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Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 01-28-2016, 04:56 PM  
READ ME! Pentax Tips from the Community (55-300mm Giveaway)
Posted By cbdougla
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Shooting baby or toddler pictures can be challenging. Often the parents are so focused on making sure that the time is well spent that big brother or sister feels left out.

I've found that bringing my old spare camera and making the older sibling my second shooter has several rewards: It keeps them involved in the process, makes them feel useful, and encourages an interest in photography. I always process the shots from that camera as well so they can see what they accomplished.

It's pretty fun to see someone start to get excited about taking photos.

-Collin
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 01-28-2016, 07:18 AM  
READ ME! Pentax Tips from the Community (55-300mm Giveaway)
Posted By Buckaroo50
Replies: 773
Views: 100,291
Tip on bokeh, Remember the 1/3, 2/3 rule to increase the bokeh effect. The 1/3, 2/3 rule is that from the focus point 1/3 in front and 2/3 in back will be in focus for the specific aperture and depth of field. So focus in front of your target to shift the Depth of Field forward and get more bokeh behind the subject...

Tip on scenic pictures - use a telephoto lens and focus on object much closer - the depth of field will shift forward (you don’t need 2/3 beyond infinity to be in focus). This will enlarge distant objects and closer objects will appear to be bigger than life.

Photography is about perception and to create and capture something that does NOT exist in the natural world. Some examples are the use of Bokeh (blur the background), wide angled lenses (distort balance), ND filters (soften and blur movement).

Light and lack of light are your creative tools. Soft edges with lenses can be your friend if used in a creative manner... Learn to use the weaknesses of your equipment to make creative photos...

An exact replication, is taking pictures, to tell a story and have the viewer perceive, is photography. Perception is something that does not exist in the real world.
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 01-16-2016, 02:34 PM  
READ ME! Pentax Tips from the Community (55-300mm Giveaway)
Posted By BretW
Replies: 773
Views: 100,291
I find that there are three secrets to shooting animals in the wild:

1. In the long run, what you see is proportional to the time spent in the habitat. Spend the hours and the opportunities will take care of themselves.

2. Be a naturalist first. This doesn't mean knowing what the book says about the creatures. It means watching the creatures so you can see yourself and the world as they do--at least a little bit. Among other things, this helps you get good shots without driving your subjects away.

3. The rarity of an animal says very little about how interesting it is as a subject. For one thing, an animal that is mundane to you is fascinating to someone from elsewhere. Raccoons and squirrels are a common sight in North America, and koalas and kangaroos are common in Australia. If your pictures reveal something, there are many people who will be interested. Common creatures also provide excellent technical practice so you are ready when the extraordinary creature happens across your path.
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 01-16-2016, 12:13 PM  
READ ME! Pentax Tips from the Community (55-300mm Giveaway)
Posted By Aksel
Replies: 773
Views: 100,291
I like this:
Amateurs worry about cameras. Professionals worry about lenses. Photographers worry about light.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 02-03-2015, 12:42 PM  
Weekly Challenge CAPTION CONTEST Feb 2 to feb 9
Posted By Kerrowdown
Replies: 9
Views: 1,415
I should have realised what you actually wanted was a Pentax FF camera. ;)
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