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August 28, 2016

Episode 346 – Gimme more bits!

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This week, Steve Peters once again steps in to keep Glynn’s chair warm.
We’ve got a photographer who says we should “Stop selling prints“.
A rumour on the Sony Alpha Rumours site suggests that Sony might be considering 16 bit uncompressed RAW somewhere down the line.
David Marland pops in with a deceptive book review.
Steve found and liked the idea of a DIY string tripod.
We talked about the idea of taking photos at a funeral.
A rogue drone struck a car on the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Of ocurse, how could we avoid the news of the impending release of the Canon 5Dmk iv?
Carl shared the link to the video from FroKnowsPhoto.
Adam pointed us to a blog post on the difference in how photographers see a scene vs how non-photographers see that same scene.
Plus an interesting video about the history of film stock, and the way it did (or did not) render skin tones.

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August 21, 2016

Episode 345 – The RAW conundrum…. sorted

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This week, Walt Kippenhuck, David Kirkpatrick and myself all weigh in on the RAW file conundrum, and I’m content with what I’ve learned.
Tony White told us about Excire, a plugin for Lightroom which fills in metadata based on image recognition. Despite my assertion on the podcast that I would look forward to trying it out, I have since realised that it is MacOS only. That’s it…. they’re off my Christmas card list!
Steve Peters shared the writings of Dylan Goldby on the tyranny of the travel photographer.
I came across this story on Popular Photography about the portraiture of Gregory Heilser, which had a couple of great tips for the aspiring portrait photographer.
Peter Sambell wrote in about Glynn’s critique of my last shoot, and to share the story of some amazing (and award-winning) drone photography.
Carl shared this list of the biggest mistakes each camera manufacturer has made.
I mentioned the Sony Alpha Rumours site.
David Marland pops in for another book review, this time: “Galen Rowell – A Retrospective”.
Pick it up from Amazon, or from Galen’s Mountain Light site.

Cait Breslin

Cait Breslin, COO/Co-founder of localaventura.com

Then, I chat with Cait Breslin, Chief Operating Officer and Co-founder of LocalAventura. If you’re considering a holiday/tour anywhere in Latin America, they will hook you up with local guides who are passionate and knowlegable about your area of interest.
And as Cait said, they will happily spend 30 minutes discussing your plans, even if you don’t end up going with them, just because they want you to arrive prepared. Hit ’em up here!

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August 14, 2016

Episode 344 – With apologies to Glynn

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This week, we revisit the conundrum of RAW file sizes at different ISO ratings,
Oppo’s Selfie Expert phone,
Can’t or don’t want to fork out $300 for Plotograph?
Never mind. There’s a Photoshop Action that gets close to the same result.
Those photos from the Olympics? They go from “click” to “publish” in just 2 minutes!
Glynn found a Top 7 List that isn’t crap.
And could we be about to witness the end of F-Stop camera bags? This article suggests as much.
I came across the jaw-dropping, slobber-filled dog photography of Kaylee Greer.
To save you searching for the white dog image, it’s here.
Adam advises us that Getty is on the wrong end of a SECOND law suit, claiming Getty’s unlawful ownership claims.
And David Marland pops in with another book review!

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August 7, 2016

Episode 343 – The secret to better vacation photos

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This week, Laowa launches a suspicious kickstarter campaign ahead of the release of their rectilinear 12mm f2 wide angle lens.
Carl told us about Lightroom being available for Apple TV,
and about Plotagraph, which will allow you to create an animated GIF from a single still image. This story was also supplied by Adam.
Steve Peters shared a blog post about photographic accessories you can find in your supermarket.
He also found this video of some clown who calls himself an Elinchrom Ambassador, whatever that is! 🙂
Stave (and Adam again) also told us about the story of Getty on the wrong end of a $1B lawsuit for claiming copyright on 18,000+ images which were in the public domain.
Since we recorded this podcast, Getty have been slapped with ANOTHER lawsuit along similar lines. This will be an interesting story to watch over the coming months.
David Marland pops back in with another book review.
This week, Phaidon’s “The Photography Book“.
Glynn came across this white paper on a technology to improve the quality of your selfies by reducing the wide angle distortion so inherent with phone camera images.
He also came across some absolutely priceless info on how to take better vacation photos!
And once you’ve got those epic travel pics, this algorithm will assess the “memorability” of those images!
You’ve heard the adage of “the camera adds ten pounds”. Well, here’s why.
Want to be fully informed on the “full frame vs crop sensor” debate? Here’s some info on how the different sensors affect your portraits.
He also came across this interesting story about how RAW FILES of the SAME SUBJECT, taken at different ISO settings, will produce files of different sizes.
I disagreed with this in theory, and have shot 3 images (3200, 800 and 200 ISO) which do indeed have SLIGHT discrepencies in file size, but certainly not the 44% as quoted in the story.
Keen to know more on this one!

File sizes

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July 31, 2016

Episode 342 – The show’s too long!

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This week, Glynn’s shot-by-shot analysis of Bruce’s latest shoot,


This week’s phishing attack on a bunch of FB pages (including the Shutters Inc page),
Fuji’s “People With Cameras” events continue with Melbourne, Sept 3, 4:00 – 7:30.
An interesting portfolio of portraits of women living as men,
Verizon buys Yahoo. What this means for Flickr will remain to be seen.
Carl sent us a couple of stories about Lightroom:
One on the recently announced ability of LR Mobile to process RAW files, and
a couple of useful “under-the-hood” features which made it into the latest update.
Plus the one about Nikon’s 105mm f/1.4 lens.
David Marland pops in for the first in a series of book reviews, based on his collection of photography books. This week, “Studio anywhere” by Nick Fancher.
Pick it up from:
Amazon
Peachpit
or just grab the free pdf here.
Ken Dickson shared the story of the bride who nearly lost her head to a helicopter,
plus shared his thoughts on teaching photography to kids.
And Steve Peters shared the story of 10 professional photographers still shooting film.

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July 24, 2016

Episode 341 – Disney Conspiracy Theories

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This week, I thought I should share the Youtube channel of the slo-mo guys; a couple of fellas with a decidedly destructive bent who like to film their shenanigans at stupidly high video frame rates.

Through the week, I tried Glynn’s suggestion of inverting the pixel data on a layer of a manually-stitched panorama.

2 layers. Bottom layer positive. Top layer inverted (negative).

2 layers. Bottom layer positive. Top layer inverted (negative).


Same as before but with the top layer opacity reduced to about 30% to allow for manual alignment.

Same as before but with the top layer opacity reduced to about 30% to allow for manual alignment.


Once aligned, the top layer is then converted back to a positive (run the 'invert' command again). As I said on the podcast, it's a valid technique, although not one that I would necessarily go for in my workflow. Each to their own!

Once aligned, the top layer is then converted back to a positive (run the ‘invert’ command again).
As I said on the podcast, it’s a valid technique, although not one that I would necessarily go for in my workflow. Each to their own!


I also came across yet another youtube video explaining the inverse square law, and I felt this guy did a pretty decent job of explaining it for anyone who needs a refresher.

Steve Peters sent me a link for the Google translate story that Glynn mentioned last episode,
plus the story of the wedding photographer who turns his brides and grooms into the people of Lilliput.

Adam sent us the story of the Rescued Film Project, who recently received 31 rolls of UNDEVELOPED film shot by a World War 2 photographer!

Glynn is pretty excited about his new Velbon tripod.
Got a little dose of Trump-like narcissism going on? Maybe you’d like a 3D print of yourself!
Glynn is hoping to include the Pushkar camel fair in next year’s India trip. Here’s a teaser, if you’re undecided on whether or not you should go along.
Seagate has just release a whopping (by today’s standards, at least) 10TB desktop hard drive!
Canon has filed a patent for a 40-800 zoom lens. Whether it ever makes it to market shall remain to be seen.
Kennedy fans can pick up a little bit of history right now. Jackie Kennedy’s camera is currently up for auction on Ebay.
From the “Silly Ideas” bucket…
If you try hard enough, you can prove anything. Like this collection of “compositional templates” to help ‘improve’ your photography.
Last week it was Fibonacci templates.

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July 17, 2016

Episode 340 – Glynn liked my photos?

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This week, Glynn is just loving these awesome new Fibonacci-inspired photographic aids! No really, he IS!
An interesting BTS look into a Barbie doll photoshoot.
A new Instagram user’s best friend….DeHaze will help you with your tags.
A few videos to pass the time:
This one on Ansel Adams (not sure if it’s the same as the one I included a few weeks back);
and one on shooting lightning at super-high frame rates;
Looking to spice up your dull photography? How about drone-mounted speedlights?
The people of the Faroe Islands want Google to send the street view team up north to catalogue the island roads. To help promote the cause, they’ve decided to set the ball (or is that hoof?) rolling by utilising their sheep. Just watch the video. 🙂
Rob Coates sent us this story of Apple’s fight to control when and where you can use your camera.
But for the times you COULD use your iPhone camera, Adam sent us the best iPhone photos of 2016 (so far),
“Master of Photography” tv show coming soon to Sky Arts,
Steve Peters shared the anti-paparazzi scarf,
how 5 photographers are monetizing their instagram followings,
this gorgeous 12k video timelapse of downtown LA,
a great listing from Craigslist,
and Huawei caught out with some dodgy promotion of their P9/Leica collaboration.
David Jones alerted us to the impending End of Life for some Eye-Fi cards,
and Carl gave us the Lego stabilizer for your GoPro or small compact.

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July 10, 2016

No podcast this week

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


July 3, 2016

Episode 339 – Short and not-so-sweet

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This week, Google rolls out updated Maps imagery for the first time since 2013.
Forget mirrorless; here is a REALLY small camera!
the faceless imagery of Follow Me Away (the blog is here, for those who are interested in the images),
Plus Glynn dug up a heap of docos on youtube.
There’s a 1hr plus doco on David Bailey,
this channel with 72 vids…. something for everyone!
Or, retro Kodak. It’s new, it’s now!
Need a WB warm to cool fader-filter? We’ve got what you need.
Canon 1Dx having image corruption issues.
Easy Studio… light tent, with built in cameras and lights!
Steve Peters told us about the Huawei P9, with its Leica camera,
and the photography world loses Bill Cunningham.
Adam told us about the bloke who just won at auction, 1200 rolls of unprocessed film from the 50’s,
and why film is not dead.

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June 26, 2016

Episode 338 – The rights of your copy

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This week, David Marland steps back in for the temporally-challenged Glynn Lavender.
We open with a link courtesy of ProCounter about intellectual property rights in Australia.
Apple is about to introduce RAW capture and edit to iOS 10 devices.
Keith Loutit spent 3 years putting together this amazing timelapse of Singapore.
Carl sent us a link to this behind-the-scenes video from Erik Johansson.
And ND filters for the fiscally-challenged.
Not sure who sent this (I think it was Peter Sambell), but there’s the 6 year old (!) who is shooting with a film camera!
And David brought us a couple of stories, including the one of the Queen and her chroma-key-friendly dress,
and the study which has confirmed what we all knew… that taking photos increases your enjoyment of life’s experiences.

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June 19, 2016

No podcast this week

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Sorry one and all, but no podcast this week.
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June 12, 2016

Episode 337 – Fibonacci cats

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This week, Glynn found InstaMuseum, which allows you to create a virtual 3D gallery space in which to display your images.
Glynn’s gallery is here.
Sigma is having more lens issues, this time with the Canon 1Dxii.
Instagram is now offering Business Profiles.
More McCurry bashing.
Use Photoshop to Perspective Adjust a small portion of your image.
A new Model Release App for iOS.
I came across this Ansel Adams doco,
and this amazing body-painting project.
Carl told us about Sigma’s amazing new zoom lens,
and the story behind Neil Leifer’s amazing photo of the Ali/Liston fight.
David Marland brought us the story of the correlation between Fibonacci spirals and sleeping cats.
And Steve Peters brought us the story of the 9 year old who plays the role of Second Shooter to her dad’s wedding photography.

