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December 4, 2016

Episode 359 – Guest : Darren Purbrick

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This week, Darren Purbrick drops in to talk colour management.
Peter Lindbergh has just shot the 2017 Pirelli Calendar. Check out the preview here.
16 top photographers share the best advice they’ve ever received.
Rakesh Shah sent us this TED talk about Stephen Wilkes’ interesting technique for capturing a whole day in one image.
Adam told us about how the Chronos high-speed camera hit its crowdfunding goal in record time,
111 portrait looks with different lights and modifiers,
3D print your own lens,
and the latest in the Highsmith vs Getty lawsuit.
Steve Peters told us about the German Photographer who sued Facebook and won.
Rob Coates sent me an audio commentary on ep 358,
and we wrap it up with David Marland’s book review of “The Film Photography Handbook“.
Also, apologies for the incorrect track # in last week’s mp3 file. That’s been fixed now.

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November 27, 2016

Episode 358 – Guest: Craig Wetjen

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This week, Craig Wetjen joins me for a chat about shooting the moon, the stars and people.
He threw me this link as a starting point for moon photography.
And here are his couple of images from the supermoon this past week.


I came across these cinemagraphs by Julien Douvier (which I suspect we may have covered once before?).
And for a trip down memory lane, check out Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential Images of All Time“.
David Marland came up with something a little out of the ordinary (for this podcast, anyway).
Adam found the Spray Printer,
and Elton John’s photo collection.

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November 20, 2016

Episode 357 – Gear for travelling

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This week, one of the best 2016 Supermoon photos,
although Malcolm Fackender did a pretty bang up job with his, too!
Official White House photographer Pete Souza’s favourite photos of Obama,
How the BBC shot the iguana chase scene,
and the cheating wife caught by drone.
Carl likes the look of the Nikon D5600.
Adam sent us the video of the SLR Camera being sliced in half by a 60,000 PSI waterjet,
and the news that Affinity Photo is now available as a free beta on Windows.

Google has been busy this week, with an update to the Photos app,
plus two new pieces of software:
Photo scan (here’s a video to watch),
and software designed for smooth upsizing of low-res images called RAISR.
Glynn is intrigued by how different portrait prizes are judged.
And no lens? No problem! Hitachi is working on a lens-less camera!
And David Marland reviews “When photography really works” by Val Williams.
Grab it on Amazon here.

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November 13, 2016

Episode 356 – Lots of tours

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This week, Glynn’s got lots of tours in the planning,
Adobe announcs GST to be added to Australian customers’ invoices as of December 1, 2016.
I came across this guy trying to sell photo paper on Ebay… and failing.
David Marland sent us down a rabbit hole of home made cameras.
There was the pinhole camera from driftwood,
and a replica Leica M3 made of paper,
which was inspired by a Czechoslovakian pinhole paper camera of the 70’s.
Of course, with Glynn’s Dory-like attention span, that led us off to another project… the Lego camera.
Tony White sent us this video of Adobe’s Jason Levine going all “hair metal” during a keynote.
Seems GoPro should be renamed GoD’oh! as the Karma drone/UAV gets recalled. There is also specualtion that the company is pretty soon going to bleed dry.
Glynn found an article on dynamic range, which he had no interest in at all, but thought that I might. Analysis next episode!
There was also the amateur astronomer who trekked 60,000 miles around the globe, shot 37,000 images, and then compiled a 360 degree scrollable/zoomable panorama of the night sky! Clearly, an underachiever! 🙂
Here’s the story, and here’s the image.

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November 6, 2016

Episode 355 – The un-named episode

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This week, in no particular order…
Congrats once more to Mike Hollman on being awarded the top gong for architectural photography at the Siena Awards in Italy.
Glynn told us about the Dragonfly camera array,
the S.P.U.D., a pop-up 24” display you can take anywhere,
Adorama TV’s Next Top Photographer,
a Nikon review for Carl,
a fairly nasty review of the GoPro Karma,
and Microsoft’s Surface Studio.
There’s a docu coming to cinemas and iToons on December 9 of this year called “Harry Benson : Shoot First”. Check out the trailer here.
Looking for some image making/manipulating/cataloging/etc software? The ultimate software list ought to help you out!
David Kembrey told us about Loupedeck, a hardware controller for Lightroom.
Tony White brought us the skinny on GearEye, a system for cataloging all your gear so you know where it is at all times.
David Marland’s book review cover two books this week:
“Photography: A Concise History”,
and “Photography: The Definitive Visual History”.

