Cameras, camcorders, and photography advice.
Photography and Video
Alan got a new PC and he's trying to copy all his images over to it with an external hard drive. How can he back up his images to the cloud without getting duplicates? And how can he delete extra copies of his images? Leo says that there are some good "deduplication" apps that will work. But he'll run the risk of eliminating an image that is close to another but slightly different.
Chris went on a sailing adventure into Svalbard and the North Sea. It was remarkably cold and stormy. Camera batteries tend to die quickly in cold weather, so you want to be sure you have backups and keep them warm in your pockets. Cold weather can cause some condensation on your camera when you go from the cold outdoors to the warmer indoors. So you when you come in, you'll want to let the camera sit and warm up before using it. Chris also brought a shower cap, which you can use to protect your camera and it doesn't take up any space.
Shawn is an architect, and he has invested in some 3D technology that allows him to do walkthroughs and 360-degree video. The background format he uses is called a Skybox. He wants to be able to go out to a client's land and put together his own background so he can give the clients an idea of what it will be like as a finished product. Leo says that the Skybox file format is particular to Enscape, but he says it's also easy to convert to another format. He should look for a way to convert Skybox to a YouTube video or Facebook.
Glen has a ton of images on his iPhone and some are duplicates. How can he get rid of them? Apple says he has to delete them one at a time. If Glen has them backed up to iCloud with the iCloud Photo Library, he can enable "optimize disc space" on his phone. That will replace the full-size versions with smaller versions on the iPhone, while iCloud keeps the full-size versions. But once he deletes them, they get deleted from iCloud as well.
Chris wants to talk about shooting Macro today and there are some great little lights you can get that can be used to light things up close without overwhelming the image. Little tiny LED lights that are dimmable are great for that. You can find USB powered ones on Amazon. The LED light on your iPhone can work as well since it's dimmable now. There's also gooseneck USB extensions that you can move and control exactly where you want the light to shine.
John wants to know how he can add a polarizing filter to his point and shoot camera. Leo says some of the point and shoots have screws on the front that would allow him to add a filter, which is the easiest way to do it. There's a variety of polarizing filter he could get, and generally, he'd want a circular one. If he doesn't have threads on the point and shoot, he'll need some way to mount it on there. John also looked at a magnetic filter, but his camera doesn't have that either.
Chris says that when you're taking photos, you need think about what is really important about it. What is the subject? What story is it going to tell? What is the image about? Decide what is important in your photo and make the shot about that. Here's how:
1. Look at what's going on around your picture. What background will work best with your subject. Walk around until you find something that's interesting.
2. Make the subject more important. Put the subject in a frame, like a window or a doorway, or maybe next to a tree that has a branch overhanging.
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