Sam wants to buy a new camera, and his budget is around $300 to $400. Leo says that in that price range, the Canon Digital Rebel T5 is a good entry level camera. Leo says that micro four thirds mirrorless cameras are fantastic, and they're smaller.
Neil has a ton of family photographs that he'd like to digitize and share with the family, but he's not very computer literate. That's why Leo says to get a service to do it for him. Or he could get a computer and a negative and slide scanner. The Epson V600 Photo Scanner can do it, and it's $229. He'll want one that does 600 DPI or better and does negatives, slides, and prints.
Here are the photos for today's assignment, 'Shelfie:'
Kevin is looking for a camera/camcorder option that can record video and take stills at the same time. Leo says that most cameras can do that today. He's also wondering about taking photos at distances over 50 feet. Leo says he likes Olympus. They have the Stylus Sp-100 with the Eagle Eye 50x optical zoom.
Bill is looking for a new laptop that he can use for his business. He has an older MacBook Pro with Aperture, but he doesn't like it. Leo says the good news is that Apple has killed Aperture and most photographers actually use Adobe Lightroom. He can buy it outright or use the Adobe Photographers CC package for $10 a month. Most serious photographers use both. And at $10 a month, he can't really beat it.
Chris says that lights have color and flashes can be regulated to put out different powers of flash, but the cameras can also white balance to the flash if they're good. Flash pictures can look terrible, though. They look washed out, and that's largely due to direction. Mobile phones obviously point the flash straight into your face. That's not a nice light -- it's harsh and flat. Leo says it takes all the contour out, and there's no shadow cast. The size of the light can also determine how good the flash is. But flashes happen so fast, you can't fine tune it.
This week is the "Layers" assignment review:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/mjmuscato/15187852830/ - Nice layering from a freeway under/over pass, and some HDR correction. Nice job.
Today's photo topic is memory cards. Which cards should you buy and do you need the fastest ones? Chris says there's no difference anymore between Compact Flash cards and SD cards performance wise. And the prices have come down. For regular everyday photography, speed doesn't really matter. Video though, a class 10 is a good speed. And they're not that expensive. Chris also treats cards like film. Once they're full, he replaces them like he replaces film. That way he's always using a new card. And then they serve as a backup once he's moved them onto the computer.
This week, Chris has some ideas on how to protect your camera while you're on the road. Chris says having a "ready bag" for your camera is ideal. Minimal in size, and it's protective. But future proof it by getting it a bit larger than you need. A bag sometimes stands between you and your photos when the moment arises. Leo uses a Lowe Pro Sling Bag because it's designed to pull your camera out in one motion. It's a nice way to get your bag out of the way because it's on your back.