Chris joins Leo to talk about how simple photography has become. There's a lot of instant gratification because you get to see your image immediately. That means you learn faster. And chances are, there are a majority of photographers who have never shot a roll of film and had to wait several days or even weeks to get their photos. Now we have instant sorting using artificial intelligence, instant photo editing, and feedback through sharing.
Chris joins Leo to talk about a color in photography that doesn't exist: magenta. Chris says there is no magenta, and your brain invents the color shades in between the basic colors. On top of that, ten percent of people are color blind. You can mix colors sure, but its just mixed light in the spectrum. Each color has a wavelength in the visible spectrum. Magenta doesn't have a wavelength in the visible spectrum: it doesn't exist. But your mind makes it up when you mix colors together. It's called an extra spectral color.
Chris says that shortly after the golden hour, where the sun is setting, comes the Blue hour, where the sun has set, but the light is still there, but fading. Chris says this is a marvellous opportunity to get some great pictures, with a deep blue sky. Even smartphone photographers can get in on the act these days.
Jim got a slide scanning machine to scan his slides, but he doesn't have software for it. Where can he get it? Leo says that there's a third-party driver called VueScan at Hamrich.com. It's an old-time TWAIN driver that supports a wide array of scanners. You can get it at https://www.hamrick.com. It's worth paying for as well.
Chris doesn't usually like to talk about new hardware, because he doesn't want people to think that a new camera will make you a better photographer. It doesn't. But there are two new cameras coming that are going to be pretty nice.
1) The Sony A7III will have 61MP and a full-frame sensor with 10fps burst shooting. That means it has a huge buffer of up to 68 images! It also has eye tracking with better autofocus. Even for animals. It also has Pixel Shifting to increase to up to 240MP in still life. Cost is $3500 available Sept 2019.
Jose wants to know if he has to keep paying the monthly subscription fee to use Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. Leo says he does. Adobe no longer sells a boxed version and has gone to the monthly subscription. Jose could go to an annual subscription. Leo doesn't like it, but that's the way it is. So here's an option:
Skylum makes great software for photos called Luminar, and HDR program called Aurora. Lifetime licenses are just $60. Or, he could buy Adobe Photoshop Elements. Jose can get about 80% of the capability of Photoshop for one price.
Chris recently held a portrait workshop, and he made use of the summer weather by playing with the harsh available sunlight. Trying different light situations as the day progressed. The sun is a harsh, contrasty light that doesn't lend itself to good portraiture. But there are a few things to keep in mind:
Kodak (actually C+A, a Kodak official licensee) showed three film scanners at the show. Models range from about $45 for the Kodak Mobile Scanner, good if you just have a limited amount of old film formats you want to digitize, up to about $179 for the Kodak Scanza. Here's info mostly from the company: All three of these devices let you convert film to jpegs. The 14 to 22MP KODAK Film Scanza Scanner converts old 35mm, 126, 110, Super 8 & 8mm Negatives & Slides to JPEG Digital Files.
This month's photo assignment was CLOSEUP. Here are the top three that caught Chris' eye:
All assignment photos: