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Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 12-15-2015, 12:17 AM  
Weekly Challenge #336 - Bonds of " ... " (Tenderness, Friendship, Love)
Posted By The Kellyboy
Replies: 20
Views: 2,675
My brother-in-law and nephew taken the other day down the beach!
Forum: Pentax K-5 03-10-2014, 02:04 PM  
Green Mode for Irish-Americans (and pros)?
Posted By The Kellyboy
Replies: 18
Views: 1,987
I shoot in manual a lot of the time and use the green button as a starting point. I tend to press it when using the flash and then move the front & rear dials 4 clicks (2 stops) to the right (any combination, eg, 2 front / 2 back or 3 front / 1 back, etc) depending on what I need - changing the shutter speed or aperture to best suit the situation.

It works fine most of the time, but I sometimes need to override it in tricky lighting (but that's when your experience & camera knowledge comes into play!).

Oh, and I'm Welsh. So I'd prefer the button to be 'Red Mode' :-)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-11-2014, 02:36 PM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By The Kellyboy
Replies: 5,169
Views: 625,161
I saw Jenny Jones, the recent Great Britain Sochi Winter Olympic bronze medallist, being interviewed on the BBC wearing a Pentax neck strap - I couldn't see what was hanging off it though!
Forum: Pentax K-3 02-09-2014, 10:12 AM  
Why isn't the K-3 regarded as a 'professional DSLR'?
Posted By The Kellyboy
Replies: 62
Views: 5,810
As I suspected...basically it's not the camera, but how it's perceived. There are a few niggles, but then almost any DSLR is capable of taking great photos.

I was hired as a wedding photographer yesterday - a little nervous because of the storms battering Wales at the moment. I live in Pembrokeshire, which is south west Wales, and the gusting 70mph winds and driving rain coming off the atlantic meant there was no way that any bridal or group shots would be outside.
I'm kind of glad because it forced my hand to use off-camera flash diffused by an umbrella for almost every shot. I'm very pleased with the results:

All are shot with either a K5 & 16-50mm f/2.8 or a K7 and Sigma 70-200 f/2.8.
Forum: Pentax K-3 02-06-2014, 09:00 AM  
Why isn't the K-3 regarded as a 'professional DSLR'?
Posted By The Kellyboy
Replies: 62
Views: 5,810
I use a K-5 for my professional work (weddings, product photography, sports, etc) and my definition is I get paid.

But, in most of the reviews the K-3 is called 'high end enthusiast', 'semi-professional' or something similar. I'd like to know what the reviewers definition of 'professional' is and why the K-3 isn't seen as a pro camera.

Personally, I like the extra reach that the x1.5 crop factor gives my lenses and I'm not in the market for a full frame.
Forum: Pentax K-3 02-06-2014, 08:50 AM  
Why isn't the K-3 regarded as a 'professional DSLR'?
Posted By The Kellyboy
Replies: 62
Views: 5,810
Why isn't the K-3 regarded as 'professional'?

Is it mainly because it isn't full frame? Does the lack of tethering count too?

I'm just curious because it would appear to tick every other box...?
Forum: Pentax K-5 12-26-2013, 02:18 PM  
K-5 for sports-photography
Posted By The Kellyboy
Replies: 1,739
Views: 292,013
I took some rugby photos today with my plain, old ordinary K5 & a Sigma 70-200mm 2.8.
Forum: Pentax K-5 11-22-2013, 11:25 PM  
K5 IIs or K3?
Posted By The Kellyboy
Replies: 10
Views: 7,180
Hi Ron,

I use the 16-50mm 2.8 and a sigma 70-200mm 2.8.

Are the primes, like the 77mm, that good?
Forum: Pentax K-5 11-22-2013, 10:04 AM  
K5 IIs or K3?
Posted By The Kellyboy
Replies: 10
Views: 7,180
Thanks very much!

I think I'll wait until the K3 drops in price!


Forum: Pentax K-5 11-18-2013, 01:28 PM  
K5 IIs or K3?
Posted By The Kellyboy
Replies: 10
Views: 7,180

I use a plain and ordinary K5 and I'm thinking of upgrading to either a K5IIs or a K3.

I mostly shoot sports, weddings and portraits in (a very seldom) semi-professional capacity.

I've read the reviews on both cameras and I can't decide if the price tag of the K3 is worth it. The autofocus doesn't appear to have improved dramatically and I've survived this long with only 1 card slot! I can pick up a K5IIs for half the price of a K3 - is it twice as good?

Also, if the rumours are true and a new model is coming next year the K3's price will also drop.

Decisions, decisions...