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October 30, 2016

Episode 354 – Glynn, no. Wheels, yes.

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This week, the Kodak Ektra smartphone,
Adam told us about the Chronos 1.4, a home-built high speed camera capable of 21,650fps for just $2,500.
David Marland, who is joining me in Glynn’s absence, brought us images from the Landscape photographer of the Year,
and the Wildlife Photographer of the Year.
Also, the selfie craze that most likely qualifies as the silliest thing so far this year,
and a book review of “The Great Life Photographers“. Forget about what I said on the podcast… here’s the Amazon link which is a lot less bothersome!

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October 23, 2016

Episode 353 – Now with chapter markers

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This week, Glynn talks the Isuzu D-Max shoot.
Tony White told us about Luminar, a new “Lightroom-for-dummies” RAW converter,
and alerted us to Keegan, your online photo coach.
Rakesh shared the video of light travelling through water in ultra-slo-mo.
Adam Davidson and David Marland both wrote in regarding the chilled Nikon D5500.
Yeah, I know the article said “cooled”…. 🙂
David Marland then went on to discuss other astro-photography options, including the “pay more, get less” option of the ATIK4000.
David then reviews another book for us. This week, it’s The Weekend Photographer.
Rob Coates took us to task over our inability to spot sarcasm. Well played, good sir.
Glynn, trying to make ammends with Carl Hemmings offered up Nikon’s new 19mm tilt shift lens.
He’s looking into more portable storage options for travelling, including the Flashporter,
and the gnarbox.
Note: As I’m writing up these show notes, the gnarbox site appears to be down. Hopefully, that’s only a temporary thing.
Finally, you can shoot like Ansel Adams!
And for those who need to get their camera airborne, check our the DJI Mavic.

WARNING – Technical discussion ahead!

This week’s episode title refers to the fact that this mp3 file has been embedded with chapter markers.
This is a little-known and under-utilised extension of the ID3 v2.3 tag specification.
If you are using a podcast client which correctly reads the tags, you will be able to not only see the chapters, but jump directly to that section of the mp3. Pretty cool, huh?
I don’t know how many podcast clients support the feature, but the one I’m using on my phone (‘Podcast and Radio Addict’ on Android) certainly does.
Let me know if this works for you, or if you experience any downside because of this added feature. There shouldn’t be any downside, though. Players which don’t support the tags should simply ignore them and play as per usual.

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October 9, 2016

Episode 352 – Snake bites and plane crashes

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This week, Sony’s 101MP sensor is 1.7x size of a 35mm sensor! Nice.
It was also discussed at dpreview.
The LensBaby 3-in-1 lens for mirrorless.
The photographer who was bitten by a black mamba… and got the shot.
Rakesh wrote to tell us about his failed attempt to scan some Australian currency and photoshop his mate’s face onto it.

Hi Bruce
I think you will be suitably impressed – I was going to do a image overlay of a friends’ face on the new $5 note This was the image I was going to use
And take a look at the message that Adobe came up with (attached)
That’s pretty impressive! I checked the metadata in lightroom and couldn’t see any copyright against it – so it must scan every image as it comes in!

Naughty naughty!

 

Rob Coates wrote in; I suspect looking for a free pass to buy a new camera.
Adam sent us this link to a video of a great handheld steadycam,
and the story of this DIY slit-scan medium format camera.

Tony White told us about Booko, a site for comparing book and DVD prices,
and this video about On1’s RAW software.

Grant Black is pretty chuffed with his Lexar Image Rescue 5 software. Hopefully Grant, you’ll never need it again! 🙂

Glynn liked this portfolio of Pokemon player portraits.
Somebody decided to do a comparison between the Leica M9 and Iphone 7. We’re not sure WHY, nor why you would do it in the rain?
He also liked this portfolio of miniature scenes created and shot to look life-sized.
The photographer in question has his own site here.
Missing Scene, mise-en-scene. We don’t know how to pronounce it, but the story is here!
Also, for anyone who might be toying with the idea of going on one of Glynn’s photo tours, he’s generously just knocked US$500 off the Myanmar trip in November. Grab the details here and “get amongst it”!


