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 using for taking pictures of paintings. Leo says you want a good camera that has a wide angle lens, but you don't want it too wide because it will show some barreling. But detail is even more important and a great lens makes a huge difference, as does accurate color. A large sensor helps with that. Censors in camera phones are really tiny. A camera has a larger one and the bigger the lens, the more costly. Ideally, you want a full frame sensor. The Sony RX100 is ideal because it has a 1" censor for great low light capability and better color accuracy.

What camera should I get to replace my old Nikon?

Tom from Lake Havusu, AZ

Episode 1155

Tom's Nikon D40 was stolen. He'd like to get a new camera that has similar capabilities, but smaller. Leo says it's high time for a new camera! Leo says that cellphones these days have more megapixels than that D40, and so long as you still have the lenses, the body easily replaceable. The Nikon 7100 is an option, but since Tom wants a camera smaller and lighter, a prosumer point and shoot is likely a better option, especially since he doesn't care about the lenses. Leo suggests the Sony RX100. It has a huge 1" sensor for great low light shots and quality of image.

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.

How can I scan a bunch of negatives and slides?

Episode 1134

Neil from San Diego, CA
Epson Perfection V600

Neil has a ton of family photographs that he'd like to digitize and share with the family, but he's not very computer literate. That's why Leo says to get a service to do it for him. Or he could get a computer and a negative and slide scanner. The Epson V600 Photo Scanner can do it, and it's $229. He'll want one that does 600 DPI or better and does negatives, slides, and prints.