Photography and Video

Cameras, camcorders, and photography advice.

Chris Marquardt ... Using Wide Angle in Portrait Photography

Episode 1369

This week's tip is about how to use wide angle and still get a good portrait. Most people use telephoto because it can blur the background and you can focus on the subject. Whereas wide angle exaggerates depth and keeps the background in sharper relief. This gives you context about what is going on around you. But it also means you have to move closer to the subject and you run the risk of giving your subject a larger nose. So how do you avoid that? Be careful to keep your distance. Understand what's going on around you. Keep your subject in the middle of the frame.

Why can't my camera read my SD cards?

Episode 1367

Evelyn from Kenai Peninsula, AL
Pentax istD

Evelyn fears she's broken her camera because her SD cards can't be read. Leo suspects that she pulled out the card while it was writing and it damaged the reader in the camera. She may be able to reset the camera, which she can find information for in the manual. That could bring it back to default settings, which could solve the problem. She could also download the firmware for the camera and reflash it.

Chris Marquardt on Photography

Episode 1367

Chris Marquardt

Chris says that Wide Angle Photography is somewhat of a lost art. Going as wide as possible can give a weird look to your image if you tip the camera one way or the other because of lens distortion. This can make shooting wide a challenge, especially if you're shooting architecture. It's called "falling lines." How you can avoid this is to step back farther and go more telephoto to achieve the same look. Or you can change your perspective. Go higher up, which will mean you won't have to tilt your camera as much.

How can I key out the background in a photograph?

Episode 1366

Joe from Wikiwatchi, FL
Green screen

Joe is a photographer and he wants to be able to key out the background and replace it. He wants to be able to do this in real time so he can show the client the photo with the keyed background. Leo says the first step is to tether the camera to a laptop so it'll show the image on a screen right away. That means he'll be adding a radio transmitter or something to his camera and a receiver on the laptop. Then he'll need software like Lightroom that could do this.

Chris Marquardt on Photography

Episode 1365

Chris Marquardt

Chris is going to Lake Baikal, Siberia, which is the largest fresh water lake in the world. It should be a great photo safari. This week, Chris takes questions from the chatroom:

1. Can I take apart a point and shoot camera to clean it? Chris says you could, but you need to know what you're doing. You'd have to be well practiced so you don't brick it. Better to have it professionally cleaned. Do the dust specs show up? Chris says not necessarily. Chances are, it's just messing with your OCD.

Chris Marquardt on Photography

Episode 1363

Chris Marquardt

Chris says that a lot people have trouble taking pictures of people. You have to have patience when taking photos of people who are posing for you. It's also a challenge to enter someone's personal space, especially when they are a stranger. It also takes practice. Establish an atmosphere of trust. Show them the photos after you shoot them. Show them on the LCD or give them a hard copy.

Chris Marquardt on Photography

Episode 1361

Chris Marquardt

Chris says that if you're seeking to shoot sports photography, having a fast camera with a fast lens actually makes a difference. That's why DSLRs are usually the best. And shooting on burst mode is a good idea.

Also, be comfortable. If you're comfortable when you're shooting, you can shoot longer. That means comfortable clothes. Dress warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

How can I back up my photos and keep the EXIF data?

Episode 1361

Robert from Orange County, CA
Google Photos

When Robert backs up his photos to Google Drive, it seems to strip out the GPS location EXIF data. Leo says that Google Drive won't show the EXIF data, but it is still there. He just searched his own photos and discovered it. It's probably a display settings issue. He also sees the EXIF data available in Google Photos. Google probably wants him to upload to Google Photos instead of Drive.

How can I take notes about each photo as I take them?

Episode 1359

Brian from Santa Clarita, CA
Timebox app

Brian is a photography fan and he shoots pictures on cruises. He wants to know how to manage the information about the photos he's taking, though. Is there an app or some solution for taking detailed notes while he's shooting images? How can he merge that with his images? Leo says he can take video for a few seconds to talk about the details he needs. He already will get a ton of information from the EXIF data, which will also give him the GPS coordinates. There may be some apps for this as well.