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How Can I Get my Photos Off of a Photo CD?

photo CDs

Episode 1572

Don from San Juan Capistrano, CA

Don has some Kodak photo CDs that he'd like to retrieve images from. He heard that Contenta is a good option, but it's pricey and Leo says he shouldn't have to spend any money on it. Unfortunately, photo CDs from the 90s were stored by Kodak in a proprietary PCD format. Leo recommends IrfanView since it can read PCD files. Don should be able to see them, open the files in IrfanView, and get them off into a more palpable format like JPG. But if he can't see them, TedFelix.com says PCD to JPG converter can do it as well.

How can I create a shared photo album for a small group of people to access?

Google Photos

Episode 1558

Roger from Chula Vista, CA

Roger needs to be able to post and share photos with an exclusive group of people. What's a good option for that online? Leo says a shared album is ideal. Google Photos is a great option for that. Facebook works if everyone is a Facebook member, but not everyone is or wants to be. Most people have Gmail, which means they have a Google Photos account by default. For pay, SmugMug is a good option.

How can I tag pictures and search them?

Google Photos

Episode 1541

Kathleen from Huntington Beach, CA

Kathleen has an iPhone and the sound is muffled. Leo says that it's easy to muffle the sound because of where the mic is. As Steve Jobs once said "people hold the iPhone wrong" all the time. Kathleen also wants to know how to tag her mobile pictures to sort and find them in Photos. Leo says that she can use tags in both Google Photos (Windows/Mac) and Apple Photos (Mac). Google Photos will also use face recognition. And if she presses the three dot icon, she can add descriptions in the metadata, which is searchable.

Can I download higher quality photos and videos by connecting over USB?

Google Pixel 3

Episode 1538

Garett from Chico, CA

Leo says yes, all Android phones can do this. He just needs to get a USB cable, either USB Type A or Type C depending on what his computer has. A Windows PC should be able to mount the phone as a drive, but he may need to get software for it if he's on Mac. He can look for "Android File Transfer Manager" which is a free program that allows the Mac to see the Android device.

How can I digitize a large quantity of photos?

Google Photos

Episode 1497

Richard from Tuckahoe, NY

Richard has tons of photographs and he has to digitize all of them. He's thinking of using his iPhone to take pictures of them and then put them on Google Photos. Leo says the only issue here will be time. Essentially taking a photo of the physical photos is all a scanner is doing anyway. The advantage of using an actual scanner, however, is that there will be perfect lighting and the picture is exactly flat to the camera. The scanner can get a high resolution photo by being able to slowly scan across the image.

Chris Marquardt on Photography

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1496

Chris joins us today to talk about what you should or shouldn't include in your pictures. Chris just finished holding a weekend workshop in front of tech-inclined people. He talked about how to put a picture together, and how to decide what to include in your photographs. Technology will help you do a lot, but it can't make those kinds of decisions for you. Once you figure out what to include in your photo, you have to make a decision on where to put it in the photo. Would going wide-angle make it easier or more difficult? It might be harder to determine what is important in the photo.