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December 10, 2017

No podcast this week

Filed under: Blog — Bruce Williams @ 12:00

Sorry one and all.
Just… can’t even… 🙂


December 3, 2017

No podcast this week

Filed under: Blog — Bruce Williams @ 11:00

Sorry one and all.

We were seriously about five minutes from hitting record, when Glynn received a distressing phone call which changed everything.


November 26, 2017

Episode 391 – Fainting models

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

This week, Glynn brings us up to speed on the, shall we say “interesting”, Cradle Mountain weekend workshop.

Adam sent us the story of the camera battery exploding at Orlando airport,
the story of a scammer on facebook who conned lots of people,
and the guy who THOUGHT he’d receive a $30k bounty from a thankful DJI.

And Rob Coates sent us this rather disturbing story/image.

Glynn has also recently watched “Harry Benson: Shoot First” on Netflix and found it thoroughly enjoyable.
BTW, that link is for the Aussie Netflix site. If anyone wants to send me a link for other markets, I’m happy to include those here.

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November 19, 2017

No podcast this week

Filed under: Blog — Bruce Williams @ 12:00

Sorry one and all.
For a guy without a job, I sure have been flat out this week.
Back next week.


November 12, 2017

Episode 390 – Back, and gone again

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

This week, Glynn fills us in on his India trip,
Steve Fels wrote in about my previous comments regarding ND filters, flash, and outdoor shooting,
Rob Coates mentioned, in a none-too-flattering style, Arsenal (which I’m sure we’ve covered before),
Glynn also found a new camera in Kickstarter project, Reflex Camera,
and David Marland followed up on the DxO acquisition of Nik Software.

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November 5, 2017

No podcast this week

Filed under: Blog — Bruce Williams @ 12:00

Hey… this retrenchment thing is hard work, ok? Gimme a break! 🙂

Glynn’s back next week, so we should be all “madness as usual” then!


October 29, 2017

Episode 389 – Adobe… what tha?

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

This week, David Marland joins me in Glynn’s absence.
Rob Coates sent us this link to some of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year images for 2017,
and this story about an Australian couple whose raunchy wedding photo got ALL foreigners banned from shooting at a monestary in Greece.

Adam sent in this story about a reckless drone pilot crashing his drone into a small passenger aircraft in Canada.
Then there was this guy who decided that his Sony A7 didn’t REALLY need an optical viewfinder.
And the story I’ve been seeing the most this week…. DxO buys Nik from Google, and will continue development!

David Marland is scratching his head over Adobe’s bizarre marketing moves, particularly as they relate to naming the new versions of LR and PS.
But if you’re still struggling, the Lightroom Queen has a bit more to say.

This one is quite time-sensitive. Book publisher, Rocky Nook is donating all profits of book sales to victims of the recent (October 2017) Northern California bushfires.
Offer ends Oct 29.
To participate you only need to do two things:
Apply coupon code NORCAL during the checkout process.
More info here.

Sony has just announced the a7r iii.

Adobe is working on ‘Deep Fill’ (to possibly supplant Content aware fill somewhere down the track).

Lee Filters has announced reverse ND filters for sunrises and sunsets.
In the podcast, I mentioned Hoya as a brand I thought might have been in the market earlier, but a quick search on Google would suggest a number of other players. Formatt HiTech, Singh Ray, NISI, etc

And the US Government is urging international airlines to ban cameras in checked luggage. Let’s hope the airlines ignore them.

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October 22, 2017

No podcast this week

Filed under: Blog — Bruce Williams @ 11:00

Sorry all. Glynn couldn’t make it, and I had a heap of other stuff to deal with.

Next week…


October 15, 2017

Episode 388 – The way more professional intro

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

This week, gender role reversals in advertising,
the world’s fastest camera slider,
a post on how to add metadata for manual lenses in lightroom,
and 42 unique gifts for photographers.

Glynn got himself a new tripod from 3 Legged Thing.
And he’s still scratching his head as to how he managed to land on their Pro Team!
We discuss 3 Legged Thing CEO, Danny Lenihan’s blog post about how to approach companies for AMbassador-type roles.

Glynn is also mightily impressed by iPhone’s new portrait stage lighting.
The first image is how the room lighting looked.
The second shows the iPhone’s fairly decent effort at isolating Barbie from her background.

Barbie, in room lightBarbie, isolated from background

And Glynn bought himself a new camera!
A new top-of-the-line pro D-SLR?
Heck no!
A Yashica Y35!

And he found this app which will allow you to control your tablet-version of Lightroom from your phone (so you can use all the tablet screen real estate for the image you’re editing).

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October 8, 2017

Episode 387 – Flying solo

Filed under: Podcast,Shutters Inc — Bruce Williams @ 12:22

This week, it’s Bruce flying solo with a very short, concise episode.
Lior was right. The math DOES work! Thanks for the tip!

Carl wrote in on the same subject, to mention an app he uses called “Slow shutter“. Looks like it might be iOS only.
But the app I’m using on Android is ND Calculator.

Adam sent us a link to this video of a drone pilot with some SERIOUS skills!
Hey Glynn, looks like the challenge is on, mate! 🙂

Also, Canikon users might be interested in Pulse, a devise for doing all kinds of funky triggering and remote work with your DSLR.

And Steve Peters suggested that Glynn should check out “Can I Fly There?“, a document produced by Australia’s CASA (Civil Aviation Safety Authority) on where you can and cannot fly your drone UAV.
Glynn affirmed that he had already done so. Good stuff!

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October 7, 2017

387 will be a little late…

Filed under: Blog — Bruce Williams @ 23:24

Hi all,

I’m up at Dave’s, recording music. Which means I’m NOT at home editing the podcast!

