digital photography

Is there a good time lapse app for my camera?

Episode 1402

Mark from Yorba Linda, CA
Microsoft Hyperlapse

Mark wants to do some time lapse photography and wants to know if there's software that he can program his Canon T6 with. Leo says that Canon has a smartphone app that could work, but he'll have to connect his camera to it via Wi-Fi. Then he'll have to see if it will combine all the images. Mark says it doesn't. TimeLapseTool.com is another one.

Chris Marquardt on Photography

Episode 1377

Chris Marquardt

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.

Chris Marquardt on Photography

Episode 1367

Chris Marquardt

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.

How can I key out the background in a photograph?

Episode 1366

Joe from Wikiwatchi, FL
Green screen

Joe is a photographer and he wants to be able to key out the background and replace it. He wants to be able to do this in real time so he can show the client the photo with the keyed background. Leo says the first step is to tether the camera to a laptop so it'll show the image on a screen right away. That means he'll be adding a radio transmitter or something to his camera and a receiver on the laptop. Then he'll need software like Lightroom that could do this.

Chris Marquardt on Photography

Episode 1365

Chris Marquardt

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 Marquardt on Photography

Episode 1361

Chris Marquardt

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 Marquardt on Photography

Episode 1357

Chris Marquardt

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.

Check out Chris' winter fog pictures here.