Chris has a new website called PickOnePhoto, where he talks to people about their pictures one on one. And then there's why they chose the photos they do. What triggered them to take it? You can learn a lot about photography and why people take the pictures they do just by talking about them, and you can also learn some great stories behind them.
Chris joins Leo to talk about how Elon Musk's Starlink satellites are causing problems for astral photographers and astronomers. The satellites are congesting the night sky, even though SpaceX says that they are putting sunshades on the satellites to prevent light reflection and make the satellites more invisible. But Chris says that instead, they are reflecting infrared, which is also problematic when scanning the sky and taking long-exposure photographs. Chris says at least SpaceX is listening and is trying to engineer a solution to prevent light noise from reflecting down from the sky.
Chris is back to talk about lighting and photography. He's created a Flickr album of lighting examples here - https://flic.kr/y/3zY73e9.
Black and white helps when shooting in bright light. A single point of light can also make harsh shadows for an edgy image. A giant light source can also eliminate shadows. Overcasts skies act as a softbox in the sky, diffusing the light. Lights bouncing off a wall can also make a light source cover a larger area. Reflectors like a white sheet of foam core can reflect light to where you want it.
Chris joins Leo to talk about his secret project: Photo Sensei. It's basically his workshops brought online with live sessions, reviews, podcasts, and more. Chris decided that in these days of social distancing, it was time to bring his workshops to the people. Students can also get a personal portfolio review, learn tips for improving your editing game, and mastering camera techniques.
The cost is $80 per session.
This week's photo segment is not an assignment review, but Chris joins Leo to discuss a few new developments. Here are the links:
Sony's sensor with built-in AI, enabling image recognition and other things on the sensor
Fooling an AI
Image recognizers can be fooled; lots of research is going into that.
Here are the photos for today's My Home Assignment review:
Photo apps from Todays' photo segment all make use of AI and photography in one way or the other. Here they are:
Chris has been working on a new project called Pick One Photo, where he interviews photographers about a photo and what the story is behind it. It's a great way to learn a photographer's process and what they thought when they took the picture. And it takes a lot of mystery out of photography, showing all of us can take great images.
Chris was unavailable live today, but here is part II of Chris' prerecorded segment that was to run during his Ethiopia trip. You can view the segment back in episode 1688.
This week's ABC mini assignment is:
A - ANTI. Find opposites ... things on the opposite side of the spectrum. Black and white. Round and square. Smooth and rough. Look for contrasts. Once you program your mind to look for them, you'll find them everywhere.