Photography and Video

Cameras, camcorders, and photography advice.

What lenses should I use for portrait vs landscape photography?

Photography

Episode 1543

Ruben from British Columbia, CAN

Ruben wants to know what lens he should use for portrait vs landscape photography. Leo says it depends on what he's taking pictures of, and what lens he has. A 24mm lens is great for shooting landscape. It's a great story telling lens. A portrait style lens, though, is a different animal. Leo likes a longer lens, like an 85mm lens. That way he won't get distortion or have to get too close.

How can I tag pictures and search them?

Google Photos

Episode 1541

Kathleen from Huntington Beach, CA

Kathleen has an iPhone and the sound is muffled. Leo says that it's easy to muffle the sound because of where the mic is. As Steve Jobs once said "people hold the iPhone wrong" all the time. Kathleen also wants to know how to tag her mobile pictures to sort and find them in Photos. Leo says that she can use tags in both Google Photos (Windows/Mac) and Apple Photos (Mac). Google Photos will also use face recognition. And if she presses the three dot icon, she can add descriptions in the metadata, which is searchable.

Why can't I open my pictures in Apple Photos?

Apple iMacs

Episode 1539

Gary from Scottsdale, AZ

Gary has an iMac, and there's a large percentage of JPGs he can't preview. What is that all about? Leo says if the dimensions read "0" by "0", then the Mac thinks that the files are damaged and need to be repaired, even though Gary can read them on a PC. He should try opening them in Preview first. If he can read them there, then he can export them. Gary can also open them in Picasa, and so Leo suggests exporting them out from there. That can fix them and the Mac apps should be able to open them from there.

Can I download higher quality photos and videos by connecting over USB?

Google Pixel 3

Episode 1538

Garett from Chico, CA

Leo says yes, all Android phones can do this. He just needs to get a USB cable, either USB Type A or Type C depending on what his computer has. A Windows PC should be able to mount the phone as a drive, but he may need to get software for it if he's on Mac. He can look for "Android File Transfer Manager" which is a free program that allows the Mac to see the Android device.

Chris Marquardt on Photography

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1538

Chris says that Kodak has reengineered Kodak Ektachrome to make it safer to develop and they are selling it again. They are also working on a Super 8 camera with Digital Preview. Chris says he'd beware of Kodak digital products, but the film is the best.

Chris also has some tips when traveling to the desert with cameras. Bring a backup body if you can. You should also bring canned air or a blower to clean off the sensor or lens itself. A microfiber cloth is also good for the lens. Lastly, when you get back, have your camera cleaned (called CLA clean, lube and adjust).

What computer do I need for video editing?

Dell Precision Workstation

Episode 1537

Gary from Walla Walla, WA

Gary wants to buy a PC for video editing. How much should he spend? Leo says that just about any PC can do video editing. The money comes from how much performance he'll want. Leo uses a Dell Precision Workstation with Xeon processors that scream. So they are very powerful and expensive. An iMac would be more than adequate, though, to capture and edit home movies. A MacBook Pro would also work.