digital photography

Chris Marquardt on Photography

Episode 1351

Chris Marquardt

This week Chris joins us to talk about how you can develop photographic super powers! Since the 4th just happened, the best place to start is how to shoot fireworks! Fireworks require a tripod because you need an exposure of about 10 seconds. You have to set your camera to manual, though. Automatic won't work. You should get a remote release that allows you to trip the shutter without touching the camera. Set the shutter for 10 seconds, aperture at f11, ISO at 100. That's a good place to start. Then check if it works and adjust accordingly.

Chris Marquardt on Photography

Episode 1346

Chris Marquardt

Chris says it's important to tag your photos and have a system because it makes it much easier to search for what you want. Here's how you can organize your photos:

1. Make an album. Chris does this for every event. It's really easy to organize that way. Leo says that most programs will let you sort by date as well. Then you can drag them into a new album.
2. Use keywords in the meta data. Use the auto tagging features. Most apps offer a CMD+I to get information on the image and then you can add them.

Chris Marquardt on Photography

Episode 1340

Chris Marquardt

Leo ended up buying the Canon 5D Mk. IV that Chris was talking about last week and he loves it. Chris says new cameras can give your photography a needed boost as you're seeing the world with fresh eyes. Using a wide angle lens when shooting landscapes could be a good option, as it can see closer to what your eyes really see. And the same field of view is actually a 10mm super wide angle lens. The down side is that everything kind of gets lost into the background unless it's right in front of you.

Chris Marquardt on Photography

Episode 1336

Chris Marquardt

This week's super power has to do with when you take a photo that is emotionally evocative, but is just a bit off technically. Chris says that sometimes images that are faulty can tell a better story and give more emotion than one that is technically perfect. Getting focus wrong or having motion blur can create a sense of tension, even if it reduces detail. Removing color can also do that, as does over exposure. That also eliminates detail, but it forces the viewer to fill in the missing details with their imagination. That's why it works so well.