photography

Johnny Jet ... Picture it.

Episode 1325

Travel App of the Week - Photocard. Take pictures and then have them printed and sent to friends. Leo says that PhotoCard is the best for printing. The quality is 5x7 lamented. The creator Bill Atkinson is a professional photographer and he wanted the images to be professional grade. $1.50 to send inside the US, $2.25 outside the US. Email them for free. There's also some great help videos for the more advanced features and they're done by Leo! There's also PosterGram, which is similar. .99 each.

Another App - Cozy Family. It's a simple family organizer.

Chris Marquardt on Photography

Episode 1316

Chris Marquardt

This week's photographic super power is the panning shot. You pan with a subject that is in focus and you get an image where the subject is in focus and still, while the background is in movement. The secret is in the shutter speed. Set it for shutter priority (S setting or TV setting). To determine the best shutter speed, 1/speed in MPH. So if the subject is going about 30 mph, then you'd use 1/30th shutter speed. Burst mode is also good. Make sure you're also in continuous or servo focus mode.

Chris Marquardt on Photography

Episode 1314

Chris Marquardt

This week's photographic super power is how to get silky smooth water flowing in your images. The secret is long exposure of 20-30 seconds. It averages out the water and depending on how long you choose the exposure time, you'll get different effects. You'll need to shoot on a tripod to keep it really steady. Shoot late in the evening or early in the morning and you'll have an easier time with long exposures. Also, use a neutral density or ND filter. It's like a pair of sunglasses for your camera and there are different strengths. You can even stack them to make them more powerful.

Chris Marquardt on Photography

Episode 1308

Chris Marquardt

Chris joins us to talk about more photographic super powers including being able to capture light in high dynamic range. That can be done differently. You want to take several shots of the same scene at different exposures. It's called bracketing, and you'll take three photos: One darker, one regular, and one brighter. Then you use software to merge the three images together to create one master HDR photo. Photomatix is a good software package for it, but it can be easy to overdo it. You'll want to just add a bit of light and shadow.

Chris Marquardt on Photography

Episode 1306

Chris Marquardt

Today's topic is the second in a series that Chris calls "Photographic Super Powers." Today it's about shooting panoramic. Many new cameras and smartphones have a panoramic feature built in, so it becomes really easy to shoot an amazing pano and automatically stitch them together. Chris says taking individual shots and then stitching them together can be a fun challenge. Here's a few tips: