Magic Lantern Guides: Pentax K20D


This brand-new Pentax has major, new features, and this Magic Lantern Guide helps photographers make the most of every one. It covers such exciting upgrades as the low-noise, high-resolution CMOS sensor; the Live View that provides a real-time preview of a scene on a large monitor; a series of picture style options for creating different effects; a Dynamic range Adjustment option; plus a greater variety of post-processing alternatives than ever before.

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This brand-new Pentax has major, new features, and this Magic Lantern Guide helps photographers make the most of every one. It covers such exciting upgrades as the low-noise, high-resolution CMOS sensor; the Live View that provides a real-time preview of a scene on a large monitor; a series of picture style options for creating different effects; a Dynamic range Adjustment option; plus a greater variety of post-processing alternatives than ever before.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781600593796
  • Publisher: Lark Books NC
  • Publication date: 5/6/2008
  • Series: Magic Lantern Guides Series
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 662,941
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Digital Photography     13
Differences Between Digital and Film Photography     14
The Digital Sensor vs. Film     15
Memory Cards vs. Film     15
Other Features of Digital Cameras     16
The LCD Monitor     16
Exposure and the Histogram     17
ISO (Sensitivity)     18
Considerations for the Digital Photographer     18
Noise/Grain     18
File Formats     21
Resolution     21
White Balance     22
Cost of Shooting     22
Features and Functions     25
Sensor and Processor     26
The Sensor     26
PRIME Processor     28
The Sensor and Effective Focal Lengths     28
Shake Reduction     30
Dust Removal     31
Focusing     31
Overview of New Features     38
Specifications     39
The Basics     42
Power Sources     42
Main Switch     42
Auto Power Off     43
Inputs     43
External Ports     43
PC Cord Socket     43
Inserting and Removing theMemory Card     43
Camera Controls     44
The Mode Dial     44
Fn Button     45
Front and Rear e-dial     45
Four-Way Controller     46
INFO Button     47
MENU Button     47
Flash Up Button     47
Metering Mode Lever     48
Autofocus Control     48
Shake Reduction     48
Green Button     48
Resetting Controls     48
Playback Options     49
Instant Review     49
Playback Mode     49
Deleting Images     52
Protect Images from Deletion     52
Camera Care and Cleaning     53
Cleaning the CMOS Sensor     55
Getting Started with Live View     55
Getting Started in Ten Basic Steps     58
Digital Recording and In-Camera Processing     61
Formats for Digital Recording     61
The RAW Difference     62
Recorded Pixels (Image Size/Resolution)     65
JPEG Quality Level (Compression)     66
Recording Formats     67
RAW+JPEG Recording     68
Approximate File Sizes      69
Comparative Capacity of 1GB Memory Card     69
White Balance     70
White Balance-How It Works     71
Auto White Balance (AWB)     72
Preset White Balance Selections     73
Digital Preview for White Balance     75
Fine-Tuning White Balance     75
Creative Use of White Balance     77
Manual White Balance     77
Color Temperature     80
White Balance Bracketing     81
Color Space Selection     83
Custom Image Selection     86
Custom Image Options     86
Custom Image Levels Adjustment     87
Image Parameter Adjustment     88
Parameters Exclusive to Black and White     90
Image Parameter Bracketing     92
Noise Reduction     93
Processing Images in Playback Mode     94
Processing with Digital Filters     94
Editing and Converting Raw Files     97
Modifying Multiple Images     99
RAW Edit Evaluation     100
The Menus     103
Shooting Menu     103
Drive Modes     105
AWB (White Balance)     106
ISO Sensitivity)      106
Flash Modes     107
Custom Image     107
The Full Menu     108
Recording Mode Menu     108
Playback Menu     111
Set-Up Menu     114
Custom Setting Menu (C)     121
Camera and Shooting Operations     133
Make Sharper Images     133
The Shake Reduction (SR) System     134
Lens Compatibility with SR     136
The Focusing System     137
AF and Manual Focus     138
Other AF Options     139
Catch-In Focus Mode     141
Manual Focus     142
Selecting a Focus Point     142
Drive Modes     144
Single Frame Shooting     144
Continuous Shooting     144
Self-Timer (12 seconds)     146
Self-Timer (2 seconds)     146
Remote Control Unit     146
Exposure     147
ISO     148
The Role of Shutter Speed and Aperture     150
Measuring Brightness (Metering)     151
Exposure Modes     155
Depth of Field-A Short Course     159
Shutter Speed/Motion Control-A Short Course      164
EV (Exposure) Compensation     171
Exposure Bracket     172
Compensation with Bracketing     173
Expand Dynamic Range     173
Making Multiple Exposures     174
Autoexposure Lock (AE-L)     175
Exposure and Focus Lock     176
Exposure Evaluation     177
Bright/Dark Area Warning     177
The Luminance Histogram     179
Flash Photography     185
The Basics     185
The Inverse Square Law     185
Guide Numbers     186
Flash Synchronization     186
The Built-in Flash     187
Flash Modes     188
Using the Built-in Flash     188
Lens Compatibility with Flash     189
Flash Range     191
Built-in Flash Shooting Range (chart)     192
Accessory Flash Units     192
Older Flash Units     192
Pentax Flash Units     193
Controlling Flash Exposures     196
Camera Exposure Modes     197
Flash in Green Mode     197
Flash in P Mode     198
Flash in Av Mode     198
Flash in Tv Mode      200
Flash in Sv Mode     202
Flash in TAv Mode     202
Flash in M Mode     203
Other Flash Options     204
Red-Eye Reduction     204
Slow-Speed Sync     206
Trailing Curtain Sync     206
High Speed Sync     207
Bounce Flash     209
Off-Camera Flash     210
Wired Off-Camera Flash     210
Wireless/Remote Flash     212
Wireless Remote Flash Techniques     213
Wireless Flash Range     214
Studio Flash Systems     215
Lenses and Accessories     217
Effective Focal Lengths     218
High Tech Glass     219
Lenses for Pentax Digital SLRs     220
Ultrasonic Focusing Motor     221
Types of Lenses     221
Normal Lenses     221
Telephoto Lenses     222
Wide-Angle Lenses     223
Zoom Lenses     224
Lens Compatibility     225
Manual Focus KA Series lenses     226
Older K Mount Lenses     226
Setting the Camera Aperture Ring Functionality     226
Close-Up Photography     228
Magnifying Filters     229
Extension Tubes     229
Accessories     231
Lens Adapters     231
Teleconverters     232
Filters     232
Lens Hood     234
Camera Support Accessories     235
Working with Images     239
Image Data     239
Enhance Images In-Camera     240
Downloading Images     240
Card Reader     240
PC Card Adapter     241
Direct from the Camera     242
Imaging Software     244
Pentax PHOTO Browser 3     244
Pentax PHOTO Laboratory 3     244
Other Programs for Working with Images     245
Image Cataloging     247
Image Storage     249
Video Output     250
Printing Your Pictures     250
PictBridge     250
Digital Print order Format (DPOF)     253
Other Printing Options     253
Troubleshooting Guide     255
Web Support     256
Problem/Solution     256
Glossary     260
Index     271
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