Cameras, camcorders, and photography advice.
Photography and Video
It's time for the next photo assignment with Chris Marquardt, show's been away in New Zealand for two months! The assignment we're looking at this week is SUIT.
Joe takes a bunch of photos and wants to know how he can get high-quality images online that his clients can access. Leo suggests Google Photos. He can get unlimited, high-resolution uploads at very good quality. They will also be organized by face detection, GPS, and date, which is convenient. He can then create shared folders where he can then invite people to view and download the images.
Rick has a pair of Sony XCams, which he wants to capture separate audio channels. But lately, his cameras are forcing him to capture in stereo, not separate mono. Leo says to do it in post. Separate the tracks. Input the secondary tracks. Any audio editor will do it.
Steve is a professional photographer and he stores his raw images on a NAS (network attached storage) with Mac File sharing. But he's finding that about 10% of his images are corrupted. Leo says that there's two ways this can happen. 1) the data is corrupted on the disk. Is the file corruption happening locally? Or on the network. It helps to test if it happens the same every time. That means the data is getting corrupted on the NAS itself. If it was a network corruption, it would happen intermittently and randomly.
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.
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.
Ron wants to know if he can organize his photos on his iPod touch like he can on his windows computer. Leo says no. Apple doesn't want you to do that, so you don't get access to the file structure. An iPad will have the same problem. The Microsoft Surface Go Tablet will not only do it, but he can also transfer windows files directly over.
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.
Arnold has a frustrating time with Google photos because he can't download his photos to his phone, and when he deletes a photo in Google photos, it deletes it on his phone. Leo says turning off sync in Google Photos will prevent that. And unfortunately, he has to download each photo individually.
Jim wants to create custom thumbnails of his graphics as he takes them off his old Windows 3.1 computer. Leo says that Irfanview is ideal for that and the old PC will work with that app. The other options are ACDSee and NeoFinder.