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Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 10-28-2020, 04:25 PM  
Nik Collection FOR FREE!
Posted By ddharriman
Replies: 80
Views: 8,980
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 10-08-2020, 01:36 AM  
Is it you, Francis?
Posted By ddharriman
Replies: 10
Views: 185
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 09-08-2020, 05:36 AM  
Atlas 5
Posted By ddharriman
Replies: 11
Views: 183
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 08-10-2020, 12:42 PM  
The Darktable Users Coterie
Posted By ddharriman
Replies: 200
Views: 18,517
New Darktable version (3.2.1) is out

They have done it again!
This time, and for the first time we are getting two major upgrades in one year – this one, 3.2 (in this case 3.2.1) and 3.4 around Christmas (the normal big upgrade moment)

This new version (an detailed information about what is new /corrected) can be obtain directly from GitHub: Release darktable 3.2.1 released · darktable-org/darktable · GitHub

Best regards,
Forum: General Photography 06-10-2020, 11:13 AM  
What is your everyday lens ?
Posted By ddharriman
Replies: 73
Views: 2,935
Tamron 28-75 f/2.8.

11 years delivering and still stong.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 06-09-2020, 12:42 AM  
Flower #1
Posted By ddharriman
Replies: 25
Views: 281
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-08-2020, 12:09 PM  
Vintage 50mm lens for BW portraits?
Posted By ddharriman
Replies: 20
Views: 1,287
My contribution:

Manual focus - SMC Pentax-M 50mm F1.7
Auto focus - SMC Pentax-F 50mm F1.7

Best regards,
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 05-08-2020, 05:36 AM  
Time Stands Still in Lock down
Posted By ddharriman
Replies: 20
Views: 422
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 04-17-2020, 03:19 PM  
The Darktable Users Coterie
Posted By ddharriman
Replies: 200
Views: 18,517
New Darktable version (3.0.2) is out

This new version (an detailed information about what is new /corrected) can be obtain directly from GitHub: Release darktable 3.0.2 released · darktable-org/darktable · GitHub

Best regards,
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 04-08-2020, 02:27 AM  
pentax photo comp rain
Posted By ddharriman
Replies: 8
Views: 118
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 04-06-2020, 02:51 PM  
The Darktable Users Coterie
Posted By ddharriman
Replies: 200
Views: 18,517
Can you show a screen capture of the color cast you are getting(?) and / or original raw file so one can check if it happens on another computer 3.0.1 installation?

Best regards,
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 04-06-2020, 11:29 AM  
The Darktable Users Coterie
Posted By ddharriman
Replies: 200
Views: 18,517
Hello ChristianRock

Have you tested Aurélian Pierre’s “basic semi-automated style”?
For me it works great and has speeded up my processing too.

In his own words it’s «a basic darktable style to apply to get a “lightroom-like” (in the spirit, not in the result) base look with a generic filmic setting that mimics the original OCIO filmic (which is a pre-computed LUT, not a parametric tool)».

One can get the style in: Basic semi-automated style for darktable 3.0/filmic - darktable - discuss.pixls.us

And also follow a more then 2 hour youtub film where he demonstrates how to use it with practical examples (interpolated with technical explanations when needed), in:














You Tube




Best regards,
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 03-10-2020, 02:42 PM  
The path to a 1 inch sensor camera.
Posted By ddharriman
Replies: 20
Views: 1,084
kh1234567890: nice shoot from Lisbon.

Best regards,
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 03-09-2020, 02:28 PM  
Little lake
Posted By ddharriman
Replies: 9
Views: 184
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 03-06-2020, 11:27 AM  
The Darktable Users Coterie
Posted By ddharriman
Replies: 200
Views: 18,517
The already mentioned above Aurélien Pierre has posted a survey on “how(…), for what and by whom” darktable is used, and the objective is “to help making design and development decisions with a little less guessing and assuming”.

