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February 7, 2016

Episode 322 – Looking for guests

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This week,
Glynn suggests that Rob Coates should “stop reading the books”.
Rob also told us about the million dollar potato,
David Marland (and others) mentioned the story of Nikon retractsing the prize from a photographer who photoshopped (incompetently) his “award-winning” entry.
Said photographer also apologized, but we suspect only because he got caught.
Glynn found this blog post about the Rule of Thirds.
Glynn also came across a warm-and-fuzzy project called 1 camera 1000 smiles, which aims to distribute your old, unwanted-but-still-working camera equipment to underprivileged indigenous kids.
PhotoMate R3 (Android) has been updated with apparently better RAW conversion tricks up its sleeve.
Do you have the patienece to shoot and edit a one year hyperlapse? These guys did!
Or perhaps you’re up for a little pinhole bullet time project?
Or some Inception-inspired surreal UAV landscapes?
Lens compression done right!
Glynn found this comedy short filmed entirly with the reversing camera on a Toyota Prius!
Adam alerted us to the story of Seagate getting hit with a class-action lawsuit for unreliable backup drives.
And yes, we’re looking for some listeners who would be interested in guest-hosting whilst Glynn is away. Give us a yell if you’re interested.

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January 31, 2016

Episode 321 – Leap year? Say wha?

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Finally! We’re back for 2016!
Brett from mission:pic reached out about his 365 challenge. If you’re on the iOS side of the fence, check it out.
Glynn was underwhelmed by the astounding lack of gear releases at CES.
But was naturally a little interested in Canon’s announcement.
He also thought the new Olympus Pen F looked pretty sexy.
Adobe releases a new free photography-wedbsite-community called Myportfolio, as a part of your Creative Cloud subscription.
Richard Ingram saw this post on petapixel and thought we should launch a Shutters Inc weekly photo challenge.
Although he didn’t state it explicitly, I think we can all assume that Glynn thought that was way too much effort.
I received some images from the school in Oostburg, Wisconsin, showing the technology room in all it’s panoramic glory, and the lovely plaque they put up beside the image.

Innovation Room
Plaque

Vogue Magazine seems to think that we are past the days of hiring professional wedding photographers. Yeah, right.
I came across this post which contained ideas for getting really nice bokeh behind your product photos.
Chinese flash giant, Yongnuo, have come out with a cheaper knock-off of Jerry Ghionis’ Ice-light idea, called the YN360.
Carl sent us this link about automatically adding your smartphone pics to your Lightroom catalogue.
And I clearly cut out too much in the editing phase, as the podcast now runs a minute short! Don’t worry. If you think what I left in was crap, imagine how bad was the stuff I took OUT? :)

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December 20, 2015

Shutters Inc – episode 320

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The final episode for 2015!
First up, a massive thank you to all those who made donations via PayPal. I’m not naming names or citing amounts. You know who you are. Thanks heaps!
A small collection of user-submitted stories this week, including the announcement that the U.S. FAA is now requiring UAV* owners to register their vehicles. However, if you do so prior to February 19th 2016, you’ll get away with it for nix. Presumably, there will be a fee after that point in time. Thanks to David Jones for that one.

* In the podcast, I mentioned that we shouldn’t call them ‘drones’, but more correctly, should refer to them as UAV’s. However, I didn’t get around to explaining just why that is the case.
A UAV, by definition, is an Un-manned Aerial Vehicle.
But to be classed a ‘drone’, a UAV needs to be autonomous (capable of flight without human guidance). The current fleet of toys are not autonomous, but they are un-manned. Hence the distinction. :)

Adam alerted us to the fact that Glynn has a copycat who also marks up his images for educational purposes.
Enlight Photo, maker of the Orbis Ring Flash adapter, has gone into receivership. Limited stock of the Orbis is still available if you’re quick.

And Carl showed us the video, shot from the shoulders of an eagle as it descended from the top of the Burj Kalifa in Dubai (I think I accidentally said Abu Dhabi in the podcast).

And then it’s on to our chat with CPW’s very own David Oakley.
David has a tragic story to tell, but one which despite all odds, has a great ending (not that he’s anywhere near to calling it a day!).
Check out his pet portraits on Facebook, or his main website (as of December 2015, still under renovation) here.

I haven’t yet shot my image for PTC project #2. Oops. I’ll get onto that over the next few days and will get the camera and list packaged up and in the mail asap.
To all of our valued listeners, thanks for hanging with us for another year.
All the best for the silly season. Have a safe and happy time, laugh lots, drive safe, and we’ll catch you late January with episode #321.

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December 13, 2015

Shutters Inc – episode 319

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This week,
Glynn found this pinhole alarm clock, which takes a photo on the hour,
and this gorgeous camera lens calendar.
NASA releases pics of Jupiter like you’ve never seen it before.
There’s this UAV video of salmon swimming upstream,
the company who guarantees to deliver you a cloud-free wedding,
the Flipbac attachment for your live-view-capable camera,
sneaky photo and video capture with the magnetic-footed cat camera,
some retro viewing for you on Youtube with the World of Photography tv show,
and when you’ve got 50 mins to kill and a love for street photography, check out “Pen, Brush and Camera” hosted by Henri Cartier-Bresson.
I found this great home-made film developing contraption called the Filmomat,
Adam advised us of Adobe’s release of the free version of Lightroom for Android,
and this rain jacket for photographers.
Aussie? Want a gig as a “snapchat photographer”? Go here and get amongst it. Let us know how that works out for ya, yeah? :)
Not the gig for you?
How about this one? The U.S. National Parks Service is looking for an Ansel-Adams-wannabe who can shoot killer black and white landscapes on large format film.
David Kembrey sent us this video, reminding us all of why you don’t ever work with kids or animals.
And Carl sent me a link to this article on Luminous Landscape about 3rd party lens adaptors. Trouble is, if you’re not a subscriber, you won’t see the full article. :(
Subscription is just $1 a month, so if you think it’s worth it, hit up the link.

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December 6, 2015

Shutters Inc – episode 318

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This week, speculation that Nikon may have bought Samsung’s IP? (also sent in by Adam)
Carl pointed us toward another music doco; this one titled “You See Me Laughin“.
Adam told us about how some parents are naming their babies after Instagram filters.
Also, some new hope for finding and shooting the perfect sunset and/or sunrise,
and the demise of the Holga.
Glynn told us about this Steve McCurry video about the Omo Valley in Ethiopia,
and after a tough week personally, he was inspired to revisit, and remind us of, Days with my Father.
Annie takes the 2016 Pirelli calendar in a new direction.
There’s the Lu mu light meter.
And apparently, people named Glynn are idiots… says the guy who would know. :)
There’s the story of the lazy Australian wedding photographer being pursued by the Bridal Justice Bus,
the Sunset Quality Predictor,
Von Wong’s unique storm-chasing-with-a-model portraits,
and the DXO one gets a firmware upgrade.

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November 29, 2015

Shutters Inc – episode 317

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This week, Canon is going after grey market sellers in the U.S..
Remember the guy last week who shot his Vegas Vacation witht he Go-Pro facing the wrong way? Well, Zappos (a Las Vegas-based shoe retailer, decided to walk the same path and shoot the video the way it was intended.
After some lens flare in your DSLR images? Have we got the product for you!
Cutting edge technology this week includes Panasonic’s forthcoming ‘Post Focus’ feature,
and Lytro give us ‘Depth Editing’.
For the travelling photographer looking for backup storage options, how about a 1TB SSD which can withstand 1500G’s?
And some downloadable maps might be helpful whilst you’re travelling, too!
Glynn also came across this great app called Solocator (available on both Android and iOS) which will allow you to take photos of land and/or buildings and know exactly which way the camera was facing at the time of capture.
Luminous Landscape is changing to a subscriber model, for the quite reasonable price of $1/month.
And it turns out, Canon tried to buy Sigma, but Sigma weren’t interested.
We chatted about meetup #30 for the Sydney Photographer’s Meetup group,
and one of my Facebook friends, David Taylor, had these wise words to share:

Recommendation to photographers:
Don’t ask people if they like a black & white version or a color version of the same photograph.
Whose vision are you trying to fulfill?
It isn’t your art, if you expect it to be vetted by someone else.
The choices you make – exposure, depth-of-field, lens selection, filter use, “post production”, etc. – these are your creative choices, and they determine how others view & receive your work.
Decide for yourself, share, and let go.
But share YOUR vision.
Don’t cater to someone else’s.
Be an artist.

I received an e-mail through the week from the guys creating Stand-in baby; a lifesize, posable mannequin for helping photographers learn abouth what poses work for newborn and infant photography.
They have a Facebook page and a group, and promise a kickstarter project in December 2015.
Somehow, I don’t think Glynn’s irreverence was the kind of ‘exposure’ they were hoping for!
Adam sent us the story about the guy who built the world’s most powerful flashlight,
the one about the guy who spent half a lifetime trying to capture an image of a kingfisher diving for his supper. Spoiler alert: He got the shot.
And Nikon are planning on increasing the price of their lenses in Europe in 2016.
Oh, and that image we talked about on last week’s episode? Yeah, that’s worth a look. It’s on Adam’s MokoImagery FB page.
And Reg send us a couple of stories as well.
There was this one about the Trey Ratcliff-inspired camera bag from Peak Designs, which managed to rake in over $5 million in crowdsourced funding!
And a video from Peter Hurley on posing head-and-shoulder shots so as to reduce the ‘weight’, with his ‘Hold your sub’ technique.

