This week's tip is about how to use wide angle and still get a good portrait. Most people use telephoto because it can blur the background and you can focus on the subject. Whereas wide angle exaggerates depth and keeps the background in sharper relief. This gives you context about what is going on around you. But it also means you have to move closer to the subject and you run the risk of giving your subject a larger nose. So how do you avoid that? Be careful to keep your distance. Understand what's going on around you. Keep your subject in the middle of the frame.
Chris says that Wide Angle Photography is somewhat of a lost art. Going as wide as possible can give a weird look to your image if you tip the camera one way or the other because of lens distortion. This can make shooting wide a challenge, especially if you're shooting architecture. It's called "falling lines." How you can avoid this is to step back farther and go more telephoto to achieve the same look. Or you can change your perspective. Go higher up, which will mean you won't have to tilt your camera as much.
Chris is going to Lake Baikal, Siberia, which is the largest fresh water lake in the world. It should be a great photo safari. This week, Chris takes questions from the chatroom:
1. Can I take apart a point and shoot camera to clean it? Chris says you could, but you need to know what you're doing. You'd have to be well practiced so you don't brick it. Better to have it professionally cleaned. Do the dust specs show up? Chris says not necessarily. Chances are, it's just messing with your OCD.
Chris says that a lot people have trouble taking pictures of people. You have to have patience when taking photos of people who are posing for you. It's also a challenge to enter someone's personal space, especially when they are a stranger. It also takes practice. Establish an atmosphere of trust. Show them the photos after you shoot them. Show them on the LCD or give them a hard copy.
Chris says that if you're seeking to shoot sports photography, having a fast camera with a fast lens actually makes a difference. That's why DSLRs are usually the best. And shooting on burst mode is a good idea.
Also, be comfortable. If you're comfortable when you're shooting, you can shoot longer. That means comfortable clothes. Dress warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
Chris says that Kodak is not going to bring back Kodachrome as they once considered because it's just plain too difficult to do for the amount of film that Kodak expects to sell.
Chris spent the morning taking pictures because it was a clear, crispy day with unique light conditions that enabled taking a picture with no shadows or contrast. It's also ideal because it takes away saturation, making the colors muted and almost black and white. It's a muted image. A nice, dreamy counter point to the usual images. It's a great way to get out of your comfort zone, and that's a great way to grow as a photographer.
This week's super power is post processing. Once you get your image, you can process it in software to improve it. There's way more headroom in the shot that will allow you to push your image to make it all it can be. Look for the shadows, mid tones and highlights. It works best in RAW, but it can work in JPEG as well.