One can access his post here: darktable user survey - darktable - discuss.pixls.us

And the survey can be accessed directly here: darktable user base survey

Best regards,
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 03-01-2020, 01:55 PM  
B&W processing plug-ins etc.
Posted By ddharriman
Replies: 5
Views: 656
Hi gump

My advice is to go with Silver Efex Pro.

Also there is no need to buy it as the “old” free version can still be had, and it’s supposed to still be compatible with Affinity Photo.

If you find a problem of compatibility, any of the plug-ins of Nik Collection can be used a standalone programs.

One of the places to obtain it is the Internet Archive: NIK Collection of Filters (Mac/Windows) 1.2.11 : Google/NIK : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive.

Best regards,
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-28-2020, 03:26 AM  
editing software
Posted By ddharriman
Replies: 12
Views: 1,034
+1 for Darktable.

Check our own posts about it: The Darktable Users Coterie - PentaxForums.com.

Best regards,
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 01-22-2020, 03:18 PM  
Seeking mirrorless to use legacy glass on...
Posted By ddharriman
Replies: 32
Views: 4,678
My advice is, go with the Sony a7ii if you can find one around your budget.

For the Pentax lenses my advice is for you to get a “dumb” connector like this: Fotodiox Lens Mount Adapter with Aperture Control: Amazon.co.uk: Camera & Photo.
It will let you use any Pentax lens with or without aperture ring.

Best regards,
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 12-24-2019, 10:43 AM  
The Darktable Users Coterie
Posted By ddharriman
Replies: 200
Views: 18,517
Even more detailed info about this new version can be found here: darktable 3.0 - darktable - discuss.pixls.us

Best regards,
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 12-24-2019, 02:07 AM  
The Darktable Users Coterie
Posted By ddharriman
Replies: 200
Views: 18,517
New Darktable version (3.0) is out

Here we have it - and as expected a Christmas present!!! -, the full release of Darktable 3.0.

This new version (an detailed information about what is new /corrected) can be obtain directly from GitHub: Release darktable 3.0.0 released · darktable-org/darktable · GitHub
Forum: General Photography 12-16-2019, 03:24 PM  
Do I NEED a full frame camera? (Please help with arguments either way...)
Posted By ddharriman
Replies: 46
Views: 1,784
For the interior photo taking with low light, my advice is:

1 – learn how to use flash better, as you say “I have a flash, Pentax AF-360FGZ, and I never really bothered to master it: I just push the mode button and the power button all the way to the right, angle it upwards a bit to get a bounce off of the ceiling, and shoot. I'm never happy with the photos”.
You already have a good flash and can use it on and off camera, in PTTL, Auto or manual (your choice).
An outstanding free place to have many of the tips necessary is: ? Flash Photography Techniques.

2 – lower your aperture and shutter speed as much as you can. In your 6400 ISO shot, if you managed to lower to 1/40 and f/4.0, you could have used ISO 1600.


To the question: “Do I NEED a full frame camera?”

No, you do not.
But… and if you decide to stay with APS-C…, wait until the new Pentax camera comes out – it looks it will be a bomb -, and buy it (one of the main improvements to be expected is even better high ISO performance).

Best regards,
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-15-2019, 11:21 AM  
Pentax 100 Y. is over. Now what?
Posted By ddharriman
Replies: 131
Views: 5,319
Pentax 100 Y. is over. Now what?

My answer: "keep calm and carry on"... tanking photos with the gear I already have!
Forum: General Photography 12-15-2019, 11:12 AM  
People using multiple systems, which is your next favorite brand after pentax?
Posted By ddharriman
Replies: 79
Views: 4,213
"People using multiple systems, which is your next favorite brand after pentax?"

Sony
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 12-13-2019, 04:01 PM  
GIMP vs Darktable or something else?
Posted By ddharriman
Replies: 26
Views: 3,829
I do not know about Gimp, but NikCollection can be easily added to Paint.Net photo editor (https://www.getpaint.net/).

Best regards,
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 12-13-2019, 03:51 PM  
Lightroom 3 with Photoshop CS 3 or something else?
Posted By ddharriman
Replies: 10
Views: 534
...something else: Darktable.
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