Cameras, camcorders, and photography advice.
Photography and Video
The topic for today's Photo segment is why lenses are round and not rectangular like the images. Chris says that a lens is essentially a projector, and all projectors cast a circular image. What makes the image square is the sensor, though the original Kodak actually printed round images. It's also better to have round lenses because round motion can convert to linear motion more easily.
Gabby is trying to digitize video tapes with her computer, but it won't play on the laptop with her capture software. What Leo suspects is the the device isn't seeing her VCR. She may also need to look in the VCR's menu settings to see if it has the right output settings. The TV she has connected is probably causing a handshake issue, so it's advised to disconnect it from the equation.
Apple has a new image format that's going to be coming with the new IOS 11 called HEIF, or high efficiency image format. It will have raw capabilities giving more detail and color gamut, but at smaller file sizes.
Chris joins us to talk about traveling with your gear. He read and article about someone traveling with $20,000 in gear and when he arrived at his destination, they were smashed because he checked them. So here are some tips:
Jonathan is looking for a camera with voice control because he hates the menu structures. Leo says that cameras don't have the computing power to shoulder that. There are some cameras that he could connect to his smartphone, though. It would be great if it was possible to use voice control, though. Maybe that will be the next big thing.
Bob and his wife are going on an around the world cruise for six months and they want to write a daily blog of their adventure. The problem he has is that it's difficult to upload video and photos for the blog. Leo says that will be the issue when using cruise line internet. It's very slow since it uses satellite. It's also not cheap. But many cruise lines are moving towards a service called VOOM, which is as fast as a home broadband connection. What Leo does is upload to Google Photos before he goes to bed.
Chris says that everyone is going to be out, trying to take pictures of the solar eclipse. You know all the warnings, already. So Chris wants to talk about something completely different for shooting the eclipse. Chris suggests ignoring the eclipse altogether and take pictures of those watching the eclipse instead! Eclipse photos will be a dime a dozen. But shooting pictures of those watching it will be much more compelling. It's the perfect opportunity to do street photography and capturing reactions of people seeing something they've never seen before.
Rick wants to know what alternatives he has to Google's Picasa. Leo says that since Google killed Picasa, they've moved all the tools and incorporated them into Google Photos. Leo says that it's very good and gives him the benefit of categorization and organization of his photos through facial recognition and machine learning.
John has a mobile studio in an RV that he uses to allow people to cast anywhere. They use the TriCaster and his question is about saving all the streams on hard drives. Leo says that backing up that data and saving it is important, but he can spend a lot of money saving it all. Leo only saves that which is pertinent to the show, although he records 24/7 for replay purposes. But then they edit out dead footage for the online archive.
John should check out Quick-Cast.com.
Chris is just finishing up a book on Wide Angle Photography. The human eye is roughly 180 degrees from one edge of the human eye to another. A shorter focal length than 50mm is considered wide angle. The larger the number in mm, the narrower the angle. The thing about wide angle is that you have the advantage of being able to include more information in the image. They're great for portraits and landscapes. But the downside is, the wider the angle, the more distorted the image will look. Suddenly your subject's head will look larger, or features on their face will become exaggerated.
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.