Chris says that bad weather can be a great time to go out and shoot. Backgrounds can compliment, give context and contrast, or even distract. It can also give you a clean background to take any distractions away and focus on the subject as a whole. Snow is great for that. Overcast skies also take out contrast and put in some grand dynamic range to play with in post.
Chris says that film is having a resurgence lately, and it could be due to the fact that film cameras are so cheap on eBay. The challenge is getting the film developed, but people are starting to rediscover it and that could mean that specialty developers will crop up. But the good news is, that if you have to develop in your house, the gear is also cheap! Then you scan the negatives into your computer and make them digital again. And what this also means is that due to the cheap cost of equipment, users can experiment with other formats like medium format cameras.
Leslie has a bunch of slides and negatives and wants to scan them all into her computer. She's looking at a pair of scanners by Epson and Canon that can do it. Leo says that it will take a very long time to do that. If she wants to take the time to do it, then she can. But why not have a service do it instead? Her time is worth something and Leo advises a service like Scan Cafe. They would send her a box, she'll stuff it and ship it to them. And it's cheap at $0.22 an image.
Jim bought an Apple Watch and he uses it to control Leo's podcast. But he says that when he takes a picture on his phone, the podcast pauses. Leo says that Apple pauses the podcast when opening the camera because he may want to record video, and that requires the microphone. So anything playing in the background stops as a result. And using the iPhone 6s has the Live Photos video setting, which requires it.
Ben is trying to upload his images to Flickr, but sometimes it just doesn't work. Leo says dragging and dropping isn't perfect and it may be better to use Flickr's Desktop uploader. But he shouldn't stop there. Leo suggests using Google Photos, which will give him unlimited storage. And if he's an Office 365 user, he'll get unlimited storage on Microsoft OneDrive for free.
Sam would like to create modern baby book via thumb drives, transferring the images from a digital camera directly. Leo says that there are Wi-Fi enabled SD cards called EyeFi, which allow users to transfer the images directly to a computer. Some cameras have something called "USB On the Go" thanks to their Android operating system. However, Doctor Mom also says that HIPPA privacy regulations could be an issue there, though. The best method would probably be just to give them the SD card.
Chris joins us to talk about how to shoot the moon! The moon is so bright, that cameras often overexpose, so you have to go manual. You'll want to stop down to F11, ISO 800 or 1600, and a longer shutter speed, several seconds long. You'll need to use a tripod as well, and use the longest lens you can. Play around with your manual settings, and experiment until you find the right settings for your camera. Leo wants to know if you can shoot it with an iPhone. Chris says maybe. But you'll end up with an over exposed moon.
Chris says that as photographers, there are things that hold us back. After awhile, you end up in a rut. Leo agrees and says sometimes it becomes drudgery. Chris says that one thing holding photographers back is the fear of making a mistake. He read a good book called Art and Fear by David Bales, and it talks about why art gets made and why it doesn't, and why they just give up. Leo says that the freedom to create is a great feeling, but it's easy to lose track of. Chris says that the best art is done out of quantity, because it flirts with experimentation, and frees you from failure.
Chris just got back from Donegal, Ireland and it was a beautiful place to take pictures. He experienced three seasons within 30 minutes. The light is amazing. Everything is in motion, and landscape photography is all about timing there. He took some great long exposures there with slow shutter speeds. To do that, you'll need a tripod and a remote release so it doesn't jiggle the camera, or a timer setting in the camera. Many cameras have a two second mode for that. Lastly, you need a neutral density filter (sunglasses for your camera) because it preserves the colors and limits the light.