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May 26, 2013

Shutters Inc – episode 223

Filed under: I/O Shutter,Photo book,Podcast,Shutters Inc,Triggertrap — Bruce Williams @ 12:00

This week, Glynn has been revisting the site, Days With My Father,
he also discusses the Melbourne family portrait photographer who quit the industry because of the ‘race to the bottom’,
camera firmware options for those who like to tweak,
smartphone triggering options like Triggertrap and I/O Shutter,
the Cactus Laser,
Tamron’s new SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD lens,
and some more discussion of photobooks.

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April 7, 2013

Shutters Inc – episode 216

Filed under: DR-60D audio interface,gear case,Podcast,Shutters Inc,Tascam — Bruce Williams @ 12:00

This week, Glynn is heading out into the wild with his 18 MILLION candle-power torch to fry a few landscapes,
Bruce is very impressed with the just-announced Tascam DR-60D audio interface for video-capable DSLR’s,
Richard Annable commented on the “post-wedding image count” from a couple of weeks ago,
Glynn saw some great “looks-like-a-Pelican-case-but-isn’t” foam-lined Craftright gear cases at Bunnings,
There were some great April Fools Day jokes like the Canon 7D-L for left-handed users, and the new project from Google… Google Nose,
We talk about the coming wave of “wearable computers/cameras” like Google Glass and what this will mean for privacy in the future,
Glynn’s Mosaic photobook arrived within a week (!!), but unfortunately he wasn’t home when the courier delivered it, so a full report next week,
The amazing portfolio of photos taken from the top of the Great Pyramid outside of Cairo, by Russian photographer, Vitaly Raskalov (link 1) (link 2) (check out both links as they each have different images),
Glynn’s Good Friday CPW workshop,
Facebook app allows your friends to take your images FROM Facebook and use them to create coffee cups, mousemats etc,
And it turns out that James Nachtwey, the anti-war photographer mentioned just last week will be doing a live presentation as part of the Vivid Festival in Sydney on June 9th.

Also, last week’s mp3 file got erroneously posted without any metadata. You probably noticed that! I have since uploaded a new version of the file WITH the metadata embedded, so if you’re the type of person who likes complete metadata, feel free to manually download that episode again and replace your original version.

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March 10, 2013

Shutters Inc – episode 212

Filed under: Borneo,India,Podcast,Shutters Inc,Socialmatic,Storm Jacket — Bruce Williams @ 12:00

This week, I discovered why I had not been getting the results from my 10 stop filter that I thought I should have been getting. Seems the culprit is light leakage from not using the correct holder (Cokin) for the filter (Hi-Tech). D’oh!
Glynn brought to our attention to the emerging research into Binary Pixel Technology which promises the concept of ‘in-camera ultra-high-dynamic-range’ from one image. I am hesitantly optimistic.
Also, there’s a new Polaroid camera coming from Socialmatic. Images will print from the camera body (like all previous Polaroid cameras), as well as upload to Instagram (as long as you are somewhere where there is an interwebs connection, of course!).
Glynn has been watching ‘Witness’ on Foxtel – a documentary series on war photographers (produced by HBO).
We’d like to know what other photography docos have you seen? Let us know here in the comments, or on the Facebook page (which if you haven’t yet ‘liked’, you really should!).
Glynn also found and really likes the Lens blog from NYTimes.
Then, with Glynn spontaneously deciding to take himself off to India for a personal 5 day phototour, and Bruce and family headed for Borneo in June, we got onto talking about passports, expiry dates, and camera/gear protection for shooting in hot, wet, tropical climates. Glynn likes the Storm Jacket for his wet weather outings.


July 15, 2012

Shutters Inc – episode 205

Filed under: alpha 850,D700,focus modes,Nikon,Podcast,Shutters Inc,Sony,Sydney meetup — Bruce Williams @ 12:00

This week, Carl Hemmings wrote back about the 51 (not 52!) focus points on the Nikon DSLR’s.

