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Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 3 Hours Ago  
Haze haze haze
Posted By rogerstg
Replies: 33
Views: 909
If you feel adept at selecting the appropriate aperture, ISO and shutter speed, you can use your camera's Custom Image settings for JPG finishing (Portrait, Landscape, Bright, Natural, Vibrant, etc.). It's not as simple as more consumer based cameras' settings, but they're there and may yield acceptable JPG results.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 6 Hours Ago  
Haze haze haze
Posted By rogerstg
Replies: 33
Views: 909
Having looked at your photos, they are very good. Clearly you have talent. Perhaps several issues are being conflated.
- A few photos seem underexposed: it could be settings or an intermittent mechanical issue. As stated multiple times, exif info is the first place to look.
- Working with RAW files seems new to you since many of the "problems" seem perfectly fine. Drab is where they start, leaving their processing up to you. The more you work with PP software, the quicker and better you get.
-The only mistake I can see is that you like the over processed Nikon D3300 jpg photo. :D:D:D (meant to elicit a chuckle). OTOH, photos you've processed are better.
Forum: General Talk 8 Hours Ago  
Goodbye, old friend... Replacing my EDC pocket knife
Posted By rogerstg
Replies: 110
Views: 2,815
Agree. I have the stainless Companion on my boat for general duties. It holds an edge well and the handle stays grippy as you say.

FWIW, I purposely stain my carbon blades with vinegar. It's quicker than waiting for patina to develop and seems to make them less susceptible to rust. A little oil helps too when I think of it.
Forum: General Talk 8 Hours Ago  
Goodbye, old friend... Replacing my EDC pocket knife
Posted By rogerstg
Replies: 110
Views: 2,815
Same here, though I usually have a Morakniv Classic in the woods. The high carbon blades hold an edge so well.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 9 Hours Ago  
Haze haze haze
Posted By rogerstg
Replies: 33
Views: 909
Yes, they can introduce vignetting, flare, weird color shifts, random artifacts.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 1 Day Ago  
Haze haze haze
Posted By rogerstg
Replies: 33
Views: 909
Without the exif info, the comparison photos are not analytically useful. Nice composition skills though.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 2 Days Ago  
Haze haze haze
Posted By rogerstg
Replies: 33
Views: 909
Also check to see if you have highlight protection on. It appears that some of your before and after photos might have suffered from blown highlights had the original not been less exposed.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 2 Days Ago  
Haze haze haze
Posted By rogerstg
Replies: 33
Views: 909
In your first comparison, the Nikon was set to add one stop of exposure, while the Pentax set to add only half a stop. That alone will cause the Nikon image to be brighter. The aperture is also different. There may be additional differences but the exif info is limited.
Different settings give different results.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 2 Days Ago  
Haze haze haze
Posted By rogerstg
Replies: 33
Views: 909
Chances are that your friend is using the camera's built in scene mode for landscapes. It'll use settings geared to producing good jpg images for that mode. Your K-3 is a more advanced prosumer camera and does not have those modes since many such photographers find more flexibility by deciding their own settings and/or prefer to work with RAW files and post process.

You can change your K-3 settings to increase contrast, sharpness and color balance to resolve your issues.
Also, he might be using a polarizer, which you might find helpful regardless.
Forum: Pentax KP 12-04-2019, 03:43 PM  
"L" Bracket for KP
Posted By rogerstg
Replies: 12
Views: 1,283
What is it? Where can one get it? Do you have a link you care to share?
Forum: General Photography 12-04-2019, 02:44 PM  
GPS tagging make easy how to ?
Posted By rogerstg
Replies: 20
Views: 465
That explains why my phone seems slower to get an initial fix when I'm 40 miles from shore or in the mountains of Idaho.
Forum: General Photography 12-04-2019, 07:39 AM  
Camera bags - problems and your solutions
Posted By rogerstg
Replies: 28
Views: 756
I'm curious as to how to make the Caden K1 work while wearing a backpack. Draped over shoulder and pack?
Forum: General Photography 12-04-2019, 07:02 AM  
GPS tagging make easy how to ?
Posted By rogerstg
Replies: 20
Views: 465
FWIW, most, maybe all, cell phones with a GPS receiver do not rely on cell signal coverage to work. Some apps might require a signal to download a map, but many allow map storage. I've retired my handheld GPSr devices in favor of my phone.

Thanks for the info on Geosetter, I had no idea such a program existed.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-03-2019, 05:56 AM  
Unable to view PEF DNG from KP
Posted By rogerstg
Replies: 32
Views: 900
Somewhere along the line of computer upgrades, I lost the ability to preview PEF files. DNG files have been viewable with Windows 10 for me.
Forum: Product Suggestions and Feedback 12-02-2019, 07:10 PM  
Long exposure and the viewfinder
Posted By rogerstg
Replies: 30
Views: 603
I got around to stashing pieces of tape in various places: tripod legs, lens hoods, lens caps, etc. It's worked out well for me.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 12-02-2019, 06:53 AM  
MIndshift PhotoCross sling bags 40% off
Posted By rogerstg
Replies: 4
Views: 232
I received the larger version for Xmas last year. It's my go-to travel bag. As a personal bag for air travel, it fits well under the seat. During air travel, I limit camera gear to a body with a couple lenses. The rest of my gear is in a hard sided carry-on. That allows room for noise cancelling headphones, neck pillow (deflated), tablet, cell phone, spare batteries, Lithium charger brick, and all travel documents. A carry strap fits neatly over the handle on rolling luggage.

I swap out the travel items for more camera gear after arriving at my destination, but still have room for a jacket and other convenience items. In the field, the ability to pull the pack to the front and have a secure work space it very useful. The heavy duty weather resistant outer fabric is well suited to outdoor adventures. I've used mine on two trips in the past year. Exploring Yellowstone and Grand Teton parks, and a fly fishing excursion to Montana and Idaho.

I've added the smaller version to this year's Christmas list for local use.

* A helpful tip that I learned long ago when using any bag carried cross-body is that neck pain can be alleviated by sliding the strap to the bony area of your shoulder.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 12-01-2019, 06:31 AM  
MIndshift PhotoCross sling bags 40% off
Posted By rogerstg
Replies: 4
Views: 232
It seems these bags are discounted through Cyber Monday. Here's the BH link to the search
Forum: Pentax KP 11-22-2019, 05:12 AM  
KP and focus adjustments
Posted By rogerstg
Replies: 21
Views: 786
Yes, it makes sense that the slower or wider a lens, the greater the depth of field and greater the range that the camera will find focus acceptable. Though butting against one of the camera's adjustment limits forces a guess or interpretation of where the actual limit might be. Regardless, using your case as an example, -3 or -4 is a logically better setting than zero.

Had you noticed a problem or were you being proactive?
Forum: Pentax KP 11-21-2019, 03:55 PM  
KP and focus adjustments
Posted By rogerstg
Replies: 21
Views: 786
That's how it should work, by giving you a range. In your case, I'd use -3 or -4, depending on the strength of the -10 confirmation, since +/-10 are the limits of the adjustment range.

The dot tune method accepts the reality that there is an adjustment range at which a camera will interpret something as "in focus" and sets the fine tune adjustment to the center of that range. The more common method (fastidious test setup, test shots, interpretation of each shot, guessed adjustment; repeat test shots, interpretation of each shot, guessed adjustment; repeat . . .) seems to rely on tireless testing with the hope of stumbling on a representative sample of the camera's AF tolerances to find the acceptable range of adjustment.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-21-2019, 01:43 PM  
Battery/AC adaptor question
Posted By rogerstg
Replies: 11
Views: 732
FWIW, it's practically impossible to find an AC-167 for your KP. Luckily, the AC-132 fits the KP and can be used with your K-5 too. I bought the unbranded version for $20 and it works great with my KP.
Forum: General Talk 11-20-2019, 03:20 PM  
Lens cap shell game
Posted By rogerstg
Replies: 21
Views: 676
I do it exactly the same way. When changing lenses, the one currently on the camera gets the rear cap from the one that's replacing it.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 11-20-2019, 03:07 PM  
Dust removal technique?
Posted By rogerstg
Replies: 4
Views: 479
Re static and dust: an anti static mat was very helpful when I was scanning lots of slides and prints.
Forum: General Talk 11-19-2019, 11:17 AM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By rogerstg
Replies: 18,118
Views: 1,237,099
Coincidentally, I received my used 12-24 on Saturday. I've only tested it for possible damage issues, but I too am impressed so far. I noticed a tendency to starburst points of light, even at wider apertures like ƒ4.0. I'm looking forward to using it more.

I've ordered a lens case from EBay that I think will fit the odd size well. I'll post how it actually fits when I get it.

Medium Wide size
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 11-19-2019, 07:29 AM  
Is a 'Fast' lens stopped down the same as a 'slow' lens at the same aperture?
Posted By rogerstg
Replies: 37
Views: 1,417
For you, the value is probably overrated, IOW, not worth the price difference. In the days of film maxing at ~1000 ISO (with lots of grain), a fast lens allowed the use of slower film, faster shutter speeds and/or less intense flash when shooting indoors, especially when there was some activity. It was especially valuable when shooting a wedding or birthday party. Now, with high ISO sensors, the value differential may be less, but still exists. It really depends on one's intended use.
Forum: General Photography 11-18-2019, 07:21 PM  
How do you manage family pictures?
Posted By rogerstg
Replies: 21
Views: 766
Bringing a PlatyPod can be helpful for getting the photographer in the shot:



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