Cameras, camcorders, and photography advice.
Photography and Video
Paul is looking for a program that can manage his duplicate photos, getting rid of them. Leo says that you want software that can get into the metadata and contents of the image to determine if it's an actual duplicate or not. Easy Duplicate Finder for Windows. For the Mac, Leo uses Gemini 2. AllDupe is a favorite of the Chatroom.
Chris gives us a mini assignment this week, similar to the ABC assignment last week. The A is for Abstract. Spend some times looking for abstract shapes, forms, colors and shoot a picture of them. B - Background. Today, we focus on the foreground. But what about the background? Take a picture that focuses on the background of the image, and how it interacts with your main subject. It could be a frame, color, shape, just about anything. Finally ...
Gloria is going on a long trip and wants to know what camera she should buy. Leo suspects Gloria wants a point and shoot and the prices have dropped. He likes the Canon PowerShots. The G5 is around $400 plus tax. Excellent camera. But point and shoots are becoming harder to find because people are simply using their mobile phones to take pictures. The Olympus Tough TG6 is another really good one.
Charlie bought a device from Facebook ads that backs up his pictures, but he ended up with a ton of duplicates. Is there a better option out there? Leo says that some of these de-dupers are too aggressive and deletes all copies. So before you run a de-duper, make a backup copy of your photos one more time. That way, if it does end up deleting all copies, you'll have a backup on the Mac, there's Gemini 2, which is a de-duper that eliminates multiple copies of the same photo. But there are plenty of Windows versions as well.
Today's assignment review: JOURNEY
Patrick wants to know if Leo has ever used the Capture One software that comes with his Sony Camera, and is it worth upgrading to the full version if so? Leo says that a lot of pros use the pro version of Capture One. It supports tethering, but so does Adobe Lightroom. Another benefit of Adobe Lightroom is Adobe Camera Raw, which renders Raw really well. Other options include DXO Photo, Skylum Luminar. Luminar also has a great HDR editor developed by Trey Ratcliffe. But if you want the most popular alternative to Lightroom, Capture One would be it.
Experiment with these three five minute assignments:
1. The Aperture assignment. Take a photo at the lowest aperture setting, and one at the highest aperture setting and compare. Also, try it with telephoto lenses.
2. The Burst Assignment. Use burst mode on your camera and capture motion with it. See what the camera grabs. Pick the best.
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.