Chris Marquardt

Episode 1072

Chris want to bust the zoom myth when your traveling. The more you zoom the less light you get, so the camera deals with an image that is both darker and slower. And often you will end up shooting wide open, which doesn't always perform best. Most pros use smaller zooms and primes that don't zoom at all. A smaller, more compact zoom will do best when traveling.

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1070

Chris joins us to bust another photo myth. This time it's about rules. They aren't always meant to be followed. In fact, many can be broken with wild abandon. Here's a few:

1. The sun has to be at your back. That's not always true. The way light shapes the subject can work to your advantage depending on the shot you want. Silhouettes. Lens flares. And you can always bounce it.

2. No limbs severed is another one. This one Chris usually follows, but you can get away with it if you're taking shots above the waist.

How many megapixels should I have in a camera?

Tim from Huntington Beach, CA

Episode 1062

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.

How can I backup all my pictures and videos online?

Richard from Crawley, UK

Episode 1062

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.

Can I delete image IDX files? (Part 1)

Michael from Long Beach, CA

Episode 1060

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: