Chris says the best way to scan your prints, is to scan the negatives, rather than the prints.
Carlos has an iPhone 6 and a GoPro camera. He wants to be able to upload photos from both devices to his iCloud Photo Library and his Google Photos library. Leo says that's easy with the GoPro app on the iPhone. Then he can save them to his camera roll and upload it to iCloud. Then he can use the Google Photos app to upload all of them. The other option is to plug the microSD card into his computer and upload them that way.
Today's Photo Super Power is how to shoot sharp images. Chris says that the higher the resolution camera you have, the easier it is to register the slightest movement due to camera shake. So you have to retain yourself to shoot better to get those sharper images.
1) During shooting, use a higher shutter speed.
2) Learn to focus well. Sometimes the camera will make a bad choice, so focusing manually can help, or use the focus point. If your camera has a touch screen, use it.
3) Depth of field. Shoot with a larger aperture.
Leo ended up buying the Canon 5D Mk. IV that Chris was talking about last week and he loves it. Chris says new cameras can give your photography a needed boost as you're seeing the world with fresh eyes. Using a wide angle lens when shooting landscapes could be a good option, as it can see closer to what your eyes really see. And the same field of view is actually a 10mm super wide angle lens. The down side is that everything kind of gets lost into the background unless it's right in front of you.
Billy wants a really huge printer to make a 50" print. Would a plotter do? Leo says no. Those are for architectural drawings. Billy will want a large format printer and those are very expensive. It would be better to go to a service to have this done. If he wants to buy one, Epson is the place to go. Leo suggests the Epson Sure Color F6200, and it costs $6500.
(Disclaimer: Epson is a sponsor)
This week's super power has to do with when you take a photo that is emotionally evocative, but is just a bit off technically. Chris says that sometimes images that are faulty can tell a better story and give more emotion than one that is technically perfect. Getting focus wrong or having motion blur can create a sense of tension, even if it reduces detail. Removing color can also do that, as does over exposure. That also eliminates detail, but it forces the viewer to fill in the missing details with their imagination. That's why it works so well.
Debbie has an old HP Photosmart printer and she wants to print some images. Leo says that most printers are wireless now and she can print over Wi-Fi through iOS and Google. She also wants an all-in-one that can also fax. Leo says faxing is dying out these days. She can take a picture or PDF and email it. It's a much simpler process.
Every week Chris mentions how a picture "tells a story." But how do you do that? That's the topic of this week's Photographic Super Powers. There are at least three ways to tell a story in your image. First, contrast. Contrast can give people something to think about as the image provides a comparison. Old vs. new, bright vs. dark, etc. Contrast draws your attention and makes an image really interesting.