Chris Marquardt: Color Revisited

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1789

Today Chris takes us back to color. Color grabs the attention. It can create harmony. Color saturation can make an image more dramatic, or appear dreamy, depending on its strength. Colors can also suggest depth: closer subjects can look bolder in their saturation, while further subjects can be more faint with its colors.

Conversely, taking colors out can simplify an image. Color grading can also create a mood. It's a key part of any image in movies. 

Here are some examples:

Chris Marquardt: Shooting Clouds

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1787

Chris joins Leo to talk about clouds today. Often we treat clouds in the image as an afterthought. But they are more important to the shot than we think. Chris now makes it a part of his decision-making process when it comes to taking a picture. Clouds can be very different depending on the day, giving an image a more dramatic look or an interesting compositional element. They can frame an image, draw a line to the subject, provide visual balance. 

Here's the gallery:

Chris Marquardt: Reflective

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1783

Today's photo segment is all about shooting images with reflections. Chris is always looking for reflections when he shoots. Just about anything can make a reflection if the light is right. Reflections can add a sense of symmetry to a shot or add layers to an image to make it more interesting. But reflections can also bounce light to make your shot worse. Like on water. So use a polarizer to cut the reflection out. To add a reflection, get lower and closer.  If you don't want to appear in a reflection while you're shooting, try wearing black.

Chris Marquardt: From Dawn to Dusk

Episode 1781

Today's photo topic is shooting pictures from Dawn to Dusk. Chris says that Sunset and Sunrise are known as the Golden Hours because of the marvelous light that can make your images look incredible. The colors in the sky are so different in the morning versus in the twilight evening. But no less remarkable. But in the morning, you'll enjoy a more crisp reflection in a lake because there is less wind. Things are quieter. Depending on where you are, though, the sun will rise or set more quickly. 

What's the Best Backup Option for My Photography?

321 Backup: 3 Copies, 2 Different Formats, 1 Off-Site

Episode 1775

David from Laguna Beach, CA

David is heavy into Photography and has set up his own website. Now he's handling all the storage for his photos. Can he create a NAS to back everything up that he can access it? Leo says that David has done the right thing by storing his photos on SmugMug. Leo says to check out for tips on the best practices for backing up your data. Leo relies on a 321 backup strategy: three copies, two different formats, one off-site.