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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 02-12-2010, 04:11 AM  
My dark side
Posted By gowerray
Replies: 0
Views: 2,910
A manual B&W.
Forum: Lens Clubs 02-05-2010, 03:58 AM  
The Raynox Macro club
Posted By gowerray
Replies: 888
Views: 274,785
Got mine yesterday, can't wait to try it out. Had an Amazon 10 voucher to use so total paid was just 20 UK. All I need now is something of interest to take a photo of. Apart from a tiny fly that is getting on my wick buzzing around there's not much mini life around here in Winter. After seeing some of the inspirational insect photos on here I'm heading that way. I'll find something, fear not. Thanks for persuading me.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-03-2010, 05:24 AM  
Eneloop Batteries for K2000
Posted By gowerray
Replies: 12
Views: 2,602
They used to be quite expensive but now, for whatever reason, they're cheap. Best investment I made for the camera. Got 3 sets and I don't know why, they go on forever. So reliable, they're actually boring. Go for it, you won't regret it.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 01-25-2010, 05:23 AM  
Photoshop Vids on Revision3 Tutorials, Sorta-Kinda
Posted By gowerray
Replies: 2
Views: 2,319
I think there are a load of us in the same boat. I use Elements6 and found a good tutor with Graphicssoft. There are also shedloads of plugins, tips etc for all versions of Photoshop. Link to my Elements fave page at Graphicssoft. Elements
A great site for all things

Graphicssoft main page
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-01-2010, 07:40 AM  
Poll: Why did you buy a Pentax DSLR?
Posted By gowerray
Replies: 362
Views: 62,532
Had a Fuji 5700 bridge but wanted to go forward to a full DSLR. Saw the new (at the time) K100D Super advertised at a bargain price compared to the other brands. Read a little bit on review sites about it and went for it............................Then I found this site and discovered the myriad of other reasons why I had made the right choice. Two years on and no regrets.
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 01-01-2010, 07:15 AM  
News Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year!
Posted By gowerray
Replies: 75
Views: 7,351
A very Happy New Year to all at PentaxForums.Com. The hard work of Adam and the team is what makes this stand out above the rest. Major thanks to all the members as well, who fill these pages with knowledge, advice, ideas and help. You can keep all your glossy mags, this is where it's at. Thanks for being here. Ray
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-28-2009, 06:05 AM  
Posted By gowerray
Replies: 788
Views: 82,125
This'll save you

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Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-08-2009, 04:29 AM  
pentax k-x: 18-55mm kit or not?
Posted By gowerray
Replies: 11
Views: 3,912
More than happy with the kit lens I got with my K100D Super. As an amateur whose only aspirations are to take good (to me anyway) photos it fits the bill. A non-macro, macro with it below.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 09-19-2009, 01:13 AM  
Looking up
Posted By gowerray
Replies: 0
Views: 1,179
Tree hugging
Forum: Lens Clubs 08-24-2009, 04:13 AM  
The Kit Lens Club!
Posted By gowerray
Replies: 2,902
Views: 510,062
It's my most used lens. Not being a pro or having any such aspirations it keeps me happy as a walk-around lens. Most of my pics are for memories and the quality more than pleases me. This one below got me pleasantly surprised with the detail.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-14-2009, 02:30 AM  
Kit lens Macro?
Posted By gowerray
Replies: 2
Views: 1,366
When is a Macro not a Macro? This pic was taken, hand-held with a standard Pentax kit lens that came with my K100D Super. Pleasantly surprised by the detail. Nowhere near great quality but well good enough for my level of photography. After all my faffing about with my Tamron zoom/macro and other (cheap) lenses with attachments screwed on etc, with my shaky hands I've got to wonder :confused: (Yes he does have a back leg missing. Not my lack of composition skills this time)

Male, Speckled Bush Cricket (Leptophyes punctatissima)


100% crop.

EXIF data: Pentax K100D Super. DA 18-55mm. Shutter speed 1/90. AV f11. Focal length 55mm. ISO 400
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 08-07-2009, 12:44 AM  
Fooling around in Photoshop
Posted By gowerray
Replies: 7
Views: 1,926
Excellent composition. Going to have to try that myself. Prove to my Wife and the Shrink that I'm not delusional. I really can have a conversation with myself :D
Forum: Photographic Technique 06-15-2009, 02:26 AM  
Guides and manuals
Posted By gowerray
Replies: 0
Views: 1,813
Was pointed to this site by an article in the Sunday Papers. Put simply, an enormous collection of manufacturers user guides and manuals for a vast range of products and items. From household and leisure to vehicles. Very comprehensive and all free download. Great if you've lost a guide or bought something without one.
Had a quick look at the Pentax range and it just goes on and on. Cameras, flashes, range-finders. You name it and it's probably there. No doubt I'll be proved wrong on that one :o
The link: Diplodocs
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 04-26-2009, 03:00 AM  
Free PP software
Posted By gowerray
Replies: 1
Views: 2,399
Just though I'd share this with you. 'OpticVerve'. I've been using their PS filter plug-in (Virtual photographer) for a while and had no problems. They now have a stand-alone version of their own editing suite called 'Virtual Studio' which appears to have most of the editing tools you need for free. The list of tools is quite expansive, layers, curves, histograms and most of the other functions found in the pay-for software available elsewhere.

