Photography and Video

Cameras, camcorders, and photography advice.

What Are My Alternatives to Google Photos?

PCloud

Episode 1759

Diane from Chicago, IL

Diane hears that Google Photos is going to end on January 5th. Leo says that's not accurate. Google Photos will be ending their free unlimited photo storage on June 1st. However, until then, you can store unlimited photos that will remain free forever. After that, the 15GB limit will apply to any new photos, music, all your docs, and email.  But Google's pay tier is pretty affordable if you need more space.

There are other options like Shutterfly and Amazon Prime. 

Chris Marquardt: Visual Bokeh

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1756

Chris joins Leo to talk about using Bokeh (boke-eh) to make a visual impact in your photography. Bokeh is the out of focus background in your image. Bokeh helps put the viewer's attention on the subject, which is in focus. Bokeh can also set a mood, with lights out of focus. It can also be used to disguise a busy background. Bokeh is accomplished by opening up your lens all the way (the lowest f stop setting). And the faster your lens, the more bokeh you can achieve. 

What's a Good Option for Backing Up Photos?

 Apple Photos

Episode 1755

Frederick from Orange County, CA

Frederick wants to create a central location to house all the photos and videos for everyone in the family. Leo says if he wants to be responsible for it all, then Apple Photos can handle it. But everyone may want to keep their own accounts. Google Photos has similar features to Apple Photos, but it's cloud-based. And he can share unlimited free storage up until June 1st. Then each person can upload to a family album from their own account. Then everyone can upload and see the album. It's a great way to do it without having the burden just on the creator.

Chris Marquardt ... Winter Photography

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1754

Today's photo topic is winter photography. Here's the gallery for it: 

http://tfttf.com/winter

Colors tend to look "cooler" in Winter scenes because of the skewed white balance. So post-processing your Winter photos to make them "blue" can make them look better. You can also dial your exposure compensation to +1 or so to compensate for the skewed white balance that can make your photos look grayer than they appear. 

How Can I Restore My Old Photo Backups in iPhoto?

iPhoto

Episode 1750

Doug from West Hollywood, CA

Doug is a singing voice teacher who recently upgraded his Macbook Air with the new Apple M1 design. Leo says that Doug is the ideal candidate for the M1. But what Doug is experiencing is issues with his backups being restored. What Leo recommends is to use the old computer to upload all photos and videos to iCloud. Use the most recent version. The way the old iPhoto used to store them is in a big blob. Go to the Pictures folder and R/C on the library. Select "open contents." There he will see the original photos folder. Copy that over.

What's a good video editor for trimming home movies?

Adobe Premiere Elements

Episode 1749

Mark from Ceretios, CA

Mark upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10. Now he needs some cheap but easy to use video editing software to edit his family home movies and digitize them. Leo says that since Windows dropped Windows Movie Maker, there isn't one available native to the OS anymore. But there are better alternatives out there. Leo recommends Adobe Premiere Elements. It's capable and under $100 - a great version with about 80% the tools of the professional Creative Cloud version.

How Can I Batch Process Thousands of Images?

PixInsight

Episode 1748

Richard from South Texas

Richard is a night sky photographer, and he uses photoshop to create time lapses. He would like to apply the same photo settings to thousands of images he has already taken. Is there a batch mode that can do that? The chatroom says that there is a tool called PixInsight (Windows, macOS X, Linux), which has scripting that can perform that task. There's also a handy color management tool. There's also LR TimeLapse.