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May 5, 2013

Shutters Inc – episode 220

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

This week, Glynn enjoyed watching a couple of 5 year olds do a photoshoot,
Rakesh Shah introduced us to the idea of Geo-fencing,
The Sydney Photographer’s Meetup group will be doing Meetup #27 on Saturday 1st June from around 17:30-21:00.
We discuss focus issues at wide apertures,
From the Facebook Q+A, Susan Menis is missing images from her memory card and was looking for assistance,
David Clark wanted advice on flash for small group portraiture (which led Glynn to mention the Pocketbox set from Westcott/Erin Manning),
and Liam Walsh wanted to know how to identify the sweet spot of your lens. Liam, check out Cambridge in Colour… they have some awesome technical writings there which might shine some light on the subject for you… see what I did there? 🙂
Bruce does an awful job of describing a workflow for Lightroom culling, (update: Where I went wrong was setting the ‘sort order’, when what I should have done was to set the view filter to ‘attribute’ and choose only to view ‘picked’ images),
Glynn pranked us with his Ilford black and white CF cards,
The U.K. Government passed the Instagram Act, which should be a concern to our English listeners,
and we finish the podcast with a minute of silence to honour the announcement this week that Hasselblad are calling it quits for their 503 medium format film camera.

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April 21, 2013

Shutters Inc – episode 218

This week, Skype issues led to us having to record wth Glynn on his mobile phone.
Glynn is VERY happy with his Mosaic photobook, and would order more of them if it weren’t for the horrendous cost of international shipping (the boon of the Australian consumer!).
During the week, I saw a funny thread on the Light Stalking page on Facebook regarding what should be the appropriate collective noun for photographers,
Following on from last week’s soft launch, we have continued the idea of having questions posed to us via the Shutters Inc Facebook page while we’re actually recording.
This week, we had 3 questions from Richard Ingram, concerning quoting for commercial jobs, quoting for wedding work, and the conundrum of choosing a business name.
Keen to hear your thoughts on this method of Q+A. Is it worth pursuing, or does the 6 day turnaround kill its usefullness (given that we record on Tuesday night and the podcast goes live on Sunday)?
This week saw the announcing of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize winners, with the category of “Feature photography” going to a Javier Manzano image of two Syrian soldiers.
Glynn thought some of the categories for the prizes demanded a “Witty Photography Category” competition. Give us your suggestions!
We ponder the quesiton of why DSLR’s can’t give us shutter speeds slower than 30 seconds? How hard could it be to have options for 1min, 2min, 4min, 8min and so forth right out to an hour?
And finally, the growing move toward brides and grooms asking for a social media blackout on their wedding day. Glynn and I are in agreement on this… we think it’s a great idea!

And btw, has anyone else noticed the weirdness currently going on with Facebook’s displaying of comments?
Look at the following image, and check out the time stamps. The time stamps are actually representative of the times each comment was made, but what is with the ORDER???? Looks like Neo broke the Matrix again!

 

Facebook is bending time!

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July 15, 2012

Shutters Inc – episode 205

Filed under: alpha 850,D700,focus modes,Nikon,Podcast,Shutters Inc,Sony,Sydney meetup — Bruce Williams @ 12:00

This week, Carl Hemmings wrote back about the 51 (not 52!) focus points on the Nikon DSLR’s.

Last weekend’s Sydney meetup #25 (Hell on Wheels) was a great success. The thing that really struck me (which I shall file away for future reference) was the need to be really aware of placement when using flash to supplement an ‘apparent’ light source within the frame (in this case, a campfire).

And I’m keen to hear from those of you with 10-stop ND filters. Do you ever notice a colour shift in the final images? I am, and I don’t know if it’s a defective filter, a (not so) cheap-and-nasty filter, or if this is the way 10-stop filters are in general.

