Photographic Super Powers

Chris Marquardt on Photography

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1351

This week Chris joins us to talk about how you can develop photographic super powers! Since the 4th just happened, the best place to start is how to shoot fireworks! Fireworks require a tripod because you need an exposure of about 10 seconds. You have to set your camera to manual, though. Automatic won't work. You should get a remote release that allows you to trip the shutter without touching the camera. Set the shutter for 10 seconds, aperture at f11, ISO at 100. That's a good place to start. Then check if it works and adjust accordingly.

Chris Marquardt on Photography

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1336

This week's super power has to do with when you take a photo that is emotionally evocative, but is just a bit off technically. Chris says that sometimes images that are faulty can tell a better story and give more emotion than one that is technically perfect. Getting focus wrong or having motion blur can create a sense of tension, even if it reduces detail. Removing color can also do that, as does over exposure. That also eliminates detail, but it forces the viewer to fill in the missing details with their imagination. That's why it works so well.

Chris Marquardt on Photography

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1316

This week's photographic super power is the panning shot. You pan with a subject that is in focus and you get an image where the subject is in focus and still, while the background is in movement. The secret is in the shutter speed. Set it for shutter priority (S setting or TV setting). To determine the best shutter speed, 1/speed in MPH. So if the subject is going about 30 mph, then you'd use 1/30th shutter speed. Burst mode is also good. Make sure you're also in continuous or servo focus mode.

Chris Marquardt on Photography

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1304

This week Chris joins us to talk about how you can develop photographic super powers! Since the 4th just happened, the best place to start is how to shoot fireworks! Fireworks require a tripod because you need an exposure of about 10 seconds. You have to set your camera to manual, though. Automatic won't work. You should get a remote release that allows you to trip the shutter without touching the camera. Set the shutter for 10 seconds, aperture at f11, ISO at 100. That's a good place to start. Then check if it works and adjust accordingly.