Cameras, camcorders, and photography advice.
Photography and Video
Leo has a bunch of pictures that he has on a large USB stick, but they're all out of order chronologically. How can he organize them? Leo says that when you take a picture with any phone, it puts the time and date in the metadata attached to the file. But some programs won't look at that, instead of looking at the file creation date. A photo program like Windows 10 Microsoft Photos will do it. You can download it from the Microsoft store for free. Irfanview is another one. Windows 10 file explorer can also sort by date taken.
Chris has been encouraging Leo to take some time off from photography because he's just not motivated. A "photographic cleanse" is often a good idea to reboot, refresh, and get the creative juices flowing again. And Leo says it works.
Here are three uses for a camera other than taking pictures:
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Norm is a contractor and likes to GeoTag photos for his clients. But Google killed Picasa, which is what he uses. What can he do to add the GPS coordinates to it? Leo says that in the EXIF data of your phone's photos will be the GPS coordinates. Upload them to an album of Google Photos and you should be able to have it show photos on a map. It's called Google MyMaps. Create a new album, then new layer, then import.
Chris has got three workshop tours coming up in the first half of 2020:
Big Ice Journey ... Lake Baikal. Ten days in Siberia. Feb 2020
The Tribes of Ethiopa. Mar 2020
Bhutan ... Land of the Thunderdragon. April 2020
There's also still room to take his 2019 tours:
Silk Road Kyrgyztan June 2019
Romania ... Fall Colors Oct. 2019
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Roger has a bunch of old scrapbooks and wants to digitize them. Leo says that there are a lot of services that can scan them for you, but it may be too precious to risk. So look for a local photo company that won't ship somewhere else. But you can do it yourself. You can even do it with a mobile phone. But Epson makes some really nice photo scanners. Then you can add EXIF metadata in the photo that will give you plenty of room for notes. There's also APTC which gives you even more room for data.
Chris says that sometimes, when you've lost your motivation, or feel discouraged with your photography, is to take a break from your camera. Put all the high performance stuff aside and just shoot with your mobile device for awhile.
Three Apps -
SPECTRE. A long exposure app.
Mitch is concerned that uploading photos to a free service could be a privacy issue. What are the services doing with those pictures? Rich says that if consumers are using a free service, it's not surprising that they will look at the images and then suggest ads based on those images. It's all probably automated, which is why we get ads that are so tuned in.
Can he opt out of it? Rich says only if he gets rid of Facebook. Rich says he should only upload photos he wants to share to those services.
Chris says there's a new kind of photography called "Generational Photography" where you can generate photos of people who don't exist and they look realistic. It's done with artificial intelligence and was developed by NVIDIA. Chris says it looks pretty good and it's bound to get even better as time goes on, NVIDIA has also created a technique that lets you create photos of places that don't exist simply by sketching out a basic image. And that could put stock photographers out of business.
Ellie wants to get a GoPro, but she doesn't care for the colours. Leo says that the White, Silver, and Black are actually three different models, not just colours. The White is $199 and is basic. The Silver is $100 more and has better video, and the Black is the top model.