photo apps

Is There a Good App to Take Pictures of Art?

PhotoScan

Episode 1771

Glenda from Huntington Beach, CA

Glenda sells art online for a gallery and uses CamScan to shoot the images. But sometimes the colors are off. Leo says that color accuracy can be difficult, especially when shooting art. Lighting is important, and a tripod helps in order to get the proper perspective. But when you process an image in software, it's always possible that the image can be modified in a way you don't want.

Chris Marquardt and the Snapshot

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1738

Today, Chris joins Leo to talk about THE SNAPSHOT. A casual shot meant to be a documentary record, rather than an artistic image. It doesn't usually have a lot of intention or planning like a set still image designed to tell a story. But that doesn't mean you can't employ the skills you've learned in photography to make a snapshot all it can be, and to even tell a story.  Chris took images recently with his iPhone, using an app called Argentum, a black and white camera app. It gives your snapshots an Ansel Adams kind of feel.

Here are a few examples:

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. 

Chris Marquardt on Photography

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1510

In Europe, there was a lunar eclipse recently, right during the moon rise. Called the "Blood moon," the eclipse would make for very dramatic photographs. It also happened during the golden hour, just before sunset. Chris used the app The Photographer's Ephemeris to know where the moon would be in the sky and when, and what lens to use to shoot it. Unfortunately, at the last minute the clouds rolled in and he lost it all.