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Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-31-2018, 06:08 PM  
Settings change when I shoot vertically
Posted By Angel Perez
Replies: 7
Views: 623
Thanks for your quick reply!
I did just that, I tighten the screws on the mounting plate and voila no more issues with any of my lenses when I go vertical. Most of the screws barely moved, but it did the trick.

Nothing is quite like this forum!

Happy New Year to the Pentax Forums family!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-28-2018, 12:50 PM  
Settings change when I shoot vertically
Posted By Angel Perez
Replies: 7
Views: 623
First off I hope everyone is enjoying this Holiday Season. I hope you got some nice goodies.

Now for my issue. I shoot 99% in manual. I would say I shoot 90% horizontally. However, when I turn the camera vertically my image becomes under exposed. My F readout goes blank. It doesn't matter what my F stop was I just get a dash and a underexposed shot. Is there a something I need to do in the custom menu? It gets really embarrassing and frustrating when the shots don't come out especially on a paid shoot. Sometimes I will tilt the camera up and then it returns to my settings but it doesn't stay for too long. Sometimes I will return to horizontal shooting and then immediately go to vertical and I am able to fire a few shots. The funny thing is that this happens to both my K3 and K3ii. I don't remember having this issue till about last year or so. I bought a used K3ii as a second camera and it does the same thing. I use a grip on both and tried it with and with out the grip and I get the same results.

If anyone can shed some light to my problem, I would really appreciate it.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 12-24-2018, 05:49 PM  
New Member
Posted By Angel Perez
Replies: 10
Views: 389
Welcome and Merry Christmas!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-24-2018, 05:48 PM  
All I want from Pentax for Xmas
Posted By Angel Perez
Replies: 17
Views: 1,286
Waiting for the K-3 mark III. Just build on the greatness. Keep the same amount of megapixels, higher buffer rate, faster autofocus, and better low light performance. I love to shoot the performing arts and another stop would give me more flexibilty. Better video wouldn't hurt although it's not a priority for what I shoot.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-02-2018, 02:43 PM  
New Additions to the Stable.
Posted By Angel Perez
Replies: 18
Views: 1,011
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 08-24-2018, 06:24 PM  
Excited Enthusiast Eagerly Awaiting my Pentax K-70 (ran out of E's)
Posted By Angel Perez
Replies: 19
Views: 685
Welcome home!
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 08-24-2018, 06:22 PM  
Tablet Recommendations (Pen Variety Possibly...)
Posted By Angel Perez
Replies: 12
Views: 628
Actually, what you are doing makes a lot of sense. It works for me because I load my pics as I bring in my equipment or take of other things. I then come back to light room to do my "presets" and sync it to LR CC. Yes, at this point I would have to engage in something else while they sync. I'm a musician so during this process is when I will take some time to practice or do some other activity around the house. When my wife and I are hanging out and she is watching her late night soaps, my tablet comes to the rescue and I do the culling. As I unpick or "X" pics I then only select those and remove them from the collection and then procede to unpick shots futher until I get to the shots I want to keep or show a client. I will do a more detailed exposure correction at this point so that the client sees consitent work and then I do more serious post-processing if that necessary depending on the purpose of the shoot.

If you sit down and take a block of time to knock all of it out then Lightroom would not be the best tool as it does take too long for loading and culling. Supposedly this is supposed to improve with future versions of LR.

Again, very curious on what you decide to go with.

Let us know.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 08-24-2018, 02:06 PM  
Tablet Recommendations (Pen Variety Possibly...)
Posted By Angel Perez
Replies: 12
Views: 628
I find that one way to keep the peace at home is to do the culling process in the vicinity of my wife. So I download the pics to my computer via LR and I create a Collection that automatically syncs to the cloud which allows me to see and edit my pics on my phone or tabler. I Use the Tab A with out a pen. As long as I have a good WiFi signal I am good to go. When I have time to then edit photos all my favorites are synced to my computer and I make any last selections if necessary and then begin my editing process. Oh I also usually do my color correction and my boiler plate contrast, clarity, lens correction keywording before I sync to the cloud. I don't any of the major editing because you can't easily sync numerous photos on the tablet. You can copy the previous edit to the next picture but for me it takes too long if you have a lot of pictures. I usually do headshots or performing arts and could easily have 500-800 pics that I pair down to 60-100 depending on what the goal of the shoot is . So this is where working with a tablet is very convienent. I will sometimes take care of this also during lunch at my day job or inbetween some dead time. Your phone is equally as effective except I try not to use it simply because the phone is just too small. The other nice thing is straight from the LR app you can post to instagram or whichever social media app you subscribe to. This is a workflow that seems to work well for me.

Good luck with your search for the right tool.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-23-2018, 07:14 PM  
Best of 2016 Dancing in Air
Posted By Angel Perez
Replies: 4
Views: 668
Thanks fo checking out by photo. I am looking forward to tomorrow I should be working with about 8 shooters.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 08-23-2018, 07:03 PM  
Tablet Recommendations (Pen Variety Possibly...)
Posted By Angel Perez
Replies: 12
Views: 628
I have been using my Galaxy Tab A for over a year. I use the CC app and I use it a lot. I don't really use it for post processing but I do use it to make my selections and edit down the shoot. I ocassionally do some editing but leave that for my desktop. I was actually surprised that I was able to use the Healing brush to correct some blemishes on the skin of a model and was impressed with simply using my finger. I don't plan on doing this as a replacement to my desktop but in a pinch it looks like it works very well. So if my Tab A is able to keep up I am sure anything faster would be fine.

