Chris is going to be teaching at the annual Out of Chicago In Depth Photography conference next week. And this year, it's all virtual, so anyone can attend. Cost is $400 and there are over 30 sessions, with two instructors tag-teaming each session. Use the promo code "CHRIS" for $50 off.
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.
Today, Chris joins Leo to talk about colors in photography. Color can be an attention grabber, set a mode, or guide your eye and tell a story. Chris also says that hue, saturation and luminosity (or how bright it is) are the key elements of color. Color can be subdued, bright, or even pale or bold. Colors can be competing or complementary depending on what the photographer is trying to convey. What is the dominant color? How does the color, or absence of it, lead the eye? Do they contrast?
Chris joins Leo to talk about how we often tend to work in patterns or groups. We organize and group things to make them make sense. So why not use that same idea in photography? Try and spot the pattern in an image. One way to group things together is by similarity. Another is connections. How do subjects in an image connect visually? How do they contrast? How are they in proximity? How are they aligned? Groupings can tell a story.
Chris has examples at tfttf.com/groupings
Chris joins Leo to talk about shadows in photography. Where there's light, there are shadows, and they come in all shapes and sizes. Shadows can also create texture in a picture as the light plays with what it falls on. Shadows can also be long or short, depending on where the sun is in the sky. Low in the sky and the shadow is longer, higher in the sky; it's shorter.
Mark is interested in a good camera gimbal for his mobile device. Leo says that DJI has a great line called the DJI Ronin for DSLRs and other cameras, and the Osmo For smaller cameras. He can even get them for action cameras and mobile devices. Or, he can go with the DJI Osmo Pocket which has its own camera built-in. So it largely depends on the budget. It's generally more affordable to get one for a smartphone.
There's also a great one for vloggers called the ZVb1. But it's not a gimbal per se. takes advantage of the camera's internal Optical Image stabilization.
Here's the OUTSIDE assignment review.
https://flic.kr/p/2jfnS4V - Great Perspective
https://flic.kr/p/2jiPujt - Must've waited a long time for all the pieces to come together. Timing is a key element in photography.
https://flic.kr/p/2jeFsWx - Shows a lot of tension, along with symmetry. Great photo composition with good lines.
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Chris has a new website called PickOnePhoto, where he talks to people about their pictures one on one. And then there's why they chose the photos they do. What triggered them to take it? You can learn a lot about photography and why people take the pictures they do just by talking about them, and you can also learn some great stories behind them.
Chris joins Leo to talk about how Elon Musk's Starlink satellites are causing problems for astral photographers and astronomers. The satellites are congesting the night sky, even though SpaceX says that they are putting sunshades on the satellites to prevent light reflection and make the satellites more invisible. But Chris says that instead, they are reflecting infrared, which is also problematic when scanning the sky and taking long-exposure photographs. Chris says at least SpaceX is listening and is trying to engineer a solution to prevent light noise from reflecting down from the sky.