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Forum: Pentax K-3 12-01-2019, 07:29 PM  
K3 sample shots ... post here !
Posted By R. Wethereyet
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Tangle Creek Falls, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada



Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8
Shot at f/16, 1/15s, ISO 100 @ 82.5mm
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 09-10-2019, 02:35 PM  
Event photography - Releases for group/crowd images
Posted By R. Wethereyet
Replies: 2
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When you take photos of large events - weddings, reunions, anniversaries, etc - How do you handle getting permission to post those images on your website for promotional purposes?

- Do you have the organizers sign a general model release for promotion only?
- Do you have an announcement made at the event that photos taken at the event may be posted publicly?
- Do you just post them and deal with complaints as/if they arise?


All feedback and best practices are welcome!
Thanks
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 08-22-2019, 03:25 PM  
Selling a digital photograph
Posted By R. Wethereyet
Replies: 29
Views: 1,754
Congratulations - I think that was a very fair deal and your license agreement looks very complete and well worded (law school paid off). Let's hope this is the first of many deals yet to come!!

I have had a few offers through Flickr - a couple have panned out profitably ... others have not worked out but that is life.
Again, well done and thanks for sharing the process with the rest of us :-)
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 08-07-2019, 03:32 PM  
**The Great Cloud Backup Storage Post**
Posted By R. Wethereyet
Replies: 66
Views: 3,815
Another thought is just using a generic host such as www.BlueHost.com as a storage site for your raw files. You could probably set up a secure space to upload the raw files for a reasonable cost. I will be working through this same solution in the near future as well ... so thanks for be a "guinea pig" for the rest of us :-D I am interested in finding out which solution you end up with and how it works for you.

My Flickr account only hosts about 1100 images currently. I also have an Adobe Portfolio site that is my current "website", until I find time and inspiration to create a full blown integrated website with client area, gallery, e-store, cloud storage, blog ... no time for all that right now!
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 08-06-2019, 03:15 PM  
**The Great Cloud Backup Storage Post**
Posted By R. Wethereyet
Replies: 66
Views: 3,815
Bruce,
Have you considered Squarespace? It starts at $12USD/month and includes unlimited storage (I have not checked whether they accommodate raw files). Squarespace Pricing - All Pricing Plans ? Squarespace
You might be able to use the "Publish" module in LR to upload your images to the cloud on a regular basis. This is not as "behind the scenes" as the standard back up software, but it keeps you working within LR? Just a thought... (This post was NOT sponsored by Squarespace! :-D )
Forum: General Photography 07-30-2019, 09:09 AM  
Post Flickr Apocalypse - what are you using now?
Posted By R. Wethereyet
Replies: 33
Views: 1,814
I've had a Flickr account for about 12 years. Most of that time has been as a "pro" account. So far my fees have not hit the new rates, but I will continue to keep the Flickr account as once source of sharing my images. I use Google photos for sharing images to other media sites such as Instagram. I appreciate the access to Flickr Groups (also available with a free account). I have considered smugmug and 500px, but Flickr continues to serve my needs well enough to stick around.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 07-23-2019, 12:52 PM  
Fully Wired Studio Setup
Posted By R. Wethereyet
Replies: 124
Views: 4,404
You may want to take a look at this set up that is used by Peter Hurley who does Headshots in NYC - I think they deal with both of your issues against continuous lights. ... just another option. :-)
Westcott Original Flex LED - LED - Lighting - Shop
Forum: General Photography 07-11-2019, 10:37 AM  
Do you see something that I can't see?
Posted By R. Wethereyet
Replies: 88
Views: 3,674
Lana,
DON'T YOU SEE IT??!! The play of light and shadow, the repeating patterns, the leading lines along the left side of the frame!! WOW!

.... nah, me neither [DELETE] :-D
Forum: Photographic Technique 07-05-2019, 08:52 AM  
Food photography tips requested
Posted By R. Wethereyet
Replies: 12
Views: 990
I would recommend popping over to YouTube and searching for a channel called "TheBiteShot"" - a lady named Joannie does a great job of explaining the details of food photography. I am sure you will find a few tips & tricks there.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 06-07-2019, 08:32 AM  
Nikon [5] vs Pentax [1]
Posted By R. Wethereyet
Replies: 91
Views: 4,635
Thanks - Point taken - There has been lots of positive response to the GR III since it's release. Great addition to that area of the market.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 06-06-2019, 08:40 AM  
Nikon [5] vs Pentax [1]
Posted By R. Wethereyet
Replies: 91
Views: 4,635
Mark,
Yes, we could all wallow in how much Pentax has dropped the ball in recent years but ...
I would rather that we focused on all the amazing advances that Pentax has engineered/introduced over the years.
- Pentax had IBIS many years before the competition.
- In body Geo-tracking is something that is unique to Pentax.
- The fact that you can pick up a lens from 30 years ago and use it on your new Pentax DSLR without adapters is also a great advantage for Pentaxians.

There is a reason we all stick around here and talk about our chosen DSLR ... we love the Pentax products!! :-D
... mostly lol
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 06-05-2019, 01:36 PM  
Nikon [5] vs Pentax [1]
Posted By R. Wethereyet
Replies: 91
Views: 4,635
Very good perspective.

---------- Post added 06-05-19 at 02:43 PM ----------



Norm, The Pentax vs Others is very similar to the Ford vs Chevy discussion that you hear around the BBQ every year since 19XX; or comparing the weather this year to "that storm we had back in '05" ;-) There is no right answer and there are an infinite number of variations of the story. - That being said, I realize my folly in posting this thread - my apologies!
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 06-05-2019, 01:34 PM  
Nikon [5] vs Pentax [1]
Posted By R. Wethereyet
Replies: 91
Views: 4,635
I would agree!!
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 06-05-2019, 12:14 PM  
Nikon [5] vs Pentax [1]
Posted By R. Wethereyet
Replies: 91
Views: 4,635
Thanks for the update Carl - We/I should be wise enough now to not believe most things until I see the product sitting on the shelves of the local camera store!! :-D

I am still satisfied with my K-3, so no need to go window shopping for quite a while ... except maybe for a new(er) lens or 2.
Let's see, a 24-70mm f/2.8, then a 100mm f/2.8 macro ...
;-)
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 06-05-2019, 09:54 AM  
Nikon [5] vs Pentax [1]
Posted By R. Wethereyet
Replies: 91
Views: 4,635
Nikon Xhas announcedX Is "rumored to possibly" be releasing 2 new models for 2019 Z5 (APS-C) & Z9 (Pro body) with a 2020 release of a Z3 (DX Entry level) model - based on an article in Digital Camera World.
That makes 5 new Nikon bodies in 2 years ...


Pentax .... [crickets chirping] ... still "working" on something.


I realize that when you only have a single digit market share, the dollars are not there for R&D like the big brands. As they say, "Quality takes time!" It would be nice to even have a tease marketing program to give us some hope and excitement. Pentax always produces a high quality, unique, durable product and I always land on the same decision when I consider changing brands ... Pentax provides the best bang for the buck!!.

Let's hope the gang at Pentax introduce something more tangible than a software upgrade in the next 12 months!
:D
Forum: Photographic Technique 05-17-2019, 02:09 PM  
How much is enough - post processing
Posted By R. Wethereyet
Replies: 30
Views: 2,080
How much processing is a very subjective thing. It depends on what you want to portray to your viewer. Do you want a "fair" representation of what the scene looked like through your eyes? Do you want to show the dreamy beauty of the landscape? Do you want to express the dirty grunge of the street scene you captured? Each of these will demand a different level processing. Photography is an art form and as in painting there are those who strive for "realism" and those who are striving for "Fantasy". Each image takes on a life of its own.

John Gringo has a short video on this subject and he has developed a terrific rule of thumb for getting to a good starting point. The rule... err, suggestion is. "1/3 of Too Far!"
Basically, move each of the sliders/settings until you start to cringe, then reset them to 1/3 of the cringe point e.g. If "60" is too much Clarity, then reset it back to around the "20" mark. I've found this to be a good place to start in your post processing.
Forum: General Photography 05-16-2019, 07:31 AM  
Environmental protection and landscape photography
Posted By R. Wethereyet
Replies: 77
Views: 3,525
There is a couple of professional photographers near Banff, Alberta, Canada who promote "ethical photography" through the League of Landscape Photographers (League Landscape). By joining the League, you agree to abide by the code of the group listed here: oopoomoo : create, inspire, educate Ethics
Forum: Photographic Technique 05-08-2019, 01:11 PM  
Landscape Landscape photos of mountains and valleys from hilltops
Posted By R. Wethereyet
Replies: 11
Views: 953
BINGO! :-D ... or should I say "SHA-BANG!!"
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 05-08-2019, 11:41 AM  
Lightroom Lens Profile Amnesia
Posted By R. Wethereyet
Replies: 7
Views: 825
K-Three, This is with the subscription version - Classic CC (not the online version)
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 05-07-2019, 01:55 PM  
Lightroom Lens Profile Amnesia
Posted By R. Wethereyet
Replies: 7
Views: 825
Good points - Thanks,
I have a relatively new 55-300mm Pentax lens and have not had any issues with that one. The 70-200mm Tamron is the heaviest lens that I have - so perhaps that is part of the issue + dirty contacts. I will definitely give them a cleaning and see if that helps.

