Today's photo topic is memory cards. Which cards should you buy and do you need the fastest ones? Chris says there's no difference anymore between Compact Flash cards and SD cards performance wise. And the prices have come down. For regular everyday photography, speed doesn't really matter. Video though, a class 10 is a good speed. And they're not that expensive. Chris also treats cards like film. Once they're full, he replaces them like he replaces film. That way he's always using a new card. And then they serve as a backup once he's moved them onto the computer.
This week, Chris has some ideas on how to protect your camera while you're on the road. Chris says having a "ready bag" for your camera is ideal. Minimal in size, and it's protective. But future proof it by getting it a bit larger than you need. A bag sometimes stands between you and your photos when the moment arises. Leo uses a Lowe Pro Sling Bag because it's designed to pull your camera out in one motion. It's a nice way to get your bag out of the way because it's on your back.
Chris heard the call from Caleb who wanted to know about shooting photography with Raw and he decided it was a great topic for today's photo segment. Chris says Raw is a topic that he always gets questions about. On the sensor, there are three color channels, red-green-blue. The sensor collects the light, converts them into an electrical charge and then processes it into pixels with a charge. The charge is what determines the color of the pixel. So you essentially end up with three pictures of the same image in red, green and blue. And then it's mixed up and saved into a Raw file.
Caleb loves photography and he's serious about it as a hobby. But he wants to know about shooting in raw. What is that? Leo says that's where the camera doesn't compress any of the data or process it. It just writes the raw image and it usually covers the entire area of the sensor. But in order to look at it, you have to process it later with a program that can understand the data and render it into an image. But Caleb can also choose to save as JPEG to save on space. But it's also considerably compressed. JPEG is only good if you don't want to post process it and color correct it.
Here's the top three for this assignment, "Upside Down":
Chris said that there were some really beautiful images, but he chose concepts that are very similar.
All assignment photos:
Caleb has started digital photography as a hobby, and he loves it because it's a non-destructive and positive way to spend his time. Leo says it's a wonderful hobby and with the advent of digital photography and social media, it's gotten even better. Shooters can get better quicker thanks to constructive feedback on the web.
Leo says that there are two kinds of photographers, those who focus on the art and improve their craft with composition, and then gadget hounds that try to get better with technology. Caleb needs to decide what type of photographer he really wants to be.
Bruce is a bush pilot in Alaska. He's looking for a good digital camera that's better than a point and shoot, but not the size of a full DSLR. Leo says the best point and shoot right now is the Sony RX100. It's not cheap at $800 for the MKIII, but it has a 1" full frame sensor, an f1.8 24-70 zoom, and it's tiny. So it's easy to use and provides professional results.
Chris says that there a few accessories that everyone needs for a good camera, and this week he's talking about those that help carry the camera. Neck straps, diagonal straps, even wrist straps that can keep your camera safe and make it easier to carry. Leo says he uses the strap that comes with the camera. Chris says that works, but it's free advertising.
In part two of the filter myth, Chris says that while we don't really need filters on the whole. There are some filters that are crucial, especially in bright sunlight. Bright ambient light requires short shutter speeds, and a neutral density filter will block a lot of the light. This allows you to slow down your shutter speed to get a more blurred look, or open up your aperture for better depth of field.
Andrea is going to take pictures of the "super moon." Leo says tonight is a great night to not only shoot the moon, but also the Pleiades meteor shower. She'll need a longer lens than she thinks - like 300mm, and a tripod to keep it completely stable. She'll be doing time exposures. The key is, the moon is very bright, so she'll stop it down and lengthen the exposures. She'll want to expose for the moon itself, and she'll want to set it manually.