photography

Is there an app for Windows that would allow me to put text on photos?

Julian from Orange County, CA

Episode 1160

Julian would like an app for Windows that allows him to put text on pictures. Leo recommends Google's Picasa. It's free, and it'll let him put text on his pictures, but also GeoTag each one so he can organize them on a map. Another option is GetPaint.net, a free and simple replacement for Microsoft's own Paint program.

What camera should I use for taking pictures of paintings?

Dave from Crystal Lake, CA

Episode 1156

Dave is looking for a good camera for taking pictures of paintings. Leo says he'll want a good camera that has a wide angle lens, but he won't want it too wide because it will show some barreling. Detail is even more important, and a great lens makes a huge difference, as does accurate color. A large sensor helps with that. Sensors in camera phones are really tiny. A camera has a larger one and the bigger the lens, the more costly. Ideally, he'll want a full frame sensor.

What camera should I get to replace my old Nikon?

Episode 1155

Tom from Lake Havusu, AZ
Sony RX100

Tom's Nikon D40 was stolen. He'd like to get a new camera that has similar capabilities, but is smaller in size. Leo says that cellphones these days have more megapixels than that D40 did, and so long as he still has the lenses, the body is easily replaceable. The Nikon D7100 is an option, but since Tom wants a smaller and lighter camera, and he doesn't care about the lenses, a prosumer point and shoot may be the better option.

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1154

Chris Marquardt

Chris talks about a touchy subject in photography this week -- how to clean your camera. It's something he always gets questions on, and everyone has an opinion. On the outside, just use a damp cloth and wipe it down. But Chris just uses whatever he has. The lens is the one part of the camera he uses a microfiber cloth to wipe it with. Any soft cotton will actually work, but microfiber gives it plenty of TLC. Other tools include a lens brush and air blower. What about a lens pen? Chris says they work, but you can get the same results with the microfiber cloth.

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1148

Chris Marquardt

Chris Marquardt says that making a New Year's resolution about their photos is a good thing. How can they get their photos organized? What's a good thing to change for the coming year? Leo says that a good resolution is to go through them quickly after you take them. Turn on your Google sync feature in your smart phone and let it automatically choose your highlights. Also, moving to a micro four-thirds camera makes them small enough where you can bring your camera with you everywhere. That means not missing the moment, which is another good resolution.

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.