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Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 5 Days Ago  
K3 saving digital preview as a RAW file
Posted By StiffLegged
Replies: 18
Views: 591
Some folk think it useful when checking RGB histograms which Live view doesn't support. I ended up turning it off since the preview's histograms don't accurately reflect the RAW file's RGB histograms and it all seemed like too much faffing about – and I faff about too much already. :o Anyway, depth of field checks in Live view are much more useful to me.
Forum: Photographic Technique 02-08-2019, 01:42 PM  
What's your approach to composition?
Posted By StiffLegged
Replies: 40
Views: 1,193
That idea of composing with the lens out of focus is one I haven't come across before, but I'll be giving that a try soon. Thank you! The alternative is to screw up the eye until vision blurs enough. While scouting out a composition I find it helps to keep one eye closed and you'll see things more like the camera will - it removes the depth perception inherent to what I normally see and gives a flat representation without constantly looking through a viewfinder.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 01-26-2019, 02:17 PM  
Global contrast vs micro-contrast
Posted By StiffLegged
Replies: 51
Views: 1,509
Sean Tucker has a good YouTube video on that.

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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-21-2019, 12:26 PM  
Extremely low temperatures : What to expect and how to counter-balance it?
Posted By StiffLegged
Replies: 75
Views: 2,441
A hot tip (pun intended) I came across yesterday was to keep batteries in a padded bag in your jacket pocket with a hand warmer in the bag. Keeps them warm and avoids condensation.
Forum: General Photography 01-20-2019, 01:44 PM  
Opinion on Colorization of old B&W photos or films
Posted By StiffLegged
Replies: 25
Views: 895
That reminds me:–

Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 01-15-2019, 11:52 AM  
Kodachrome 64 "look"
Posted By StiffLegged
Replies: 17
Views: 1,021
They give us those nice bright colours,
Give us the green of summer,
Make you think all the world's a sunny day (oh, yeah).
I got a N...

...that's enough of that!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-10-2019, 01:20 PM  
Pentax not for shooting kids
Posted By StiffLegged
Replies: 30
Views: 1,829
To be fair (not something DPReview are famed for) they don't say a K1ii is not for photographing active kids. I have active kids and have even photographed them with my creaky old K7 - successfully! I'm pretty sure you can take unsuccessful photos of kids with any modern camera, just as older cameras have successfully recorded kids for decades.

What reviews rarely emphasise is it's the photographer who makes the picture, not the gear. Go ahead and photograph your kids – you'll soon find it's not only possible, but rewarding.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-03-2019, 03:12 PM  
Should i let Dxomark make me down or not?
Posted By StiffLegged
Replies: 43
Views: 1,759
Are you making photos or shooting test results? If you're already happy with the images you're getting, then you're getting results, rather than hitting technowonk scores. If there's another lens you fancy for your camera, you could do worse than read the lens reviews at this site.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 12-13-2018, 01:12 PM  
The Best Photo Editing Software
Posted By StiffLegged
Replies: 41
Views: 2,185
It's an online magazine article - it's someone's opinion, nothing more.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 11-11-2018, 07:28 AM  
LR Before/After for Brushes?
Posted By StiffLegged
Replies: 8
Views: 519
Perhaps you're trying to get Lightroom do things you still need Photoshop for? Non-destructive edits via layers can be switched "off" in PS at will.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-11-2018, 07:25 AM  
Theora reviews 50mm f1.4 OPERA.
Posted By StiffLegged
Replies: 15
Views: 1,162
"Theora" otherwise known as The Angry Photographer – just one of many Tubers worth ignoring in my experience. So it is being ignored.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 11-10-2018, 09:57 AM  
Canon starting to butcher Sony in FF mirrorless (as predicted)
Posted By StiffLegged
Replies: 54
Views: 2,849
If getting rid of mirrors causes this amount of brouhaha, there's no way I'm getting rid of the 3 in our home (bathroom, shower room, hallway). I prefer domestic harmony.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 11-09-2018, 12:09 PM  
Canon starting to butcher Sony in FF mirrorless (as predicted)
Posted By StiffLegged
Replies: 54
Views: 2,849
Somebody put two and two together and got about seven...

