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Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 01-29-2010, 03:10 PM  
Apple Aperture Or Photoshop
Posted By mattmiles
Replies: 10
Views: 8,688
Can anyone please help me? I would like to know the difference between Aperture and Photoshop.

Can you add layers and masks with Aperture/Adobe Lightroom/Adobe Elements. I am in the market for some new post processing software to go with my brand new Mac.

Can anyone suggest anything? I am currently using GIMP as it is free but is also limited. I would like to try and keep the cost down but would also like the option of adding layers and being able to create masks.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-27-2010, 02:47 PM  
Exposure problems
Posted By mattmiles
Replies: 11
Views: 2,652
Thank you so much. I have GIMP at the moment but thinking of getting Photoshop. As I am an amateur what version of Photoshop would be best to get? Does anyone have a tutorial that would explain how to combine multiple exposures in GIMP?
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-27-2010, 10:48 AM  
Exposure problems
Posted By mattmiles
Replies: 11
Views: 2,652
Well I have attached a few photo's of what I meant. I hope they are okay and I hope someone can explain how to get as much of the picture correctly exposed to show the blue sky and the other features.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-16-2010, 05:17 PM  
Deleted Image on My Memory Card
Posted By mattmiles
Replies: 3
Views: 1,881
Hi There,

I'ms sure this has happened to a few people. I was out taking some photos and took this one that was just perfect. After reviewing it on the Camera LCD screen I accidentally hit the delete button. Is there anyway of retrieving the image with a special program or anything. I have a MacBook Pro and the picture is on an SDHC Card.

Thanks

Matt
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-15-2010, 12:12 PM  
Tamron 70-300mm LD Di macro
Posted By mattmiles
Replies: 10
Views: 4,706
Okay thanks for the replies.

I have just looked on the Tamron website and am a little confused. What are the difference between the tele-photo zooms and the Tamron 70-300 LD Di macro. As I am looking to use this lens for sports photography would the Tamron 70-300 LD Di macro be suitable. I only ask as it has macro in the title.

May sound daft but I am a newb!

Thanks
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-15-2010, 11:21 AM  
Tamron 70-300mm LD Di macro
Posted By mattmiles
Replies: 10
Views: 4,706
Hi,

I am new and looking for a Zoom lenses for sport photography but am on a strict budget as I am a student I was wondering of the Tamron 70-300 LD Di macro was a good zoom lens and if it was compatible with the K20D. If it is are there any limitations or draw backs with it.

If it is not compatible can anyone suggest a not to expensive alternative?

Many Thanks

Matt
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-28-2009, 01:42 PM  
Exposure problems
Posted By mattmiles
Replies: 11
Views: 2,652
Hi,

Hope you all had a good Xmas.

I am new to Photography and brought an awesome Pentax K20D. I love it.

I have been experimenting and taking loads of pictures since I got it but have been struggling with exposure settings.

When I try to photograph someone or something against the blue sky during the day time I either get the object in front underexposed with the background exposed correctly or the background is very over exposed and the foreground is just right.

Can anyone tell me if there are any work arounds whilst taking the photo or post production? Any advice would be hugely appreciated.

Many thanks,

Matt
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-22-2009, 04:36 AM  
Motor Drive
Posted By mattmiles
Replies: 5
Views: 2,627
Hi,

Sorry, when i mean Motor Drive, I mean like for example taking high speed bursts of a skier so that you can layer the images on top of each other to create am image with movement in. LIke a taking 30frames a second or something!

thanks
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-22-2009, 02:47 AM  
Motor Drive
Posted By mattmiles
Replies: 5
Views: 2,627
Can anyone tell me how to set up motor drive or something similar on my K20D?

Many Thanks
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-02-2009, 02:54 PM  
recommneded Books and Websites
Posted By mattmiles
Replies: 2
Views: 1,875
Hello,

Can anyone recommend books on photography for near beginners (I know a bare
minimum about Shutter Speed, Aperture and ISO but no where near enough) or online courses, ideally free and also any good websites with assignment s to help me learn all about my Pentax K20d and photo taking and composition.

Many Thanks

Matt
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-02-2009, 02:26 PM  
Focus with a K20D
Posted By mattmiles
Replies: 4
Views: 2,806
Thanks for that.

What is the best way of finding infinity focus on a normal kit lens?
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-02-2009, 01:48 PM  
Focus with a K20D
Posted By mattmiles
Replies: 4
Views: 2,806
Hello,

I have just purchased a Pentax K20D and am new to photography. When I have tried taking pictures in the twilight I have tried focusing on the area I want but the lenses just moves backwards and forwards and then when I try to oush the button it won't take a picture. Am I right in saying that this is becasue the Camera can't actually focus on anything.

