Tim is looking at new cameras and wants to know about megapixels. Are more pixels better? Leo says no. It's not how many pixels he has, it's how large the sensor is. The larger the sensor, the more light he'll have and the more detail he'll be able to get. The more megapixels he has on a smaller sensor, the more noise he'll get. So the key is a large sensor. Going from 8MP to 12 isn't going to make that much difference.
Richard is trying to back up about 300GB of photographs and videos. He's using Dropbox and it's expensive. He's also tried Carbonite, but it takes too long. Leo says that's because his upload bandwidth is really slow. Amazon has a more affordable option called Glacier. It costs pennies per GB, but it's cheap because he won't have access to it immediately.
Michael has a ton of IDX files of his images. Are they safe to delete? Leo says yes, generally. It'll make searching more of a challenge, but it won't endanger the images at all. Leo says that he imports all the images to Lightroom, then he'll sync to two external hard drives. Then he takes that second hard drive to work and swaps it out every other week. That way he always has an off-site backup.
To sync his files, he can use one of the following programs:
Estaban's old film camera broke, and now he's looking to move to digital. $500 is his budget. Leo says that's a great budget. Leo likes the Sony RX100 point and shoot. It's compact and has a zoom. It also has a large 1" sensor, which will give him far better photos. It lets in more light as well, so it's better in low light.
Chris wants to bust the Zoom Myth. There's a big debate about whether to zoom into a shot, or walk up to the subject to get the shot. Chris says zooming doens't change perspective. Walking up, by contrast, does change perspective, and you can prove it by taking the same picture with both technique. You can change your perspective by moving around, but Chris says if you explore a subject and walk around it, you'll see more than just perspective, you'll see light. Chris says that composition is important too, and you can learn it best with a 50mm lens, aka the "nifty fifty."
Chris Marquardt has been looking for a lighter, smaller camera to take on his Mount Everest tip and it's been quite the challenge to find something that will give him the performance he needs, but not weigh him down during the climb. And he didn't want to buy into a new system either. Then he found out about the Canon 100D/RebelSl1. An entry level DSLR, which Leo says looks like the Olympus OM1 or the Sony A7. Chris says it's a small, light weight, and the best part is that it uses his Canon lenses (with a 1.6x crop, of course).
Dereism - Departure. This is a leaf in the snow, and it's in black and white. It's a beautiful silhouette with a shadow, and has lots of depth. It "leaves" a lot of room for interpretation. Leo says it's kind of like a church with the leaf playing the part of a cross.
Sinking Sun by Bankaluna - A beautiful image of the setting sun with wide angle, at the beach.
Chris wants to bust the myth that you have to have light coming onto your subject from the front to get a good shot. Sometimes the best images have light coming from behind (called backlighting). One reason why people don't like it is that it makes the image look flat, killing the depth. So consider moving the light to the side. The image will become more interesting and you'll see some cool reflections on your light (called hairlight). It can silhouette the subject.
Chris wants to bust the myth that you don't need to stabilize because the camera will do it all for you. The fact is, it won't. But here are several tips to get a more stable picture: