Cameras, camcorders, and photography advice.
Photography and Video
Chris says that shooting the "Super Moon" isn't really super at all. Even Neil DeGrasse Tyson says that the moon is only maybe .01% closer. But if you want to shoot the moon, here's what you need to keep in mind:
1) It's tiny.
2) It's really bright.
3) It's rather boring.
Trent is a video teacher and he wants to do live Chroma Key with green screen with his kids. How can he do that more affordably? Leo says that lighting is everything. He'll want to be sure the lighting is smooth and even, and doesn't cast a shadow on his green screen. Then he can use software like ManyCam. It works great, according to the chatroom. Wirecast is another option, and it is 30% off for Black Friday.
Nora would like to scan her negatives and slides. What's a good film scanner? She hears that Magnasonic will scan every size negative around. Leo says that he's never heard of it, but it looks like they make a lot of stuff, so it may not be a reliable option. She should check out the Epson Perfection scanners.
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.
Carey wanted to mention that a friend of his had a photo of her and her husband at a koy pond. Carey used Pixelmator and Luminar to touch up the photo, and then ordered a print of it from Fracture, a company that prints photos on glass. This is just more evidence that there are good alternatives to Adobe Photoshop.
(Disclaimer: Fracture is a sponsor).
Chris says that going on a trip is the worst time to buy a new camera. Don't do it. Use the camera you are most comfortable with so you're not wasting time learning your camera while trying to capturing that "Kodak moment." You want to relax, not be stressed out. Also, avoid a new tripod. Shoot what you know and love. The more relaxed you are, the better your photos will be. Avoid stuff that gets between you and the photo. A ton of protective accessories can be frustrating, but a good filter can't hurt. Make sure you smile a lot when trying to take pictures of people.
Chris says that Adobe has shifted development for Adobe Lightroom in favor of the Creative Cloud version called Lightroom Classic CC. They are going to put out Lightroom Classic which will have more limited features and they want users to live and work in the cloud. It's a disappointing development. Leo also says he doesn't like that Lightroom Classic doesn't have a histogram now, and that's a deal breaker.
Chris is about to go on a photography trip and he wanted to talk about packing for it. Chris says there's your checked baggage and your carry-on baggage. Never pack your camera into checked luggage. Always just bring your camera with you. Don't pack your film, either. It won't survive the security X-Ray scan. Batteries also need to be in your carry-on luggage. You can check your tripod in your luggage, though.