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February 18, 2018

Episode 395 – Angel shoot analysis

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This week, Glynn takes a magnifiying glass to my shoot with Angel.

Angel 1Angel 2
Angel 3Angel 4

Plus we chat about my planned shoot for this Saturday.

Rob Coates has gone atomic, with this story that takes macro photography to a new level!
Glynn has gone to the other extreme with this image of the Earth, taken from 5.7 billion miles away.

Earth

Adam sent us the story of Zack Arias’ warning about the dangers and pitfalls of submitting images to Unsplash sans-model release.

“Let me make this as clear as possible. If a photograph is used in a commercial sense and it is not model released, you as the photographer are liable. you can be taken to court and sued. It’s that simple.” – Zack Arias

Glynn also like the gear porn from the Winter Olympics.
Plus, the finalists from the World Press Photo Awards have been announced.

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February 4, 2018

Episode 394 – Indiegogo, or Indie-no-no

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This week, Teigan and I are planning another shoot, based on this shoot.
Glynn is not impressed, but eager to rip me to shreds after we’ve done it, anyway.
Tony White told us about Zion National Park banning tripods in photo workshops,
Adam sent us these weird, wonderful photos from the archives,
the story of Reuters being banned from the Olympic opening ceremony for leaked photos,
and the sad tale of the fragile Lake Wanaka tree, and how it could be destroyed because of tourists’ instagram photos.
Glynn likes the Chairpod, but something tells me it’s only because it allows him to sit down.
There’s some new Canon patents, which could be a wonderful thing if they are ever actually implemented.
He’s also been scouring Indiegogo. Some gold, some… not so much.
There’s the Magilight,
the multi-aperture pinhole lens,
the one lens cap to rule them all,
something to alleviate your need for a drone/UAV,
and this sorry excuse for a campaign.
Also, Photokina has announced that it will now be an annual show, rather than biennial. Glynn’s take is that this is out of desperation rather than “We’ve got sooooo much to show you”.

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January 28, 2018

Episode 393 – We’re back!

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Glynn had an ‘interesting’ month while we were gone.
But I did actually manage to get out and do a photoshoot with Teigan Clarke (who I’ve shot with a couple of times before).
See the images on Facebook or via my website.

There was the interesting and slightly amusing story of the 22 y.o. “social influencer” who wanted hotel accommodation in exchange for some of that “exposure” stuff.

Carl wrote to tell us about the GoMovi, a film-maker’s gimbal for your smartphone,
and to share this “Best of” post from Scott Kelby, in which Scott shares some of his favourite guests from 2017. Some very interesting reading there.

Rob Coates picked up the story of the unlucky Australian landscape photographer who was struck by lightning whilst hiking in King’s Canyon in the Northern Territory. Sadly, the all-too-common practise of carrying his tripod over his shoulder during a thunderstorm proved fatal.

Glynn found the Aurora Variable GND filter, but isn’t quite convinced of its utility. In their defence, it IS marketed as a hard transition filter. Perhaps a truly graduated version will come later?

Glynn also came up with this list of links of all the best photo products announced at CES2018

Um… yeah.
Apparently, that was it.

Also, anyone living in, or visiting Melbourne… Glynn recommends you get along and check out Artvo at Docklands. Clever paintings allow you to stand ‘inside’ them, have your photo taken, and appear in an almost 3D world!
Here are some pics of Glynn’s kiddos…

Jen Loong

Jen Loong – Founder, WanderSnap

And to wrap up, I had a chat with Jen Loong, photographer and entrepreneur behind WanderSnap, a platform which looks to unite non-photographers-on-holiday with local photographers.
Check out what Jen is doing: WanderSnap | Her Instagram | Her personal site


December 17, 2017

Episode 392 – Another one bites the dust

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This week, another year is done!
On the darktable front, Hell froze over!

“darktable-for-windows: we finally ported darktable to Windows and intend to support it in the future. At the moment it’s still lacking a few features (for example there is not printing support), has a few limitations (tethering requires special drivers to be installed) and comes with its own set of bugs.
But overall we are confident that it’s quite usable already and hope you will enjoy it. A very special thanks goes to Peter Budai who finally convinced us to agree to the port and who did most of the work.”

Carl sent us the story of Beth Moon who spent a staggering 14 years capturing stunning images of the world’s oldest trees,
and a link to this unofficial Lightroom to Instagram Export plugin.

Rob Coates told us about the guy in Tasmania who is selling his amazing collection of over 1300 (!) cameras, dating as far back as 1870!.

Adam pointed us toward the Isolite modifier system, which lets you relight your photo in post,
the “artist” who stole the photos he used in a public art installation, even though he was paid $15,000 to commission it!
And the news that Lytro has shut down its Light Field photo sharing website.

Glynn told us about the website dedicated to helping you find your pilfered images around the web… and how THAT website was, itself, copied and infringed.
Also, Prynt is offering a subscription to their printer/paper service, where you can have an unlimited number of prints every month! Europe/US only, so far.
Adobe is showing off its next iteration of smart subject selection. Coming to a version of Photoshop soon.
Have a great Festive Season one and all, and we’ll catch ya late January!

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November 26, 2017

Episode 391 – Fainting models

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This week, Glynn brings us up to speed on the, shall we say “interesting”, Cradle Mountain weekend workshop.

Adam sent us the story of the camera battery exploding at Orlando airport,
the story of a scammer on facebook who conned lots of people,
and the guy who THOUGHT he’d receive a $30k bounty from a thankful DJI.

And Rob Coates sent us this rather disturbing story/image.

Glynn has also recently watched “Harry Benson: Shoot First” on Netflix and found it thoroughly enjoyable.
BTW, that link is for the Aussie Netflix site. If anyone wants to send me a link for other markets, I’m happy to include those here.

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November 12, 2017

Episode 390 – Back, and gone again

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This week, Glynn fills us in on his India trip,
Steve Fels wrote in about my previous comments regarding ND filters, flash, and outdoor shooting,
Rob Coates mentioned, in a none-too-flattering style, Arsenal (which I’m sure we’ve covered before),
Glynn also found a new camera in Kickstarter project, Reflex Camera,
and David Marland followed up on the DxO acquisition of Nik Software.

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October 29, 2017

Episode 389 – Adobe… what tha?

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This week, David Marland joins me in Glynn’s absence.
Rob Coates sent us this link to some of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year images for 2017,
and this story about an Australian couple whose raunchy wedding photo got ALL foreigners banned from shooting at a monestary in Greece.

Adam sent in this story about a reckless drone pilot crashing his drone into a small passenger aircraft in Canada.
Then there was this guy who decided that his Sony A7 didn’t REALLY need an optical viewfinder.
And the story I’ve been seeing the most this week…. DxO buys Nik from Google, and will continue development!

David Marland is scratching his head over Adobe’s bizarre marketing moves, particularly as they relate to naming the new versions of LR and PS.
But if you’re still struggling, the Lightroom Queen has a bit more to say.

This one is quite time-sensitive. Book publisher, Rocky Nook is donating all profits of book sales to victims of the recent (October 2017) Northern California bushfires.
Offer ends Oct 29.
To participate you only need to do two things:
Apply coupon code NORCAL during the checkout process.
More info here.

Sony has just announced the a7r iii.

Adobe is working on ‘Deep Fill’ (to possibly supplant Content aware fill somewhere down the track).

Lee Filters has announced reverse ND filters for sunrises and sunsets.
In the podcast, I mentioned Hoya as a brand I thought might have been in the market earlier, but a quick search on Google would suggest a number of other players. Formatt HiTech, Singh Ray, NISI, etc

And the US Government is urging international airlines to ban cameras in checked luggage. Let’s hope the airlines ignore them.

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October 15, 2017

Episode 388 – The way more professional intro

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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

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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

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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

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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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