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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-09-2008, 03:12 PM  
lightroom vs photoshop
Posted By jnoelle
Replies: 39
Views: 5,226
so back to lightroom vs photoshop...sounds like it's just like working inside camera raw? because in cs3 you can open jpegs in camera raw through the bridge, so it sounds like lightroom might be a bit unnecessary. someone way way on page one said something about a license...for what? the software?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-08-2008, 09:27 PM  
lightroom vs photoshop
Posted By jnoelle
Replies: 39
Views: 5,226
what's the big difference? i've had mixed reviews on what is the editing tool of choice for the professional photographer. i myself have been dedicating SERIOUS hours to learning photoshop inside and out lately and would be super sad if it's not THE thing to know how to use. thoughts?!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-08-2008, 09:23 PM  
Bombshell- New K25LR prototype photo
Posted By jnoelle
Replies: 35
Views: 8,509
i'll buy it only if it does my taxes for me.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-08-2008, 09:16 PM  
Computer question
Posted By jnoelle
Replies: 12
Views: 3,401
thanks for the help. yeah i'm in no position to purchase a 1000-1500 dollar monitor, so i want to purchase a high end consumer monitor and hope for the best until i have more money! i just wanted to know, out of those monitors, what i should be looking for and how to differentiate which ones are better considering my needs
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-08-2008, 05:04 PM  
Computer question
Posted By jnoelle
Replies: 12
Views: 3,401
ok i'm looking at a dell 2007fp monitor. it's on craigslist and i'm not sure if it's ips or pva because that model has gone through both, but it's definitely not tn. good enough?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-08-2008, 10:34 AM  
should i invest?
Posted By jnoelle
Replies: 17
Views: 3,628
here's a stupid question, what's the difference between the two lense types? full frame and the other kind?!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-08-2008, 01:37 AM  
Digital images to prints...any recommendations?
Posted By jnoelle
Replies: 21
Views: 5,425
here's a semi-related question: I'm new to photoshop and dng processing, if i send out my photos for printing, say for wedding/portrait photography, can I send them out as dng's or do I have to convert them? also, what about photos that i've done some layer/mask work on, so now they are psd's? do i have to change that in order to make them printable with the changes applied in print? if so, how do i do that?! it would be even better if i didn't have to change the actual pixels of the image to do it, but could still save it as a layered document on my computer.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-08-2008, 01:20 AM  
dof
Posted By jnoelle
Replies: 11
Views: 3,225
what kind of photography are you doing? landscape/natureish? My style of photography is such that I like to limit my focus to my subject, and when you have EVERYTHING in the frame in focus, sometimes it's hard to understand what the mood and subject of the photograph are. A lot of times you can set a real low fstop, I usually shoot at the lowest one possible for the distance of my subject (usually setting my camera at aperture priority, auto shutter speed, auto focus), crank up the shutter speed, shoot at the lowest iso's to avoid noise/grain, and isolate that subject. More often then not the eyes float straight to the subject and don't even notice that the background is blurred out, it's only when everything is in focus that you look at backgrounds/foreground much, because the subject isn't clear. I like my subjects to pop, and part of the sacrifice (if you look at it that way, which i don't) is less sharp backgrounds. That being said, just because other stuff isn't in sharp focus doesn't mean that you don't get a definite gist of it and let it compliment the subject.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-08-2008, 01:10 AM  
should i invest?
Posted By jnoelle
Replies: 17
Views: 3,628
you know, eventually i will probably move to a nikon for the flash systems and wider/cheaper due to higher aftermarket availability glass, but as for right now, I think it should suit me, right? I mean, i could buy a $8000 camera and my skill level probably wouldn't meet the ability of the camera, that being said I would like to be able to grow with the camera. Everyone just seems so down on the pentax, I had one photographer tell me that it's not a professional camera and that only .01% of people who are serious and professionals at photography would ever consider let alone purchase it. Another photographer, with a bit more experience, told me it's not really the camera that matters, but what you do with it. How does pentax measure up in terms of color? I do like the way it feels in my hands, definitely much more than canon at least. I kinda have long narrow girl fingers, size 4 ring, not the strongest hands around!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-08-2008, 01:03 AM  
Computer question
Posted By jnoelle
Replies: 12
Views: 3,401
So I'm also looking to make my first photography computer investment! I have a mac laptop that runs just about as good as any desktop and I intend to use it as both. Macbook, 2gb ram, 7200 speed 500gb hard drive, stock video card, adobe cs3. I plan to hook it up to a nice monitor, extra keyboard and wireless mouse, also I have an external hard drive with I think 250ish gb, when at home. I understand that a high quality big monitor is a must, and I have the necessary converter to attach any monitor to the mac. What should I get? Budget is limited, I might add. I would prefer to get something aftermarket. I just want something at least "19, true colors. I also understand that calibration is key, do I need something special to do that or can it be done on the monitor/computer itself? Help me make the right choice! I'm looking to start my professional career in photography and I want to have something that I can keep and build on, not something I'll outgrow immediately and have to re-invest in or replace in the near future. I plan to do most if not all of my editing on the extra monitor for color reasons. Thanks for the help!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-08-2008, 12:42 AM  
should i invest?
Posted By jnoelle
Replies: 17
Views: 3,628
Now I understand that this is NOT an unbiased place to ask this question, but should I invest in the pentax line? I have a kit lens for my k10d, I'm ready to move on to bigger and better lenses, and I want to make sure I'm buying into the right line of camera's for what I want, as everyone is all "nikon, canon, nikon, canon" all the time. I'm looking to go into portrait/wedding photography. I want to have the option to set up nice external flash systems, I don't plan on doing much studio work but I would like to have the option, I am at an intermediate level of photography skill I would say, better than the average joe and a good eye for light/shadow/detail/composition, but much to learn (especially with regards to dslrs, I've used 35mm slr's/wet darkroom my whole life).

