Chris Marquardt on Photography

Episode 1522 (1:06:15)

Chris Marquardt

Chris says that while Kodachrome is probably gone for good, Kodak is bringing back EktaChrome, but it had to be re-engineered because Kodak can't use the same chemicals as before. But the new EktaChrome is being beta tested now and will be out on the market really soon.

Will upgrading to a better camera let you take better photos? Chris says no. Without the basics, which is 90% of the equation, all you'll be doing is spending money you don't need. Even in automatic, a camera can still get it wrong sometimes. So understanding exposure, for instance, can help you take better pictures. Exposure equates to shutter speed (how long the light hits), the aperture (how much light hits). ISO - How sensitive the light hits. All three of these, in balance, can produce a good image. But if you have an unbalanced scene, like with snow, the camera can get it wrong. Or in darkened scenes, where the shot looks too grainy or noisy.

So in those extremes, exposure compensation can help. Adjust your EC settings by a stop or two, just to boost the image a bit. That'll help. And you can always do it in post with Lightroom or Photoshop. The iPhone camera has a great feature where you click on the image and a yellow box will appear with a sun. press on the sun and slide up and down, to adjust the exposure compensation. It does a good job.

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