Chris joins us this week to talk about street photography. Chris says that using a long lens is a great way to shoot street photography because it gives a buffer to be able to take pictures without violating anyone's privacy. Chris also says if you're not afraid to ask them, a 50mm is better. 25mm for micro four thirds. That's because you're not too far away and it makes the whole scene look natural and feels like you're there. Zoomed shots look like a spy photo. They're flat and compressed. By contrast, wide angle lenses look distorted and strange.
Chris is here to talk about wide angle photography. Using a wide angle lens is challenging because it can often disappoint the photographer. A wide angle lens is below 50mm. The smaller the MM, the wider the angle. The wider it is, the more stuff you have in the picture and that means more things that compete with each other. The reason why is that wide angle isn't how we as people see the world, so it's hard to compose. But that's a good thing because it forces you to work on your composition, rather than take it for granted.
Chris is back from his Arctic adventure in Svalbard, the highest place you can get in the Arctic. You can see his photos at tfttf.com/sp.
One tip he learned is to not worry about the weather. It will change, but that change brings opportunity as it brings new conditions and new photos. So relax about the weather and just use it.
Chris is at the North Pole this week, but he prerecorded this week's segment. He has three thoughts on Image Composition. We know the technology, but some people are clueless on image composition, which is the key to making a good photograph.
Today's subject is "Light." Light is the most important element of photography and it's even part of the word. Photography means "writing with light." Light has properties:
1) Direction. Light always comes from a direction.
2) Intensity. How strong the light is.
3) Size of the light source. Whether a pin light or the sun, light has size.
Chris says that the last Sunday in April is World Pinhole Day, which is the simplest way to take a picture. You just need a light tight box with a pinhole in it. Something light sensitive. No Lens. It's called Camera Obscura and today is the day we celebrate it. People make pinhole cameras from anything, including beer cans. The hole gives you a special property ... everything is equally sharp and unsharp at the same time. That gives it a bit of a dreamy look. Everything is also in focus. Solography is photography that uses a pinhole camera to take a picture of the sun.
This week's photographic super power is how to shoot people's portraits. When it comes to having their picture taken, people can be very self conscious and it requires building of trust to get them to relax and look natural. How to do that?
Chris says that with Spring, people are more likely to break out their cameras just to take pictures. The light is better, and the weather is warmer. As such, here are three exercises to get back in the groove: