Photography and Video

Cameras, camcorders, and photography advice.

Chris Marquardt on Photography

Episode 1395

Chris Marquardt

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.

How can I scan negatives?

Episode 1393

Percy from Crystal River, FL
Epson Perfection V600

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.

Why can't my computer play back a video?

Episode 1391

David from San Bernadino, CA

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.

He should download and install VLC Media Client. That will install all the codecs David is missing. KLite Codec Pack from Codec Guide is another option, but he should try VLC first.

What lens should I buy my daughter for her camera?

Episode 1391

Becky from Panama City, CA
Canon EF 50mm F1.8

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.