Cameras, camcorders, and photography advice.
Photography and Video
Doctor Bird uses the focal plane point symbol all the time when he's taking macro images of butterfly eggs. He uses a tape measure and that symbol to get really precise with how far away his camera needs to be.
Chris says there are a lot of symbols and buttons on cameras, some standardized, some specialized. Here's a few:
Gary has an iMac, and there's a large percentage of JPGs he can't preview. What is that all about? Leo says if the dimensions read "0" by "0", then the Mac thinks that the files are damaged and need to be repaired, even though Gary can read them on a PC. He should try opening them in Preview first. If he can read them there, then he can export them. Gary can also open them in Picasa, and so Leo suggests exporting them out from there. That can fix them and the Mac apps should be able to open them from there.
Leo says yes, all Android phones can do this. He just needs to get a USB cable, either USB Type A or Type C depending on what his computer has. A Windows PC should be able to mount the phone as a drive, but he may need to get software for it if he's on Mac. He can look for "Android File Transfer Manager" which is a free program that allows the Mac to see the Android device.
Chris says that Kodak has reengineered Kodak Ektachrome to make it safer to develop and they are selling it again. They are also working on a Super 8 camera with Digital Preview. Chris says he'd beware of Kodak digital products, but the film is the best.
Chris also has some tips when traveling to the desert with cameras. Bring a backup body if you can. You should also bring canned air or a blower to clean off the sensor or lens itself. A microfiber cloth is also good for the lens. Lastly, when you get back, have your camera cleaned (called CLA clean, lube and adjust).
Gary wants to buy a PC for video editing. How much should he spend? Leo says that just about any PC can do video editing. The money comes from how much performance he'll want. Leo uses a Dell Precision Workstation with Xeon processors that scream. So they are very powerful and expensive. An iMac would be more than adequate, though, to capture and edit home movies. A MacBook Pro would also work.
Chris is back in the US, visiting the Kodak headquarters in Rockwell, NY. But he wants to talk about his trip to Morocco.
See his pictures here. Look for the images of lightning in a cloud, camels at sunrise, and an indoor Moroccan swimming pool. Chris took around 3,000 images to get 20 perfect shots. So Chris spent a lot of time weeding out the best images and tossing the rest.
David has been asked if he can help do live streaming. Does he need Wi-Fi for that? Leo says not really, but he does need a cable long enough to go from where he's filming to a computer in order to stream it. If he uses multiple cameras, then he'll need a switcher to control them. It's always best to start with one camera and then expand as he needs to.
Video capture software to do the streaming depends on where he wants to stream. Facebook and YouTube both offer streaming for free. They also offer software to download.
James is looking for an app that will help him to edit the metadata that is in his still images. He wants one that will allow him to put in a description and then search for keywords. Leo says that all photos have extended information tags, or "EXIF" data. There's also a standard called IPTC that does titles and descriptions. So it can be done. Most photo library programs, like Adobe Lightroom will do it. There's a free one called Photo Me.
Photo Expo is in town, and Fuji sent a press release to Dick that its new instant print camera can do video. When Dick got there, Fuji told him the press release was a little over the top. It has a new instant camera that shoots 15 seconds of video that you can view and save to the SD card, but you obviously can't print it. You can use a jog dial on it to print the best still frame from the video. This new camera is called the Instax Square SQ20 and it was released on October 20, and Amazon will have it starting in November.