Chris joins Leo to talk about using Bokeh (boke-eh) to make a visual impact in your photography. Bokeh is the out of focus background in your image. Bokeh helps put the viewer's attention on the subject, which is in focus. Bokeh can also set a mood, with lights out of focus. It can also be used to disguise a busy background. Bokeh is accomplished by opening up your lens all the way (the lowest f stop setting). And the faster your lens, the more bokeh you can achieve.
Today's photo topic is winter photography. Here's the gallery for it:
Colors tend to look "cooler" in Winter scenes because of the skewed white balance. So post-processing your Winter photos to make them "blue" can make them look better. You can also dial your exposure compensation to +1 or so to compensate for the skewed white balance that can make your photos look grayer than they appear.
Chris joins Leo to review our latest assignment ... TEXTURE!
Richard is a night sky photographer, and he uses photoshop to create time lapses. He would like to apply the same photo settings to thousands of images he has already taken. Is there a batch mode that can do that? The chatroom says that there is a tool called PixInsight (Windows, macOS X, Linux), which has scripting that can perform that task. There's also a handy color management tool. There's also LR TimeLapse.
Chris joins Leo to discuss the use of size in photography. Size can change what we think of a subject. Small things that look big or big things that look small can really change how we see a subject. Using contrasting sizes can showcase the relationship between the two.
Here's today's gallery:
Today, Chris talks to Leo about the use of space in photography. Space gives the user control over where things fit in a photo.
Here are some examples:
He's also talking with Leo through a new app called OBS Ninja. Great for doing remote video podcasting.
Chris joins Leo to talk about shooting images in black and white, vs. color. Color can be distracting, or can really pop when used for effect.
Black and White can also accentuate the light in soft shadows.
Here are some pictures:
Rich has been scanning an archive of photos from the family history. He's used scanning services, a DIY with Epson Fast Foto, Flatbed scanners. The works. But in the last six months, he's organized the photos and then imported them into Photos. But he can't search by date. The dates have been linked according to the date it's been scanned. Leo says that Photos is using the File modification date. You can't really rely on that.
Another month has passed. Here is Chris' review of the SMOKE assignment.
Chris joins Leo to talk about focal length. Telephoto and wide-angle focal lengths can dramatically alter the way your subject appears to the camera. Focal length can also increase or decrease the "bokeh," or things out of focus in the background. Telephotos can also flatten an image to get things in focus from different planes. Telephoto can also keep lines parallel, while wide-angle causes lines to converge.
Here are some visual examples: http://tfttf.com/focallength