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Chris Marquardt ... Smart Cameras

Episode 1520

Chris says that cameras have gotten really smart, essentially allowing you to just point and shoot, no matter what camera you have. You can even tell it to track a subject and keep it in focus. Amazing. But sometimes, it makes the wrong choice as a result. And the more advanced you get as a photographer, the more you want to take control of the image settings to experiment and make the image look the way you want.

Chris Marquardt on Photography

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1518

Chris wants to talk about macro lenses today. Designed to get really up close shots with very shallow depth of field, a Macro lens is a great way to get up close and personal. There are 50-100mm macro lenses, which are designed to get up close without being close. It's called the "flight distance." There's a macro lens on Kickstarter which is also a wide angle lens as well. It's called the Laowa 24mm F/14 probe lens, which lets you get super close without getting the camera in the way. But at $1400, it's a very specialized lens.

Chris Marquardt on Photography

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1514

Chris posits the question that if a mirrorless camera doesn't have a shutter mirror, why does it make a sound? Chris says it does because it's expected to and it's just a recording. Much like the iPhone, which has a recording of the Canon AE1 as its shutter sound. But today's mirrorless models also have the option of turning the sound off. There is also some jurisdictions where a camera is required by law to make sound when taking a picture. Chris likes the shutter sound though, because he will take a picture, and then wait a half second to take another.

Chris Marquardt on Photography

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1512

Chris got a new car and he has a backup camera. Some cars have composite pictures of your car all the way around you. Dashcams are hot right now, too. And in future car models, rear view cameras will replace mirrors. That means you have less drag and better mileage. Leo says that you can trace all these innovations back to the iPhone. When you put a camera in your phone, you can put one anywhere. It's amazing how photography is incorporated into our lives.

Chris Marquardt on Photography

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1510

In Europe, there was a lunar eclipse recently, right during the moon rise. Called the "Blood moon," the eclipse would make for very dramatic photographs. It also happened during the golden hour, just before sunset. Chris used the app The Photographer's Ephemeris to know where the moon would be in the sky and when, and what lens to use to shoot it. Unfortunately, at the last minute the clouds rolled in and he lost it all.

Chris Marquardt on Photography

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1506

Chris Marquardt says that mobile phone camera development has really improved over the years, and now we have two, three, or even four cameras to add a sense of depth. Now there's a camera that has 16 camera lenses built into the back! The camera is called the Light L16, and it's designed so that each lens will provide data to create depth of field, as well as changing the focus and aperture settings of the camera after the fact. Chris says it's an interesting concept and the hardware is very impressive.

Chris Marquardt on Photography

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1504

Chris says that sometimes you need to "heal" an image to make the image better. The cloning brush in Photoshop, Lightroom, or any other photo editing app is ideal for healing areas of a subject you'd rather not be there. The cloning tool uses pixels from another part of the image, and clones it to the destination. But it's best used sparingly. There is also a healing brush, which will adjust the color and brightness of the cloned pixel, to that of the destination. If you hold down the shift key, the edge gets feathered. And it's non destructive if you don't like it.