:D
Forum: Photographic Technique 05-07-2019, 10:52 AM  
Landscape Landscape photos of mountains and valleys from hilltops
Posted By R. Wethereyet
Replies: 11
Views: 953
Bill,
These above cover the majority of "tips" for improving your image quality!

In the absence of a lens hood, you can use your hand or a hat to block sunrays from directly striking the front of the lens - just watch that you don't get those items in the field of view of your image :-) .. Glad to hear that you have ordered a lens hood for your 28mm lens.

Another tip is to look for images that put the sun at your back, find a tree to stand under (as long as you are below the tree-line) to provide shade (a "natural" lens hood). By looking behind you, there is a chance of discovering an image that is as good or better than the iconic one you set out to capture at the beginning of your hike. Walk around and scope out potential photo opportunities.

The best time to shoot Mountain-scapes ... is when you are there! ;-) We can't always choose the time of day when we are shooting from the mountain tops, but if you can, try to avoid mid-day.
If you can't beat it, get creative and use the haze, or sun flare to add some interest to your images. That old Lemon vs Lemonade quote comes to mind.


An ND filter doesn't change the light as a Polarizer does. It does extend the length of your exposure so you can get sweeping soft cloud formations which can add drama to an image.

If you hike with a tripod ... or find a convenient rock nearby - try taking bracketed exposures and then merge them to create an HDR landscape image. This might help to create that dynamic range you are missing.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 05-07-2019, 10:37 AM  
Lightroom Lens Profile Amnesia
Posted By R. Wethereyet
Replies: 7
Views: 825
Thanks, I will do a little housekeeping on my lens to make sure the contacts are clean etc. Good to know about the issue with Sigma lenses.
Thanks

---------- Post added 05-07-2019 at 11:41 AM ----------






This is the first time that LR has done this for the Tamron lens. Usually it works just as it is supposed to. It does happen for about 50%of my lenses - some of which are older lenses so I can overlook that. But for newer lenses, I find it aggravating. Just the nature of LR I guess. I will take a deeper look at the EXIF data and see if that tells me more.

Thanks!
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 05-07-2019, 07:57 AM  
Lightroom Lens Profile Amnesia
Posted By R. Wethereyet
Replies: 7
Views: 825
Once of my pet peeves of Lightroom is that it has a tendency to "forget" various lens correction profiles. Now I understand if I am using an oddball lens like my Pentax 24-90mm lens that is not in Adobe's database and I have not set up a custom profile for. But there are times when LR cannot recognize a very common lens that a) is in the standard database; b) is set up as one of my default lens profiles; and c) has worked flawlessly for more than a year.


I have a Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 lens that I love. This lens profile as mentioned above is set up as a default profile and usually the fields populate when I import an image taken with this lens, and click on default in the lens correction section of the Develop Module. Yesterday, I created some Headshot images using this lens. I removed the SD card, imported the images through Lightroom and began to process them. One of the first steps in my workflow is to apply lens correction. When I click on the lens correction section, click Default .... nothing but crickets chirping :-/ Click for a dropdown list ... NO PENTAX LENSES are even offered in the list!! I don't understand why the dropdown list changes from lens to lens - shouldn't this be a full standard list of lenses in the Adobe database? I glance across to the image info showing in the top left corner of the image and it correctly identifies the Tamron 70-200mm shot using an 80mm focal length etc. I don't get the disconnect in Lightroom. Obviously it is not reading the EXIF data to determine what lens was used... bizzare!


I also have this issue when using my Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5-4.5 lens (another hugely popular lens). Lightroom consistently chooses a Sigma 70-300mm lens profile which I have to open the list and select the 10-20mm f/3.5-4.5 option. So if the correct lens is in the list, why on earth does LR not recognize it and select it instead of randomly choosing the WRONG lens??

Anyone have this same issue or suggestions? I find this extremely frustrating.
Thanks,
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 05-03-2019, 01:23 PM  
Adobe Photography Plan Price Increase?
Posted By R. Wethereyet
Replies: 42
Views: 3,276
There are getting to be enough well-established competitors to Adobe that we have a number of viable options for processing software. There is no need to "rent" software until the end of eternity. I still am a "renter", but as each month goes by, I am getting closer to investing in an adobe competitor (or two).
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 04-25-2019, 09:29 AM  
So, final cut, or LR premier or not either of those.
Posted By R. Wethereyet
Replies: 37
Views: 4,623
repaap, you may want to look at www.udemy.com and search for video courses. They have a few for learning video with DSLR's as well as other general video planning/shooting/editing topics. The courses are reasonably priced at about $15 on sale (some even for free). As you mention there are also others on YouTube as well.
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