photography

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1144

Chris Marquardt

Chris has settled into his new studio, which he affectionately calls the "Viewfinder Villa," a place where people can come and learn the art. He has three iPhone apps that he likes to recommend for travel:

1. Diptic - a great app to put several pictures into a montage of one. That way you can send one picture that includes multiple ones. He likes it because you can use it as an iOS8 extension. Using the Diptik extension will combine the photo with a map from where it was taken.

How can I scan a bunch of negatives and slides?

Episode 1134

Neil from San Diego, CA
Epson Perfection V600

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.

What camera should I get to take videos of the kids playing sports?

Episode 1132

Kevin from Orange County, CA
Olympus Stylus SP-100

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.

What photography software should I use on my new laptop?

Bill from Boulder, CO

Episode 1131

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 Marquardt

Episode 1130

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.

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1122

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.