeable or fixed-lens 110film SLRs and Pentax Q.
TLRs, 6x9, 6x7, 6x6, Medium Format "folding", "box", or "Holga-style" scale focus cameras ( subject to 1kg weight limitation).

ANY CAMERA BRAND ALLOWED.

3. Entries will close on Friday October 31st, 2014 at Midnight (gmt).
4. Maximum image dimensions are 1024x768 (ish) pixels.
5. List camera brand and model with entry for all to see, and exposure data would be nice.

6. No restrictions on when the entries were taken.
7. Contest winner determines the rules, selects theme, sets closing date and judges the next competition.

8. Enter up to three images, however you may change your entries as many times as you like up to the contest closing date/time.

9. Feel free to post a shot ( not judged) which shows off your setup.

I look forward to all your entries! Give me a hard time judging :)
And do have fun!

Bart
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-30-2014, 08:50 AM  
cropping advice
Posted By BrianR
Replies: 4
Views: 1,118
Yes.



The k-3 will hold up better to this level of magnification due to it's higher pixel density resulting in the label being more pixels across compared to the k-5 image, though the difference probably won't be earth shattering. You can do a practical test comparing your k-5 with your k10d in this way.



All other things equal (sensors using the same/similar technology), then yes. Though again, probably not earth shattering.



The big advantage of FF over APS-C is the size of the captured image on the 'negative', it's just bigger. It's maybe easier to imagine you were using film of these sizes, so you actually have two negatives showing the same framing but of different sizes. The label on the FF negative is physically larger than the label on the APS-C negative. When you go to enlarge them to print at A3+, you're enlarging the APS-C negative more than the FF negative. Any flaws end up being more magnified, degrading image quality more.

Again, this difference is not enormous between APS-C and FF. Compare something really tiny like a P&S camera with a large format film camera and the differences in magnification to get to A3+ becomes massive and much more noticeable.

My experience with different sensor sizes is tiny digital P&S, APS-C both digital and (ugh) film, some film 35mm, along with some pinhole photography using 5x7" photo paper as the negative. The pinhole experience was very illuminating on how a large sensor can handle incredibly poor optics ('optics' is probably the wrong term as there's no glass, just literally a hole made with a pin). With this huge 'sensor', nothing needs to be magnified to get a 5x7" output, what's captured is already visible to the human eye. Not that it's mind bogglingly sharp or anything, but it's pretty amazing given the little hole you're using. Compare that with the magnification needed to go from the sensor of a P&S to even a 5x7" print, you needed to start with something much sharper per unit area of your sensor/film to stand up to this magnification.

In general, bigger is better assuming you can get the same framing (not always the case for the long-lens crowd). Things do get iffy when comparing sensors from different generations, i.e. the Canon 5d may have been a clear winner over APS-C sensors of it's day, but it won't hold up quite as well to modern day APS-C. Also things start to not matter so much when the sensor sizes get close or your print size is not taxing on even the smaller format you're considering, and it's best left as an exercise for the individual user to determine how much of a difference is important to them.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-05-2014, 08:08 AM  
Help me spend some money!
Posted By mikemike
Replies: 40
Views: 2,096
Do you have a sling strap or a wrist strap? I have both and they are really awesome to use depending on the situation, much better than the neck strap.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-05-2014, 08:06 AM  
K-3 vs K-50 ? Help
Posted By mikemike
Replies: 34
Views: 2,622
Your interests are pretty diverse, maybe you should consider picking one or two subject matters to concentrate on first and get the lens or lenses which lets you really dive deep into that.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-04-2014, 10:43 PM  
K-3 vs K-50 ? Help
Posted By dansamy
Replies: 34
Views: 2,622
This is SUPER helpful! Thank you so much for that insight. I wish I could like it times TEN!
Forum: Photo Critique 01-21-2014, 07:24 PM  
Nature Fungi
Posted By jford
Replies: 2
Views: 693
Pretty interesting stuff. And impressive that the kit lens did this.
Thanks for sharing.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 01-08-2014, 04:17 AM  
Watermark
Posted By NicoleC
Replies: 19
Views: 1,714
I like that. Visible but not intrusive.

If I get a bad twitch when I see Comic Sans, chalk it up to sitting through too many Army PowerPoint presentations.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 01-07-2014, 03:33 AM  
Let's Talk Paper: Matte, Luster, Glossy
Posted By Schraubstock
Replies: 7
Views: 2,593
Hi

Apart from the above sound advice there is another way to consider.

For example you would never print that Leonardo da Vinci charcoal sketch you photographed in a museum on anything other than matte paper.
Landscapes look good on matte. Particularly snow pictures or snow landscapes look gorgeous on matte paper where the texture of the paper adds to the texture of freshly fallen snow in the picture. Canvas is suitable for landscapes also.

Some architecture shots would look good on semigloss particularly those of industrial installations like refineries. They also look good on metallic paper and so do promotional shots of cars and motorbikes, machinery or glassware. You can well imagine that they won't be so appealing on canvas for example.

So, consider the motive of your pictures and make a paper choice that you think fits the mood and give it justice.

Also consider that gloss, semigloss and high gloss paper is prone to what is known as chroming or bronzing where dark areas have an unattractive metallic sheen when viewed at a certain angle to the light. With High gloss this is particularly annoying. For this reason alone I never use high gloss.

