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Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 22 Hours Ago  
It's time to say goodbye?
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 98
Views: 3,055
Speaking as a visual artist; former fine arts professor, curator and alternative space program director; and current museum worker and fine arts repro photographer----you "Photographers", capital "P", sure are an angsty bunch about your gear. Just a thought: might be better to concentrate more on the work, its why's and wherefores, than the gear. When the gear (paint, brushes, chisels, presses, cameras and lenses, & etc) start to get foregrounded in the "picture", something's off----unless one is actually a collector. Then it really is about the gear.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 4 Days Ago  
645Z Tethering shooting problem
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 2
Views: 161
For sure it's an Apple problem. It's why I stopped using Apple's after they deep sixed PowerPC. So, question: are you using the Image Transmitter software, or the LR plug-in? If the former, have you updated it?
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 4 Days Ago  
Quick poll about tripods
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 42
Views: 1,569
It's more like they drop when you hold it upright, IIRC----or maybe there's a little tab you step on and pull up? Memory failing me, but I think I have tried them at a shop or PhotoPlus Expo.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 5 Days Ago  
Quick poll about tripods
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 42
Views: 1,569
You'd probably like "trigger" monopods, that let you pull a trigger or push a button to release the sections. I wish I had that on my tripod a lot of times...
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 6 Days Ago  
Any cameras that do depth of field bracketing?
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 25
Views: 1,469
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 6 Days Ago  
Quick poll about tripods
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 42
Views: 1,569
Agree on serviceability. The only real thing I don't like about clamps is how they can catch on stuff.
Forum: Photographic Technique 6 Days Ago  
CHALLENGE : Matching the presets in Manual Mode ?
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 6
Views: 285
Yes So, when doing PP, that's handled by your saturation slider for the most part (and in Lightroom maybe "vibrance", but there's also contrast to play with, and in Lightroom "clarity"basically here you're talking about the color temperature/tint of the image, also something that you can adjust in PP. These have nothing to do with ISO, aperture, or shutter speed. But depending on the camera you have, you may be able to do your own adjustments on the jpg output independently of the modes, saving them as a user preset. What I'd caution you about here is the tendency to "overproduce" your images. It's like music: sometimes spare is better than "the wall of sound" or strings added. Lots of music has been ruined by overproduction. In digital photography, it's so easy to over saturate, over-intensify, and now over process in terms of color temperature and "film look" filters (Instagram), that it's all been done to a fault. And internet photography forums are full of examples----along with scorn and disdain for these styles.


By your admission you are new to this. In film days different films had different "looks", and photographers tended to gravitate to the ones they prefered, or that suited the subjects. And of course filters were used on the lenses for their color or contrast effects. I would spend some time looking at books of wonderful photography to discover what appeals to you the most---and then try to match that with your own. All artists start their serious work through copying. Even if you only aspire to have fun, it's still not a bad idea to get a handle on your own taste. That's the best thing you could do for yourself right now. Any examples you get in this thread will actually teach you little.

And as I've mentioned above, you are either going to have to dial in your preferences yourself in your camera, or learn some post processing. Don't be afraid of PP---it can be very rewarding, and can still be done with jpgs if you don't want to shoot raw.


As I said above, you'd do this by creating your own user preset(s) in camera, if your camera allows this. But I would think you should also be able to shoot in manual mode, that allows you to control ISO, aperture, and shutter speed, and also use one of your camera's built-in jpg presets (which you have called modes)---again, these don't effect the exposure of your images usually, just how the jpg engine renders them further..
Forum: Photographic Technique 05-22-2022, 04:45 AM  
CHALLENGE : Matching the presets in Manual Mode ?
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 6
Views: 285
Well...I have been a manual shooter basically since I started in the '70's----my first good camera gave me no other options. In film days also manual---never had an auto camera. This changed with the turnover to digital, but after my very first basic P&S, I quickly started shooting raw and stopped shooting jpg's. Now the only jpg's I shoot are with my phone or on occasion for timelapses at work (although it's possible I will start shooting raw there as well....maybe. Depends how long the TL's will have to be). So, not since 2005 have I regularly shot jpg's, and that was only as raw+jpg, and not with any mode but aperture priority. Upon reviewing these images, I started to wonder about jpg in general for serious, non quick turnaround shooting. Why should I let an engineer in Japan determine what my images should look like?

