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Forum: General Photography 02-01-2015, 12:59 AM  
What would you want in a beginning photography class?
Posted By The_Road
Replies: 50
Views: 3,122
There's something that could maybe fit into a beginners class, given that the basis of exposure and composition can be covered beforehand: how to work with people.

It may sounds silly (and maybe it is), but learning how to direct a model (especially an occasional, non-professional model), how to balance respecting someone's space with including your needs as a photographer into a scene, how to be directive without being rude, when to ask, when to smile, when to bolt - I think that makes a difference, and can be taught. Especially for people who have taken photophone pictures before and have some idea of what a good picture is, but need to understand that pictures are more than just snapshots.

Again, this comes after understanding how to turn light into pleasant, understandable pictures.
Forum: Photographic Technique 01-04-2015, 05:38 AM  
Thoughts on Fire and Ice Themed Pictures
Posted By The_Road
Replies: 6
Views: 1,505
The ice sculpture and candles idea sounds great! I'd love to see pics if you go that way.
I would go toward bonfire in a snowy field, but that's only an option if you have snow (and a field) handy.
Also, you could go less litteral - fire and ice are used together in poetry to manifest internal struggle (Houseman) or passions (Frost) for example - so moody portraits could be an option.
And on another figurative yet contrasty note, jalapeno ice cream maybe?
But really, stick to candles in the sculpture, I'm curious what effects we'd see.
Forum: Pentax K-3 01-04-2015, 04:26 AM  
Holy trinity of lenses
Posted By The_Road
Replies: 146
Views: 22,537
It's a different approach (and definitely not "suicide" :) ). Sometimes it's limiting but you have to admit there's been plenty of decent photography essais and reporting done with just one fixed focal length. But it's probably not the place for that debate.

Ideally my trinity would include a 135mm, the M-50mm 1.4 and the 15mm but I don't have the latter anymore.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-04-2015, 04:09 AM  
What lens is on your camera right now?
Posted By The_Road
Replies: 287
Views: 19,425
K10 has its resident Helios 44M on, and the K5 is rocking a Zenitar 16mm.

Not sure if I'm cheap, or old. :cool:
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-04-2015, 03:28 AM  
Ring numbers meaning of Pentax-A 50mm lens
Posted By The_Road
Replies: 17
Views: 2,901
It's for depth of field indeed:

On film or a film-size sensor, you get approximately the depth of field shown by those numbers. Usually they start at f4 in the center, with a limited dof. The higher the number (the more you close the diaphragm), the more depth you have: from the distance directly above the f/number on the left to the distant above the f/number on the right.

On zoom lenses, you'll see that the depth of field scale is not parallel to the barrel but opens slowly as the focal length is shortened.
Forum: Pentax K-r 02-16-2012, 05:43 PM  
Underexposure Issues with Kr?
Posted By The_Road
Replies: 21
Views: 3,321
This is very helpful info, Steve! I was just starting to get used to correcting the exposure (by 2/3 to 1 IL) when shooting with M lenses and using the AV button. I'll re-assign "Green Button Function" to the Green button! :D
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 02-05-2012, 08:32 AM  
Have Pentax again, am glad.
Posted By The_Road
Replies: 3
Views: 595
Rick, Adam,

Thank you for the welcome!! Looking forward to discovering the forum - and there's a couple lens clubs I definitely will check out and join!
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 02-03-2012, 11:23 AM  
Have Pentax again, am glad.
Posted By The_Road
Replies: 3
Views: 595
Hey all,

My brand spanking new K-r is my first dslr. I like it. It's like the MX I used to have except it has a screen at the back of it.
It's digital.
It's going to be a lot of fun.
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