Polarr is a great Chrome extension for doing photography on a Chromebook, but it's still a challenge. If his Chromebook has access to Android apps, that will give him even more options. But at the end of the day, he's better off using a Mac or Windows machine and something like Adobe Lightroom. If Google Photo's basic tools work for him, then he's all set.
Burke wants to know if he can create enhanced images in Google Photos like HDR? Leo says he can do some basic enhancements through Google Photos, but for real HDR, he'll be better off using Photomatix. It's not cheap, though, at $100. There's probably some cheaper ones out there. He should check out Topaz Studio and StuckinCustoms.com for other recommendations.
When shooting the solar eclipse, Chris recommends stacking ND filters and never look directly at the sun. Leo says that BMWMRC is the one he uses. Chris says that's one of the best. It's German, so of course!
Chris also just had one of his top photo seminars, a week long workshop on photography and he decided that we could join in too with a list of great projects to try and practice with:
Ed is a photographer and he needs a laptop that can handle huge files he shoots with his Nikon D4. Dell's XPS 13 would be a good option.
Leo uses a Lenovo X1 Yoga because it uses an OLED screen with superior color gamut. He can even choose Adobe RGB as his screen choice. That's fantastic for a photographer. Asus and HP both make good laptops now as well.
Photographer Anthony Tortoriello joins Leo to talk about iPhone accessories that can improve your digital photography. Anthony has had some of his shots featured on the "Shot on iPhone" Apple ad campaign.
Even though it can be water resistant, it isn't a good to take the iPhone 7 or 7 Plus into the water without a legitimate underwater housing. Anthony recommends the Watershot Pro. It allows you to take advantage of the dual camera array on the back of the iPhone 7 Plus.
Gear acquisition syndrome (GAS) is a common malady with photographers who think that upgrading their gear or getting more gear will make them better photographers. It's not really the case, usually. But Chris says that getting better gear can help by expanding the toolset you can use to take pictures. As long as you actually use them. But often, a trip will trigger GAS in them.
Today's topic is shooting a solar eclipse. There's an eclipse coming in a few weeks (Aug. 21) and Chris has a few tips on how to shoot them:
Mark wants to do some time lapse photography and wants to know if there's software that he can program his Canon T6 with. Leo says that Canon has a smartphone app that could work, but he'll have to connect his camera to it via Wi-Fi. Then he'll have to see if it will combine all the images. Mark says it doesn't. TimeLapseTool.com is another one.
Arthur is into underwater photography and he wants to get a sports action camera. Leo says that an action camera like a GoPro is small and has a serious wide angle. If he wants a camera that can get him stills as well, Leo likes the Olympus Tough TG5. Ricoh makes a similar camera. They're very versatile for doing double duty like action shots underwater and just grabbing your favorite still shot.