How Can I Better Stabilize My Camera for Photos and Video?


Episode 1711

Mark from Tustin, CA

Mark is interested in a good camera gimbal for his mobile device. Leo says that DJI has a great line called the DJI Ronin for DSLRs and other cameras, and the Osmo For smaller cameras. He can even get them for action cameras and mobile devices. Or, he can go with the DJI Osmo Pocket which has its own camera built-in. So it largely depends on the budget. It's generally more affordable to get one for a smartphone. 

There's also a great one for vloggers called the ZVb1. But it's not a gimbal per se. takes advantage of the camera's internal Optical Image stabilization. 

Chris Marquardt ... Starlinked

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1706

Chris joins Leo to talk about how Elon Musk's Starlink satellites are causing problems for astral photographers and astronomers. The satellites are congesting the night sky, even though SpaceX says that they are putting sunshades on the satellites to prevent light reflection and make the satellites more invisible. But Chris says that instead, they are reflecting infrared, which is also problematic when scanning the sky and taking long-exposure photographs. Chris says at least SpaceX is listening and is trying to engineer a solution to prevent light noise from reflecting down from the sky.

Chris Marquardt ... light is everywhere

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1702

Chris is back to talk about lighting and photography. He's created a Flickr album of lighting examples here -

Black and white helps when shooting in bright light. A single point of light can also make harsh shadows for an edgy image. A giant light source can also eliminate shadows. Overcasts skies act as a softbox in the sky, diffusing the light. Lights bouncing off a wall can also make a light source cover a larger area. Reflectors like a white sheet of foam core can reflect light to where you want it.

How can I add details into my scanned photo to the file data?

EXIF Field Information

Episode 1702

Bruce from Sonoma, CA

Bruce has a lifetime of slides that he's scanning to his Mac. He uses the info file comments for key details, but he can't share those with his son. Leo says that's because those comments are only for his Mac. What Bruce needs to do is use the EXIF field in the photo file itself.  It provides details like date, time, camera settings, GPS, etc. So what Bruce needs to do is use Apple Photos to do it, but you can also use the Preview. Click on CMD + I for that photo to open the Inspector. Then look for the annotations icon (a pen), and you can put the data there.

Chris Marquardt and the secret project

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1700

Chris joins Leo to talk about his secret project: Photo Sensei. It's basically his workshops brought online with live sessions, reviews, podcasts, and more. Chris decided that in these days of social distancing, it was time to bring his workshops to the people.  Students can also get a personal portfolio review, learn tips for improving your editing game, and mastering camera techniques.

The cost is $80 per session.