Cameras, camcorders, and photography advice.
Photography and Video
Every time Leo goes on vacation, he always takes too many photos. Then if he doesn't go through them, he'll end up with thousands of photos on his drive. Chris has a method for going through photos, though, and you can get the free PDF at 1hour1000pics.com.
Alan is going to travel and is getting a Sony RX10. Leo says that the RX10 is a great point and shoot camera because it has a huge 1" sensor and large lens that can go wide angle. It's ideal for international travel.
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Chris joins us this week to talk about street photography. Chris says that using a long lens is a great way to shoot street photography because it gives a buffer to be able to take pictures without violating anyone's privacy. Chris also says if you're not afraid to ask them, a 50mm is better. 25mm for micro four thirds. That's because you're not too far away and it makes the whole scene look natural and feels like you're there. Zoomed shots look like a spy photo. They're flat and compressed. By contrast, wide angle lenses look distorted and strange.
Ralph's pastor wants a camera to use to post videos and teach at church. Leo says that most point and shoot cameras take great video, but what he'll want to be sure he gets a camera that can support an external microphone so he'll sound better. Then he can plug in a lavalier mic.
Chris is here to talk about wide angle photography. Using a wide angle lens is challenging because it can often disappoint the photographer. A wide angle lens is below 50mm. The smaller the MM, the wider the angle. The wider it is, the more stuff you have in the picture and that means more things that compete with each other. The reason why is that wide angle isn't how we as people see the world, so it's hard to compose. But that's a good thing because it forces you to work on your composition, rather than take it for granted.
Percy wants to know if there's a way to scan negatives with an Epson printer. Leo says not the Fast Photo printer. It has a sheet feeder that you can stack photos into and scan, but negatives require different hardware. You can bounce light off a print and reflect it, but in order to scan negatives, you have to shine the light through the negative into the camera.