Chris has a new podcast called The Future of Photography. The field is in a massive revolution right now, with so many new things you can do with your smartphone to take pictures and artificial intelligence that can analyze different parts of the image and adjust them accordingly. There is a lot of computation that's now going on with cameras, making them just as much a computer as they are a camera. The software can even adjust distortion that comes from using a lower quality lens.
Nora would like to scan her negatives and slides. What's a good film scanner? She hears that Magnasonic will scan every size negative around. Leo says that he's never heard of it, but it looks like they make a lot of stuff, so it may not be a reliable option. She should check out the Epson Perfection scanners.
Chris is back from his trip to Bhutan, where he took some great shots of the Himalayas. It was a 14-day photo workshop tour that Chris hosted. Check out his pictures here. Chris says it's a great culture with amazing landscape. It could be the best-kept tourism secret on the planet since only about 20,000 people visit there in any given year. There's a lot of unusual stuff you see that forces you to ask yourself "how can I shoot that?" It forces you to use your eye and think freshly about it. Bhutan also has amazing contrasts.
Chris says that going on a trip is the worst time to buy a new camera. Don't do it. Use the camera you are most comfortable with so you're not wasting time learning your camera while trying to capturing that "Kodak moment." You want to relax, not be stressed out. Also, avoid a new tripod. Shoot what you know and love. The more relaxed you are, the better your photos will be. Avoid stuff that gets between you and the photo. A ton of protective accessories can be frustrating, but a good filter can't hurt. Make sure you smile a lot when trying to take pictures of people.
Chris is about to go on a photography trip and he wanted to talk about packing for it. Chris says there's your checked baggage and your carry-on baggage. Never pack your camera into checked luggage. Always just bring your camera with you. Don't pack your film, either. It won't survive the security X-Ray scan. Batteries also need to be in your carry-on luggage. You can check your tripod in your luggage, though.
Doctor Bird is a professional photographer and he recommends Canon because it's just easier to use for a beginning photographer. He recommends the Canon T6i Rebel Starter Kit. It's the best entry level out there, and very simple to use.
George has a teenage daughter who wants a camera to take pictures with. He doesn't really want to give her a DSLR yet, but he doesn't want to get a cheap point and shoot either. He wants something she can use, grow with, and enjoy with him since he shoots with a Nikon. Leo says that the Nikon D3400 is a great option because it's only $500 and it would use the same lenses as his.