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New to Pentax - mature student, but still willing to learn!!

Posted 21/01/2012 - 11:32 Link
I've been retired a couple of years now, and have always been interested in photography.

I now have the time and inclination to take the hobby more seriously. After extensive research I purchased a new K5, and several lenses (Pentax DA35mm f2.8 macro limited, Sigma 10-20mm f4-5.6 EX DC, Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di, Pentax DA 55-300mm F/4-5.8 ED). So I'm all geared up and ready to go!

PP interests me greatly - I primarily use an iMac, so will be mainly using Aperture, quite a step up from using Picasa in the past. I hope to pick up tips from the various forum topics. I am in awe of quite a lot of the photographs published on the website, and hope to improve my output accordingly.

Are there any guidelines laid down for use of the forum? Apparently as a newcomer there are various limitations on my use, but for how long ? etc. etc..

I look forward to the benefits of being a member, and hopefully also making useful contributions in due course.
Lots of gear - but not a lot of idea!
Posted 21/01/2012 - 12:15 Link
Welcome Malcolm (hey it rhymes!)

You've some nice kit there for sure.

You should get plenty of help from people on this forum, I certainly have.

I think you need to be a member for 30 days in order to use the personal message feature whereby you can message a individual forum member.

Apart from that I don't know whether there are any other restrictions.

All the best.
Posted 21/01/2012 - 14:43 Link
Hi Malcolm a warm welcome look forward to seeing some of your work you will get plenty of help here as Jasper has said
All the best

Edited by pianoman: 21/01/2012 - 14:43
Posted 21/01/2012 - 14:53 Link
Thanks for the welcome, chaps.

I'm off to South Africa next week for a month's break, hopefully will have some decent shots to show on my return!
Lots of gear - but not a lot of idea!
Posted 21/01/2012 - 17:42 Link
Hi Malcolm, welcome to the forum!

"I'm here because the whiskey is free" - Tyla

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Posted 21/01/2012 - 17:48 Link
Welcome to you Malcolm, it sounds like you have some very good kit there and we look forward to seeing some pictures taken with it. As others have mentioned, you will find no better place for advice and help. You also mentioned the quility of images uploaded to the site and I agree with you. IMHO, the standard on average is better than the current standard of images uploaded to the official Pentax Photo Gallery. There are some very talented people on this site!


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Posted 21/01/2012 - 18:46 Link
Welcome Malcolm! Here are some tips:

1. Make a list of stuff that you want to photograph.
2. Make a list of photographs that you would like to "recreate".
3. Schedule these "projects" into your calendar.
4. Post them here!

I hope that was helpful.
Posted 21/01/2012 - 18:57 Link
Thanks to you all for the welcome and advice.
Lots of gear - but not a lot of idea!
Posted 21/01/2012 - 21:17 Link
Hi Malcolm,

Welcome to the forum.

As others have stated you have some lovely kit but before you head off to South Africa (how jealous am I !) make sure you have a tripod and possibly a set of ND Filters as you will no doubt have some glorious landscapes to capture for your album and these items will help you make the most of them.

Posted 21/01/2012 - 21:25 Link
Hi Don,
I've never used ND filters, but thanks to your suggestion I am busily reading up on them! - I do have a tripod!
Lots of gear - but not a lot of idea!
Posted 22/01/2012 - 11:18 Link
Welcome to the Forum.

Re South Africa, if you're going to do any safari trips, and expect to shoot from a vehicle, check with the operator as to what camera steadying options there are fitted to/in the vehicle, especially if you intend using a long lens.

You might need to add a monopod and/or bean bags to your tripod.
Edited by JohnX: 22/01/2012 - 11:18
Posted 22/01/2012 - 13:55 Link
Hi John,
Did the safari thing on our last trip - this time it's golf and landscapes!
Lots of gear - but not a lot of idea!
Posted 22/01/2012 - 14:21 Link
malfis wrote:
Hi John,
Did the safari thing on our last trip - this time it's golf and landscapes!

Last trip

Well, since you like PP, perhaps a nice stitched panorama or two to share with us and make me even more when you get back?
Edited by JohnX: 22/01/2012 - 14:23
Posted 22/01/2012 - 14:51 Link
I'll see what I can come up with!
Lots of gear - but not a lot of idea!
Posted 22/01/2012 - 15:09 Link
Safe and enjoyable trip Malcolm look forward to seeing your work on your return have a great time
All the best


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