Link to the site OpticVerve

Apologies if it's already been done. Did search :confused:
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-22-2009, 01:48 AM  
PLEASE HELP!!! error msg when old lens attached
Posted By gowerray
Replies: 9
Views: 2,963
We've all been there, don't worry. The F error is dispayed every time with a manual lens as has already been said. You should also get a focal length displayed on the LCD as soon as you switch on if you have Shake reduction (SR) applied. This again, as previously stated is because there is no info coming from the lens to camera. I think the default on my K100D Super is 50mm. This can be changed. Obviously only if you have a different focal length lens fitted. Rather than me tie myself and anybody else in knots with my half understanding (it's an age thing. Low brain cell count :o ). Here is a worthwhile link to an excellent illustrated article for the K100D Super, applicable (I think) to most Pentax DSLR's out at the moment.
Pictorial guide to using manual lens

Hope it helps explains. Ray
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-25-2009, 02:43 AM  
lens advice
Posted By gowerray
Replies: 19
Views: 6,055
For the most control you will have to shoot in Av mode (Aperture priority). Not as scary as it sounds. The camera will take care of shutter speed, ISO etc. No need to go down the fully Manual set-up at this stage. Basic Av facts: Smaller the f number the wider the lens is open. Eg, F3.5 (Kit lens widest?) is fairly wide open and gives a limited DOF (soft in front and behind subject). f16 very small and sharp, DOF greater, that is most of the pic will be sharp (in focus).
A great online calculator for you to play with to see the effect of changing aperture values, distance from subject and DOF effects can be found here: Depth of field calculator
Just play about with the settings to get a good idea of where will be sharp or not etc. Hope it helps, Ray
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 03-12-2009, 02:51 AM  
trigger voltage
Posted By gowerray
Replies: 6
Views: 3,993
Here's a link to relevant info. There's a half dozen Pentax flashes listed. The 'your call' and 'No' relates to the C***n Eos which has a very low fry point. After reading somewhere that my K100D Super was safe with anything below 12 volts, I use that as a base point. Rightly or wrongly :o
Flash triggers
Hope the info is what you're after. Ray
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-26-2009, 03:12 AM  
What Does The Asterisk Stand For? I.g. Pentax A* 200mm f. 2.8
Posted By gowerray
Replies: 12
Views: 3,064
Oops! Edit due to incorrect original blurb by me. Higher performance etc. Full info on Pentax lens terminology at Bojidar Dimitrov's site
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-06-2009, 08:28 AM  
What spatula size for sensor cleaning?
Posted By gowerray
Replies: 3
Views: 2,265
Took two goes to get it all off my camera. First sweep moved all the crud to one side of the sensor. Once I realised where I'd gone wrong it was simple. Just follow the advice on that site.
My crud? I had been changing lenses in the conservatory. Last count there were 80 odd plants in there. With age comes,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, stupidity!
Hope you get it sorted.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-06-2009, 04:10 AM  
What spatula size for sensor cleaning?
Posted By gowerray
Replies: 3
Views: 2,265
List of swab sizes here Swabs
Well worth a look at all the help files (No I don't get a discount :rolleyes:)
Help files
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 01-01-2009, 06:53 AM  
How do I add a frame in PS Elements?
Posted By gowerray
Replies: 7
Views: 2,353
Loadsa Element tutorials here Graphicssoft
Helped me out on numerous occasions. Hope it helps.
Forum: Pentax DSLR and Camera Articles 11-21-2008, 05:16 AM  
Video: How to change your focusing screen!
Posted By gowerray
Replies: 37
Views: 21,121
Here's a link to a mine of info on sensor cleaning, wet and dry, video and text.
Camera clean
Helped me a lot anyway
Forum: Photographic Technique 11-09-2008, 05:09 AM  
Manual Focus Tips
Posted By gowerray
Replies: 26
Views: 7,305
Another thing you want to consider is 'depth of field', the amount of the subject you want in focus. The nearer the subject, the narrower the DOF and therefore the narrow area of sharpness. Extreme example: Eyes crisp, ears blurred. Easy to do as some of my portraits will testify :o
Good link here for a better explanation and 'live' guide: Depth of field
Hope it helps, Ray
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-31-2008, 05:13 AM  
Sensor/camera cleaning, again!!
Posted By gowerray
Replies: 7
Views: 2,511
Thought I'd share a link here to a site for those of us paranoid about dust bunnies. The site, although in business to sell cleaning products has quite a lot of tutorials and good info on sensor and camera cleaning that could prove useful. It's a UK Company. Camera cleaning

The following, taken from the site, is a great piece of advice: When to clean the sensor

The question we get asked the most, is ‘How often should I clean my sensor?’

This is a an impossible question to answer as it depends on where the camera has been used, how many times the lens is changed, how clean the camera and lens are kept and so on. Mostly though it depends on each users tolerance for dust spots on their images. Since dust spots usually have to be retouched on the computer, a good measure to use is how much time you are spending retouching these spots. Clearly one or two spots on an image are easy to cope with, but when you have to remove twenty or more, it maybe time to consider a sensor clean!

It's also worth pointing out that it is easy to become a little bit obsessed with cleaning, wanting to clean the sensor every time a new spot appears. Try to resist this and only clean when the number of dust spots has reached your personal tolerance limit. It’s a fact of life that dust is all around and if you clean today, there will be a fresh dust mark back in a few days. So, manage the dust issue rather than striving to maintain a 100% clean sensor at all times.
Forum: Post-Processing Articles 10-31-2008, 05:05 AM  
Some explaination of RAW vs Jpeg benifits.
Posted By gowerray
Replies: 40
Views: 28,691
An excellent, concise and easily read article. The illustrations really give voice to the explanation. Thanks for sharing it with us.
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