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Forum: General Photography 06-07-2019, 07:59 PM  
Need help in guiding a beginner
Posted By DWS1
Replies: 20
Views: 684
Excellent suggestions from all. Thank you. I wish I had all summer with her, but they are military and are in the process of changing duty stations. So they are only here for a couple of weeks. I suggested she try and find some sort of photo group at their new post.



This is what I was thinking. Too much information too soon will only confuse and possibly discourage her. She has already been searching YouTube. I also directed her to B&H's video library. I did tweak some of the settings in her camera. Changed focus point to center, set ISO to auto with upper limit of 800 (may be too high for this camera), auto WB, and turned the grid on in the viewfinder. I also installed Photoshop Elements 15 on her laptop and showed her how to use it in guided mode.



This proved to be very effective in getting her to understand the relationship between shutter speed and aperture and how the camera/lens works. Something she could see instead of something explained.

I am really trying to get her to focus on composition and light for now and think her own curiosity for better photographs will lead her into the more advanced aspects. Although I said I'm don't feel I'm a good teacher, I strongly believe each generation of a family has an obligation to pass knowledge learned to the next generation. Maybe I fertilized the seedling that will grow into the next Ansel Adams or, maybe not, Who knows?
Forum: General Photography 06-06-2019, 08:55 AM  
Need help in guiding a beginner
Posted By DWS1
Replies: 20
Views: 684
My daughter in law was recently given a Nikon D70s with a Tamron 18-200mm macro (non IS), and wants me to show her how to use it. She seems enthusiastic and serious. I have never been a good teacher. Her only photography experience is using a cell phone and perhaps a film point and shoot. I told her she has a nice setup to learn on and doesn't need anything more for now (especially for the price $0) I did have to clean the sensor and lens. I have printed the manual for her and suggested she doesn't try and read it front to back as it will only confuse her, only use it for now as a reference book to get familiar with the controls. She has taken a few shots with it in auto mode but has no understanding of what's really going in in the camera. I have suggested she use it in program mode for now (so she can have a little control over it), set the capture to jpeg (not even mentioned raw at this point), until she develops a understanding of the exposure triangle. I explained there are 3 parts to photography, The artistry of photography, the technical aspects of using the camera, and post processing, and if she gets good at the first 2, the 3rd will be minimal. I've told her to just go out and shoot lots of pictures and see if she captures what she envisioned, and if not, figure out what's not right and what to adjust. I don't know where to go from here as I have no experience in this area. Am I on the right track here or should I go a different direction in helping her? Any help or suggestions anyone wishes to offer will be greatly appreciated.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 05-26-2019, 03:50 PM  
Apache 5800 Nice Pelican Knockoff
Posted By DWS1
Replies: 8
Views: 521
I did test it for water tightness in my bath tub by sloshing it around, flipping it over, submersing the seams and pressure relief port, etc. I even turn the shower on it, but I did not have any weight in it. It came out bone dry on the inside. Now, how long will that last, I don't know. The build quality and tightness seems very good to me.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 05-26-2019, 01:13 PM  
Apache 5800 Nice Pelican Knockoff
Posted By DWS1
Replies: 8
Views: 521
I have the Apache 4800, knock off of Pelican 1520. Picked it up when the local Harbor Freight store introduced them. They had it on sale for $49.99, (base price $59.99), used a 25% off coupon and got for $37.49. Conversely a Pelican 1520 is about $150.00. It provides more protection than I will every need. I keep my bodies and lenses in it. I use an old video camera shoulder bag for all my accessories. It easily holds everything I use. Currently it carries a DA 300mm, Pentax K70 with DFA 28-105mm attached, DA 55-300mm PLM, Pentax A 28mm, DA 18-55mm, and a K50 body. I think I left room to add a DA15mm and a 1.4x teleconverter in the future.

Forum: General Photography 05-09-2019, 10:32 AM  
Environmental protection and landscape photography
Posted By DWS1
Replies: 77
Views: 2,011
I believe landscape photographers have done far more good to the environment than harm. They have brought awareness to and motivated millions of others to protect it. Look what Ansel Adams did for the US National Park Service and how he (and others) jump started the modern conservation movement into high gear. The problem is not photographers, it is irresponsible people.
Forum: General Photography 05-02-2019, 11:34 AM  
Why I won't buy into another camera brand - I'm keeping my Pentax gear.
