Photography and Video

Cameras, camcorders, and photography advice.

Is the Facebook Portal good for keeping in touch with family?

Facebook Portal

Episode 1692

Jason from Henrico County, VA

Jason wants to know if the Facebook Portal is safe to use for Grandma keeping in touch with family. Leo says that the Portal is very easy to use and comes in three models. It's also really easy to make calls. You just say "call [name]," and it calls. It will also zoom in on the speaker and follow them as they move around. Great for talking to grandkids. And if everyone is on Facebook anyway, it's a great way to keep in touch. 

Chris Marquardt

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1690

Chris was unavailable live today, but here is part II of Chris' prerecorded segment that was to run during his Ethiopia trip. You can view the segment back in episode 1688.

This week's ABC mini assignment is:

A - ANTI. Find opposites ... things on the opposite side of the spectrum. Black and white. Round and square. Smooth and rough. Look for contrasts. Once you program your mind to look for them, you'll find them everywhere.

Chris Marquardt ... Another Mini Assignment

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1688

Chris is under the weather today. Fortunately, they had prerecorded a segment for his trip to Ethiopia.

Don't forget this month's photo challenge! Our next photo assignment is - MYHOME. Take a photo of, about or otherwise concerning the concept of "MYHOME" and then post it to the Tech Guy Group on Flickr. Make sure to tag it with the word "TGMYHOME" as well! And if Chris likes it, it could end up on next month's photo contest review segment!

How an I add metadata to a scanned photo?

IrfanView

Episode 1686

Cody from California

Cody recently bought an Epson FastFoto to capture his old family photos. But how can he add metadata to it? Leo says that the EFF does scan the back of the photo as well, and can add that to metadata. But other than that, Cody will need to add that in software manually. One way around this is to upload all those photos to Google Photos and it will use both facial recognition and background data to determine who and where is in the picture. Irfanview is another good option for WIndows.

Chris Marquardt ... Zoomed

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1686

Chris wants to talk about using video conferencing and how to do it the right way. Everyone is using Zoom or Facetime to stay connected, but there are some things to avoid. Placing the Camera: try to avoid your camera being at desk level. That will give an unflattering look up your nose. So stack up books for your laptop, or use a cheap smartphone holder for your mobile device. Attach that to a mini tripod. Mute yourself when not talking.  Look at the room you are in: What's in the background? You want a background that isn't too distracting.

How can I change the video background while video conferencing?

Open Broadcast Software

Episode 1686

Gary from Buffalo, NY

Gary wants to know what's a good replacement for his OwlCam. Leo says that the Wirecutter likes the NextBase 522GW. Gary also wants to be able to change his background in Zoom. Leo says there are a ton of cool backgrounds here. But the key is to have a greenscreen and good lighting. Can he do it with Skype? Leo says you can by using OBS and a special plugin. eCam on the Mac will do it virtually.

How Do I Move My Pics From My Hard Drive to Another Drive?

Google photos

Episode 1685

Stacy from Commerce township, MI

Stacy's hard drive is filling up after scanning a ton of photos. Her computer only has two USB ports. Does she need a hub in order to connect a USB thumb drive with an external hard drive? Leo says no. She should be able to plug them both in, and then drag from one to the other. But remember, if she deletes those images off the thumb drive, she still only has one copy. She should have three. Use Google Photos to upload them. Flickr gives 1000 photos for free. Shutterfly is free. And if she is an Amazon Prime user, she gets free photo backup as well.

Chris Marquardt ... Improvising

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1682

Still stuck at home, and that means it's time to improvise. This quarantine has taken Chris back to when he had little in the way of gear and had to get creative. Take a photo of yourself every day and document your isolation. It's also a great time to explore the lighting in your home. Daylight is the best light you have, and diffuse light is nice and soft. Shoot your garden. There's macro photography. Food photography. Tabletop photography. Product photography.