cameras

Why is my camera not focusing?

Sony A7R IV

Episode 1645

John from Mount Juliet, Tennessee

John has a Sony A7R and he's having some focusing issues with his lens. Leo says that you can sometimes accidentally switch off autofocus on the lens. So make sure your switch is enabled to AF. Another thing to do is update the lens' firmware. Yes, your lens has firmware. It may be old or even corrupted. So update it. Also, clean the contacts with a QTip and some alcohol. 

Is Simultaneous Multi-Cam Recording the Future?

Focus

Episode 1626

Scott from Orange County, CA

Scott watched the recent Apple event and it got him thinking about multiple lenses/cameras shooting a film simultaneously during production. Leo describes the pain of shooting an interview with only one camera, where the reactions often come across as a bit fake. Scott explains how the movie Focus was screened in front of audiences using four different versions, and the final edit blended them together based on audience feedback. Leo believes more in auteur theory and artistic vision, but the possibility to combine filming styles is still there. 

Chris Marquardt ... Having G.A.S.

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1611

Chris doesn't usually like to talk about new hardware, because he doesn't want people to think that a new camera will make you a better photographer. It doesn't. But there are two new cameras coming that are going to be pretty nice.

1) The Sony A7III will have 61MP and a full-frame sensor with 10fps burst shooting. That means it has a huge buffer of up to 68 images! It also has eye tracking with better autofocus. Even for animals. It also has Pixel Shifting to increase to up to 240MP in still life. Cost is $3500 available Sept 2019.

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. 

What Happened to the No-Blur Feature on my Phone Camera?

Samsung

Episode 1583

Constance from Huntington Beach, CA

Constance likes the "no blur feature" on her Samsung mobile phone camera, but after the latest phone update, it doesn't work! What can she do? Rich isn't sure what happened with the update, but she can do face tracking by using her finger to tap and hold on the face of her subject, locking the focus. There is also tracking autofocus in the camera settings. Look under the Bixby features setting icon. There's also a shot suggestions and optimizer feature. 

Why can't I use my IP cameras with my browsers?

VIVOTEK

Episode 1569

Brian from California

Brian has a series of VIVOTEK IP cameras. But he can't cast to Safari, Chrome or Firefox. EDGE and Explorer work though. Leo says that he may need to install an extension, and it may not be available. VIVOTEK may not have written plugins for it, or it may use a technology which other browsers don't support. Browsers have depreciated some of those plugin technologies lately. And chances are, they aren't secure.

From the chatroom, there is a way and here's a video on it - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEPuhmPIzm4

How can I make a living at YouTube?

Mevo

Episode 1569

Trochelle from North Carolina

Trochelle wants to become a YouTuber. Can she make a living at it? What camera should she use? Leo says that 99% of people don't make a living at YouTube, and nobody really knows the formula in how to do it, other than content being king. You have to find a niche and offer consistent and high-quality content. But will it be enough to pay the bills? Well, that's the question. Pick something you're nutty passionate about and do that. The camera for getting started is the MEVO.

How can I protect my camera from theft?

Canon

Episode 1563

Bill from San Juan, PR

Bill bought a Canon camera and lens and he's taking it on a cruise and he's worried about it being stolen. Leo says that first thing to do is take your Canon strap off and replace it with one that doesn't advertise the make and model. Camouflage the camera with a case, and put it around your neck like a tourist. Also don't use a camera bag. Use a diaper bag. Be aware of what goes on around you. Some will use misdirection to get you looking one way, while their partner is stealing you blind in the other direction.