Cameras, camcorders, and photography advice.
Photography and Video
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
For more information, visit - https://discoverthetopfloor.com
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.
Chris recently had one of his photos show up on Flickr Explore, and he got over 49,000 views in one day. It's a search algorithm that has a few conditions - 1) It has to have a lot of views, 2) the image has to be of a minimum size or above 3) Pro users are more likely to get highlighted 4) The more active you are on Flickr, the more likely your image will get chosen. On the other hand, the more groups your photo is featured in, the less likely it'll be featured. 5) Avoid Watermarks.
George is using Google Photos. But he's getting a lot of duplications as he backs up from his desktop, phone and laptop. Leo says that's a common problem, but is usually due to different formats, like RAW and JPG. There's no real way to automatically weed the duplicates out. Picasa used to have that option, but Google killed it and didn't port that feature over to Photos. Leo suggests backing photos from a camera to the phone and let Google Photos upload from that one source. He can also use the sort feature to search for day-of capture and then manually de-dupe from there.
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.