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John wants to know how he can add a polarizing filter to his point and shoot camera. Leo says some of the point and shoots have screws on the front that would allow him to add a filter, which is the easiest way to do it. There's a variety of polarizing filter he could get, and generally, he'd want a circular one. If he doesn't have threads on the point and shoot, he'll need some way to mount it on there. John also looked at a magnetic filter, but his camera doesn't have that either.
Chris says that when you're taking photos, you need think about what is really important about it. What is the subject? What story is it going to tell? What is the image about? Decide what is important in your photo and make the shot about that. Here's how:
1. Look at what's going on around your picture. What background will work best with your subject. Walk around until you find something that's interesting.
2. Make the subject more important. Put the subject in a frame, like a window or a doorway, or maybe next to a tree that has a branch overhanging.
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Chris wants to talk about Kodak Coin, a new cryptocurrency created by Kodak to give photographers and other artists a means by which to get paid online for their art. Chris says that Kodak is going to do an initial coin offering, or ICO, that will enable people to buy into Kodak Coin. Leo says that Kodak is just jumping on the Bitcoin bandwagon, and Kodak is just slapping their brand on cryptocurrency. But it could be a benefit to photographers to manage their assets and get paid for it.
Today Chris wants to talk about photography in winter time. There's some tips to make your image better when it's cold.
1. The winter sky is often grey, so try and avoid it.
2. Embrace the grey sky and use a graduated filter to increase the contrast so it doesn't blow out.
3. Look for color to add contrast. Winter is all white and gray, so adding color will make it pop.
4. Add color yourself.
5. Get up early. The frost on the leaves in the early morning, the fog, and sunrises are very magical in the winter time. Capture it.
John is retired and photography is a serious hobby for him. Should he buy a new iMac Pro, and how much RAM should he get? Leo says that If John was a pro, then the iMac Pro would be a good idea. But the 2017 5K iMac is not only just as good, it can actually be faster using single core configurations. So why spend the extra money? He should go with the 2017 iMac and configure it to his budget. 32GB of RAM is plenty, but he should avoid the Fusion drive. They cause more problems than they are worth. He should get a spinning drive to plug into it for his data.
Chris has a new podcast called The Future of Photography. The field is in a massive revolution right now, with so many new things you can do with your smartphone to take pictures and artificial intelligence that can analyze different parts of the image and adjust them accordingly. There is a lot of computation that's now going on with cameras, making them just as much a computer as they are a camera. The software can even adjust distortion that comes from using a lower quality lens.
Gordon wants to be able to backup his photos to the cloud and share them with family. Leo says that ShutterFly is great because it stores full resolution copies of his images, and then if his family wants a copy, they can buy prints directly (he can even get a piece of the pie).
This week's photography topic is investment. You can invest in your gear, sure. But Chris says it's more important to invest in learning technique. Learning manual exposure, image composition, aperture priority. How do you learn? By doing. Looking at other people's photography. Good coffee table books are an excellent source. Workshops. Leo likes to go to 500px.com and look at what better photographers are doing. Chris says that is an excellent way to learn, by surrounding yourself with better photographers. Learn how they see light.