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Live Show Recap: Creative Self Portraits

Hey folks! This week was a fun one, you guys really show up for self portraits.

No news this week, but there’s stuff in the pipeline for sure.

We start with some creative self portrait inspiration from Arno Raphael Minkkinen.

Okay, let’s get into your photo submissions:

-doorway reflection

blade runner

-paint splatter

-handrail reflection

-Italian scenery

Vancouver

dramatic

-staring into space

Aurora Borealis

-eyes closed

-“I love us

300

eyes

doggo

gritty

Over to me for some $ comments:

-we got it on lockdown

-we so truthy

Back to photos:

-this pandering clone photo

milkyway

sunset

-helicopter over South Korea

-through the lens

Kyle Wolfe!

-Lisa is a party

-“they should call them child disappointers

Back to me for some questions:

-any more Wanderlusts coming up? Yes, some waiting to be edited.

-what are you drinking? Dogfishhead, water and wine, and whiskey.

More photos:

pirates

-so bright

breaking up

it me

-Tony subtly trolls Star Trek fans

Time for a portfolio review. JC Mendez, DVFX Studios. Fix your menus a bit, lead with your strongest photo in each category. Great work, not too many photos in each category, but do pare down a few to make the best ones stand out.

Back to me for some questions:

-what was your worst traveling experience? Driving through Europe and putting diesel in their car and broke down.

-best advice for posing yourself in pictures? Using your camera app on your phone, tether and use your computer as your monitor, use a timer, focus using a stand in to focus.

-what do you do when lacking inspiration for a project and time is running out? Just shoot until you happen upon something that works, or shoot collaboratively. 

Back to your photos:

-a pick for the Camaro

Caleb!

-snowman kidnapping

-“that’s like, someone who puts flour on horse hooves or something?”

-“that’s a very small cigarette, Jonathan

-head separation

Nikon

-turned his whole world upside downface

fisheye

glitch

multi-faceted

-threatening penguin

-another milky way

suprised

-“no no, it’s the same, she throws you health packs and stuff. Elizabeth, she’s very helpful.”

-phone bridge

cinemagraph

-“sad Michael Scott

Time for chit chat! “It’s not our best”

-apparently Tony’s a sex worker for Nikon

-keep your comments to yourself

-people love the drone certification video

-dramatic

-is that you dad? “I know how playing that song is how you make any man cry”

Over to me for some questions:

-what are your biggest photo pet peeves? Heart hands on a pregnant stomach, amateur glamour photography.

-$ from Rob Tillitz and Kevin Liu

-what to look for in a location for portraiture? Light, uncluttered clean background.

More photos:

-uploading memories

-budget wolverine

-phone eye

streetlights

-“he went to the sports game and nobody else came”

Tanzania

shhh

-center of the road

-“I have a question, how does that happen?” “…….”

-guitar magic

-“so I guess we’re all just lying to Chelsea today”

-“I’m giving you a pick because you’re telling a story I don’t understand”

-dramatic gaming

orb

-missing face

-hair hero

field

windows

Twitter Q: Tony and Chelsea’s favorite Office characters? Dwight, Kevin, Creed.

-plant heart

Some last questions:

-$$$ wear your glasses

That’s our show! We forgot to pick a theme for next week so it is TBD.

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Live Show Recap: Environmental Portraits

Hey folks, we’re back! This week you get a quick review of the new D850 and most of you fail to meet the show topic of environmental portraits! It’s ok though, we had fun with it.

We start with photo news:

-The D850 is here! And we love it. “Evolutionary, not revolutionary.”

-iOS 11: new format for photos, HEIF

-new iPhones, 8 and X with new photo features

-Sony’s new¬†RX10 Mark IV, Justin made a review of it here

Okay, we get into your photos here:

pianist

-street vendor

photographer

lumberjack or a human muderer?

-girl with horse

-bus driver

Time for some photo inspiration on the topic:

-Arnold Newman, the first to use “environmental portraits”. Learn more about him from our podcast episode here.

Over to me for some questions, sorry about my mic!

-do you keep memory cards forever or retire them? We keep using them unless they fail.

-do environmental portraits need to be candid or posed? Posed! Like traditional portraits.

-where is your go to for fall foliage in Connecticut? Vermont. 

Back to photos:

violinist

tractor grandpa

cowboy on a break

surfer

repairman

baller

Back to me with some questions:

-what techniques/gadgets catch your eye for long exposures? Have you used the Pixel Stick? Yes. It should be software based like image averaging.

-thoughts on Chris Nicholls jump at the Nikon event? It was funny, but Chelsea feels bad because it was her idea and he got hurt.

Time for a portfolio review! Greg Heath. Shorten your menu items, pare down duplicate subjects, crop down some of your shots with lots of negative space. Lovely work though!

Now for chit-chat, the part of the show where you say dumb\funny\rude things to us on our videos and we highlight them:

-you guys are aging. “yeah, we’re all aging at about the same pace”

-hey, what are your camera settings for this video? That joke was great the first 200 times.

-nostrils flaring with rage

-nice work, Justin!

-this new presenter is cute (it’s Justin!)

Back to photos:

hunter

seamstress maybe?

-“I want to see her in the kitchen-” “you’re so sexist!”

-shirtless welder

-“what if she has one of those tough-love dads and this is what she has to drive to school in?”

train conductor

-serious production team

herder with dogs

-enhance!

snake lady

sax man

service man?

cowboy

-Sandi got her teeth cleaned and is high af

-mountain climber

barrista

-just some sorta king

-pretty sure she didn’t design the Flatiron building

biker girl

chef

-one of those old-timey village actors

-hard working man

Back to me for your last questions:

-$$$ from Rob Tillitz who loves giving us money. What % of a photographers effort should be spent on branding and marketing? 22-23.5. Hard to say! More than you want it to be.

-do you consider yourselves more technicians or artists, and what percentage of each? Both say more artist than technician. Only 10-15% should be technical unless you’re learning a new style.

A few last photos:

-this weird circuit-board looking thing

-actor or film student

-graffiti artist

performer

comedian

-dry cleaner

And that’s a show! Some of you really nailed it, but we’ll try it again soon. Next week is creative self-portraits, so do something fancy! See you then.

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Live Show Recap: Cityscapes

Hey folks! Sorry I didn’t recap last week, I was out of town and didn’t make time.

This week we looked at some lovely cityscape photos. 

T&C started out the show with a nice message for hurricane victims and implored you all to donate along with us. You can donate to Red Cross here, or a smaller charity elsewhere.

We won’t have a show next week! The week after that is environmental portraits, so you have two weeks to prepare for that.

Shout out to our dear friend Rod who sent us more whiskey because he’s the absolute best and is committed to keeping us drunk.

News:

-Nikon D850 is out and shipping! You can see our initial review here.

We get into your photos:

-first pick of the night

-I think they forgot that picks are a thing

-“…if you know them, otherwise that’s a creepy thing to do”

idk what to title all these

park

Over to me for some questions and $ comments:

-Eric, Peter, Hillbilly, Jim P. thank you all for your donations!

-what cityscape is on your bucket list? Chelsea would like an Italian city on a cliff, Tony wants to get Chicago.

-what features do you wish camera apps had or would work better? Automatic image transfer, reliability, RAW image transfers.

-Kyle Wolfe! We miss you.

-what’s a good beginner camera for a kid? Smartphone with accessories for video, the Olympus E-M10

Time for chit-chat! The part of the show where you make dumb comments and we highlight them:

-how dare we make a tutorial for a camera that people own even though we don’t like it

-Shame! Shame!

-Tony loves Chelsea because she’s cute AND off her rocker

-our new tag line, “Tony and Chelsea overthinking photography”

-NOT

-best strange hair

-rather have a root canal than watch this

-face of 30 year old, hair of 60 year old

Time for a portfolio review! Anders, great work. Maybe change your logo?

Back to photos:

St. Louis

Gherkin sandwich

Firenze

-“I feel bad you don’t care about Duomo trivia”

posts

lightning

-window view

orange

fireworks

balls?

I do have questions!

-should film be taught in high school? Before or after digital? After digital. Learning to shoot is more important than getting into the technical stuff.

-thanks Roger!

-“how am I supposed to shame people into being considerate?”

-what other field would you choose to work in? Tony would be a filmmaker or a teacher, Chelsea would keep doing something in the arts, Justin would do organic chemistry or astronomy, I would be a woodworker. We saw a kid cut off his fingers with a band saw.

-what’s with sports photos so hyper-HDR? Clarity slider to 11.

Back to photos:

-skyline with a dog

-shadow skyline

Boston

-b&w Brooklyn

-“Lightroom’s been such a pain for the last decade or so”

More questions:

-thanks numbers

-if you could pick only one camera, what would it be and why? D850 for Tony. Or a7rIII.

-what music do you listen to? Don’t believe Tony and Chelsea. Chelsea loves almost all music, unless it’s about tractors. Same with Justin, but minus pop-hip-hop. We all love Kendrick Lamar. I like 90’s post-punk, folk, and Lorde. Tony likes pop and 90s rap and country. Justin also likes classical and film scores.

Last batch of photos:

Caleb! Lovely work.

-“people asked if we were twins today, does that creep you out?”

-tilt shift

-eye in the sky

And some last questions from me:

-do you ever hit the shutter count on your camera? What do you do? Throw it away. Jk, it doesn’t matter.

-do you think Nikon will be able to compete with Canon lens-wise? Maybe? 

-thanks Rob!!!

-how do you feel about the Note 8 cam? No idea. Tony’s not going back to Android though.

And that’s our show! Be helpful, take care of each other. Again, no show next week but join us in two for environmental portraits.

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Live Show Recap: Reflections

Live show recap is back! This week we looked at your reflection photos and were a little bored, tbh. But Tony and Chelsea are still entertaining.

Shout out your mom!

Next week’s topic is food photography, and I’m hungry already.

Photo news:

-Nikon D850 announced

-Peak Design released some new straps: sdp.io/pdleash, sdp.io/pdcuff

Time to look at your photos, Lightroom wouldn’t let us edit them in the beginning:

bottle

drone shot

-house and tree

Questions from you, via me:

-have you ever had a problem with video and audio not syncing in camera? Nope!

-a new drone that’s not DJI? We haven’t tried any yet!

-tips for capturing reflections in nature? Get low to make your reflective surface larger. Pay attention to time of day and your lighting, the light should be behind you.

-call out to Timber Geek’s mom for not showing up

Back to photos:

-mirror house¬†in the desert “that sounds like a good way to start a fire”

-“did y’all ever have to deal with kaleidoscopes?”¬†

selfie

windows

Glasgow

Alaska at night

Northern lights

-wet streets

Cottonwood

-boat over the shoulder

-hot air balloons

Time for chit-chat! Where you say dumb things and we respond:

-ROFL, moron

-“a scuna is a boat you idiot!”

-that margarita be influencing Chelsea

-I’m a young Tina Fey

Back to photos:

-fungus on lens

-face painting

kayaking 

symmetry

Reykjavik

-“and they never saw this boy again”

-Columbia River

-Google pixel!

moon

Questions:

-$ question: dark sky finder? We haven’t used it.

-closer in age then Tony’s hair suggests #kaleidescope

-$ reflecting on his soul

-the Walkie Talkie in London was melting cars

Back to photos:

-I missed the name of this one

-Doubtful Sound

-“he’s dead now”

-a pick for pandering

posts

-old timey

-a university

shack

boathouse row

-walking puddle

-fancy duck

-street reflection

-Venice, CA clouds

-awkward portrait

Questions from you:

-$ put on a Yankee cap!

-$ keep it Boston!

-motion controlled time lapse, how to choose settings in advance? Shoot raw, auto exposure, lr timelapse.

-suggestions for a photography themed tattoo? Chelsea. A camera? Aperture blades? An infinity symbol, in Chinese. Ooh, good idea from Tony with the original Canon (Kwanon) logo.

Back to photos:

-“you did something

-my dad drank all my whisky

-the bean

-natural history museum

-boat in the gap

flower

boat

A few more questions before we go:

-$ from our friend James

-$ Chelsea my Puerto Rican sister

-stereotypes are dumb and bad, except that Puerto Ricans want to feed you tons of rice and beans and drop the S at the end of words

Speeding through pictures here:

plane

bird

selfie

-glass reflection

Last questions:

-do you go anywhere without a camera? Yes and no, because smart phones.

-have you hurt yourself while taking pictures? Tony for sure. Proper footwear is important.

Aaaand a few more pictures:

temple

lighthouse

-reflecting pool

-fog plan

-ping pong ball?

And that’s our show! Buy our stuff, sdp.io/store. Join us next week for food photos!

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Live Show Recap: Action

New studio set up! Which means no me this week because we haven’t worked out the bugs yet. Don’t fret, I’ll be back.

Things are looking bluesy this week as we look at your action shots.

Alright, let’s get right into your photos:

-getting air

osprey

-“their Amazon history is probably weird”

-“they’re needy little SOBs, aren’t they?”

-“it’s kind of erotic and I like that”

eagle

horse

eagle among the “skeeguls”

-“swans are the a-holes of the bird world”

playground spinner

stacked B2 landing

-what’s with bull riding? It’s the worst. “They like, tie up the wiener, right?”

-catching breakfast

-“don’t you feel like you want to catch him and tickle his belly?”

-pick for dog shoes

Time for chit-chat! Where you say mean and dumb things and we reply:

-Tony’s not moon-landing old either

-the moon landing is probably real, ya’ll

-$$$ comment

-they started talking about Axe body spray for some reason

-Chelsea is hella Bob Ross

-T&C are the Nostradamus of photography

Questions from you all, via Justin:

-how’s the battery life on the Tesla? Rough in the winter, and finding charging stations when travelling is difficult.

Time for a portfolio review. Jefferson Ashby. Nice shots, pare down your worst ones though, and start with your best in each category. He’s 15! Great work.

Back to photos

Justin, entertain us with a song:

-6D Mark II review? Meh. It’s good, nothing new or exciting though.

And more photos:

-interesting crowd shot

-Chelsea made an impressive Avatar the Last Airbender joke

motorcycle

-wild horses

duck throwing its hair back

-baby elephant

-flock of seagulls

-“Justin, you’re too cool for me, I regret asking”

-“oh, this is how America was made”

-actual wild horses

race car getting air

-another car

dance

-“this guy should get, like, a man-sized horse, right?”

dogs get picks

rodeo

bird on a thing

Questions from Justin:

-how to make sharp star trails? Make sure you have a sturdy tripod and use a remote timer or a delay to not shake the shutter.

-D80 to D500? Or wait for the D850? D500 is great for action and wildlife, but not everything else.

-$$$, thanks! 

Still reviewing photos:

-“blowing my mind and exploding my ovaries it’s so cute

-“you know, those Hispanic women, we’re just cleaning up. How do we do it?”

-skate boarder

-bike trick

-truck driver

wings

-sky diving

-diving bird

-“I got comfortable with it, I was like ‘fight babies'”

And that’s our show! We really flew through them at the end there, but you guys had some incredible shots.

Next week we’re doing street photography with our good friend Gisele Duprez!

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Live Show Recap: Contrast

Contrast! You guys took some liberties with this one, but that was expected. We were looking for contrast in color, light, or mood.

Next week is action, so bring it!

We start off with photo news:

-Sony got the a7 SII onto a space station and is taking footage! Tony and Chelsea are repping with their nerd shirts.

-the TSA is getting more thorough with their checking electronics, sign up for precheck

-Nikon announced the D850. Meh. Tony’s real into that liquid crystal.

-Nikon didn’t send us a cake.

Ok, let’s get into your¬†photos:

-red and blue

-beach drone

flowers

Bugatis

-surrealist veggies

-“lonely in the rain, that’s actually the title of my autobiography”

-b&w sunflower

-“why do guys like¬†planes¬†so much?”

-“she’s got the kind of¬†glasses¬†only a beautiful woman can pull off”

portrait

-steel on cotton

Over to me for some questions and $$$:

-Roderick, as always

-what is one of the worst things your camera has gone through and survived? Tony left a 5D Mark II outside in the rain overnight. The drones have gone through a lot, like crashing into trees. Drones: “good images, weird experience.”

-British slam! We accept your money comment war.

-does Tony have odd socks? Yes. Like any human being (which he is, we swear.)

-where will the next Wanderlust be? Somewhere in New England!

Over to chit-chat. You know what it is:

-yeah, we have a book

-4 things: Lerman Ber, look him up

-pretty gangster with that GH5 overview

Ok, back to your photos:

 -contrast in the underpass

-contrast in technology

-“that’s a cat”

-coffee m&m

-“if you haven’t got the butt, you haven’t got the shot. I like that, and it frightens me”

ferns

-pick for Tony looking like¬†Anderson Cooper. Jk he doesn’t at all.

-I’m calling you out for your spot¬†color, Mark.

clock

-“real and¬†gorgeous

-contrast in generations

Over to me for some more questions:

-thanks for the money!

-congenital anosmia question. Tony can’t smell at all! He didn’t know until he was a teenager. He thinks we’re weirdos. “Tony, you’re gonna die.”

Back to photos:

Aurora

-woman on a rock

And back to questions:

-‘mo $ ‘mo problems

-is stock photography a big fat waste of time now? Hard to say, we’re not really in it anymore. You can still make money doing it, but not as a primary job probably.

Still more photos:

-weird bear

-gorgeous spot

fields

-bench shadow

-beach contrast

pennies

jellyfish

-you get a pick for your name

Mr. Robot

rally

ice

lantern

-evil building

Back to me for some questions:

-$$$

-how hard was your first flash shot and how bad did it turn out? Flash is hard, it takes a lot of practice to get right.

-how hard is it to produce something like Wanderlust? Justin is being humble. It’s a lot of work. Making a story out of footage is the hardest part.

A few last picks:

Krystal, killing it as always

-white house in wilderness

And that’s our show! Next week is action, so get out there.

NASA is not a waste of money. Last word!

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Live Show Recap: Abstract and Geometric

Chelsea sasses the old-heads right off the bat. Tony wears cool glasses to assure you he is working on a video about shooting the eclipse.

This week we satisfied Tony’s new obsession by looking at your geometric and abstract photos. There were some great ones!

Next week’s topic is contrast. Contrasting colors, or contrast in mood, or simple contrast in light.¬†

No news this week, except that Tony made Margaritas with lemon.

Ok, let’s get into your photos:

-wait, Ahmed. You got a pick and you were still bugging me all show about why it wasn’t on theme?!

Tron building

-Palm Springs

DC

forks

Pentax 4 Life

lines

-“and that’s the point today, confusion”

-extreme abstract

-“this is very cool, I want it to be my album cover

-“I’m gonna give you a pick cause I didn’t know the name of that

-under the clock

-double exposure

flower, or ear canal?

chairs

James! Good one.

Over to me for your questions:

-what’s more satisfying, a great wildlife shot or a really popular YT video? Wildlife, it takes work and focus to capture. YT videos are fleeting.

-Chelsea, what’s your favorite type of photography? Travel.

-what are your favorite shapes, excluding the rhombus? Hexagon, circle. Tony has a nerd answer. Chelsea doesn’t like octagons cause they’re always telling her what to do.

-what are your thoughts on Nikon working on a mirrorless camera? Chelsea’s into it, Tony hopes they don’t introduce a new mount.

-follow my step-son’s YouTube channel¬†(he went from 9 subs to 182 because of you all!)

Ok, time for a portfolio review. Casper Krohn. Change the arrangement of your pricing page. Change the lead photo for your animals. Don’t have a category with only one photo, pare them down and combine them. ¬†Good work, just focus on replacing photos.

Time for chit-chat! Where you say things and we respond.

-Wanderlust, we get it. Tony throws shade on Germany.

-alcohol, the drink of idiots

-oh Amazon reviews

-Tony, the dog whisperer

-Chelsea “Cringy Woman” Northrup

-here’s a long time talking about country music

Ok, back to your photos:

-hot air balloon

-stair shadows

-“don’t you dare talk like me”

-“you’re lying and I like that about you”

-naked jumping

airplane

star

Twitter Q from Justin:

-why the hate for spot color? It’s usually lazy. Watch this video. Tony throws Chelsea under the bus.

Back to photos:

-happy birthday, Laura

skeegul

-“if you’re just wrong so much, people don’t correct you anymore”

-lost balloon

-dope blinds

-windshield lights

-“I’ll give you a pick, that’s a shape

-“oh, this is that thing, you wouldn’t understand” “a whisk?”

-twisty building

-more shadow stairs

fountain

-this makes me think of space

-blue and orange

-sidewalk weed

Questions from me:

-favorite current lens and why? Sony 70-200 f/2.8 GM, Canon 500mm f/4¬†for wildlife, Canon 400 f/5.6¬†for it’s lightness, Sigma 18-35. Too many to list, depends on what you’re shooting! But their favorite child is Madelyn.

-thanks for $, Connor

-changing the white points messes up skin color, help! Work with your color channels and keep the orange, yellows and reds. Or mask the image first to keep the people out and then adjust the surroundings.

sdp.io/whichcamera, please visit it before asking

-what character would you be from GoT? Arya for Chelsea, Tony would be the dad that got robbed by the Hound, Justin would be the many-faced god, I would choose Arya or Ygritte

Back to photos with this lovely overhead shot of tennis courts:

-“nobody knows what this is, pick

-dang, Stuart

-“oh my god, the earth is flat. Just kidding!”

-everything in America is a baby

-“there are grandmothers who have those little signs right on ’em” and now Chelsea is ded

spikes

One last question before we go:

-when you go out to take landscapes of somewhere you’ve never been before, how do you prepare? Google, sun tracker apps.

And that’s our show! Next week’s topic is “contrast” and all that could entail. Thanks!

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Live Show Recap: Night/Astro Photography

What’s up you cool babies? This week we looked at your night and astro photography and you killed it. Next week’s topic is abstract & geometry, which is Tony’s new favorite thing. I’m excited for that one.

We start off with some photo news:

-Leica announced the new TL2 mirrorless camera

-we have the¬†Loupedeck¬†and¬†we’ll put out a review soon. Chelsea uses it during the live show for the first time!

Time to start reviewing photos:

-sky over building

-moving clouds

-Tony suggests the Rokinon 24mm f/1.4 for beginners in night photography

isolated

-Tony shakes the hornets nest of flat-earthers, again, forever

-Chelsea is only good at “restaurant math”

-moon over Golden Gate

boat

Over to me for some questions from you all:

-eclipse plans? Tony’s trying to learn it now and purchased some ND filters and those special glasses. Chelsea throws shade at the eclipse, she doesn’t think that 2 minute cover is worth it. “It’s not Hamilton, I’m not gonna travel cross country for it.”

Back to photos:

-“are you doing the flat earth thing again?”

-that cool truck again

-car forest

Over to me for some more questions:

-Sigma 120-400? No idea. Thanks for the money though!

-if you had to choose between a faster lens and a bigger sensor for night photography what would you pick? The lens is easier to upgrade for sure.

-what’s the most amount of times you’ve visited a site to get the shot you want? Over 100.¬†

Time for a portfolio review! Wood bow tie gets it, Denslow Photo. Maybe change your menu items so they are immediately obvious. Pare down your portraits, but your shots look great! Tony says add a pricing page.

 Time for chit-chat! The part of the show where we highlight ridiculous comments on our videos. 

-S-AF, sexy as f*%&?

-Mister Rogers, Mister Rogers

-Tony taking of sweaters, ends with twerking

-Chelsea, beauty or smarts? Neither: funny.

-shit is funky

-Tony whispering “diopter”

-a weirdly nice comment? “Let’s save her eggs”

Back to your photos:

milky way

-why do we talk about Roadhouse so much?

lighthouse

-moon river

Budapest

-bougie camping

-will we ever get over fireworks?

bridge

-insane fireworks

tree

Over to me for your questions:

-how to get your partner into photography? Candy. Ask them to model, ask them for their view on the subject.

-what songs do you sing in the shower? “All by Myself” for Chelsea. None of the rest of us do that.

-favorite day of the week? Tony is patronizing you. Chelsea’s is Sunday, Tony likes a Tuesday which is an abomination. Justin and I like a Saturday.

Back to photos:

-light trail

city

-empty station

-Chelsea is thiiiis close to being a cannibal

-green sky

One more question before we cut out:

-how do you get the foreground sharp in astro photography? Focus stacking.

A few more photos then we’re off:

-tiny person

-Charles bridge

aurora

That’s our show! Thanks so much, guys. Join us next week for abstract and geometric photos. Looking forward to it!

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Beginner Photography: Night

Oh man, I probably should have tried to do something more technically interesting, like astro photography. But I’m lazy! And I don’t like to go out at night! So I stayed in my regular wheelhouse (and literal house) and tried some spooky selfies in the back yard.

Here’s a page of great info on night photography: https://northrup.photo/tutorials/photography/night-photography-tutorials/

And you can see my first attempt at night photography here.

So I set up my camera on a tripod and used the app OI.Share for Olympus to remotely control my camera from my phone. I wanted to be holding a light source, so I took a wrought iron owl candle holder. Unfortunately I couldn’t get a candle to stay lit in it, so I borrowed my husband’s phone and used a flashlight app. It was brighter than I wanted, but seemingly still not bright enough to keep my shutter speed up! I shot in shutter priority and got the shutter as fast as I could to capture the image but not so slow that I was moving much. It was not easy.

