Photography and Video

Cameras, camcorders, and photography advice.

Chris Marquardt on Photography

Episode 1447

Chris Marquardt

With Winter, there's a lot of overcast skies and snow, and that means we're spending more time inside. So Chris says it's time to begin practicing your photography by shooting something from different angles to practice your photo composition. You can do that indoors with your iPhone where it's nice and warm! Just take a picture of a flower vase, for example. Also, pay close attention to how light falls on your subject and how the colors look. How does the color change with light or angle? This will help you understand what light and color does and how to manipulate it on your subject.

Why don't new DSLR cameras have screens that swivel on the back?

Episode 1445

Mark from Singapore
Nikon D850

Leo isn't sure why more manufacturers don't have this, but his Sony A9 does have that. He can hold up the camera above his head and still see what he's shooting, or hold it down by his waist. It's great to be able to get different perspectives like that. Ironically both Canon and Nikon offer movable screens on their low-end cameras, but Mark wants one on a full-format prosumer model. Leo saw a report from Canon Rumors that Canon has patented a very large swivel display for a 1DX style mirrored camera. They don't offer it yet, but they have the patent.

How can I do Chroma Key?

Episode 1442

Trent from Australia
ManyCam

Trent is a video teacher and he wants to do live Chroma Key with green screen with his kids. How can he do that more affordably? Leo says that lighting is everything. He'll want to be sure the lighting is smooth and even, and doesn't cast a shadow on his green screen. Then he can use software like ManyCam. It works great, according to the chatroom. Wirecast is another option, and it is 30% off for Black Friday.

Chris Marquardt on Photography

Episode 1439

Chris Marquardt

Chris is back from his trip to Bhutan, where he took some great shots of the Himalayas. It was a 14-day photo workshop tour that Chris hosted. Check out his pictures here. Chris says it's a great culture with amazing landscape. It could be the best-kept tourism secret on the planet since only about 20,000 people visit there in any given year. There's a lot of unusual stuff you see that forces you to ask yourself "how can I shoot that?" It forces you to use your eye and think freshly about it. Bhutan also has amazing contrasts.

Chris Marquardt on Photography

Episode 1437

Chris Marquardt

Chris says that going on a trip is the worst time to buy a new camera. Don't do it. Use the camera you are most comfortable with so you're not wasting time learning your camera while trying to capturing that "Kodak moment." You want to relax, not be stressed out. Also, avoid a new tripod. Shoot what you know and love. The more relaxed you are, the better your photos will be. Avoid stuff that gets between you and the photo. A ton of protective accessories can be frustrating, but a good filter can't hurt. Make sure you smile a lot when trying to take pictures of people.