Cameras, camcorders, and photography advice.
Photography and Video
Dennis wants to take some close up photos of diamonds and gems using a point and shoot camera. Can he do that? He can't afford an expensive macro lens. Leo says that point and shoots do macro photography quite well. His first choice would be the Sony RX100 series. It has a 1" sensor, which will give him the best results.
Leo recommends going to DPReview.com for reviews of cameras. They also have a very good video out on Macro Photography.
Doctor Bird wanted Leo's opinion of the new Canon EOS-R mirrorless camera. Leo agrees with Doctor Bird that the mirrorless market is just "good enough" right now, but by design, it hasn't been as good as what is available in Canon's DSLRs. Leo says that they can be just as good, though.
Chris Marquardt says that DSLRs are on their way out, and before long, mirrorless will be the market.
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.
Chris says that Flickr used to be a great photo community of photographers, by photographers. But then Yahoo started with the free 1TB and it was simply unsustainable. Eventually, it was sold to Verizon, and then to SmugMug.
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.
Doctor Bird uses the focal plane point symbol all the time when he's taking macro images of butterfly eggs. He uses a tape measure and that symbol to get really precise with how far away his camera needs to be.
Chris says there are a lot of symbols and buttons on cameras, some standardized, some specialized. Here's a few: