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July 13, 2014

Shutters Inc – episode 268

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

This week,
David Duchemin’s “The Created Image” video series is on special again. This time, 75% off! Until July 19.
Carl pointed us toward “I am a photographer”,
the top 5 things that will kill your business fast,
save big money by NOT hiring a professional,
shaving common objects one millimeter at a time,
Brian Houghton told us about the top 30 most influential photographers,
Adam told us about Murphy’s Law and how it relates to photography,
and the iOS and Andoird app, Timera,
also, make sure you check out the Social Media image size chart he linked to on the Shutters Inc FB page,
Bridge vs Lightroom,
Fisheye correction,
more on Sony’s curved sensor,
Everyday Astronaut,
the TSA’s Instagram feed,
drones, fireworks and the FCC,
the Sony Selfie,
and heaps more!

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July 6, 2014

Shutters Inc – episode 267

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

This week,
Bruce gets told off (in a nice way) by Craig Wetjen,
Android L to offer significant camera tweaks, like DNG (digital negative) file format, manual focus and colour correction,
Pics of Bruce’s new wheels,
Adam told us that Sony is snapping on Lytro’s heels, with a patent for Light Field Technology,
the perception of beauty from around the world,
Glynn tells us how to shoot better images of your family,
Dave Foggin alerted us to another war veteran photographic project,
Wanna shoot like Ansel Adams? Perhaps you should buy his camera!
Lee filters for GoPro,
Lomo Pretzval Review,
Sony to bring out a B&W 35mm Sensor camera,
Cropping for portraits,
First photos taken (in date order),
the human castles of David Oliete,
and a portrait Glynn shot that he’s quite happy with.

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June 29, 2014

Shutters Inc – episode 266

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

This week, Bruce’s new wheels,
Glynn and David still capturing portraits of D-Day vets,
Glynn’s cartoon,
Adam (I don’t need to write “Davidson” every time, do I?) alerted us to this story about a father who creates awesome photo-illustration-portraits with his kids,
Glynn is rather dismissive of Nikon’s marketing for the D810,
DPReview’s new DIY forum,
Sony NEX as digital back for 100 year old camera,
neat axial lighting,
the iPad app screen extension for Photoshop,
indiegogo is becoming a cesspit of people offering you nothing more than the opportunity to fund their gear purchases (bludger 1, bludger 2, bludger 3, bludger 4),
but wait… there’s more!,
Glynn talked about Simone Maynard, a Melbourne artist he’s known for almost 30 years. See her pic at the end of these notes, or check out her work on RedBubble,
Brian Houghton (whom Glynn mentioned last episode) wrote to thank us for highlighting his work,
the Lomo Instant camera project,
another awesome 4K nature timelapse,
which reminded Glynn about Baraka, a 1992 documentary directed by Ron Fricke (who 10 years prior created the brilliant Koyaanisqatsi),
and finally, Adam also brought to our attention this post at diyphotography about the link (or lack thereof) between the value of your gear and the value of your work.

Simone Maynard

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June 22, 2014

Shutters Inc – episode 265

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

This week,
Bruce is bike shopping,
Mike Hollman awarded Nikon Ambassador for New Zealand,
Brian Houghton’s spectacular portfolio on Flickr and Photoboxgallery (watch out, it’s mostly NSFW!),
Glynn though this particular image would make a great 70′s velvet painting,
MDisc… Bluray on stone,
If you haven’t already grabbed yours, .photography domains are now available. Although if your current site name (like mine) is “photography.com”, then “photography.photography” is going to sound a bit silly/redundant.
500px will be the first site to offer Lytro sharing,
Glynn found that Rokinon offers Tilt Shift lenses,
Jared “FroKnowsPhoto” Polin got kicked out of Six Flags for his “I shoot raw” t-shirt,
Sony’s curved sensor,
the Panasonic FZ1000 with built-in 25-400 (2.8-4.0) zoom with 4k video and 1” sensor,
and Adam Davidson likes this crowdfunded autonomous drone, which will track you whilst you perform your sporting endeavour of choice, and keep you in the middle of the frame of your GoPro footage. Sweet.

