Photography and Video

Cameras, camcorders, and photography advice.

Where is my external hard drive in Windows?

Western Digital 2TB Portable Drive

Episode 1548

Jim from Ordway, CO

Jim is having problems with Windows recognizing his external USB drive. But his image catalog says his images are there. Leo says that many photo gallery apps keep a thumbnail for fast referral. So it could have the thumbnail, but not see the original image, if the drive is disconnected or lost. Leo also says that his external drive could be getting flakey. He should get a backup drive and make a copy of his photos. He should save them online, too. Three copies, on two formats, with one off-site. The good news is that hard drives are cheap now. He can get a 1 TB drive for under $100.

What SD card do I need to take pictures?

SanDisk SD Card

Episode 1548

Chuck from Beverly Hills, MI

Chuck is 81 and is into photography now. He wants to know what the best SD cards are. Leo says that SanDisk is the best card for the money. But there's also Lexar, Prograde, and a host of others. Leo recommends staying with smaller 64GB cards so he's not tempted to keep all of his photos on a single card. If it dies, he's lost everything. So he should get several smaller cards. The real key is how fast the card is. SDXC cards that are Class 10, UHS III are the fastest. But his camera may not support that fast of a card, so he'll have to check.

Chris Marquardt on Photography

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1548

Chris says that a recent trend in photography is to be a professional Instagram photographer. Chris also says that Instagram tends to cause people to go to the same locations they see on it. Some of those natural landmarks are actually starting to show wear and tear as a result. Or you get there and it's over crowded. It's largely due to Location Tags. And Jackson Hole, Wyoming is launching a campaign to discourage using location tags. There's also a thing called post the photo, trash the location, so people won't come.

What point and shoot camera does good macro shots?

Olympus TG-5 Waterproof Camera

Episode 1544

Dennis from Rouche, OR

Dennis wants to take some close up photos of diamonds and gems using a point and shoot camera. Can he do that? He can't afford an expensive macro lens. Leo says that point and shoots do macro photography quite well. His first choice would be the Sony RX100 series. It has a 1" sensor, which will give him the best results.

Leo recommends going to DPReview.com for reviews of cameras. They also have a very good video out on Macro Photography.

Are mirrorless cameras as good as DSLRs?

Canon EOS-R mirrorless camera

Episode 1544

Doctor Bird from Laguna Nigel, CA

Doctor Bird wanted Leo's opinion of the new Canon EOS-R mirrorless camera. Leo agrees with Doctor Bird that the mirrorless market is just "good enough" right now, but by design, it hasn't been as good as what is available in Canon's DSLRs. Leo says that they can be just as good, though.

Chris Marquardt says that DSLRs are on their way out, and before long, mirrorless will be the market.