Cameras, camcorders, and photography advice.
Photography and Video
Chris joins us to talk about things that photographers learn, and then proceed to overuse them. Like a new fast lens... and suddenly, all your photos are shallow depth of field. Or drones... suddenly, all the shots you take are drone shots. After a while though, we end up moving on to something else. Balance is the key, use your gear for specific shots to tell a story.
Chris joins us to talk about the new triple camera feature of the Samsung Galaxy S10. Chris says that most smartphones have a basic focal length of 28mm, but the Galaxy S10 has a wider 16mm feature that can cause a lot of distortion. Users can zoom in to the medium or telephoto setting as well.
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.
Jay has a stack of miniDV tapes and wants to digitize them to make DVDs. Leo says if he still has the camera, he can do it easily by plugging it into the computer. He wants a USB 3 or Thunderbolt connection if possible. Firewire to USB converter could also do it, but it may be easier just to have a service do it.
It's time for the next photo assignment with Chris Marquardt, show's been away in New Zealand for two months! The assignment we're looking at this week is SUIT.
Joe takes a bunch of photos and wants to know how he can get high-quality images online that his clients can access. Leo suggests Google Photos. He can get unlimited, high-resolution uploads at very good quality. They will also be organized by face detection, GPS, and date, which is convenient. He can then create shared folders where he can then invite people to view and download the images.
Rick has a pair of Sony XCams, which he wants to capture separate audio channels. But lately, his cameras are forcing him to capture in stereo, not separate mono. Leo says to do it in post. Separate the tracks. Input the secondary tracks. Any audio editor will do it.
Steve is a professional photographer and he stores his raw images on a NAS (network attached storage) with Mac File sharing. But he's finding that about 10% of his images are corrupted. Leo says that there's two ways this can happen. 1) the data is corrupted on the disk. Is the file corruption happening locally? Or on the network. It helps to test if it happens the same every time. That means the data is getting corrupted on the NAS itself. If it was a network corruption, it would happen intermittently and randomly.
Vidak wants to get back into video and is thinking of doing it with a smartphone. Leo says that a smartphone video has gotten really good, but there's still some shortcomings. If you want to be ultra portable, Leo recommends the new DJI Pocket OSMO. It can do 4K video and literally fits in your pocket. But if you want to do stills as well, then still camera shoots excellent video.
David wants to upload videos to Facebook, but the files are too big. How can he make them smaller? Leo says that all video is compressed, and it's just a matter of increasing the compression to make the file smaller to play back on the internet. He can use a codec to do that. He'll want to upload the best quality that Facebook will take. Here are Facebook's requirements.
Then, Leo recommends using Handbrake to do the compression.