In this last episode of the year, Chris will touch on Deep Sky Photography vs. Nightscapes (and why he might have used that term slightly wrong). There are a few questions about zones (is it really the holy grail of exposure?) and Chris interviews Sina Farhat from Gothenborg, Sweden, who tells us about his method of scanning film with a DSLR.
Today Chris goes through a bunch of listener questions and feedback. Jonathan asks about deleting pictures in camera, Chris says he never deletes pictures in camera. Mark wants to know if it’s a good idea to switch from automatic mode right to manual mode, skipping aperture priority. Jim needs some help choosing matte colors when framing his pictures and John wonders how important it is to calibrate your monitor.
Today we’ll hear feedback about Ethiopia from Nina, Michael from Sydney helps Chris with his English (yes, he blanked out on “udder”) and John has a question about the legalities of street photography. Chris tries to find some answers on this very difficult topic that’s much more grey and black or white.
Chris tells about his Ethiopian adventure, about how divers the culture, history, people and landscapes are, about how colorful this country is and how little tourism he encountered while traveling Addis Ababa, Dire Dawa, the Danakil desert, the salt flats and Erta Ale, a live volcano. Chris elaborates on a picture taken at the volcano, about how and why he took it and how it was post-processed. The major learnings from the trip: be there when the light is good, plan ahead, learn to listen to and trust that faint inner voice and shout STOP! when you see a good picture, don’t be afraid to approach people, learn a few words in the local language and get things done: learn to sort, rate, post-process and backup your pictures as early as possible, maybe via Chris’ 1 Hour 1000 Pics method.
Chris will do some night sky photography in Ethiopia. In this episode he goes over how he prepares for that, what lenses he’ll bring and how he applies the “600 rule” to get the right shape of stars. This episode includes a bonus part: revisiting the infamous thunderstorm episode.