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November 22, 2015

Shutters Inc – episode 316

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This week, Nikon breaks the “rules” by announcing that they’re working on a D4 replacement. You’ll NEVER guess what they’re going to call it!
A Pulitzer Award-winning photographer gets fired for cloning out another photographer’s camera,
while Reuters issues a worldwide ban on photographer’s submitting images processed from RAW files.
Glynn came across this video which fools the eye into seeing colour from b+w images.
Beating sadness and depression with photography.
It HAD to happen. We now have ways to tame those pesky drones.
The augmented reality printer for iOS,
and some guy reckons that Lightroom is not up to snuff for handling RAW files. Whatevs.
Adam sent us a bunch of stuff, including this collection of youtube videos on portrait retouching in Photoshop,
Pentax looking to please the astrophotography crowd,
the horrible story of an innocent Sikh man whose bathroom selfie got manipulated (to include him holding a Quran, and wearing an explosive device),
Cold War shenanigans with weather balloons,
weird ‘rolling shutter’ artefacts,
and becoming a selfie-stick-ninja.
Reg alerted us to the fact that Adobe, having seen the error of their ways, has reintroduced the useful import dialogue box into Lightroom,
the hilarious story of the “reverse GoPro”,
and Canon records people’s eye movements as they view a portrait.
And Carl sent us the story of why Brian Smith believes the mirrorless system will become universal.

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November 15, 2015

Shutters Inc – episode 315

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This week, Glynn likes the new Moo cards with their built-in NFC capability,
plus there’s the Quantum ‘film’ sensor, which promises a move away from silicon (sounds like the digital imaging equivalent of a crystal radio set!),
Breakthrough Photography’s ,X3 circular polariser.
Thinking of going mirrorless? This guy thinks every single mirrorless camera is missing something (but it’s a different ‘something’ between each one).
Glynn also dug out a couple of Joe McNally videos you might like… (01|02).
There’s the story of the photojournalist who voluntarily removed himself from the Walkley Awards, after being shortlisted for an image that he’d done some minor touchup work on.
Retrofitting lenses to fit on your dslr,
and look how far we’ve come. This blog post compares Canon’s D2000 (a $30,000 camera when it was released) with today’s current 5Ds.
Rupert axed 500 jobs at NatGeo the day he took the reigns.
Pass the camera project #2 is almost ready for take-off. If you’d like to get on board, join the Facebook group pronto!
Carl sent us a link to a great article about how to improve the responsiveness of Lightroom.
the story of the photographer travels across the US with his camera, his girlfriend, and an LED Hula Hoop,
and this portfolio of selfies from Mark Rodriguez.
He (and Adam) also sent us the video about the decoy portrait session.
Adam found some stupidly overpriced trinkets from Leica,
a video shot ON the moon at the time of the first landing,
tips for travel backup plans (which thankfully DON’T include a certain optical drive!),
the photograher trying to sue Universal Pictures for unlawful use of his image,
and a lengthy video on how the US military trained its photographers in 1965.

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November 8, 2015

No podcast this week

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Sorry guys, Glynn had a massive week and was unable to record this week.
I toyed with the idea of just cranking out something quick and nasty, but in all honesty, there was nothing that couldn’t wait a week.
The only think I will say is that we are now looking for additional SI listeners who would like to take part in “Pass the camera – project #2”. And this time, we are not sending a disposable camera. We’re sending a film SLR (A Minolta 700si and a nifty-fifty, if you must know!) instead. This will give everyone the chance to do something a little more creative, exposure-wise. If you haven’t already added your name and would like to be involved, join the Facebook group here.

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November 1, 2015

Shutters Inc – episode 314

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This week, could jpeg images soon have DRM embedded to prevent unauthorised use? How do you feel about that?
Reg told us about Toshiba selling its sensor manufacturing division to Sony for $165M.
Sleazy Sydney-based hands-on ‘fashion designer’ gets his just desserts,
15 ‘firsts’ in photography,
plus some images of the earth from high altitude,
Adam told us about the photographers stooping to pretty low-levels for their eagle shots,
Go Pro are bringing out their own branded drone,
the shooting has started in the wild west of drones and personal air space,
and naturally, the insurance companies want to protect your investment for you, and by ‘protect’, we mean gouge you for some more insurance premiums.
Could this have something to do with Canon’s ‘no-show’at the recent Digital Show in Melbourne?
Auto mechanics recreate classic renaissance paintings in this brilliant portfolio,
Pocket Wizard comes out with the Plus VI with integrated hot-shoe,
where do we draw the line on the potential uses for flags in photography?
This guy knows how to make using flash difficult and boring, all while missing the desired outcome!
And Chase Jarvis has some tips on preventing your gear from falling out of your bag.
The “pass the camera – project #1” book is now available on Blurb, but to be honest, the price is crazy steep. If the price doesn’t bother you, go for it. If you’d prefer a cheaper option, I’m going to create a smaller version (7″ x 7″) this week, and will post details when that one is available for purchase.

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October 25, 2015

Shutters Inc – episode 313

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This week, Glynn gives us the run down of the Digital Show, at which neither Sony, Panasonic, or Canon were in attendance.
He was only happy with one image he shot for the whole weekend.
We were going to discuss a portfolio of images that Carl sent in, but somehow, I managed to skip it. Apologies Carl. I really liked it, too!
Adam brought us the story of the photographer who had his image misappropriated by ISIS,
and Amazon’s new Snowball… terabytes-a-plenty delivered to your door.
Reg and Adam both told us about Kono’s new 6ISO film.
Erin alerted us to Janet Jackson’s complete and utter misunderstanding of the value of social media,
Reg told us about the story on image manipulation in photojournalism,
and about the possibility of JPEG images soon having DRM.
Glynn was featured on the Ted’s Camera Store’s website.
The Leica Store in Taipei put an image on their website of one of Glynn’s customers.
What happens when you ask 12 photographers to work for free?
Western Digital announces that it’s buying SanDisk.
In the continuing tradition of artists limiting the use of photos of their performances, Glynn brought us the story of the newspaper who sent their cartoonist to a Foo Fighters concert.
And we forgot to mention the Pass The Camera project!
The photobook is laid up, but when I went to export it, InDesign told me the images were all low resolution! And when I checked, so they were. Grr. So, Glynn is sending me the neg strip, I’ll get them re-scanned, and then I can simply replace the low res images with the high res versions. Then we can get the book uploaded to Blurb. Hopefully, some progress to report next week.

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October 18, 2015

Shutters Inc – episode 312

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This week,
a potential breakthrough for low-light photography,
Sony to spin off its sensor division,
dpreview announces its awards for 2015,
Carl chimed in on the educational system/image ownership quandry,
as well as sending us a link to this video on some of the new features in Adobe’s Photoshop Fix for iOS,
Reg Vardy told us about this awesome little tripod on kickstarter… and for when the kickstarter campaign is over, here’s the home site,
Malcolm’s gorgeous Northern Lights image that Glynn mentioned,
Adobe throws the proverbial baby out with the bathwater, but at least apologies for it,
Steve Peters brought us the B+H scandal,
Adam linked us to a video of war photojournalism 2008-style,
Glynn got a chuckle out of this site which highlights some truly disastrous kickstarter campaigns, like….
Travel Europe,
Barak/Marijuana,
Quadcopter,
and emoji.
Wouldn’t you just love to buy an old photo in a junk shop for $2, only to find out it could be worth $5 million?
Sony’s Rx1R2… basically, an a7rii with a user-switchable built-in low pass filter. Noice!
And finally, from the “people we can’t stand, ’cause they’re so awesome” folder… sunset selfies.

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October 11, 2015

No podcast this week

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Sorry one and all, but a deadly bout of man-flu (or something equally debilitating) has laid our Glynn out flat for the week.
Apparently, even his normally recumbant recording pose was too much to handle.
As a result, we were unable to get a podcast in the bag this week.
Hopefully, next week!


October 4, 2015

Shutters Inc – episode 311

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This week,
Sony has a new patent in the works which could mean even faster focusing for mirrorless cameras,
Adam told us about the school which is now making its students sign work contracts before allowing them to use school camera equipment,
the rapper busted for stealing someone else’s photo to use on one of his posters,
a reminder once again of why we should have 3 copies of our images,
and that famous iceberg composite image and just how much it has earned for its creator.
Glynn likes the idea of the Camera Restricta, which won’t let you take cliche photos,
and the NFL pro-photographer who covered a game with nothing more than an iPhone 6S.
Or how about the half hour TV show shot completely with an iphone?
Need to shoot a selfie with your dog? You need poochselfie! Like you even needed to be told. :)
But if you want to shoot the moon, you need Tiny Mos.
How destroying a lens made for new creative opportunities,
PETA suing on behalf of the selfie-ape,
and NASA releases hundreds of shots from the moon never seen before.

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September 28, 2015

Sally Mann

Filed under: Blog — Bruce Williams @ 16:00

On this week’s episode of the podcast, we ended up not covering this link.

But, after Theo reached out a second time, I decided what the heck. We’re a photography podcast, so photography-related stories kinda fit what we’re doing. Right? :)

So here it is… the link to the Sally Mann page at artsy.

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