Photography and Video

Cameras, camcorders, and photography advice.

What camera should I get for video?

Episode 1565

Vidak from Sacramento, CA

Vidak wants to get back into video and is thinking of doing it with a smartphone. Leo says that a smartphone video has gotten really good, but there's still some shortcomings. If you want to be ultra portable, Leo recommends the new DJI Pocket OSMO. It can do 4K video and literally fits in your pocket. But if you want to do stills as well, then still camera shoots excellent video.

How do I make a video file smaller?

Handbrake

Episode 1564

David from Los Angeles, CA

David wants to upload videos to Facebook, but the files are too big. How can he make them smaller? Leo says that all video is compressed, and it's just a matter of increasing the compression to make the file smaller to play back on the internet. He can use a codec to do that. He'll want to upload the best quality that Facebook will take. Here are Facebook's requirements.

Then, Leo recommends using Handbrake to do the compression.

How can I protect my camera from theft?

Canon

Episode 1563

Bill from San Juan, PR

Bill bought a Canon camera and lens and he's taking it on a cruise and he's worried about it being stolen. Leo says that first thing to do is take your Canon strap off and replace it with one that doesn't advertise the make and model. Camouflage the camera with a case, and put it around your neck like a tourist. Also don't use a camera bag. Use a diaper bag. Be aware of what goes on around you. Some will use misdirection to get you looking one way, while their partner is stealing you blind in the other direction.

Should I update my mom to Windows 10?

Windows 10 Start Menu

Episode 1559

Bryant from Pennsylvania

Bryant's mother has a Windows 7 desktop and uses her Verizon Hotspot for internet access. Should she use an easier device? Leo says that Windows 7 was a great version of Windows, but Microsoft will end of life support in 2020. Leo recommends installing Windows 10. Leo also thinks making the switch to a Mac Mini may be a good idea as well. Another option, since she uses GIMP, is to use Linux, if she can handle it.

How can I create a shared photo album for a small group of people to access?

Google Photos

Episode 1558

Roger from Chula Vista, CA

Roger needs to be able to post and share photos with an exclusive group of people. What's a good option for that online? Leo says a shared album is ideal. Google Photos is a great option for that. Facebook works if everyone is a Facebook member, but not everyone is or wants to be. Most people have Gmail, which means they have a Google Photos account by default. For pay, SmugMug is a good option.