Cameras, camcorders, and photography advice.
Photography and Video
Chris says that there's a consumer alert for a 512 GB microSD card for $6 incl. shipping. But as you can guess, that's a total ripoff because a name brand is over $100. Chris ordered one and it, indeed, was a fraudulent memory card. Complete counterfeits. Chris says that often, those cards are defects that have been "declared" as smaller cards, and sell them for cheap. The fraudsters get access to the broken cards and then reflashes them again to make them look larger than they are.
Jose wants to know if he has to keep paying the monthly subscription fee to use Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. Leo says he does. Adobe no longer sells a boxed version and has gone to the monthly subscription. Jose could go to an annual subscription. Leo doesn't like it, but that's the way it is. So here's an option:
Skylum makes great software for photos called Luminar, and HDR program called Aurora. Lifetime licenses are just $60. Or, he could buy Adobe Photoshop Elements. Jose can get about 80% of the capability of Photoshop for one price.
Chris recently held a portrait workshop, and he made use of the summer weather by playing with the harsh available sunlight. Trying different light situations as the day progressed. The sun is a harsh, contrasty light that doesn't lend itself to good portraiture. But there are a few things to keep in mind:
Ivan's granddaughter would like to capture the screen of an iPad and add visual commentary. Leo says she wants to be a youtube star! Leo says the iPad can't do both. It does have a built-in screen recorder. Then you can record her with a camera and then edit the two together on a computer with a picture in picture option. Another option is an open source program called OBS Studio that can do it in real time on a computer. It's mostly used in making screencasts.
Kodak (actually C+A, a Kodak official licensee) showed three film scanners at the show. Models range from about $45 for the Kodak Mobile Scanner, good if you just have a limited amount of old film formats you want to digitize, up to about $179 for the Kodak Scanza. Here's info mostly from the company: All three of these devices let you convert film to jpegs. The 14 to 22MP KODAK Film Scanza Scanner converts old 35mm, 126, 110, Super 8 & 8mm Negatives & Slides to JPEG Digital Files.
This month's photo assignment was CLOSEUP. Here are the top three that caught Chris' eye:
All assignment photos:
Steve is amazed at how GPS mapping apps can know what the best and fastest route is. Leo says that WAZE is crowd sourced, so it gets real time traffic data from Waze users themselves, and it can work to route you around it.
Steve is also a photographer and wants to know what are good online sources to share and get feedback. Leo says that while it has changed recently, Flickr is a good place to post for community input.
Shane has a 2014 Trashcan Mac Pro and he's having trouble uploading his raw photo files. Would the new Mac Mini handle them, or should he bite the bullet and get the new cheesegrater this fall? Leo says that the new Mac Mini is a great computer and he can max it out for a great price. Leo also says that he will likely slow down the computer when he uses extra cores during rendering. So it's difficult to gauge the specs.
Vino wants to know how to upload his photos from his laptop to his mobile phone. Leo says that Google Photos is the best way, and it's free. Vino should just download the Photos Sync app and then backup up all the images to Google Photos. Then he can download the app, view them on the phone, and download them from there.
Steven has a Canon 1D Mk. III and his backup Canon 1DX has lost its autofocus capabilities. Should he repair it for $1800 or buy a new one. Leo says that the 1DX is a pro-grade camera, and that makes it worth repairing. But if you have gear acquisition syndrome, you can certainly sell that camera on eBay and let someone else pay to repair it