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Forum: Pentax Price Watch 10-16-2018, 12:09 PM  
2 Pack 128GB Lexar cards on sale
Posted By amoringello
Replies: 10
Views: 629
Lexar does sell some pretty crappy cards. One notable Lexar Pro 32GB 633x 95MB/s card has all the proper markings and packaging, but is just a plain garbage card... with maximum real world xfer rates of 5-10MB/s. They have been stable and full expected capacity, just very, very, very slow.

Do some speed tests and see if you got what you paid for, or if it was actually a deal.
I've been lucky on a few sale purchases. This one was just Lexar showing their lack of courtesy for their customers.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 10-03-2018, 06:07 PM  
SSD drive and Photoshop
Posted By amoringello
Replies: 25
Views: 796
16GB should be fine, although if you do use LR & PS at the same type and tend to work on larger projects, 16GB is gonna be on the small side.
I have 64GB, but struggle to make the computer use more than 32GB even with PS and Lightroom running at the same time... except on my larger projects.

If you are not running out of RAM, an SSD won't make much of a difference other than initial loading.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 10-03-2018, 02:59 PM  
SSD drive and Photoshop
Posted By amoringello
Replies: 25
Views: 796
How much RAM does your machine have? Can you expand it?
Maybe put the money into RAM instead of an SSD. It will help tremendously for working on large files.
PS will use all the memory it can before going to disk. If you don't need to hit anything but RAM, you can use TAPE for all it cares and you won't notice a slowdown (until you quit and reload the program) :-)

But if you are sick and tired of the time it takes for all of your programs to load, SSD will help a bit.
Just the overall beginning of project to end of project, that time savings is probably pretty minimal.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-08-2018, 12:41 PM  
Using ND filters
Posted By amoringello
Replies: 15
Views: 709
I don't know if those releases have the capability, but one thing the K1 cannot do is long exposure interval photography. (i.e. 20 - 2 minute photos).
It can do multiple exposure where each exposure is added up into one, but it won't keep the individual shots.
So the automatic triggers might still have some value. :cool:
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-08-2018, 12:20 PM  
Using ND filters
Posted By amoringello
Replies: 15
Views: 709
Whatever is comfortable. Also depends what you're trying to do.
If exposure isn't very long, I often just slap on the ND and start taking photos, adjusting exposure until the results look good to my taste.
But as you get into multi-minute exposures, the cycle of guessing and being wrong becomes less fun.

Once you know the proper exposure without the ND, it takes only a few seconds to figure out what would give the same exposure with the ND.
One shot and done. :cool:
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-08-2018, 10:46 AM  
Using ND filters
Posted By amoringello
Replies: 15
Views: 709
Get exposure without ND. Put on the ND and adjust your exposure to compensate.
You can use manual mode.

Or just leave in Av mode and let the camera set the exposure for you.
In Live view, the K1 does a great job at allowing you to see the image on the screen. Much better than you might be able to do through the viewfinder even with a 10-Stop ND filter.
Also works great when you have screw-on filters and worry about bumping the focus.

---------- Post added 09-08-18 at 01:50 PM ----------

FYI, if you're ND is so dark you're getting exposures beyond 30 seconds, put in Bulb mode and hit the Green button.
This changes from normal bulb mode, that stays open as long as you hold the button, into a long-timer mode that can be set up to 20 minutes.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 09-06-2018, 02:00 PM  
Gel recommendations...
Posted By amoringello
Replies: 6
Views: 390
Paper as in seamless for the background? or colored paper in front of the flash?
Paper too close to a strobe can be a fire hazard. You can be OK if you use your head. But more importantly you're going to lose a LOT of light using paper instead of gels and the color won't really work well.

Obviously colored seamless works fine, but pretty expensive to buy full rolls in various colors.

I would suggest gels with white or gray paper for the background.
Amazon and eBay have lots of options for beginner sets of gels of various colors for not a lot of money.
Forum: General Photography 09-06-2018, 02:21 AM  
need watermark app for free
Posted By amoringello
Replies: 6
Views: 533
There are other reasons for watermarking, such as simply making it easier for people to know who's work it is, so they can find you. Since many websites strip EXIF info, this can be helpful. I have had several jobs come up because someone saw my logo and followed up to see who created it.

