Photography and Video

Cameras, camcorders, and photography advice.

How can I stream live?

Mevo Plus

Episode 1536

David from Burbank, CA

David has been asked if he can help do live streaming. Does he need Wi-Fi for that? Leo says not really, but he does need a cable long enough to go from where he's filming to a computer in order to stream it. If he uses multiple cameras, then he'll need a switcher to control them. It's always best to start with one camera and then expand as he needs to.

Video capture software to do the streaming depends on where he wants to stream. Facebook and YouTube both offer streaming for free. They also offer software to download.

How can I edit the metadata in my still images?

Photo Me

Episode 1536

James from Tallahassee, FL

James is looking for an app that will help him to edit the metadata that is in his still images. He wants one that will allow him to put in a description and then search for keywords. Leo says that all photos have extended information tags, or "EXIF" data. There's also a standard called IPTC that does titles and descriptions. So it can be done. Most photo library programs, like Adobe Lightroom will do it. There's a free one called Photo Me.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1535

Photo Expo is in town, and Fuji sent a press release to Dick that its new instant print camera can do video. When Dick got there, Fuji told him the press release was a little over the top. It has a new instant camera that shoots 15 seconds of video that you can view and save to the SD card, but you obviously can't print it. You can use a jog dial on it to print the best still frame from the video. This new camera is called the Instax Square SQ20 and it was released on October 20, and Amazon will have it starting in November.

Is there a good source for mobile photography?

Episode 1535

Richard from Sonoma, CA

Richard wants to know if there's a good podcast on iPhone photography. Leo says that Chris Marquardt has a podcast called The Future of Photography which discusses how mobile photography is evolving and using computational photography to close the gap with optical zoom lenses. Some mobile cameras are as good as micro 4/3s cameras, according to some experts. Another good resource is DPReview.com.

How can I capture my old Super 8 movies?

Wolverine 8mm and Super 8 Film Reel Converter

Episode 1533

Kevin from Denver, CO

Kevin wants to know how to DIY capture his home super 8 movies. Leo says he'll need a projector. Then he can use a camcorder to record the image on the wall. That's the easiest. But there's also devices that will allow him to capture directly and digitize it, like the Wolverine. It's $300 and is highly reviewed. Kodak has a cheaper version, but it's not the Kodak everyone remembers, the name had been sold. He can also use a service like ScanCafe.

How can I convert raw photos from my phone?

Samsung Galaxy S6

Episode 1532

Jonathan from Nashua, NH

Josh has a Samsung Galaxy S6 that he really likes because he can shoot raw with it. But it was a proprietary version of raw, and Lightroom can't read it. What can he do? Leo says it's up to Adobe to write a converter for it. Josh says that shooting in Camera FV5 shoots raw in a version that can be read, and it can also convert the S6 raw files to DNG. The thing about raw is that it has to be processed in post in order to get the best looking image from it.

Are grey market lenses OK to buy?

Sony A6000

Episode 1532

Paul from Columbus, OH

Paul's daughter dropped her Sony A6000 camera lens into the sand and the repair facility wants $141. She can get a new one for that, which is "bulk international lens." Leo says that chances are it's a grey market item, which comes with no warranty. If that was a camera, Leo would say no. But with a Lens, it's less of an issue. One thing she'll have to be careful of is that more than half the stuff sold on Amazon isn't sold by Amazon, it's just fulfilled by Amazon. So she does run a risk if Amazon doesn't ship it. If it's a reputable company with decent ratings, it should be OK.