Today's photo segment has been pre-recorded because Leo is on a trip to Germany, where Chris Marquardt is located. He's on a river cruise through the Netherlands down the Rhine, and will be stopping at several cities and castles. One of Leo and Chris's favorite things to do while traveling is taking pictures, and Chris says he likes to capture different cultures. He went to to areas of India with limited tourism. He says one of the things you'll learn as a photographer is there are different standards when it comes to things like eye contact and personal space.
Todd would like to keep shooting photos on film, but he's having trouble finding labs that can provide quality prints. So he's forced himself to learn digital photography. Leo says the good thing about digital photography is that he can self edit on the fly and keep what works and what doesn't. Then he can print them.
Todd is also looking for a new Mac. Should he go with the Mac Pro? Leo says no. Leo thinks that the Mac Pro is filled with problems. He went around and bought a 5K iMac and says it's ideal for editing and showcasing photography, thanks to that 5K Retina screen.
Chris talks about the issue of dust and scratches on the lens. Scratches and dust will not show on pictures, so it isn't something to be overly concerned about. He suggests going to tfttf.com/fly, which is an article about someone who discovered a fly was inside their lens. They took several photos at all different focal lengths, and the fly wasn't visible in any of the pictures.
Mike has a Canon 20D with three lenses, and was either looking at a Canon 7D to keep the same lenses or get the Canon 5D and get new lenses. Leo says he could keep his lenses with the 5D, but there would just be a crop factor to it. If he's considering getting all new lenses, it may be time to go mirrorless with the Sony A7S.
Chris Marquardt is fresh from a world wide journey where he went to Bengal, Katmandu, Nepal, and he was happy to report that most of Nepal is nearly back to normal. They still need help in the remote villages, but Nepal is recovering nicely. The photos from this month's assignment "RELIEF" are in and here are some of Chris' favorites:
Patrick is getting a new camera for his birthday and he'll be taking all the pictures. He wants to get a new Canon T6s. Leo says that if his mom is willing to go that far, it's a great entry level still camera. But it will also take 1080p HD video. Patrick should make sure he spends a lot of energy learning how to use it right.
Chris is preparing for another great photo tour to Darjeeling, India, Nepal, Katmandu and other locations. He's also raising money for Nepal with his People of Himalayas ebook. 100% goes to help the people of Nepal. Check it out at tfttf.com/fundraiser.
Here's this month's assignment, "Anniversary:"
This week, Chris wants to talk about posting photos on blogs and how they get shared everywhere. This not only adds interesting content to your blog posts, but it also gets shared on social media along with your blog posts. People are more likely to read your blog if it has a photo. A photo will also give you a higher placement in the search results. Photos don't just make your post look better, it improves your search results. Leo says a well chosen photo really does enhance an article's meaning. Chris also says it's important to be careful what images you take from the Internet.
What's the best website to learn Photoshop? Leo says that Lynda.com is the best he knows of, but they are a sponsor. Leo also says that Adobe has plenty of tutorials through Creative Cloud, and there's plenty of good books. But for well produced tutorial videos, Lynda is Mark's best bet. It's about $30 a month.
YouTube and Apple's iTunes U are other options.