After a couple of weeks of use, the idea is to re-shoot the small figure as per 5-Indoor macro http://www.cameralabs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=2837#2837
, using a tripod, the remote AF-540FGZ external flash and obviously the K10D, remotely controlled though Remote Assistant. Please note that the external flash is no longer on wireless mode but controlled by the K10D.
I read the specific thread Flowers and macro (close-up) photography > Remote Flash invaluable for Macro Photos
first, to avoid discovering basics by myself. Thanks for the tips, tombomba2!
Pentax Remote Assistant
The main window provides a view as through the view finder and displays the latest shot. Here, no automatic orientation!
I recommend selecting "Auto save mode" to get auto-numbering of the pictures.
Other modes are not very handy. "Single shot mode" requires manual saving and the proposed filename is always IMPG0001.JPG. "Buffer select mode" shows all the picture, but saving is manual and a name is asked for every picture.
Beware when connecting the camera! Under Mac OS 10.4, launching Remote Assistant first and then connecting the camera could freeze the computer since iPhoto tries to load. So connect the camera first, wait for iPhoto to open, close iPhoto and finally launch Remote Assistant.
The release I use is 3.00. Since some menues remain in Japanese, I expect an update.
[EDIT 1] The window seems very small to me and not big enough to check the details. No zoom is provided. One solution is to keep the directory where pictures are saved ready and to use Preview to have a closer look. [end of EDIT 1]
[EDIT 2] Playing again with the software, I've found how to obtain a bigger viewfinder screen: use the menu View > Separate screen display.
Please see http://www.cameralabs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=7318#7318
Solution provided in EDIT 1 remains unchanged. [end of EDIT 2]
Taking the pictures
What an installation! The small figurine is placed on an A3 sheet of paper, the K10D is on a tripod (anti-shake switched off, this time I've checked, thanks Gordon
) and connected to my iMac through the supplied USB cable plus an extra one, the AF-540FGZ is on its base and connected to the K10D through the FG hot shoe adapter and the F5P cord.
Both flashes are used: the internal flash and the remote AF-540FGZ flash.
1/8 f11 ISO200, slow speed sync, contrast +1, wide angle panel on the flash
1/6 f6 ISO200, slow speed sync, contrast +1, wide angle panel on the flash
1/8 f10 ISO200, slow speed sync, contrast +1, wide angle panel on the flash
The pictures are more pleasant than those obtained on the first test, 5-Indoor macro.
Pentax K-5 + BG4 + DA* 16-50 + DA* 50-135 + DA* 60-250 + AF-540FGZreivilophotography.weebly.com