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How can I use a smartwatch as a remote for my camera?

LG Watch Urbane

Episode 1188

John from Pasadena, CA

John has a Panasonic Lumix camera that he uses for his photography hobby. He's been shooting since the 70s. But he wants to know how he can link it to his smartwatch and use it as a trigger remote. Leo says that both the Apple Watch and Android Smartwatches can do that with the phone camera. He can even see what the phone sees from the watch. This allows him to remote trigger and even do a self timer option.

Why do my iPhone photos look so bad when I print them?

Apple iPhone 6

Episode 1185

Veronica from Los Angeles, CA

Veronica uses her phone all the time to take pictures. But when she uploads them to Walmart to print, the quality is poor in 4x6. Leo says that the iPhone's 8MP camera is more than enough to get great pics. She won't want to email it from the iPhone. She should connect it to her desktop and import the originals. Then upload those photos from there.

How can I improve my smartphone images?

Samsung Galaxy S5

Episode 1184

Art from Santa Ana, CA

Art upgraded to the Samsung Galaxy S5 and he can't select a smaller image to send via text or email anymore. Leo says that he always sets images to the highest resolution, bandwidth be darned. But if he's texting them, he doesn't want to send gigantic images anyway. Art should look into his camera settings to see what the lowest image setting is. Better yet, try another camera app. There's plenty of them out there, like the Google camera, which he can probably get a lower resolution setting in.

Will my photos disappear if I delete my Google Plus app?

Episode 1183

Walter from Huntington, WV

Walter wants to know if all the images that he uploads to Google Plus will stay there if he deletes the Google Plus app. Leo says yes, they will stay there. It only deletes the data stored on the iPhone (i.e. cookies, etc). Google Plus is a great way to back up photos, as is Microsoft's OneDrive. With OneDrive, if he wants Microsoft Office, he'll have unlimited storage.

What happened to iPhoto?

Episode 1183

Fakhar from Islamabad, Pakistan

Fakhar is having issues with iPhoto. Leo says that Apple has replaced iPhoto with Photos in OS X Yosemite. Fakhar says that happened to him and he lost a lot of features and slide shows. Leo says that many of the features that iPhoto had are missing, while some are still there but aren't as apparent. Apple has written it from the ground up and will likely re-add those missing features as time goes on. Face recognition is still there, but it's harder to locate within albums. Leo advises patience. Unfortunately, that's the world of Apple. It's their way or the highway.

How can I get photos off my old iPhone?

iPhone 3G by Dan Taylor

Episode 1161

Peter from Los Angeles, CA

Peter has an old iPhone with a ton of photos on it that he needs to backup. How can he move them off directly without using iTunes? Leo says there's plenty of ways to skin that cat. All he needs to do is connect via USB and his computer will create a popup of the Windows Image Viewer which will transfer the images directly to his computer. Leo also recommends Picasa for it. He doesn't need iTunes for it, but he will need iTunes for any other data on that phone.

Is there an app for Windows that would allow me to put text on photos?

Episode 1160

Julian from Orange County, CA

Julian would like an app for Windows that allows him to put text on pictures. Leo recommends Google's Picasa. It's free, and it'll let him put text on his pictures, but also GeoTag each one so he can organize them on a map. Another option is GetPaint.net, a free and simple replacement for Microsoft's own Paint program.

Why is Google uploading all my pictures from my phone?

Google

Episode 1146

John from Panama City, CA

John has found that all his pictures had been loaded into a Google web album without his knowledge. Leo says that's OK, and it's actually a feature of Google. He probably has it enabled for all photos to be backed up to Google Plus in a private gallery. He can verify the photos are private by looking in the photo details in the online album. It should say "not shared." It's just an auto backup, and it's a good thing.

If he doesn't want to have his photos uploaded, he can disable it through the Google Plus settings in his Android phone.

What's a good free photo management utility?

Google

Episode 1146

Jim from Tallahassee, FL

Jim has a huge quantity of photos and he wants to organize them once they're scanned in. Leo says he can use Picasa to organize the photos. It supports PicasaWeb with privacy settings, sharing options, and thumbnail images. Google keeps it up to date, too. The organization he gives them will have actual folders on his hard drive. So if he uninstalls the program, the structure of the folders remains the same. And the best part is, it's free.

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1134

Today's photo myth is about the iPhone camera app. People think it doesn't do much, but Chris says that with iOS 8 you can do quite a lot and Chris uses it a lot. In the edit feature, there's a dial icon that gives you light, color, and b/w conversion. You can also drill down into adjustments and get exposure, white balance, and other features like saturation, color, and cast. It's giving you professional control that Chris really likes. And it's non destructive, so it doesn't change the original image.