Chris joins Leo to talk about how simple photography has become. There's a lot of instant gratification because you get to see your image immediately. That means you learn faster. And chances are, there are a majority of photographers who have never shot a roll of film and had to wait several days or even weeks to get their photos. Now we have instant sorting using artificial intelligence, instant photo editing, and feedback through sharing.
Chris joins Leo to talk about a color in photography that doesn't exist: magenta. Chris says there is no magenta, and your brain invents the color shades in between the basic colors. On top of that, ten percent of people are color blind. You can mix colors sure, but its just mixed light in the spectrum. Each color has a wavelength in the visible spectrum. Magenta doesn't have a wavelength in the visible spectrum: it doesn't exist. But your mind makes it up when you mix colors together. It's called an extra spectral color.
Chris says that shortly after the golden hour, where the sun is setting, comes the Blue hour, where the sun has set, but the light is still there, but fading. Chris says this is a marvellous opportunity to get some great pictures, with a deep blue sky. Even smartphone photographers can get in on the act these days.
Chris goes over the DOOR assignment.
Chris doesn't usually like to talk about new hardware, because he doesn't want people to think that a new camera will make you a better photographer. It doesn't. But there are two new cameras coming that are going to be pretty nice.
1) The Sony A7III will have 61MP and a full-frame sensor with 10fps burst shooting. That means it has a huge buffer of up to 68 images! It also has eye tracking with better autofocus. Even for animals. It also has Pixel Shifting to increase to up to 240MP in still life. Cost is $3500 available Sept 2019.
Chris says that there's a consumer alert for a 512 GB microSD card for $6 incl. shipping. But as you can guess, that's a total ripoff because a name brand is over $100. Chris ordered one and it, indeed, was a fraudulent memory card. Complete counterfeits. Chris says that often, those cards are defects that have been "declared" as smaller cards, and sell them for cheap. The fraudsters get access to the broken cards and then reflashes them again to make them look larger than they are.
Chris recently held a portrait workshop, and he made use of the summer weather by playing with the harsh available sunlight. Trying different light situations as the day progressed. The sun is a harsh, contrasty light that doesn't lend itself to good portraiture. But there are a few things to keep in mind:
This month's photo assignment was CLOSEUP. Here are the top three that caught Chris' eye:
All assignment photos:
Chris isn't with us today, he's traveling. But he wanted us to remind everyone about the latest photo assignment -CLOSEUP. Take a photo of, about or otherwise concerning the concept of "CLOSEUP" and then post it to the Tech Guy Group on Flickr. Make sure to tag it with the word "CLOSEUP" as well! And if Chris likes it, it could end up on next month's photo contest review segment!