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August 20, 2017

Episode 381 – Ebay Freaky Friday

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This week, it’s Ebay Freaky Friday!
Digital photography magazine, f11 has gone on hiatus,
and 25 things Lightroom can do.

Rob Coates wrote to share the link to this portfolio of veteran servicemen portraits, and wondered if Glynn’s images were amongst them (they aren’t).

Steve Peters saw this video on Tamron’s Facebook page, which may or may not include one Glyn Lavendar.

Adam sent us a heap of stories, including this portfolio of 24 Times long exposure photography resulted in something magical,
Amazon is refunding Lee solar eclipse filter buyers,
and refunding purchases of fake solar eclipse glasses,
a forgotten solution to the problems of zoom lenses,
this man repairs the cameras and lenses that no one else can,
This famous pepper photo by Edward Weston was a 4hr+ exposure at f/240,
the L&P liquidation sale is underway. Hit up this link for details of what’s available,
and B&H photo to pay $3.22 million to settle discrimination case.

And Glynn felt this blog post promised way more than it delivered (you could almost say it had less content than it had gravity!).

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August 13, 2017

Episode 380 – The Eric “Sucker for punishment” Mazath episode

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This week has been the week of ebay. My new/old 20mm wide angle lens has arrived,
My new/old 20mm AF wide angle.
as has my new Nisi 10 stop (ND1024) filter. Plus there’s a bunch of other stuff on its way.

A big shout out to Sophie and the team at photobookshop for the awesome customer service.

Eric Mazath wrote to say that he couldn’t download all the old episodes. That problem has now (hopefully!) been resolved. Glynn felt Eric needed an episode dedication for his willingness to subject himself to the past podcasts.

Bruce speaks with Anna Gunn, principle organiser of the innaugural Porto Photo Festival.Anna Gunn
website | facebook | Instagram
The festival will take place in the Portugese city of Porto September 11-17, 2017.

Steve Peters sent us the story about the Indian police couple fired for faking Everest climb with photoshop.
I know we’ve covered this story in the past, but I’m not sure if they had been fired at that point, or just caught out.
Adam told us about Amazon’s $28 AmazonBasics flash,
How I became a better photographer by analyzing my lightroom statistics,
and the liquidation of Sydney-based photography company, L&P.

Glynn found this video about how to create a 2.5D parallax effect,
the story of a painter who took up photography, and how his experience in painting influenced his actions with a camera,
this story of “computational zoom” which will allow you to “compress” backfgound components of your composition, as though you were shooting with a longer focal length, all AFTER the fact,
this video game with its “take your car to a professional photoshoot” component,
plus a report that the Bowens staff in China were not paid in July. The company alledges otherwise.

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August 6, 2017

Episode 379 – The ups and downs of travel insurance

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

This week, the travel insurance fallout. Some good, some not so good.

David Foggin is both a contributor to, and PR/marketing guru for, an exhibition called “The Collective”. The Facebook page is here. Check it out for more info.

Ian Collard most generously offered my his no-longer-used Minolta 75-300mm kit lens to replace my recently-stolen one. Plus another lens as well. Thanks Ian. I really do appreciate the offer! What a legend.

Adam has been filing stories on the FB wall for a few weeks now, and there’s a heap to cover:

Glynn is equally bamboozled by the judges awarding the top prize in a drawing competition to someone who hung carpet offcuts over some suspended string. Say wha?

America’s TSA now requires camera gear to be scanned separately. Oh joy.

Godox brings you off-camera flash for your smartphone. Glynn is positively frothing at the mouth!

Souvid Datta (who we spoke of in episode #374) is in hot water again (or is that “still”?). This time over doctored images.

The lighting company Bowens is switching off the lights and locking the doors. See what I did there? Sadly, the cheap knock-off brands and innovation coming out of China and other Asian markets has made the business unviable for the 94 year old company.

