Gloria is going on a long trip and wants to know what camera she should buy. Leo suspects Gloria wants a point and shoot and the prices have dropped. He likes the Canon PowerShots. The G5 is around $400 plus tax. Excellent camera. But point and shoots are becoming harder to find because people are simply using their mobile phones to take pictures. The Olympus Tough TG6 is another really good one.
Today's assignment review: JOURNEY
Patrick wants to know if Leo has ever used the Capture One software that comes with his Sony Camera, and is it worth upgrading to the full version if so? Leo says that a lot of pros use the pro version of Capture One. It supports tethering, but so does Adobe Lightroom. Another benefit of Adobe Lightroom is Adobe Camera Raw, which renders Raw really well. Other options include DXO Photo, Skylum Luminar. Luminar also has a great HDR editor developed by Trey Ratcliffe. But if you want the most popular alternative to Lightroom, Capture One would be it.
As we move from winter to spring, there's a lot of great opportunities to capture stunning images in the rain. You can go to flicker and type "rain, street, night," to see how stunning an image you can get after it rains. There are some remarkable reflections that can be had at night.
Shooting in the fog can be an effective option as well. Fog can wash out color and make many things appear in silhouette. It provides an air of mystery to the image.
Experiment with these three five minute assignments:
1. The Aperture assignment. Take a photo at the lowest aperture setting, and one at the highest aperture setting and compare. Also, try it with telephoto lenses.
2. The Burst Assignment. Use burst mode on your camera and capture motion with it. See what the camera grabs. Pick the best.
Patty is going on a Nile cruise and African photo safari. She wants to upload her photos every night. She doesn't want to bring a laptop. Leo says that Katie can use an iPad with a media dongle to plug in her memory cards. But Panasonic also has an app that she can use to connect to the camera via WiFi and move the photos over wirelessly. But she won't be able to do much photo editing. Leo brings his laptop with Adobe Lightroom on it, and plenty of memory cards. That way she can keep the cards as the originals, and upload for backup. So just swap out the cards every day.
Chris joins Leo again to talk about the new Starlink satellites that Space X has been launching into orbit. Starlink's goal is to cover the world with ultra-fast gigabit wireless internet. Currently, there are 180 satellites in orbit, with the goal of 12,000 satellites total. The satellites will be in a low earth orbit, and as such, they will be visible in the night sky. That's going to be a problem for astronomers and astrophotographers. SpaceX is experimenting with a coating that they say will reduce reflectivity, but the other 179 satellites are still going to be a problem.
Here's the Industrial assignment review:
Chris joins Leo to talk about how to get your creative juices flowing with photography in the new year. Chris offers three little assignments ... A) look for alternating structures. This can be color, texture, design; it doesn't matter: just something that alternates in the image. Shoot from different angles. Play with it. B) Break some rules, especially your own rules. This will make you aware of the rules you follow subconsciously. For example: shoot a portrait with a wide-angle lens. Raise the ISO as high as you can and lean into the noise.
Chris joins Leo for the last time in 2019 to talk about Flickr, which he calls the original social network for photography. But it's been a rough road for Flickr in the last few years, after an unlimited uploading scheme, Yahoo being bought by Verizon. And finally, SmugMug now owns them. Chris says that SmugMug is really the best platform for Flickr because it's all about photography. So Flickr is back to its original purpose. Sadly though, SmugMug has started pushing the pro tier aggressively, and that's a bad sign.