Cameras, camcorders, and photography advice.
Photography and Video
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.
Burke has a Canon ZR65 miniDV camcorder, so it's old. He can connect it to FireWire, but when his old computer died, he lost the ability to connect because FireWire isn't used anymore. Leo says that's because there's much faster options now with USB 3. He can get a FireWire to USB 3 converter. Monoprice will probably have one.
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.
Lou is a comedian and he's having issues with recording video using his DSLR. It stops after about a half hour. Leo says that is a restriction of the European Union, but here in the US, there's several firmware updates and hacks to disable it. The best is the Magic Lantern for Canon. If he does a Google search for Panasonic GH4 hacks, he should be able to figure it out.
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:
Craig wants to know what photos app to use for his camera? Leo says that he likes Google Photos because it will do an automatic sync backup of all his photos every day. The problem is that his phone has its own photo app as well and so he'll end up with more than one copy of a photo, and it's hard to organize them that way. And it won't pick up where he left off. Apple's Photos app does. But Android phones don't have that capability and neither does Google Photos.
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.