photography

Should I buy an iMac Pro for my Photography hobby?

John from Savannah, GA

Episode 1454

John is retired and photography is a serious hobby for him. Should he buy a new iMac Pro and how much RAM should he get? Leo says that If John was a pro, then yeah, the iMac Pro would be a good idea. But the 2017 5K iMac is not only just as good, but can be faster using single core configurations. So why spend the extra money? Go with the 2017 iMac and configure it as you can afford. 32GB of RAM is plenty. But avoid the Fusion drive. They cause more problems than they are worth. Get a spinning drive to plug into it for your data.

Chris Marquardt on Photography

Episode 1450

Chris Marquardt

Chris has a new podcast called The Future of Photography. The field is in a massive revolution right now, with so many new things you can do with your smartphone to take pictures and artificial intelligence that can analyze different parts of the image and adjust them accordingly. There is a lot of computation that's now going on with cameras, making them just as much a computer as they are a camera. The software can even adjust distortion that comes from using a lower quality lens.

Chris Marquardt on Photography

Episode 1452

Chris Marquardt

This week's photography topic is investment. You can invest in your gear, sure. But Chris says it's more important to invest in learning technique. Learning manual exposure, image composition, aperture priority. How do you learn? By doing. Looking at other people's photography. Good coffee table books are an excellent source. Workshops. Leo likes to go to 500px.com and look at what better photographers are doing. Chris says that is an excellent way to learn, by surrounding yourself with better photographers. Learn how they see light.

Chris Marquardt on Photography

Episode 1449

Chris Marquardt

Just in time to do some holiday shopping for your favorite photographer, Chris has a few ideas for you:

1. Black Rapid WandeR. This is a carrying case for your mobile phone that has a wrist strap. Never drop that iPhone X! $16

2. Aputure ALM9 Pocket-sized LED light. LED light balanced with an included orange gel. Multiple levels of light. Great for product photography or adding a little bit of fill light. $45.

Chris Marquardt on Photography

Episode 1443

Chris Marquardt

Chris has a new podcast called The Future of Photography. The field is in a massive revolution right now, with so many new things you can do with your smartphone to take pictures and artificial intelligence that can analyze different parts of the image and adjust them accordingly. There is a lot of computation that's now going on with cameras, making them just as much a computer as they are a camera. The software can even adjust distortion that comes from using a lower quality lens.

Chris Marquardt on Photography

Episode 1439

Chris Marquardt

Chris is back from his trip to Bhutan, where he took some great shots of the Himalayas. It was a 14-day photo workshop tour that Chris hosted. Check out his pictures here. Chris says it's a great culture with amazing landscape. It could be the best-kept tourism secret on the planet since only about 20,000 people visit there in any given year. There's a lot of unusual stuff you see that forces you to ask yourself "how can I shoot that?" It forces you to use your eye and think freshly about it. Bhutan also has amazing contrasts.