Last weekend’s Sydney meetup #25 (Hell on Wheels) was a great success. The thing that really struck me (which I shall file away for future reference) was the need to be really aware of placement when using flash to supplement an ‘apparent’ light source within the frame (in this case, a campfire).

And I’m keen to hear from those of you with 10-stop ND filters. Do you ever notice a colour shift in the final images? I am, and I don’t know if it’s a defective filter, a (not so) cheap-and-nasty filter, or if this is the way 10-stop filters are in general.

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June 17, 2012

Shutters Inc – episode 203

Filed under: B-Grip,Bokeh,focus modes,Podcast,Pose Project Management,Shutters Inc — Bruce Williams @ 12:00

This week, I’ve completed two Pose Project Management shoots (3 to go over the next 2 weekends!).
Both shoots were a bunch of fun.
Shoot #1 is here, and shoot #2 is here.

Then, a question for you. Which focusing mode do you use on your DSLR? Centre focus, wide area focus, or selective zone focus? How do you ensure accurate focus when shooting wide open?

Plus, after being intrigued and impressed upon discovering the B-Grip, I got hold of B-Grip CEO, Andrea Corticelli for a chat about his unique product.

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April 15, 2012

Shutters Inc – episode 199

Filed under: 700si,film,Minolta,model release form,Podcast,Shutters Inc,Sydney meetup — Bruce Williams @ 12:00

This week, an apology for my ‘facebook fail’.
The reason there’s been no podcast for the last 3 weeks is because I was once again involved in photographing and videoing Sound Business Plan for ARN up at Hayman Island.
Sounds cushy, I know, but it was intense work.
The nest Sydney Meetup (#23 – Black Friday) will have already happened by the time you read this. We’re shooting a ‘European gypsy/fortune teller’-themed shoot.
And just because I don’t cram enough stuff (and stress) into my life, I’ve been out and bought a roll of 200iso Kodak film and a battery for my old Minolta 700si. At this meetup, I will be (or ‘was’?) shooting digital AND film simultaneously. Can’t wait to see if the difference is as noticable as everyone suggests.
Carl Hemmings sent me a link to a Peter Hurley video, where he discusses posing techniques, specifically for the head. I CANNOT RECOMMEND THIS VIDEO ENOUGH! Allocate 15mins of your day and watch this (if, like me, you need help with posing your subjects). Awesome tips.
Adobe Reader 10.2 for Android and iOS is out now and allows for text markup and signing of pdf’s directly on your tablet/phablet/phone. Very excited about this. Custom digital model release forms, here we come!
Also, I’m hoping to get hold of Shelton for ep #200. Watch this space.
And speaking of Shelton, he and Glynn have just passed the 20,000 fans/friends mark on Facebook for Creative Photo Workshops! Well done, fellas!

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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 26, 2012

Shutters Inc – episode 196

This week, we learn that Joe McNally is set to tour to Australia and New Zealand this year!
Let me know if you’re interested in attending the Sydney workshop, as I’m hoping to be able to secure a group discount. No guarantees of course, but let me know if you’re up for it!

Two weeks ago, Chris Belyea and myself, along with model Desiree (of Meetup #15 fame) hired Think Studio for 4 hours to do a glamour shoot.
It was great to be able to take the time to finesse a shot, and experiment with light.
Some of my shots from the shoot can be seen here.
Personally, I really like the last one!

“Slow Bruce” finally discovers something that should have come to him long ago, regarding panoramas, pivot points, and paralax errors.
For the technophiles, read the wikipedia article on parallax errors.
Or for the lounge lizards, check out some youtube vids on same!

Next Friday is Meetup #22 – ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ here in Sydney.
Still looking for a couple more photographers …and a venue!
Sing out if you would like to be involved in any way.

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February 5, 2012

Shutters Inc – episode 194

This week, I discuss the “black card technique”.

