Chris Marquardt

Chris Marquardt and Holiday Photography

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1651

Chris likes shooting pictures during the holidays because it's so different from any other time of the year. Lights, for instance, create a mode, and you can use the placement of those lights, with a shallow depth of field, to make a beautiful image. But you don't want to use a flash. It'll completely kill the mood that you're trying to create. It'll also wash things out and blind your subject. Ultimately, killing the mood. You could use an orange gel on the flash or bounce the flash off the ceiling. That could help.

Chris Marquardt ... A Winter Season

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1647

Chris joins us to talk about Winter Photography. Winter is one of Chris' favorite times of the year, and with it comes getting ready to take some great pictures in the cold. But that comes with its own set of challenges. There's a lot of white. Fog. Overcast skies. And cold! But these kinds of conditions can create some remarkable conditions worth taking pictures of. So always have a camera in your car this winter. If you're worried about batteries dying in the cold, use a film camera. You can get them cheap now. 

Chris Marquardt ... the DJI Mavic Mini

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1645

Leo says some of the best photos he took on his vacation wasn't with his Sony A7IV, but with his iPhone 11 Pro Max. The Deep Fusion feature does an incredible job. Chris also wanted to talk about the DJI Mavic Mini. He's impressed with its navigation features, and it shoots 2.7K video, which is just fine for most people. And it's very affordable at under $400. Chris uses a DJI Mavic Air and even though he's a pro photographer, he only uses it a few times a year. So the Mavic Mini is a good buy for the casual drone enthusiast.

Chris Marquardt ... A Wider Angle

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1641

Chris joins us to talk about using Wider Angles. The new iPhone has a .5x ultra wide-angle lens, and often we can include things in our pictures that we don't want. So Chris recommends doing a background check to see what is in the background. Also, do a "border patrol" and check what's at the edges of your image. See what's going on as it might be intruding in the frame. 

Another issue with ultra wide-angle is a slight distortion at the edges of the frame. Anything at the edge can get stretched. To avoid it, place your subject more towards the middle. 

Chris Marquardt .... five things

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1637

Chris says that there are five things you can do to practice your photography:

1. Fifty Steps/Fifty Photos. Chris says to walk fifty steps and then take fifty photos.  This will challenge you to look at a scene from various angles.

2. People/No People. Take pictures for one hour without people in a touristy area. Then try going to a remote area and take only pictures of people. It's a great challenge.

Chris Marquardt ... mixed and matched

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1631

Chris wants to talk about how you can mix and match techniques to minimize your workflow. Perfection: stop seeking it. It's your enemy. Accept that everything is a draft. Besides, most people will not look at a photo the same way you do. 

Doing something makes you right. People without dirty hands are wrong. The doing is what gives you credibility.  

Lastly, being done is the engine of more. The more you do, the more you want to.

Check out more from Bre Pettis Cult of Done Manifesto here.