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May 29, 2016

Episode 335 – The post-USA tales

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This week, Glynn regales us with tales of his US jaunt.
Whilst there, he got to try out the new Tamron 85mm f1.8 lens which he reckons is the best lens in that size he’s come across. But as you’d expect, he wasn’t overly impressed with dpreview’s gallery of sample images shot with the lens.
He’s also pretty impressed with the GlowForge printer, which now holds the prestigious title of “Most Successful Crowdfunding Project of All Time” having raised 28 MILLION dollars in 30 days!
Apparently, there is a problem with Sigma lenses and Pentax’s new flagship DSLR, the K1, where the lenses are scratching the internals of the camera body.
Out of Taiwan comes the sad story of a female scuba-diver (who also happened to be asthmatic) who drowned whilst modelling for an underwater shoot recently.
The makers of PortraitPro have announced their new product, LandscapePro, which you can pick up right now for 50% off the regular price.
I came across this quote during the week, and thought it worthy of sharing:

“Whatever you now find weird, ugly, uncomfortable and nasty about a new medium will surely become its signature. CD distortion, the jitteriness of digital video, the crap sound of 8-bit – all of these will be cherished and emulated as soon as they can be avoided. It’s the sound of failure: so much modern art is the sound of things going out of control, of a medium pushing to its limits and breaking apart. The distorted guitar sound is the sound of something too loud for the medium supposed to carry it. The blues singer with the cracked voice is the sound of an emotional cry too powerful for the throat that releases it. The excitement of grainy film, of bleached-out black and white, is the excitement of witnessing events too momentous for the medium assigned to record them.”

Brian Eno, A Year With Swollen Appendices

Steve Peters shared a few stories, including the awful truth about photography workshops,
the automated selfie-stick,
and an interview with David Zimmerman, the CEO of data recovery firm, LC Technology.
Carl shared the story of the practice of stripping a ton of metadata from your RAW files when you generate a jpeg.
Glynn was reminded of the church that burnt down near to where he was staying in New York.

NYC church fire

Adam brought us the story of the photography group from Canada who made a nuisance of themselves at Yellowstone National Park.
Glynn gave us a link to a David DuChemin blog post about this very group and their actions.
And finally, Adam shared this collection of print advertisements for all things photographic, spanning the last 130 years.

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May 22, 2016

No podcast this week

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I think everyone needs a break this week.
Me. Glynn. You guys.
🙂
Back next week.


May 15, 2016

Episode 334 – Guest : Steve Peters

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This week, Steve Peters steps up with a couple of macro-related stories:
There’s the Top 20 macro shots on 500px this year (so far),
and a great portfolio of macro shots involving toy cars in different lands.
Steve has just discovered the DxO One, but is not convinced of its usefulness.
Adam told us about the Canon EF-M28mm macro lens with a built-in LED ring light,
and George reminds us that how the camera FEELS in your hands is just as important as its technical prowess.
Then, it seems that photographers are in danger of being labelled “pigeons”, with a slew of stories about photographic bad behaviour…
The 126 year old statue,
The 1920’s petrol station (also submitted by Adam),
plus some stories we’ve covered in the recent past… the Canadian bus shelters,
and the historical shipwreck story.

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May 8, 2016

Episode 333 – Guest : David Marland

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This week, David Marland pop s back in to co-host in Glynn’s absense.
Ian Reid chimes in with his anticipation of the forthcoming On1 RAW software,
and his disdain for Adobe,
Rakesh sent us this link to events happening in conjunction with the Vivid Festival in Sydney.
Carl reminds us that it’s been 5 years (already??) since David Duchemin did his best Humpty Dumpty impression (no disrespect intended!).
David Marland brought a bunch of stories with him, including Wet Plate Day.
A couple of interesting exhibitions happening in Sydney as part of the Head On Photography Festival:
“In the skin”.
“Altered Lands”.
Microscopic macros for huge poster sized insects,
How they make ink,
Interchangeable lens camera sales steady as Canon profits plunge,
Leica Reveals the LCD-Free Leica M-D (Typ 262),
Sony patents contact lens camera with blink-triggered shutter,
and the story of the Melbourne photographer vs Calvin Klein.