In that case if I select manual focus and the object is to dark or all of one colour to see if I have manually focused on it correctly how can I make sure the picture will come out in focus when I review it.

I hope this makes sense.

Thanks

Matt
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-02-2009, 01:43 PM  
Light Metering Mode K20D
Posted By mattmiles
Replies: 3
Views: 3,220
Hello,

As a newbie to photography I have been avidly reading up on exposure, aperture, ISO and various other things.

I came across an article about using the Light Meter on the Camera. I was wondering if anyone could explain how to do this on a Pentax K20D and explain the significance of doing this.

Any help would be hugely appreciated.

Thanks

Matt
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-22-2009, 12:16 PM  
Would this lens fit a K20D?
Posted By mattmiles
Replies: 10
Views: 2,963
Thanks for the reply. I was wondering if there was any difference in the wideness of the shot with the Kit II lens and the Pentax M 1:2.8 28mm.

I am new to photography and was curious as the Kitt II lenses is an 18-55mm and the Pentax M 1:2.8 is 28mm. What do the 28mm and the 18mm mean. Does this mean that the KitII lens produces a wide angle shot.

Sorry if this seems a real beginners questions but unless you ask sometimes you never find out and people explain it hear better than in books or other sites.

Thanks

Matt
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-21-2009, 11:00 PM  
Would this lens fit a K20D?
Posted By mattmiles
Replies: 10
Views: 2,963
Would these lenses fit a K20D and could you tell me if they are any good and worth purchasing? I am looking for a wide angle/fish eye lens for landscape photography but as i am just learning don't want to spend a great deal (plus i can't afford to spend much)

Pentax M 1:2.8 28mm Wide Angel Lens - does the M stand for manual focus?

Takumar 1:3.5/28mm Wide angle Lens - Is this manual/autofocus

Asahi SMC Takumar 1:3.5/28 M42 Pentax Lens - Is this manual/autofocus

SIGMA AF 28-80MM LENS FOR PENTAX AF CAMERA

PENTAX TAKUMAR F 28-80MM F3.5-4.5 AF LENS

Many thqanks
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-19-2009, 11:50 AM  
Fish Eye and Wide Angle Lens
Posted By mattmiles
Replies: 1
Views: 2,489
Hi,

I am new to photography and looking for a wide angle and fish eye lens for my new K20d and was wondering what anyone thought to these.

0.42x FishEye /WideAngle Lens for Pentax *ist, K100D, K20D, others: .42xBlackPentax Camera Works Northwest

Amazon.com: Opteka .35x HD² Super Wide Angle Panoramic Macro Fisheye Lens for Pentax K200D, K110D, K100D, K20D, K10D, & *ist Digital SLR Camera -: Camera & Photo

Has anyone used them or heard if they are okay. As I said I am not looking for anything flash or amazing just a lens to have some fun to begin with while I am learning.

Many Thanks

Matt
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-18-2009, 10:16 PM  
How did I do it?
Posted By mattmiles
Replies: 2
Views: 1,288
Hello,

I took these photos last summer and edited them after importing them to my Computer. I edited them in either iPhoto or Graphic Converter. The only problem is I can't remember how I did it. Can anyone work it out and let me know? The links are below:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/33719552@N06/4024540965/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/33719552@N06/4024541059/

Thanks

Matt
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-15-2009, 12:05 PM  
New K20d Shutter Actuation Count Discrepancy
Posted By mattmiles
Replies: 8
Views: 3,483
I have been offered a Pentax K20D for $640 with the lens kit, with 12965 shoots/shutter activations. Do you think this is a good deal?

What would you say would be a desirable shutter activation number for a second habd camera?

Thanks
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-15-2009, 09:05 AM  
Possible Pentax K20D
Posted By mattmiles
Replies: 7
Views: 1,649
I have been offered a Pentax K20D for $640 with the lens kit, with 12965 shoots/shutter activations. Do you think this is a good deal?
What would you say would be a desirable shutter activation number?
Thanks
Forum: Sold Items 10-14-2009, 01:45 PM  
For Sale - Sold: K20D w/Kit II - Extra Battery, SD cards
Posted By mattmiles
Replies: 7
Views: 2,327
Hi would youconsider shipping to Canada?

Many thanks

Matt
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