Photography and Video

Cameras, camcorders, and photography advice.

Could I use a Chromebook to digitize old videos?

Episode 1382

Mike from Los Angeles, CA
Dell XPS 13

Mike wants to get a Chromebook. Can he use it to digitize video? Leo says no. It's just a browser and keeps everything in the cloud. As such, it can't do specialized applications like video conversion, because it doesn't have the hardware and software to do it. Chromebooks don't have a lot of storage, either. So what he'll want is a regular PC like a Windows or Mac. He'll also need a Firewire converter. The best laptop makers are Dell, Lenovo, HP, Asus, and Acer. Those are the top five.

What camera should I buy?

Episode 1381

Ronette from Norco, CA
Sony a7s

Ronette would like to upgrade her Nikon D3300 and Panasonic Lumix G3 digital cameras. What would be the next level? Leo says that the next step would be to go with a bigger sensor, like full frame. That will give her more dynamic range and the ability to take in more light. Leo says that mirrorless cameras like the Sony A7 could work. They are remarkable, but many photographers prefer the 'through the lens' mirror design. The quality of the images would be the same, so it really comes down to preference.

Chris Marquardt on Photography

Episode 1377

Chris Marquardt

Chris always gets a question about whether you need filters or not, and if you do, what filters do you need? Chris says that there are some you need, and some you don't. The two you need include the polarizing filter and a neutral density filter. The Polarizing filter gives you better color, but takes away some light. It's good in bright, direct sunlight, making it great for the beach. It works much like those polarizing sunglasses. What about a circular polarizer? Chris says that these have two layers, one with lines and one with a circular array.

Chris Marquardt ... Using Wide Angle in Portrait Photography

Episode 1369

This week's tip is about how to use wide angle and still get a good portrait. Most people use telephoto because it can blur the background and you can focus on the subject. Whereas wide angle exaggerates depth and keeps the background in sharper relief. This gives you context about what is going on around you. But it also means you have to move closer to the subject and you run the risk of giving your subject a larger nose. So how do you avoid that? Be careful to keep your distance. Understand what's going on around you. Keep your subject in the middle of the frame.