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October 15, 2017

Episode 388 – The way more professional intro

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

This week, gender role reversals in advertising,
the world’s fastest camera slider,
a post on how to add metadata for manual lenses in lightroom,
and 42 unique gifts for photographers.

Glynn got himself a new tripod from 3 Legged Thing.
And he’s still scratching his head as to how he managed to land on their Pro Team!
We discuss 3 Legged Thing CEO, Danny Lenihan’s blog post about how to approach companies for AMbassador-type roles.

Glynn is also mightily impressed by iPhone’s new portrait stage lighting.
The first image is how the room lighting looked.
The second shows the iPhone’s fairly decent effort at isolating Barbie from her background.

Barbie, in room lightBarbie, isolated from background

And Glynn bought himself a new camera!
A new top-of-the-line pro D-SLR?
Heck no!
A Yashica Y35!

And he found this app which will allow you to control your tablet-version of Lightroom from your phone (so you can use all the tablet screen real estate for the image you’re editing).

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October 8, 2017

Episode 387 – Flying solo

Filed under: Podcast,Shutters Inc — Bruce Williams @ 12:22

This week, it’s Bruce flying solo with a very short, concise episode.
Lior was right. The math DOES work! Thanks for the tip!

Carl wrote in on the same subject, to mention an app he uses called “Slow shutter“. Looks like it might be iOS only.
But the app I’m using on Android is ND Calculator.

Adam sent us a link to this video of a drone pilot with some SERIOUS skills!
Hey Glynn, looks like the challenge is on, mate! 🙂

Also, Canikon users might be interested in Pulse, a devise for doing all kinds of funky triggering and remote work with your DSLR.

And Steve Peters suggested that Glynn should check out “Can I Fly There?“, a document produced by Australia’s CASA (Civil Aviation Safety Authority) on where you can and cannot fly your drone UAV.
Glynn affirmed that he had already done so. Good stuff!

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October 1, 2017

Episode 386 – The Lior interjection

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

First up, apologies for the absolutely awful audio quality.
We really need to get Glynn onto a wired internet connection!

This week, a Japanese artist layers 100s of photos taken over time to produce stunning multidimensional landscapes. Kind of a new take on the timelapse.

If you got yourself a new iPhone, you’ll probably want to convert some of those .heic images to .jpg, and thankfully, this site will help with that.

Carl told us about his friend, David Collopy, who has a collection of “Then and now” images of Melbourne. Check them out here.
Other media coverage here.

Steve Peters liked this article about the rise of iPhone credits in commercial photography, and what this means for photographers.
He also told us about Nikon being in the spotlight over sexism row,
we are NOT mentioning this,
Nikon is making a full-frame mirrorless camera,
and the NYC photographer who lost the only copy of wedding photos on subway.

Adam sent us this story about the Phase One 190mp aerial system,
and this one about Canon’s new ‘virtual camera’ tech.

Rob Coates sent us the link to this amazing video of 30 days in the life of a container ship.

Lior wrote in to set me straight (again) about 10 stop filters.

Hi Bruce,
I’m a long (long) time listener and I just finished listening to episode 384 (the Reg Vardy one).

You talked about a method of computing long exposure times by setting the ISO to 6400, measuring exposure, and then setting the ISO to 100 and exposing for minutes instead of seconds. You said that the system does not work because there are 7 stops between ISO 100 and ISO 6400, and you were using a 10-stop filter.

Well, there are 6 stops between those ISOs (2^6 = 64). And that method does work – it’s just that you need to use ISO 6400 and ISO 100 under the same conditions. In other words, if your measured exposure time at ISO 6400 was 5 seconds with the ND filter on, then it will be 5 minutes at ISO 100, again with the ND filter.
If it was 0.5 seconds without the ND filter at ISO 6400, then it will be 30 seconds at ISO 100, again, without the ND filter. The ND filter only changes the exposure times, not the ratio between them.

Using ISO 6400 enables you to quickly gauge exposure (using the histogram), white balance, exposure, focus, etc., before committing to a very long exposure at ISO 100.

Note that with a 10-stop ND filter the exposure time difference is likely to be x120, not x60, because at ISO 100 the exposure time will probably be longer than 1s, triggering dark frame subtraction which takes the same time as your exposure.

I hope I helped,
Thanks for a great podcast,
Leo from Israel

And Glynn brought to our attention that Manfrotto just bought both Joby and Lowepro for what seems like a crazy bargain-basement price of $10.3M.

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September 24, 2017

No podcast this week

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

Another of our most popular episodes!

Life was more important than recording this week. Sorry one and all. Catch ya next week!


September 17, 2017

Episode 385 – Glynn wants a new intro

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

This week, Sony announces the new Cyber-shot RX10 IV, which looks to be my idea of a perfect travel camera.

Adam sent us this story about Robert Irwin (Steve Irwin’s 13-year-old son) who is poving to be an amazing photographer. Onya Bob!

And an Australian photographer and his model arrested over nude photoshoot at ancient Egyptian temple.
After we had recorded, David Kembrey linked to this article, where the photographer in questions defends his actions.