October 2, 2016

Episode 351 – Men and their sheds

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This week, Snapchat is getting into the Augmented Reality arena with spectacles.
Carl sent us the link to this Aaron Grimes travel video shot in New Zealand.
Rob Coates liked this indiegogo campaign for a ratchet strap-type tripod.
Adam sent us the story about 2800 people lighting up a 19 storey building using speedlights and torches.
Glynn told us about Olympus and their 6.5 stops of image stabilisation,
this cool method for controlling window light spill,
and could Google’s latest technology mean the end of the need for hashtags?
He also came across a wedding full of dogs,
and this rather meta photograph of people watching Jaws whilst floating in a pool.

Craig Wetjen
I then caught up with Craig Wetjen to chat about his “Men and their sheds” project.
You can find Craig in the following spots:
His photography business website,
his personal Facebook page,
his business Facebook page,
or buy the book at Booktopia or Book Depository.
And David Marland talks about “Ansel Adams – 400 photographs”, which you can find at amazon.


September 25, 2016

Episode 350 – The not-so-lost art of Pictorialism

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This week, David Marland leads off with his book review of “A World History of Photography” by Natalie Rosen. Find it on Amazon here.
Leigh Diprose (on FB) and Adam (on our wall) both linked to the new monster from Fujifilm,
and William Long (on FB) posted a story about how Ansel Adams had a blind spot for Pictorialism.
Adobe announced an update to Lightroom this week, which now aloows you to work with smart previews (low res versions) even when the original raw files are present.
The camera announcement at Photokina which most caught my attention (of course) was the Sony a99ii.
Here are some links: preview video | dpreview | popphoto
Sony also announced a collaboration with ProFoto on the forthcoming AirRemote TTL-S system, due early 2017.

David Kembrey put himself front and centre with some photos to critique.


A former work colleague of mine, Luke Gemmill, reached out looking for some volunteer photographers to shoot some action stuff involving cars, and stunt drivers.

For upcoming performances for this year and next, I am looking to invite, half decent amateur photographers / videographers who want to be into our inner sanctum for the love of photography not money, to shoot “action shots” of our cars and drivers while we perform. Photographers would capture high-speed drifts, handbrake turns, hair raising head to head crossovers and the cars being driven on two wheels.
Our next major show is Royal Geelong Show. We will be performing three shows on Friday 14th October 2016 and Saturday 15th October 2016 – afternoon, evening and night performances.
We also have a show on Wednesday 5th October 2016 in Pinnaroo, SA – but I doubt I will find any photographers out that way.

What we can offer the photographer/s:
· Credit for any photos published – high chance of photos being ran on websites, social media, posters, in newspapers, in magazines etc etc

· Free access to the show

· I’ll buy them lunch / dinner

· Might be able to take them for a ride in one of the cars on another performance day

If this sounds like something you’d be happy to be a part of, give Luke a yell.
You can find him on Facebook here.

Adam was interested in Canon’s new 70-300 zoom,
and shared this story about the risks of taking your camera to Burning Man!
Darren Pubrick asked about accounting software and retouching for business-minded photographers.
The software I used to use was Accomplish Cash Manager, which I found very easy to pick up and use.
Unlike Banklink.
Mike Hollman posted to his Facebook feed through the week, this post about images of storms, as taken from the cockpit of an airliner.
Steve Peters had a go at Glynn about pricing of camera hardware between different international markets.

Okay I am going to take Glynn to task over his recent comments over the pricing of the Canon 5d MkIV.
The RRP in Australia is $5699.00 deducting GST this is $5180.91 which is about US$3886.26.
B&H are selling the MKIV for US$3,499 which in Australian dollars is $4,664.65, after adding GST this gives a total price of $5131.08 and this is not taking into account any freight, insurance and that you have no Australian warranty and need an adaptor for the battery charger.
Currently I have found two Australian retailers who have the MKIV at $4,988, so Australian retailers are very competitive in their pricing. To demonstrate this further I look at Canon’s other cameras here in Australia and Compared to B&H.
AUS $ US $ Conversion Inc GST
Canon 6d $1,698.00 $1,499.00 $1,998.37 $2,198.21
Canon7D 2 $1,999.00 $1,499.00 $1,998.37 $2,198.21
Canon 5D 3 $2,998.00 $2,499.00 $3,331.51 $3,664.66
You will note that after accounting for GST we compete very well. If you are a Business then you will of course be able to deduct the GST so it becomes irrelevant.
More importantly I think Canon have decided to move the price point of what is often considered a professional camera given there is a many other Prosumer cameras in their range. Will I buy a MkIV? Not at this point in time. Does it worry me? No. If I was a professional would I buy one? Yes it’s a tax deduction after all.
On a side note the UK price for the MK IV is £3,599.00 about AUS$4,658.00 but then they do have a 20% VAT.

