photography

Chris Marquardt

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1690

Chris was unavailable live today, but here is part II of Chris' prerecorded segment that was to run during his Ethiopia trip. You can view the segment back in episode 1688.

This week's ABC mini assignment is:

A - ANTI. Find opposites ... things on the opposite side of the spectrum. Black and white. Round and square. Smooth and rough. Look for contrasts. Once you program your mind to look for them, you'll find them everywhere.

Chris Marquardt ... Another Mini Assignment

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1688

Chris is under the weather today. Fortunately, they had prerecorded a segment for his trip to Ethiopia.

Don't forget this month's photo challenge! Our next photo assignment is - MYHOME. Take a photo of, about or otherwise concerning the concept of "MYHOME" and then post it to the Tech Guy Group on Flickr. Make sure to tag it with the word "TGMYHOME" as well! And if Chris likes it, it could end up on next month's photo contest review segment!

Chris Marquardt ... Improvising

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1682

Still stuck at home, and that means it's time to improvise. This quarantine has taken Chris back to when he had little in the way of gear and had to get creative. Take a photo of yourself every day and document your isolation. It's also a great time to explore the lighting in your home. Daylight is the best light you have, and diffuse light is nice and soft. Shoot your garden. There's macro photography. Food photography. Tabletop photography. Product photography.

How to Disable the HEIC Image Format on an iPhone

Apple's iPhone photos are currently in the HEIC (high-efficiency image coding) format, an unusual file type that not every app/software support at the moment. If you do not want to use this standard, such as when editing images, you can change the format in Camera settings. Just open "Settings", find "Camera", and then tap "formats". Finally, select "most compatible". This will also allow your videos to come out as H.264 instead of HEVC.

Chris Marquardt ... Stuck at Home

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1680

Chris got the flight out of Zimbabwe when the country expelled all foreigners. And it's looking like the rest of Chris' travel photo workshops will be canceled during the outbreak. Like everywhere else, everything is shut down, though most areas don't have a mandatory shelter in place order. But social distancing is being practiced with no more than two in a group. Chris works from home anyway. So this is normal for him. 

Why Can't I Edit iPhone Pics?

iPhone

Episode 1679

Tom from Warren, OH

Tom wants to know what Apple has done with the iPhone 11 camera. He's having issues with editing the software. Leo says that's likely because Apple has adopted the HEIC image codec, which is a new standard that not every program supports. He can change the format in camera settings, but he can also export it as RAW or JPG when sharing.  Leo says that Apple saves full-res versions on iCloud, while caching lower-res versions on the iPhone. So when users open it in the photo editor, they have to wait for the phone to download the full-res version before the app can open it.

Chris Marquardt

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1678

Chris Marquardt is in Ethiopia this weekend, so in this prerecorded photo segment, Chris is talking about another ABC Mini Assignment! If you have a DSLR, A is for AUTO. Chris says that most photographers shoot in Aperture Priority. Chris says to go into full auto mode and enjoy the freedom you get being able to concentrate on photo composition without having the manage settings. If you already do that, go to Aperture Priority instead. B is for BRACKET. Shoot multiple images using Bracket Mode. It will help you nail the exposure on difficult subjects.