Chris says that smartphone cameras have gotten so good that most people are leaving their DSLRs at home. To that end, Chris says there's some great apps that can help make your smartphone pictures be all they can be.
This week, Chris wants to go back to basics and talk about contrast. Contrast is light and dark in a picture, and the larger the difference, the more contrast you have. Using contrast can make a subject stand out, or disappear, depending on how you use it. You can also use "color contrast," which will create contrast based on the colors in your image and on your subject. You can also use image contrasts, like an old person and a young person. Hot and cold in the same image. Natural and artificial. Architecture vs. Nature. Contrast is everywhere.
Chris Marquardt wants to talk about weird things like Cross Processing, where he takes negative film and processes it with slide chemistry. The image results are wild, like using crazy filters to add bizarre features to an image. Get a used SLR and try it out! The neat thing about film cameras is that they are full frame.
Another strange thing is RED SCALE film. It sends light through the film from the opposite site, producing a color shift towards the red spectrum.
Chris went on a sailing adventure into Svalbard and the North Sea. It was remarkably cold and stormy. Camera batteries tend to die quickly in cold weather, so you want to be sure you have backups and keep them warm in your pockets. Cold weather can cause some condensation on your camera when you go from the cold outdoors to the warmer indoors. So you when you come in, you'll want to let the camera sit and warm up before using it. Chris also brought a shower cap, which you can use to protect your camera and it doesn't take up any space.
Chris wants to talk about shooting Macro today and there are some great little lights you can get that can be used to light things up close without overwhelming the image. Little tiny LED lights that are dimmable are great for that. You can find USB powered ones on Amazon. The LED light on your iPhone can work as well since it's dimmable now. There's also gooseneck USB extensions that you can move and control exactly where you want the light to shine.
Chris says that when you're taking photos, you need think about what is really important about it. What is the subject? What story is it going to tell? What is the image about? Decide what is important in your photo and make the shot about that. Here's how:
1. Look at what's going on around your picture. What background will work best with your subject. Walk around until you find something that's interesting.
2. Make the subject more important. Put the subject in a frame, like a window or a doorway, or maybe next to a tree that has a branch overhanging.
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Chris wants to talk about Kodak Coin, a new cryptocurrency created by Kodak to give photographers and other artists a means by which to get paid online for their art. Chris says that Kodak is going to do an initial coin offering, or ICO, that will enable people to buy into Kodak Coin. Leo says that Kodak is just jumping on the Bitcoin bandwagon, and Kodak is just slapping their brand on cryptocurrency. But it could be a benefit to photographers to manage their assets and get paid for it.