If you're looking to create videos and short films/skits (for Youtube or just your school), don't shy away from buying a tripod with your dedicated camera. Keeping your camcorder stable makes a world of difference in the feel of your video. Plus, getting some lighting equipment can illuminate your subjects in dramatic ways that the sun, moon, or room light simply can't. A good microphone and audio equipment can make your dialogue sound more clear than the camera's built-in mic is capable of.
If you have a bunch of photos you want to scan, Leo actually recommends getting an easel, tripod, digital camera, and good lighting. Put your picture on the easel, snap a digital photo, rinse and repeat. Modern cameras are so high-resolution that they can take pretty good photos of pictures when angled right. An alternative is to ask a service like ScanCafe, which takes mailed photos and scans them for you. Costco also has a scanning service of their own, where you can bring your pictures to them before they convert them.
Your camera and lenses can get general wear and tear as you continue to use it over time. During that time as well, new firmware updates get released that can fix specific issues with your equipment as well! Take the time to keep your camera gear maintained. Clean your contact points on your camera and lenses with a QTip & appropriate cleaning solution, check for firmware updates on your camera & lenses, and also clean out your camera bag too to clear away dirt.
It's the small things that can help to prolong your camera gear's lifespan.
Paul is looking for recommendations for an after-market backup camera to install onto his wife's car. Leo suggests going to thewirecutter.com and look at what they recommend. On their site, they recommend the Accele backup camera. Another one is the Look-IT Backup Camera.
Diana is having issues with her iPhone 6S+ camera after the Apple Store updated her phone to the latest supported software, has had notifications popping up more frequently, and wants to fix it to continue using it. Leo says you can uninstall the apps on your phone to clear up space & anything that would be bogging down the use of your camera. You can also disable notification popups within your apps, but you will need to do it manually with each app.
Julian called in with a suggestion for for Larry in Prescott, AZ, who wanted to connect an external camera to his smartphone for use with an app called BeMyEyes that acts as a visual aid. Julian's idea is to either use an Android device for this, or to use a service called aira.io. This service works in conjunction with glasses that would be worn and identify what things it is seeing.
Chris has a granddaughter that wants to take professional pictures, but Chris doesn't want to spend much more than $500. For $600, Leo recommends the Sony Alpha a6000Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Power Zoom Lens, which is an affordable body that leaves room for more lenses if the photography hobby gets serious. Leo also recommends the Nikon D3400 DSLR Camera 2 Lens Bundle, which comes with a broad range of lenses and a memory card.