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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 1363

Chris Marquardt

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 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.

Chris Marquardt on Photography

Episode 1342

Chris Marquardt

Today's Photo Super Power is how to shoot sharp images. Chris says that the higher the resolution camera you have, the easier it is to register the slightest movement due to camera shake. So you have to retain yourself to shoot better to get those sharper images.

1) During shooting, use a higher shutter speed.
2) Learn to focus well. Sometimes the camera will make a bad choice, so focusing manually can help, or use the focus point. If your camera has a touch screen, use it.
3) Depth of field. Shoot with a larger aperture.

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.