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June 5, 2016

Episode 336 – Your software is judging you

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

This week marks 10 years since Sony bought out Konica-Minolta‘s DSLR division,
and we’re revisiting the story Steve Peters submitted last week about data recovery.
The kookaburra photo we discussed:

The jury

Adam sent us this story about the duo who stage and shoot miniature post-apocalyptic scenes.
Glynn loves nothing more than tearing apart my photos. For the rest of you, there’s Picturesque, the software which judges your images while they’re still on the memory card, and tells you which ones you should download to your computer and which ones you should discard!
The app homepage is here.
The dpreview story on it here.
Then there’s Unfade which will look at old faded images and do its best to restore the colour and saturation to where they should be, which could come in very handy if you’re photographing whole pages of images from old photo albums.
And if you ARE doing that, then Photomyne might be handy, too! It will analyse said collages, and split them up into individual images for you!
Western Digital has just bought Sandisk for $17B.
Adobe’s Content Aware Crop brings me hope that my desire to rid the world of crooked horizons might one day come to fruition!
Peach Pit is was having a Spring into Summer Sale at the moment. Get 50% off your order (2 or more products) including David DucChemins yet to be released new version of Within the Frame. Looks like this offer may have already wrapped up.
Wannabe Darwin Award-recipients continue to kill themselves in the name of that all-important selfie. The latest is the Chinese man who was drowned whilst trying to take a seflie with…. wait for it!… a freakin’ WALRUS! As ya do. Once, and once only.
And Steve McCurry has vowed to rein in his photoshop use.

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May 29, 2016

Episode 335 – The post-USA tales

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

This week, Glynn regales us with tales of his US jaunt.
Whilst there, he got to try out the new Tamron 85mm f1.8 lens which he reckons is the best lens in that size he’s come across. But as you’d expect, he wasn’t overly impressed with dpreview’s gallery of sample images shot with the lens.
He’s also pretty impressed with the GlowForge printer, which now holds the prestigious title of “Most Successful Crowdfunding Project of All Time” having raised 28 MILLION dollars in 30 days!
Apparently, there is a problem with Sigma lenses and Pentax’s new flagship DSLR, the K1, where the lenses are scratching the internals of the camera body.
Out of Taiwan comes the sad story of a female scuba-diver (who also happened to be asthmatic) who drowned whilst modelling for an underwater shoot recently.
The makers of PortraitPro have announced their new product, LandscapePro, which you can pick up right now for 50% off the regular price.
I came across this quote during the week, and thought it worthy of sharing:

“Whatever you now find weird, ugly, uncomfortable and nasty about a new medium will surely become its signature. CD distortion, the jitteriness of digital video, the crap sound of 8-bit – all of these will be cherished and emulated as soon as they can be avoided. It’s the sound of failure: so much modern art is the sound of things going out of control, of a medium pushing to its limits and breaking apart. The distorted guitar sound is the sound of something too loud for the medium supposed to carry it. The blues singer with the cracked voice is the sound of an emotional cry too powerful for the throat that releases it. The excitement of grainy film, of bleached-out black and white, is the excitement of witnessing events too momentous for the medium assigned to record them.”

Brian Eno, A Year With Swollen Appendices

Steve Peters shared a few stories, including the awful truth about photography workshops,
the automated selfie-stick,
and an interview with David Zimmerman, the CEO of data recovery firm, LC Technology.
Carl shared the story of the practice of stripping a ton of metadata from your RAW files when you generate a jpeg.
Glynn was reminded of the church that burnt down near to where he was staying in New York.

NYC church fire

Adam brought us the story of the photography group from Canada who made a nuisance of themselves at Yellowstone National Park.
Glynn gave us a link to a David DuChemin blog post about this very group and their actions.
And finally, Adam shared this collection of print advertisements for all things photographic, spanning the last 130 years.

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May 22, 2016

No podcast this week

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

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