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July 2, 2015

How Western Digital has failed me

Filed under: Blog — Bruce Williams @ 0:07

I’m posting this on the Shutters Inc blog in the hopes that I get Western Digital‘s attention.
As mentioned on the podcast, I bought a WD MyPassport wireless 1TB drive a week before I left Australia. As you also know, that drive was DOA. The first time I powered it up, ready to set up the wireless network, I got the alternating LED’s which signalled that the drive was faulty.
I took it back to JB Hi-Fi and swapped it for another unit, believing that this would be a one-off failure.
Well, here I am, a scant 2 days into a 20 day holiday in Borneo, and the replacement unit has just died, taking with it the first 2 days worth of backed up photos. Thankfully, I have not cleared the memory cards!
But of course, now that I’m not in Australia, I can’t just pop back down to JB Hi-Fi to tell them that the second unit has carked it, can I?
No.
Now I’m in a foreign country with no recourse.
All I can do now is commit to buying ANOTHER drive, or perhaps a bunch of 64GB USB keys to back-up my images to.
Seriously unimpressed, as you can well imagine.
I guess my other option is to create jpegs straight from the RAW files, and back those up to the cloud, but that is really only a viable solution if I have both the tools and the time to caress the RAW’s prior to generating the jpeg’s…. I have neither. What I really want is back-ups of the RAW files themselves.
I have used plenty of WD drives in the past, and most of them have lasted years. These two failures have seriously shaken my confidence in the brand. Hopefully, this is an issue isolated to just their wireless products and not indicative of the brand as a whole.


June 28, 2015

Shutters Inc – episode 302

Filed under: Blog,Podcast,Shutters Inc — Bruce Williams @ 12:00

This week, we’re live from the virtual coffee shop, as promised!
Glynn’s happy with his new space,
plus he’s a little bit impressed with these 3 images from a ‘one-on-one’ day he did with a client,
Crucified by lightBuskerColumns

We’ve got the follow up on Sydney Photographer’s Meetup #28,
this is the image I “cartoonified” from that shoot,

Meetup 28 - cartoonified

David Marland wrote to say:
1) that he liked Glynn’s live critique of my dud dinghy shots from episode #,
2) Glynn’s big umbrella has given him G.A.S., and
3) to remind us of Aurora Service, a website that gives you realtime updates on auroral activity.

Rob Coates and Adam Davidson both told us about DxO’s One, a 20MP sensor that attaches to your iPhone.
We’re introducing a new feature to Shutters Inc. We want YOUR images to critique. Details in the podcast.
For some weird reason, Adobe has decided to hide half the filter plugins in Photoshop CC.
If you find yourself scratching your head (as I was for a while!) looking for a plugin you just KNOW exists, but can’t seem to locate, go preferences/plugins/, and check ‘show all filter gallery groups and names’.
Randy got in touch to tell me about his startup, Snapizzi.
The idea is that you use small business card-sized cards, each with a unique QR code, to identify customers in event photography. This simplifies the ordering process for your customers.
Randy has set up a complimentary account for me, but to be honest, I just don’t do that kind of work. If any of our listeners genuinely do this type of work and you’d like to try out the service and report back to us, give me a holler. Details in the podcast.
Glynn, in his usual larrikin fashion, completely took the mickey out of QR codes, and sent us off to this flowchart about when to use them.
Rob Coates wrote to tell us about Adrian Alford, the pro wedding photographer who shot his own wedding!
Like David Marland, Rob was equally impressed with Glynn’s live critique on the last episode.
It’s old news now, but there was Jason Sheldon’s response to Taylor Swift,
followed up by Taylor’s people responding to that.
There’s the exhibition highlighting the altering of images in photojournalism,
Diana from Artsy got in touch about their page dedicated to the Vivian Maier archive,
Glynn came across a tiny RC helicopter with VGA camera attached,
he also found this story about native ISO vs extended ISO.
He also found a 7min short film shot entirely by moonlight,
VenusLens hasve brought out a 15mm macro/tilt shift lens which we’re both rather excited by,
and Stephen McMennamy has managed to find himself a spot on our ‘people we don’t like list’! Awesome creativity, Stephen!

And one late item:
I found this after we’d recorded the podcast, but really liked the idea.
A filter system that fits between your camera body and lens. All filters are 55mm, and drop in and out like the lenses the optometrist uses to guage the strength of your eyes. Very slick idea.


June 21, 2015

Shutters Inc – episode 301

Filed under: Podcast,Shutters Inc — Bruce Williams @ 12:00

The original shot The cropped version The second version with different lighting The last one This week, at the risk of sounding mildly informative, Glynn does a real time critique of Bruce’s crappy dinghy photos. Meanwhile, Bruce is looking forward to heading off to Borneo, and contemplating storage options for photos whilst on the move.

Glynn's Miss 4, shot with the Xlite 165cm umbrella

Glynn’s Miss 4, shot with the Xlite 165cm umbrella

Glynn is organising a photo tour to Vietnam for September 2015 (yes, in addition to India in March 2016!), he’s loving his new XLite 165cm deep parabolic umbrella, We’ve got more animals riding on the backs of other animals. Hasselblad is coming out with a mirrorless too, but is it really anything new… or just a rebranded (soon-to-be-superceded) Sony A7R? Trevor Mahlman is a young kid with his heart very much in the stars… and his images are awesome! He just earned a spot on our “people we hate” list. :) Glynn also had a link on his list which we didn’t get around to talking about. The page is all in Russian, but from the pictures, I gather it’s a story about a building which houses a mothballed Russian knockoff of a U.S.-designed space shuttle. If you’re working with models, make sure you have investigated your shoot location thoroughly and are aware of any potential risks to you or your model (or both of you). The phoblographer would like us to believe that some cities are better than others for street photography. Personally, I think you can make images anywhere if you know how to look. I think Glynn just liked this because Melbourne got a mention! And just as Bruce is contemplating storage for travel, Strobist comes up with a story on just that! There’s a new Kickstarter project aimed at setting up a lens-sharing-rental kind of business, called (amazingly)… LensShare. And could this be the worst Kickstarter project ever? But wait! There’s more! Comments will be closed after 30 days. Love the podcast? Want to share the love… and keep the servers running? Feel free to make a small donation through PayPal.

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June 14, 2015

Shutters Inc – episode 300

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This week, in honour of our 300th episode, the show notes are in completely random order! We really know how to live on the edge here at SIP!
We’ve got inspiring photography quotes,
volcanic eruption photos,
Bruce is pretty fired up over Sony’s A7R ii,
Canadian camera chain, Blacks, closing its doors,
the PocketSkater2… the dolly that fits in your pocket,
the Sonder keyboard, with e-ink screens in each key!
Adam sent us out to find out how many colours we can see,
Glynn thinks this might be the Tric (if the kickstarter campaign gets moving),
and he’s having a lot of fun with Film Emulator, a free website for real time ‘photoshopping’ of your images to look like film,
plus there’s the website that identifies birds in your photos,
National Geographic’s user-submitted travel photos,
the essential Selfie Stick,
the guy who photographed Napalm Girl returns to Vietnam armed with an iPhone,
the Leica Q,
the (NSFW) family portrait photo session,
Glynn’s photo ‘purple haze’,
the SpaceX video of the rocket falling back to earth,
and heaps more!


June 7, 2015

Shutters Inc – episode 299

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This week, Google upgrades Picasa to Google Photos, and now gives you unlimited storage for:
* photos up to 16MP resolution,
* and 1080p video!
They’ve also thrown in some basic editing tools, and multi-device sync.
Jeffrey van Houtte’s creepy hands,
Canon rumoured to be working on an astrophotography dslr,
changes to Colorado law,
the 11 yr timelapse of World Trade Centre re-build,
Adam (and seemingly half the occupants of the world wide web) alerted us to the Sony online store hack which saw Sony’s photographic hardware being discounted by an awesome 90%!
If you managed to exploit this, tell us about it! Did they honour your order?
David Kembrey alerted us to this great piece of satire about what would happen if we asked hitmen to work “for the exposure”,
Glynn is getting psyched about his photo tour to India in 2016 (with Spotlight on Asia‘s Malcolm Fackender),
the Petzval Bokeh lens managed to rake in $100,000 on Kickstarter in just THREE HOURS!
Adobe’s Lightroom (hopefully, coming soon to) Photoshop de-haze filter,
Jimmy Nelson photographing the worlds disappearing people,
the top five tips of street photography,
the Tales by Light trailer,
and a little inspiration from David duChemin.

