Chris says that there's a consumer alert for a 512 GB microSD card for $6 incl. shipping. But as you can guess, that's a total ripoff because a name brand is over $100. Chris ordered one and it, indeed, was a fraudulent memory card. Complete counterfeits. Chris says that often, those cards are defects that have been "declared" as smaller cards, and sell them for cheap. The fraudsters get access to the broken cards and then reflashes them again to make them look larger than they are.
Chris recently held a portrait workshop, and he made use of the summer weather by playing with the harsh available sunlight. Trying different light situations as the day progressed. The sun is a harsh, contrasty light that doesn't lend itself to good portraiture. But there are a few things to keep in mind:
Chris isn't with us today, he's traveling. But he wanted us to remind everyone about the latest photo assignment -CLOSEUP. Take a photo of, about or otherwise concerning the concept of "CLOSEUP" and then post it to the Tech Guy Group on Flickr. Make sure to tag it with the word "CLOSEUP" as well! And if Chris likes it, it could end up on next month's photo contest review segment!
Chris has been encouraging Leo to take some time off from photography because he's just not motivated. A "photographic cleanse" is often a good idea to reboot, refresh, and get the creative juices flowing again. And Leo says it works.
Here are three uses for a camera other than taking pictures:
Saving Money by Using Cameras Instead Lidar
Chris says that sometimes, when you've lost your motivation, or feel discouraged with your photography, is to take a break from your camera. Put all the high performance stuff aside and just shoot with your mobile device for awhile.
Three Apps -
SPECTRE. A long exposure app.
Chris recently had one of his photos show up on Flickr Explore, and he got over 49,000 views in one day. It's a search algorithm that has a few conditions - 1) It has to have a lot of views, 2) the image has to be of a minimum size or above 3) Pro users are more likely to get highlighted 4) The more active you are on Flickr, the more likely your image will get chosen. On the other hand, the more groups your photo is featured in, the less likely it'll be featured. 5) Avoid Watermarks.
Chris joins us to talk about things that photographers learn, and then proceed to overuse them. Like a new fast lens... and suddenly, all your photos are shallow depth of field. Or drones... suddenly, all the shots you take are drone shots. After a while though, we end up moving on to something else. Balance is the key, use your gear for specific shots to tell a story.