The PENTAXIANS Yearbook 2019

Welcome to the third edition of the PENTAXIANS Yearbook. From now on we can say it is a series and no accident! We received more contributions than ever, of overwhelmingly high qual- ity, both technically and artistically. This large number of contributions led us to the point where it’s no longer possible to include all of them in the printed edition. Thankfully, the digital version suffers no such physical or cost limitation, so we have been able to include all contributions online. The digital version also benefits from far wider distribution than the print, with more than 15,000 downloads.

We congratulate Michele Marcolin for the title shot

This year, we also celebrate 100 years of Asahi Optical Joint Stock Co. – the mother of our beloved camera brand. So Happy Birthday – this is our gift to you! Thank you all for being part of it and for being such an awesome community of great photographers from all around the world.

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The PENTAXIANS Yearbook 2019

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The Complete Black And White Photography Manual – 5th Edition 2020

You cannot talk about black and white photography without talking a little about the history of photography itself. The two are inextricably linked because all we had to begin with, at the dawn of the medium, was black and white.

It goes without saying that the equipment and techniques we have today are a far cry from those early days when the pioneers of photography were experimenting with how to collect light, light-sensitive materials and equipment to capture and focus the image.

The story of black and white photography, although cited as beginning sometime in the 1800s, actually goes back much further in history to the days of Aristotle around 384-322 BC. Aristotle understood the principle of the camera obscura(dark chamber), although at the time there was no known method to ‘fix’ an image cast by the camera, and so create a permanent record.

From the earliest principles that brought the world the camera obscura, and the observable phenomena that certain substances were visibly altered by exposure to light, the course of photographic endeavour has been well documented and we owe those early pioneers a debt of thanks for bringing us our beloved world of photography.

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The Complete Black And White Photography Manual – 5th Edition 2020
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“Photographing Frogs and Other Amphibians” Ebook

“When most people think of charismatic animals, frogs are not usually the first ones that come to mind. This lack of general appeal can often have negative results when decisions are being made about their conservation. Robin’s ebook is a fantastic “How to get the best photograph!” guide which will enable people who encounter frogs to portray them in an engaging and professional way. Not only is this book incredibly useful for people wanting to get better shots of frogs, but also for people who are interested in photographing wildlife. Frogs are very good subjects for nature and macro photography and this ebook will ensure that people can portray frogs in their true form – as wonderfully endearing, charismatic animals who deserve our full attention to ensure they do not disappear in the near future.” Phil Bishop, Co-Chair, IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group and Chief Scientist, Amphibian Survival Alliance

Designed for researchers and conservationists working with amphibians, the “Photographing Frogs and Other Amphibians” ebook by Robin Hoskyns, aims to provide an overview of techniques that can be used to create engaging images and demonstrate how these images can be utilized to tell the stories of amphibians and amphibian conservation.

The ebook does not delve too deep into the technicalities of each approach, but will hopefully stimulate further learning for those that wish to take their photography and communication skills to the next level.

Some of the topics covered include: visual storytelling, basic settings, post processing, flash techniques, biosecurity, dealing with the elements, and so much more.

“Photographing Frogs and Other Amphibians” Ebook
get it at Amphibians

3 Free Guides That Will Help You Get the Hang of Exposure in Photography

Exposure is among the first few technical concepts you must master on your way to learning photography. A proper understanding of exposure lays the foundation for achieving good photographic results consistently. If you have struggled to master exposure or haven’t had the chance to learn it yet, here are three free guides from Photzy to help you get started.

1- Quick Guide to Exposure

2- The Why, When and How of Exposure Compensation

3- The Art of Metering and Exposure

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3 Free Guides That Will Help You Get the Hang of Exposure in Photography
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An Eye for Birds: A Photographic Journey

Join Olympus Visionary Scott Bourne and BirdWatching Magazine on a photographic journey – learn pro tips, techniques, styles and tools. Take your bird photography skills to the next level and download this multi-part series.

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An Eye for Birds: A Photographic Journey
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Learning to see by Tom Dinning

Learning to see | A person history of photography (1947-2012)
Take some time to read the complete PDF … you’ll see !

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… What are you two looking at? my Old Man would ask.
Nothing much.
Are you teaching her to see?
I guess I am.

tomdinning040… Together we sat for an hour or so and watched. I don’t
remember everything I saw that day while sitting there in that small boat with my Old
Man but I do know I was there, in every sense of the word, with every sense of my
body, taking in what I could. Once again I was learning to see and it was so fulfilling
it was almost painful. I don’t remember if I had a tear in my eye but I should have.

tomdinning000… Everyone has a vision of the truth. We can all find it and photograph it as we see it.
When that is done, the beauty will be revealed. Finding your truth may be closer than
you think.

tomdinning030… Learning to see appears to be taken for granted. Yet
outside the speech centre of the brain, the visual cortex is the largest single area of
the brain dealing with function other than movement and sight is responsible  for
80% of sensory input and learning for a sighted person. For some strange reason we
expect it all to be working perfectly from the moment the child sees the light at the
end of the tunnel, so to speak. …

tomdinning050… If we learn to see as the child does, we open a new world to our vision and add to
our own experiences. We learn about people and places. We see the connections
and relationships. We share in  a world as no other generation has ever done before.
Don’t let the world pass you by. Stop for a while and ponder. Learn to see as others
do. …

tomdinning010… It was said of Ansell Adams that, after spending many hours in his darkroom,
processing the results of many days of photographing his beloved landscapes, he
would occasionally burst into the daylight holding a freshly exposed and still dripping
print and utter excitedly ‘I think I have got it’. …

tomdinning020… I remember seeing a documentary many years ago when a group  of journalists and
anthropologists ventured into the Highlands of New Guinea to find a group of
indigenous people who had never had contact with people outside their own village.
One of the photographers took a Polaroid image of a village member and showed
him the photograph. At first the villager was bemused. He had no idea who it was.
He then became terrified when it was explained it was an image of him because he
thought the photograph contained part of his ‘soul’. Slowly he realized the
significance of  what he held in his hand and he smiled deeply, shared the photograph
with his family. …

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This PDF is made available by Tom Dinning on the condition that it is  used freely to
teach others how to see.

All contents are protected by copyright laws and cannot be reproduced without the
express written permission of the author.

Tom Dinning can be contacted at
Other material by the author can be viewed at and

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Did you see what I saw !?!