Steve Peters shared this story about the recent sale of the building from which L&P Photographics was operating. The building was also the former studio of legendary Australian photographer, Max Dupain. Fears are rife that the history of the building will be lost under the new ownership.
If you don’t recall Dupain’s work, he’s famous for (amongst others) this iconic 1937 image…

Glynn likes the look of the new Spekular LED Lighting,

Joey Lawrence (his website) has released a new hour-long documentary (and accompanying book) called “Born From Urgency”. There’s a story and video link on petapixel,

Godox has just released their new Xpro flash commander, with control of up to 16 groups (view 5 at a time on screen), with output control down to 1/256th power!

How’s this for a mobile darkroom?

DJI is teaming up with Nat Geo to give people the opportunity to try out their drones UAV’s at no charge!

And in the “useless blog post” category, we have instructions on how to turn crappy snapshots into even crappier HDR “portraits”.

Also, I forgot to check my e-mail before we recorded, so those stories and links will be in the NEXT episode! Apologies to those who wrote in this week.


September 10, 2017

Episode 384 – The Reg Vardy Conundrum

Filed under: Podcast,Shutters Inc — Bruce Williams @ 13:30

This week, David Marland steps in for Glynn.
The LR-replacement which I’ve adopted on Linux, darktable, is coming to Windows. A very early port of the app is available for anyone who wants to dip their toes in the water, here. Please understand that if you DO go and have a look, this is not a finished product yet!

Lexar, who had preiviously gone into receivership, has been acquired by Chinese flash storage company, Longsys.

Shutters Inc is now on the iHeartRadio app!

This week, I received an e-mail about a blog post on shooting product photography. Thought I’d share it, as it appears to be a fairly comprehensive piece.

Photographer finds locations of 1960s postcards to see how they look today, and the difference is unbelievable.

Man cops life ban for entering other photographer’s image under his name.

There’s a stunning 80-trillion-pixel cloudless view of earth.
The story | The map

Steve Peters told us about The rooftop photographer facing serious charges for climbing Ben Franklin bridge,
The news photographer shot by cop who mistook camera and tripod for gun,
and this story about cameras and lenses that got destroyed by the solar eclipse.

Adam tells us the Lily drone is back… kind of.

And David shared this story of the NOAA aircraft flying through the eye of Hurricane Irma.

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September 3, 2017

Episode 383 – The Adam Davidson episode

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This week, we’re dedicating the episode to the highest-paid member of the Shutters Inc team, Mr Adam Davidson for his years of dedication to the fine art of “copy and paste”!
I did my shoot with Tammy, which Glynn had much fun in pulling apart.

F-stoppers had this great little piece of satire on the future predictions about photography.
Remember the “monkey selfie”? Turns out, the photographer who owned the camera is “near bankruptcy” (on the podcast, I may have inadvertently said that he HAD declared bankruptcy) after it was deemed that HE is not the image creator. Tough call.
Watch lightning strike a wooden deck, just feet away from the guy who was filming the storm!
And petapixel had this to say about why you don’t need that new camera.

Steve Peters told us about the Brisbane open house weekend, which will be happening 7/8 October 2017.

Adam sent us the story about the cricket reporter holding up his iphone calculator app in lieu of a ‘light meter’,
this story about how digital photography is not free,
and a shout out to a new program airing on ABC Radio National (from September 1, 2017) called “Shooting the past”.

Glynn is pretty excited about Canon’s 3 tilt shift macro lenses,
and their new drink coasters, too!
In an awe-inspiring example of “brand consistency”, Leica has not modified their logo by even one little bit in over 100 years!
There’s the guy who made an iPhone light modifier out of a Big Mac box (problem-solving ftw!)
And this story on colour-grading your images.

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August 27, 2017

Episode 382 – The Susan Menis episode

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This week, we’re dedicating the episode to Susan Menis.

Jared Polin on the Nikon D850.

The F Stoppers crew decided to do a Donald Trump eclipse photo.

And while we’re on the topic, here’s a collection of the best eclipse photos.

There’s a Sydney open weekend coming soon… November 4-5, 2017.
Tikets go on sale Sept 21, but there’s early access to those same tickets for Sydney Living Museums members.
Details at Sydney Living Museums.

After 150 Years, a portrait of U.S. President John Quincy Adams reemerges.

Nearly $25,000 worth of Leica gear destroyed after being checked into airline hold.

David Kembrey shared this story about how to get shallow depth-of-field effects with any camera.

Adam told us about the AI algorithm which can easily erase photo watermarks.

Glynn is about to pick up a new product; the Insta360. We’re both still scratching our heads as to how this thing works. Check out the video!

Russian camera company, Zenit, is about to re-enter the market.

And then there’s the inverted room project. Sometimes this stuff inspires me, other times, it makes me want to give up completely! There’s 2 videos; the promo, and the Behind the scenes.

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August 20, 2017

Episode 381 – Ebay Freaky Friday

Filed under: Podcast,Shutters Inc — Bruce Williams @ 14:18

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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