Lynn is a retired teacher who misses her Polaroid. She has an Smartphone but she wants to be able to take a picture and get an immediate print. What are her options? Leo says that there's a lot of mobile printers out there for that purpose, but they're raither cumbersome as compaired to the original Polaroid. Leo suggests the iPad because she could use various apps to catalog her images and also view pictures like a print out. Amazon has the FujiFilm InStax.
Chris says in the dark, the myth is that you always need a flash to shoot in the dark. Digital camera sensor sensitivity has really improved to the point where you can take great images in low light and not have to wash the image out with a flash. ISO settings can be up to as high as 12800 or higher. So a flash is less critical. Lenses are faster now too, so they let more light in. So, take a fast lens like a 50mm 1.8 and raise your ISO to 6400 or above, and you can suddenly shoot in near darkness with no trouble. Leo agrees, and he hates flash.
This month's assignment was to illustrate the concept of "Storm," and here's the three that stood out:
Louis is concerned with privacy and Google Glass. He's seen interviews with journalists like Robert Scoble who have admitted to wearing them while going into public bathrooms. Leo says that one of the features of taking images is a very loud audible click and having to verbally say "take image." It's designed so the subject knows that they're being imaged. What about video? Leo says that there should be a red light.
At Chris' recommendation, Leo bought the Olympus OM-D mft camera and he just loves it. He's getting great clarity and color with it. Chris says that Micro Four Thirds have really improved and it could be the future of digital photography.
Arthur had some pictures that he uploaded to his yahoo mail account. When he tried to download them, they say they aren't there! Leo says that using email as a backup isn't really the best of things. He should look into Carbonite.
(Disclaimer: Carbonite is a sponsor).
Chris Marquardt wants to dispel the myth that you need special equipment to shoot a picture of lightning. Not so! You can even shoot lightning with an iPhone if you're timing is right. The trick is to put your camera on a tripod, set it for a LONG exposure (10-20 seconds), aperture 5.6, iso 400. Focus to infinity and shoot. Then just keep doing that until you get a lightning show.
Alex needs a backup camera for his Canon 5D Mk. II. Leo says that while point and shoots will do that, he's really fallen in love with micro 4/3s cameras. They're smaller, but they give the clarity of the 5D thanks to interchangeable lenses. The Olympus OM-D is the one that Leo has.