Chris Marquardt on Photography

Episode 1330 (1:05:21)

Chris Marquardt

Chris has found a great online photo editor called Polarr, which also has a Chrome browser plugin. It also can be used on any platform as a result. It's very close to Photoshop Elements in it's capability and it's very fast.

This week's photo super power: taking photos that pop. Chris says that when you take a portrait, look around and see what the background is like. How the light is falling on it. A portrait in harsh sunlight doesn't help. It makes odd shadows and they squint a lot. So try and take your subject into the shade to help them out. Use the fastest aperture setting you can to make the background out of focus, but not too out of focus. That can actually cause it to compete with the subject and cause a disconnect with the background. Also pay close heed to the "zones of attention." Places on their face that can be unflattering. Like the chin. Ask someone to move a bit forward. Or shoot slightly above their eyeline to they have to look up. That will stretch the chin.

If they pose leaning forward, it can make their eyes bigger and that looks better. Teeth can be retouched a bit in post.

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