Posted By DWS1
Replies: 54
Views: 2,651
I may be a little different than most. I am not a long time Pentax user. My first SLR was a Mamiya/Sekor 500 DTL in the early 70's. Moved to Minolta in the early 80's when someone stole my Mamiya kit. I used my Minolta x570 with a Minolta MD 28mm, 50mm, and 70-210mm until 2009, mainly because the MD mount was useless on anything other than a Minolta manual focus film body. (Thanks Minolta). My first digital was a Kodak DZ710 bridge camera. Used that until 2016 when DSLRs finally got cheap enough. So, basically starting from scratch again 3 years ago, I chose a Pentax K50 (now also have a K70) over Nikon, Canon, and Sony and have not looked back. Pentax offered so much more than the others at the price range I was looking at. Basically it was a mid range camera at an entry level price, plus the in body stabilization, ability to use natively any K mount lens made, weather sealed, and it just felt better in my hands. I have built an nice kit over the last 3 years and have no desire to start over again from scratch. My only fear is that Ricoh closes the door on Pentax, and renders everything I have useless (again). If that happens I will probably just give this hobby up altogether.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-18-2019, 08:58 AM  
question about Pentax-DA* 300mm F4 ED [IF] SDM
Posted By DWS1
Replies: 56
Views: 2,948
One of the reasons this discussion won't go away is there are new, budding photographers entering the market everyday looking for an upgrade from their phone or old fixed lens camera. They have never shot with a 35mm film ICL camera, and have no understanding of the relationship of FOV to focal length to sensor/film size. The 35mm equivalent focal length of lens on any particular camera (an entry in the EXIF data of each image) provides a standardized frame of reference for comparing different camera/lens systems and combinations. Also, the advertising and marketing has falsely implied one will increase the focal length lens when using it on a crop sensor camera. That is an easier concept to explain and grasp than explaining one's FOV will be as if one cropped the center half out of a 35mm image.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-16-2019, 09:52 AM  
Pentax Year Book 2018
Posted By DWS1
Replies: 6
Views: 987
What an outstanding set of a variety of great images! They really confirm to me that a great image is made with imagination, creativity, and artistry, yet we spend a large majority of our time pondering and discussing the gear we use. I know I'm guilty of it. This really inspires me to reverse that and spend the majority of my time on improving my imagination, creativity, and artistry, with the gear becoming secondary.
Forum: Pentax K-70 04-07-2019, 10:49 AM  
what are the best spare batteries to get?
Posted By DWS1
Replies: 27
Views: 1,203
I have 2 Pentax OEM and 4 Wasabi batteries I use in a K50 and K70, and frankly can't tell any differences among them. I get at least 5-600 shots or more out of each one. They all hold their charge well for a month or more when stored. I use them in rotation so I don't constantly keep using the same battery. One thing I did that helps was to number them on the edge opposite the contacts with a bright colored fingernail polish, 0-5 small dots. You can immediately see which one is in the camera, then grab the next higher number when a change is needed. Also, I really like the Wasabi charger. It has the ability to charge both brands in a vehicle via a 12v plug, as well as AC power. Takes an hour or two to fully charge a depleted battery.
Forum: General Talk 04-01-2019, 09:22 PM  
Members other hobbies
Posted By DWS1
Replies: 151
Views: 14,428
My other hobby is woodworking. Started as a kid with my dad in the early 60's. Photography came along the late 60's, and both have continued thru the years (with some long gaps when real life got in the way). It never occurred to me, until a few years ago, to combine the two. Now I make my own frames and display cases for my photographs to give as gifts to friends and family. I like to make them out wood species that are native to the area the photo was taken, sometimes picking up downed wood from the very spot, then milling it down.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-29-2019, 12:47 PM  
Landscape Morning, South Rim of the Grand Canyon, Arizona.
Posted By DWS1
Replies: 4
Views: 238
Very nice! I like the way you framed the sun lit peaks with the foreground bushes and rocks. BTW what viewpoint or area did you shoot that from? It looks somewhat familiar to me.
Forum: Pentax KP 03-28-2019, 07:54 PM  
Pentax KP and GPS via phone?
Posted By DWS1
Replies: 5
Views: 551
I have also done it this way with my K50 and K70 using Backcountry Navigator Pro on my phone to generate gps tracking data and Lightroom on a pc to sync to the photos based on timestamps. It works fairly well. If I recall correctly, I had to adjust the timestamp of the first photo to match the first gps timestamp on the tracking log.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-28-2019, 10:05 AM  
Lenses for Landscape and Travel with K-3ii
Posted By DWS1
Replies: 26
Views: 1,657
I experimented with a terrible copy of an old FA 28-80mm on a K50 just to see if I liked that zoom range. I didn't, but it was the long end I didn't like. I found my self always wanting a little more reach to about 100mm and thus having to change lens constantly to the 55-300. I now use a D FA 28-105mm as my everyday walk around lens, a great lens on an ASP-C body, a DA 55-300mm PLM, and a DA 15mm prime, which I don't use that much even for broad sweeping landscapes. I know you said you are looking for 1 or 2 lenses, but this 3 lens combo works great for me.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 03-27-2019, 10:22 AM  
K1 in print test
Posted By DWS1
Replies: 84
Views: 3,433
I have read different studies that conclude the human eye/brain combination can only resolve to about 180dpi. The 300dpi standard comes from the print industry before digital. That's the resolution printers wanted from photographers so they had plenty of room to optimize the photos for magazine publication. It would be interesting to know what the actual final resolution is of the photos on the printed magazine pages.
