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Photography and Video
This month's photo assignment is REFLECTION:
The camera in Google's new Pixel 5 now offers in-camera facial retouching in real-time. But Leo says users can turn the feature off, and that's important because people shouldn't be caught up in the Instagram quest for perfection.
Today's photo segment is all about direction in Photography. Showing direction from your subject can create some tension in how a photo makes you feel. It can add to a story. And sometimes, one direction can feel better than another. Lesser space in one direction can create tension, like the subject is about to impact the edge, while the space behind it can relax how the viewer feels.
A photographer can also imply direction by how they have the subject look to the side, even if the eyes are locked onto the camera itself.
Here's a gallery for today's segment.
Jerry watches YouTube travel videos and wants to know if you can embed GPS coordinates for Google Earth into a video like you can with a still image. Leo says that YouTube would have to support it. YouTube recently allowed notes linked to the timecode of a video, so it's possible. If the person making the video wanted to take the time to use that feature, it's possible.
Chris joins Leo to talk about the properties of light in photography. Color is a property of light that expresses the mood of the light. Blue is cold, red is hot. Color can strengthen a mood. Sunsets can look warmer, even in colder light, which gets subdued as the sun slips to the horizon.
Direction. Light direction changes as the sun moves. It can also set the mood through shadow.
Soft vs. Hard. Hard shadows can also review what the size of the light source is. It's called a point light source.
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.
Jacob wants to get a new home studio for hosting horror movies online. Leo says that's a great idea! Leo says that the Roland Vocoder is perfect for reproducing voice. If he needs to upgrade, how consistent will the voices be? Leo says that reproducibility is a high priority as you move from generation to generation. Singers would need to have that same sound every time. So the same effects will be similar.
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:
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.