Chris is back and he's excited about a new lens he picked up. It's the Canon 24mm pancake lens. It's tiny! It has a fixed focal length, no zoom, and smaller glass elements. But the lens quality is fantastic. It's fast at F2.8. It uses a new focusing technology called a "stepping motor." This goes at variable speeds to focus depending on what you're doing. Another thing is that the focus is "fly by wire," so you don't have a haptic focus connection. It costs about $179.
Richard is trying to archive photos and he needs a good workflow. Can Leo make any suggestions? Leo says that if he's bought some storage on iCloud, that's not a bad option. Flickr is also a good way to go, which would gives him 1TB of storage space for free. What Leo does, however, is use a technique called 3-2-1 back up. It's based on The DAM Book by Peter Krogh. Check out DPBestflow.org for tips on how to manage digital assets.
Tim wants to know what 40" TV is best for color reproduction with photography. Leo says that the Sony Grand Vega was the top of the line back in the analog days. Leo says that he'd go bigger if he can. Bigger is always more immersive and more realistic. But in the 40" range, he can get one for under $300.
This week, Chris joins us to talk about how to use motion and tension in photographs. Chris says it's a great idea to think about how you place things into your frame. The rule of thirds is a great way to start. Placement can put a measure of tension on how the viewer will feel, depending on if you put them in the right, or even wrong, spot. Take a picture of a car that has space to the side it's traveling to. That has less tension than one where the car is almost moving out of frame. Where is it going? Will it hit something? It creates tension.
Chris Marquardt pays tribute to Leonard Nimoy, who was not only an actor and director, but an accomplished photographer. You can see his stuff at LeonardNimoyPhotography.com. Chris says it's clear by Nimoy's photography that he shot what interested him, and that made all the difference. Shooting what interests you allows you to key in on things that you're privy to, and it comes through in those pictures.
Today's assignment review is "Climate."
Here are Chris' favorite three -
https://www.flickr.com/photos/clatterfan/15674818874/ - Ghost Ship, a 747 coming into dense fog. Amazing, low contrast shot that's mysterious.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/march89/16414366025/ - Vertical Clouds - great example of clouds you don't see very often. There's depth, a lot going on. Gorgeous colors.
Julian would like an app for Windows that allows him to put text on pictures. Leo recommends Google's Picasa. It's free, and it'll let him put text on his pictures, but also GeoTag each one so he can organize them on a map. Another option is GetPaint.net, a free and simple replacement for Microsoft's own Paint program.
Dave is looking for a good camera for taking pictures of paintings. Leo says he'll want a good camera that has a wide angle lens, but he won't want it too wide because it will show some barreling. Detail is even more important, and a great lens makes a huge difference, as does accurate color. A large sensor helps with that. Sensors in camera phones are really tiny. A camera has a larger one and the bigger the lens, the more costly. Ideally, he'll want a full frame sensor.