Cameras, camcorders, and photography advice.
Photography and Video
Chris joins us to talk about whether there's a difference between Canon, Nikon, or any others. Chris says not really. It really comes down to preference, comfort, and usefulness. If you already have an investment in lenses, it makes sense to stay in that family. But if you are just getting into photography, then mirrorless is a great place to get started because it's smaller, lighter, and the quality is still the same.
Alan is a private pilot and would like to mount cameras on his plane and record. Leo says that's a perfect use for GoPro cameras. They're wide angle, small, and he can mount them just about anywhere. Yi Action Cameras are a competitor of GoPro, and are more affordable. Alan should check out the Mr. Aviation 101 YouTube Channel. They have a few videos on what equipment they use.
Frank is wondering what software he should use to simply edit together video clips. Leo says that any editor will do this. There are some free ones. VEGAS Movie Studio will work, but he should edit it together before he re-encodes the video in Handbrake. Otherwise he's compressing what is already compressed. He should start with the best quality video files he has.
Manny wants to store his photos in the cloud, but he wants to have a better quality image stored locally. Leo says that iCloud always keeps the higher quality image in the cloud. In Google Photos, he can turn off "optimize photos" and it will keep the higher quality locally as well. But Leo says he really won't see the difference.
Chris says that no matter what camera you have, these tips will help someone get a better picture. Point. Think. Shoot. Have a clear subject. How does the subject relate to the photo within the space? Spacing can vary within a frame and can tell the story in and of itself. Balance is important and when one changes the balance of a photo, it can actually change the feeling of the image. Balance also makes a photo more pleasing to look at. If photographers have several subjects in the frame, how do they manage the space between them? Do they know each other? Are they family?
Chris says that smartphone cameras have gotten so good that most people are leaving their DSLRs at home. To that end, Chris says there's some great apps that can help make your smartphone pictures be all they can be.
Don releases educational videos through YouTube and they've since killed annotations. Leo says that the annotation editor really didn't work all that well on the mobile platform, which people found annoying. Leo says that it's likely better to use the title utility in the editor to do what annotations used to. That's a much better option. But he won't be able to link to them. He could always put links in the descriptions, though. Or he can even use a plain old white board. Don should check out Vi Hart on YouTube and see the trope she uses to explain her subject.
This week, Chris wants to go back to basics and talk about contrast. Contrast is light and dark in a picture, and the larger the difference, the more contrast you have. Using contrast can make a subject stand out, or disappear, depending on how you use it. You can also use "color contrast," which will create contrast based on the colors in your image and on your subject. You can also use image contrasts, like an old person and a young person. Hot and cold in the same image. Natural and artificial. Architecture vs. Nature. Contrast is everywhere.
Chris Marquardt wants to talk about weird things like Cross Processing, where he takes negative film and processes it with slide chemistry. The image results are wild, like using crazy filters to add bizarre features to an image. Get a used SLR and try it out! The neat thing about film cameras is that they are full frame.
Another strange thing is RED SCALE film. It sends light through the film from the opposite site, producing a color shift towards the red spectrum.