Also, Rod Thomas is looking to sell off his last few remaining f-Stop bags at better-than-retail prices. Give him a call before he runs out!
His mobile # is  041 767 7966, or drop him a line via his website.

If you aren’t familiar with f-Stop bags, check ’em out here. They are beautiful pieces of gear.

And I’d like to hear from you guys some more! Drop me an e-mail to let me know what you’ve been up to. I mention the e-mail address in the podcast. Let’s see the spammers work out how to scrape THAT! Mwahahaha!

** ADDENDUM **

Lee Gatland just sent me a link to a blog, where Tony has been hard at work perfecting this very technique (the black card, or in his case, the magic cloth technique).
Check it out.


November 14, 2010

Shutters Inc – episode 171

This week, Shelton talks about the workshops which CPW conducted in Brisbane this week (and a big shout out to the Breakfast Creek Hotel for helping out with a last-minute location),
including the ups and downs of working with models,
coping with inclement weather,
photographers guilty of over-lighting a subject,
f-stop (backpack style) camera bags,
Photo Continental in Brisbane, who also helped out CPW with a venue,
the launch of the Nikon D7000,
my potential next commercial shoot,
why Mad Max 4 didn’t get shot this year,
and the Egypt photo tour 2011.

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November 7, 2010

Shutters Inc – episode 170

Filed under: Dane Sanders,fast track photographer,film noir,tamron — Bruce Williams @ 12:00

This week, I’m loving my new Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 lens,
the commercial spin off from the film noir shoot,
the Fast Track Photographer,
and the not one, but TWO SI new year’s parties! More details to come on those.

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October 17, 2010

Shutters Inc – episode 168

This week, Shelton asks for my opinion of the David Honl lighting workshop (which I travelled to Melbourne for, on Wednesday… it was awesome btw),
we talk about some of Dave’s awesome HonlPhoto gear, which you should definitely check out,
I talk about Dave’s approach to lighting a shot in a step-by-step manner (see photos at the end of the show notes),
Shelton talks about his recent U.S. trip with CPW,
Shelton has just locked in his Egypt and Middle East photo tour for April 2011 (details coming in the following weeks),
plus (after the show closer), some audio from the wrap-up session at the end of the Honl lighting workshop (apologies about the room acoustics).

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Joana, lit by single flash with Honl Traveller 8″ softbox, 3′ out and 30 degrees above.
Joana, lit by single flash with Honl Traveller 8" softbox, 3' out and 30 degrees above.

Same as previous, but with flash on small tripod behind Joana, facing away, with an Egg Yolk Yellow Honl filter added.
Same as previous, but with flash on small tripod behind Joana, facing away, with an Egg Yolk Yellow Honl filter added.

Same as above, but with a third flash positioned back near the rear wall, with a Chocolate Honl filter applied.
Same as above, but with a third flash positioned back near the rear wall, with a Chocolate Honl filter applied.

And finally, with a fourth light positioned to throw just a hint of light onto Joana’s boots.
And finally, with a fourth light positioned to throw just a hint of light onto Joana's boots.


September 5, 2010

Shutters Inc – episode 164

This week, I’m joined by long time SI listener, and multi-published author, Mike Hollman.

Mike offered to call me on skype to discuss my tourism shoot next week, as he has done quite a few gigs along these lines.
Rather than just keep all that info for myself, I asked if Mike would mind if we made it an episode of the podcast, as I felt there might be some good info there for other photographers.

Also mentioned in this episode, the Photographer’s Ephemeris.

Check out some of Mike’s stunning landscape work at mikehollman.com

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May 23, 2010

Shutters Inc – episode 156

Filed under: Blog,Competition,flashwave trigger,Kodak,Tripod,workshop — Bruce Williams @ 12:02

This week, Shutters Inc will cure your insomnia,
Shelton and Glynn have been busy with workshops,
the Rob Guest Endowment competition,
Kodak announces it officially that Shelton will be shooting the World Cup soccer in South Africa,
Shelton loves his Flashwave triggers,
and 7 tips to using your tripod, courtesy of the digital photography school blog.
Also, we now have a common e-mail address for both Shelton and Bruce.
Send all e-mail here.