Good luck and let us know what you decide to go with.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 08-04-2018, 07:36 AM  
Hi all. Happy Pentax K-1 and Pentax K-70 owner here.
Posted By Angel Perez
Replies: 23
Views: 880
Welcome to the forum. Beautiful shots!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-25-2018, 08:32 AM  
K3ii or K1
Posted By Angel Perez
Replies: 21
Views: 2,075
I can't speak for the K-1, i own a K3 and K3ii i have printed as large as a 28X 36 frame at iso 100 and it was absolutley gorgeous. I have also printed a shot from a ballet from a pic at iso 1600 with aperture at 3.2 and i printed a 20x30 and it was sharp. So not sure what size you are planning to print up to but i am sure either camera is capable. If i could,i would get a K1 but it really would be for the image quality and low light performance since I shoot a lot of performing arts but i love the k3 frame rate.
Forum: Winners' Showcase 06-03-2018, 06:08 AM  
May, 2018 Winner: Smokey Coat
Posted By Angel Perez
Replies: 85
Views: 1,969
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 06-03-2018, 06:07 AM  
Dressed up Selfie
Posted By Angel Perez
Replies: 16
Views: 621
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 06-03-2018, 06:07 AM  
Dont look back
Posted By Angel Perez
Replies: 71
Views: 1,969
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-06-2018, 02:24 AM  
My K1 does not give enough "F" (DOF)
Posted By Angel Perez
Replies: 77
Views: 3,786
I think you are comparing apples and oranges. Point and shoots have a smaller sensor making it inherently a camera with a deeper DOF. Especially at the wider end of a zoom range. Not that you can't use them for pics just different qualities. The K1 will hands down give you most versatility but you need to study the qualities of both and exploit them when necessary. As far as auto settings go, its what the engineers programmed so live with it or shoot manual. Some people use it as a starting point to get close what manual settings they will eventually choose.
Forum: Pentax K-3 04-21-2018, 06:24 AM  
The K-3 line will continue!
Posted By Angel Perez
Replies: 928
Views: 80,619
I hope Pentax keeps the 24mp and just improves everything else on the camera. The higher megapixel war is meaningless to most photographers so I can image an amazing DSLR superseding everything because its resources won't be eaten up by more megapixels. Looking forward to a K3iii.
Forum: Photographic Technique 04-08-2018, 02:41 AM  
Getting good enough for events/weddings?
Posted By Angel Perez
Replies: 13
Views: 987
Here is a link to my speedlight playlist on Youtube: Camera Speedlight - YouTube
It is full of hours of speedlight tutorials. Find a few you like and practice, practice, practice. I have a manequin head that I bought on Amazon, since my then teenage daugther and my wife were not volunteering to be my subjects.

Also, please join PPA. I joined about a month ago and it has changed my life! I wished I did this 3 years ago when I decided I would like to take a stab at a part-time photo biz. It has truly been an eyeopener in changing your mindset from photographer to business owner. There is nothing on youtube or internet articles that I have read that come close to amount of information regarding starting a photo business. They really help you determine your prices and what the real cost of business is. They have some great tutorials on all subjects. I find the Kelbyone photoshop and lightroom tutorials superior. The lighting tutorials are great! I would consider you joining PPA first, plenty of articles and videos.

Good luck!
Forum: Photographic Technique 04-05-2018, 01:00 PM  
Getting good enough for events/weddings?
Posted By Angel Perez
Replies: 13
Views: 987
Either one works. Supposedly one of them wake up when you press the trigger. If you do some research on the forum you find which one does.
Forum: Photographic Technique 04-05-2018, 03:55 AM  
Getting good enough for events/weddings?
Posted By Angel Perez
Replies: 13
Views: 987
I used to use Yongnuo flashes and for the price it's hard to beat. The catch of course is at that price point you have quality control issues. I would say definitely use the 660 manual flash. It is very powerful. I only had one Yongnuo flash die in me after about 2 years. I know some photographers that bought 3 only to get one good one. Before buying flash look at all of your options there are a few. I would have stayed with Yongnuo but decided to switch to Adorama's Flashpoint system (the same as Godox). Why? Because I was able to get a Monolight and their AD360 that would all use the same wireless flash trigger. By no means go out and buy all this but consider the ability to expand your system.

In regards to using Flash, I recommend you buy only one and learn how to use it. You need to master bounce flash and off camera flash. So I recommend get an umbrella, a light stand, and a wireless trigger. For on camera flash I use a Rogue Flashbender. A lot of people I see are using the Magmod products too. It's really up to you. Their are a lot of tutorials on Youtube for using a flash. However, I have found that the tutorials on Kelby One to be exceptional. They are more thorough and more focused. They also have wonderful wedding photography tutorials. The key is to watch something and practice, practice, practice. Check out photo critiques. You will learn a lot. Once you get a handle on on-camera flash. Start playing with off camera flash. Only use one light. When you get a handle on one light, start to introduce a second light etc..

