Photography and Video

Cameras, camcorders, and photography advice.

Should I update my mom to Windows 10?

Windows 10 Start Menu

Episode 1559

Bryant from Pennsylvania

Bryant's mother has a Windows 7 desktop and uses her Verizon Hotspot for internet access. Should she use an easier device? Leo says that Windows 7 was a great version of Windows, but Microsoft will end of life support in 2020. Leo recommends installing Windows 10. Leo also thinks making the switch to a Mac Mini may be a good idea as well. Another option, since she uses GIMP, is to use Linux, if she can handle it.

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.

Where is my external hard drive in Windows?

Western Digital 2TB Portable Drive

Episode 1548

Jim from Ordway, CO

Jim is having problems with Windows recognizing his external USB drive. But his image catalog says his images are there. Leo says that many photo gallery apps keep a thumbnail for fast referral. So it could have the thumbnail, but not see the original image, if the drive is disconnected or lost. Leo also says that his external drive could be getting flakey. He should get a backup drive and make a copy of his photos. He should save them online, too. Three copies, on two formats, with one off-site. The good news is that hard drives are cheap now. He can get a 1 TB drive for under $100.

What SD card do I need to take pictures?

SanDisk SD Card

Episode 1548

Chuck from Beverly Hills, MI

Chuck is 81 and is into photography now. He wants to know what the best SD cards are. Leo says that SanDisk is the best card for the money. But there's also Lexar, Prograde, and a host of others. Leo recommends staying with smaller 64GB cards so he's not tempted to keep all of his photos on a single card. If it dies, he's lost everything. So he should get several smaller cards. The real key is how fast the card is. SDXC cards that are Class 10, UHS III are the fastest. But his camera may not support that fast of a card, so he'll have to check.

Chris Marquardt on Photography

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1548

Chris says that a recent trend in photography is to be a professional Instagram photographer. Chris also says that Instagram tends to cause people to go to the same locations they see on it. Some of those natural landmarks are actually starting to show wear and tear as a result. Or you get there and it's over crowded. It's largely due to Location Tags. And Jackson Hole, Wyoming is launching a campaign to discourage using location tags. There's also a thing called post the photo, trash the location, so people won't come.