So, the premise of trying to match these modes is rather alien to me based on my experience with photography. Not to say these modes aren't nice for folks who dodn't want to get involved with PP, the modern darkroom. That is indeed another significant time investment to learn those skills.

As I said, these modes are going to be applying certain sharpening, saturation, contrast & maybe more to the jpg's, so really what we're talking about here is reverse engineering that processing in one's own post processing---and this is not going to be reflected in the 3 settings you are talking about.
Forum: Photographic Technique 05-21-2022, 01:45 PM  
CHALLENGE : Matching the presets in Manual Mode ?
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 6
Views: 285
So, that's hardly any time at all. For any endeavor---driving a car, cooking, riding a bike, &etc. It took me a year to get the basics down, and over a decade to consistently get images I was proud of---and that's with a studio art background. Give it significantly more time is my first advice.

Well, that's because these modes are jpg modes if I'm not mistaken, and there's more internal processing to these than just the 3 variables of ISO, Shutter Speed, and Aperture. To reproduce these you need to wade into post processing.

Therefore be advised that the examples you may get are going to involve other factors.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-19-2022, 10:46 AM  
Ricoh WG-80
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 9
Views: 892
Seems a pity they missed the opportunity to have raw output. Why would that be hard to add? Also, it really is time to do these in a 1" or even apsc sensor size. I have one from years ago I got for fishing, before I had a smart phone. I'd get another if it output raw and had a larger sensor---my Theta has a 1" for crying out loud. Well, guess it's time to get that waterproof case for it.....

Oh, right! They don't make one for the Z1! grrrrrrrrrrr
Forum: General Talk 05-19-2022, 10:40 AM  
What music are you currently listening to?
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 9,440
Views: 694,157
Uh, say what?
Forum: General Talk 05-17-2022, 08:14 AM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 25,187
Views: 1,898,912
Irix Blackstone 11 f4 for Pentax. No longer a huge fan of UWA lenses for personal work, but I got this on sale from B&H, a really good deal; usage = when I need to go even wider than the 15-30 on my K1mkII.

Used it on a shoot almost right away: had to take a photo of a hanging tapestry in an embassy, and the site situation only allowed me to be about 2.75-3 meters away from it....and it was a good 5 meters tall. Also did some shots for stitiching, but amazingly the single shot corrected in LR to something pretty doggone acceptable. Might have saved the day.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 05-16-2022, 09:51 AM  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 18,308
Views: 2,927,342
Terrific B+W conversions.
Forum: Product Suggestions and Feedback 05-16-2022, 06:41 AM  
The "Things I'd like to have on any digital camera" thread
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 61
Views: 2,055
I find a tilt of the head sideways also works wonders, while narrowing the eyesWorks a charm, that, since these sorts mostly have no idea what one is.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 05-13-2022, 10:13 AM  
What backpack do you use for your 645z?
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 3
Views: 328
I use the Mindshift 35L. Sadly it's discontinued, but you can probably still find one. I like it so much, I bought another one which is just sitting in the closet for the day when the first one gives out---which it is showing no signs of doing. It's amazing how much gear I can get in it, and it rides on the back very well, and has a waistbelt. It is also itself an ultralight pack, so it isn't adding much to the load. Finally, it looks bigger than it is, but it is overhead/carry-on compliant. I've been on multiple personal trips with it, and use it for all my pro shoots. Just great. I love Lowepro, but this is the best bag I've ever had.
Forum: Product Suggestions and Feedback 05-13-2022, 10:04 AM  
The "Things I'd like to have on any digital camera" thread
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 61
Views: 2,055
Yes! That would be fantastic.
Forum: Product Suggestions and Feedback 05-12-2022, 06:39 AM  
The "Things I'd like to have on any digital camera" thread
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 61
Views: 2,055
It's just a thread for us here at PentaxForums. This one is distinguished from other threads that concern what we want to see specifically in the next iteration of a particular model by being about things we'd like to see in any model. As was posted above a couple of times, so why do you continue to ask? If this is so irritating to you, please don't participate. As far as pain points are concerned, lots of these suggestions could be made for all makes, so I don't believe you are correct about bleeding off customersNo. We can always hope they take an occasional look at our forums, though.
Forum: Product Suggestions and Feedback 05-08-2022, 07:11 AM  
The "Things I'd like to have on any digital camera" thread
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 61
Views: 2,055
You missed a "thread rule" there, prof: one suggestion per post so multiple suggestions in a post don't get "lost", and to spread the thread out.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 05-08-2022, 07:04 AM  
Pentax 645z - worth 'nothing' on used market?
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 72
Views: 4,855
Looks like we're a pair of steam powered old-schoolers....
Forum: General Talk 05-07-2022, 03:42 PM  
What music are you currently listening to?
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 9,440
Views: 694,157















You Tube




Uh, just kidding. For real: Oldie but goodie:














You Tube



If you've never heard this album, don't miss track 9

As far as missed concerts, my big regrets are missing Monk and Mingus.
Forum: Product Suggestions and Feedback 05-07-2022, 09:07 AM  
The "Things I'd like to have on any digital camera" thread
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 61
Views: 2,055
So, this is not model specific, apsc, FF, medium format specific. It's a thread for somewhat off-beat suggestions. Let's keep it to one idea per post, to keep the thread going but also so that multiple ideas don't get buried in a post.


I'll start with this one: I'd like a "warning beep/sound" that could be applied to a setting. For me, it would be an alert that I'm in jpg mode (just had a problem with this on a shoot yesterday, had to re-shoot). But I think it would be most helpful if you could apply it for different settings/modes.

Let's hear yours. I might/will have more.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 05-07-2022, 05:37 AM  
Pentax 645z - worth 'nothing' on used market?
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 72
Views: 4,855
Once you get one and really get into it, as I did, you'll find that working with large format cameras is a lot trickier than it looks. Focusing is not quick or necessarily sure on a ground glass screen. Wide angle is a pain. The whole setup will be more expensive than you think. If you are not scanning, then prepare for a shock if trying to enlarge; otherwise it's contact printing---fine if that's the only size you want. If you are scanning, prepare for fun times with that---and basically being right back into a digital workflow. Hopefully you also don't live in a warm, humid climate. I've found myself bathed in sweat after working under a darkcloth. Then there's the tripod upgrade.

I personally don't miss large format photography.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 05-06-2022, 04:46 PM  
Pentax 645z - worth 'nothing' on used market?
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 72
Views: 4,855
Well, I've heard enough of this. I'll just say that my 645Z is performing admirably, just as it did when I bought it in 2014, and still offers me a competitive advantage over other cameras I've used.
Years ago, no one (who was taken seriously) talked about how much better their new camera was than an older model for the most part. These days it's different because of the sensor---but to me it's the files that count, and the system I can deploy. The 645Z continues to deliver exemplary results, and the system is superior to all others with respect to available FL's coupled with an incredibly capable body---more capable than most photographers' skills. I just came from a shoot at an Embassy in DC. I had to use my K1mkII today as well---to photograph a large (3x5 meters) tapestry from a distance of less than 3 meters (yes...), so I needed a more extreme UWA than the 25mm I could use with the Z, and I'll still have to stitch. But normally it would be the Z all the way for what I do.

The doom and gloom about the Z is irritating and makes my brain tired. I have better things to make my brain tired about.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 05-05-2022, 04:04 PM  
Pentax 645z - worth 'nothing' on used market?
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 72
Views: 4,855
I'll see your nothing and raise you 5 bux!

Seriously, though, Gyroscope....still not clear why you want to dump it.
Forum: Pentax K-1 & K-1 II 05-05-2022, 04:02 PM  
Anyone Come from a Much Lighter Camera?
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 48
Views: 2,033
This is only true for certain sized prints, and certain types/styles of photography. By your logic (which isn't incorrect, but leaves out lots of considerations) for lots of things, phones are just as good as m4/3 and apsc. And for most viewers, there's no difference between a phone image and the very best photographs ever taken, just as they can't tell the difference/don't care about the difference between a truly great painting and something made for mass market sales by workers using formulae cranking out 50 paintings a day.
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