Cameras, camcorders, and photography advice.
Photography and Video
Chris says that sometimes, when you've lost your motivation, or feel discouraged with your photography, is to take a break from your camera. Put all the high performance stuff aside and just shoot with your mobile device for awhile.
Three Apps -
SPECTRE. A long exposure app.
Mitch is concerned that uploading photos to a free service could be a privacy issue. What are the services doing with those pictures? Rich says that if consumers are using a free service, it's not surprising that they will look at the images and then suggest ads based on those images. It's all probably automated, which is why we get ads that are so tuned in.
Can he opt out of it? Rich says only if he gets rid of Facebook. Rich says he should only upload photos he wants to share to those services.
Chris says there's a new kind of photography called "Generational Photography" where you can generate photos of people who don't exist and they look realistic. It's done with artificial intelligence and was developed by NVIDIA. Chris says it looks pretty good and it's bound to get even better as time goes on, NVIDIA has also created a technique that lets you create photos of places that don't exist simply by sketching out a basic image. And that could put stock photographers out of business.
Ellie wants to get a GoPro, but she doesn't care for the colours. Leo says that the White, Silver, and Black are actually three different models, not just colours. The White is $199 and is basic. The Silver is $100 more and has better video, and the Black is the top model.
Chris recently had one of his photos show up on Flickr Explore, and he got over 49,000 views in one day. It's a search algorithm that has a few conditions - 1) It has to have a lot of views, 2) the image has to be of a minimum size or above 3) Pro users are more likely to get highlighted 4) The more active you are on Flickr, the more likely your image will get chosen. On the other hand, the more groups your photo is featured in, the less likely it'll be featured. 5) Avoid Watermarks.
George is using Google Photos. But he's getting a lot of duplications as he backs up from his desktop, phone and laptop. Leo says that's a common problem, but is usually due to different formats, like RAW and JPG. There's no real way to automatically weed the duplicates out. Picasa used to have that option, but Google killed it and didn't port that feature over to Photos. Leo suggests backing photos from a camera to the phone and let Google Photos upload from that one source. He can also use the sort feature to search for day-of capture and then manually de-dupe from there.
Chris joins us to talk about things that photographers learn, and then proceed to overuse them. Like a new fast lens... and suddenly, all your photos are shallow depth of field. Or drones... suddenly, all the shots you take are drone shots. After a while though, we end up moving on to something else. Balance is the key, use your gear for specific shots to tell a story.
Chris joins us to talk about the new triple camera feature of the Samsung Galaxy S10. Chris says that most smartphones have a basic focal length of 28mm, but the Galaxy S10 has a wider 16mm feature that can cause a lot of distortion. Users can zoom in to the medium or telephoto setting as well.
Don has some Kodak photo CDs that he'd like to retrieve images from. He heard that Contenta is a good option, but it's pricey and Leo says he shouldn't have to spend any money on it. Unfortunately, photo CDs from the 90s were stored by Kodak in a proprietary PCD format. Leo recommends IrfanView since it can read PCD files. Don should be able to see them, open the files in IrfanView, and get them off into a more palpable format like JPG. But if he can't see them, TedFelix.com says PCD to JPG converter can do it as well.
Jay has a stack of miniDV tapes and wants to digitize them to make DVDs. Leo says if he still has the camera, he can do it easily by plugging it into the computer. He wants a USB 3 or Thunderbolt connection if possible. Firewire to USB converter could also do it, but it may be easier just to have a service do it.