Photography and Video

Cameras, camcorders, and photography advice.

How can I take a 360 degree image of something?

Sony A7

Episode 1706

JP from Orange County, CA

JP is looking for a good photographer's 360 turntable. Essentially, it's a lazy susan for photographers. Leo says that there's software now that largely lets you do this with just your iPhone. The app is called Bellus 3D and it does a very credible 3D render of your object. 

What's a good mirrorless camera for JP to move away from his Canon DSLR? Leo says he loves the Sony A7, but since JP has all that Canon glass (lenses) that he's invested in, the Canon R series is probably the best way to go. 

What is a Good Cheap Camera for Taking Portraits?

Camera

Episode 1705

Maverick's Mom from Chino, California

Maverick's mom wants a good camera that can take better pictures than the iPhone. She wants images that will blur into the background. Leo says that's called "bokeh" and she will need that look with a fast, wide lens. Those are more expensive. The iPhone does it, but it does it computationally. For a few hundred dollars, Leo recommends Canon's Powershot models. Get one that can shoot at F1.8. He recommends going to DPReview for a list of the best point and shoots. The chatroom recommends the Panasonic FZ80.

Why Does iCloud Keep Putting Photos Back On My Phone?

iCloud

Episode 1705

Jim from Oceanside, CA

Jim's wife has a 32GB iPhone and she keeps running out of space because iCloud keeps downloading the pictures back to her phone. Leo says to look in the Photo settings. Make sure that the "optimize phone storage" feature is enabled. It will keep the full rez photos in the cloud, and a lower rez version on your phone. The other option is to turn off automatic sync to iCloud. That will prevent iCloud from putting them back on the phone and once the user deletes them, they will stay deleted. Then use Google Photos to save photos to the cloud and delete them off the phone.

Chris Marquardt ... light is everywhere

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1702

Chris is back to talk about lighting and photography. He's created a Flickr album of lighting examples here - https://flic.kr/y/3zY73e9.

Black and white helps when shooting in bright light. A single point of light can also make harsh shadows for an edgy image. A giant light source can also eliminate shadows. Overcasts skies act as a softbox in the sky, diffusing the light. Lights bouncing off a wall can also make a light source cover a larger area. Reflectors like a white sheet of foam core can reflect light to where you want it.

How can I add details into my scanned photo to the file data?

EXIF Field Information

Episode 1702

Bruce from Sonoma, CA

Bruce has a lifetime of slides that he's scanning to his Mac. He uses the info file comments for key details, but he can't share those with his son. Leo says that's because those comments are only for his Mac. What Bruce needs to do is use the EXIF field in the photo file itself.  It provides details like date, time, camera settings, GPS, etc. So what Bruce needs to do is use Apple Photos to do it, but you can also use the Preview. Click on CMD + I for that photo to open the Inspector. Then look for the annotations icon (a pen), and you can put the data there.

Chris Marquardt and the secret project

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1700

Chris joins Leo to talk about his secret project: Photo Sensei. It's basically his workshops brought online with live sessions, reviews, podcasts, and more. Chris decided that in these days of social distancing, it was time to bring his workshops to the people.  Students can also get a personal portfolio review, learn tips for improving your editing game, and mastering camera techniques.

The cost is $80 per session.