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May 21, 2017

Episode 375 – Joe Edelman pt 1

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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March 5, 2017

Episode 366 – Glynn leads off

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This week, the Godox Wistro looks like a handy little pocket-sized flash to have in your kit.
One of the spots I’m heading to on my European vacation is Portimao in Portugal. The sea caves look like a photographer’s dream location!
The video about the drug overdose story is here.
Peter Sambell wrote to ask our opinions or knowledge of Affinity Photo, which seems like a competent replacement for Photoshop for those who, like me, are sceptical of Adobe’s pricing policies.
Adam shared this story about photo-sharing sites, and how and why the bots are beating you.
This simple web tool helps you find your ideal lens.
Art Wolfe wants to edit your RAW files for you!
Tony White shared this story about how this image of some strawberries is the new “blue dress”,
and some amazing images from Sony’s 2017 World Photography Awards.
Glynn likes the look of the new Elinchrom ELB1200… a Quadra on steroids.
After Beyonce was ably assisted by 300 synchronised drones UAV’s at the Superb Owl show, a Chinese company has gone one better with a fleet of 1000 drones flying together!

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February 26, 2017

Episode 365 – No time for idle chit chat!

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This week,
there’s new Sigma Art lenses on the way, including a damned sexy looking 135/1.8!
Fancy developing film in the comfort of your own home? Maybe you need the Lab-Box.
If you enjoy good design, the show “Abstract” on Netflix might be worth your time.
And for some very skilled drone-piloting, check out this video!

Adam told us about some new Canon bodies and lens,
but things aren’t quite as rosy at Nikon. The stock took a dive after a disastrous 2016.
Such a rough year that they have decided not to go ahead with the release of their DL line of cameras.
Feeling a bit adventurous on the solder and programming front? Why not try your hand at building an Arduino-based timelapse controller?
Two artists built a camera from 32,000 drinking straws,
and there’s the story of Oskar Barnack, inventor of the Leica camera.

Steve Peters sent us this story on photography, sensor size and pixel peeping.

David Marland thought this might be of interest to travellers.

Rob Coates sent us this link to the World Press Photo of the Year galleries for 2016.

Rakesh reminded us of Snappr.

Glynn had this link about Nikon’s woes,
here in Australia, the Digital Show is no more,
19 tips for shooting better portraits,
a Melbourne film lab has made some funky art out of depleted film cannisters,
RawTherapee gets an update,
and there’s the BTS video from his last shoot.

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February 12, 2017

Episode 364 – Aperture test

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This week, Bruce has been testing his lenses, and Glynn is bored by that.
Triggertrap is shutting up shop.
If you’re a fan of the product though, you should jump over to their online store and grab yourself a cable or two, as they’ve all been reduced in price.
Adam also submitted this story with this link.
Steve Peters sent us this story about lens sharpness, and why we needn’t obsess over it.
Also, how the internet is killing your photography,
10 great compact cameras for travelling, although Glynn takes issue with at least one of them,
and a nice piece of comedy which is worth 5 minutes of your time.
Tony White sent us the piece on how you wouldn’t ask a plumber to work for “exposure”.
And Adam sent in the story about LG’s 5k monitors not playing nicely in the vicinity of wi-fi routers,
and a piece on how HDR video production is becoming a big thing.

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January 29, 2017

Episode 363 – Now I’m the one without power

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This week, the Trump inauguration and the gigapixel image thereof,
Do you need a photography website? This guy says yes,
Liquid mountains in the Great Lakes,
Getting it right in camera,
Chase Jarvis shares 10 things you must learn,
the ten year old who surfed right over the top of a great white shark without realising it,
and Carl brought the Grids App to our attention. Instagrammers who would like to upload from the desktop, rejoice!
And this is the image from Borneo that I was talking about.


January 22, 2017

Episode 362 – Happy new year!

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Happy new year!
This week, again… back up your data!
I’ve now fully embraced Linux and darktable.
The Guardian brought us its take on the best photos of 2016,
Celebrities reveal their public and private personas in intimate double-portraits,
Amazon Europe ‘click and bait’ practices,
Kodak is bringing back Ektachrome slide film,
and there’s Glynn and Malcolm’s article!
Adam told us about Harvard putting its photography classes online for free,
and Hasselblad gets acquired by DJI.
There’s hours of fun with excuses for photographers,
Czech company Edelkrone brings us the QuickRelease One,
and beware of Gameface Media.
Tony White warned us of the dangers of flashing the peace sign,
Steve Peters (and Adam) told us about the Lily Drone; dead despite $34 million in pre-orders.
David Jones highlighted this useless kickstarter campaign.
Glynn found a photography video series called ‘Wanderlust‘ on youtube that is published 3 times a week! Somebody is busy!
Canon awarded the 3rd highest number of patents in 2016,
and Adobe is preparing for voice-controlled photoshop.
How about a solar-powered timelapse camera?
Or this?

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December 18, 2016

Episode 361 – A short, sweet farewell

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This week, a short and sweet episode to take out the year.
Glynn chats about Myanmar.
I was surprised to learn that a Sony a99ii prototype had a 24MP sensor.
Adam told us about Relonch, a $99/month subscription service which in my opinion, won’t be around for long. Let’s see.
Carl has gone all Winston Churchill on us, with a recommendation to watch (from 1:03:00) Scott Kelby on “The Grid”,
and a warning about 3rd party lens adaptors: in particular, Fotodiox’s Nikon to Sony Adapter which has apparently killed a couple of a6xxx series cameras.
Have a wonderful Christmas everyone, and a safe and happy new year!
We’re taking a month off, and the next episode should be released Jan 22, 2017!

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