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Lou keeps hearing about til shift photography. What does that mean? Leo says it's a photographic technique that can not only straighten out optical illusions, but also make everything in the foreground look out of focus and toy like.
Chris Marquardt says that mobile phone camera development has really improved over the years, and now we have two or three or even four cameras to add a sense of depth. Now there's a camera that has 16 camera lenses build into the back! The camera is called the Light L16, and it's designed so that each lens will provide information data to create depth of field, as well as changing the focus and aperture settings of the camera AFTER the fact. Chris says it's an interesting concept and the hardware is very impressive. But the software is still in development.
Chris says that sometimes you need to "heal" an image to make the image better. The cloning brush in Photoshop, Lightroom, or any other photo editing app is ideal for healing areas of a subject you'd rather not be there. The cloning tool uses pixels from another part of the image, and clones it to the destination. But it's best used sparingly. There is also a healing brush, which will adjust the color and brightness of the cloned pixel, to that of the destination. If you hold down the shift key, the edge gets feathered. And it's non destructive if you don't like it.
Chris has been pushing Leo to spend a weekend just shooting with the 50mm lens. It's a great lens. Why?
1) It's boring. It's not a special lens, so it forces you to compose better pictures. It's great for remembering the basics.
2) 50mm f1.8 or below gives you more light, and lets you take more natural photos.
3) Better image quality, and bokeh (that out of focus background to make your portraits so good)
4) You can add a few extension tubes and make it into a great macro lens.
John is frustrated that he can't delete the pictures on his phone without deleting them from iCloud. Leo says that if he selects "optimize phone storage" in settings, it will delete it on the phone without deleting it on iCloud. But he'll have to select "Keep Originals" on his Mac so it doesn't delete there.
Brett was looking at the Sony Alpha line of mirrorless cameras, but they're pretty expensive. Are there more affordable options out there? Leo says it's so expensive because it's full frame. That would give him a much better image, especially in low light. But Leo suggests looking at a micro four-thirds camera like the Panasonic GH5. It's half the price of the Sony.
Steve just became a father and wants to know how good the iPhone is for a camera. Leo says it does the job, but it's not going to be as good as a pocket camera or a DSLR. Since Ken is a Nikon user, he's going to want to stay in the family. Steve was looking at a D7500, which Leo says is good, and he was also considering the EOS 80D. Leo says the 80D is nice too, but that's Canon, so it would use different lenses.
For today's photo tip, Chris has a few ideas on how to take a great picture out of an airplane window. The problem is that airplanes have windows that aren't photo friendly. They are double-paned, scratched, and probably dirty. Even in the best conditions, the windows are bent and create reflections and distortions. You can cut out reflections by using black cloth behind you, though. The closer you are, the less chance you have of seeing reflections. Distortions, though, are another challenge. You can shoot at a slight angle in the hopes of compensating, but it's a challenge.
Richard has tons of photographs and he has to digitize all of them. He's thinking of using his iPhone to take pictures of them and then put them on Google Photos. Leo says the only issue here will be time. Essentially taking a photo of the physical photos is all a scanner is doing anyway. The advantage of using an actual scanner, however, is that there will be perfect lighting and the picture is exactly flat to the camera. The scanner can get a high resolution photo by being able to slowly scan across the image.