Chris Marquardt on Photography

Episode 1353 (1:12:20)

Chris Marquardt

This week's super power is post processing. Once you get your image, you can process it in software to improve it. There's way more headroom in the shot that will allow you to push your image to make it all it can be. Look for the shadows, mid tones and highlights. It works best in RAW, but it can work in JPEG as well.

1) Does it feel bright enough or is it weird? If it's odd, adjust the exposure.
2) Look at the really bright stuff. The areas that look white. Slide the highlights adjustment down to bring some detail into those over exposed spots. Using a histogram can help with that.
3) The Black Point. If you see something in your photo that looks gray, slide the black point to darken it. It's really the most important part. A histogram can also help. That will make it look really good.

Chris also talks about the return of Kodak's Ektachrome Slide film. It's a pity it isn't Kodachrome, though. When they killed Ektachrome 10 years ago, they pretty much gave the slide business to Fuji, and Kodak wants to bring that back. Why shoot slides? Chris says that Slides are easier to scan and digitize than color negatives because you have to reverse and then apply an orange mask to get the right image. But with slide film, it's just a capture. You have to get it just right. Kodak is also bringing back Super 8 film with a new camera that will process it digitally.

Don't forget our current assignment - "Faces in Things." Take a photo of, about or otherwise concerning the concept of "Faces in Things" and then post it to the Tech Guy Group on Flickr. Make sure to tag it with the phrase "Faces in Things" as well! If Chris likes it, it could end up on next month's photo contest review segment!