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Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10 Hours Ago  
K-3 Mark III and my focusing
Posted By FozzFoster
Replies: 13
Views: 475
Nice shots! Here's my tips:

For these style of shots (sitting birds):

1 - Open up the aperture nearly all the way. You're at f/8 and you don't need that deep of a field.
2 - Your shutter speed for non-flying birds is unnecessarily high. For sitting birds, you can go down to 1/250 - 1/800.
3 - Use that extra light (from opening your aperture and slowing your shutter) into lowering your exceptionally high ISO.

Your subject point seems consistently in the middle. Instead of using Expanded Area Large, be more deliberate and use a smaller focus area.

For these sitting birds, turn on your Hold-AF status. If it is off, it will quickly move it's focus and anticipate the subject will be to be moving toward or away the photographer fast. These sitting birds are not coming at the photographer (like a bird in flight would). Using Hold-AF will delay that re-focus and will lock on the sitting bird better.

Also, processing the crap out of an image is never a good idea, especially when you intent to zoom (crop) into the image. Try to capture the best exposure in-camera (exposure-to-the-right; ETTR). Also, exposure for the subject (usually the face of the subject).

Good work! Keep shootin'
Forum: Pentax eBooks 6 Days Ago  
K-3MarkIII
Posted By FozzFoster
Replies: 15
Views: 916
I have a YouTube channel that is dedicated to Pentax equipment.
A few K-3 III vids covering some basic topics, such as this one:















Youtu.be



Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-12-2021, 07:20 PM  
Pentax K-3 III: Catch-In Focus
Posted By FozzFoster
Replies: 9
Views: 732
This is our intent entirely, thank you for that recognition :)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-12-2021, 11:40 AM  
Pentax K-3 III: Catch-In Focus
Posted By FozzFoster
Replies: 9
Views: 732
Hey all!

I frequently use Catch-In Focus when using my vintage lenses and I especially use it a lot when doing macro photography with extension tubes without auto couplers!
We enjoy so much on our Pentax dSLRs that we made a quick tutorial video on how to use the feature:















Youtu.be




Let us know what you think!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-08-2021, 10:11 AM  
My Google Fu is Poor
Posted By FozzFoster
Replies: 8
Views: 575
I still have pictures of my first attempt at astro.
Posted these images ages ago asking what I was doing wrong haha.
Mostly light pollution, but my settings were super off too:
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-07-2021, 10:44 AM  
K-3 Mark III firmware V1.02 now available.
Posted By FozzFoster
Replies: 39
Views: 3,357
The risk of missing a once-in-a-lifetime shot because of a preventable random system glitch is also not 0 :P
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-07-2021, 10:22 AM  
My Google Fu is Poor
Posted By FozzFoster
Replies: 8
Views: 575
1) aperture: the widest it can go, maybe 1/3 stopped down to sharpen up a bit; ISO: go to higher ISOs like 3200 and 6400 (look into noise-signal ratios for more info); time: as long as possible without creating star trails (depending on settings, try around 1:00 and see what you get).
2) stacked exposures are multiple images of the same scene that are blended together.
2a. When a sensor is activated it becomes 'hot' which causes more random pixel noise in an image. Taking multiple images and averaging (median) these 'hot' pixel will remove them from the image resulting in a cleaner picture. Also, the night sky rotates substantially and framing your scene becomes a problem when taking too long.
3) People have different opinions. One opinion is to take multiple images with a longer focal length (~35mm; but faster aperture like f/1.4) and stitch the images together in post-production to create a pano of the night sky. Another opinion is to capture everything in-camera with one shot using a wider focal range, say 18mm.

Also, when testing your settings, be on-scene where you want to do image acquisition. Night sky exposure varies widely depending on distance to city light sources.

---------- Post added 06-07-21 at 11:31 AM ----------


I've had good luck with 18mm on APS-C K-S2 using relatively slow apertures (f/4). You don't need anything fancy to get a good image.



---------- Post added 06-07-21 at 11:40 AM ----------

aaaaand I'll shill my video, too - (although I haven't done astro with my K-3 III yet):















Youtu.be



Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-07-2021, 08:16 AM  
Pentax K-3 Mark III for astrophotography?
Posted By FozzFoster
Replies: 14
Views: 799
might not answer your question directly, but why not sync your smart device to the camera and use that to manually focus your image:















Youtu.be



Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-06-2021, 08:27 PM  
K-3 Mark III firmware V1.02 now available.
Posted By FozzFoster
Replies: 39
Views: 3,357
might help someone here:















Youtu.be



Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 05-28-2021, 09:39 AM  
Simple Fix For Older Flashes
Posted By FozzFoster
Replies: 11
Views: 630
It's a fun learning curve. The way to figure out your exposure with or without flash is different..
Use the shutter speed to expose background correctly and use your aperture to expose the flashed subject correctly.
Also, you can usually get away with about a stop or two higher ISO without seeing noise.
For your song birds, you might want to look into getting a snoot just to light the birds and not the branches.
I've also seen people use flash 'extenders' to get further reach, but I've never used or compared shots with em.

haha and what I mean by 'easy access' is that it's really affordable. Some manual third-party flashes are also affordable, but some don't come with HSS.
Although, HSS is indeed a physical switch on the FGZ I series! It's a bit of a menu dive on the FGZ II series - so maybe it is indeed 'easy access' haha
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 05-28-2021, 08:49 AM  
Simple Fix For Older Flashes
Posted By FozzFoster
Replies: 11
Views: 630
they are actually really great flashes! the AF-360FGZ can be had for <$100 CAD on the second-hand market.
I used em with Cactus triggers to get around not having swivel and it's nice having em off-camera anyway!
It's really the easy access to HSS that I like about the flash though.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 05-28-2021, 08:28 AM  
Simple Fix For Older Flashes
Posted By FozzFoster
Replies: 11
Views: 630
Good to know! Didn't know there were similar problems on other models!



I totally agree!



nice tip! lol I know I did a hack job and didn't do a tidy job. Even in the video ya can hear me embarrassingly say 'I'm just doing this one for demonstration" haha



The rubber bands I've tried didn't do the trick, maybe there's a better type or way to string it up that I don't know about though.



The problem is the flimsy plastic door hinge. Adding more bulk to the inside would just bend/push the flimsy plastic further, I think.
I've seen these doors come right off, so I don't think pushin from the inside would be a long but rather a short term solution :P
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 05-27-2021, 09:25 PM  
Simple Fix For Older Flashes
Posted By FozzFoster
Replies: 11
Views: 630
Hey all,

I really like using the older AF-360FGZ and AF-540FGZ for affordable access to PTTL, high speed sync, and bounce (and swivel in the 540FGZ). However, the battery doors are the bane of these flashesí existence and it seems like every copy Iíve owned had a flimsy door.

Iíve seen some tutorials on how to drill a screw into the door to hold it shut however zip ties are easier and non-destructive. I made a video showing the process.

Let me know what you think!
















Youtu.be



Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-25-2021, 10:08 AM  
Anyone noticed HD 31 mm lost one element....?
Posted By FozzFoster
Replies: 38
Views: 1,659
I'm sittin' here like:
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-22-2021, 01:55 PM  
PF Pentax Interview 2021 - Question suggestions
Posted By FozzFoster
Replies: 178
Views: 9,543
Perhaps a recommendation?
We can all appreciate the substantial marketing effort involved with the release of the K-3 III.
However, there were many marketing videos released without translation or subtitles.
The discussions topics seem fascinating but the automatically generated subtitles don't to the conversation justice.
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 05-21-2021, 07:58 AM  
Get ready for a giveaway featuring the D FA* 50mm F1.4!
Posted By FozzFoster
Replies: 66
Views: 3,151
thanks Adam for a great raffle - yet again!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-21-2021, 06:38 AM  
K-3III and KP Smart Functions
Posted By FozzFoster
Replies: 7
Views: 1,756
I have it solely set on E dial.
This camera's got such improvement over my latest K-70 that I am yet to utilize let alone master any of it's features and maybe I'll get to the Smart Function eventually haha.
I'm pretty stoked on E dial :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-20-2021, 12:30 PM  
Whats the best walkabout lens for the new K3 III?
Posted By FozzFoster
Replies: 31
Views: 1,784
just everyday carry? HD 40mm LTD

lightweight travel? 18-135 and 55-300 PLM

sight seeing? really depends on what I'm going to go see :) if I am sight-seeing with family and will do portraits at the locations then I'll bring a 50 1.4 or a 77 1.8 :)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-19-2021, 07:18 PM  
K-3 III: Viewfinder Focus Points
Posted By FozzFoster
Replies: 10
Views: 1,057
Hey there!

I've heard some cross-talk about the K-3 III focus points.
Apparently, people are incredulous that the focus points are not visible in the viewfinder.
To the point I've heard that it 'cripples' the camera entirely.
Therefore, I've created a video displaying the focusing points in the viewfinder and that they are illuminated - it just depends on what focus area mode you are in:















Youtu.be




I know that this viewfinder display is different that the previous Pentax cameras like my K-70 and my K-5 where the focus point is maintained illuminated, but on the K-3 III it's just a different method: the point is illuminated when you select the position you want to focus. Once at the position, you are trusting the camera to choose the focus point. If you want something more specific then simply refine the focus area mode to a smaller area selection for focusing on your specific target.

At first, I considered that full Auto should also display the illuminated points so that I'd know if it was focusing on what I'd want it to be focusing on. But then I considered: if I want to focus on something specific, then I am in the wrong mode. I should be choosing a focus area mode to properly select my chosen focus point and not using full Auto area mode. In full Auto you're surrendering that decision to the camera. It's sorta like choosing Green/Auto exposure settings and then being upset you can't manipulate the shutter speed. Now I consider that the majority of focus area modes are illuminated to show me where it's focusing and the ones where it's not illuminated are not really needed to be illuminated anyway.

Just wanted to show that although substantially different than previous Pentax, the new method definitely does not 'cripple' the camera.

---------- Post added 05-19-21 at 09:17 PM ----------

Should also mention: Auto mode (used in this video) only illuminates focus point changes that are located in darker areas while On mode will display the illumination regardless of ambient lighting.
Also, press the AF Mode button on the side of the camera at any time to light up the selectable focus points in your current focus area mode.
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 05-19-2021, 01:37 PM  
Get ready for a giveaway featuring the D FA* 50mm F1.4!
Posted By FozzFoster
Replies: 66
Views: 3,151
My vote says the 20-40mm LTD.


thanks for all ya do Adam!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-18-2021, 08:50 PM  
Black & White David & Goliath
Posted By FozzFoster
Replies: 7
Views: 846
Really neat expressions! Well captured!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-18-2021, 08:49 PM  
Cityscape Wild Flowers
Posted By FozzFoster
Replies: 10
Views: 638
Wow incredible amount do flowers almost looks like you took the clone tool to it! Neat capture
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-18-2021, 08:49 PM  
Nature Beside the Seaside
Posted By FozzFoster
Replies: 2
Views: 400
Great colours and textures! Thanks for sharing
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-18-2021, 08:48 PM  
Nature It has been awhile !
Posted By FozzFoster
Replies: 16
Views: 846
I like the catch light in the eye - looks great! Well done
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-18-2021, 08:48 PM  
Abstract Group Akvarius in club Live Stars
Posted By FozzFoster
Replies: 3
Views: 493
Really cool shot love the smoke haha well done
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