Greetings
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-10-2013, 07:02 PM  
New PENTAX K-50
Posted By Clones123
Replies: 752
Views: 112,315
I very rarely see any DSLR users in public with an add-on flash or a prosumer-grade lens. Most DSLR users I see are using just the cheap kit lens that their camera came with in Auto-mode, flashing at subjects 50-feet away and grumbling about how one day they're going to get serious about learning to use their camera (to get photos that are less disappointing). If they upgrade at all, it's to get the inexpensive telephoto kit lens or occasionally they'll spend the big money to get a all-in-one super-zoom lens. That's it. After they give up on their "professional-style" DSLR that largely fails to deliver on the promise of professional-quality photos, the camera becomes a hand-me-down to a relative or a good used deal to a friend or co-worker. Finally, it's back to snapshots with a compact or cellphone and taking advantage of amazing features like blink and smile detection.

As for myself, I'm the suspected photography pro. Not because of the equipment I have or because I'm moving around to get various angles but because I'm wearing a $5 set of foam kneepads!
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 05-29-2013, 12:14 PM  
New to Pentax and DSLR
Posted By Jean Poitiers
Replies: 9
Views: 770
Bonjour from France and welcome to PF ... the K-30 is great from what I read ... and please post us an image or two soon ... J
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 05-09-2013, 01:26 PM  
Photo studio name help?
Posted By Kerrowdown
Replies: 11
Views: 5,141
I wish you well, and applaud your enthusiasm, but this is serious stuff and it's a big bad world. :mad:

Your time frame of weeks is totally unrealistic, even by your own admission of the items I mentioned, not even knowing where to start or actually what they are or mean. :hmm:

You will need to know all I have mentioned inside out, jatrax has also pointed out lots of various things to you as well. ;)

Go talk to the financial planner/advisor and the attorney and follow their advice to the letter, they are the professionals and that's what your paying them for, their advice. :cool:
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-04-2013, 10:32 PM  
Macro We like flowers too!
Posted By eaglem
Replies: 6
Views: 496
Thank you for that comment. :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-04-2013, 09:03 AM  
Lens hood help needed
Posted By Canada_Rockies
Replies: 16
Views: 2,747
You left out the RV owner's favourite: If it leaks use GOOP.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-02-2013, 06:25 PM  
Is modern photography fairly well idiot proofed?
Posted By monochrome
Replies: 41
Views: 3,724
I personally know as much as you do. My wife and daughters are the darkroom rats. From what I read here chemicals and paper are available, but my guess is, over time, they will become expensive art craft supplies for real printing artists rather than middle class hobby supplies.

I'm going to go get the stuff for the same reason I keep old Takumar lenses - it is still useful and I admire the engineering. I guess I'll have to take something at the Community College, but what else do I have to do with my Thursday nights?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-02-2013, 05:33 PM  
Is modern photography fairly well idiot proofed?
Posted By dms
Replies: 41
Views: 3,724
Agree about printing--as we get used to more prints by amateurs--the level of acceptable prints is reduced--and we accept poorer images than we used to.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-30-2013, 08:34 AM  
A cure for LBA?
Posted By blackcloudbrew
Replies: 65
Views: 5,619
Well, subtract the K-01, add a K20d, a K100ds (infrared converted), 2 35mm film bodies, 2 645 bodies and glass, and a 6x7 system and I'm right there with you. However, my response is not to sell anything but to take it all with me when I go on a shoot because you never know when you need....
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-30-2013, 07:52 AM  
A cure for LBA?
Posted By blackcloudbrew
Replies: 65
Views: 5,619
LBA can be cured but it takes AT LEAST the purchase of 50 lenses.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-02-2013, 03:08 PM  
Is modern photography fairly well idiot proofed?
Posted By LFLee
Replies: 41
Views: 3,724
It's exactly the opposite of what I felt - more and more people can afford high end camera but still producing crappy shots. Really, photography is more than just camera. :)
Forum: Photographic Technique 04-29-2013, 05:02 PM  
Pano?
Posted By Racer X 69
Replies: 15
Views: 1,793
I have used my Slik U-212 for panoramic work for over 30 years.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-29-2013, 05:20 AM  
What do I do with a bunch of DNG files?
Posted By Kerrowdown
Replies: 14
Views: 1,422
I disagree with this statement, even Pentax no longer support PEF in the their most recent product offerings, both the K-30 and K-01! :confused:

Hasselblad, Leica, Pentax all support DNG, to name but three, think that the writing maybe on the wall for PEF. :cool:
Forum: Photographic Technique 04-24-2013, 05:36 AM  
Tilt shift
Posted By cali92rs
Replies: 29
Views: 3,141
Keep us posted on how you like it :)
I dont see a lot of sample pics online.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 04-23-2013, 08:16 PM  
Why I hate camera clubs...
Posted By Eulogy
Replies: 34
Views: 6,521
That's just photography. As a general rule, don't expect others to have your high(er) standards. I still don't like Instagram as a means of "Art through photography", but that's due to me seeing through the editing and realizing it's just a bad picture with Sepia or B&W conversion done. Take it as a badge of honor if you disagree with judges, that means you're pushing the envelope, rather than just accepting what's "Good".

I really don't understand why they'd disqualify for Dodging and Burning...at all. Of all the photographic editing, it's the longest lasting, most tasteful means I can think of.(My personal policy is - If it can be done with film, it's acceptable in a digital image. Typically, one doesn't develop color film into Sepia or B&W, now do we?)
Forum: Product Suggestions and Feedback 04-19-2013, 03:32 AM  
Sticky: Dear Pentax
Posted By fuf
Replies: 1,328
Views: 395,308
1) Please allow us to use any other than the center AF point for focus confirmation when using manual lenses.
2) Please include focusing screens like Canon EE-S in your higher-end bodies or at least offer them as supplemental products for those who like to focus manually.
3) Please release the FF body with a big viewfinder.

Thanks!
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