Chris joins us this week to talk about street photography. Chris says that using a long lens is a great way to shoot street photography because it gives a buffer to be able to take pictures without violating anyone's privacy. Chris also says if you're not afraid to ask them, a 50mm is better. 25mm for micro four thirds. That's because you're not too far away and it makes the whole scene look natural and feels like you're there. Zoomed shots look like a spy photo. They're flat and compressed. By contrast, wide angle lenses look distorted and strange.
Chris is here to talk about wide angle photography. Using a wide angle lens is challenging because it can often disappoint the photographer. A wide angle lens is below 50mm. The smaller the MM, the wider the angle. The wider it is, the more stuff you have in the picture and that means more things that compete with each other. The reason why is that wide angle isn't how we as people see the world, so it's hard to compose. But that's a good thing because it forces you to work on your composition, rather than take it for granted.
Today's subject is "Light." Light is the most important element of photography and it's even part of the word. Photography means "writing with light." Light has properties:
1) Direction. Light always comes from a direction.
2) Intensity. How strong the light is.
3) Size of the light source. Whether a pin light or the sun, light has size.
This week's photographic super power is how to shoot people's portraits. When it comes to having their picture taken, people can be very self conscious and it requires building of trust to get them to relax and look natural. How to do that?
Chris says that with Spring, people are more likely to break out their cameras just to take pictures. The light is better, and the weather is warmer. As such, here are three exercises to get back in the groove:
Chris always gets a question about whether you need filters or not, and if you do, what filters do you need? Chris says that there are some you need, and some you don't. The two you need include the polarizing filter and a neutral density filter. The Polarizing filter gives you better color, but takes away some light. It's good in bright, direct sunlight, making it great for the beach. It works much like those polarizing sunglasses. What about a circular polarizer? Chris says that these have two layers, one with lines and one with a circular array.
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.