How many manufacturers were selling full frame mirrorless cameras before September? Two – Sony and Leica (the latter is not a big seller at all). So two more manufacturers launch FF mirrorless models and ... some people buy them. There's a bigger choice now, duh. :p
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-03-2018, 08:14 AM  
Is this a prototype of the smc Pentax-A★ 600mm f/5.6 ED [IF]?
Posted By StiffLegged
Replies: 30
Views: 2,819
I've seen one like this before on eBay, a couple of years ago.
Forum: General Photography 11-02-2018, 12:43 PM  
Where would you go in US around December-March for photo trip?
Posted By StiffLegged
Replies: 58
Views: 1,586
Had I the chance, it'd be Death Valley. Also the country east of the Sierra Nevada below snow line. Some day... :cool:
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-29-2018, 01:01 PM  
RAW file format
Posted By StiffLegged
Replies: 57
Views: 2,255
DNG was certainly available with the K-7 and I've used it ever since switching to RAW shooting. Whether it was the first model to use it I don't know, but my old version of CameraRAW reads it without issues or annual payment of Adobe Tax.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-20-2018, 11:00 AM  
Is there room to revive the M42 Takumar brand?
Posted By StiffLegged
Replies: 25
Views: 1,025
i should be delighted to see a new line of M42 lenses – I had a brace back then – and would put them to good use documenting the rebuilt horse-drawn Zeppelins...
Forum: General Photography 10-17-2018, 12:43 PM  
The eye of the beholder.
Posted By StiffLegged
Replies: 43
Views: 1,178
Ha ha ha! Much chuckling at that!
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 10-17-2018, 12:37 PM  
focus stacking with Photoshop Elements 15
Posted By StiffLegged
Replies: 4
Views: 415
Sounds to me as if the demonstrator you saw was using Photoshop itself, not Elements. I can sympathise with finding it difficult to find what you want in the program, I still have some bother finding my way around Photoshop CS4 (old version) and I've had it for some years. However, Elements should be faster to learn.

After checking online, I see that PS Elements 15 does actually support layers, and focus stacking is supported by an add-on for it called Elements+

Hope this helps!
Forum: General Photography 10-17-2018, 11:39 AM  
The World’s Fastest Camera Can Shoot 10 Trillion Frames Per Second
Posted By StiffLegged
Replies: 13
Views: 572
Does the viewfinder black out while shooting? And how many gadzillion frames before buffering kicks in?
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 10-17-2018, 06:25 AM  
focus stacking with Photoshop Elements 15
Posted By StiffLegged
Replies: 4
Views: 415
Focus stacking involves stacking multiple exposures (each in its own layer) on top of each other; closest-focused on top, furthest-focused at bottom, and removing the blurry bits of each to make the final result. I don't think PSE 15 supports layers, so don't know how you could use it for this, sorry.

There is a method of combining images in PSE which can give a focus stacking-type result, so give this video a look:–

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Forum: Pentax K-1 10-14-2018, 11:24 AM  
How to Carry It?
Posted By StiffLegged
Replies: 26
Views: 1,420
Don't you mean fall all over the place? Hic.
Forum: General Photography 10-14-2018, 11:11 AM  
What's the mirrorless winner - need your help please!
Posted By StiffLegged
Replies: 28
Views: 1,343
You're kidding. We have no more idea how the next 5-10 years are going to pan out than the Met Office can predict a barbecue summer. The only thing I'd suggest is to wait until next spring before committing, since there are more rabbits to pop out before long. Then make your own mind up on which system to blow all that money on. You're going to use it (presumably) so it has to suit your preferences, not those of whichever system's fanboys.

Video might be really important to you - doesn't matter two straws to me - or you might be printing really huge photos on to gallery paper, or posting gazillions of aurora photos on social media. Perhaps you specialise in 100-frame focus stacked macro/micro photography of local pond life or it might be street photography of the other, er, local pondlife. You don't mention what you're going to be doing with the new gear, so how could anyone advise?
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 10-09-2018, 02:32 PM  
A Ball Head with removable plate, that can Pan...?
Posted By StiffLegged
Replies: 12
Views: 630
One knob adjusts the friction on the ball experienced when the clamping knob (the other one) is released. So with friction wound on, releasing the clamp lets your camera and 300mm slowly sag downwards; but with all friction off, the camera and lens nosedive to clunk off the rest of the tripod. Ouch. :eek:

edit: ballheads like @cmohr describes cost lots. Lots.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 10-09-2018, 01:26 PM  
A Ball Head with removable plate, that can Pan...?
Posted By StiffLegged
Replies: 12
Views: 630
The 496RC2 is not the one with the panning feature, it's the 498RC2. I use one. :)
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