This week's super power is post processing. Once you get your image, you can process it in software to improve it. There's way more headroom in the shot that will allow you to push your image to make it all it can be. Look for the shadows, mid tones and highlights. It works best in RAW, but it can work in JPEG as well.
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.
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.
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.
Every week Chris mentions how a picture "tells a story." But how do you do that? That's the topic of this week's Photographic Super Powers. There are at least three ways to tell a story in your image. First, contrast. Contrast can give people something to think about as the image provides a comparison. Old vs. new, bright vs. dark, etc. Contrast draws your attention and makes an image really interesting.
Chris has found a great online photo editor called Polarr, which also has a Chrome browser plugin. It also can be used on any platform as a result. It's very close to Photoshop Elements in it's capability and it's very fast.
This week's photographic super power is shooting stars. The first decision you'll want to make is whether or not you want star trails or fixed stars. The easiest way to take star trails is to put the camera on a tripod, then expose for as long as the battery in the camera will let you. Some people use a lot of individual pictures, of about 20 second or 50 second pictures and then stack them. There are advantages to it. You could make a video with it, decrease digital noise, and remove things that are in the way.
This week's photographic superpower is how to shoot the moon. It's actually more difficult to get a great picture of the moon than the sun. There are a few tricks that will help: