Monthly Archives: February 2012

Across the board Firmware update for Pentax DSLRs (SDXC)

Pentax released a firmware update today (March 1st 2012 Japan time). It doesn’t sound exciting from the description, but sometimes they put unspecified fixes in firmware updates. It is states as an update to give “Improved reliability of recording operation when using SDXC memory card.” K-X v1.03: http://www.pentax.jp/english/support/digital/k-x_s.html K-R v1.12: http://www.pentax.jp/english/support/digital/k-r_s.html K-7 v1.12: http://www.pentax.jp/english/support/digital/k-7_s.html K-5 v1.13: http://www.pentax.jp/english/support/digital/k-5_s.html 645D v1.13: http://www.pentax.jp/english/support/digital/645d_s.html

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Photo walk 02/25/2012

A friend wanted to try out his new Sony NEX-5N camera, so we went out today to take some photos. I decided to go light and use the K-5 with FA 31mm f1.8 lens. That lens is one of the best lenses for most situations because the focal length equates to around 46mm on APS-C. Here are a few photos that I took:

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Video about the Golden Ratio and Rule of Thirds

I’m on a roll here with learning based videos. I’m hoping to make a lot more, but of course it takes time to record, and especially edit, the videos. This video is about compositional guidelines like the Golden Ratio and Rule of Thirds (3rds). Youtube link: They can help you with your framing and overall composition of you photographs. The rule of 3rds is at its most basic your frame … Continue reading

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Camera Lens Aperture Overview

Here is another learning series article and video. This time I go over the camera lens aperture. Youtube video link: The camera lens aperture is the variable opening inside the lens that lets more or less light into the camera. A small aperture has a larger number. See a full technical description of aperture on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aperture Also important is the f-number that explains what the aperture number means: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F-number … Continue reading

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The Exposure Triangle

This was partly taken from my most recent book titled: “The Handbook of Photographing Arizona,” but I just made a Youtube video to supplement the information. I want to do a lot more learning and tutorial based videos in the future. The video on Youtube: The exposure triangle: All current cameras can manage exposure pretty well, so it isn’t bad to let your camera manage the details while you focus … Continue reading

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Linux Photoshop, Lightroom, and Apple Aperture alternatives (Bibble aka. AfterShot)

I’ve used Linux on and off for many years. Although, the last few years my primary desktop computer is Linux only (On Kubuntu at the moment). The big issue with Linux is that many large commercial applications (and games) don’t offer a native build for Linux or even acknowledge that it exists. I spend a good deal of time producing content such as photos or videos. This is a problem. … Continue reading

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The Handbook of Photographing Arizona in print.

I completed my second large book titled “The Handbook of Photographing Arizona” that should be a bit more generally appealing than my first. Here is a video I made for the book: Book description (color print version): If you are planning a trip to the Southwest, interested in learning more about taking photos in Arizona, or even just photography in general, this book is for you! I go over the … Continue reading

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Q&A: Help me find a quality normal prime lens?

Already another question and answer post! Keep them coming. 🙂 Sharing information is a great way for everyone to learn. Edit: I have to say, I like the way he thinks. Why waste money on an inferior lens if you will eventually replace it? Opting to start with that 50-135mm f2.8 lens was a good idea. I’d say, If you have the cash, it is often a good idea to … Continue reading

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