I would agree with everyone else. Assist a photographer. I did a lot of free assisting just so that I could learn. Also bring your camera and when you have an opportunity take a few shots to practice and this way you could start building your portfolio. If you can, go to events and just shoot so that you can practice. I learned my event lighting by shooting at parties that I was invited to and brought my equipment. Since it is free you have nothing to lose. Lord knows how I messed up controling my external flashes, but guess what, I learned what not to do.

Good luck, and keep posting questions.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 02-26-2018, 09:14 PM  
Sigma Courtesy repair
Posted By Angel Perez
Replies: 11
Views: 1,002
I just want to say I was very glad to contact Sigma about a repair on a 17-50 lens that had jammed on me. I have the good fortune of living only 20 minutes away from Sigma HQ. They said they would look at the lens and give me a free estimate. They called me in a day to come in for the lens. Now to give more of a back story, I had bought this lens on Ebay so I was more than sure that it was way past warranty. Secondly, because I knew my fate was sealed I thought well I can try to fix it myself or send it out for repair it and make my inexpensive lens very expensive. I went on Youtube found a tutorial and failed miserably and barely was able to put Humpty Dumpty together again. Somehow I did. So when I picked it up they told they were not going to charge me as a courtesy, but the tech almost gave it back because they saw that I had taken it to someone to repair and that they did a very bad job (guilty) and were going to tell me to take it back to them instead. Luckily for me, the gods had mercy. Well, I was very impressed with the service and the speed of Sigma. It's just a shame that sigma won't release more lenses for Pentax.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 02-26-2018, 08:59 PM  
Maximum ISO for flash work
Posted By Angel Perez
Replies: 28
Views: 1,435
There is no good guidance because it really all depends on the situation. Different situations require different solutions. As you see some have put there pic and how and why they shot it.

So I shoot with a K-3 and in general during an event I try to keep my ISO at 800 and 1600 with flash. I play with my aperture and my shutter speed to get the ambient light and to play with my DOF if I am shoot groups I try to keep my Aperture at about 5.6 and take it to 8.0 if the group gets larger.

If I am shooting in my studio I shoot at 100 ISO about 90% of the time and go to ISO 200 if I think my speedlights or strobes are getting too hot and slow.

Again these are just basic guidelines and numbers I found that work for me. You can start with any of these and then play with your settings to get to your basic solutions.

If you can tell us what kind of shooting you are planning to do.

Good luck
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 12-26-2017, 12:36 PM  
Doing a wedding- input on gear
Posted By Angel Perez
Replies: 31
Views: 1,808
I too have a Flashbender it is very handy as you never know if your ceiling would be too high for bounce and if you bounce do use your white bounce card if you aren't using a Flashbender . I may start some controversy, but i shoot only with manual flash, and if that is what you are used to, use it. I like controlling my exposure, it really doesn't change much unless you are bouncing in from outside to inside or facing a major window on one side but it never stopped people before. Either way you go, make sure you practice. I have been using yongnuo manual flashes for about 3 years and did plenty of headshots and portraits so it would be good for both I have the Yongnuo 660 flashes and the 440 tx controller and they have served me very well. Just make sure if you add another light source that you master the first one. Also consider the flashpoint or godox flashes. They also come with internal radio transceivers which is very convenient when you have an on camera flash that is also a controller. I am in the process of switching to the Flashpoint R2 system. I have bought a Streaklight or Xplor600 and it's great to be able to use all of these lights with one controller.
Forum: General Photography 12-20-2017, 11:16 AM  
Shot a wedding in RAW or JPEG?
Posted By Angel Perez
Replies: 14
Views: 783
I concern with Adam21. Raw or Raw+jpeg this way you have a backup. Will you be using off camera flash? How is your bounce flash? Make sure you find out about the venue(s) to avoid any problems with location or lighting. Get a punch list from your niece so that you make sure you get your must haves. She probably has a pinterst board she can share with that gives you a idea of what she would like.

Most of all, have fun and dont forget you are family, so balance the photographer role and the family member role.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-15-2017, 09:26 AM  
DA 18-135 mm lens
Posted By Angel Perez
Replies: 70
Views: 5,467
I have both the 18-135 and the Sigma 17-50. When shooting events its the 17-50. I also use it for shoots where i need to shoot head to toe. I really use my 18-135 as a walk around lens or for the WR. I used it last year during a blizzard and the lens was perfect. I dont use it much as i shoot headshots, portraits and the performing arts. In the performing arts i need the 2.8 but until i did get faster lenses i still made some great shots with this lens. I had a Tamron 28-75 and when compared to the Pentax there was something about the Pentax IQ that just stood out. So I say keep your lens and when you are ready go for it and feed your GAS. Nothing too wrong with that. I have a few vintage lenses that i used because that was all i could afford and you know what, they worked very well and gave me some real great images. All lenses have characteristics that if we use them correctly will give us some wonderful images.
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