Cameras, camcorders, and photography advice.
Photography and Video
Rich got an email from a viewer who lost all her precious pictures from the birth of her daughter because she didn't realize her iCloud account had reached its limits. So none of them were saved in the Cloud. When she swapped to a new phone, she lost all the images that were saved on her own phone. Is there a chance she can recover them? Rich says probably not. If you wiped the phone, there really isn't a way to get them back unless you have them backed up properly. And over-relying on iCloud could be a problem.
Chris joins us to talk about using Wider Angles. The new iPhone has a .5x ultra wide-angle lens, and often we can include things in our pictures that we don't want. So Chris recommends doing a background check to see what is in the background. Also, do a "border patrol" and check what's at the edges of your image. See what's going on as it might be intruding in the frame.
Another issue with ultra wide-angle is a slight distortion at the edges of the frame. Anything at the edge can get stretched. To avoid it, place your subject more towards the middle.
Larry has an old 2015 MacBook Pro with a 256GB SSD. It's not enough for his Raw Photo storage. Should he get an external hard drive or replace the internal one? Or maybe get a RAID? Leo says it's not that hard to replace the SSD in that 2015 MacBook pro. It's just a few screws, and MacSales.com has videos showing you how to do it. Getting an external may be OK, but it's not Thunderbolt 3, so it won't be as fast as internal. Leo also recommends learning about 3-2-1 backup from DPBestFlow.org. Leo also recommends backing up the photos online. Google Photos is a great place to do that.
Martine wants to make a backup of his Google Photos account just in case Google closes it. Leo says that's a smart thing to do, although Leo doesn't think Google will kill Photos anytime soon. Google makes it really easy to backup using Google TakeOut. Everything Google stores on your account can be downloaded from Takeout. But it'll be a huge download, and that will take some time. So make sure you have a huge external hard drive.
Chris joins Leo to talk about using your camera to collect things, taking pictures of things you like and make that your digital collection. You can then back them up to Google Photos and use it to organize your images according to collection, color, face, just about anything. It's a great way to learn photography management.
Pictar has devised a totally different kind of Selfie Stick. Recently the CEO of Miggo / Pictar, Rafy David, came by the Gizneyland studio to give us a look at how it works. The company says that the Pictar Smart Stick is the world's most advanced selfie stick with a 6-button control panel built into the handle. You'll be able to perform a variety of useful functions even when the stick is fully extended.
Chris says that there are five things you can do to practice your photography:
1. Fifty Steps/Fifty Photos. Chris says to walk fifty steps and then take fifty photos. This will challenge you to look at a scene from various angles.
2. People/No People. Take pictures for one hour without people in a touristy area. Then try going to a remote area and take only pictures of people. It's a great challenge.
Paul is looking for recommendations for an after-market backup camera to install onto his wife's car. Leo suggests going to thewirecutter.com and look at what they recommend. On their site, they recommend the Accele backup camera. Another one is the Look-IT Backup Camera.
Chris has an exercise for everyone to work on: building a light library. He talks about how photos with interesting and unusual light are the most rewarding photos since it can create unique or complex images that demonstrate what light CAN do to a picture.
The next photo assignment is GOLDEN. Take a photo of, about, or otherwise concerning the concept of "GOLDEN" and then post it to the Tech Guy Group on Flickr. Make sure to tag it with the word "GOLDEN" as well! And if Chris likes it, it could end up on next month's photo contest review segment!
Howard is having trouble with iMovie. He can't share video from it. It's constantly a compressor error. Leo says that iMovie has to render a video file using Apple Compressor. There may be a damaged file. There was an update this week, so check to see if that fixes it. If it doesn't, try uninstalling and reinstalling. Make sure to delete the compressor file and then reinstall it.