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June 15, 2014

Shutters Inc – episode 264

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

This week, Glynn finds out what happens when you get it TOO right in camera,
more D-Day vets,
Canon canibilises its own business in Australia,
Samsung “Ditch your DSLR” day,
Joe McNally has released the follow up to his “The Language of Light” DVD,
The Most Valuable Photography Tips Ever,
the next Adobe CC event is on June 18 and promises to deliver some interesting new features,
Tim’s Vermeer,
the Sigma 35mm f1.0 for Sony,
a new Sony A7s video, showing off that camera’s incredible low-light performance,
and a quick chat about Facebook’s ‘pages’ algorithm, and how even fewer of you are going to see what gets posted to our Facebook page in your timeline.

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June 8, 2014

Shutters Inc – episode 263

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

This week, we catch up with Glynn after his U.S. trip and hear all about the Big Photo Show,
conducting live tutorials with the help of the CamRanger (for wireless tethering),
the D-Day vets portfolio that he and David Oakley are currently working on (you can see some of the images on Glynn’s personal Facebook timeline),
I mention Photography Hot Spots, a website which allows photographers to share great shoot locations,
Adam Davidson alerted me to this portfolio of men’s sheds,
a couple of weeks ago, Leo Laporte (on his podcast, Triangulation), interviewed photographer Rick Smolan,
Luxi is back with Luxi-for-all, a clip-on incident light meter for smart phones,
you can learn photography from a first-person-shooter game,
there’s this hilarious craigslist ad for a Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens,
Carl Hemmings advised us of ShortcutMapper (which reminded me of Editor’s Keys),
and Rebecca Dunstall brought this amazing portfolio of underwater modelling to our attention,
Glynn lso mentioned Dinkum Systems, who have some really neat little accessories for your photography,
Nik Software’s new Analog Efex Pro 2,
and this collection of images from 1964, the year he was born.

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May 18, 2014

Shutters Inc – episode 262

Filed under: Podcast,Shutters Inc — Bruce Williams @ 13:15

This week, Rob van Elven was unsure as to whether last week’s absence was an improvement or a detriment!
Glynn’s Biloela weekend,
plus he revisited the old factory we shot in together a couple of week’s back, to do another shoot,
the joy of SOOC,
never ask your model to do something,
old camera magazine advertisements,
the camera used by 93.9% of all news photographers,
how much motion will your shutter speed stop?
fastest, easiest handling quality SLR,
Carl Hemmings sent us this link on how to look like a pro,
Michael Morley (and some other people too) sent us an alet about the ridiculous patent awarded to Amazon for “shooting a seamless white background”,
here’s the text of said ridiculous patent,
Adam Davidson told us about the system being set up to photograph Berlin with 100 year shutter time,
plus he clued us in on this awesome real estate opportunity,
Steve Peters told us about Centr Cam,
there is allegedly two new Sony 35mm sensor-based bodies coming later this year (separate to the a7s!),
before-and-after (finally) for Camera RAW,
US National Parks looking to ban drones,
vitally important info on bokeh,
and getting flamed for not saying it right!
Awakening NZ 4K,
and Michron time-lapse for Biloela trip.

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May 11, 2014

No podcast this week

Filed under: Shutters Inc — Bruce Williams @ 11:32

We knew about Glynn’s travel plans this week, and we put aside Tuesday night for recording.
But then something came up which interfered with our plans.
So, as a result, there’s no podcast this week.

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May 4, 2014

Shutters Inc – episode 261

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

This week,
Glynn and Bruce shoot together,
Glynn’s solar eclipse image,
Michael Buble,
Glynn’s ballet dancer shoot,
the shoot you did see (the girls on a dirt road),
the shoot that you won’t see (kids gone crazy),
Glynn heading off to the U.S. for the Big Photo Show (make sure you catch him there, or at Paul’s Photo in L.A.,
he’ll also be doing Limited Edition print signing at the Tamron booth,
the photographer vs photo-thief court case with a great outcome,
Are these guys the photo equivalent of the Nigerian e-mail scam?,
Steve Peters (via the Shutters Inc FB page) alerted us to the Light Blaster, which Glynn is a bit excited about (so much so he’s considering running Light Blaster workshops!),
the creepy Chinese guy,
National Geographic photo contest,
Glynn’s Top 5 World Class Landscape Photos Tips,

1: Go to an amazing place
2: Have the right equipment
3: Compose it amazingly
4: Wait for incredible light
5: Slap it around in Photoshop until it looks nothing like the day you were there.

