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.
Today Chris wants to talk about photography in winter time. There's some tips to make your image better when it's cold.
1. The winter sky is often grey, so try and avoid it.
2. Embrace the grey sky and use a graduated filter to increase the contrast so it doesn't blow out.
3. Look for color to add contrast. Winter is all white and gray, so adding color will make it pop.
4. Add color yourself.
5. Get up early. The frost on the leaves in the early morning, the fog, and sunrises are very magical in the winter time. Capture it.
Chris has a new podcast called The Future of Photography. The field is in a massive revolution right now, with so many new things you can do with your smartphone to take pictures and artificial intelligence that can analyze different parts of the image and adjust them accordingly. There is a lot of computation that's now going on with cameras, making them just as much a computer as they are a camera. The software can even adjust distortion that comes from using a lower quality lens.
This week's photography topic is investment. You can invest in your gear, sure. But Chris says it's more important to invest in learning technique. Learning manual exposure, image composition, aperture priority. How do you learn? By doing. Looking at other people's photography. Good coffee table books are an excellent source. Workshops. Leo likes to go to 500px.com and look at what better photographers are doing. Chris says that is an excellent way to learn, by surrounding yourself with better photographers. Learn how they see light.
Just in time to do some holiday shopping for your favorite photographer, Chris has a few ideas for you:
1. Black Rapid WandeR. This is a carrying case for your mobile phone that has a wrist strap. Never drop that iPhone X! $16
2. Aputure ALM9 Pocket-sized LED light. LED light balanced with an included orange gel. Multiple levels of light. Great for product photography or adding a little bit of fill light. $45.
With Winter, there's a lot of overcast skies and snow, and that means we're spending more time inside. So Chris says it's time to begin practicing your photography by shooting something from different angles to practice your photo composition. You can do that indoors with your iPhone where it's nice and warm! Just take a picture of a flower vase, for example. Also, pay close attention to how light falls on your subject and how the colors look. How does the color change with light or angle? This will help you understand what light and color does and how to manipulate it on your subject.