Chris Marquardt on Photography

Episode 1312 (1:14:34)

Chris Marquardt

Leo says that he used to carry multiple cameras and lenses but now he doesn't want to carry all that camera gear anymore. Chris suggests just taking the one he's familiar with, the one he gets the shots with. The camera that's more natural to him.

This week's photo super power is taking pictures of lightning. Lightning is a technical challenge, and timing is everything. But safety is the most important thing. Here's a good page from NOAA about lightning safety. Most images Chris has taken have been from an open window in a building. The challenge, though, is to know where and when lightning happens. The trick is to put your camera on a tripod, with a wide angle lens. Frame an image that would look good without lightning. Set the camera to a long shutter speed of around 30 seconds, with a low ISO of 100. F 5.6. Then keep shooting one shot after another until you get a lightning strike. It takes patience. Last time Chris did it, it took him two hours before he got the shot he wanted. Using a remote will help. Or shoot in burst modes. Some cameras have a built in intervalometer. And be patient.

Don't forget our current assignment - Fly. Take a photo of, about or otherwise concerning the concept of "Fly" and then post it to the Tech Guy Group on Flickr. Make sure to tag it with the word "Fly" as well! And if Chris likes it, it could end up on next month's photo contest review segment!