photography

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1212

Chris Marquardt

Today, Chris wants to talk about a DIY approach to photography. How can you make your images better without spending a lot of money? First, understand light. Harsh light is bad for images, so use soft light. You can do this by shooting in the shade. Block the sun with yourself, or a piece of cardboard. Or maybe use what's called a "light tent." If shooting in Macro, use a white plastic cup with the hole cut out of it so you can place the lens into it. This will create a beautify diffused light when shooting extremely close images.

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1210

Chris Marquardt

Chris says that you don't need a Macro or Wide Angle lens. There are plenty of ways to turn your current lenses into both.

1) Get an extension ring. It goes between the camera/lens increasing the distance. It reduces the minimum focal distance without affecting quality all that much. And you can get one with contacts to keep automatic functions.

2) You can also get a filter that acts as a magnifying flass. It needs to be "achromatic" to correct for color and distortion. But that's a good option as well.

How many SD cards do I need to take pictures on my trip?

Tracy from California

Episode 1210

Tracy is going on a backpack trip in France and Spain soon and she wants to know what size memory cards and how many of them she should bring for taking pictures. Leo says that he's often torn between the convenience of one large card and the security of several smaller ones. But Leo says having enough cards so she doesn't have to erase them is a good idea. If her camera can upload images to her phone for a backup, so much the better. The key, though, is to swap out cards often and offload them to a computer or the cloud. Leo doesn't delete the images off his card either.

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1208

Chris Marquardt

Chris Marquardt did his first workshop at the Viewfinder Villa this last week and they experimented with light -- chiefly sunlight. Chris has decided that having the sun shine into the subject's face only makes them squint. So he turns his subject with their back to the sun to create a nice halo effect and then use a bounce or reflector to deal with the backlight making the image darker.

Check out images from Chris' first workshop at the Viewfinder Villa here - http://www.tfttf.com/firstvillaworkshop

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1200

Chris Marquardt

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.

Should I buy a 5K iMac for digital photography?

Episode 1199

Todd from Inglewood, CA
Apple iMac

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 Marquardt

Episode 1198

Chris Marquardt

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.