Chris recently held a portrait workshop, and he made use of the summer weather by playing with the harsh available sunlight. Trying different light situations as the day progressed. The sun is a harsh, contrasty light that doesn't lend itself to good portraiture. But there are a few things to keep in mind:
Kodak (actually C+A, a Kodak official licensee) showed three film scanners at the show. Models range from about $45 for the Kodak Mobile Scanner, good if you just have a limited amount of old film formats you want to digitize, up to about $179 for the Kodak Scanza. Here's info mostly from the company: All three of these devices let you convert film to jpegs. The 14 to 22MP KODAK Film Scanza Scanner converts old 35mm, 126, 110, Super 8 & 8mm Negatives & Slides to JPEG Digital Files.
This month's photo assignment was CLOSEUP. Here are the top three that caught Chris' eye:
All assignment photos:
Steve is amazed at how GPS mapping apps can know what the best and fastest route is. Leo says that WAZE is crowd sourced, so it gets real time traffic data from Waze users themselves, and it can work to route you around it.
Steve is also a photographer and wants to know what are good online sources to share and get feedback. Leo says that while it has changed recently, Flickr is a good place to post for community input.
Shane has a 2014 Trashcan Mac Pro and he's having trouble uploading his raw photo files. Would the new Mac Mini handle them, or should he bite the bullet and get the new cheesegrater this fall? Leo says that the new Mac Mini is a great computer and he can max it out for a great price. Leo also says that he will likely slow down the computer when he uses extra cores during rendering. So it's difficult to gauge the specs.
Steven has a Canon 1D Mk. III and his backup Canon 1DX has lost its autofocus capabilities. Should he repair it for $1800 or buy a new one. Leo says that the 1DX is a pro-grade camera, and that makes it worth repairing. But if you have gear acquisition syndrome, you can certainly sell that camera on eBay and let someone else pay to repair it
Phil has noticed that Carbonite's backup fees keep going up, and they seem to be more focused on business plans lately. Leo says that business is where the real money is, but Carbonite is still doing consumer backup plans. But if Phil has several cloud-based hard drives, does he really need it? Leo says that's only something Phil can answer. But if Phil is a photographer, he really needs to back up his data using a 3-2-1 backup strategy. Three backups, on two different forms of media, one off-site.
Chris isn't with us today, he's traveling. But he wanted us to remind everyone about the latest photo assignment -CLOSEUP. Take a photo of, about or otherwise concerning the concept of "CLOSEUP" and then post it to the Tech Guy Group on Flickr. Make sure to tag it with the word "CLOSEUP" as well! And if Chris likes it, it could end up on next month's photo contest review segment!