One thing I didn’t anticipate was how odd the color would be. I had a light on in the yard which was yellow, and the light from the phone was more blue. It wound up doing some strange things to my skin color, but I think it may have added to the weirdness. Also, it’s almost impossible to focus the camera at night. I couldn’t see my face in the monitor, and therefore had to essentially guess where to focus the shot. Anyone have tips on how to work around that?¬†

 

f/3.5, 0.6 sec, ISO 1600

 

f/3.5, 0.6 sec, ISO 1600

 

f/3.5, 0.6 sec, ISO 1600

 

f/5, 4 sec, ISO 1600

 

So, the ISO is high, the shots are crazy noisy, and my face is for sure not in focus. The last one was intentionally that way, and it wound up being the one I like the most. I think I should have gone more surrealist with it. 

Are any of these successful despite their technical shortfalls? I don’t think I can objectively judge my shots anymore.¬†

 

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Live Show Recap: Travel

What’s up, jerks? We reviewed your travel photos last night, and you really came through! It’s a pretty ambiguous topic, but I think we got some really impressive submissions.¬†

We decided that travel photography was something that captured the unique spirit of a place, or portrayed motion and destination.

Support our Patreon! You can vote on the live show topic each week and even see videos before we post them publicly.

Here’s where we get into your photos, I’ll highlight our picks and ridiculous one-liners below:

-“what’s the Matterhorn with you?”

-this talk of travel dreads killed me

-Tony is confirmed robot

 -thatched roof

Alcatraz

Jacksonville

runway

-mixed facial expressions

-Cape Smokey

-Golden Gate

-so much talk of terraforming Mars, Chelsea is invested

-Ho Chi Minh City

-girl with donkey and lamb

Over to me for viewer questions:

-what gadgets have been game changing for travel? Smartphones, USB batteries for smartphones, drones, electric razor? Noise-cancelling headphones.

-what has been your favorite place to travel for photography, and your favorite place not for photography? Peru and Portugal for Chelsea. Japan. Lucerne, Switzerland was great for photography but not much else.

-Roderick! Our generous Irish gentleman friend. Thanks for loving us quietly. Thanks for dating us.

Time for a portfolio¬†review! Fabian Santiago. Gorgeous images, great full-screen layout. Fabian, we’ve seen your photos before and we are fans! Maybe just pare down your “on the line” category.

We very unceremoniously get into Chit-Chat, the part of the show where we respond do your dumb YouTube comments.

-nerd the Jeff out

-“kicking the greasy piglet”

-wait so… are we or aren’t we a paid shill? “You’re wrong, but I’m sure you’re used to it by now.”

-podcast? sdp.io/picturethis

Okay, back to photos:

 -leave your family and photograph one place for years

arches, now I see the Kuato

-waterfall celebration

-oh, it me

-lady in red

Erlend!

lighthouse

oasis

Vancouver

Key West

-Great Mosque

-Broad Museum

Banff is fun to say

Back to me:

-10 years ago would I have imagined I’d be on a YouTube live show? Nope, that wasn’t a thing. I was working retail. “You committed, die with it.”

-T&C love Puerto Rico

-two picks happened in the background, here and here

-we’ve been doing the live show for 3 years!

-thanks for $$$! Can the Nikon D7200 do sports? Sure.

-quick tips for travelling on a budget? Stay in hostels, trade apartments while you travel, volunteer tourism, work travel, fly standby or travel by land, travel locally. Travel on container ships? Don’t take a limo to the airport. “What are we, Hulk Hogan in 1989?”

Back to your photos:

 -some castle

-New Zealand

-fall colors

Thailand

waterfall

-“I can’t level it because I’m not level, biologically”

-“we’re the people that don’t have a ding in our car”

-airplane aisles

sunset

Back to me for some more questions:

-if you could only have on mirrorless camera, which one would you choose? a9, or the XT-2, or the XT-10, or the GH5…

-how often do you carry a tripod and then don’t use it? Most of the time. That’s why they like the BeFree.

-are you beyond bringing a laptop for travel? Do you wait to come home before you edit and post? They love the new iPad.

-Twitter Q for Chelsea: where’d you get your shirt? She doesn’t know.

A few more reviews:

-tilt-shift train

vultures

infrared

-v v cute dogs

And that’s a show! Next week’s topic is Night or Astro photography, see you then.