Cameras, camcorders, and photography advice.
Photography and Video
Bill has over 30,000 slides he needs to digitize. Leo says that 30,000 slides are untenable to digitize. So Leo recommends triaging and culling that number to a more manageable collection of those he absolutely must archive. Then go to a company like ScanCafe.com. They will not only digitize them, but they will clean them and then save them to a DVD or thumb drive for him to have. He also wants to tag the photos with metadata like when, where, and who. Leo says Camera Bits PhotoMechanic is great for that.
Richard still uses Piscasa, and he backs up to iDrive. Are his pictures being backed up? Leo says the ones on the hard drive will be. But Picasaweb in the cloud no longer exists. It's now Google Photos. But it largely depends on what your backup options are. Check in the settings to make sure. But where are the photos? Leo says to look in your Picasa User Profile; it should be able to tell you. The Picasa Database is another location. There's also Google Photos.
Chris is on assignment in Siberia this week, and prerecorded his segment, on GPS. Leo says he doesn't have GPS built into one camera, but it is in his 5D Mk. IV. Chris says that he doesn't use GPS all that much, but if you need it, you can always take a cell phone picture as well and have that GPS embedded. But Chris honestly doesn't care about GPS.
Paul is looking for a program that can manage his duplicate photos, getting rid of them. Leo says that you want software that can get into the metadata and contents of the image to determine if it's an actual duplicate or not. Easy Duplicate Finder for Windows. For the Mac, Leo uses Gemini 2. AllDupe is a favorite of the Chatroom.
Chris gives us a mini assignment this week, similar to the ABC assignment last week. The A is for Abstract. Spend some times looking for abstract shapes, forms, colors and shoot a picture of them. B - Background. Today, we focus on the foreground. But what about the background? Take a picture that focuses on the background of the image, and how it interacts with your main subject. It could be a frame, color, shape, just about anything. Finally ...
Gloria is going on a long trip and wants to know what camera she should buy. Leo suspects Gloria wants a point and shoot and the prices have dropped. He likes the Canon PowerShots. The G5 is around $400 plus tax. Excellent camera. But point and shoots are becoming harder to find because people are simply using their mobile phones to take pictures. The Olympus Tough TG6 is another really good one.
Charlie bought a device from Facebook ads that backs up his pictures, but he ended up with a ton of duplicates. Is there a better option out there? Leo says that some of these de-dupers are too aggressive and deletes all copies. So before you run a de-duper, make a backup copy of your photos one more time. That way, if it does end up deleting all copies, you'll have a backup on the Mac, there's Gemini 2, which is a de-duper that eliminates multiple copies of the same photo. But there are plenty of Windows versions as well.
Today's assignment review: JOURNEY
Patrick wants to know if Leo has ever used the Capture One software that comes with his Sony Camera, and is it worth upgrading to the full version if so? Leo says that a lot of pros use the pro version of Capture One. It supports tethering, but so does Adobe Lightroom. Another benefit of Adobe Lightroom is Adobe Camera Raw, which renders Raw really well. Other options include DXO Photo, Skylum Luminar. Luminar also has a great HDR editor developed by Trey Ratcliffe. But if you want the most popular alternative to Lightroom, Capture One would be it.
Experiment with these three five minute assignments:
1. The Aperture assignment. Take a photo at the lowest aperture setting, and one at the highest aperture setting and compare. Also, try it with telephoto lenses.
2. The Burst Assignment. Use burst mode on your camera and capture motion with it. See what the camera grabs. Pick the best.