Cameras, camcorders, and photography advice.
Photography and Video
Doug just got back from vacation and would like to turn their photos into a slide show with titles and music, as Google photos doesn't do it. Leo says that it used to be a thing that Google would do. Any presentation manager would, like Apple Keynote or Microsoft Powerpoint. Corel makes the best one though: Corel PaintShop Pro Photo. But you can also use Corel Video Studio to do it. Here's how - https://learn.corel.com/tutorials/videostudio-create-slideshows/.
The FOCUS Assignment. All photos: https://www.flickr.com/search/?group_id=362537%40N20&sort=date-posted-desc&view_all=1&tags=TGfocus
Photos to review:
Next assignment: GOLDEN (suggested by birenamin)
Chris wants to talk about how you can mix and match techniques to minimize your workflow. Perfection: stop seeking it. It's your enemy. Accept that everything is a draft. Besides, most people will not look at a photo the same way you do.
Doing something makes you right. People without dirty hands are wrong. The doing is what gives you credibility.
Lastly, being done is the engine of more. The more you do, the more you want to.
Check out more from Bre Pettis Cult of Done Manifesto here.
Chris took Leo's advice and picked up a low-cost FlashPix Flash. Great flash that you can remove from the transmission connector on the hot shoe, and position the light off-camera. It also doubles as a video light. But it does have one fault: it's completely manual. It doesn't support through the lens (TTL) flash, which most flashes do in this modern age. Still, it's a great flash to have in your bag.
Will had some photos backed up to Google Photos for a few years, and recently, all the photos had disappeared. What happened? His current photos were uploaded, but anything before 2017 is gone. Leo says that's bad news because Leo always recommends Google Photos. It also proves that users shouldn't trust just one backup source for photos. Use several services. Also, check out the Google Photos trashcan to see if they are there. Leo says that if Will had used Picasa before 2017, Google may have gotten rid of them because they were stored in PicasaWeb.
Chris joins us and says he's not buying the iPhone 11 because he believes that the phone is in the "tock" cycle, and there's going to be a much better phone next year. So he's going to wait. Having said that, he thinks that the three lens camera on the iPhone is a two stage upgrade. The three cameras are matched, so they have the same colors and calibrated to make it a seemless shot. And the night shot mode is interesting as an answer to Google's Night Sight. It takes up to nine photos at various aperture and shutters speeds and then uses computational photography to fuse them together.
Hector has a Sandisk 64GB SD card from Best Buy, and now he's getting error messages due to "insufficient write speed." Is there something wrong with his camera? Leo says that most SD cards today can keep up with the cameras they are used in. You need a class 4 card for the Vixia Camcorder, and Hector's is a class 10. So it's plenty fast. But it could be that the card is wearing out after steady use and it's starting to fail. When you start getting errors like that, you're living on borrowed time. So it's time to get a new card.
Today's assignment review is for ELECTRIC!
Chris joins Leo today to talk about what stresses you out about photography. Photography is supposed to be an enjoyable hobby and experience, but many people are just stressed out about it all. What stresses you out?
Chris says the main stress comes from not having enough time to do it. Then there's not enough time to do post-processing to make your photos look really good.
Steve wants to know a way to convert photos and videos into a DVD. Leo says that ScanCafe is a site that will send you a box and you fill it and then they will scan it all and return them with a DVD of your memories. It's not that cheap, but they will clean up your negatives and give you the best possible image. But you also have to be OK with mailing your photos and videos, trusting you'll get them back. If you're not, you can always just use a camera and an easel and take pictures of each image.