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Chris Marquardt: Placed

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1771

Chris joins Leo to talk about another factor in photography: placement. Similar to composition, the question is always "where do I place the subject in the photo?" This determines what the photo is about and is always related to something else. This could be something in or outside the frame. The background is always in relation to the subject in the foreground, no matter what the photographer is focused on. 

Here are images to illustrate:

Is There a Good App to Take Pictures of Art?


Episode 1771

Glenda from Huntington Beach, CA

Glenda sells art online for a gallery and uses CamScan to shoot the images. But sometimes the colors are off. Leo says that color accuracy can be difficult, especially when shooting art. Lighting is important, and a tripod helps in order to get the proper perspective. But when you process an image in software, it's always possible that the image can be modified in a way you don't want.

Chris Marquardt and Macro Photography

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1769

Chris Marquardt joins Leo to talk about Macro Photography. Macro is essentially taking an image extremely close up, where the small image is essentially full size in the frame. Macro usually is accompanied by a very shallow depth of field.  Do you need a special lens for close up photography? Well, not really. You can take it with your smartphone. But there are some issues. The first is light. You have to get so close that you become your own shadow source. Many close up photographers get a dedicated ring light to illuminate the subject.

Chris Marquardt and Volumetric Light

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1765

Chris joins Leo to talk about volumetric light. Light can have a shape and you have to be at the right place at the right time to capture it. So it helps to always have a camera with you. It also takes down contrast, making blacks less black. A point light source and some fog or mist contribute to it. It's also known as "God rays." It's why concerts tend to use fog machines to create volumetric light on stage. Dust is another contributor to volumetric light. It can be seen in caves and canyons when light emanates from a hole.

Chris Marquardt: Layers

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1763

Today, Chris joins Leo to talk about using layers in photography. Layers make depth. So if you consider foreground, middle, and background as layers, you can create depth in your photo composition, making your photographs more interesting. Lenses can also make a difference. Layers in telephoto will look differently than layers with a wide-angle. Wider apertures flatten out the layers, while smaller apertures can create bokeh (out of focus background): depth of field. The photographer can also lead the eye with focus to be sharper and in focus, while the background and foreground are not.

Chris Marquardt: Visual Bokeh

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1756

Chris joins Leo to talk about using Bokeh (boke-eh) to make a visual impact in your photography. Bokeh is the out of focus background in your image. Bokeh helps put the viewer's attention on the subject, which is in focus. Bokeh can also set a mood, with lights out of focus. It can also be used to disguise a busy background. Bokeh is accomplished by opening up your lens all the way (the lowest f stop setting). And the faster your lens, the more bokeh you can achieve. 

Chris Marquardt ... Winter Photography

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1754

Today's photo topic is winter photography. Here's the gallery for it:

Colors tend to look "cooler" in Winter scenes because of the skewed white balance. So post-processing your Winter photos to make them "blue" can make them look better. You can also dial your exposure compensation to +1 or so to compensate for the skewed white balance that can make your photos look grayer than they appear.