Chris Marquardt says that mobile phone camera development has really improved over the years, and now we have two, three, or even four cameras to add a sense of depth. Now there's a camera that has 16 camera lenses built into the back! The camera is called the Light L16, and it's designed so that each lens will provide 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.
Today's topic is the cinematic look of split focus. The Hateful Eight was shot on old 70mm Panavision film cameras with anamorphic lenses and it shows something really close and really far in the same shot, with both in focus. That's not easy to pull off. You need something called a Split Diopter on your lens. It splits the lens in half and shows both in focus. Citizen Kane and The Andromeda Strain used it as well. Strain has over 200 scenes filmed with it.
Chris says that everyone is going to be out, trying to take pictures of the solar eclipse. You know all the warnings, already. So Chris wants to talk about something completely different for shooting the eclipse. Chris suggests ignoring the eclipse altogether and take pictures of those watching the eclipse instead! Eclipse photos will be a dime a dozen. But shooting pictures of those watching it will be much more compelling. It's the perfect opportunity to do street photography and capturing reactions of people seeing something they've never seen before.
When shooting the solar eclipse, Chris recommends stacking ND filters and never look directly at the sun. Leo says that BMWMRC is the one he uses. Chris says that's one of the best. It's German, so of course!
Chris also just had one of his top photo seminars, a week long workshop on photography and he decided that we could join in too with a list of great projects to try and practice with:
Chris is at the North Pole this week, but he prerecorded this week's segment. He has three thoughts on Image Composition. We know the technology, but some people are clueless on image composition, which is the key to making a good photograph.
Chris says that the last Sunday in April is World Pinhole Day, which is the simplest way to take a picture. You just need a light tight box with a pinhole in it. Something light sensitive. No Lens. It's called Camera Obscura and today is the day we celebrate it. People make pinhole cameras from anything, including beer cans. The hole gives you a special property ... everything is equally sharp and unsharp at the same time. That gives it a bit of a dreamy look. Everything is also in focus. Solography is photography that uses a pinhole camera to take a picture of the sun.