Any, and all, thoughts are greatly appreciated!


Forum: Pentax K-3 10-20-2013, 12:50 AM  
Battery grip -- do you need it?
Posted By The Kellyboy
Replies: 60
Views: 5,901
I've done two things to really improve the handling of my K5 & K7 - remove the neck strap completely and add a battery grip. I don't use the grip for extra battery, simply to make the handling better for myself (and I keep a spare card in it!).

I attach the neck strap with removable clips and take it off completely when I'm shooting.

It works for me!
Forum: Pentax K-5 08-13-2013, 02:07 PM  
K5 Interval Shooting - anyone using it?
Posted By The Kellyboy
Replies: 43
Views: 13,107
Slightly off topic, I'm taking wedding pics on Thursday and I'm going to set my K7 up for interval shooting during the service while I shoot with my K5.
I'll set it to start about 5 minutes before the service and take a pic every 15 seconds. I'm impressed that AF kicks in prior to each shot as well.
I'll be able to get shots from 2 different angles, and if only one of them is a keeper I'll be happy!
Forum: Pentax Q 07-30-2013, 11:06 AM  
Which one: Pentax Q or Q7?
Posted By The Kellyboy
Replies: 9
Views: 3,375
(this is about my 4th comment/query on this topic already...sorry, but I want to make the right decision)

I'm going to get either one of these two cameras, but which one?

I like the size and metal body of the Q, but the Q7 has better IQ and is a better all round camera (plus the colour combinations!).

I'll use it when I'm running and cycling plus for everyday photo taking opportunities (for more "serious" times and paid gigs I'll continue to use my K-5).

I might try to sell the pics (prints or JPEGs) during 10k races and road cycling events, too.

So...which one do you recommend?
Forum: Pentax Q 07-30-2013, 08:05 AM  
Incoming Q!
Posted By The Kellyboy
Replies: 17
Views: 2,217
I think I'm going to pull the trigger and get the Q, hopefully with the 01 prime.

I'm going to use it when cycling & running (mostly in organised events) and for general picture taking when my K-5 is just too big.

I just hope IQ doesn't disappoint!



Oh, and just like pezmaker says, I accept zero responsibility for this decision - it's all your fault. So there.
Forum: Pentax Q 07-29-2013, 12:15 AM  
Q Whilst Cycling / Running
Posted By The Kellyboy
Replies: 3
Views: 923

I posted a (very!) similar thread in the DSLR section - taking photos whilst cycling or running. The Q was mentioned as an alternative to a heavy and bulky DSLR, as was the Go Pro Hero 3. I will primarily be taking photos, not videos, so I'm erring towards the Q.

I'm thinking of selling the photos (prints or JPEGs) to fellow competitors after the event - is the Q's image quality up to that? The examples I've seen would certainly appear to show that they are!

I recently (yesterday) ran a 10k race with a Fuji S7000 bridge camera. The photos were easy enough to take, I "shot from the hip". The photos were ok, but the image quality isn't there plus it's a big rig.

Which lens would be the best? 5 - 15mm or the 8mm prime?

Does anybody have any thoughts? All replies gratefully accepted!


Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-28-2013, 02:03 PM  
Running (or cycling?) With A DSLR
Posted By The Kellyboy
Replies: 10
Views: 3,384
Hi goubejp,
I'm interested in how good the Q is. I've read the reviews on here, and it all sounds very good. What's it like in practice whilst cycling / running. Today I ran a 10k race with a Fuji s7000 bridge camera and taking the photos was no problem and it's a much bigger camera. But the image quality isn't the best. I'm torn between the Q and the Go Pro (but I'm slightly on the side of the Q for image quality and the wide angle lens options).
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-20-2013, 08:33 AM  
Running (or cycling?) With A DSLR
Posted By The Kellyboy
Replies: 10
Views: 3,384

I've just completed The Wales Sportive (112 miles bike) and The Wales Marathon & whilst sweating my way around the course I was thinking about recording next year's experiences using my K5 - whilst competing. There were plenty of great photo taking opportunities, but alas, I had no camera.

Does anyone know of a really good way of carrying a dslr that would enable me to run and take pics at the same time (I think doing it whilst cycling would be a bad idea).

I know I can carry it in a back pack, but it will be a bit cumbersome and slow to get the camera out - not a problem at the drink stops, but photos whilst running would be even better.

Any thoughts greatly appreciated!


Forum: Pentax K-5 05-27-2013, 08:03 AM  
K-5 for sports-photography
Posted By The Kellyboy
Replies: 1,739
Views: 292,013
I used a K5 and a 16-50mm 2.8 for these shots of The Tour Series Cycling held in Aberystwyth, Wales.

There's quite a pile up!
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 01-19-2013, 04:33 AM  
Nikon SB-28 On A K-5?
Posted By The Kellyboy
Replies: 4
Views: 1,368
I've just bought a Nikon SB-28 to use with wireless triggers and was wondering if I could use it directly on the hot shoe of a K-5?


The Kellyboy.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 01-07-2013, 01:10 PM  
Where and how to start?
Posted By The Kellyboy
Replies: 23
Views: 2,285
Great pics Kaiserz! I especially like "Golden Hour"

I'm just going to add my own experiences - I'm a semi (part time) pro and I basically spend all the money I earn with my camera on new photography and computer gear.
I live in quite a small community and my only advertising is on Facebook, sports pics in the local press and word of mouth.

I shoot about 2 weddings a year and I've quite a few other paid gigs, like sports events and portraits. I've found that "professionalism" isn't how much you charge, it's the way you conduct yourself, present yourself and the service you provide.
Forum: Pentax K-5 01-04-2013, 06:04 AM  
K-5II's camera strap: why so bad quality?
Posted By The Kellyboy
Replies: 28
Views: 3,079
I've done away with mine altogether, it just gets in the way. I find handling improves no end without the strap in the way.

(But...on the occasions that I do use a strap, I use a neoprene one that I clip/unclip when necessary. )
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 12-06-2012, 01:55 PM  
Extra Post Processing For Clients
Posted By The Kellyboy
Replies: 3
Views: 1,005
I've just completed a Christmas portrait of 7 children (for the grandparents' present) and one of the children was very reluctant to join in the pic (crying, stroppy, etc). The other 6 were very photogenic, but they naturally wanted a shot of all 7 children.
The clients were resigned to the fact that we'd only get 6 children in when the 7th decided to take part - Hooray! But, he wouldn't get right in with the others and just stood on the periphery. He's in a couple of shots, but too far away from the others to make a nice portrait.

Foolishly I said, "It's okay, as I can move him over later using Photoshop!"

I spent a long time doing PP and I think next time I won't be volunteering my Photoshop services - I'll just agree that he won't be in the pic!

This is why I prefer sports photography - the action just happens and you record it then and there.

Has anyone else had experiences of extra PP for someone else that you've brought upon yourself.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 12-05-2012, 01:49 PM  
ipad or Samsung Galaxy Note?
Posted By The Kellyboy
Replies: 15
Views: 1,886
I'm not sure if this has been discussed, but which tablet is better for the photographer - ipad or Samsung Note?

I wont be using it for photo editing, but more as a display method for clients, etc.

I like the ipad because I've got a macbook and they'll sync using icloud, etc. But, I don't keep my pics on my laptop - I back them up (twice) asap onto removable hard drives.

I like the Samsung because it has removable storage (micro SD slot) and I can plug a camera card directly into it to display pics immediately.

Can you view, edit and create Word documents using them?

I'm erring on the side of the Samsung and was just wondering how others with experience of these feel.

Thanks in advance,

The Kellyboy.
Forum: Pentax K-5 12-02-2012, 02:24 PM  
battery grip
Posted By The Kellyboy
Replies: 6
Views: 983
I've bought the "knock-off" battery grips (one for a K7 and one for a K5) and they work great. They've got scroll wheels, AF button, green button, etc. Try Hong Kong based suppliers - they're usually cheaper. Good luck!
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 11-25-2012, 02:16 PM  
Help - Family Portrait Of 7 Kids
Posted By The Kellyboy
Replies: 4
Views: 1,040
I'm taking a family portrait next weekend of 7 grandchildren (aged 2 1/2 to 9 yrs) and was looking for ideas, poses, set ups, etc. The shoot is going to be in their home.

I've got a K5, 16-50mm 2.8, wireless triggers, flash guns plus umbrellas, a soft box, stands and a large white background.

I've done many portrait sessions before, but usually of only 1 or 2 people not 7! It's going to be indoors and I'm thinking of 3 possibilities :

1 - use the large white background, 2 umbrellas and pack the kids in tight and crop it so that it's basically a head and shoulders (or maybe a bit more) of all of them.

2 - As above, but a full length portrait.

3 - Not use the background and keep it as a portrait set in the family's home (balancing ambient light with the flash, etc) and base it around a sofa, the fire, or other suitable area of the home.

I'll probably take all 3 and pick the best, but I was just looking for ideas, etc, especially on poses.

Thanks in advance!

(The shot is going to be put on a canvas for the grandparents' Christmas present.)
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