photography

Chris Marquardt ... Directed

Episode 1732

Today's photo segment is all about direction in Photography. Showing direction from your subject, can create some tension in how a photo makes you feel. It can add to a story. And sometimes, one direction can feel better than another. Lesser space in one direction can create tension, like the subject is about to impact the edge, while the space behind it can relax how the viewer feels. 

A photographer can also imply direction by how they have the subject look to the side, even if the eyes are locked onto the camera itself.

Here's a gallery for today's segment.

Chris Marquardt ... getting Light

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1730

Chris joins Leo to talk about the properties of light in photography. Color is a property of light that expresses the mood of the light. Blue is cold, red is hot. Color can strengthen a mood. Sunsets can look warmer, even in colder light, which gets subdued as the sun slips to the horizon. 

Direction. Light direction changes as the sun moves. It can also set the mood through shadow.

Soft vs. Hard. Hard shadows can also review what the size of the light source is. It's called a point light source. 

Why can't my external hard drive be read by my PC?

NewerTek Universal Drive Adapter

Episode 1728

Ken from Redondo Beach, CA

Ken is a photographer and has a 5TB external drive that isn't seen by his computer. Leo suspects that the external drive enclosure is the problem. Before you replace it, get the NewerTek Universal Drive Adapter and see if you can connect it and see it. If you do, then you know it's a bad enclosure. If you can't, then you know it's a failing hard drive. 

Chris Marquardt ... Transparent

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1728

This week, Chris wants to talk about Transparency in photography. 

Water is a good example. Water is transparent, but the deeper it gets, the blacker because the light fails to reach deeper. Reflection can also affect water due to how shallow the angle is.

Ice is frozen water and it can be transparent. But the thicker it is, the darker because no reflections come from the bottom. 

If you want to see deeper, eliminate reflections with a polarizer. It'll also make your colors bolder. 

Chris Marquardt ... Balanced

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1724

Chris Marquardt is back and this week's new photographic concept is Balance. Balance is the perceived visual weight in the frame. If a photo is balanced, it will bring the image stability and harmony. It's the cousin of symmetry. A photo can be balanced, but not symmetrical. But a symmetrical photo is balanced. You can also add weight to an image with contrast, or where you place the subject in the image. 

Here are photos to go along with the concept of balance:

http://tfttf.com/balance

Chris Marquardt and the Trained Eye

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1722

Chris joins Leo to talk about five exercises you can do to train your eye and become a better photographer. 

1. Only take pictures of or from the ground for one entire day.

2. Take more photos. Every time you take a picture of something, take ten. From various angles and distances. Do this for an entire day.  Photographers call this "working the scene."

3. Only shoot black and white for an entire day. Set your camera to black and white, or use B&W filters built into the camera, especially smartphones.

"Scan" Your Physical Photos With an Easel + Tripod + Digital Camera

If you have a bunch of photos you want to scan, Leo actually recommends getting an easel, tripod, digital camera, and good lighting. Put your picture on the easel, snap a digital photo, rinse and repeat. Modern cameras are so high-resolution that they can take pretty good photos of pictures when angled right. An alternative is to ask a service like ScanCafe, which takes mailed photos and scans them for you. Costco also has a scanning service of their own, where you can bring your pictures to them before they convert them.