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September 25, 2016

Episode 350 – The not-so-lost art of Pictorialism

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

This week, David Marland leads off with his book review of “A World History of Photography” by Natalie Rosen. Find it on Amazon here.
Leigh Diprose (on FB) and Adam (on our wall) both linked to the new monster from Fujifilm,
and William Long (on FB) posted a story about how Ansel Adams had a blind spot for Pictorialism.
Adobe announced an update to Lightroom this week, which now aloows you to work with smart previews (low res versions) even when the original raw files are present.
The camera announcement at Photokina which most caught my attention (of course) was the Sony a99ii.
Here are some links: preview video | dpreview | popphoto
Sony also announced a collaboration with ProFoto on the forthcoming AirRemote TTL-S system, due early 2017.

David Kembrey put himself front and centre with some photos to critique.

A former work colleague of mine, Luke Gemmill, reached out looking for some volunteer photographers to shoot some action stuff involving cars, and stunt drivers.

For upcoming performances for this year and next, I am looking to invite, half decent amateur photographers / videographers who want to be into our inner sanctum for the love of photography not money, to shoot “action shots” of our cars and drivers while we perform. Photographers would capture high-speed drifts, handbrake turns, hair raising head to head crossovers and the cars being driven on two wheels.
Our next major show is Royal Geelong Show. We will be performing three shows on Friday 14th October 2016 and Saturday 15th October 2016 – afternoon, evening and night performances.
We also have a show on Wednesday 5th October 2016 in Pinnaroo, SA – but I doubt I will find any photographers out that way.

What we can offer the photographer/s:
· Credit for any photos published – high chance of photos being ran on websites, social media, posters, in newspapers, in magazines etc etc

· Free access to the show

· I’ll buy them lunch / dinner

· Might be able to take them for a ride in one of the cars on another performance day

If this sounds like something you’d be happy to be a part of, give Luke a yell.
You can find him on Facebook here.

Adam was interested in Canon’s new 70-300 zoom,
and shared this story about the risks of taking your camera to Burning Man!
Darren Pubrick asked about accounting software and retouching for business-minded photographers.
The software I used to use was Accomplish Cash Manager, which I found very easy to pick up and use.
Unlike Banklink.
Mike Hollman posted to his Facebook feed through the week, this post about images of storms, as taken from the cockpit of an airliner.
Steve Peters had a go at Glynn about pricing of camera hardware between different international markets.

Okay I am going to take Glynn to task over his recent comments over the pricing of the Canon 5d MkIV.
The RRP in Australia is $5699.00 deducting GST this is $5180.91 which is about US$3886.26.
B&H are selling the MKIV for US$3,499 which in Australian dollars is $4,664.65, after adding GST this gives a total price of $5131.08 and this is not taking into account any freight, insurance and that you have no Australian warranty and need an adaptor for the battery charger.
Currently I have found two Australian retailers who have the MKIV at $4,988, so Australian retailers are very competitive in their pricing. To demonstrate this further I look at Canon’s other cameras here in Australia and Compared to B&H.
AUS $ US $ Conversion Inc GST
Canon 6d $1,698.00 $1,499.00 $1,998.37 $2,198.21
Canon7D 2 $1,999.00 $1,499.00 $1,998.37 $2,198.21
Canon 5D 3 $2,998.00 $2,499.00 $3,331.51 $3,664.66
You will note that after accounting for GST we compete very well. If you are a Business then you will of course be able to deduct the GST so it becomes irrelevant.
More importantly I think Canon have decided to move the price point of what is often considered a professional camera given there is a many other Prosumer cameras in their range. Will I buy a MkIV? Not at this point in time. Does it worry me? No. If I was a professional would I buy one? Yes it’s a tax deduction after all.
On a side note the UK price for the MK IV is £3,599.00 about AUS$4,658.00 but then they do have a 20% VAT.

Carl posted a link to this video about a field test of the Nikon D5.
And HE had a go at Glynn as well, about Glynn’s gushing over the Tamron 115mm f1.4 lens, but being less enthused for Nikon’s 105mm 1.4 offering.
David Marland sent me this video link just before we started recording, hence why I hadn’t had a chance to watch it. Facebook | Youtube
Glynn was intrigued by a Photokina story about a 3D printing photobooth. Sadly, he couldn’t find the link, and instead, came up with THIS one from 2014.
If you DO happen to find a link to the one Glynn mentioned, let me know.
He also found lighting kits for drones!
SanDisk has announced the world’s first 1Tb SDXC card.
He also sent me a link to the GoPro Karma drone UAV, but I don’t think he talked about it.

September 18, 2016

Episode 349 – That’s not a photo!

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

This week, the world said goodbye to Greta Friedman. You might not know her name, but it’s almost a certainty that you’ve seen her before!
Last week, after the announcement of the winner of the Australian Photographer of the Year Award, Ken Duncan had a bit of a rant about what the Awards really do (or DON’T) represent:

As an honorary life member of the AIPP I am concerned about the regulations and judging criteria of their Photo Awards after seeing the results from this years competition.
Congratulations to Lisa Saad for winning the 2016 Australian Professional Photographer Awards with a series of illustrations.
With no disrespect to Lisa who is obviously a very talented person I just personally don’t get it. How these illustration could be considered photographs as lovely as judges may think they are.
The word Photography comes from the Greek words Photos: Light and Graphos: Drawing so photography is ‘drawing with light’.
This illustration and the others from the series have little to do with reflected light but more about creation by manipulating and creating pixels.
I believe the AIPP have lost their way with the APPA awards as they seem to be hijacked by manipulators. Now I don’t have a problem with post processing to a degree but when it gets to to point of having no connection to reality it then enters the world of illustration. If this trend is going to continue unchallenged and not looked at then may be the awards should really be renamed. The initials obviously no longer stand for the Australian Professional Photography Awards so maybe they really need to call them what they have become the ‘Australian Professional Photoshop Awards’.

But Peter Eastway and Rocco Ancora sat down to discuss the other side of the coin.

Tony White sent us stories about Adobe’s clothing line,
the latest in the continuing Getty lawsuit saga,
Fuji’s claims about XT2 orders exceeding expectations sound a little like marketing overkill to us,
and the working photographer mum (sorry…. ‘mom’).

Glynn came across an app called Old View,
and a suspended dolly-like contraption called Slingshot.
And crazy as it might sound, we are now in the age of 3D printed cameras,
and first-person glasses which allow you to see the world in front of you, as well as what your drone UAV is seeing.
He also came across this video by Fritz Liedtke about shooting portraits with a LensBaby.
And if you think YOUR photography is under-appreciated, spare a thought for this Belarus-based photographer.

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September 11, 2016

Episode 348 – Get in the sidecar!

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This week, as my exploration into the world of Linux continues, I discovered an option in Lightroom which is turned OFF by default. But switching it on provides the ability to transfer my RAW files to Linux with metadata (keywords and all) in tact! Woohoo!
This is done on a “per-catalogue” basis, so if you use mutliple catalogues like I do, you will need to activate it for each one.
Here’s a video from Julianne Kost to guide you through it.

Hasselblad has just announced the world’s first 50MP mirrorless body.
With an impending Sony announcement, I speculate (given that the big H uses Sony’s sensors) on whether or not similar specs will appear in the much-rumoured A99 A-mount sucessor.

Luc Moreau chimed in, via the comments on the last episode’s show notes:

“Glad to hear you discovered Darktable. that’s what I use since some time and I love it. For Mac users there’s also a package ready to use. You’ll probably find out that the XMP files don’t import to other programs I’m afraid. If you persue this make sure you get the latest versions from the PPA unless Mint already provides them.

Still listening… For Panoramas you have to install hugin and a simple script. Google it that’s how I found it ??
For Import from Lightroom there might be something but that’s a problem I don’t have so I never researched it”

Thanks Luc!

Greg H also came back to me via the comments:

“Thanks for sharing the drone information on the show. Also, I just ordered the landscape photographer of the year book – collection 8 for $9 on Amazon. Other years are $45.”

Good score!

Steve Peters shared a couple of stories with us. The first, on why we should take photos that others hate.
And one about Why Film Photography is Horrible.

Tony White sent us this story, outlining a performance evaluation between the different versions of Lightroom. Glynn was mesmerised!

Back from his U.S. jaunt, Glynn heard from Doug Gimsey, who happened to pick up a gong from Australian Geographic. Congrats Doug!
The image was one he had had kicking around in his mind for a while, and he asked for Glynn’s help in bringing it to fruition.

Glynn also came across this NASA video (which I’m pretty sure we’ve featured in the past…. could be wrong) showing Venus transiting in front of the sun. A reat example of using different objects to depict scale and size.

He’s also pretty hot under the collar for the new Tamron 150-600mm zoom.
And while they were at it, Tamron announced a couple of new teleconverters.
AND lodged a patent for a 115mm 1.4! That sounds sweet!

Plus, if you are interested in learning LOTS of photography stuff, check out this free University course.

And in his book review, David Marland covers C.J. Chilvers’ “A Lesser Photographer: Escaping The Gear Trap To Focus On What Matters”. You can grab it as a $5 e-book from Craft and Vision.

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September 4, 2016

Episode 347 – A non-Windows world

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This week, David Marland steps in again.
He’s been eyeing off the forthcoming Canon 5DmkIV. In case you’ve been living under a rock, here’s a video of the new features, and here’s dpreview’s summary of the dynamic range capabilities of the new beast.
This led to a discussion about gear lust, a topic thrust back into my radar this week after I saw this status update on Facebook:

“Yesterday I set out to buy the 24-70 2.8 G master. Drove 40 miles one way. Got to the store, held it in my hands and then walked out the door without it. Just couldn’t seem to reason with myself why I needed it. I’m not a pro, I’m just a picture taker. So I went home and put a Sakar 135 2.8 manual lens that I bought 22 years ago for $6 on my A 7 mkII. Took a photo of my wet dog and called it a day.”
– Millie Latimer

Kudos to Millie for not being swayed by gear lust!
Paul from hedgeformac wrote to tell me about a competition that LaCie is running at the moment. You could win a 12BIG NAS tower with 48TB of storage. Go here to be in the running! Thanks for the tip, Paul!
Greg H. commented on last episode’s discussion of drones (UAV’s) and their use or misuse:

“Please stop spreading the misinformation that a drone hit an aircraft. It is really damaging to the industry and it never happened. It turned out to be a plastic bag.

Steve Peters sent us this story about photography schools, and why you shouldn’t.
Adam told us about Snappr,
and David brought us stories on fake mountain climbers,
Yongnuo’s Canon-mount 35mm/f2 at a carazy $95!
The U.S. obsession with taking selfies while driving,
and for his book review, the annually-updated Landscape photographer of the year book.
We also talk about some of his landscape work, which you can find on Flickr.
And we wrap it up with my latest attempt at self-harm…. a potential migration away from Windows and over to the wild frontier that is Linux.
So far, I’m VERY impressed with Darktable, a Linux equivalent to Lightroom.