Forum: Pentax K-70 03-27-2019, 07:56 AM  
Pixle Shift Usage
Posted By DWS1
Replies: 8
Views: 711
Thank you. I would never thought to look at the K1 review. I think my problem has been too much motion, and I've been processing these in Lightroom, which I'm not sure supports pixel shift on the K70 that well or at all. I will try DCU first then import to Lightroom (because that's what I have at the moment). I shoot mainly outdoor, natural light, landscapes, wildlife, buildings, etc. and there is always movement to some degree. I guess I just need to get a feel of how much is too much. I do like the idea, I just need to get better at using it.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-26-2019, 06:21 PM  
Landscape Morning light, Great Sand Dunes, Colorado.
Posted By DWS1
Replies: 3
Views: 187
Beautiful! I am planing a trip there this coming September.
Forum: Pentax K-70 03-26-2019, 06:15 PM  
Pixle Shift Usage
Posted By DWS1
Replies: 8
Views: 711
I've had my K70 for 7 months now and absolutely love it. Coming from a K50 that suffered aperture failure (which I have since repaired and now use as a second body), I am still learning the new features of the K70. Concerning pixle shift, I understand what it does and how it works. What I'm having difficulty with is understanding when and/or why I should use it (or not use it), I have experimented with it in several different situations and seen very mixed results with no discernible patterns or consistency apparent. I will appreciate any comment, suggestion, advice, or guidance anyone wishes to offer.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 01-11-2019, 12:15 PM  
Which protection filter?
Posted By DWS1
Replies: 41
Views: 1,955
I generally don't use filters other than those for a certain effect, like a CPL and/or ND. Both of those are Hoya filters, and I've good results with them. I feel if I am careful, cautious, and deliberate with my equipment, like keeping the lens cap and hood on, I don't need the added protection a UV filter might provide, Having said that, I don't have the best lenses there are (nor the cheapest), but they are the best I can afford, serve me well, and I would not want to, nor could I afford to repair or replace them. I have trips planned this year to go to Gulf Islands National Seashore and Great Sand Dunes National Park. I have seen the bad effects salt, a corrosive, and sand, an abrasive, can have on glass. I certainly would not want that to happen to the front element or coatings on my lenses. So, I am considering investing in some UV filters to help prevent this, which to me seems to be the general consensus in this thread of the conditions in which UV filters are beneficial.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 08-29-2018, 06:35 AM  
hate this thing-so far
Posted By DWS1
Replies: 31
Views: 1,000
Welcome and don't be scared. I too came to digital with a K50 and must admit I was overwhelmed. But despite all the bells and whistles and capabilities, the bottom line is that it all comes down to aperture, shutter speed, and iso. One thing that helped me was to look at the iso setting the same as the film speed you set when you loaded your old camera (which it is), and you only had to be concerned with aperture and shutter speed. The difference now is you can change that film speed on the fly with each shot instead of going thru a roll film and load a different type to get different shots.
Forum: Pentax K-70 08-27-2018, 10:48 PM  
Learning Curve for K70
Posted By DWS1
Replies: 5
Views: 1,012
After having a K50 for 2-1/2 years and taking 10,000+ shots I pretty well know where most all the setting are, what they do, how get to them, how to set them, and when to use or not use them without even thinking about it much. Now, when out experimenting with a GND filter I have suffered the dreaded aperture block failure. Since I've been thinking about upgrading to a K70 for a while, I went ahead and pulled the trigger and it's on it's way. What kind of learning curve will I experience coming from a K50? I ask because in 10 days I have a long planned, week long trip to Rocky Mountain National Park and won't have a lot of time to learn a new camera. I will welcome all suggestions or advice anyone wishes to offer.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 08-27-2018, 10:12 PM  
Thank you!!
Posted By DWS1
Replies: 11
Views: 321
I have lurked around here for the last three years, but now I join mainly to say a big thank you to all that participate. The information you've provided has been invaluable to me. Hopefully, I can contribute to these discussions.
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