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May 1, 2016

Episode 332 – Guest : Rob Coates

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This week, Rob Coates pops in for a chat to follow up on Glynn’s comments from last week.
Then, it’s on to the stories Glynn and I didn’t get to last week.
Lytro’s new cinema camera is going to push your storage capacity to its limits!
On1 announces their new On1 Photo RAW processing software.
Adam pointed us to a story about photographers and their backup routines… or lack thereof,
and the story of one Leica using having a not-so-fun time with customer service.
Steve Peters showed us an animation created from old photos,
and pointed us to a great article about the 5 things that can happen to light when it hits a physical object,
Rakesh e-mailed me about “face registration”; an awesome new feature that Sony has introduced into some of its cameras,
and Carl sent us the video of the 20 year old Nikon film SLR with a faster frame rate than today’s flagship D5!

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April 24, 2016

Episode 331 – Lambs to the slaughter

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This week, Glynn rips into my Little Red Riding Hood images (facebook) – (my photography website).

Then, we had 3 listeners who were brave (or is that ‘stupid’?) enough to submit their images for critique.
First up, Rob “Johnny-on-the-spot” Coates…

Hot June nightHell hath no furyDecisions

Then, Alexander Kozhekin…

Temple 1Temple 2
Fisherman 1Fisherman 2

David Kembrey…

SurferAngie on fenceLeaves

and finally, a couple from Glynn.

Vietnamese womanEdit of Alex's image

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April 17, 2016

No podcast this week

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Sorry one and all, but with Glynn galavanting around the globe again, I decided to give myself a week off too.
Back next week!


April 10, 2016

Episode 330 – Goodbye again

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This week,
Glynn responds to David Marland’s “Agree Disagree” comments,
apparently, everything is horrible, or at least it appears that 80’s portraiture was, anyway!,
although a guy called Dean Collins had a handle on it.
You could buy 6 hours of his lighting training on DVD for US$150,
or you could just jump on youtube.
Lytro decides it’s time to rethink their core business, and it’s not lightfield cameras.
Which reminded me about the coming-soon action movie, Harcore Henry, which is shot almost entirely in the first person (which I said on the podcast was ENTIRELY shot that way, but that is not the case).
Peter Stewart has published a bunch of his shots, both before and after post-production.
I came across a collection of images that was intriguing. Glynn wasn’t so impressed, but are you surprised by that?
In the last week or so, we’ve all heard about Adobe jacking up the price of Creative Cloud for Australian subscribers because of the fall in the exchange rate. This prompted David Marland to ask if it wasn’t time for another discussion about alternatives to LR/PS.
Which led me to a site called, surprise surprise…. alternativeto.net!
They’ve got suggestions for LR alternatives, and PS alternatives. But you can also enter the name of any other software to get more suggestions.
I also found another list of alternatives.
Adam told us about the post that claims Sony’s dive into mirroless cameras with 35mm sensors was a “fatal” mistake.
But the Sony fans hit back.
Plus there was the guy who wanted to light not one, but two “Flying Bulls” acrobatic planes whilst they were in the air!
Grant Palmer alerted us to one of the many April Fools pranks doing the rounds this week.
Steve Peters wants us to consider the possibility that we photographers are a grumpy bunch.
We want your images to critique. And to get the ball rolling, Glynn critiques 6 of his own images from India.

