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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.

How can I organize scanned photos?

Episode 1084

Bernie from Colorado

Bernie is scanning slides into his computer and wants to organize them in groups. Leo says that the best way is to create an album first. Then scan them into that album. Picasa will let him do that, as will iPhoto. He can rename all the files, but that's a bit complicated. Picasa does have a batch file name utility, then he could sort by that. For iPhoto, he can create an album that will allow it to stay in order. Then he can reorder them within that album.

What's the best video camera for a kid?

Olympus TG-2

Episode 1074

Jenny from Cypress, CA

Jenny's daughter wants a video camera, what should she get? Leo says that since Jenny's daughter has an iPhone, she already has a great camera there. Camcorders are dying. So Leo recommends getting a point and shoot camera with a good zoom. They shoot great HD video these days.

Leo likes the Olympus TG-2. It's a tough camera that's both dust proof and water proof.

What's the best photo printing service for iPhone pictures?

Episode 1074

Randy from Hermosa Beach, CA

Randy is an amateur photographer and he's got a few great images on his iPhone that he wants to blow up larger than a poster. Leo says that a camera phone only has so much data, so it may not look great blown up. 14x19 is probably the sweet spot. The larger he goes, the more defects he'll see in the image. Apple's own photo service is very good, so Leo recommends using that.