Photography and Video

Cameras, camcorders, and photography advice.

Chris Marqrdt ... Flickr'd

Episode 1577

Chris recently had one of his photos show up on Flickr Explore, and he got over 49,000 views in one day. It's a search algorthm, that has a few conditions - 1, it has to have a lot of views, 2) the image has to be of a minimum size or above 3) Pro users are more likely to get highlighted 4) the more active you are on Flickr, the more likely your image will get chosen. On the other hand, the more groups your photo is featured in, the less likely it'll be featured. 2) avoid Watermarks. 

How can I get rid of duplications in Google Photos?

Episode 1577

George from Mexico City, MX

George is using Google Photos. But he's getting a lot of duplications as he backs up from his desktop, phone and laptop. Leo says that's a common problem, but is usually do to different formats, like Raw and JPG. There's no real way to automatically weed the duplicates out. Picasa used to have that option, but Google killed it and didn't port that feature over to Photos. Leo suggests backing your photos from a camera to your phone and let Google Photos upload from that one source. You can also use the sort feature to search for day of capture and then manually de-dupe from there. 

Chris Marquardt ... Overused

Marquardt

Episode 1575

Chris joins us to talk about things that photographers learn, and then proceed to overuse them. Like a new fast lens... and suddenly, all your photos are shallow depth of field. Or drones... suddenly, all the shots you take are drone shots. After a while though, we end up moving on to something else. Balance is the key, use your gear for specific shots to tell a story. 

How Can I Get my Photos Off of a Photo CD?

photo CDs

Episode 1572

Don from San Juan Capistrano, CA

Don has some Kodak photo CDs that he'd like to retrieve images from. He heard that Contenta is a good option, but it's pricey and Leo says he shouldn't have to spend any money on it. Unfortunately, photo CDs from the 90s were stored by Kodak in a proprietary PCD format. Leo recommends IrfanView since it can read PCD files. Don should be able to see them, open the files in IrfanView, and get them off into a more palpable format like JPG. But if he can't see them, TedFelix.com says PCD to JPG converter can do it as well.

How Can I Back Up and Share Photos in the Cloud?

 Google Photos

Episode 1570

Joe from Brea, California

Joe takes a bunch of photos and wants to know how he can get high-quality images online that his clients can access. Leo suggests Google Photos. He can get unlimited, high-resolution uploads at very good quality. They will also be organized by face detection, GPS, and date, which is convenient. He can then create shared folders where he can then invite people to view and download the images.

Why is data being corrupted on my NAS?

Episode 1566

Steve from St. Louis, MO

Steve is a professional photographer and he stores his raw images on a NAS (network attached storage) with Mac File sharing. But he's finding that about 10% of his images are corrupted. Leo says that there's two ways this can happen. 1) the data is corrupted on the disk. Is the file corruption happening locally? Or on the network. It helps to test if it happens the same every time. That means the data is getting corrupted on the NAS itself. If it was a network corruption, it would happen intermittently and randomly.