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April 25, 2010

Shutters Inc – episode 153


This week, on the eve of Shelton and company flying off to Noo Zooland,
we announce the winner of the Wacom competition,
Richard Annable explains how not only lenses see things differently, but cameras do too,
can you trust your on-camera LCD?,
Jason Paige gave us some info about the RAW linear/logarithmic question from last episode (from the book Real World Camera Raw with Adobe Photoshop CS5 by Bruce Frasier and Jeff Schewe),
and Greg Anderson sent us a wrap up of what he experienced at last month’s NAB trade show in Las Vegas.

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Erin King’s winning entry…

Erin King
Erin’s retouch notes:
“Hi guys, here’s my entry. All worked with the mouse!

What I did to get the result…

1 – Got rid of the purple aberration in the eyes because it offended me.

2 – Copied the image onto a new layer and performed some serious
anti-wrinkle/shadows/pore reduction skin surgery using a mixture of the
healing and patch tools and the cloning tool. I liked the laugh lines
around her eyes so didn’t play with those much at all. I called this my
surgery layer.

3 – On a new layer I selected a colour that was close to the median skin
tone and, on a very low opacity/flow, painted over the T-zone areas on
her forehead with the brush tool just to dull the shine a bit and then
merged that with my surgery layer.

I thought she looked pretty good after that. Could have left it there
but didn’t (because I am the PS junkie). I wanted to even out her skin
tone a bit more so…

4 – I selected her skin by going to Select – Select Colour and used the
plus (+) eyedropper tool on different parts of her face until just about
all of her skin was selected (ie, white).

5 – I copied this selection onto a new layer and then deleted all the
unnecessary parts like her arms, her sons (?) face, her eyes and
eyebrows, hair, etc, until just the mask of her face was on the layer.
I then duplicated this layer and hid the duplication for the time being.

6 – I then blurred the first skin layer using the Surface Blur filter,
boosting the blur settings until the skin tone was fairly even across
the face. I hit ok with that filter and then pulled the opacity down on
that blurred layer so it wasn’t so extreme.

7 – With the duplicated skin layer, I ran the High Pass filter to bring
back some of the contrast, pores and natural shadows to the face. I set
this layer to Soft Light blend mode and then I played with the opacity
until it wasn’t as extreme and the skin texture was even (to my eye).

8 – I duplicated the surgery layer and merged that with the soften and
highpass layers so it was all the same layer.

So by this stage I had three layers; the original untouched layer, my
surgery layer and my soften/highpass layer. Could have left it there
but considering the model is a mature-aged woman, and I’d virtually
wiped out all signs of life experience from her face, I decided to pull
the effect back a fair bit. Had she been much younger, I would have
called it finished at this point and moved onto the general image
retouching…

9 – I pulled the opacity of the soften/highpass layer down to about 70%
and disabled the surgery layer altogether.

As a result, the wrinkles and shadows have been significantly softened
but not erased completely, the skin texture still exists and she looks
like the lovely mature woman that she is without looking “aged” and
haggard (by comparision with the original photo).

The last few effects I added was boosting overall colour and lightness,
sharpness and definition and adding the dreaded vignette.

Not sure if you needed all that but thought I’d include it anyway.
Happy to send the PSD files if you’re curious.

Cheers,
Erin”

and Jason Paige’s infamous effort…
Jason Paige
Jason’s retouch notes:
“I have been trying to master the art of retouching for a few years now. I have been contemplating buying one of these tablets hoping that it will help with the results.
You will see from my submission that my retouching needs as much help as I can possibly get.
The more I seem to retouch things the worse they seem to become.
However I do think this makes for a great family photo.
Jason Paige”

See these, along with the rest of the submissions here.

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