With Winter, there's a lot of overcast skies and snow, and that means we're spending more time inside. So Chris says it's time to begin practicing your photography by shooting something from different angles to practice your photo composition. You can do that indoors with your iPhone where it's nice and warm! Just take a picture of a flower vase, for example. Also, pay close attention to how light falls on your subject and how the colors look. How does the color change with light or angle? This will help you understand what light and color does and how to manipulate it on your subject.
Chris says that shooting the "Super Moon" isn't really super at all. Even Neil DeGrasse Tyson says that the moon is only maybe .01% closer. But if you want to shoot the moon, here's what you need to keep in mind:
1) It's tiny.
2) It's really bright.
3) It's rather boring.
Chris has a new podcast called The Future of Photography. The field is in a massive revolution right now, with so many new things you can do with your smartphone to take pictures and artificial intelligence that can analyze different parts of the image and adjust them accordingly. There is a lot of computation that's now going on with cameras, making them just as much a computer as they are a camera. The software can even adjust distortion that comes from using a lower quality lens.
Chris is back from his trip to Bhutan, where he took some great shots of the Himalayas. It was a 14-day photo workshop tour that Chris hosted. Check out his pictures here. Chris says it's a great culture with amazing landscape. It could be the best-kept tourism secret on the planet since only about 20,000 people visit there in any given year. There's a lot of unusual stuff you see that forces you to ask yourself "how can I shoot that?" It forces you to use your eye and think freshly about it. Bhutan also has amazing contrasts.
Chris says that going on a trip is the worst time to buy a new camera. Don't do it. Use the camera you are most comfortable with so you're not wasting time learning your camera while trying to capturing that "Kodak moment." You want to relax, not be stressed out. Also, avoid a new tripod. Shoot what you know and love. The more relaxed you are, the better your photos will be. Avoid stuff that gets between you and the photo. A ton of protective accessories can be frustrating, but a good filter can't hurt. Make sure you smile a lot when trying to take pictures of people.
Chris is about to go on a photography trip and he wanted to talk about packing for it. Chris says there's your checked baggage and your carry-on baggage. Never pack your camera into checked luggage. Always just bring your camera with you. Don't pack your film, either. It won't survive the security X-Ray scan. Batteries also need to be in your carry-on luggage. You can check your tripod in your luggage, though.
Today's topic is the cinematic look of split focus. The Hateful Eight was shot on old 70mm Panavision film cameras with anamorphic lenses and it shows something really close and really far in the same shot, with both in focus. That's not easy to pull off. You need something called a Split Diopter on your lens. It splits the lens in half and shows both in focus. Citizen Kane and The Andromeda Strain used it as well. Strain has over 200 scenes filmed with it.