I should be home around midday ADST (the time the podcast usually hits your feed), and I’ll mix it off, do show notes, and upload as soon as I can after that.

Cheers.


October 1, 2017

Episode 386 – The Lior interjection

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

First up, apologies for the absolutely awful audio quality.
We really need to get Glynn onto a wired internet connection!

This week, a Japanese artist layers 100s of photos taken over time to produce stunning multidimensional landscapes. Kind of a new take on the timelapse.

If you got yourself a new iPhone, you’ll probably want to convert some of those .heic images to .jpg, and thankfully, this site will help with that.

Carl told us about his friend, David Collopy, who has a collection of “Then and now” images of Melbourne. Check them out here.
Other media coverage here.

Steve Peters liked this article about the rise of iPhone credits in commercial photography, and what this means for photographers.
He also told us about Nikon being in the spotlight over sexism row,
we are NOT mentioning this,
Nikon is making a full-frame mirrorless camera,
and the NYC photographer who lost the only copy of wedding photos on subway.

Adam sent us this story about the Phase One 190mp aerial system,
and this one about Canon’s new ‘virtual camera’ tech.

Rob Coates sent us the link to this amazing video of 30 days in the life of a container ship.

Lior wrote in to set me straight (again) about 10 stop filters.

Hi Bruce,
I’m a long (long) time listener and I just finished listening to episode 384 (the Reg Vardy one).

You talked about a method of computing long exposure times by setting the ISO to 6400, measuring exposure, and then setting the ISO to 100 and exposing for minutes instead of seconds. You said that the system does not work because there are 7 stops between ISO 100 and ISO 6400, and you were using a 10-stop filter.

Well, there are 6 stops between those ISOs (2^6 = 64). And that method does work – it’s just that you need to use ISO 6400 and ISO 100 under the same conditions. In other words, if your measured exposure time at ISO 6400 was 5 seconds with the ND filter on, then it will be 5 minutes at ISO 100, again with the ND filter.
If it was 0.5 seconds without the ND filter at ISO 6400, then it will be 30 seconds at ISO 100, again, without the ND filter. The ND filter only changes the exposure times, not the ratio between them.

Using ISO 6400 enables you to quickly gauge exposure (using the histogram), white balance, exposure, focus, etc., before committing to a very long exposure at ISO 100.

Note that with a 10-stop ND filter the exposure time difference is likely to be x120, not x60, because at ISO 100 the exposure time will probably be longer than 1s, triggering dark frame subtraction which takes the same time as your exposure.

I hope I helped,
Thanks for a great podcast,
Leo from Israel

And Glynn brought to our attention that Manfrotto just bought both Joby and Lowepro for what seems like a crazy bargain-basement price of $10.3M.

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September 24, 2017

No podcast this week

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

Another of our most popular episodes!

Life was more important than recording this week. Sorry one and all. Catch ya next week!


September 17, 2017

Episode 385 – Glynn wants a new intro

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

This week, Sony announces the new Cyber-shot RX10 IV, which looks to be my idea of a perfect travel camera.

Adam sent us this story about Robert Irwin (Steve Irwin’s 13-year-old son) who is poving to be an amazing photographer. Onya Bob!

And an Australian photographer and his model arrested over nude photoshoot at ancient Egyptian temple.
After we had recorded, David Kembrey linked to this article, where the photographer in questions defends his actions.

Steve Peters shared this story about the recent sale of the building from which L&P Photographics was operating. The building was also the former studio of legendary Australian photographer, Max Dupain. Fears are rife that the history of the building will be lost under the new ownership.
If you don’t recall Dupain’s work, he’s famous for (amongst others) this iconic 1937 image…

Glynn likes the look of the new Spekular LED Lighting,

Joey Lawrence (his website) has released a new hour-long documentary (and accompanying book) called “Born From Urgency”. There’s a story and video link on petapixel,

Godox has just released their new Xpro flash commander, with control of up to 16 groups (view 5 at a time on screen), with output control down to 1/256th power!

How’s this for a mobile darkroom?

DJI is teaming up with Nat Geo to give people the opportunity to try out their drones UAV’s at no charge!

And in the “useless blog post” category, we have instructions on how to turn crappy snapshots into even crappier HDR “portraits”.

Also, I forgot to check my e-mail before we recorded, so those stories and links will be in the NEXT episode! Apologies to those who wrote in this week.


September 10, 2017

Episode 384 – The Reg Vardy Conundrum

Filed under: Podcast,Shutters Inc — Bruce Williams @ 13:30

This week, David Marland steps in for Glynn.
The LR-replacement which I’ve adopted on Linux, darktable, is coming to Windows. A very early port of the app is available for anyone who wants to dip their toes in the water, here. Please understand that if you DO go and have a look, this is not a finished product yet!

Lexar, who had preiviously gone into receivership, has been acquired by Chinese flash storage company, Longsys.

Shutters Inc is now on the iHeartRadio app!

This week, I received an e-mail about a blog post on shooting product photography. Thought I’d share it, as it appears to be a fairly comprehensive piece.

Photographer finds locations of 1960s postcards to see how they look today, and the difference is unbelievable.

Man cops life ban for entering other photographer’s image under his name.

There’s a stunning 80-trillion-pixel cloudless view of earth.
The story | The map

Steve Peters told us about The rooftop photographer facing serious charges for climbing Ben Franklin bridge,
The news photographer shot by cop who mistook camera and tripod for gun,
and this story about cameras and lenses that got destroyed by the solar eclipse.

Adam tells us the Lily drone is back… kind of.

And David shared this story of the NOAA aircraft flying through the eye of Hurricane Irma.

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