The Digital Photo Guy

Pentax K1 Images

by on Jan.01, 2018, under Articles, gear, Lightroom, Monday Morning Tips

Enough Talk, Finally Some Photos

I finally have enough experience with the K1 to make real photos. These aren’t controlled tests where I capture two photos under the same conditions with the K1 and 5D MkII and compare them side by side. If that’s what you want, click HERE. Be sure to select the appropriate cameras from the drop down menus.

In Feb 201, I had the opportunity to photograph two models, one in a studio and the other outdoors using natural light. For both shoots I primarily used the Pentax K1 although I made some shots with the Canon 5DII. In the studio, I controlled a pair of Yongnuo YN685C with a Yongnuo YN560-TX manual flash controller.

Here are a few of my favorites. In the studio, I stayed with my favorite genre of B&W bodyscapes but followed the model’s lead on some of her ideas.

This was the first time I’d worked with this model so it took a while to get into sync with each other. She’s an excellent model who isn’t afraid to give feedback on my directions.

The 2nd model is someone I’ve previously worked with several times. For her shoot, I asked some friends to use their property. This series was all natural light with a little help from a reflector.

Sometimes, it’s difficult to see minor differences in photos resized for the web but I believe the Pentax K1 advantage is significant. If not, you’ll have to take my word on it until you can get your hands on a K1 to see for yourself.

The next thing I want to evaluate is Pentax K1 Pixel Shift technology. The hold up is the search for a better RAW converter than the included Pentax SilkyPix processor. Right now, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom does an acceptable job but Adobe has made it clear they don’t intend to put anymore effort into it. I’m also reviewing RAWTherapee and Affinity Photo but neither has gotten much of a workout up to now.

It’s Been an Exciting Summer

My main laptop was bricked by a Microsoft update at the beginning of summer. Being on the road, it was difficult to get anything done so I simply put the blog on a backburner until I got home. Upon my return home, I discovered my Epson 7800 had croaked and I no longer had the capability to print 24″ wide prints. Of course, I had a stack of print orders to be printed so I ran around like a chicken without a head. In the process, I met a fellow who had just installed a Canon 44″ imagePROGRAF PRO-4000.This was fortuitous since I had been thinking of jumping ship to Canon. After creating ICC profiles using an X-Rite ColorMunki Photo, I was able to turn out prints very close to what I was getting from the Epson. I’m now slowly getting back to where I was in April 2017. I hope to get this blog back on schedule by mid-January. Thanks for reading.



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