Chris says that scientists have used computational photography to take the world's first picture of a black hole 53 light years away. The image was actually created using thousands of different images from the largest camera in the world, the Event Horizon Telescope. It's actually eight telescopes all around the globe, that create a virtual telescope the size of a planet. Then all those telescopes take pictures of the same spot over and over again, using the rotation of the planet, and then merge that image data to create this image of the black hole.
Chris has been pushing Leo to spend a weekend just shooting with the 50mm lens. It's a great lens. Why?
1) It's boring. It's not a special lens, so it forces you to compose better pictures. It's great for remembering the basics.
2) 50mm f1.8 or below gives you more light, and lets you take more natural photos.
3) Better image quality, and bokeh (that out of focus background to make your portraits so good)
4) You can add a few extension tubes and make it into a great macro lens.
Just in time to do some holiday shopping for your favorite photographer, Chris has a few ideas for you:
1. Black Rapid WandeR. This is a carrying case for your mobile phone that has a wrist strap. Never drop that iPhone X! $16
2. Aputure ALM9 Pocket-sized LED light. LED light balanced with an included orange gel. Multiple levels of light. Great for product photography or adding a little bit of fill light. $45.
Chris says it's a drag when you're planning to shoot an eclipse and you get cloud cover! Not much you can do about that. But what he thought was cool is people using a colander as a pinhole camera. So you end up with not one, but a hundred eclipses shining on the ground. The same can happen with holes in trees. Look on the ground during an eclipse and you'll see little eclipses under trees. Amazing.
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.
Paul is the official photographer of the Albuquerque Balloon Festival. Paul has been shooting with the Canon 5D Mk. III lately because they are the sponsor of the festival and will basically let him shoot with anything, but he likes to shoot with an f2.8 16-35 and an f2.8 24-70. He will also shoot with a 28-300mm lens during the day, shooting at f8, which gives him the best sharpness across the entire frame. Paul says when it comes to shooting balloons, the biggest challenge is photo composition.