Chris Marquardt on Photography

Episode 1254 (1:18:22)

This week, Chris wants to talk about color blindness and photography. It's very common, especially in men. There are several different kinds of color blindness, too. The basic eye is a lot like a digital image processor. The most common color blindness is red/green blindness. The irony is, more men are into photography. So how does that kind of color blindness affect the images they shoot? Leo wonders if they should shoot black and white. Chris says that's one strategy, asbsolutely. And it's artistic. But getting the color right can be easy if you use tools like White Balance. Set it properly and you're 80% there. The presets are really good for that. Or you can learn to white balance with a grey card. You can see gray scales. And that custom white balance will make all colors properly exposed.

Or you can just embrace the quirkiness of it all. Instagram filters do weird stuff to images, and it's become pretty cool and trendy. The other challenge is software. How can you use Lightroom? Chris says that the channel mixer in Lightroom can help you. Put it in black/white mode and then use the slider and it'll tell you what color it should be.

Check out the website for tips and tests to guage your color blindness.

Don't forget our current assignment - "Street." Take a photo of, about or otherwise concerning the concept of "Street" and then post it to the Tech Guy Group on Flickr. Make sure to tag it with the word "Street" as well! And if Chris likes it, it could end up on next month's photo contest review segment!