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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
Or for those of you who prefer Capture NX2 (over Adobe Camera Raw) for your RAW conversions, 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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July 25, 2010

Shutters Inc – episode 160

We’re back!
We wind back the clock to just after our last podcast and start wading through the events which have transpired:

Bruce’s car crash,
South Africa and the World Cup (Shelton’s posts: one, two and three),
Shelton’s trip to Nevada and California (where models don’t show up, either, apparently!),
Shelton’s back pain,
the Film Noir shoots that CPW has run in Melbourne recently,
Bruce and Max’s roadtrip (Facebook photos here),
how photography opens up life experiences that you might not otherwise have encountered,
Nathan’s interstate wedding,
a “roadtrip workshop”  in CPW’s future perhaps?,
Sydney meetup #7 scheduled for Sunday August 1st (details on Facebook),
and remember, we now have an e-mail address that will reach BOTH of us! Woohoo!

February 14, 2010

Shutters Inc – episode 146

Filed under: Focal length,Panorama,workshop — Bruce Williams @ 12:02

This week, a quick discussion of changes at,
a shout out to Glynn Lavender for organising the Joe McNally interview,
the first Sydney meetup,
the beauty of sharing what you know,
the second Sydney meetup,
trying your hand at all styles of photography,
prints for Haiti,
a shout out to Events In Flower,
Dan Vincent wrote in with some info for me about lens for the Minolta/Sony system,
and the latest cpw video.

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January 24, 2010

Shutters Inc – episode 145

This week, Bruce is excited about having potentially sold his first large format canvas print,
which led to a bit of a discussion about marketing ideas for limited edition fine art works,
tales of woe over how our listeners killed the server after the Joe McNally epiosde was released,
Joe’s video confession,
Bruce’s lens dilemma,
and getting together for a photowalk with your local fellow photographers.

September 13, 2009

Shutters Inc – episode 136

Filed under: Echuca,Landscape,Panorama,Podcast,Shutters Inc,workshop — Bruce Williams @ 12:01

This week, we talk about the upcoming (of course, it’ll all be over by the time you read this!) full weekend photography workshop at Echuca,
Bruce’s plans on going pro (plus a first sale this week!),
Jim Felder wrote to ask about the idea of recording Shelton’s dialogue whilst he’s conducting a workshop,
Carl Tregidgo and Landon Michaelson both wrote in response to ep#134 and our discussion of mentoring, and both commented on the need to take inspiration but turn it into something that is your own,
Shelton’s reluctance to accept the mantle of “Jedi Master”,
A rare advance warning on what’s instore for the next episode of Shutters Inc,
and Shelton’s e-mail alias not working.

August 30, 2009

Shutters Inc – episode 134

Filed under: D3x,forum,Panorama,Podcast,Shutters Inc — Bruce Williams @ 20:55

This week,
Richard Ingram wrote to say how much he enjoys the show, but could we have guest hosts when Shelton is unavailable,
Bruce got to play with a Nikon D3x for half an hour through the week (verdict: blown away!),
the canvas of the Tabourie Lake panorama arrived last week (looks stunning, by all accounts!),
and Shelton talks about mentoring (both the pros and the cons), and the pitfalls of getting stuck in one style.
Also, the forum is now open and awaiting your involvement.

August 2, 2009

Shutters Inc – episode 133

This week, David Elfering reminds us of some of the bargains that can be had on Ebay with regards to slightly older digital SLR’s,
Jim Rockewll chimed in on the ‘business stationery design’ topic with a reminder to leave some white space in your design, as well as a request for the donation button to be returned to (working on that, Jim),
a bit of a chat about our family holiday down the south coast (oh, and I will state here that I mistakenly claimed that the shot of Max and Aztec in the early morning light was SOOC… I realised after we had recorded that I had in fact touched up the contrast in Lightroom),
some discussion about using off-camera flash in bright daylight and the potential drawbacks thereof,
plus why having all the best camera gear whn you’re just learning is not always a good thing (the School of Hard Knocks has its advantages).

July 28, 2009

Sunrise panorama revisited

Filed under: Panorama,Shutters Inc,Tabourie Lake — Bruce Williams @ 22:08

OK, here it is, as promised.
A slightly reworked version with the horizon straightened (photoshop made some weird decisions when it overlapped the various component images), and some subtle cloning across the waves to try and smooth out the irregularities there.

Sunrise panorama - v2

Sunrise panorama - v2

July 20, 2009

Sunrise at Tabourie Lake

Filed under: Landscape,Panorama,Shutters Inc — Bruce Williams @ 19:32

We got here Saturday arvo.
Yesterday (Sunday) morning, Max and I went down to the beach to shoot the sunrise.
What a vision we were treated to!
What was that Shelton? Find the light… and something something?
BTW, don’t look TOO close! There’s a few “glitches in the matrix”, so to speak.
I’m going to re-work this when I get home.
Sunrise at Tabourie Lake

March 4, 2009

Fitzroy Falls, New South Wales

Filed under: Fitzroy Falls,Landscape,Panorama,Shutters Inc — Bruce Williams @ 8:42

Last weekend, we headed down the south coast to attend the 40th birthday of one of Cath’s old school friends.
Along the way, we stopped for a break and a short bushwalk at Fitzroy Falls.
The image below is a small version, and if you click on it, it will load the FULL SIZE IMAGE in a new window. The full size panorama is 12,000 x 2,837 pixels and weighs in at around 18MB.
Fitzroy Falls is/are right over on the left hand size of the image, and just to put it in perspective, that drop is about 80m (250ft).

Fitzroy Falls

February 22, 2009

Twenty20 Celebrity cricket match

Filed under: Available light,Focal length,Panorama,Shutters Inc — Bruce Williams @ 22:34

Tonight, Cath, Max and I went to the Twenty20 Celebrity cricket match at the Sydney Cricket Ground, which was held as a fundraiser for victims of the Victorian bushfires.
This is a panorama I shot.
For those who are interested, it was 7 RAW images, shot in portrait mode at approximately 40mm focal length (even though I could have zoomed out to 18mm, the longer focal length reduces the perspective distortion).

August 5, 2007

Shutters Inc – episode 085

Filed under: Flash,Macro,Panorama,Photo tour,Podcast,Shutters Inc,Studio — Bruce Williams @ 22:30

In ep 85, more listener e-mail,
Andrew Cooper’s panoramas,

Mountain (edited)
Austria 3

Austria 3 (edited)

Austria 4

Austria 4 (edited)

Austria 5

Austria 5 (edited)

Dam (edited)

Frikes Harbour

Frikes Harbour (edited)

Mountain (edited)

the controversial cover of Total Image,

Total Image magazine Better Pictures magazine The controversial “other” cover for Total Image!

A great site that Bruce stumbled across during the week…. diyphotography, which led Shelton to mention Strobist’s website

The crazy wacky “plumbing-supplies-extension-tube” macro setup is here

Plus, Shelton is looking for expressions of interest in a photo tour to Australia’s Kangaroo Island next year.