Ted is a photographer and he's looking for a good laptop to do his photo editing on. He's looking at the Asus Pro Duo, but it's pretty heavy at 5 lbs. Leo says that Asus makes a good laptop, but it may be better to use a better workflow and go with Adobe Creative Cloud and a lighter laptop. But the Asus Pro Duo is a good model. And it's heavier because it has a desktop-class video card. Leo also likes the Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon, it has a gorgeous OLED screen, which is great for accurate color reproduction. Go for it. Max out the RAM though.
Tom wants to know what Apple has done with the iPhone 11 camera. He's having issues with editing the software. Leo says that's likely because Apple has adopted the HEIC image codec, which is a new standard that not every program supports. He can change the format in camera settings, but he can also export it as RAW or JPG when sharing. Leo says that Apple saves full-res versions on iCloud, while caching lower-res versions on the iPhone. So when users open it in the photo editor, they have to wait for the phone to download the full-res version before the app can open it.
Richard still uses Piscasa, and he backs up to iDrive. Are his pictures being backed up? Leo says the ones on the hard drive will be. But Picasaweb in the cloud no longer exists. It's now Google Photos. But it largely depends on what your backup options are. Check in the settings to make sure. But where are the photos? Leo says to look in your Picasa User Profile; it should be able to tell you. The Picasa Database is another location. There's also Google Photos.
Chris Photo tip this week is about indoor photography. Here are a few projects to practice indoors.
1. The hands project. Get someone to hand model for you and take some pictures. Hands can really tell a story, especially older hands.
Sam just got an iMac and wants to know what's the best software for editing photos. Leo says the best bet is to subscribe to Adobe Creative Cloud for Photographers. For $10 a month, he'll get full versions of Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. It's a great deal. Lightroom is the standard. Sam should also check out Apple Photos. It's a great way to start out. Leo also recommends Skylum (formerly MacFun) Luminar, which is $59.
Brian is a photographer and he's rather down about the fact that Adobe Lightroom is about to drastically change with mandatory cloud storage and subscription rates. It has a lot of pros looking for alternatives. Leo says that it's a shame that Adobe is changing what was an excellent app for photography workflow.
Terry is looking to get his wife a laptop for Christmas, and he's thinking about a Chromebook since she tends to get in trouble online. Can she do photo editing with a Chromebook? Leo says she can, as there are online photo editors and plugins for Google Chrome. Google Photos is the best with basic photo tools and filters. There's also Polarr Photo Editor, an extension to Chrome. It's like Photoshop for Chrome.
Ron has downgraded back to Windows 7 because he uses Picasa. He's now having issues with Picasa running, though. Leo says that Picasa development may have ceased because of Google Photos. Google didn't migrate Picasa Web to the new Photos system and it's likely that Google Plus will be discontinued down the road. So who knows what the future has in store.