I’m on the lookout for a replacement for Triggertrap. Although the app is still availble, I can no longer buy the cable now that the company has closed down.
Glynn suggested Pluto trigger, which certainly looks like it does what Triggertrap does/did. But with Triggertrap, I only had to buy a $20 cable, and download a free app for my phone. With Pluto, I need to buy a cable AND spend $120 on a gadget as well. If anyone knows of a similar product to Triggertrap, please let me know!
I also mentioned Nero, which has now rebranded itseld as MIOPS (Yuck. Nero sounded much better! Must have been a naming rights infringement, I’m guessing)
But, this is a $20 cable and a $200+ gadget.
Maybe I just need to keep an eye on Ebay for a Triggertrap cable for my Sony a850.

Addendum : I was just looking at both the Pluto and MIOPS sites, and it occurred to me that they both sell a cable which is compatible with my camera. And given that the cable doesn’t DO anything other than connect a signal between two plugs, they SHOULD be ok to use with the Triggertrap app. So, I’ve just lashed out the $11 for a Pluto cable. Fingers crossed!

I mentioned, at the end of the ep, the light in a painting of some cows at the Musee D’Orsay. Here’s the image, although it doesn’t do the painting justice.

 

Mooooo!

The painting looked much more interesting in real life.

And while we’re posting images, here’s a couple of what the pink lake near Quairading normally looks like. These were taken in January 2016.

Pink Lake - 1
Pink Lake - 2
Pink Lake - 3

Also, a couple of people have mentioned that old episodes of the podcast can’t be downloaded. I’ve adjusted the folder locations for the mp3 files at shuttersincpodcast. Hopefully, they will now all be able to be downloaded, if only manually. A bigger “hopefully” is that I haven’t broken anything in the process!

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July 23, 2017

Episode 378 – Europe

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

The ups, the downs, the thieves and the vomit.
Plus a bit more…


June 11, 2017

Episode 377 – The Kyle Greenleaf Conversion

Filed under: Podcast,Shutters Inc — Bruce Williams @ 20:36

** You’ll notice a slight sound quality change at 5:50. Skype dropped out on us, and when it re-established, the audio quality was somewhat improved.**

This week, Kyle has switched to linux/darktable. Good on ya, mate!
I’ve been out shooting Vivid 2017, along with some more cadet portraits.
Plus, I eventually arrived at a different travel image backup plan… a new Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro S (running Win10, so I can run my old LR v5).

Steve Peters wanted to hear about the 7:30 project, which Glynn was involved with.
Plus he shared this story of a band’s not-so-impressive response to being called out on copyright infringement.

Adam brought us this story of increased licensing fees for photographers in public places/historic monuments in India.

David Marland sent me this video shot from the bottom of an animal’s drinking-water bucket.

Glynn heard about a European town which banned photography completely.
Turned out, it was just a publicity stunt, and the ban was later revoked.
And in a moment of complete good sportsmanship, talks about a new Nikon lens. Geez mate, wash your mouth out with soap!
Plus there’s Arsenal (no, not the soccer team)…. another stupidly successful kickstarter project. $980,000 of $50,000 raised, with 15 days to go.

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May 28, 2017

Episode 376 – Joe Edelman pt 2

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

This week, a couple of quick stories…
Adam and I both found this one about AI bringing colour to b+w images (Adam’s link | my link).

Rakesh sent me this fantastic series of drone-o-ramas [no, you can’t have it, I’ve copyrighted that term, ok? 🙂 ].

Adam also sent in the story of a new algorithm that Google is working on, which promises to remove foreground obstructions from your images.

And then, it’s on to the second half of our chat with photographer and Youtube star, Joe Edelman.
Find Joe around the interwebz at:

his website | youtube channel | instagram | twitter


May 21, 2017

Episode 375 – Joe Edelman pt 1

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

This week, Microsoft announces that 3 flavours of Linux are coming (are already available?) to the Windows app store. Story 1 | Story 2
As someone who has embraced Linux and is loving Darktable, I figured this means anyone who is interested in dt can give it a run inside a Virtual Machine without completely ditching Windows. Woohoo!

Steve Peters shared this crazy story about the photographer who decided that trashing the dress wasn’t good enough. Let’s BURN the dress… with the model wearing it!
This is a future candidate for the Darwin Awards, to be sure.
And for a chuckle, the real meaning of common photographic expressions.

Adam found this story of the music festival which wants you to pay $500 to shoot concert photos for them!
If you’re going to take them up on this awesome offer, let me know. I have a bridge you’d love to buy. Shaped liked a coathanger. You’ll love it. Nah, seriously.

And the photographer who lost $20,000 in gear after his airplane carry-on bag was taken.

Plus, we feature the first half of an hour-long chat with Joe Edelman. Amongst other good stuff, Joe talks about why the majority of photo workshops are a waste of time. Say wha? But… but… Glynn and Malcolm conduct workshops! What is this heresy?

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May 14, 2017

Episode 374 – The Susan Menis ep…. Incident

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

This week, a couple gets married on Mt Everest after trekking for 3 weeks!

Susan Menis sent us this bewildering list… 6 reasons why bokeh is overrated.

Adam told us about the free skin softening software you’ve probably (allegedly) never heard of… yet almost all of us already have it! 🙂
For those of you who DON’T have it, do yourself a favour. Hit this link and grab the Nik Software Collection for free. And raise a glass to Google for the freebie.
Also, the bold claim that the Fujifilm X Series WILL make you a better photographer. M’kay.

Steve Peters brought us this follow up to the story last week about the image of the young Indian sex worker. Turns out, it’s a much deeper story, and we’re not sure there’s a clear cut answer to any of the questions raised. If you missed it, here’s the link from last week’s episode.

Carl shared this humorous piece about people photoshopping Mr. Bean into various images.
Plus the story of the photographer who finally snaps the perfect shot of a diving kingfisher after 6 years and 720,000 photographs.

Glynn is slightly miffed at Adobe’s price-gouging of Australian customers due to (non-existent) ‘currency fluctuations’. And on this note, I’ve got some interesting news to share in the next episode!
Plus the photographer who accidentally shot the wrong couple’s wedding proposal!
And there’s the 3 year/8TB timelapse! Now, THAT’S commitment to a project!

And here in Australia, today is Mother’s Day. Happy Mother’s Day to all the mums listening.


May 7, 2017

Episode 373 – The Hilda/Scott, Ay episode

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

This week, Glynn would like to dedicate the episode to Hilda Clayton, a combat photographer killed in the line of duty in 2013.
He also later decided we should jointly dedicate this episode to new listener, Scott. 🙂 Welcome, Scott!

LensCulture and Magnum Photos are currently running a joint photo comp, and LC made a poor choice for the lead image for that competition. But after the interwebz tore them a new one, they changed the image and admitted to their poor judgement.

Then, there’s the photographer who was running his own photo comp, entered his own photos, and promptly won a heap of the categories!

One of Joe Edelman’s videos that I watched through the week that I thought was very interesting, was this one on the future of modelling portfolios.

We’ve got 5 tips for when you feel inadequate as a photographer.

Adam sent us the story of the camera which can capture the movement of light at five trillion photos per second.
Sounds to me like sombody’s compentsating for something. 🙂

And Glynn found a site called Smart Watermarks. The premise is that you upload non-watermarked images to your social media channels THROUGH the Samrt Watermarks pipeline. Then, if anyone downloads your image, your watermark is applied to the image there and then. Very clever.


April 30, 2017

Episode 372 – Let’s all shoot in Program Mode!

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

This week, we’re all watching youtube.
Me? I’ve discovered Joe Edelman’s channel and have been devouring heaps of it. Beautifully produced, great images, and helpful tips. Well done, Joe!
Glynn is mightily impressed with his Gnarbox.
Adam brought us a heap of stories, including Lytro’s 755 megapixel Cinema light field camera. Data requirements are a trivial 400GB/sec!!
Urban Outfitters wants you to work for them for a year… with no pay!
David LaChapelle is headlining this year’s Ballarat International Foto Biennale,
Creative photos use optical illusions to promote pet adoption,
this blog post defending black and white photography (Didn’t know it needed defending, personally. – BW),
and the Light L16 52MP 16-Camera Camera.

Tony White told us about the photographer who had his gear stolen, and then ended up getting to watch the bomb squad blow it up!
And Baidu’s facial recognition algorithm finds link between photos, and reunites a missing child with his family.

David Marland has written an article on photo backup ideas for travellers.
Download and check it out here: RAW on the run.

 


April 16, 2017

Episode 371 – Gonna get spanked

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

This week, Verifly is a company which offers on-demand drone insurance. They may not be the first or only player in the market, but it’s the first company I’ve heard of. Figured someone might find the info useful.

An interesting follow up to last week’s assertion from Glynn about why people shoot film… to be honest, I thought the film stuff looked awful in comparison to digital, but each to their own!

Rob Coates sent us an e-mail about an exhibition at Brisbane Museum. 100 years of studio portrait photography. Running till the 30th July.
Thanks Rob!

Adam sent us a bunch of stories, including:
How I Photographed an Erupting Volcano in Front of the Milky Way,
Bye Bye, Pentax? Ricoh May Kill Off Its Camera Business,
News Corp Australia sacks most of its photographers and subeditors to cut costs,
I Photographed The Invisible Light That Plants Emit,
Estate of andy warhol sues ny photographer over prince image,
Sickening PSA Shows The Ugly Truth of Sexual Harassment in Photography,
the sad story of the photographer who submitted a Q+A and images that were requested by a magazine, and then got no feedback or interaction thereafter,
and the video which explains all 27 photoshop blending modes in detail.

Steve Peters told us about Everypixel Aesthetics, a platform which uses neural networks to judge your photographs.

And Glynn liked this story about front element scratches vs image sharpness.

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April 9, 2017

Episode 370 – Going out on a high

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

This week, these photoshopped animals will make you feel different!
The encouraging story that the New York Times is doubling the rate of pay for its photographers. Link 1 | Link 2
The Death of Digital Photography as We Know It,

Adam sent us this comparison of the Tamron and Nikon 70-200’s,
this story of Henryk Ross’ holocaust images,
and what exactly is the most important metric on Instagram?

Glynn found this awesome new filter system,
a story he believes only I will enjoy,
the Depolarizing filter you didn’t know you needed,
and the Icarus tripod.

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April 2, 2017

Episode 369 – Metering with flash

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

The quote of the week goes to the guy at Circular Quay in the t-shirt which read:
“If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional, just wait till you hire an amateur.”
Nice one! Certainly applies to photography.

Is Instagram shadow-banning business accounts? This article at petapixel would suggest so.

Dave King wrote in to ask about monitor calibration. Glynn suggest the Spyder 3 system, Dave.

Frank wrote to use about last week’s discussion on travel backup plans. He mentioned the Kingston 5-in-1 mobile companion.
But amazon tells me there’s a newer version here.
Reg Vardy also weighed in on facebook, saying that he bought the Jaycar OTG Hub and card reader dock for $25.
Through the week, I picked up an OTG USB hub and card reader from Ebay, but initial testing has proved to be a bit hit-and-miss. Maybe the massive $15 I spent on it should have warned me. Testing shall continue.

Adam shared these stories:
The photographer who creates realistic locations for miniature photography on a budget,
The School of Visual Arts YouTube Channel is Full of Amazing Photo Lectures,
I Was Paid to be a Camera Tester, And I Think They Actually Listened,
and New free cactus firmware update lets you get TTL and HSS with almost every camera and flash brand.

Glynn finally got around to answering a question or 6 from Steve in Belfast about metering with flash. A lengthy discussion ensued. During that discussion, you’ll hear me make the claim that the relationship between Guide Number and ISO is not linear. But Glynn shot me down on that point. Here is a discussion about that relationship which seems to support my view. I’ll leave it to those who’ve spent more brain cycles on the question to figure out who was right.

Glynn also mentions a forthcoming show on the ABC called Star Gazing Live, with Brian Cox and Julia Zamiro.
If you’ve ever wanted to fly a drone UAV in an exotic location, but can’t afford to go there yourself, then cape.com might just be your thing!
And if you’d like some nicely shot images on which to practise your post-processing skills, then WeSaturate might just be your ticket.
Glynn also wanted to mention the Bubble Bokeh of this lens on kickstarter. They’ve had a pretty successful round of capital-raising by the looks of things!
And dpreview has a gallery of sample images from the new Tamron 70-200. As you can imagine, Glynn was mightily impressed!

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March 26, 2017

Episode 368 – Guest : David Marland

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

This week, David Marland steps in, in Glynn’s absence.
You know that iconic iceberg composite image? Well, love it or hate it, it has earned its creator over $900k in royalties!

Sony’s digital ND filter looks interesting. David is not sure about trying to ‘draw’ it on the screen of your camera, though. Might just agree with him on that.
Here’s a promo video for it.
Remember the Skypixel comp we mentioned last episode? William Long (aka Photo Watch Dog) gives it a caning for its over-reaching t’s and c’s.

Adam pointed us at Ted Forbes’ youtube channel, The Art of Photography, and specifically, this video about Why Gear Doesn’t Matter,
and Olympus is killing off its 4/3 lenses.

Steve Peters (and a bunch of other sources) told us about Google’s latest work…. jpeg’s that are 35% smaller with no deterioration in quality.

David Kembrey sent us this little chuckle-fest on how to piss off a photographer.

Rob Coates sent in the story of a Tasmanian geologist who helped classify a new type of cloud, all because of his untouched photos!

And David, like me, has some travel coming up later in the year, and is in the process of looking for a lightweight solution for managing large quantities of RAW files on the road.
One device he’s been looking at is an OTG adaptor from Lava Computer. Here are a couple of videos demonstrating its benefits… video 1 | video 2

It looks pretty good, but I don’t mind carrying something just slightly more bulky in order to save some bucks, so I’ve just ordered one of these thingies from Ebay.
When it arrives, I’ll let you know how it performs.

Also, forgot to mention on the podcast, but Bruce is now on Instagram. User name is audio2u, for those who are interested.

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March 12, 2017

Episode 367 – Glynn’s new toy

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

This week, an interesting personal photography project… the Under-horse project. Yep, it’s as weird as it sounds!
There’s a bunch of photos which are (allegedly) NOT Photoshopped… although we’re not entirely convinced.
Lightroom… are you doing LR wrong? This blog post covers the image-management side of things quite nicely, for those who thought LR was JUST for processing.
A video/inforgraphic about the state of the camera industry in 2016.
And after going and having a look at it, I’m quite impressed with Affinity Photo. Thanks Peter!

Steve, Adam and Glynn all added this story to the list for this episode. Popular Photography (magazine) and its website, PopPhoto are no more.

Steve Peters sent us this link to a great Broncolor lighting tutorial, with heaps of great sample images,
11 photography books that new students must read,
and why photographers don’t get modern art.

Adam shared this video of Laowa’s weird macro lens in action,
along with this story about helicopter blades and camera frame rate syncronisation, which it seems EVERYBODY shared on social media this week!
The story behind the action photo that won Red Bull Illume,
another big camera store, Showcase (Atlanta, Ga) goes under,
and Hollywood’s greatest trick.

Carl brought us the story of the guys who wanted to create a “Google street view”-style image for underwater!

Glynn has a new toy! The new Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 VC G2 lens.
Skypixel is running a competition called “Australia from Above”. First prize is almost $27,000 worth of UAV/drone kit! Get into it!
He was also amused by some of the selfie-drone comments here.
4 basic lighting principles worth knowing,
and the guy who turned a Sony compact digital camera into a digital back for his old Nikon film SLR!

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