I don't like the noise I sometimes get with my pentax at certain iso's, and I'm still learning the ins and outs of it, but I think my photography would DEFINITELY be taken to the next level by buying a higher quality lens, and a sophisticated flash. I want a zoom out to 200, 2.8f stop all the way down, and a smaller lens with capable of maybe a 1.8ish f stop. PLEASE tell me, pros and cons? Even if I do choose to buy into another line, I'll probably keep this camera as it doesn't have much resale value, but should I buy into another line?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-22-2008, 11:47 PM  
should i keep it?
Posted By jnoelle
Replies: 6
Views: 1,607
Hi, I'm starting to get into photography for a living and not just recreational. I have the k10d, 18-55mm kit lens (which I'm getting sick of and want the zoom 2.8), and I'm considering buying the next lense, however, before I go investing further into this line, I want to make sure I'm making the right investment. I'm getting mixed reviews from other pro's. some worry i won't be able to do the job well with the camera, site the fewer lenses, the shortcomings of the flash system, the unavailabilty of aftermarket and rental equipment, etc. Should I keep the pentax, or should I go to the Nikon lineup? Now, try to be objective (and if anyone could get me to a third party unbiased cite to ask this that would rock.) If I should keep it, why? I am going into portrait/ wedding photography, I want to still be able to do artsy stuff, I do not plan on doing much studio work, but I would like the camera to strongly have that option and access to good flash systems should I need them at some point. tell me about image quality, prices, flash systems, "able to get the job done-ability", color, etc. I would appreciate it. I am at an intermediate skill level but am hitting it hard and want to be professional asap. Will this camera facilitate that? How quickly will I "outgrow" it? Thanks.

Jenna
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 03-29-2008, 08:58 PM  
lighting
Posted By jnoelle
Replies: 5
Views: 2,028
oh, ok thank you!
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 03-28-2008, 09:02 PM  
lighting
Posted By jnoelle
Replies: 5
Views: 2,028
Hi, okay so i'm thinking the next thing to add to my photo equipment collection is some lighting. I have absolutely no experience with lights, which ones to use where, how they work (besides the obvious, side, front, back lighting). My only stipulation is that I would like them to be portable. and should they have those umbrella things on them? what should i get? i also don't want to spend a ton of money...
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 03-12-2008, 03:05 PM  
Your Pet A Day.... (post up!)
Posted By jnoelle
Replies: 11,447
Views: 947,787
Brooklyn aka the hippo:





Atreyu (tre)



Alfie (first bath, trying to get out of the tub but being too short to do it!)

Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-07-2008, 09:36 PM  
open house
Posted By jnoelle
Replies: 7
Views: 1,810
oh my gosh, you're right! like i said, i haven't really spent any time with these pictures. Nothing a quick crop won't fix!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-07-2008, 09:01 PM  
open house
Posted By jnoelle
Replies: 7
Views: 1,810
a friend of mine is flipping a house. I went in to seize the opportunity to shoot, it wasn't as run down as i had hoped :( but here are some of the shots i got. ive touched the exposure and/or contrast on a few of these, but other than that they are pretty unprocessed. commentary welcome



















Forum: Photographic Technique 02-02-2008, 08:00 AM  
auto bracketing
Posted By jnoelle
Replies: 19
Views: 6,596
my boyfriend just bought a nikon d200 and it automatically does it, infact i don't think it even releases the shutter 3 times but rather just digitally adjusts to create the other shots, so maybe that's where i was confused. thank you for the information. I was also wondering, do you think it wiser to auto bracket or to put it in shutter priority or aperture priority mode and adjust one stop? when you are using your camera outside of hyper manual, do you use just the green automatic or do you find the other functions more useful?
Forum: Photographic Technique 02-01-2008, 09:02 PM  
auto bracketing
Posted By jnoelle
Replies: 19
Views: 6,596
why is it that when i set my auto bracketing it doesn't work? i put it in manual or automatic and hold down the bracketing button, choose 3 frames, choose the number of steps, then try to take the pictures, and only one picture is taken, instead of 3. help!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-01-2008, 05:01 PM  
flowers anyone?
Posted By jnoelle
Replies: 7
Views: 1,249
whoa, thank you. how do i upgrade my firmware?! i'm suddenly very glad i have joined this forum.... :) I will adjust my ISO for sure, I have noticed a lot of noise in my pictures lately, what should I set it at? 100 as suggested? No, I don't mind you working with my pictures at all, thanks!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-01-2008, 09:14 AM  
flowers anyone?
Posted By jnoelle
Replies: 7
Views: 1,249
oh and it was 18-55mm
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-01-2008, 09:13 AM  
flowers anyone?
Posted By jnoelle
Replies: 7
Views: 1,249
whoa...how do you know that? i don't even know what i shot that at! the only thing i can think of is that the f stop was probably wide open to shallow out the depth of field and it was a super bright, hot summer day?! short answer is i don't know what i'm doing and if you know of a better way i would love to hear it!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-31-2008, 11:17 PM  
flowers anyone?
Posted By jnoelle
Replies: 7
Views: 1,249
So I've noticed that people like to photograph flowers on this forum! Not really my thing, but here are a few I shot on a hike one time. Close up, kit lens. You might notice the ever elusive and highly valuable pitbull flower in the background of one of these if you look closely. Critique welcome.









Forum: Photo Critique 01-31-2008, 02:42 PM  
please, tear these apart!
Posted By jnoelle
Replies: 1
Views: 2,416
So, my first post. Here is a project I am trying to finish up. I work at a dog boarding facility, and decided to quit and that I needed to take pictures with me so I don't ever forget these doggies! Here are more pictures of dogs than you ever wanted to see, and I'm pretty sure most if not all need help. I welcome all suggestions and criticisms! Thanks,
Jenna







;)






















I'm sorry, I'll never post this many in a row again! Just something I've been shooting for about 4 months, so I have a lot to work with!
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 01-31-2008, 11:01 AM  
Hello!
Posted By jnoelle
Replies: 1
Views: 495
Hi, my name is Jenna and I am a new owner of a K10d. I have been shooting pretty amateurly for a while with my minolta 35mm slr, and recently started to use the pentax dslr. Lots to learn! I am really excited though, I have only taken a couple of classes in school about photography and it has been all 35mm, so my knowledge is limited and my technical skill is, I'm sure, EXTREMELY basic compared to most if not all on this board, but hopefully I can learn lots being here! You will have to most likely suffer through seeing lots of pictures of my dogs. Sorry.

Jenna
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