Category Archives: Help

Information to help people learn about photography.

My Photoshop tips when editing cosplay photos.

Though I’ve used Photoshop in some fashion since the early 2000s, I’m always learning or re-learning things about it. To improve the speed of editing, there are a few things that make a big difference. I’ve been trying to incorporate the keyboard more into the editing process because it does speed up editing a lot. – Holding the space bar down will allow you to drag around the photo while … Continue reading

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Self Iris Photos with the Pentax WG-2

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The Pentax WG-2 has a special macro configuration that allows some unique images. In addition to the lens being capable of a 1cm macro mode, the camera comes with 6 while LED lights that surround the front element of the lens. This allows these extreme close ups to have sufficient light. Here is a picture of the camera’s lens and macro lights: The white circles surrounding the lens glass are … Continue reading

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Photo Excursion Settings: Manual mode with Av Shift for wireless flash.

I went on a big excursion recently where I used off-camera flash and full manual setting control. The nice thing about Pentax cameras is that you can have a few conveniences in manual that make setting changes faster and more accurate. Here is a video describing the technique I was planning on using: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHAOYwDer64 For example, changing the green button functionality from “P Line” to “Av Shift” allows you to … Continue reading

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Camera Flash Communication Methods Comparison (TTL vs E-TTL i-TTL p-TTL) and Thyristor Auto Mode

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I talk about camera flash communication methods (TTL vs E-TTL i-TTL p-TTL) as well as thyristor sensor based auto mode. Here is the Youtube video: Diagram for TTL and pre-flash based TTL methods: Standard TTL: This was the original method of flash power control. It happens as the film/sensor is being exposed to light. There is a dedicated sensor near the film that monitors the reflected light off of the … Continue reading

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Video about the Golden Ratio and Rule of Thirds

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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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