Bookmark compilation - might be helpful for other beginners
I got into photography about half a year ago - and searched for good web ressources ever since. I wanted to share what I've found so far - and would be intrigued if you could add your favourites!
Here you go - it's mostly from a beginner's perspective. Maybe it's helpful to someone.
Of course, dpreview. The biggest and probably best Pentaxian community I've been able to find.
"The other forum" - pentaxforums dot com. Great for information on lenses and for its marketplace. Other than that I prefer dpreview.
Tutorials and Know-How: General
The best I've been able to find: The tutorial forum at PhotoCamel, http://photocamel.com/forum/tutorials/ . For instance, Benji's rules of good portraiture: http://photocamel.com/forum/tutorials/16516-rules-good-portraiture.html , can be found there. Also, Photocamel features a Glamour / Nude section with a great reputation. In general the quality of the content is pretty high (as far as I can judge).
Cambridge in colour features mainly technical basics: http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials.htm . One not-so-technical tutorial series, the "school of portraiture" can be found at http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/forums/thread6923.htm . It's a basic and beginner-friendly introduction to portraiture.
DPS, http://www.digital-photography-school.com/ . Sometimes rather trivial, sometimes pretty good, but worth checking it once a month.
Shootsmarter, http://www.shootsmarter.com/ .
DIY stuff can be found at http://www.diyphotography.net/ and other places.
Another bookmark of mine with a lot of videos: http://www.dphotojournal.com/category/photography-tips/ .
Digital photography 1on1 is a pretty good Youtube video series, including a lot of lighting tips: http://www.youtube.com/user/snapfactory
Tutorials and Know-How: Lighting
Of course, Strobist. A very good place to learn studio lighting. http://strobist.blogspot.com/
Planet Neil offers more articles on lighting: http://www.planetneil.com/
Zack Arias' blog features some tutorials on lighting as well: http://zackarias.com/blog/
Some basics are covered in an article at http://www.lowel.com/edu/foundations_of_lighting.html .
A great lighting and posing tutorial by Benji can be found here: http://lumitouch.com/benstudiotutorial/index.html
Finally, the art of light is worth a visit, I think. http://library.thinkquest.org/25473/
Tutorials and Know-How: Post-processing
There are some tutorials on Lunacore: http://www.lunacore.com
For Lightroom and other tutorials, I found http://neunzehn72.de/ a good place to start.
Different sharpening methods are compared on http://www.broadhurst-family.co.uk/lefteye/MainPages/sharpening.htm .
A compilation of free lightroom presets: http://www.prophotoshow.net/2007/11/09/lightroom-presets-the-ultimate-free-list/
Another good place for video tutorials, especially RAW development, is FroKnowsPhoto. http://froknowsphoto.com/
First of all, a good overview on Pentax K-Mount lenses can be found at http://www.mosphotos.com/PentaxLensesExplained.html .
A similar great overview for P-TTL compatible flashes: http://pttl.mattdm.org/
Pentax forums has a big lens review database, covering both Pentax and 3rd party lenses, definitely wirth a visit.
For reviews, there are of course a lot of other places to go. For example photozone: http://www.photozone.de/pentax
Then there is slrgear: http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/index.php
And lenstip: http://www.lenstip.com/
Well, I personally don't really care, but I guess I should list DxO as well. http://www.dxomark.com/index.php/Lens-with-Camera/All-tested-lenses#lens_Pentax
And finally a nice, small list for people who want to buy something for their camera but don't have the money for a lens or a flash: http://www.digital-photography-school.com/15-must-have-photography-accessories-under-25
Of course there is http://amazon.co.uk , a good place to get a first impression of prices. Sometimes they have good deals, sometimes they don't.
Ffordes sells new and secondhand Pentax-fit lenses: http://www.ffordes.com/category/Lenses/Pentax/Pentax_AF_Fitting
Then there is LCE, which have a lot of nice secondhand offers: http://www.lcegroup.co.uk/
Mifsuds is good, too: http://www.mifsuds.com/acatalog/Used_Pentax_AF_Lenses.html
SRS microsystems have a few secondhand deals, but mostly new gear (and often great prices): http://www.srsmicrosystems.co.uk/
Park camera sells Pentax: http://www.parkcameras.com/c/71/Pentax--Samsung-Fit-SLR-Lenses.html
And finally, there is fotosense: http://www.fotosense.co.uk/
I don't really know what I'm talking about here, but I heard Shutterstock is good. http://submit.shutterstock.com/index.mhtml
The same is true for iStockphoto, http://www.istockphoto.com/ .
DoFMaster is an able online DoF calculator (surprise!). http://www.dofmaster.com/dofjs.html
I bookmarked you post. Will come back when I have more time.
I'm thankful to still be able to...
This is very useful.
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Thank you. You put a lot of time in this.
Thanks for the feedback!
Thanks a lot!
There are a few links that I did not have...
There's some good links there - thanks.
One omission that is highly recommended is "Bojidar Dimitrov's Pentax K-Mount Page":
Pretty much everything you ever wanted to know about Pentax K-mount cameras (film & digital), lenses and accessories.
Last updated in May 2014 so the K-S1 isn't there yet plus one or two more recent items.
This can go a long way....
This can go a long way....
Ah, free software - always worth a look.
If we're getting into software it's hard to go past Studioline Photo Basic:
Excellent for image management - adding keywords, descriptions etc with reasonable photo editing tools as well.
I tried an earlier version some years ago and liked it so much I bought the commercial version (Studioline Photo Classic). It's been my image management program ever since - makes finding images a breeze.