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May 12, 2013

Shutters Inc – episode 221

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

This week, Glynn is paying the price for trying to relive his glory days,
he’s also running a competition this month at CPW,
we asked what gear you are lusting after,
which led to a discussion about David Oakley’s latest acquisition, a Sigma 120-300mm/f2.8 lens, which would be on MY list if it was only available in a Sony mount(!),
check out this great series of videos from George Eastman House on the history of photographic development techniques,
Lightroom is coming to an iPad near you, according to Tom Hogarty at Adobe,
the big news of the week was Adobe’s announcement of going subscription-only (no more boxed software),
if you have questions about Creative Cloud, check this out,
different Creative Commons licensing options for photographers,
why you should definitely keep shooting personal projects,
and we’d like to know what technique do you wish you knew (or knew better) in Photoshop?

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April 28, 2013

Shutters Inc – episode 219

Filed under: Digital Playground,Photographer's Ephemeris,Podcast,Shutters Inc — Bruce Williams @ 12:00

This week, a post-shoot discussion of the weekend trip out to Trundle,
Glynn ran a Natural Light Workshop through the week which yielded more than he normally bargains for,
the Flect D.I.Y. window-reflection-eliminator,
the forthcoming Sigma 18-35/f1.8 zoom lens,
the X-rite colour challenge,
the Australian Story episode, “Proof of Life”,
Glynn will be MC-ing a Digital Playground session or two at Vivid in Sydney,
how the paparazzi feel when the cameras are pointed at them,
and striking the balance between your photography and your family.

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May 12, 2012

Shutters Inc – episode 201

A couple of weeks ago, I saw this post and it got me thinking about why I (we?) hang on to every image we take. Perhaps as the title suggests, we should ‘keep the best, delete the rest’.

Blake Bodycote asked about backup solutions for his laptop-based Lightroom catalogue.
My suggestions included:

Backup online using any one of a multitude of free ‘drive’ sites like:

Use a paid online backup service like:

And if nothing else, maybe save jpeg copies to an online site?

I mention the absolutely crap-o-matic quality of film scanning at Big W,

plus, spending a day at a Joe McNally workshop.

Links:

 

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April 22, 2012

Shutters Inc – episode 200

Filed under: Lightroom 4,Podcast,Shutters Inc — Bruce Williams @ 12:00

Wow, 200 episodes!
This week, a great post on being true to your own vision, and why the journey of your photography career is a lot like a bus route,
(unfortunately, it appears that this link is already broken, even before I get this episode up, so it’s a good thing I summarised the theory in the podcast!),
Susan Menis wrote in to congratulate me on the milestone (thanks, Susan),
Kain Tietzel is moving from iPhoto to LR and now has to tackle the daunting task of setting up good workflow practices for 12,000+ images (good luck with that, mate!).
So, I look at some basics of database management within Lightroom, including
* where to set up your catalogues,
* whether to use one or multiple catalogues,
* and heirachial keyword topographies.
Nathan Chilton also gave us another Lightroom tip, in the form of how to sync the images from a ‘one shoot, multiple cameras’ scenario AFTER the fact. His description of the process is here.
Which led me to share an idea I’d had on how to make sure you COULD get all photos in sync later on.
A quick note that I’ll be away on holidays next week, so there won’t be a podcast next week.
Cheers!

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March 11, 2012

Shutters Inc – episode 197

This week, an e-mail from Landon Michaelson regarding panoramic heads. Landon likes his Nodal Ninja 5.
Also, an e-mail from Ernie Barrett asking about dead and/or stuck pixels, and about cleaning options for lenses. I personally love my LensPen Sensorklear Loupe Kit.

A post-shoot conversation with Chris led to the question “should models get hi-res images if they’ve been paid for the shoot”. Isn’t that like double-dipping?

Sydney Photographer’s Meetup #22 went off without a hitch…. once we moved it to an indoor shoot! The theme was Bonnie and Clyde.
Meetup #23 is in the planning stages right now. It’s going to be a Black Friday shoot (13th April @ Dragon Image in Artarmon, for anyone who’d like to join us), with a theme along the lines of “Fortune Teller/European Gypsy”. Should be fun! If you’d like to be part of it, join the group on Facebook.

The next Focus on Business will also be held at Dragon Image this Tuesday (13th March) between 18:00-21:00.
This month, Lorna is addressing “online and social media marketing”. This will be interesting indeed!
If you are interested in attending, head over to Instinctive Desires and book yourself a place!

In case you’ve been living under a rock this week, Adobe’s Lightroom 4 is now out!
You can try it out, fully featured, for 30 days before you buy.

And if you need a little bit of help with your newly downloaded Lightroom 4, why not check out Chris Orwig’s “Lightroom 4 New Features” course over at lynda.com?
Or for those of you who prefer Capture NX2 (over Adobe Camera Raw) for your RAW conversions, lynda.com has just released a new course from Ben Long: “Capture NX2 Essential Training“.

And if all that wasn’t enough… a tease for next week!

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January 22, 2012

Shutters Inc – episode 193

Filed under: Business,Lightroom 4,Podcast,Portrait,Shutters Inc,Sue Bryce — Bruce Williams @ 12:00

What a way to bring in the new year!
Last week, Adobe announced the public beta of Lightroom v4.
Grab it here!
Plus, we are joined by Australian Portrait Photographer of the Year, Sue Bryce.
Sue shares some valuable insights on how she approaches portrait photography.
Check out her blog or her website.


September 5, 2010

Shutters Inc – episode 164

This week, I’m joined by long time SI listener, and multi-published author, Mike Hollman.

Mike offered to call me on skype to discuss my tourism shoot next week, as he has done quite a few gigs along these lines.
Rather than just keep all that info for myself, I asked if Mike would mind if we made it an episode of the podcast, as I felt there might be some good info there for other photographers.

Also mentioned in this episode, the Photographer’s Ephemeris.

Check out some of Mike’s stunning landscape work at mikehollman.com

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August 15, 2010

Shutters Inc – episode 162

This week, we give you 50% more!
Phillip Andrews (professional photographer, Better Photoshop Techniques magazine publisher, and Adobe Ambassador) joins us for a chat about:
the differences between Photoshop CS5 and Lightroom 3,
his new Photoshop CS5 Essential Skills book, which SI listeners can buy at a 20% discount using the code ‘pa123’,


the Visible Light seminars touring Australia over the coming months,


and the new Photoshop CS5 custom panel which SI listeners can download for free using the code ‘freepanel’.
Then, Phillip and Shelton go into a discussion about getting it right in camera,
and we round out the episode with a brief mention of Bruce’s recent good news (more detail next episode).

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June 20, 2010

Shutters Inc – episode 159

With Shelton still in South Africa covering the World Cup, and with Adobe having just released Lightroom 3 out into the wild, I thought it might be a good time to get Philip Andrews back on the line for a chat.
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May 2, 2010

Shutters Inc – episode 154

This week, we’re joined by professional photographer, Adobe Ambassador (Photoshop, Lightroom), Co-Editor of Better Photoshop Techniques magazine, and internationally published author, Phillip Andrews.
Phil pops in for a chat about Adobe’s Creative Suite 5, and some of the new features of Photoshop CS5, Lightroom 3 and Adobe Camera Raw 6.
Plus he mentioned these crazy guys who strap a DSLR/video camera to a remote control helicopter!

Want a 40% discount on a subscription to either Better Photoshop Techniques magazine, or to the Photoshop Elements website?
Trust me… ya do!
Head over to either site, place your order, and enter the promo code ‘siplistener’ at check out for a 40% discount!

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April 18, 2010

Shutters Inc – episode 152

This week, Bruce’s holiday, in which I played with some more off-camera flash,
DIY lighting,
Shelton discovers the benefits of blogging, with Kodak asking him to travel to South Africa to shoot/video/blog the World Cup,
Richard Annable alerts us to the potential dangers of beta software,
the Adobe CS5 launch,
content-aware fill in Photoshop CS5,
creating your own presets (rather than using those that ship with your software),
exposing to the left/right of the histogram,
the season finale of House shot entirely on a Canon 5D mk11,
and your last chance to have a crack at the photo retouching competition in order to win yourself a Wacom Intuos 4 graphics tablet!

