Chris likes shooting pictures during the holidays because it's so different from any other time of the year. Lights, for instance, create a mode, and you can use the placement of those lights, with a shallow depth of field, to make a beautiful image. But you don't want to use a flash. It'll completely kill the mood that you're trying to create. It'll also wash things out and blind your subject. Ultimately, killing the mood. You could use an orange gel on the flash or bounce the flash off the ceiling. That could help.
Gary wants to know how to sort out his photographs. Leo says to download Chris Marquardt's 1 Hour, 1000 Pics. It'll help you to rate your photos to only keep the best. You can give each photo a rating depending on whether you want to keep or share them, and then delete the ones with 0-1 stars.
Chris Photo tip this week is about indoor photography. Here are a few projects to practice indoors.
1. The hands project. Get someone to hand model for you and take some pictures. Hands can really tell a story, especially older hands.
Chris joins us to talk about Winter Photography. Winter is one of Chris' favorite times of the year, and with it comes getting ready to take some great pictures in the cold. But that comes with its own set of challenges. There's a lot of white. Fog. Overcast skies. And cold! But these kinds of conditions can create some remarkable conditions worth taking pictures of. So always have a camera in your car this winter. If you're worried about batteries dying in the cold, use a film camera. You can get them cheap now.
Trina is having issues with green dotes appearing on her iPhone photos. Rich says that there may be some reflection going off the lenses. It shouldn't happen, but lens flares do happen when users aim the camera towards a strong light source. Rich recommends using SnapSeed's healing mode to solve it. It works really well.
Chris joins Leo to talk about using your camera to collect things, taking pictures of things you like and make that your digital collection. You can then back them up to Google Photos and use it to organize your images according to collection, color, face, just about anything. It's a great way to learn photography management.
Pictar has devised a totally different kind of Selfie Stick. Recently the CEO of Miggo / Pictar, Rafy David, came by the Gizneyland studio to give us a look at how it works. The company says that the Pictar Smart Stick is the world's most advanced selfie stick with a 6-button control panel built into the handle. You'll be able to perform a variety of useful functions even when the stick is fully extended.
Chris says that there are five things you can do to practice your photography:
1. Fifty Steps/Fifty Photos. Chris says to walk fifty steps and then take fifty photos. This will challenge you to look at a scene from various angles.
2. People/No People. Take pictures for one hour without people in a touristy area. Then try going to a remote area and take only pictures of people. It's a great challenge.
Doug just got back from vacation and would like to turn their photos into a slide show with titles and music, as Google photos doesn't do it. Leo says that it used to be a thing that Google would do. Any presentation manager would, like Apple Keynote or Microsoft Powerpoint. Corel makes the best one though: Corel PaintShop Pro Photo. But you can also use Corel Video Studio to do it. Here's how - https://learn.corel.com/tutorials/videostudio-create-slideshows/.