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March 19, 2017

No podcast this week

Filed under: Blog — Bruce Williams @ 12:00

If you are on Facebook, you will no doubt have seen that sad news that Glynn’s dad passed away on Friday.
I’m fairly certain I speak for all of us when I say our thoughts are with Glynn and his family right now.
As a consequence, there is no podcast this week.


March 12, 2017

Episode 367 – Glynn’s new toy

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This week, an interesting personal photography project… the Under-horse project. Yep, it’s as weird as it sounds!
There’s a bunch of photos which are (allegedly) NOT Photoshopped… although we’re not entirely convinced.
Lightroom… are you doing LR wrong? This blog post covers the image-management side of things quite nicely, for those who thought LR was JUST for processing.
A video/inforgraphic about the state of the camera industry in 2016.
And after going and having a look at it, I’m quite impressed with Affinity Photo. Thanks Peter!

Steve, Adam and Glynn all added this story to the list for this episode. Popular Photography (magazine) and its website, PopPhoto are no more.

Steve Peters sent us this link to a great Broncolor lighting tutorial, with heaps of great sample images,
11 photography books that new students must read,
and why photographers don’t get modern art.

Adam shared this video of Laowa’s weird macro lens in action,
along with this story about helicopter blades and camera frame rate syncronisation, which it seems EVERYBODY shared on social media this week!
The story behind the action photo that won Red Bull Illume,
another big camera store, Showcase (Atlanta, Ga) goes under,
and Hollywood’s greatest trick.

Carl brought us the story of the guys who wanted to create a “Google street view”-style image for underwater!

Glynn has a new toy! The new Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 VC G2 lens.
Skypixel is running a competition called “Australia from Above”. First prize is almost $27,000 worth of UAV/drone kit! Get into it!
He was also amused by some of the selfie-drone comments here.
4 basic lighting principles worth knowing,
and the guy who turned a Sony compact digital camera into a digital back for his old Nikon film SLR!

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March 5, 2017

Episode 366 – Glynn leads off

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This week, the Godox Wistro looks like a handy little pocket-sized flash to have in your kit.
One of the spots I’m heading to on my European vacation is Portimao in Portugal. The sea caves look like a photographer’s dream location!
The video about the drug overdose story is here.
Peter Sambell wrote to ask our opinions or knowledge of Affinity Photo, which seems like a competent replacement for Photoshop for those who, like me, are sceptical of Adobe’s pricing policies.
Adam shared this story about photo-sharing sites, and how and why the bots are beating you.
This simple web tool helps you find your ideal lens.
Art Wolfe wants to edit your RAW files for you!
Tony White shared this story about how this image of some strawberries is the new “blue dress”,
and some amazing images from Sony’s 2017 World Photography Awards.
Glynn likes the look of the new Elinchrom ELB1200… a Quadra on steroids.
After Beyonce was ably assisted by 300 synchronised drones UAV’s at the Superb Owl show, a Chinese company has gone one better with a fleet of 1000 drones flying together!

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February 26, 2017

Episode 365 – No time for idle chit chat!

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This week,
there’s new Sigma Art lenses on the way, including a damned sexy looking 135/1.8!
Fancy developing film in the comfort of your own home? Maybe you need the Lab-Box.
If you enjoy good design, the show “Abstract” on Netflix might be worth your time.
And for some very skilled drone-piloting, check out this video!

Adam told us about some new Canon bodies and lens,
but things aren’t quite as rosy at Nikon. The stock took a dive after a disastrous 2016.
Such a rough year that they have decided not to go ahead with the release of their DL line of cameras.
Feeling a bit adventurous on the solder and programming front? Why not try your hand at building an Arduino-based timelapse controller?
Two artists built a camera from 32,000 drinking straws,
and there’s the story of Oskar Barnack, inventor of the Leica camera.

Steve Peters sent us this story on photography, sensor size and pixel peeping.

David Marland thought this might be of interest to travellers.

Rob Coates sent us this link to the World Press Photo of the Year galleries for 2016.

Rakesh reminded us of Snappr.

Glynn had this link about Nikon’s woes,
here in Australia, the Digital Show is no more,
19 tips for shooting better portraits,
a Melbourne film lab has made some funky art out of depleted film cannisters,
RawTherapee gets an update,
and there’s the BTS video from his last shoot.

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February 19, 2017

No podcast this week

Filed under: Blog — Bruce Williams @ 14:39

Sorry all. Glynn’s blaming his “trouble and strife” for him not putting in an appearance this week.
I think he’s just slacking on it, though. 🙂


February 12, 2017

Episode 364 – Aperture test

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This week, Bruce has been testing his lenses, and Glynn is bored by that.
Triggertrap is shutting up shop.
If you’re a fan of the product though, you should jump over to their online store and grab yourself a cable or two, as they’ve all been reduced in price.
Adam also submitted this story with this link.
Steve Peters sent us this story about lens sharpness, and why we needn’t obsess over it.
Also, how the internet is killing your photography,
10 great compact cameras for travelling, although Glynn takes issue with at least one of them,
and a nice piece of comedy which is worth 5 minutes of your time.
Tony White sent us the piece on how you wouldn’t ask a plumber to work for “exposure”.
And Adam sent in the story about LG’s 5k monitors not playing nicely in the vicinity of wi-fi routers,
and a piece on how HDR video production is becoming a big thing.

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February 5, 2017

Blame it on Bruce

Filed under: Blog — Bruce Williams @ 12:00

No, not me. The OTHER Bruce.
Glynn’s best mate, Adam… y’know, the guy who travels all over the world to see Springsteen play? Yeah well, he had tickets to see Bruce in Melbourne on Thursday night and his baby sitter cancelled at the last minute.
And that of course, meant that Uncle Glynn had to step up, didn’t it?
And that in turn meant…. no podcast this week.
Catch ya next week…. but only if I DON’T manage to score tickets to the Thursday show in Sydney! Mwahahaha! 🙂


January 29, 2017

Episode 363 – Now I’m the one without power

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This week, the Trump inauguration and the gigapixel image thereof,
Do you need a photography website? This guy says yes,
Liquid mountains in the Great Lakes,
Getting it right in camera,
Chase Jarvis shares 10 things you must learn,
the ten year old who surfed right over the top of a great white shark without realising it,
and Carl brought the Grids App to our attention. Instagrammers who would like to upload from the desktop, rejoice!
And this is the image from Borneo that I was talking about.


January 22, 2017

Episode 362 – Happy new year!

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Happy new year!
This week, again… back up your data!
I’ve now fully embraced Linux and darktable.
The Guardian brought us its take on the best photos of 2016,
Celebrities reveal their public and private personas in intimate double-portraits,
Amazon Europe ‘click and bait’ practices,
Kodak is bringing back Ektachrome slide film,
and there’s Glynn and Malcolm’s article!
Adam told us about Harvard putting its photography classes online for free,
and Hasselblad gets acquired by DJI.
There’s hours of fun with excuses for photographers,
Czech company Edelkrone brings us the QuickRelease One,
and beware of Gameface Media.
Tony White warned us of the dangers of flashing the peace sign,
Steve Peters (and Adam) told us about the Lily Drone; dead despite $34 million in pre-orders.
David Jones highlighted this useless kickstarter campaign.
Glynn found a photography video series called ‘Wanderlust‘ on youtube that is published 3 times a week! Somebody is busy!
Canon awarded the 3rd highest number of patents in 2016,
and Adobe is preparing for voice-controlled photoshop.
How about a solar-powered timelapse camera?
Or this?

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December 18, 2016

Episode 361 – A short, sweet farewell

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This week, a short and sweet episode to take out the year.
Glynn chats about Myanmar.
I was surprised to learn that a Sony a99ii prototype had a 24MP sensor.
Adam told us about Relonch, a $99/month subscription service which in my opinion, won’t be around for long. Let’s see.
Carl has gone all Winston Churchill on us, with a recommendation to watch (from 1:03:00) Scott Kelby on “The Grid”,
and a warning about 3rd party lens adaptors: in particular, Fotodiox’s Nikon to Sony Adapter which has apparently killed a couple of a6xxx series cameras.
Have a wonderful Christmas everyone, and a safe and happy new year!
We’re taking a month off, and the next episode should be released Jan 22, 2017!

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December 11, 2016

Episode 360 – Guest: Doug Coleman

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This week, I’m joined by Doug Coleman, of Pixelsculptures.
We chat about shooting with models, and going on random road trips.
Doug has also, over the last 18 months, guided Susan MacNeill on her photographic journey, taking her from complete noobie to multi-award-winner.
We talked about trying to shoot (as in, photograph… obviously!) wedge-tailed eagles out on the Nullabor Plain. Here’s the image I mentioned, both in it’s processed version, and SOOC.

Eagle - straight out of camera
Eagle - processed and cropped

Adam sent us the story of the guy who needed to shoot for 14 days in the Himalayas without access to AC power. For under $50, he built a very handy solar-powered recharge kit.
And then there was the guy who decided he needed a camera the same size and shape as a Russian-built Ural truck! Check out his story here.
The petapixel link Adam supplied is here.
Then there was the guy who thought his camera was beyond repair… until he went to Thailand.
And the student whose iPhone 6s photo made the finals of a NatGeo photo competition.
David Kembrey sent us this story on Steve Parish’s blog on choosing a DSLR.
Steve Peters sent in the story about the cutbacks happening at GoPro.
Rob Coates told us about the crazy money someone dropped to say they owned the oldest working camera in the world.
Carl Hemmings sent in a story about scanning film in bulk,
as well as the blog post from Matt Kloskowski on why he switched from Nikon to Sony.

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December 4, 2016

Episode 359 – Guest : Darren Purbrick

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This week, Darren Purbrick drops in to talk colour management.
Peter Lindbergh has just shot the 2017 Pirelli Calendar. Check out the preview here.
16 top photographers share the best advice they’ve ever received.
Rakesh Shah sent us this TED talk about Stephen Wilkes’ interesting technique for capturing a whole day in one image.
Adam told us about how the Chronos high-speed camera hit its crowdfunding goal in record time,
111 portrait looks with different lights and modifiers,
3D print your own lens,
and the latest in the Highsmith vs Getty lawsuit.
Steve Peters told us about the German Photographer who sued Facebook and won.
Rob Coates sent me an audio commentary on ep 358,
and we wrap it up with David Marland’s book review of “The Film Photography Handbook“.
Also, apologies for the incorrect track # in last week’s mp3 file. That’s been fixed now.

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November 27, 2016

Episode 358 – Guest: Craig Wetjen

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This week, Craig Wetjen joins me for a chat about shooting the moon, the stars and people.
He threw me this link as a starting point for moon photography.
And here are his couple of images from the supermoon this past week.


I came across these cinemagraphs by Julien Douvier (which I suspect we may have covered once before?).
And for a trip down memory lane, check out Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential Images of All Time“.
David Marland came up with something a little out of the ordinary (for this podcast, anyway).
Adam found the Spray Printer,
and Elton John’s photo collection.

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November 20, 2016

Episode 357 – Gear for travelling

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This week, one of the best 2016 Supermoon photos,
although Malcolm Fackender did a pretty bang up job with his, too!
Official White House photographer Pete Souza’s favourite photos of Obama,
How the BBC shot the iguana chase scene,
and the cheating wife caught by drone.
Carl likes the look of the Nikon D5600.
Adam sent us the video of the SLR Camera being sliced in half by a 60,000 PSI waterjet,
and the news that Affinity Photo is now available as a free beta on Windows.

Google has been busy this week, with an update to the Photos app,
plus two new pieces of software:
Photo scan (here’s a video to watch),
and software designed for smooth upsizing of low-res images called RAISR.
Glynn is intrigued by how different portrait prizes are judged.
And no lens? No problem! Hitachi is working on a lens-less camera!
And David Marland reviews “When photography really works” by Val Williams.
Grab it on Amazon here.

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November 13, 2016

Episode 356 – Lots of tours

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This week, Glynn’s got lots of tours in the planning,
Adobe announcs GST to be added to Australian customers’ invoices as of December 1, 2016.
I came across this guy trying to sell photo paper on Ebay… and failing.
David Marland sent us down a rabbit hole of home made cameras.
There was the pinhole camera from driftwood,
and a replica Leica M3 made of paper,
which was inspired by a Czechoslovakian pinhole paper camera of the 70’s.
Of course, with Glynn’s Dory-like attention span, that led us off to another project… the Lego camera.
Tony White sent us this video of Adobe’s Jason Levine going all “hair metal” during a keynote.
Seems GoPro should be renamed GoD’oh! as the Karma drone/UAV gets recalled. There is also specualtion that the company is pretty soon going to bleed dry.
Glynn found an article on dynamic range, which he had no interest in at all, but thought that I might. Analysis next episode!
There was also the amateur astronomer who trekked 60,000 miles around the globe, shot 37,000 images, and then compiled a 360 degree scrollable/zoomable panorama of the night sky! Clearly, an underachiever! 🙂
Here’s the story, and here’s the image.

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