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April 15, 2012

Shutters Inc – episode 199

Filed under: 700si,film,Minolta,model release form,Podcast,Shutters Inc,Sydney meetup — Bruce Williams @ 12:00

This week, an apology for my ‘facebook fail’.
The reason there’s been no podcast for the last 3 weeks is because I was once again involved in photographing and videoing Sound Business Plan for ARN up at Hayman Island.
Sounds cushy, I know, but it was intense work.
The nest Sydney Meetup (#23 – Black Friday) will have already happened by the time you read this. We’re shooting a ‘European gypsy/fortune teller’-themed shoot.
And just because I don’t cram enough stuff (and stress) into my life, I’ve been out and bought a roll of 200iso Kodak film and a battery for my old Minolta 700si. At this meetup, I will be (or ‘was’?) shooting digital AND film simultaneously. Can’t wait to see if the difference is as noticable as everyone suggests.
Carl Hemmings sent me a link to a Peter Hurley video, where he discusses posing techniques, specifically for the head. I CANNOT RECOMMEND THIS VIDEO ENOUGH! Allocate 15mins of your day and watch this (if, like me, you need help with posing your subjects). Awesome tips.
Adobe Reader 10.2 for Android and iOS is out now and allows for text markup and signing of pdf’s directly on your tablet/phablet/phone. Very excited about this. Custom digital model release forms, here we come!
Also, I’m hoping to get hold of Shelton for ep #200. Watch this space.
And speaking of Shelton, he and Glynn have just passed the 20,000 fans/friends mark on Facebook for Creative Photo Workshops! Well done, fellas!

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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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February 26, 2012

Shutters Inc – episode 196

This week, we learn that Joe McNally is set to tour to Australia and New Zealand this year!
Let me know if you’re interested in attending the Sydney workshop, as I’m hoping to be able to secure a group discount. No guarantees of course, but let me know if you’re up for it!

Two weeks ago, Chris Belyea and myself, along with model Desiree (of Meetup #15 fame) hired Think Studio for 4 hours to do a glamour shoot.
It was great to be able to take the time to finesse a shot, and experiment with light.
Some of my shots from the shoot can be seen here.
Personally, I really like the last one!

“Slow Bruce” finally discovers something that should have come to him long ago, regarding panoramas, pivot points, and paralax errors.
For the technophiles, read the wikipedia article on parallax errors.
Or for the lounge lizards, check out some youtube vids on same!

Next Friday is Meetup #22 – ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ here in Sydney.
Still looking for a couple more photographers …and a venue!
Sing out if you would like to be involved in any way.

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February 12, 2012

Shutters Inc – episode 195

This week, I speak with Gavin Blue from Heartfelt.
Gavin talks about what the service does, and how the biggest challenge they face is spreading the word so that people actually know that Heartfelt exists!
I highly commend them for their work and urge everyone to  do their own little bit to help spread the word.
Stick up a status message on Facebook for a couple of hours, tweet about it, whatever works for you.

I also received an e-mail from Blake who made use of the black card technique, along with using a couple of ND filters so he could shoot 30 seconds directly into the sun!
Check out his image here.

Lorna’s next “Focus on Business” meeting (the first for 2012) is on this coming Tuesday at Dragon Image in Artarmon. If you are a Sydney-based photographer wanting to get the business side of your photography business on track, this is a must-attend event!

And the next Sydney Photographer’s meetup is to be held on Friday March 2nd. This month’s theme is Bonnie and Clyde. Venue still to be announced. Details on the Facebook event page.

Thanks in advance!


December 18, 2011

Shutters Inc – episode 192

Filed under: 2012 calendar,New Zealand,Podcast,Shutters Inc,Sydney meetup,Travel — Bruce Williams @ 12:00

This week, I caught up with Lorna after the final Sydney ‘Focus on Business’ meeting for 2011.
We discussed break-ins,
insurance,
the FOB series of meetings moving into the Adelaide (South Australia) and Newcastle (New South Wales) markets in 2012 (!),
the New Zealand holiday,
lens lust,
the January Sydney group shoot,
BWP calendars,
and the Barrington Tops meetup in November.
Have a merry Christmas one and all!
Talk to you in the new year!


August 29, 2010

Shutters Inc – episode 163

This week, Bruce is flying solo.
Just a couple of quick things to cover…
How I landed the Outback NSW Tourism gig,
This week’s Sydney Meetup #8 (the film noir shoot),
Day 1 of Visible Light,
and the interesting research being done at Microsoft (of all places) to remove camera-shake from your mobile phone pics.