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Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 03-10-2019, 09:01 AM  
Options for HDR photo editing
Posted By Riverlady
Replies: 12
Views: 1,097
I am seeking input from those of you who use various programs/tools for HDR editing. I am looking at this mostly as a way to improve my pictures that have a big dynamic range, not to make wild crunchy pictures.

I have been using LR, definitely not to its total capabilities, for 5-6 years, now using v. 6.14. I have no Photoshop experience. But due to a problem trying to install LR6 on my new laptop (although I do most of my editing on my desktop), I may be forced to upgrade to the subscription, which does include Photoshop.

I prefer tools which can be used initially without a huge learning curve but which have refinements that can be learned as one goes.

So far, I have done trial versions of Photomatix and Aurora 2019. I have gotten some results I like in Aurora (by dialing back effects) but I am not sure about the way it fits into my workflow (although I am not using it as a LR plugin, that might help that situation). If I went this route I would probably continue to do most of my work in LR after going into Aurora as I love the LR history and the ability to experiment and go back easily.

It seems like each one I try or hear about, I love it until I look at the next one, which seems even better. But I am famous for biting off more than I can chew - I am trying to take a few steps forward on a continuing path rather than jump off a cliff.

This morning I was looking at the SEIM products, in particular the NHDR lightroom presets then stumbled upon Lumist, which would require my learning Photoshop -- but I absolutely love the idea of being able to see and adjust tones, I just wonder about my ability to deal with all this.

So, those of you who are using any of these or others, like HDR Efex Pro, etc., I would appreciate your comments and suggestions.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 02-07-2019, 05:19 PM  
Lightroom 6 install problems
Posted By Riverlady
Replies: 4
Views: 732
Thanks. Lightroom is not listed in "Apps & Features", the only Adobe is Acrobat. My SSD is not partitioned. I downloaded using a link on my account order page on adobe.com that shows my original purchase of V 6 and listing my serial number. The first install attempt I had used a different link but it led to the same download file. Once the chat guy told me that there was a link on my order page, I've been using that one. Thanks!
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 02-07-2019, 04:08 PM  
Lightroom 6 install problems
Posted By Riverlady
Replies: 4
Views: 732
Wondering if any of you have encountered something like this:

I have Lightroom 6, previously installed on a laptop, and then on a desktop. The installations were very straightforward with no issues.

Now I've purchased a new laptop (Dell XPS 15 9570 16 GB 256 SSD (183 GB free space) Windows 10 Pro.

I downloaded the install file Lightroom 6_LS11, ran it to extract files to a folder on my desktop, got a message that my files had been extracted and saved. Clicked launch installer and finish. After a few minutes I got a screen with a welcome message asking me to log in to adobe.com and enter the serial number. After doing so, I get a message that "The Serial Number you provided is valid but a qualifying product was not found on this computer."

Checked C/Program Files where I would expect to find it, no Adobe folder, no Lightroom. C/Program (x86) has an Adobe folder with only Acrobat in it. There is no Lightroom folder in the Pictures library, no lrcat file, etc. Nada.

This is like the fourth time, I think, that I have done this. I spent hours with a very unresponsive chat person at Adobe Support last night. (This morning I get a cheery email from Adobe giving my case number and asking if it resolved the issue, to "please reply to this email" - which was sent from a no-reply address. Says check my Adobe account profile to "view my open case". There is nothing there.)

I am, maybe I', slow, coming to the conclusion that I may need to upgrade to a Lightroom Classic subscription which I have so far resisted because I haven't really tapped out the features of Lightroom 6.14 yet and I don't use Photoshop. But before I do, I thought I would check to see if anyone else has encountered anything similar. I don't think I have the patience to pursue a line by line conversation with the chat line when there is about a 15 -20 minute lapse between each response.

If you've read this far, thanks for your patience!
Forum: Pentax KP 12-10-2018, 04:35 PM  
Recs wanted, 3rd party D-LI109 batteries & travel charger, memory card
Posted By Riverlady
Replies: 17
Views: 1,823
Thanks everyone. Re the solar charging, a solar panel recharges the camper batteries that power 12 volt outlets in the camper. In the past I have used my pentax charger plugged into a power inverter to connect to the 12V but was hoping to eliminate that step... one less piece of chunky gear to haul around.
Forum: Pentax KP 12-10-2018, 08:17 AM  
Recs wanted, 3rd party D-LI109 batteries & travel charger, memory card
Posted By Riverlady
Replies: 17
Views: 1,823
I just bit the bullet and ordered a KP on Amazon after dithering about a replacement for my K5-2 for about a year now. I had initially worried about the lack of top LCD and shorter battery life, but I figured I will adjust, and additional batteries are cheap and easy.

Looking for recommendations re: memory card (and what is max size that can be used) and backup batteries with a 12V travel charger. Several times a year I go camping for a week or so with only solar power for battery charging so this will be important.

Thanks!
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 04-12-2017, 05:23 PM  
Windows 10 compatible software for DVD backup
Posted By Riverlady
Replies: 15
Views: 1,521
Thanks everyone for the advice. I will consider what my next step should be. My immediate thing right now is off-site storage. After a clean re-install and some poking around I've got Roxio working well enough to finish with the DVDs.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 04-08-2017, 04:29 PM  
Windows 10 compatible software for DVD backup
Posted By Riverlady
Replies: 15
Views: 1,521
I have slipped up on backing up to DVDs and need to catch up. Like 4-5 years. (All is backed up on two hard drives, but after a recent computer crash requiring reformat and Win reinstall I have decided to clean up my act.) This is a big job. My photo folders are organized by year and shoot date, and some years will require multiple DVDs, so I was looking for software that would take care of that (I could make copies using Windows but I'd have to calculate what fits on each disk, as far as I can tell). I had used Roxio in the past so I bought a copy of the current one and .... about midway thru disk 5 of 8 I got a message that "Roxio ... has quit."

I also notice that in an effort to save me on the huge expenditure of 25 cents per DVD the software is rearranging folder orders to get things onto fewer disks, I guess, so that (on disks 1-4 that actually got made) some October folders are mixed in with February, which I guess I can live with but I don't really like it.

Anyways, I'm looking for software recommendations in case I can't get this Roxio thing worked out.

Thanks
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 08-10-2015, 05:58 AM  
Lightroom configuration for higher res displays
Posted By Riverlady
Replies: 4
Views: 993
Upgrade to Windows 10 has taken care of this problem as it allows an increase of text size to 350% (done in display settings). The default 200% is a bit too small for me but it is easy enough to change when bringing up LR and doesn't require a restart.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 07-18-2015, 02:33 PM  
Lightroom configuration for higher res displays
Posted By Riverlady
Replies: 4
Views: 993
I am in the process of moving from a laptop with a 1920 x 1080 display to a desktop with 24-inch monitor that has a 3840x2160 display. I have found the place to increase the font size in Lightroom (4.1) but that only increases the font for the menu bar; all the panels are way too small for me to read. Is there any solution other than reducing my display resolution in the Windows control panel?
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 06-10-2015, 01:04 PM  
Using Lightroom with catalog and photos on external drive
Posted By Riverlady
Replies: 11
Views: 2,527
My laptop (4 yo HP dv7, 8 GB, i7) is about to go south (persistent overheating problems not fully resolved by several repairs in the past year) and I am considering my options. I really don't want to spend a lot of money on another laptop that will have the same overheating problems (not the money so much as the hassle and heartache of system problems) and many of them do. I'm a committed Windows person, no Macs. One thing I'm considering, and would like feedback about, is to switch over to a desktop system for most photo editing (plus a decent calibrated monitor), plus a more portable mid-range laptop, and (I got this idea from an older thread here on the forum) putting my photos and LR catalog on an external drive that can be used by either machine. The laptop use would be mostly for culling thru photos and organizing while away from home, with editing done from the desktop. Then I would use the desktop hard drive as the backup copy of the external drive. Does anybody see any problems with this? Anybody doing something like this? I am currently using LR 4.4, will likely upgrade to 6 sometime soon. I am wondering if working off an external drive will make things noticeably slower.
Forum: Sold Items 05-21-2015, 11:23 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Sigma 10-20 4-5.6
Posted By Riverlady
Replies: 4
Views: 1,012
Not sure my PMs to you are going thru, they seem to vanish into thin air once sent. I am in Cedar Park TX USA
Forum: Winners' Showcase 05-05-2015, 06:16 AM  
April, 2015: Poppies in the Magic
Posted By Riverlady
Replies: 27
Views: 3,702
gets my vote ... really arresting composition and lighting
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-17-2015, 08:28 PM  
Lens choice - Pentax D FA 100mm f/2.8 WR Macro or Tamron SP 90 mm 2.8
Posted By Riverlady
Replies: 33
Views: 3,844
Thanks everyone for the help - you've given me a lot of information and things to think about.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-16-2015, 05:44 PM  
Lens choice - Pentax D FA 100mm f/2.8 WR Macro or Tamron SP 90 mm 2.8
Posted By Riverlady
Replies: 33
Views: 3,844
I am contemplating a new lens (I just realized today I have not bought a lens in over two years), I am interested in a macro lens to be used mostly for flowers and it seems like a longer focal length will be the most useful for that. I've read the comparison review in the database. and user reviews on different sites and have a couple of questions.

One Tamron user (who was very happy with his purchase) mentioned that he did not realize prior to actually using the lens for awhile that at the macro focusing distance, the widest aperture is effectively 5.6, not 2.8. The Tamron is only 2.8 from 10' to infinity. I wonder if this is also true of the Pentax, and it makes a bit of sense (at least to me) because at macro the lens will be fully extended, which seems like it would cut down on the available light reaching the sensor.

Another user noted that fully extended at macro, the Tamron front element is about 1" from the subject; a reviewer of the Pentax lens said that it was about 7" in the macro position- can anyone confirm either of these?

I also have a concern about the seller of the Pentax being offered on Amazon (at a good price), is there any way to verify if a lens is gray market prior to purchase or do I need to get it then check the serial number?

I am not certain that I'm going to get either - if the macro aperture is truly 5.6 then I may just get some extension tubes and play with the lenses I already own before plunking down so much money... although I'm sure I could come up with a good reason if I think on it awhile.

Thanks much for the help.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-13-2015, 07:12 AM  
Need help with updating firmware!
Posted By Riverlady
Replies: 17
Views: 2,554
Just in case it helps anyone else, I was having the same problem and beating my head against the wall. Then discovered I was downloading the K5 update 1.16 and not the K5-II update 1.07. Downloaded the windows/mac version and ... presto, update is done. Duh.
Forum: Photographic Technique 01-16-2013, 09:01 PM  
Why is Instagram so popular?
Posted By Riverlady
Replies: 101
Views: 11,144
I find it is just a fun thing to do with my phone camera, which is always handy. And I've seen some pretty great stuff that people are doing with Instagram, which says to me me that a good photograph has more to do with the mind that created it, and less to do with gear and software.
Forum: Pentax K-5 10-15-2012, 09:31 PM  
K-5 v K30 cannot decide
Posted By Riverlady
Replies: 7
Views: 2,090
Thanks all for the input. I think I am going to wait until there are hands-on reviews on the 5ii out in a few weeks and may go that route. I am hesitant to go to my one and only local camera store for a hands-on since they don't stock much Pentax and their prices are always close to list ... but it makes me feel guilty to use them to see the camera then buy elsewhere. Although I'm sure they're used to it.
Forum: Pentax K-5 10-14-2012, 05:24 AM  
K-5 v K30 cannot decide
Posted By Riverlady
Replies: 7
Views: 2,090
I have spent way too much time this week reading reviews and posts trying to decide between a K5 and K-30, changing my mind daily for about 5 days now. I am wondering just how much difference there is between the two in terms of low-light shooting - both autofocus issues, and usable ISO range.

I am upgrading from a K200D. I have loved it but struggled with issues like shooting in low light and also with scenes with an inherent wide dynamic range - like desert canyons where there is always a huge tradeoff between shadow rock detail and bright sky. I think either of these cameras will be a huge upgrade.

For me, the advantages of the K5 would be the availabilty of a battery grip (I do a lot of shooting in vertical orientation and it seems like the buttons on the battery grip would be nice). I like the idea of dedicated buttons vs hunting thru menus. Higher fps for RAW would be good. Re the K-30, I have been trying to determine how much the lack of a top LCD would affect me, I think I tend to get most of my info via the viewfinder display. I think there would be less "upgrade distress" going from the K200D to the K30.

However, in reading user reviews and forum comments I see people saying that the K30 autofocus is better. I know it is newer but the test comparisons didn't seem to me to be that different. So I am wondering how significant that difference is.

I will probably get the 18-135 WR lens with this as I do not already have an WR lens. I have a variety of lenses, none of them especially fast. My go-to on the K200D has been the Tamron 18-250 which I absolutely love for the range, if not the speed and softness at the long end. I am often out where it is sandy/dusty and windy and it doesn't seem advisable to change lenses.. and I don't like to carry a lot of gear. I have reservations about the 18-135 because I love love love long tele shots but I"m afraid if went to a lens that lets me get to 250-300 then I'd miss the wide end.

I realize most of this decision rests on my own particular weight of the issues and my personal preferences but I am just stymied. So, I'm looking for a little assist to help me clarify this so I can place an order and move on to the next obsession!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-25-2009, 04:27 AM  
K200D Screen bright but not when pitures downloaded.
Posted By Riverlady
Replies: 8
Views: 2,220
Marc, could you elaborate a little more on this? This is something I've not heard about elsewhere. How does D-range work anyway?

I've also encountered this problem... while I'm sure monitor calibration is one ideal solution, the most important thing to do immediately is to check the histogram religiously rather than relying on the camera LCD image. You also can change the LCD brightness and I did that, actually turned it down to about -6 in order to match my computer screen since it was always tricking me... but since summer has begun and it is so bright out I can barely make out the LCD so I had to reset it to normal. The histogram is the solution IMHO.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-24-2009, 08:00 AM  
K200D exposure bias
Posted By Riverlady
Replies: 1
Views: 1,695
In a photo class last weekend we shot a gray card in full sun, I was using the long end (250mm) of my Tamron 18-250 and filled the frame with the card. (AV mode, no exposure comp.) Much to my surprise, the histogram indicated that the camera was overexposing by 0.3 stop. My general feeling after using this camera for about six months now is that generally it tends to underexpose, and that seems to be the consensus from what I've read online. My teacher, who has decades more experience than I, says the bias should be the same no matter what the light, or what lens is on the camera.

So, I am curious to understand this... wondering if maybe the explanation is that more often than not in real life I am metering in difficult situations that have a wide difference in the amount of light in various areas of the scene like mottled shade, mixed sun/shadow with lots of glare (e.g. arroyos) with dynamic range on, which I believe (is this correct?) underexposes in order to protect highlights. Also that even tho the camera may have a +0.3 bias with a gray card, often I am shooting scenes that require compensation for a specific lighting or subject situation that also must be factored in.
Any thoughts?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-24-2009, 07:39 AM  
M42 adapter? I am wondering.
Posted By Riverlady
Replies: 6
Views: 1,543
Thanks, all. That is what it is... I already have one but it's a cheapy, so I guess I'll keep this but negotiate with the seller because I think $25 is a bit too much for a reversing ring even if it is gen-u-wine.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-23-2009, 05:36 PM  
M42 adapter? I am wondering.
Posted By Riverlady
Replies: 6
Views: 1,543
I bought what was advertised to be a genuine Pentax M42 adapter on ebay but am having problems mounting a lens (Super Takumar 200mm f4)--first time I've done this) and the adapter doesn't look like the one Hin has posted on his blog. It says "49 mm" as well as "Asahi Pentax Japan". So what is this thing if it is not an M42 adapter? And if it is an M42, what is the trick to attaching the lens?