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April 3, 2016

Episode 329 – Aching hearts (take #2)

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This week, Glynn gives us a blow-by-blow account of the India trip.
Images we discuss include:

Then, I finally got around this week, to reading David du Chemin’s free e-book “Ten”. If you haven’t read it yet, you should do so. It’ll only take half an hour, and might just get you thinking in some new ways about your photography.
This week, Sony announced the forthcoming RX10mk3, which looks to be one VERY competent bridge camera.
BBC Four has either just run, or is currently running, a series called “Colour: The Spectrum of Science”. This video makes it seem like it could be quite interesting.
Carl goes all steampunk on us, with this awesome retro-inspired keyboard.
Rajesh Kumar told me about a new Android app he’s developed called Lamhaa. The idea is to hook up photographers with potetnial clients based on location. Check it out if that seems like your thing.
David Marland told us about Maxim Magazine’s little faux pas, where they thought it would be a good idea to put a plus-sized model on the front cover, but then airbursh her to make her slimmer. Say wha?
Adam wanted us to know that Yahoo! is up for sale, so if you want to buy a slice, get your cheque book out now. You have ’til April 11th.
And Steve Peters points us to a blog post that reminds us that sharpness isn’t the only criteria we should look for in a lens.

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Episode 329 – Aching hearts

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This week, Glynn gives us a blow-by-blow account of the India trip.
Images we discuss include:

Then, I finally got around this week, to reading David du Chemin’s free e-book “Ten”. If you haven’t read it yet, you should do so. It’ll only take half an hour, and might just get you thinking in some new ways about your photography.
This week, Sony announced the forthcoming RX10mk3, which looks to be one VERY competent bridge camera.
BBC Four has either just run, or is currently running, a series called “Colour: The Spectrum of Science”. This video makes it seem like it could be quite interesting.
Carl goes all steampunk on us, with this awesome retro-inspired keyboard.
Rajesh Kumar told me about a new Android app he’s developed called Lamhaa. The idea is to hook up photographers with potetnial clients based on location. Check it out if that seems like your thing.
David Marland told us about Maxim Magazine’s little faux pas, where they thought it would be a good idea to put a plus-sized model on the front cover, but then airbursh her to make her slimmer. Say wha?
Adam wanted us to know that Yahoo! is up for sale, so if you want to buy a slice, get your cheque book out now. You have ’til April 11th.
And Steve Peters points us to a blog post that reminds us that sharpness isn’t the only criteria we should look for in a lens.

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March 27, 2016

Episode 328 – Guest : Richard Bartlett

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This week, I’m joined by Richard Bartlett, a photographer from Newcastle (just an hour north of me).
We discuss where it all started for him, and what has helped shape his craft to where it’s at today.
The Batman image we discuss on the podcast even ended up being printed in this weekend’s Newcastle Herald Newspaper.

Richard's photo in the paper.

Richard’s photo in the paper.

Links:

Richard Bartlett Photography and Digital Creation
Richard Bartlett Events
Richard Bartlett (photography website)
Richard on 500px, viewbug, and instagram.
Jasin Boland (movie stills photographer)

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March 20, 2016

Episode 327 – Guest : David Kembrey

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This week, my guest in-studio is David Kembrey.
David liked the look of a new portable, collapsible beauty dish from Profoto,
Polaroid’s BrightSaber,
Tether Tools’ Case Relay provides continuous power for many DSLR and mirrorless cameras,
and their RapidMounts help you to keep that off-camera flash exactly where you want it.
Ready for inclusion on the People We Don’t Like list are some of the winning photographers from the 2016 Underwater Photographer of the Year awards.
Other stories David liked included:
A Photographer shares what it’s like to swim with humpback whales,
The World Press Photo awards disqualified 16% of finalists this year,
The top 5 reasons to move up to a 35mm “full frame” sensor,
Fujifilm to discontinue production of FP-100C instant film,
and stacking multiple images into one composite frame.
Adam also shared some storied including the headline that Instagram is about to curate your feed,
new start-up, Parachut aims to be the “Netflix of camera gear rental”,
using a UAV to map a large physical object (like a statue!) to then create a 3D printed (scalde-down) replica,
and the news that Flickr Uploadr is no longer free.
We also MEANT to cover the story (David brought it along, and Adam also shared it) about Matt Granger’s decision to ditch Sony’s E mount mirrorless system from his professional gear lineup.
David Kembrey’s images can be found on facebook and instagram.