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April 4, 2010

Shutters Inc – episode 151

This week, want to win yourself the Wacom Intuos 4 graphics tablet? Details at the end of this post.
The kill date for Lightroom 3 Beta 2 is officially June 30, 2010.
Erin King loves her old graphics tablet,
Mark Loader chimed in with his thoughts on 3rd party lenses, to which Shelton agreed,
Ray Medina reminds us that the Gigapan pano robot goes on sale this month according to Engadget,
Bruce’s impromptu shoot for ARN Solutions,
dealing with spur-of-the-moment stuff,
Sydney meetup #3 (the tram shed shoot)… facebook pics here, blog post coming soon,
Shelton’s shoot with Sophie in a boxing ring,
models and their “look”,
Shelton’s wedding photography DVD on sale now through CPW,
and Flashwave triggers!

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OK, so you want to know how you could win the Wacom Intuos 4 graphics tablet, huh?

Grab yourself this image (9MB, RAW) (36MB, TIF) and retouch it to the best of your ability.
A couple of rules:
a) You must only use your mouse. If you currently own a tablet, you must not use it for this competition. We’re relying on your honesty in this respect.
b) No cropping. Retouch only.

Once you’ve retouched it, resize it to 500 pixels WIDE, and resample to 72 dpi.
Once you’ve done that, send it here.
Shelton and Bruce will judge the entries received.
Deadline to submit an entry is midday (AEST) Monday 19th April, 2010.
Winner will be announced in the next podcast produced after 19th April.
Good luck!


March 28, 2010

Shutters Inc – episode 150

This week, Bruce speaks with Leo and Linda from Wacom Australia about the range of Wacom Intuos graphics tablets, and why every photographer can benefit from one.
Then, Shelton talks about HIS perceptions of a graphics tablet,
we talk about the CPW Advanced Flash Workshop in Melbourne,
working with light modifiers like the Honl grids and snoots,
Bruce is inspired by one of Joe McNally’s quotes,
Lightroom 3 Beta 2 is out now*,
plus we need YOUR help to giveaway a Wacom Intuos 4 graphics tablet.

* After recording, I found out that no, LR3B2 does NOT import LR2 catalogues.

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March 14, 2010

Shutters Inc – episode 149

This week, just a chat as we catch up with Shelton post-Los Angeles.
Turns out, the “creative photo workshop” is an idea whose time has come.
Shelton talks about all the aspects of the trip, including the Venice Beach shoot.
Last week, I was given an Intuos4 graphics tablet by the nice folks at Wacom here in Australia. I’d never used one before, but having now done some photo retouching with one, I don’t think I could go back to photo manipulation with a mouse ever again!
Oh, and it’s pronounced Wah-com, not Way-com!
Shelton is looking into some of the plugins from Nik Software, including Viveza.
And he’s changed his mind on camera straps, after having been given a Black Rapid R-Strap whilst in LA.
He also discovered Hoodman loupes while he was at PMA.

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December 6, 2009

Shutters Inc – episode 141

We’re baaaack!
Finally (after the death of my soundcard last week and the subsequent purachase of a new card which is SUPPOSED to be the successor to the card I had, but which has LESS features… grrrrrr!), we managed to hook up this week to catch up on all that has happened in both our lives over the last 6 weeks.
Shelton talks about India, the 4 day workshop in Brisbane, and the Creative Photo Workshop world tour planned for 2010, including visiting Los Angeles for the PMA trade show in February.
Also, Bruce’s photography career is slowly ramping up.
Info on the Bruce Williams Photography 2010 calendars, and the 5MP/Shutters Inc New Year party.
And no, I still haven’t forgotten about the HonlPhoto giveaway. In fact, this is discussed in the podcast. It may have to wait until the new year…. but it WILL happen!

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