Chris Marquardt and Protecting Your Camera

Episode 1120

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, protective. But future proof it by getting it a bit larger than you need. But a bag sometimes stand 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 Marquardt ...Raw

Episode 1117

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.

What is Raw in digital photography?

Caleb from New Jersey

Episode 1118

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.

Whats the next step for me in digital photography?

Episode 1115

Caleb from New Foundland, CAN
DSLR camera

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.

What's a good small camera that gives professional results?

Episode 1112

Bruce from Irvine, CA

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 Marquardt with Another Filter Myth

Episode 1110

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.

How can I "shoot the moon" tonight?

Episode 1108

Andrea from Lakewood, CA
Super moon

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.

Can I use a tablet for photo editing?

Episode 1108

David from Irvine, CA
Microsoft Surface Pro 3

David wants to replace his desktop and do all of his photo and video editing on a tablet. Leo says that the iPad with Lightroom is a great solution as long as he has Creative Cloud on the desktop. He can do some basic editing on the iPad, and then it'll sync the changes he makes to the desktop. That's what Leo does. If he wants to completely replace his desktop, then the Windows Surface Pro 3 is a great option. He'll want the i7 processor for it, though. And he should make sure to get the keyboard.