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.
All 55 photos:
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.
Chris is back to talk about lighting and photography. He's created a Flickr album of lighting examples here - https://flic.kr/y/3zY73e9.
Black and white helps when shooting in bright light. A single point of light can also make harsh shadows for an edgy image. A giant light source can also eliminate shadows. Overcasts skies act as a softbox in the sky, diffusing the light. Lights bouncing off a wall can also make a light source cover a larger area. Reflectors like a white sheet of foam core can reflect light to where you want it.
Bruce has a lifetime of slides that he's scanning to his Mac. He uses the info file comments for key details, but he can't share those with his son. Leo says that's because those comments are only for his Mac. What Bruce needs to do is use the EXIF field in the photo file itself. It provides details like date, time, camera settings, GPS, etc. So what Bruce needs to do is use Apple Photos to do it, but you can also use the Preview. Click on CMD + I for that photo to open the Inspector. Then look for the annotations icon (a pen), and you can put the data there.
Chris joins Leo to talk about his secret project: Photo Sensei. It's basically his workshops brought online with live sessions, reviews, podcasts, and more. Chris decided that in these days of social distancing, it was time to bring his workshops to the people. Students can also get a personal portfolio review, learn tips for improving your editing game, and mastering camera techniques.
The cost is $80 per session.
This week's photo segment is not an assignment review, but Chris joins Leo to discuss a few new developments. Here are the links:
Sony's sensor with built-in AI, enabling image recognition and other things on the sensor
Fooling an AI
Image recognizers can be fooled; lots of research is going into that.