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June 11, 2017

It is coming!

Filed under: Blog — Bruce Williams @ 18:06

Sorry one and all, got completely sidetracked this week. The episode is recorded and mixed, I just haven’t done the show notes yet. As soon as I get home tonight, I’ll get it out the door.

June 4, 2017

No podcast this week

Filed under: Blog — Bruce Williams @ 14:22

Sorry one and all, but we were unable to record this week either.
Next week, for sure!

April 23, 2017

No podcast this week

Filed under: Blog — Bruce Williams @ 12:00

Sorry all, somebody at the southern end of the podcast forgot on which night we record, and had better things to do! ๐Ÿ™‚
Catch ya next week!

March 19, 2017

No podcast this week

Filed under: Blog — Bruce Williams @ 12:00

If you are on Facebook, you will no doubt have seen that sad news that Glynn’s dad passed away on Friday.
I’m fairly certain I speak for all of us when I say our thoughts are with Glynn and his family right now.
As a consequence, there is no podcast this week.

February 19, 2017

No podcast this week

Filed under: Blog — Bruce Williams @ 14:39

Sorry all. Glynn’s blaming his “trouble and strife” for him not putting in an appearance this week.
I think he’s just slacking on it, though. ๐Ÿ™‚

February 5, 2017

Blame it on Bruce

Filed under: Blog — Bruce Williams @ 12:00

No, not me. The OTHER Bruce.
Glynn’s best mate, Adam… y’know, the guy who travels all over the world to see Springsteen play? Yeah well, he had tickets to see Bruce in Melbourne on Thursday night and his baby sitter cancelled at the last minute.
And that of course, meant that Uncle Glynn had to step up, didn’t it?
And that in turn meant…. no podcast this week.
Catch ya next week…. but only if I DON’T manage to score tickets to the Thursday show in Sydney! Mwahahaha! ๐Ÿ™‚

September 4, 2016

Episode 347 – A non-Windows world

Filed under: Blog — Bruce Williams @ 12:00

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.



July 10, 2016

No podcast this week

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

Sorry one and all, but I’ve been away all week on a family holiday.
Back next week!

June 19, 2016

No podcast this week

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

Sorry one and all, but no podcast this week.
Back next week!

May 22, 2016

No podcast this week

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

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

May 8, 2016

Episode 333 – Guest : David Marland

Filed under: Blog — Bruce Williams @ 12:00

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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February 14, 2016

No podcast this week

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

Sorry one and all.

Back next week, all things being equal.

September 28, 2015

Sally Mann

Filed under: Blog — Bruce Williams @ 16:00

On this week’s episode of the podcast, we ended up not covering this link.

But, after Theo reached out a second time, I decided what the heck. We’re a photography podcast, so photography-related stories kinda fit what we’re doing. Right? ๐Ÿ™‚

So here it is… the link to the Sally Mann page at artsy.

July 2, 2015

How Western Digital has failed me

Filed under: Blog — Bruce Williams @ 0:07

I’m posting this on the Shutters Inc blog in the hopes that I get Western Digital‘s attention.
As mentioned on the podcast, I bought a WD MyPassport wireless 1TB drive a week before I left Australia. As you also know, that drive was DOA. The first time I powered it up, ready to set up the wireless network, I got the alternating LED’s which signalled that the drive was faulty.
I took it back to JB Hi-Fi and swapped it for another unit, believing that this would be a one-off failure.
Well, here I am, a scant 2 days into a 20 day holiday in Borneo, and the replacement unit has just died, taking with it the first 2 days worth of backed up photos. Thankfully, I have not cleared the memory cards!
But of course, now that I’m not in Australia, I can’t just pop back down to JB Hi-Fi to tell them that the second unit has carked it, can I?
Now I’m in a foreign country with no recourse.
All I can do now is commit to buying ANOTHER drive, or perhaps a bunch of 64GB USB keys to back-up my images to.
Seriously unimpressed, as you can well imagine.
I guess my other option is to create jpegs straight from the RAW files, and back those up to the cloud, but that is really only a viable solution if I have both the tools and the time to caress the RAW’s prior to generating the jpeg’s…. I have neither. What I really want is back-ups of the RAW files themselves.
I have used plenty of WD drives in the past, and most of them have lasted years. These two failures have seriously shaken my confidence in the brand. Hopefully, this is an issue isolated to just their wireless products and not indicative of the brand as a whole.

June 28, 2015

Shutters Inc – episode 302

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

This week, we’re live from the virtual coffee shop, as promised!
Glynn’s happy with his new space,
plus he’s a little bit impressed with these 3 images from a ‘one-on-one’ day he did with a client,
Crucified by lightBuskerColumns

We’ve got the follow up on Sydney Photographer’s Meetup #28,
this is the image I “cartoonified” from that shoot,

Meetup 28 - cartoonified

David Marland wrote to say:
1) that he liked Glynn’s live critique of my dud dinghy shots from episode #,
2) Glynn’s big umbrella has given him G.A.S., and
3) to remind us of Aurora Service, a website that gives you realtime updates on auroral activity.

Rob Coates and Adam Davidson both told us about DxO’s One, a 20MP sensor that attaches to your iPhone.
We’re introducing a new feature to Shutters Inc. We want YOUR images to critique. Details in the podcast.
For some weird reason, Adobe has decided to hide half the filter plugins in Photoshop CC.
If you find yourself scratching your head (as I was for a while!) looking for a plugin you just KNOW exists, but can’t seem to locate, go preferences/plugins/, and check ‘show all filter gallery groups and names’.
Randy got in touch to tell me about his startup, Snapizzi.
The idea is that you use small business card-sized cards, each with a unique QR code, to identify customers in event photography. This simplifies the ordering process for your customers.
Randy has set up a complimentary account for me, but to be honest, I just don’t do that kind of work. If any of our listeners genuinely do this type of work and you’d like to try out the service and report back to us, give me a holler. Details in the podcast.
Glynn, in his usual larrikin fashion, completely took the mickey out of QR codes, and sent us off to this flowchart about when to use them.
Rob Coates wrote to tell us about Adrian Alford, the pro wedding photographer who shot his own wedding!
Like David Marland, Rob was equally impressed with Glynn’s live critique on the last episode.
It’s old news now, but there was Jason Sheldon’s response to Taylor Swift,
followed up by Taylor’s people responding to that.
There’s the exhibition highlighting the altering of images in photojournalism,
Diana from Artsy got in touch about their page dedicated to the Vivian Maier archive,
Glynn came across a tiny RC helicopter with VGA camera attached,
he also found this story about native ISO vs extended ISO.
He also found a 7min short film shot entirely by moonlight,
VenusLens hasve brought out a 15mm macro/tilt shift lens which we’re both rather excited by,
and Stephen McMennamy has managed to find himself a spot on our โ€˜people we donโ€™t like listโ€™! Awesome creativity, Stephen!

And one late item:
I found this after we’d recorded the podcast, but really liked the idea.
A filter system that fits between your camera body and lens. All filters are 55mm, and drop in and out like the lenses the optometrist uses to guage the strength of your eyes. Very slick idea.

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