Bob is going to Africa in September and wants to know of a good camera to get. Leo says that the Sony NEX-5 is a great traveling camera because it's micro four thirds, offers great lenses, and is incredibly light. Leo gave his son an NEX 6 for graduation. It shoots spectacular images, and they shoot terrific video as well.
John Miller fills in for Chris Marquardt today. He holds the distinction of flying a quadcopter at the highest altitude ever recorded on Mount Everest. John goes up with Chris every year, and he's documented their Everest adventure on stills and videos. This year he brought a DJI Phantom Quadcopter with a GoPro camera. He took it to Base Camp and flew it, making it the highest recorded quadcopter flight ever. He also brought a Turbo Ace Matrix drone which has 15 propellers for a larger payload and greater lift.
DaVon's friend takes a lot of photos and he wants to find an easy way to share them online, like Picasa or Flickr. But he's wondering if he'd have to be a member to see photos and share them? Leo says he does have to create a free account. Of course, if he's using an iPad, he can use iCloud's PhotoStream using the Photos app.
Here are the images Chris has chosen for the Cornered assignment:
Scott says he wants to see the Northern Lights and photograph it. Chris says that it's very difficult to take pictures of the Northern Lights because you need long exposure and it can be tricky. But if you do it right, you get very interesting shapes and colors. Chris also wants to talk about Apple killing Aperture Software Development. Chris says that these days, Photographers like to use MetaData and Aperture was really good in helping to organize photos by that MetaData. Now that it's gone, the only real professional option is Adobe Lightroom.
Chris joins us to talk about Apple killing Aperture, the photo editing app for pros. Leo says it's just another finger to the professional community and it's sad that Aperture is going away. Adobe should be the immediate beneficiary as users move over to Lightroom. Chris had a chatroom Q&A today, and here are the questions:
Gail's husband is into photography and uses a program called CAMRanger. Leo says that's a great app for syncing a camera to a computer or mobile device. Many cameras are using that tethering capability natively now as a result. But she's heard that CamRanger can fail, losing the images or requiring reinstallation of the software. Leo says it could be a bug, but he knows a lot of pros who use it and they haven't complained about a bug like that.
Chris is back from his whirlwind trip to Nepal and the Himalayas. This is his fourth trip, the third up to Mount Everest base camp.
This month's assignment … ROUNDED!
Doug has an old Mini CD video camera. He says it takes good pictures. His Sony point and shoot isn't as "snappy" as it used to be, and he wonders if the sensor may have degraded over time. Leo says that CCDs can degrade, but CMOS chips don't usually.
Danny wants to take pictures of the Milky Way with his camera. Leo says that the key to doing this is a long exposure. He'll want to use a wide angle lens and a tripod. He'll also need a dark sky. He won't see much of it in the city. A high ISO is key, around 3200. He should have a minimum aperture of f2.8. The faster, the better.
Here's a great article by Jason Little at LightStalking.com.