Cameras, camcorders, and photography advice.
Photography and Video
Ron is driving an RV around Europe. He wants to be able to upload all his 4K videos to the cloud. Leo says that he can upload them to YouTube or Vimeo. Both support 4K, but he won't have sufficient bandwidth to do that. Leo recommends saving them to an external drive and then shipping them home. Or he can just send thumbdrives, which he can get as large as 256GB now. Shipping them would be the most efficient way to back them up. Uploading, even at an internet cafe, would take forever.
Jim would like to scan slides into digital and then add metadata to them. Is there an app that can do that? Leo says that there are plenty of EXIF editors that can do that for him. EXIF Pilot is free. Leo also recommends using Google Photos which can do a lot of what Jim is looking for automatically.
Alexia wants a better camera to shoot pictures in low light. Leo recommends the Canon PowerShot. They're inexpensive, work great in low light, have a higher resolution and it's very compact. Several have 10x zooms and are very compact.
Richard had Seagate Lyve, which would enable him to backup all of his photos to a Seagate hard drive or its Lyve unit. Then Seagate shut it down in December. Leo has moved to Synology and it works great. It even has a photo station program that does exactly the same thing as Seagate Lyve. There is even an Evernote server. It's not cheap, though. A good open source option is FreeNAS.
This week's super power is post processing. Once you get your image, you can process it in software to improve it. There's way more headroom in the shot that will allow you to push your image to make it all it can be. Look for the shadows, mid tones and highlights. It works best in RAW, but it can work in JPEG as well.
Tim doesn't want to use iCloud for backing up his images because he uses Android, while his wife uses the iPhone. Leo says that he can buy 200GB for about $3 a month. Not a bad price. But there are plenty of other choices out there. Google Photos is an amazing solution for both Android and iPhone.
John has all his family on Google Fi and he has created a special email address for everyone to use to send images. Leo says he can do that, but Google Photos has a shared album feature, and that would be far easier. So how does he download the images to his desktop? Leo says he could use Google Drive, which has a setting to backup photos automatically. He can then sync it back to his computer with the Google Drive app. It's for Windows and Mac, but they are working on a Linux version as well. But he should look around, because there's probably one on sourceforge or something.