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May 31, 2015

Shutters Inc – episode 298

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This week, Glynn is moving on (from his old premises!)
And this week, he actually shot a landscape!
Plus, he’s teasing us with an upcoming photo tour,
Nikon appears not to be satisfied with taking retailers customers. Now they want to steal wedding photographer business as well,
The “Communication Camera”. I think the rest of us would call it a “phone”.
Product naming goes crazy (again). The “Custom Viewfinder Experience” is what most of us would call an eyecup.
And hey! We can even see an unboxing video! Woohoo!
Pinterest copyright infringement,
Aurora Selfies,
How JPEGS work (just for you Bruce… and anyone else who cares),
the first ever photo of a person,
and it only took a year for the selfies to start!
What kind of cameras were on early space probes?
David Marland told us about the Hahnel Captur remote trigger system,
Reg Vardy alerted us to this cool MIDI controller system which you can use as a tactile interface for working inside Lightroom and Photoshop (What it is – video | Product website | How it works},
the photographic story which broke the internet last week was of course the whole Richard Prince debacle. David Kembrey and others brough thtis to our attention.
I came across the dangers of selfie sitcks, a nice piece of satire,
the really annoying trend with websites burying content 5 pages deep,
and Anna Rowley & Peter Hurley brought us a great TEDxCambridge talk about “Bridging the self-acceptance gap with psyphotology”.

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May 24, 2015

Shutters Inc – episode 297

Filed under: Podcast,Shutters Inc — Bruce Williams @ 12:36

This week, a multi-image pano Bruce shot in 2009 has attracted the attention of a small public school in Wisconsin who believe it or not, actually ASKED PERMISSION to reproduce it!
Tabourie Sunrise

I was so blown away by the fact that they asked, that despite an offer of compensation, I let them use it for free.

I also came across a quote from Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz (otherwise known as Aurum Light) about the current state of the photography industry which I thought was inspiring:

People say the times are hard for photographers… I say that in Photography there was never a better time to do amazing things. The game has changed that is for sure, but there is absolutely space out there for anyone! For you and for me, just find the right spot, make it yours and never let it go!

This is an excerpt from an interview Jaroslav did for 500px.
Read the full interview here.

It’s a well-known fact that Glynn and I research tirelessly to bring you the cutting edge stories in photography every week.
And that’s why we are proud to bring you the story of Kate Upton in a zero-gravity fashion shoot.

Adam sent us a few stories this week…
Time lapses made with images sourced from around the web,
the sneaky ways in which companies will attempt to steal obtain perpetual and unlimited use of your images,
and some absolutely epic self portraits.

Erin told us about the photographer giving away his workshops in exchange for donations to aid victims of the Nepal earthquakes.

Glynn has been shooting Dykes on Bikes,
glowing plankton portraits,
some good suggestions for Nikon and Canon,
and the continuing legal battles over the Vivian Meier catalogue.

Breakthrough PhotographyAnd we finish off with a chat with Graham Clark from Breakthrough Photography about their X2 and X3 ND filters, claimed to be the most colour neutral filters available today. Certainly, the sample images (01 | 02 | 03)appear to hold up the validity of that claim!
Although Graham is currently (as of May 2015) out of stock of the 10-stop filters, he still has plenty of 3-stop and 6-stops available.
Head over to the online store and use this code to get free shipping on your filter:
shutters-inc-295

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May 17, 2015

Shutters Inc – episode 296

Filed under: Podcast,Shutters Inc — Bruce Williams @ 12:00

This week,Glynn is becoming quite the “International Man of Mystery Lighting Consultant”,
the crazy new Wyoming law that could land you in jail for a year for taking a photo,
the Lily autonomous drone,
the NPR Sally Mann interview,
social media social injustice whoa photographers,
reflections no more,
DPReview’s astounding(ly bad) gallery of 5DRS images,
six of the world’s best wedding photographers,
the Omega reflector,
a cool travel video,
an awesome iPhone case,
Sight Unseen, an interview with an embedded war photojournalist, on Radiolab,
Erin King alerted us to the ol’ Facebook-owns-your-images boogeyman rearing its head again,
Adam told us about the Sydney wedding photographer and the amazing stunt he pulled while shooting a mate’s wedding,
F-Stoppers and OnOne are giving you the current version of Perfect Browse for free,
and Carl told us about another photography workshop operator (Glynn is most upset!) who teaches people how to get the studio look without owning, building or hiring a studio.

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May 10, 2015

Shutters Inc – episode 295

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This week,
Life imitates art,
Joe McNally’s Gitzo tripod shoot,
Carl pointed us toward the awesome work of digital illustrator, Alberto Seveso, who’s just produced a cover for the latest issue of Adobe’s Inspire digital magazine,
the Milk series superheroes from Aurum Light,
Adam showed us the pics of floating feathers that are actually made up of thousands of pictures of naked bodies,
the restaurant that made special plates for smartphone food photos,
Reg Vardy is impressed with fast raw viewer,
Glynn is about to move into a new studio space,
CPW’s June special is “one-on-one for half price”,
digitising your old prints with your phone,
the Nikon P900 can pluck a duck,
and 800ISO isn’t bad either,
the selfie arm for lone travellers,
out of this world shots of the moon,
the difference between CMOS and CCD sensors,
Nikon quality issues again, with regard to Elinchrom Skyport ,
R3 monobath, the single solution for processing your film negs,
awesome mom photographer shares tips on shooting your kids,
ever wondered what your images would have looked like on a Commodore 64?
Well, wonder no longer!
and the stupidly simple idea no one ever thought of, until now.

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May 3, 2015

Shutters Inc – episode 294

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This week, do we REALLY need LCD screens on our lenses? Zeiss seems to think we do,
has Western Digital come up with the ultimate travel HDD (ultimate by today’s standards, anyway)?,
15 remarks on composition,
a good strobist basic one flash lighting guide,
having Lightroom 6 crashing issues? Here’s a fix,
the Sony EYE sensor trigger,
Glynn thinks he’s found a lazier way of doing Pass The Camera – project #2. But it’s iOS only, so we’re not having a bar of it,
4 Weston prints brought before the Antiques Roadshow pull a tasty valuation of $260,000!,
some seriously cool double exposures,
Last week, we gave you the 83x zoom. Pfft! Lame. Try 343x!
Around the world in 1000 days,
Bruce likes the look of the Soloshot,
the lengths photographers will go to, to get THAT shot,
the surreal imagery of Erik Johansson,
Breakthrough Photography’s colour-cast-free neutral density filters,
the struggle to retrieve the Fairfax archive of historical Australian and New Zealand images from the U.S. photographer who was meant to be scanning them all,
and could Record Store Day possibly provide photographic retail a way out of the darkness? Glynn believes not.

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April 19, 2015

Shutters Inc – episode 293

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This week, the War of the Reg’s,
strange advertising claims,
Snapseed 2 (Get it on iOS or Android),
Fuji’s new 16mm f1.4 lens,
Manfrotto Digital Director,
and Canon drops prices on 31 lenses in USA. Second major price drop in a year.
LinkedIn buys Lynda.com,
Asian real estate holdouts who refused to move,
Nikon’s P900 with its crazy 24-2000 mm zoom,
Magic Lantern, the guys who do firmware hacks for Canon DSLR’s, upset some of their users with their April Fool’s prank,
the self-powered camera that can shoot FOREVER,
DSLR performance in a cell phone,
the world’s first bitcoin-only photographer,
fake Nikons,
some decent selfies from Alex Deforest,
the plastic cup macro,
and the plastic bag Lensbaby.
So, you’re sitting on the ground, BESIDE your car, shooting photographs of a wild lion. Said feline catches your scent, decides you look like lunch, and comes flying at your at full speed with teeth bared for the kill.
Do you:
a) Get back in your vehicle poste haste, or
b) Grab a couple of awesome photos first?
If you’re a serious photographer, and not just a fauxtographer, then of course you choose option B.
Adam pointed us toward Adaptalux, a funky new macro lighting solution,
and a retelling of my story of shooting Mount Yassur (an active volcano in Vanuatu) from 2006.

Rosaly and friends

Rosaly and friends, warming themselves around a lava bomb having just been drenched by a shower of rain.

