Cameras, camcorders, and photography advice.
Photography and Video
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.
John is looking for a new camera to shoot real estate. He's thinking of the Nikon D3400. Leo says that's a good option, and it not only shoots great shots, but it can also shoot 1080p HD video. The real benefit of a DSLR is the glass and Nikon makes some of the best lenses.
Chris is back from his Arctic adventure in Svalbard, the highest place you can get in the Arctic. You can see his photos at tfttf.com/sp.
One tip he learned is to not worry about the weather. It will change, but that change brings opportunity as it brings new conditions and new photos. So relax about the weather and just use it.
Jim is looking at getting a cheap action camera because GoPros are too expensive. Leo says he likes the Yi Action Camera. The reviews on the Akaso Action Cameras are remarkable. At half the price, it could be a great bargain. No wonder GoPro is struggling. There's plenty of competitors doing the same thing for less.
David got a new laptop and now he's having trouble inserting videos into power point presentations that he's built. Leo says David probably needs to have the right codec for those videos. It keeps looking for them.
Becky's daughter wants to be a professional photographer and wants to know what to get her that is affordable. She currently uses a Canon Rebel XT with interchangeable lenses. Leo says that getting her a prime lens like an EF 50mm F1.8 is great because it's fast and sees roughly what the eye sees. It will also train her to shoot and compose images professionally. It's great for portraits and street photography. It's also very good in low light.