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April 21, 2013

Shutters Inc – episode 218

This week, Skype issues led to us having to record wth Glynn on his mobile phone.
Glynn is VERY happy with his Mosaic photobook, and would order more of them if it weren’t for the horrendous cost of international shipping (the boon of the Australian consumer!).
During the week, I saw a funny thread on the Light Stalking page on Facebook regarding what should be the appropriate collective noun for photographers,
Following on from last week’s soft launch, we have continued the idea of having questions posed to us via the Shutters Inc Facebook page while we’re actually recording.
This week, we had 3 questions from Richard Ingram, concerning quoting for commercial jobs, quoting for wedding work, and the conundrum of choosing a business name.
Keen to hear your thoughts on this method of Q+A. Is it worth pursuing, or does the 6 day turnaround kill its usefullness (given that we record on Tuesday night and the podcast goes live on Sunday)?
This week saw the announcing of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize winners, with the category of “Feature photography” going to a Javier Manzano image of two Syrian soldiers.
Glynn thought some of the categories for the prizes demanded a “Witty Photography Category” competition. Give us your suggestions!
We ponder the quesiton of why DSLR’s can’t give us shutter speeds slower than 30 seconds? How hard could it be to have options for 1min, 2min, 4min, 8min and so forth right out to an hour?
And finally, the growing move toward brides and grooms asking for a social media blackout on their wedding day. Glynn and I are in agreement on this… we think it’s a great idea!

And btw, has anyone else noticed the weirdness currently going on with Facebook’s displaying of comments?
Look at the following image, and check out the time stamps. The time stamps are actually representative of the times each comment was made, but what is with the ORDER???? Looks like Neo broke the Matrix again!

 

Facebook is bending time!

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June 3, 2012

Shutters Inc – episode 202

This week, I caught up with Lorna Andrikopoulos from Instinctive Desires, just after the Digital Show and AIPP Awards (aka PMA) was held in Melbourne.
We chatted about the state of the industry, and the changing world of marketing.

Then, I had a chat with Taleah Baird, who has set up a page on Facebook called Pose Project Management, the aim of which is to bring together photographers, models, make up artists and stylists to work collaboratively on visual projects. It’s a great concept, and one which appears to be taking off really well for her.

After this episode was recorded, Adobe released the v4.1 update to Lightroom which now includes the ability to work with 32 bit HDR images.

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March 11, 2012

Shutters Inc – episode 197

This week, an e-mail from Landon Michaelson regarding panoramic heads. Landon likes his Nodal Ninja 5.
Also, an e-mail from Ernie Barrett asking about dead and/or stuck pixels, and about cleaning options for lenses. I personally love my LensPen Sensorklear Loupe Kit.

A post-shoot conversation with Chris led to the question “should models get hi-res images if they’ve been paid for the shoot”. Isn’t that like double-dipping?

Sydney Photographer’s Meetup #22 went off without a hitch…. once we moved it to an indoor shoot! The theme was Bonnie and Clyde.
Meetup #23 is in the planning stages right now. It’s going to be a Black Friday shoot (13th April @ Dragon Image in Artarmon, for anyone who’d like to join us), with a theme along the lines of “Fortune Teller/European Gypsy”. Should be fun! If you’d like to be part of it, join the group on Facebook.

The next Focus on Business will also be held at Dragon Image this Tuesday (13th March) between 18:00-21:00.
This month, Lorna is addressing “online and social media marketing”. This will be interesting indeed!
If you are interested in attending, head over to Instinctive Desires and book yourself a place!

In case you’ve been living under a rock this week, Adobe’s Lightroom 4 is now out!
You can try it out, fully featured, for 30 days before you buy.

And if you need a little bit of help with your newly downloaded Lightroom 4, why not check out Chris Orwig’s “Lightroom 4 New Features” course over at lynda.com?
Or for those of you who prefer Capture NX2 (over Adobe Camera Raw) for your RAW conversions, lynda.com has just released a new course from Ben Long: “Capture NX2 Essential Training“.

And if all that wasn’t enough… a tease for next week!

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February 12, 2012

Shutters Inc – episode 195

This week, I speak with Gavin Blue from Heartfelt.
Gavin talks about what the service does, and how the biggest challenge they face is spreading the word so that people actually know that Heartfelt exists!
I highly commend them for their work and urge everyone to  do their own little bit to help spread the word.
Stick up a status message on Facebook for a couple of hours, tweet about it, whatever works for you.

I also received an e-mail from Blake who made use of the black card technique, along with using a couple of ND filters so he could shoot 30 seconds directly into the sun!
Check out his image here.

Lorna’s next “Focus on Business” meeting (the first for 2012) is on this coming Tuesday at Dragon Image in Artarmon. If you are a Sydney-based photographer wanting to get the business side of your photography business on track, this is a must-attend event!

And the next Sydney Photographer’s meetup is to be held on Friday March 2nd. This month’s theme is Bonnie and Clyde. Venue still to be announced. Details on the Facebook event page.

Thanks in advance!


January 22, 2012

Shutters Inc – episode 193

Filed under: Business,Lightroom 4,Podcast,Portrait,Shutters Inc,Sue Bryce — Bruce Williams @ 12:00

What a way to bring in the new year!
Last week, Adobe announced the public beta of Lightroom v4.
Grab it here!
Plus, we are joined by Australian Portrait Photographer of the Year, Sue Bryce.
Sue shares some valuable insights on how she approaches portrait photography.
Check out her blog or her website.


November 20, 2011

Shutters Inc – episode 191

Filed under: AIPP,Business,Podcast,Sensor,Shutters Inc — Bruce Williams @ 11:00

This week, I caught up with Lorna Andrikopoulos from Instinctive Desires for a chat about what she’s been up to in the last month…
which has included the Nikon AIPP event in Adelaide,
plus a double-nighter of the Focus on Business series in Melbourne the week before last,
and the same double-nighter in Sydney last week!
Topics covered were marketing (first night) and the introduction to the Emotional Sale (second night).
I would suggest that if you are looking to further your photographic sales in a retail environment (weddings, portraiture, etc), then you should definitely check out the DVD and audio CD, both available from Instinctive Desires.
Also, Elsie (aka Amberglass) sent me a message for Neil who wrote in last week asking about how to cope with hot pixels on his camera.
Elsie found Pixel Fixer (some donationware targeted at fixing images suffering due to dead or hot pixels), as well as this article on dpmag.com.
Good luck, Neil!

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October 16, 2011

Shutters Inc – episode 189

Filed under: Business,Instinctive Desires,Travel — Bruce Williams @ 12:00

This week, I caught up with Lorna Andrikopoulos from Instinctive Desires after the third Sydney “Focus on Business” meeting.
I’m off on holiday for a couple of weeks, so there definitely won’t be any podcasts for the next three weeks.
Plus, a quick chat about the status (current, and future) of Shutters Inc.

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September 25, 2011

Shutters Inc – episode 188

This week, Lorna Andrikopoulos pops in for a quick chat about the ‘Focus on Business’ series,
what photographic projects Bruce has been involved with recently (and in the near future),
plus the importance of setting goals.

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August 21, 2011

Shutters Inc – episode 187

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

This week, Lee (along with a surprise appearance by Lorna) joins me for a chat about just how the plans are coming along for MY photography business.


August 14, 2011

Shutters Inc – episode 186

Filed under: Business,Instinctive Desires,Podcast,Shutters Inc — Bruce Williams @ 12:05

After the first of the monthly Sydney-based “Focus on Business” meetings, Bruce sits down for a chat with Lorna Andrikopoulos from Instinctive Desires for a chat about the program, and why photographers wanting to build a successful business should come along.
The next Sydney event is on Tuesday 13th September.


July 31, 2011

Shutters Inc – episode 184

Filed under: Business,Instinctive Desires,Podcast,Portrait,Shutters Inc — Bruce Williams @ 12:00

This week, Lee shares some absolutely priceless information on handling objections from your portrait clients.

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July 17, 2011

Shutters Inc – episode 182

This week, Lee discusses how in order to find your customers, you must first have decided on what style of photography you plan to offer to your customers,
the importance of a plan of action for your business (short, medium and long term),
dates for the Instinctive Desires business workshops in both Melbourne and Sydney,
Your Enquiry Manager,
and Real Portraits, Real People.

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July 10, 2011

Shutters Inc – episode 181

This week, Lee joins us to talk about just how important it is that you communicate clearly with your client prior to a shoot.
Make sure you know what they expect from the shoot.
Also, how to deal with it if things don’t go exactly to plan.
Also in this episode, I have a few promo codes to give away to iPad owners who are interested in trying out some of those fantastic ‘Photoshop scripts for iPad’ apps that Phillip Andrews was talking about a couple of episodes ago, and with the release of Google+, a timely reminder about just what rights you’re giving away when you post your images to any social networking site.

Google+ TOS:
“By submitting, posting or displaying the content you give Google a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute any Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services.”

“You agree that this license includes a right for Google to make such Content available to other companies, organizations or individuals with whom Google has relationships for the provision of syndicated services, and to use such Content in connection with the provision of those services.”

“You understand that Google, in performing the required technical steps to provide the Services to our users, may (a) transmit or distribute your Content over various public networks and in various media; and (b) make such changes to your Content as are necessary to conform and adapt that Content to the technical requirements of connecting networks, devices, services or media. You agree that this license shall permit Google to take these actions.”

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July 3, 2011

Shutters Inc – episode 180

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

This week, the first in a new series of talks for Shutters Inc.
I’m joined by Lee Andrikopoulos from Instictive Desires.
Lee has a wealth of experience to share, concerning how photographers can be better BUSINESS people.
We all love taking great images, but without understanding the marketing side of things, our photographic services business can be a little disappointing.
Over the comming weeks and months, Lee will share some of the things he’s learned about how to get your business on par with your photography.

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December 5, 2010

Shutters Inc – episode 172

Filed under: Business,Composition,CPW,Podcast,Shutters Inc,Wedding — Bruce Williams @ 12:00

This week, Scott and Stacey’s wedding,
when commercial contracts go horribly wrong, and the angels who save your butt,
the CPW workshops in Perth,
composition,
and the new iPad magazine for photographers, DI-magazine.
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