New Elinchrom Lights ELC’s,
last week, we spoke about Beyonce’s video for “Single Ladies”, and it’s beautiful and insightful lighting techniqes…. this week, check out this video for Sparkles and Wine, which is similar in its approach,
we’ve all seen the hand-drawn 50s pin-up girls, but have you seen the photos that inspired them?,
learnphotoediting.net $24 lifetime special,
the world’s largest pinhole camera photograph,
Joe McNally’s Beijing images,
and if you’re wishing there were some funky places near you to shoot in/around, there just might be! Check out this site to see what’s in your neck of the woods.

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April 27, 2014

Shutters Inc – episode 260

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

This week, Bruce is off to Melbourne for the weekend,
Jeff Walshe is selling some of his awesome collection of costumes and props (call him direct on 0419 223 802, or check out his shop in person at 259 Canterbury Rd, Sydney NSW 2193),
the lighting for Beyonce’s “Single ladies” video,
single shot video taken to the next level,
the Truth in Advertising Act,
Google’s new Android camera app yells at you for shooting video in a portrait orientation,
it also offers Lytro-like focus effects AFTER image capture,
and while we’re talking about Lytro, check out what they’re working on now,
Glynn was impressed with the 80,000+ videos that British Pathe uploaded to Youtube this week, including a couple of choice gems (1,2),
plus he came across this archive of images from New York City,
Wanderlust is bring back the medium- to large-format film camera… for just $150!,
Getty and Flickr part ways,
Canon Australia’s new photo comp, Shine,
Richard Heeks loves shooting bubbles,
and the almost-unknown Aussie who revolutionised lens technology.

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April 20, 2014

Shutters Inc – episode 259

Filed under: Podcast,Shutters Inc — Bruce Williams @ 9:41

This week, Bruce has found high ISO video samples from Sony’s forthcoming a7s,
Dave Clark alerted me (but not Glynn!) to this site with some interesting and quirky photographic trivia,
Google obtains patents for contact lens-based camera,
trashing the dress in a responsible manner,
Bruce liked these macro insect photos,
Glynn has some new workshop ideas,
why you should check your batteries before you leave home,
a new prototype battery will charge your phone in 30 seconds,
Scott Kelby gets emotional about teaching (jump to around the 10 minute mark if you don’t want the whole thing),
and why professional photographers CAN NOT work for free (yeah, I know… preaching to the choir).

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April 13, 2014

Shutters Inc – episode 258

Filed under: Podcast,Shutters Inc — Bruce Williams @ 8:10

This week, Bruce is pretty excited by the forthcoming Sony Alpha 7s, but is skeptical about the high ISO claims being made (the two promo videos are here and here, for those who are interested),
Carl Hemmings reminded us about Luxi, the light meter attachment for your iPhone,
Mike Hollman pointed us to this video regarding the resolution of the human eye,
Adam Davidson and David Foggin both alerted us to the announcement by Adobe of Lightroom for iPad,
Adam also alerted us to Photoprints, which allows your friends to download and print photos from your Facebook account,
Mike Hollman showed us the scary side of Russian dating sites, and told us about the Travel Photography Awards (which he just so happens to be judging!),
Glynn liked this portfolio of images of diners in a café,
he also liked the idea of Image Deconstructed,
plus he discusses the emotional side of photographing your parents.

Just as I was writing up these show notes, I received a private message from Ken Dickson via Facebook (Ken, I trust you’re ok with me sharing this?).
Regarding Lightroom for iPad, he said “I have just started using it and find it somewhat useful for reviewing images whilst relaxing on the lounge, not so good for heavy processing but good for image review. Wish it would let you sync directly over wi-fi instead of through adobe every time though.”
Thanks for the feedback, Ken!

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April 6, 2014

Shutters Inc – episode 257

Filed under: Podcast,Shutters Inc — Bruce Williams @ 18:55

This week,
a great quote from David DuChemin (see end of these show notes),
Glynn also mentioned a couple of free e-books from David, but I can’t find them. But here‘s where you can find David’s other offerings, which are available for purchase.
Check out the animal/human interaction portrait series from Russian photographer, Katerina Plotnikova,
the 2 storey coffee shop modelled on a Rollieflex camera (they also have a facebook page here),
I will be having a browse of this one for my own personal enjoyment/edification (and if you’re into motor racing, it might interest you too),
the continuing upheaval within the professional photographic world which sees Reuters letting go of a photographer who has been with them for 30 years,
Sony’s new curved sensor technology,
a whole slew of April Fools Day pranks from the photographic world (1, 2, 3, 4),
is amateur food photography getting out of control?,
Facebook inadvertently helps diagnose a rare eye-related disease,
perfectly-timed photos,
the World Press photography awards,
the world’s most expensive 50mm (or thereabouts) prime,
and 6 exercises to help you think like a pro.

“It’s good you’re frustrated. Too few people have something burning inside them that matters this much. But be gentle with yourself. Treat the artist with patience. Learn your craft, play with the camera, and take it out into your life and let it show you how the world looks through your eyes. Don’t worry about what anyone else is doing. Live a big story, full of honest emotion. Photograph that.”
David Duchemin

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March 30, 2014

Shutters Inc – episode 256

Filed under: Podcast,Shutters Inc — Bruce Williams @ 8:00

This week, you’ve just missed your chance to pick up one of the Hasselblad’s used to shoot the moon during the Apollo 15 mission,
here’s some handy shortcut reminders for Photoshop,
we talk about how images stay with us long after the details of the story have faded from memory,
the EyePhone bringing sight to the blind…. with sound,
the guy who shot the Windows XP default wallpaper image,
the Slanted Lens,
the progression of your skills, from hard to easy to beautiful,
the mother who wanted to show her teenage daughter how far an image can travel online,
Roaming Focus,
the environmentally-friendly camping stove that’ll also charge your electronic devices,
using graphic design principles to assist in your photographic composition,
and Glynn waxes lyrical about portrait photography.

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March 23, 2014

Shutters Inc – episode 255

Filed under: Podcast,Shutters Inc — Bruce Williams @ 8:00

This week,
Carl Hemmings alerted us to this tutorial on “time stacking”.
amongst the multitude of awesome cartoons on XKCD, I came across this photographic-related pearler,
Alexia Sinclair posted this video on the making of one of her fine-art masterpieces,
the HIPA Awards were announced this week, but the winning image looks suspiciously like it might be the victim of some serious photoshop-fail,
after Glynn showed us images from the Itarod last week, Adam Davidson this week brought our attention around to this series of images from this year’s Iditarod which suffered from a LACK of snow,
I had a genuine ROFLMAO moment this week after David Clark submitted his latest masterpiece to the SI facebook page (see below),
Nikon USA is reporting that the D4 and D4S are not playing nicely with a couple of batches of Lexar memory cards,
Gigiapixel images are usually constructed on sweeping landscapes. This guy takes the idea to a whole new and scary level… people’s faces!,
Apparently they’ve built a new World Trade Centre… who knew? :) (Believe it or not, not yours truly, who tries to avoid the “news” as much as possible),
for those looking to perfect their multi-image workflow, whether that be HDR, timelapse, time stacks or panoramas, Glynn reckons you should have a look at Photoacute,
can’t get a canvas print big enough? Keith Cooper has an idea for you… multi-tile canvases!
Then there’s the new breed of conflict-zone photographers who shoot with nothing more than iPhones,
when animated GIF’s want to dress up for a night on they town, they use Cinemagraph (which is unfortunately a Mac-pnly product),
and finally, the story that Bruce hinted about on Facebook through the week.
Love shooting cars in motion?
Got 11 days free in August this year?
Don’t mind sharing a bedroom for 9 days?
YOU might be just the photographer I’m looking for!

Bruce Stringbean

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