Photos

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.

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1058

Chris wants to bust the Zoom Myth. There's a big debate about whether to zoom into a shot, or walk up to the subject to get the shot. Chris says zooming doens't change perspective. Walking up, by contrast, does change perspective, and you can prove it by taking the same picture with both technique. You can change your perspective by moving around, but Chris says if you explore a subject and walk around it, you'll see more than just perspective, you'll see light. Chris says that composition is important too, and you can learn it best with a 50mm lens, aka the "nifty fifty."

How can I get better images on my digital picture frame?

Episode 1050

Carlo from Ontario, CAN

Carlo wants to create a digital picture frame with an HD display, but the quality hasn't always been great. Leo says it's probably because he's using JPG files that when blown up large, it shows artifacts. Leo suggests exporting higher quality images, but Carlo says the JPGs are 36 Megapixels. Leo says it's not the megapixels, but the file size. JPG is what we call a "Lossy" compression technology, which takes little bits out that wouldn't be noticed at smaller sizes. If he uses a lossless compression, such as the TIFF file format, then every dot from the original image will be intact.

Why can't I delete photos from Picasa on the iPad? (Part 2)

Episode 1030

Micheline from Studio City, LA

Micheline can't erase photos on the iPad from Picasa. Leo says that there's a setting in Picasa that will allow it. Leo also says that Windows photo sync is terrible and iTunes on Windows isn't that great either. That's why Picasa is a better option.

Ideally, though, iTunes and the iPad work best on the Mac. Here's a link that talks about issues and various solutions. There's a photo cache called iPod Photo Cache that she can delete.

How can I stop Windows from telling me I'm not backing up? (Part 1)

Episode 1030

Micheline from Studio City, CA

Micheline keeps getting Microsoft's message saying that she's not backing up her hard drive, even though she has Carbonite. Leo says that's because Windows doesn't understand Carbonite, so she can go into the security settings of Windows by clicking on the flag in the system tray, and disable the warning.