For today's photo tip, Chris has a few ideas on how to take a great picture out of an airplane window. The problem is that airplanes have windows that aren't photo friendly. They are double-paned, scratched, and probably dirty. Even in the best conditions, the windows are bent and create reflections and distortions. You can cut out reflections by using black cloth behind you, though. The closer you are, the less chance you have of seeing reflections. Distortions, though, are another challenge. You can shoot at a slight angle in the hopes of compensating, but it's a challenge.
This week, Chris wants to talk about Tilt-Shift photography. Tilt-Shift is where a photographer makes things look smaller, like a toy, with sharp center and out of focus edges, like shooting a macro shot. You can do it by using a specially designed lens that will shift off the focal plane. LensBaby is best known for their Tilt-Shift lenses, but Chris says it isn't strictly Tilt-Shift. They start at around $700 for a cheap one. So think buying used, or even renting it.
Chris joins us to talk about whether there's a difference between Canon, Nikon, or any others. Chris says not really. It really comes down to preference, comfort, and usefulness. If you already have an investment in lenses, it makes sense to stay in that family. But if you are just getting into photography, then mirrorless is a great place to get started because it's smaller, lighter, and the quality is still the same.
Chris says that no matter what camera you have, these tips will help someone get a better picture. Point. Think. Shoot. Have a clear subject. How does the subject relate to the photo within the space? Spacing can vary within a frame and can tell the story in and of itself. Balance is important and when one changes the balance of a photo, it can actually change the feeling of the image. Balance also makes a photo more pleasing to look at. If photographers have several subjects in the frame, how do they manage the space between them? Do they know each other? Are they family?
Chris says that smartphone cameras have gotten so good that most people are leaving their DSLRs at home. To that end, Chris says there's some great apps that can help make your smartphone pictures be all they can be.
This week, Chris wants to go back to basics and talk about contrast. Contrast is light and dark in a picture, and the larger the difference, the more contrast you have. Using contrast can make a subject stand out, or disappear, depending on how you use it. You can also use "color contrast," which will create contrast based on the colors in your image and on your subject. You can also use image contrasts, like an old person and a young person. Hot and cold in the same image. Natural and artificial. Architecture vs. Nature. Contrast is everywhere.
Chris Marquardt wants to talk about weird things like Cross Processing, where he takes negative film and processes it with slide chemistry. The image results are wild, like using crazy filters to add bizarre features to an image. Get a used SLR and try it out! The neat thing about film cameras is that they are full frame.
Another strange thing is RED SCALE film. It sends light through the film from the opposite site, producing a color shift towards the red spectrum.
Chris went on a sailing adventure into Svalbard and the North Sea. It was remarkably cold and stormy. Camera batteries tend to die quickly in cold weather, so you want to be sure you have backups and keep them warm in your pockets. Cold weather can cause some condensation on your camera when you go from the cold outdoors to the warmer indoors. So you when you come in, you'll want to let the camera sit and warm up before using it. Chris also brought a shower cap, which you can use to protect your camera and it doesn't take up any space.