Chris Marquardt ... Transparent

Episode 1728 (1:07:43)

Chris Marquardt

This week, Chris wants to talk about Transparency in photography. 

Water is a good example. Water is transparent, but the deeper it gets, the blacker because the light fails to reach deeper. Reflection can also affect water due to how shallow the angle is.

Ice is frozen water and it can be transparent. But the thicker it is, the darker because no reflections come from the bottom. 

If you want to see deeper, eliminate reflections with a polarizer. It'll also make your colors bolder. 

Glass - transparency can be affected by color, reflection, gloss. Colored or stained glass can make glass more opaque. 

Smoke/Steam - Can be partially transparent and effect an image by being cloudy. 

Motion - If you use a longer exposure, anything can look more transparent if it's moving. 

Here's a gallery with some visuals:

Speaking of reflection and transparency: our next photo assignment is - REFLECTION. Take a photo of, about, or otherwise concerning the concept of "REFLECTION" and then post it to the Tech Guy Group on Flickr. Make sure to tag it with the word "TGREFLECTION" as well! And if Chris likes it, it could end up on next month's photo contest review segment!

And check out Chris' new one on one photography workshop Photo Sensei.