Photo at Flickr Photo Download: Pentax adapter, front view

Thanks,

Debi
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-21-2009, 08:28 AM  
K200D shake reduction turned itself off
Posted By Riverlady
Replies: 4
Views: 1,704
Yesterday shooting in AV mode with Tamron 18-250 AF lens, everything was working fine. This morning, suddenly the shake reduction icon was dimmed and would not come on in any setting. I turned off and on, dismounted and remounted lens, nothing worked until I did "reset" all in the menu. So, problem is fixed (except it may take me awhile to figure out whatall settings I have changed so I can put them back) but I am wondering what caused it. Has anyone else encountered this?

Thanks

Debi
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-06-2009, 02:27 PM  
Prospective K200D owner questions
Posted By Riverlady
Replies: 27
Views: 5,865
Thank you for those tips. I am going to work on that. I guess actually I have done that -- taken shots that I knew were underexposed and raised the exposure in Lightroom, I just never thought of it in terms that it was the equivalent of higher ISO. I ended up with quite a bit of color noise as I recall, but I did get the shot of my granddaughter pole vaulting in low light.

I have just started working with manual lenses & focusing. I have a 50mm A and a 28mm M and have been working on getting familiar with those before going on to get some longer focal lengths. Have you upgraded your focus screen? I have read about that, I'm not really sure how they work & would need to get it installed, I'm not too inclined to mess with the innards yet. I have been wondering if, shooting birds or other quickly moving objects, for example, can one get a close enough focus using a small enough aperture (for greater DOF) and estimating distance, as there is not usually time to close focus. Somewhere I read something about "focus on the eye" of the bird... lord I can't even see the eye of the bird. LOL
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-06-2009, 12:03 PM  
Prospective K200D owner questions
Posted By Riverlady
Replies: 27
Views: 5,865
--Max ISO of 3200 (6400 expanded) vs 1600
--14.6 mp vs 10 - allows you to crop and end up with a higher res crop (good for birds when my zoom isn't quite long enough)
--Real Live View that functions during shooting (but sadly does not articulate) vs K200D that only allows you to review on display after shooting

Also, I believe the K20D allows you to directly control more features on the body rather than having to go into menus to do it. This allows for faster changes to settings on the fly.

There's more, but those are the 3 things that I would particularly value, especially the ISO. I do a lot of my shooting outdoors in low light conditions (dusk/dawn) and my main go-to lens is slow at the telephoto end and I don't envision a fast 300mm in my future any time soon. So many times I'm forced to use a tripod (good for flowers/landscapes, awkward for birds) or quit shooting when I'd really like to keep going.

When I was camera shopping I was moving up from a 6 year old 3mp 'prosumer' point and shoot and was concerned that the K20D would be too complex with a steep learning curve. So, I went with the K200D. I spent 2 weeks in Big Bend shooting everything in sight, then enrolled in a 4 week photo class locally in which we were required to shoot in manual mode and use a tripod, and I found that I liked it and it was not that difficult. I started shooting raw format because, using Lightroom, I can do exposure adjustments--the Texas sun and sky is so bright for a good part of the day that it is hard if not impossible to properly expose both the cloud detail and rocks/foliage. Shooting raw w/Lightroom also allows me to do all white balance/saturation adjustments in post processing... so pretty quickly all those scene modes became sort of pointless. The K20D has enough of the programmed stuff so it is there if you need it, just not so much as the K200D.

On the K200D plus side, I like the AA batteries since I already had a good charger and lots of rechargeables and you can buy them anywhere, good if you spend a lot of time in the boonies. The K200D is somewhat smaller, I believe, than the K20D, to me the size is "just right". Both have the weather sealed body, which was important to me since I'm often out in the weather.
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