Chris says that Flickr used to be a great photo community of photographers, by photographers. But then Yahoo started with the free 1TB and it was simply unsustainable. Eventually, it was sold to Verizon, and then to SmugMug.
Chris says there are a lot of symbols and buttons on cameras, some standardized, some specialized. Here's a few:
Chris says that Kodak has reengineered Kodak Ektachrome to make it safer to develop and they are selling it again. They are also working on a Super 8 camera with Digital Preview. Chris says he'd beware of Kodak digital products, but the film is the best.
Chris also has some tips when traveling to the desert with cameras. Bring a backup body if you can. You should also bring canned air or a blower to clean off the sensor or lens itself. A microfiber cloth is also good for the lens. Lastly, when you get back, have your camera cleaned (called CLA clean, lube and adjust).
Chris is back in the US, visiting the Kodak headquarters in Rockwell, NY. But he wants to talk about his trip to Morocco.
See his pictures here. Look for the images of lightning in a cloud, camels at sunrise, and an indoor Moroccan swimming pool. Chris took around 3,000 images to get 20 perfect shots. So Chris spent a lot of time weeding out the best images and tossing the rest.
Richard wants to know if there's a good podcast on iPhone photography. Leo says that Chris Marquardt has a podcast called The Future of Photography which discusses how mobile photography is evolving and using computational photography to close the gap with optical zoom lenses. Some mobile cameras are as good as micro 4/3s cameras, according to some experts. Another good resource is DPReview.com.
Chris says that setting your white balance can really dial in the color balance. Bringing a white card and placing it in the scene and then adjusting your camera's manual settings can really make your colors pop. But the custom presets in your camera can get you 90% there, even in your smartphone. Sun symbol for outdoor light. LightBulb for indoor light. Florescent symbol, etc. But don't forget to change it when you change your lighting conditions.
Chris just got back from 11 days around the islands north of Norway, just inside the North Pole. The light is amazing. The landscape is incredible. A great place to explore and take pictures. The Aurora Boreallis is also a challenge to shoot because it can be a bit faint. You really have to set it up with a tripod, a wide lens, and a long exposure. Shoot ISO 1600. F2.8 or wider. Expose for 20 seconds. That's the starting point. Rich wants to know if you can shoot it with the smartphone. Chris says no. Not even the pro settings are good enough for shooting the northern lights.