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.

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: