Photography and Video

Cameras, camcorders, and photography advice.

Do I need more than one backup?

The DAM Book 3.0

Episode 1601

Phil from Arvada, Colorado

Phil has noticed that Carbonite's backup fees keep going up, and they seem to be more focused on business plans lately. Leo says that business is where the real money is, but Carbonite is still doing consumer backup plans. But if Phil has several cloud-based hard drives, does he really need it? Leo says that's only something Phil can answer. But if Phil is a photographer, he really needs to back up his data using a 3-2-1 backup strategy. Three backups, on two different forms of media, one off-site.

What's With Vertical Video on TV?

Vertical

Episode 1600

Alan from North Hollywood, CA

Alan doesn't know the term for the way they show vertical video on TV. Leo says it's because the video was shot on a mobile phone, and TV programs will use effects to blow up the original video and blur it out, placing it behind the video image. This is to just fill out the screen so it doesn't look like there's a problem with your TV Set. It's called PillarBox, and Leo says it's an easy effect that can be done with Adobe Premiere.

How can I manage thousands of photos and organize them?

Adobe Lightroom

Episode 1599

Carol from Orange County, CA

Carol is a casting director and she's heading back east for a big project. She needs a way to take images and organize them into multiple categories. Leo says that almost all photo editing apps like Lightroom have tagging. Google Photos also works. You can use the Albums feature, which enables multiple albums with the same image in it. And anyone can share it. Leo says that Adobe Lightroom has cloud storage and sync to multiple computers. So that's an option. 

She also needs a mass texting and emailing option. 

How can I record, edit and upload within a camera itself?

iPhone

Episode 1597

Rich from Wooster, MA

Rich is looking for a camera that will allow him to edit in camera. He wants to be sure he can post videos to youtube and protect his rights. Leo says that YouTube is a private company, and so they can cut you off if you violate their terms and conditions. Only the government is prohibited. However, police can arrest you if you record a police officer. You have to record them openly, not in secret. 

To record, edit, and share, Leo recommends using a smartphone. It's really an all in one solution. 

How can I backup photos from my mobile phone?

iPhone XS

Episode 1596

David from Riverside, CA

David takes a lot of pictures with his smartphone and he is having issues transferring his pictures to his computer. He plugs in the iPhone to his Windows PC and drags and drops. But it stops. Leo says that Windows is awful doing that. It's not fault tolerant and it can time out really easily. Microsoft has a command line option called ROBO COPY that'll handle it without error. But in the long run, that's a difficult way to do it. Leo recommends using Google Photos. And the photos are just as good.

How can I organize my photos?

IrfanView UI

Episode 1593

Leo from Van Nuys, CA

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. 

How can I add GPS to my photos?

GPS Maps

Episode 1589

Norm from Simi Valley, CA

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.