Chris Marquardt on Photography

Episode 1365 (1:10:08)

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.

2. What's the best way to shoot sunsets? Chris says that auto exposure does a pretty good job with the sun, but the moon is a tougher sell. It often ends up washed out. For moon shots, Google LOOMI 11. It's a rule of thumb for shooting the moon.

3. What's a pancake lens? Chris says they are a lens that's smaller and lighter. They're also cheaper because the lens elements are smaller. That also may cost you, though, when it comes to image quality. Chris likes to use them for walk around setups, so he thinks they are just fine.

4. Is using the reflection off the top of a car cheating when shooting a lake shot? Chris says no. Reflections are often a great way to create a pseudo lake shot. But you have to have a really clean car. There's also Puddles, too.

5. Tips on using RAW in photo editing? Chris has a tutorial on how to manipulate Raw in Adobe Lightroom files here.

6. How can you shoot a close-up of a red flower without overexposing or redding out the red channel on your mobile phone? Chris says the exposure can be adjusted by tapping your screen for a few seconds and then drawing it down until the image gets a bit darker.

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