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August 30, 2015

Shutters Inc – episode 308

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

This week, a few video-related stories, including the one about the ‘model’ (she’s actually a freediver) who held her breath (whilst tied up underwater!) for 4 minutes, for a single-camera-move music video,
Jimmy Nelson (the brains and shooter behind the “Before They Pass Away” series) put together this video of the tribes on Tanna, an island in Vanuatu. Tanna is home to Mount Yassur, the volcano I visited in 2006.
There’s the ‘QuickRelease One’ from Edelkrone, which positions itself as the quick release system to rule them all,
and when you just want to kill some hours looking at more awesome photos (’cause flickr, 500px and google plus clearly aren’t enough!), there’s this site.
By the way, while we’re talking about 500px and flickr, anyone else noticed how eerily similar they look?

500px flickr

Carl found this video on youtube about shooting tethered to an ipad with LRCC,
Glynn likes the look of Pallette, a loupe-like colour-reading-gadget. I’m sure there’s a more technical name for it, but you know how it is… Glynn is the tech-head on this podcast! 🙂
He also found this video about a group of students who went out to shoot the Perseid meteor shower.
Have you dropped some serious coin on photo gear and later regretted the decision?
Seems you’re not the only one. And the comments are worth a read, too.
In the vein of last week’s portfolio that merged vintage images with surreal surroundings, Glynn came across this lot, which uses 1900’s Detroit in modern ruins. We have just one question. WHY?
Adobe wants us to stop using “photoshopped”, “photoshopping”, et al as verbs and adjectives.
Glynn also found this stunning collection of macro-dioramas. From the “too much time on his hands” book, this Japanese man created one of these every day for 5 years!!
Anf Glynn discusses his plans for the remainder of the year. I’m seriously starting to think he wants to get out of doing this podcast! 🙂

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August 23, 2015

Shutters inc – episode 307

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This week, Sydney-siders have an opportunity to learn shooting HD video on their DSLR’s at a two day workshop next weekend at the Australain Film Television and Radio School.
Carl shared this feel good story about the winner of a Net Geo traveller photo contest…. or something like that. Don’t ask ME for the story! I have no idea.
Rebecca Dunstall shared this on Facebook, and I thought it was worth sharing here. A photographer took a bunch of old b+w photos and gave them a new lease on life.
Adam alerted us to an MIT project that’s aiming to produce a camera which will never overexpose an image, plus here’s a second link,
and to the story of the guy who developed the first digital camera whilst working at Kodak. And in true stoicism (brownie points if you know where I picked THAT word up from this week), his bosses didn’t want a bar of it.

“Print had been with us for over 100 years, no one was complaining about prints, they were very inexpensive, and so why would anyone want to look at their picture on a television set?”

Glynn has spent the week playing with new gear.
His new Tamron lenses (one of which has just been awarded lens of the year) produced these two images [ 01 | 02 }
His international events are selling out fast, and he’ll be launching another one soon!
Pesky drones over your airspace? Deal with them!
But this one looks bigger! But only shoots images, not drones.
10 portraits at different focal lengths,
the self portrait with a meteorite.
Need a bluetooth iPhone shutter release?
Perhaps you’d like one shaped like a roll of film, or perhaps a twin lens reflex?
The Samsung 16TB SSD,
and in the “why didn’t someone do this sooner” category, dpreview has the story about PixBuf – social photo sharing made easier.

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August 16, 2015

Shutters Inc – episode 306

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This week, congratulations to Mike Hollman for picking up ANOTHER 10 nods at this years NZIPP Awards,
the crazy stuff you can see with an 83x optical zoom,
Sony kicking some on the dpreview top 10,
dpreview top 10
Glynn talks about my last shoot,
David Marland reminds Victoria listeners about the Ballarat International Foto Biennale which runs from August 22 – September 20, 2015.
Carl sen us to Karen Hutton’s blog for her story about how she shed 7lb just by changing camera systems,
plus the video of the guy who’s using the Pallette system for tactile control of Lightroom and Photoshop.
Glynn told us about the Photoshop World 2015 keynote introduction, with its Wayne’s World parody,
and then we got David DuChemin on Skype for a chat about your photographic ‘vision’.

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August 9, 2015

Shutters inc – episode 305

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This week, a great DIY project which will give you a Gorillapod-style monopod that you can wrap around a fence, a tree or whatever,
Google and MIT developing an algorithm which will remove reflections from photos,
Fuji’s new X-T1-IR, a mirrorless infra-red body,
through the week, David Foggin asked (on Facebook) about Lightroom workflow.
This was my rather lengthy response:

Well, obviously everyone has their own preferences, but my workflow looks like this:
* import images into LR using YYYY-MM-DD as the folder structure.
* I personally don’t rename images, as once the metadata is added, everything is searchable.
* Next step is metadata. I’ll add heirarchial keywords for location (Australia > New South Wales > Central Coast > Gosford, etc). This means that even though when you look at one image, you’ll only see “Gosford” as a keyword, that image will be included in the search results if I was to search for “New South Wales”.
* Add metadata for any people I care about, or may later want to search for.
* Depending on what the shoot is, I generally then take a quick run through the images in grid view, but with the thumbnails enlarged so that I can see about 4 rows of 5 images (roughly). This means they’re large enough for me to get a reasonable idea straight away about whether or not it’s an image I want to spend some time on.
* Those I think I want to look at further (for processing), I’ll press the 3 key to rate them 3 stars.
* Next, I’ll hit the “metadata” button and sort by ISO.
* I have already created Noise Reduction profiles for my a850 for 800, 1600, 3200 and 6400iso.
* If present, I’ll select all images shot at 800iso and process with my 800iso NR preset.
* Same for any images at the higher iso settings.
* Once I’ve done that, I’ll hit the “attribute” button and select ‘3 stars or greater’ (still in grid view). Now, I’m only seeing those images that I’ve rated.
* I generally never shoot in AWB. I always assign correct WB at the time of capture, so I rarely have to alter the WB in post. Sometimes though, the camera gets it wrong. So WB is my first ‘development’ stage.
* Once any/all WB issues are sorted, I’ll look at images on an individual basis.
* First stop is to review the histogram. Did I nail the exposure? I generally “shoot to the right”, so I may have to bring exposure DOWN a smidge.
* While doing this, I’m watching the histogram. What I really want to see is my highs extending to the right side of the histogram without clipping, and my shadows extending to the left without clipping either.
* If I bring the exposure down so no highlights are off the right hand edge of the histogram, but the shadows AREN’T reaching the left edge, then it’s time to INCREASE contrast.
* Now it’s a balancing act between exposure, contrast, and the ‘whites’ and ‘blacks’ sliders. Getting the histogram to extend the full width without clipping.
* Next, I’ll add a bit of ‘clarity’ (usually somewhere around 50%). This may push whites or blacks over the edge, so a quick revisit to the “whites” and “blacks” sliders may be in order.
* Sometimes, you just know when you shoot that you’re going to need to tweak certain areas of an image because the contrast is beyond the camera’s ability. In these images, I’ll generally hit “K” (adjustment brush) and paint in negative exposure on the highlights. Here, be adventurous with the ‘density’ control. I’ll set the ‘exposure’ of the brush to be quite severe, the flow at 100%, but back the density off until I get just the right amount of control. The beauty of this approach is that you can always tweak that density control up or down and repaint to adjust the exposure on one small area of the image.
* Or “M” for the graduated filter. Good for taming bright skies or underexposed foregrounds.
* Next, sharpening if required. For the web, I don’t usually bother with this, but for printing a photobook, definitely.
* If I decided on a B+W treatment, I’ll use the desaturation slider, and will generally also use a bit of shadow tone and highlight tone (can’t think of the correct name for those controls off the top of my head!) to introduce a duotone effect.
* And that’s about it. Choose an export preset (I’ve built about 10 different export profiles for different uses like Facebook, my photo blog, Google photos backup, phone, etc).
* And that’s about it, but you probably stopped reading about 500 words back.

David also came across this Lightroom plugin which can automate the application of noise reduction settings based on ISO metadata. I haven’t taken the plunge yet, but it does look pretty cool.

Brian Houghton wrote to let us know that he wanted to see the before and after images from Borneo, but the recalcitrant image plugin on shuttersincpodcast.com made it all too tedious. I haven’t given up on fixing it yet, Brian!

Mark Hudson wrote to tell us about the Nexto DI media storage device, which could be a better option than that other piece of crap I carted around Borneo for 3 weeks.

Adam sent us off to watch this voiceover-less video about the production of Nikon film SLR’s in the 90’s.

Carl sent us a great read on the argument for/against the DNG format,
and a link to the B+H Photo Sony a7rii Live event taking place Auygust 12, 2015.

Glynn brought us new David DuChemin eBook and video training,
Canon France Video of the Indian Holi Festival,
we didn’t make the list of 7 Photography Podcasts that are worth a listen. (Pfft. What would they know?)
Olympus has an interesting new patent in the works,
Sony RX10’s little brother, the RX100iv,
DPReview reaffirming that they can’t shoot to save themselves, but the RX10 images look pretty damned good at 6400 iso,
a cheap DIY Light tube,
the video camera that edits for you AND adds music!
amazing moon eclipsing Earth GIF,
take a fakation thanks to KFC Romania,
the instagram account that became a viral sensation, but was it a bit tacky?
The ISS guy again,
John Swainston’s pic,
and finally, KFC again. This time, it’s the KFC bucket that also happens to be a photo printer. No, it’s not an April Fools joke!

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August 2, 2015

Shutters Inc – episode 304

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

This week, Bruce’s Western Digital woes,
bridge cameras as travel cameras (I like the look of Sony’s RX10 mk11),
8 pros give their advice for survival,
a speedlight case with a difference,
20 signs you’re doing ok,
and the guy who doesn’t want a handout.
Adam told us about the dodgy website that wants to steal your images,
Carl gave us a suggestion for a tripod head,
plus pointed us toward a video on using your ipad as a monitor extension for your desktop.
A couple of Glynn’s images from the week just gone… 01 02
Glynn is interested in Sigma’s new 24-35mm zoom,
the Apple watch and its uses for photography,
Adobe releases the final RAW update for CS6,
Intel and Micron have developed a new form of data storage which promises great things,
Toyota to release off road truck with gopro mount included,
Movietone and Associated press have uploaded half a million minutes of historic video content to youtube,
scuba diver find gold,
and heaps more!

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