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March 13, 2016

Episode 326 – Guest : David Marland

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This week, I’m joined by listener David Marland.
David was impressed with some of Glynn’s images from India,
Sigma’s new MC-11 adapter,
Samsung’s Galaxy S7/Edge with its new Sony imaging sensor,
Lee is lengthening the headaches of photography-widows everywhere with their 15 stop ND filter (a 2 second exposure becomes 17+ HOURS!),
the bazooka approach to UAV control,
the pros and cons of selling your photography gear,
and he found this collection of images designed to make you feel anxious.
Sony have announced a new wireless trigger system which includes high speed sync.
Adam shared the story of the photographers who destroyed a bunch of bus shelters in Alberta Canada.
Adam and Steve Peters both shared this great story about the pair of photographers who build pin hole cameras out of the very landscapes they are shooting.
Steve Peters exceeded my capacity for the technical with this story about the problems with modern lens design,
and told us about this collection of swappable lenses for your mobile phone’s camera.
Carl Hemmings sent us the link to a beautiful new video by Trey Ratcliff (with monologue by Alan Watts).
Reg Vardy sent us this piece of satire about an alledged Nikon recall of as-yet-unreleased cameras by Kirk Tuck,
and David Jones sent us this piece about RAW workflow between your Android 5.0 (or later) phone and Lightrrom Mobile.

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March 6, 2016

Episode 325 – Guest: Steve Peters

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This week, Glynn makes a brief appearance “from India” to talk about photography and gaming,
and then, I’m joined by listener Steve Peters.
Adam sent us a story about Manuel Cafini’s multi-flash-burst (strobing) photography,
the sad saga of Little Masterpieces Studio and the customers they burned,
and the Japanese farmer who had to chop down a tree in order to stop photographers from trespassing on his land.
Steve found the ONE Project which is apparently sending one camera from person to person, so each person can take an image. I think I’ve heard of this being done somewhere else, too.
Steve also liked this article about “walking the arc” or looking for alternate points of view. We shouldn’t always default to the view from eye-height!
And finally, the story of David and Victoria’s son, Brooklyn, who got tapped as the photographer of a BTS shoot for Burberry.

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February 28, 2016

Episode 324 – India, here we come

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This week, David Taylor had what I thought, were some interesting comments regarding social media and how it impacts us as photographers… a sentiment Glynn didn’t seem to share.
The full piece David referred to can be found here.
Reg Vardy reminded us of the Coelux light panels which we mentioned last year. Still, if they turn out to be as good as they appear to be, mentioning them again is not necessarily a bad thing.
Reg also told us about Tamron’s two new lenses (which Glynn had mentioned on the previous episode), and the selection of cameras used which won the World Press Photo awards for 2016.
David Kembrey weighed in on the Pentax K1 and its in-camera stabilisation,
and shared a link about who pays photographers and how much.
Carl Hemmings found an image of the photographers camped out to shoot “Firefall” in Yosemite. Gotta agree with Glynn on this one… no matter how good it might look, who wants to be a sheep, following the crowd like that, getting the same shot as 50 other photographers? Meh.
Steve Peters shared a fun hack for your reflector,
and the story of the photographer who incurred the wrath of One Direction fans,
Adam told us about the photographer who whilst doing ye good ol’ “spinning the burning steel wool” trick, happened to set fire to an historic Californian landmark.
Meanwhile Glynn seems to be trying to spend as much time as possible away from the microphone, with the announcement of a phototour to Cuba in March 2017. Details on the cpw website.
And the offer is still there… if you’d like to co-host an episode of Shutters Inc with me, hit me up!

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