Chris joins us to talk about more photographic super powers including being able to capture light in high dynamic range. And that can be done differently. You want to take several shots of the same scene at different exposures. Called Bracketing, you'll take three one darker, one regular, one brighter. Then you take 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 want to just add a bit of light and shadow. Not a whole bunch that causes it go out crazy.
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:
This week Chris joins us to talk about how you can develop photographic super powers! Since the 4th just happened, the best place to start is how to shoot fireworks! Fireworks require a tripod because you need an exposure of about 10 seconds. You have to set your camera to manual, though. Automatic won't work. You should get a remote release that allows you to trip the shutter without touching the camera. Set the shutter for 10 seconds, aperture at f11, ISO at 100. That's a good place to start. Then check if it works and adjust accordingly.
Chris spent 10 days in an Archipelago north of Norway where the sun hasn't set in quite awhile. You can see his photos here.
Meanwhile, our assignment this month was Technology! Here are three images that stood out to Chris:
This week, Chris wants to talk about using focus. Obviously, you want to focus on faces when you are taking pictures of people, but focus can be used to tell a story and if you understand why focus is important, then you can use it to direct attention properly. When you take a picture, it's your job to guide the attention of the viewer. If you don't, the photo won't be as strong about what it really is about. Focus does that.
Chris says that there's three exercises you can do to improve your skill to better asses your depth of field. 1) Use aperture priority settings, then focus on something close, then focus on something far. Take shots with each using the same aperture. Notice the difference. Shoot wide angle standing up. Then crouch down. Notice the difference in foreground. Last exercise, crop vs. perspective change. Take a picture. Then zoom in and take a second picture. And then move closer and take the same picture at the original setting. Notice the difference.
Brett makes jewelry and sells it online. She needs a good camera to take pictures of her products. Leo says that any point and shoot would work, even a modern camera phone. There are guides on how to photograph an object that will improve her sales. It should be shot with a photo softbox using lights and a diffuser. Leo likes the Canon ELPH for a camera though.
Check out Brett's website at Petsadelic.com.
Chris is back with part two on light and color and he says that we can learn from the movies we watch by studying them for the impact of light. Where is the cinematic lighting coming from to convey an emotional impact? Give that some thought. With that in mind, you can start looking around to see the direction and size of the light source and how you can use it to your advantage.
Brian is getting married and they had to cut back on using a professional photographer due to budgets. Leo says that nowadays everyone has a smartphone, so he should encourage everyone to take pictures and then post them somewhere that they can get them. He could employ a hashtag so it's easier to search, no matter what social network they post to. Facebook has the Moments app that can work well for this. Google Photos has a great solution. He could create a shared Google Album that everyone can upload to. And they don't even need a Google account to upload to it.