Carl posted a link to this video about a field test of the Nikon D5.
And HE had a go at Glynn as well, about Glynn’s gushing over the Tamron 115mm f1.4 lens, but being less enthused for Nikon’s 105mm 1.4 offering.
David Marland sent me this video link just before we started recording, hence why I hadn’t had a chance to watch it. Facebook | Youtube
Glynn was intrigued by a Photokina story about a 3D printing photobooth. Sadly, he couldn’t find the link, and instead, came up with THIS one from 2014.
If you DO happen to find a link to the one Glynn mentioned, let me know.
He also found lighting kits for drones!
SanDisk has announced the world’s first 1Tb SDXC card.
He also sent me a link to the GoPro Karma drone UAV, but I don’t think he talked about it.


September 18, 2016

Episode 349 – That’s not a photo!

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This week, the world said goodbye to Greta Friedman. You might not know her name, but it’s almost a certainty that you’ve seen her before!
Last week, after the announcement of the winner of the Australian Photographer of the Year Award, Ken Duncan had a bit of a rant about what the Awards really do (or DON’T) represent:

As an honorary life member of the AIPP I am concerned about the regulations and judging criteria of their Photo Awards after seeing the results from this years competition.
Congratulations to Lisa Saad for winning the 2016 Australian Professional Photographer Awards with a series of illustrations.
With no disrespect to Lisa who is obviously a very talented person I just personally don’t get it. How these illustration could be considered photographs as lovely as judges may think they are.
The word Photography comes from the Greek words Photos: Light and Graphos: Drawing so photography is ‘drawing with light’.
This illustration and the others from the series have little to do with reflected light but more about creation by manipulating and creating pixels.
I believe the AIPP have lost their way with the APPA awards as they seem to be hijacked by manipulators. Now I don’t have a problem with post processing to a degree but when it gets to to point of having no connection to reality it then enters the world of illustration. If this trend is going to continue unchallenged and not looked at then may be the awards should really be renamed. The initials obviously no longer stand for the Australian Professional Photography Awards so maybe they really need to call them what they have become the ‘Australian Professional Photoshop Awards’.

But Peter Eastway and Rocco Ancora sat down to discuss the other side of the coin.

Tony White sent us stories about Adobe’s clothing line,
the latest in the continuing Getty lawsuit saga,
Fuji’s claims about XT2 orders exceeding expectations sound a little like marketing overkill to us,
and the working photographer mum (sorry…. ‘mom’).

Glynn came across an app called Old View,
and a suspended dolly-like contraption called Slingshot.
And crazy as it might sound, we are now in the age of 3D printed cameras,
and first-person glasses which allow you to see the world in front of you, as well as what your drone UAV is seeing.
He also came across this video by Fritz Liedtke about shooting portraits with a LensBaby.
And if you think YOUR photography is under-appreciated, spare a thought for this Belarus-based photographer.

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September 11, 2016

Episode 348 – Get in the sidecar!

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This week, as my exploration into the world of Linux continues, I discovered an option in Lightroom which is turned OFF by default. But switching it on provides the ability to transfer my RAW files to Linux with metadata (keywords and all) in tact! Woohoo!
This is done on a “per-catalogue” basis, so if you use mutliple catalogues like I do, you will need to activate it for each one.
Here’s a video from Julianne Kost to guide you through it.

Hasselblad has just announced the world’s first 50MP mirrorless body.
With an impending Sony announcement, I speculate (given that the big H uses Sony’s sensors) on whether or not similar specs will appear in the much-rumoured A99 A-mount sucessor.

Luc Moreau chimed in, via the comments on the last episode’s show notes:

“Glad to hear you discovered Darktable. that’s what I use since some time and I love it. For Mac users there’s also a package ready to use. You’ll probably find out that the XMP files don’t import to other programs I’m afraid. If you persue this make sure you get the latest versions from the PPA unless Mint already provides them.

Still listening… For Panoramas you have to install hugin and a simple script. Google it that’s how I found it ??
For Import from Lightroom there might be something but that’s a problem I don’t have so I never researched it”

Thanks Luc!

Greg H also came back to me via the comments:

“Thanks for sharing the drone information on the show. Also, I just ordered the landscape photographer of the year book – collection 8 for $9 on Amazon. Other years are $45.”

Good score!

Steve Peters shared a couple of stories with us. The first, on why we should take photos that others hate.
And one about Why Film Photography is Horrible.

Tony White sent us this story, outlining a performance evaluation between the different versions of Lightroom. Glynn was mesmerised!

Back from his U.S. jaunt, Glynn heard from Doug Gimsey, who happened to pick up a gong from Australian Geographic. Congrats Doug!
The image was one he had had kicking around in his mind for a while, and he asked for Glynn’s help in bringing it to fruition.

Glynn also came across this NASA video (which I’m pretty sure we’ve featured in the past…. could be wrong) showing Venus transiting in front of the sun. A reat example of using different objects to depict scale and size.

He’s also pretty hot under the collar for the new Tamron 150-600mm zoom.
And while they were at it, Tamron announced a couple of new teleconverters.
AND lodged a patent for a 115mm 1.4! That sounds sweet!

Plus, if you are interested in learning LOTS of photography stuff, check out this free University course.

And in his book review, David Marland covers C.J. Chilvers’ “A Lesser Photographer: Escaping The Gear Trap To Focus On What Matters”. You can grab it as a $5 e-book from Craft and Vision.

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August 28, 2016

Episode 346 – Gimme more bits!

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This week, Steve Peters once again steps in to keep Glynn’s chair warm.
We’ve got a photographer who says we should “Stop selling prints“.
A rumour on the Sony Alpha Rumours site suggests that Sony might be considering 16 bit uncompressed RAW somewhere down the line.
David Marland pops in with a deceptive book review.
Steve found and liked the idea of a DIY string tripod.
We talked about the idea of taking photos at a funeral.
A rogue drone struck a car on the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Of ocurse, how could we avoid the news of the impending release of the Canon 5Dmk iv?
Carl shared the link to the video from FroKnowsPhoto.
Adam pointed us to a blog post on the difference in how photographers see a scene vs how non-photographers see that same scene.
Plus an interesting video about the history of film stock, and the way it did (or did not) render skin tones.

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August 21, 2016

Episode 345 – The RAW conundrum…. sorted

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

This week, Walt Kippenhuck, David Kirkpatrick and myself all weigh in on the RAW file conundrum, and I’m content with what I’ve learned.
Tony White told us about Excire, a plugin for Lightroom which fills in metadata based on image recognition. Despite my assertion on the podcast that I would look forward to trying it out, I have since realised that it is MacOS only. That’s it…. they’re off my Christmas card list!
Steve Peters shared the writings of Dylan Goldby on the tyranny of the travel photographer.
I came across this story on Popular Photography about the portraiture of Gregory Heilser, which had a couple of great tips for the aspiring portrait photographer.
Peter Sambell wrote in about Glynn’s critique of my last shoot, and to share the story of some amazing (and award-winning) drone photography.
Carl shared this list of the biggest mistakes each camera manufacturer has made.
I mentioned the Sony Alpha Rumours site.
David Marland pops in for another book review, this time: “Galen Rowell – A Retrospective”.
Pick it up from Amazon, or from Galen’s Mountain Light site.

Cait Breslin

Cait Breslin, COO/Co-founder of localaventura.com

Then, I chat with Cait Breslin, Chief Operating Officer and Co-founder of LocalAventura. If you’re considering a holiday/tour anywhere in Latin America, they will hook you up with local guides who are passionate and knowlegable about your area of interest.
And as Cait said, they will happily spend 30 minutes discussing your plans, even if you don’t end up going with them, just because they want you to arrive prepared. Hit ’em up here!

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August 14, 2016

Episode 344 – With apologies to Glynn

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

This week, we revisit the conundrum of RAW file sizes at different ISO ratings,
Oppo’s Selfie Expert phone,
Can’t or don’t want to fork out $300 for Plotograph?
Never mind. There’s a Photoshop Action that gets close to the same result.
Those photos from the Olympics? They go from “click” to “publish” in just 2 minutes!
Glynn found a Top 7 List that isn’t crap.
And could we be about to witness the end of F-Stop camera bags? This article suggests as much.
I came across the jaw-dropping, slobber-filled dog photography of Kaylee Greer.
To save you searching for the white dog image, it’s here.
Adam advises us that Getty is on the wrong end of a SECOND law suit, claiming Getty’s unlawful ownership claims.
And David Marland pops in with another book review!

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