Rosaly at Mount Yassur

Rosaly at Mount Yassur, doing what I’d been told not to do… turn your back on the volcano. But she’s a professional. :)


April 12, 2015

Shutters Inc – episode 292

Filed under: Podcast,Shutters Inc — Bruce Williams @ 12:00

This week, Reg Vardy alerted us to Lexar’s new 512GB CF card.
13,800 x 16MB RAW files, or 347,000 standard jpegs!
Still, not for me, thanks. “Eggs in one basket”, and all that. I’ve lost images from card failure before.
Adam sent us off to war with this portfolio of interesting/amazing military photos,
You know I like to shoot multi-image landscape panoramas, right?
Well, this guy is shooting them on FILM using a whole roll for each horizontal row of “frames”!!
No room for error on this project!
With my talk of shooting the Milky Way last ep, Carl pointed me toward Photopills, which looks very similar to The Photographer’s Ephemeris.
The difference between the two is that TPE doesn’t cover celestial bodies other than the sun and moon, but IS at least on Android as well as that other operating system. :)
Photopills on the other hand is not Android capable.
Rob Coates admitted to also having a camera floating around that still has half a roll of unexposed film in it (first half exposed 13 years ago!), so he’s now inspired to go finish it off and get the roll developed. We want to see those images, Rob!
After his near-death-experience, Glynn is back with news of his recently-completed Brisbane workshops,
the twin head BUGGY macro flash,
could the laws about photographing police be on the verge of change?
Sony sells half of Olympus,
tin-type potraits from Sundance (Glynn’s link | my link),
got money to burn and not afraid to hang it off a drone?
PhaseOne has the 80 megapixel digital back for you!
There’s the TLR (twin lens reflex) instant camera with dedicated BOKEH mode,
Photojojo has a single use app, and it’s not a belated April Fool’s joke,
and finally, Glynn’s iPhone pano of the Palais Theatre in St Kilda.

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April 5, 2015

Shutters Inc – episode 291

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This week, Glynn is still too crook to podcast.
A couple of portfolios of images I came across this week which I thought you’d enjoy:
Photos that could best be described as minimalist,
and some photos of ocean waves that look static.
Hopefully you were able to get out and shoot the lunar eclipse. Unfortunately, here on the Central Coast of NSW, we had solid clouds and torrential rain, so I went out with David Kembrey and a friend of his and we did some flash/gel light painting type stuff in a tunnel (pics on my FB page here),
and although we couldn’t shoot the eclipse, it’s got me thinking about shooting the Milky Way. And to that end, I’m organising a weekend for mid-May where we’re going to head out to do just that.
April Fools Day brought us a raft of new prank blog posts. I particularly liked this one.
Carl told us about things photographers say,
plus gave us a link to the Behind The Scenes for the Danny MacAskill video (see last week’s show notes),
he also likes Astropad for turning his iPad into a tablet, Wacom-style,
and he shared this image from Victorian Storm Chasers,
Adam advised us of the pitfalls of trying to take photos in North Korea,
the Arkansas street photography legislation,
Ken Dickson showed us this awesome portfolio of images taken by actor Jeff Bridges,
and I get all technical (with Glynn out of the picture, I can get away with it!) and talk bit depth and how that relates to exposure. See also the wiki page on “exposing to the right”.

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March 29, 2015

Shutters Inc – episode 290

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This week, Glynn’s continuing bad luck,
the portfolio “Preservation” by Blake Little.
Awesome images, but attacked for wasting honey. Your thoughts?
Ken Dickson pointed out this tragic story of a photographer in Brisbane who gave his life for his art. Remember to have an escape route if you’re planning on shooting in potentially-dangerous situations/environments.
David Marland sent us an awesome e-mail, which included a link to a story on boudoir photography, plus this video on morphing,
there was the story of the Chinese public official whose photography has landed him some jail time,
the Camera Party is back,
using your Mac as a tablet,
Hobby, McNally and friends in the UAE again for the Gulf Shootout,
the Fuji X100T offers an astonishingly fast 1/32000th shutter speed,
Danny MacAskill/RedBull shoot,
new Canon 11-14mm ‘full frame’ lens,
buying a famous photographer’s slides in a junk shop? Never know what you’re going to find!
shooting through convex lenses,
using prisms for refraction,
awesome images from Boston during the snows,
the Prime iPhone App that allows you to get 50MP images out of your phone,
or how about a 3 sensor iPhone?

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March 22, 2015

Shutters Inc – episode 289

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This week, Glynn’s daughter’s timelapse project,
the World Press Award photo exhibition in Sydney,
the Hang Son Doong cave in Vietnam,
Huskies on ice,
Pass the camera project #1 is progressing nicely,
the Rolliflex factory auction,
Hand made cameras from Czechoslovakia,
Steve McCurry compositional techniques,
Light painting with a phone,
the work of Andrew Studer,
New Elinchrom Quadras,
Canon and National Geographic team up to create a photography-related tv show,
and Sotheby’s and eBay combine forces to auction off original antique photographic prints.

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