Cameras, camcorders, and photography advice.
Photography and Video
Dave's friend wants to watch videos she's taken, and there's about 58GB of them. Would DVDs be a good choice? Leo says that DVDs are a technological dead end. He recommends an AppleTV. But she'd need internet access. The benefit would be able to play via Airplay from her Phone. But the videos flip sideways since she shot them in portrait mode. How can he do a batch conversion? Leo recommends Handbrake! It's free and will do all the conversion. But the flipping may still be a problem. The TV is ignoring the orientation information that is embedded by the iPhone.
Patty is going on a Nile cruise and African photo safari. She wants to upload her photos every night. She doesn't want to bring a laptop. Leo says that Katie can use an iPad with a media dongle to plug in her memory cards. But Panasonic also has an app that she can use to connect to the camera via WiFi and move the photos over wirelessly. But she won't be able to do much photo editing. Leo brings his laptop with Adobe Lightroom on it, and plenty of memory cards. That way she can keep the cards as the originals, and upload for backup. So just swap out the cards every day.
Michael is buying an all in one printer, and he's not going to do a lot of printing. He's doing more scanning of photographs. He's looking at sending the negatives and slides to a service. But it seems there are just too many models to choose from. What should he get? Leo recommends to check out Amazon reviews. They are always your friend. The Wirecutter is very good for recommendations, as is PC Magazine. The Epson Fast Photo (Epson is a sponsor of the TWiT Network) is expensive at $600, but if you have thousands of photos to scan, it's a good one to go with.
Chris joins Leo again to talk about the new Starlink satellites that Space X has been launching into orbit. Starlink's goal is to cover the world with ultra-fast gigabit wireless internet. Currently, there are 180 satellites in orbit, with the goal of 12,000 satellites total. The satellites will be in a low earth orbit, and as such, they will be visible in the night sky. That's going to be a problem for astronomers and astrophotographers. SpaceX is experimenting with a coating that they say will reduce reflectivity, but the other 179 satellites are still going to be a problem.
Robin uses Google Photos to back up her images and has noticed it's having issues with facial recognition features from younger to older. It'll recognize adults rather easily, but the older images of her kids not so much. Leo says that Google's facial recognition measures many physical facial features and it may be that younger to adult represents too much of a difference to connect the dots and recognize them as the same person but as an adult.
Lori wants to make a photo book of her dad's photos. She needs to scan them. Should she use a phone app or get a scanner? Leo says the Epson Fast Photo is excellent because it handles photos through a sheet feeder. But it's not cheap. Your phone or camera app will work. You just have to be sure it's evenly lit. There are a ton of apps that can do it. PhotoScan. PhotoMyne. Another option is ScanCafe, which will send you a box that you can fill and then send it to them and they will not only scan the images but clean them up and color correct them. Then they send it back with a DVD.
Michael was in Las Vegas recently and took some great time-lapse photos, but when he plugged in his SD card to his computer, the photos can't be seen. But he sees them on his camera. Leo says that Michael's camera can be connected via WiFi to his mobile device and he can send it that way if you see them in the DCIM. Was it Raw? Your computer may not be able to read it without a reader. It may also be that your SD card has failed, but the camera can see the thumbnails. Leo recommends using Recuva (Windows) and see if you can recover the files.
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Chris wants to know if the SoloShot robotic camera would be good for recording his son playing hockey. Leo says the technology which follows people is pretty cool. That could be an ideal way to keep track of his kid during the action. Another one called Pixio uses a smartphone. But the downside is that when he is indoors, he'll need to set up additional transponders to know where it is in the indoor space.
Chris joins Leo to talk about how to get your creative juices flowing with photography in the new year. Chris offers three little assignments ... A) look for alternating structures. This can be color, texture, design; it doesn't matter: just something that alternates in the image. Shoot from different angles. Play with it. B) Break some rules, especially your own rules. This will make you aware of the rules you follow subconsciously. For example: shoot a portrait with a wide-angle lens. Raise the ISO as high as you can and lean into the noise.