photography

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.

Chris Marquardt ... Colorful

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1716

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 Marquardt ... Belonging together

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1714

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