If your image is stolen and it can be shown that someone removed a watermark, it shows intent and can result in *much* larger awards in court than the mere use of the image. Assuming you have the means and desire to go that route.
Forum: Contest Voting 09-03-2018, 03:52 PM  
Super moon over Oahu
Posted By amoringello
Replies: 2
Views: 21
Super moon over Oahu, back in 2013.
Forum: General Photography 08-31-2018, 12:34 PM  
Fake bokeh
Posted By amoringello
Replies: 18
Views: 569
Yeah, obviously the answer is; it depends.
For my example, very quick since the edges are easily mask-able.
The gradient for the desired DOF, although trivial to produce, can be difficult. Even though there are adjustments within the Lens Blur filter, it is still to some extent, trial and error with regard to how quickly focus falls off.
Forum: General Photography 08-31-2018, 02:36 AM  
Fake bokeh
Posted By amoringello
Replies: 18
Views: 569
The results from Lens Blur isn't an absolute equivalent to the real thing, but here is an example I did many years ago.
I didn't really know what I was doing at the time to do a great job, but the middle image is the original at f22.
One of the others is the same image with Lens Blur, the other taken at f1.4 with the same lens.

It isn't too difficult to tell which is which, by comparison. But I'd say a pretty decent job (especially with the DOF effect) such that most non-photographers would not give it a second look.

Forum: General Photography 08-30-2018, 04:42 PM  
Fake bokeh
Posted By amoringello
Replies: 18
Views: 569
The Lens Blur feature actually works well and does not behave oddly around mask edges. Varied DOF can also be achieved "decently" with very little extra work.
Opinions on the result, is of course left to opinion.
But if you haven't tried it yet, you might have a go at this feature in Photoshop.
As for the masking.... PS is getting better at making this less painful, but still nothing easy about it in many cases.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-29-2018, 02:45 AM  
An APS-C kit for landscape photography ?
Posted By amoringello
Replies: 40
Views: 1,338
APS-C is going to struggle with getting the ultra wide angle of view. If that is what you do a lot of, then sticking with full frame or larger may be the best option.
For Pentax, I think the closest would be the 10mm, but it is not rectilinear so you'll have to adjust for fish-eye and/or crop back to square.
There are some third party options but I am not aware of any that are still for sale. (even if you trust flea-Bay they are difficult to find). Maybe someone else has a lead on good ultra-wide lenses.

For the most part, Pentax's small lens lineup is fine and covers the range pretty well.... but it does fall short in some aspects and I would not be a fan boy and suggest Pentax to this person.
I have little issue with it, but if your friend has a strong love for 16MM on FF, another brand would be the way to go.

If not doing photography professionally or in some niche where super high speed shooting or super low light is critical; nearly any camera from any brand will do.
Although I know nothing about it, I would expect the 80D should be fine. Putting a good lens on it will be important.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 08-27-2018, 02:36 AM  
Other Challenge Roll the odometer - post your #9999
Posted By amoringello
Replies: 28
Views: 676
Rolled over my K1 at fire practice almost one year ago.
Forum: Pentax K-1 08-19-2018, 07:39 AM  
Todays K-1 Torture Test
Posted By amoringello
Replies: 16
Views: 1,237
For events, I'll turn the LCD preview off completely. I'll only chimp periodically.
It saves on battery and heat. Although with the shooting you did, (and especially with the build of the K1), the LCD probably doesn't add much to the internal heat issue.

It would be interesting to use an EXIF tool to look at the camera body temp at that time.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-17-2018, 06:33 PM  
Interval Shooting
Posted By amoringello
Replies: 11
Views: 536
Fantastic. Glad to hear it was the simple fix. :cool:
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-14-2018, 02:36 AM  
Interval Shooting
Posted By amoringello
Replies: 11
Views: 536
Cover the viewfinder. If your head is in front of it while looking through, it blocks light coming in from behind.
If you stand back and let light into the camera (TTL -- "through the lens" works in both directions), the light coming in from the back can influence metering.
Put a hat over the camera, or shade the view finder with your hand and see if the problem persists.
Cameras used to come with a small viewfinder cap. I don't know if they still do. But that is what it is used for.
Forum: General Photography 08-01-2018, 02:47 AM  
Photographing old family pictures...
Posted By amoringello
Replies: 21
Views: 727
I have yet to find a high quality scanner. Actually the scanners are most probably quite good... it's the driver software that does horrible, horrible things to the image data.
Any suggestions?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-29-2018, 04:26 AM  
What was your worst damage to your Pentax?
Posted By amoringello
Replies: 46
Views: 1,639
Mine was sending my camera back to a Pentax certified repair center.
Multiple times, multiple products came back in worse condition than it went out, but the worst was for cleaning and warranty 'repair' back when the K3 had the sensor spots issue.
The body came back with the weather seals improperly re-installed. 5 minutes in very light rain a week later, and the camera was bricked.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-27-2018, 02:55 AM  
Help needed to decide which lens to use at the wedding.
Posted By amoringello
Replies: 7
Views: 300
You have both, you'll likely need both... Use both. Although the 35-105 is probably more versatile.
Try to use that one lens for as much as you can so you limit lens changes. (both for time wasted and for getting dust on your sensor)

It's a horrible spot to be put in, but it is why professional wedding photographers have backup equipment.
Hope it goes well.

I guess part of the question would be... are you taking these just as guest photos? Or are you taking photos in lieu of a professional? (I know second+ weddings often don't get the attention as much as first weddings but it really shouldn't make it any less important)
If you are the "official photographer", take both.

If you are simply a guest taking extra photos just take the 35-105.
Still... you'll kick yourself for leaving either lens. The 18-55 just isn't that much extra to carry if you decide you really need/want it.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 07-23-2018, 02:53 AM  
Editing software recommendations
Posted By amoringello
Replies: 22
Views: 1,163
Lightroom/Photoshop (costs a bit of money if you do not intend to do much editing).
Affinity Photo - does a great job at a great pice.
Raw Therapy - FREE. People who use it, love it. Has some of the best RAW support for Pentax cameras. It will work with JPG too, but especially for your question above, I hope you have raw files.

If you shot raw, you should be able to recover a lot from the image.
You can try with JPG, but results will be much more limited. I am actually quite surprises by what Paul got above.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-21-2018, 05:38 AM  
Serial Image Mode very slow [Pentax KP]
Posted By amoringello
Replies: 8
Views: 412
Additionally. many cards report artificially high speeds. I have several recent (not counterfeit) Lexar cards rated at over 90MB/s, but in real life never get above 10MB/s. Other brands do the same... it's just that Lexar used to be a high end name and noting that even they can suck.

You may want to try writing very large files to/from the card on the desktop and time how long it takes to transfer, and calculate the actual read/write speeds.

8 frames at 7fps is pretty poor specs. :-(.
It's honestly rare where I have needed more than four or five, but dang, I would not have expected that.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 07-21-2018, 04:36 AM  
Manual Mode in TTL, How Do You Do It?
Posted By amoringello
Replies: 23
Views: 969
I'm curious why this is. It sounds like you have the Pentax HSS update.
If not, be sure you do. It makes "normal" flash control a bit odd, but HSS tends to "just work", as one would expect.
I have had no issues with Cactus V6ii trigger and RF60 working in the program modes.

Although I do normally use manual mode, just because I wang to make sure the shutter speed stays high enough and not knocked down due to some strange metering logic.
Once you're in manual mode and the ambient lighting is fairly consistent, you only need to change the flash power up or down a bit to compensate for how far away the subject might be.

Of course, if the environment lighting is changing a lot and I still need to make sure the shutter speed stays high, I am just not that good at quick manual mode changes. I will therefore stick to using Tv or maybe Tav if ISO is not a concern (with Auto ISO limits set to keep from the camera being stupid and gong to 3200, unexpectedly).

Personally if I'm shooting a single person who is fairly static or slow moving, I'll tend to use spot metering.
If it's a group of two or more or an active moving subject like a shelter-dog, center-weighted metering.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-06-2018, 02:47 AM  
Some questions about flash
Posted By amoringello
Replies: 8
Views: 455
Yes, not uncommon. Some triggers are not as quick as advertised. Even the expensive ones.
I had to argue the math to Elinchrom a few years ago. Their original Skyport remote used to be advertised to handle 1/1000s, in reality is was 1/125s. Well below Pentax 1/180 at the time. I believe they advertise a much different number now.
FYI, There is nothing wrong with 1/125s or slower if your flash(es) are significantly overpowering the ambient light. This should be a goal in most cases, but cannot always be avoided. The slower shutter can be an issue if that is an important consideration for the types of photos you take.

Most light meters will have a mode where they wait patiently for a change in light. The speed of the flash sync doesn't matter. You simply fire the flash manually and the meter detects the light and reports it's values. Or just go the cheap route, and adjust the lights and/or the camera exposure until the image comes out correct. (SD card space is cheap). :cool:

---------- Post added 07-06-18 at 05:50 AM ----------

Ricoh/Pentax does not allow the flash pin to fire above the shutter sync speed. So normally you don't have to worry about setting your shutter speed too fast, as the flash won't even fire if you do. But the flash system might not react quickly enough and can force you to slow down your shutter anyway.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-28-2018, 03:47 PM  
Posted By amoringello
Replies: 927
Views: 56,518
7.5 times the torque of previous SDM? Now THAT I have to see to believe. I expect nanosecond focusing speeds with that, in addition to a support system to keep my hand from getting injured form the induced momentum. :cool::cool::cool:
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