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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:
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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

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

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

Filed under: Podcast,Shutters Inc — Bruce Williams @ 13:18

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

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

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

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

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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March 15, 2015

Shutters Inc – episode 288

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

This week, Glynn found that a lens hood isn’t always a good thing,
here are a couple of images [1] [2] he shot at a camera club talk.
The second one was criticised for its negative space (subject looking out of the frame).
What are your thoughts? Valid composition, or utter shite? :)
Canon issues an advisory against using lithium ion batteries in their speedlights,
Sony’s new 24-240mm zoom for 35mm sensors,
the image of the weasal and the woodpecker that broke the internet this week, and how it came to be captured,
some images from Angela Bacon-Kidwell,
what went wrong for TriggerTrap,
waterproof filters,
apparently, 20% of entrants in the World Press Photo Contest were disqualified for ‘cheating’,
this guy even had his award revoked,
you know the photographic industry is struggling when a giant like Nikon diversifies its business interests into the medical arena in order to, no pun intended, “reduce its exposure to the camera market”,
some gorgeous abstract imagery from Mike Cable,
a new GoPro-like clone out of China for $64? (Specs at the end of the show notes)
Some cool new Nissin flash units, which incorporate their own built-in wireless Commander system,
and the funky little Q20 flash unit currently on Kickstarter.

According to the released specs the Chinese action cam will be just as good or better than the GoPro Hero in several key features:

$64 vs $130
1080p/60fps vs 1080p/30fps
7fps continous vs 5fps
72 grams vs 111 grams (2.5oz/3.9oz)
Max storage: 64GB MicroSD vs 32GB MicroSD
H.264 encoding (same)
155 degree wide angle lens (the GoPro wins this one with 170 degrees)
Waterproof up to 40 meters with underwater housing (not included)
Additional features:

Built-in WiFi (100 meter range) and Bluetooth 4.0
Optional Bluetooth remote control
Remote control handset app – allowing you to shoot, edit and share you photos and video
Travel edition comes with a selfie stick
BSI (back-illuminated sensor)
Ambarella A7LS processor
Panasonic high density lithium-ion battery
Battery indicator
3D noise reduction

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March 8, 2015

No podcast this week

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

Apologies one and all, but Skype (or was it just the interwebz in general?)  did not want to play nicely with the other children this week.
After three attempts, all of which dissolved into a mush of distorted audio, and a 4 second lag, we gave it all away as a bad joke.
Maybe next week….


March 1, 2015

Shutters Inc – episode 287

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

This week, a couple of images [1] [2] Glynn took at a camera club talk this past week,
the nasty scam targeting photographers,
the Konost Camera,
some early William Talbot images up for sale,
the Garden Photographer of the year appears to have missed the mark somewhat,,
the guy who take a photo of EVERY. SINGLE. THING. his right hand touches,
Annie Leibovitz talks about her career HIGHLIGHTS,
a bunch of stuff from photohjojo, including Apple Juice,
the Ride-a-long device for charging your devices whilst riding your bicycle,
an iPhone projector for $1,
iPhone Grad Filters,
or how about one of everything?
There was the gorgeous Oscar’s after-party portraits,
Ben von Wong pulled off an awesome Superhero-inspired photoshoot for the staff at SmugMug,
Adam told us about this new anti-paparazzi clothing,
how even the Bush family fell victim to not paying for a professional photographer,
and the amateur photographer being extorted for running a photo competition on her website.

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February 22, 2015

Shutters Inc – episode 286

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

This week, details of my motorcycle accident,
Glynn’s new sponsor (Xlite),
an awesome ND Filter,
your iPad is now your touch tablet, thanks to Astropad,
amazing new digital skylights from CoeLux,
the Beehive picture hanger system,
whacky pics with leaf blowers,
Glynn is thinking of changing the term Spray and Pray to ‘The Indecisive Moment’, in memory of Henri Cartier-Bresson’s book, “The Decisive Moment”,
newsroom employees who have to look at raw video from terrorists starting to suffer from PTSD,
the cameras used to take the winning images in the World Press Photographic Awards for 2014,
NASA shoots a photo of the sun every second for 5 years and then produces a video of the highlights,
stupid crowdfunding projects for lazy people,
modular phones and cameras,
Apple rebrands iPhoto as Photos for Mac,
thief returns the memory card (but unfortunately not the camera gear as well),
Rakesh told us about Scott Kelby and RC Conception’s new vidcast-vodcast-tv-series-thingy about Lightroom,
Carl pointed us to info about new Nikon DSLR’s,
Adam told us about Murray Frederick’s expedition to shoot nothing on the icesheets of Greenland,
and Steve Peters pointed us toward this video of a funky new tripod head.

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February 15, 2015

No podcast this week

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

Apologies to the 7 of you, but there’s no podcast this week.
We’ll be back next week.
And that’s not just some idle threat, that’s a promise! :)


February 8, 2015

Shutters Inc – episode 285

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

This week,
Google Earth Pro is now free (reduced from US$399!)
geotagging images in Lightroom,
pilot may have caused his plane to crash by taking selfies,
Carl alerted us to these Supermoon Tour t-shirts,
Adam told us about some Kickstarter projects,
DxO Optics offering up their software free until the end of February,
photographers posing with prints of their most iconic images,
photographers with over-inflated senses of entitlement complaining about yellow cars,
Glynn and his model troubles,
hello Belinda Campbell,
the tattoo artist vs the photographer,
a big week for Olympus with the release of the OMD-ED II,
Pentax 35mm sensor camera in development,
Canon’s 50MP cameras blown away by 3200mp monster,
DSLR mirror box in slo-mo,
the Humans of New York project,
the Air Jordan logo furore,
expensive weddings,
and the camera is on its way to YOU (if you’re a part of the ‘pass-the-camera’ project, that is)!

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