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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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March 17, 2013

Shutters Inc – episode 213

Filed under: Blog,Borneo,Digital Playground,Les Walkling,Podcast,Shutters Inc — Bruce Williams @ 12:00

This week, in honour of the Facebook page reaching 100 ‘likers’, we’re giving you this episode FREE! 🙂

Les Walkling joins us for a chat about both monitor and printer profiles. Les’ technical papers on Monitor Profiling and Softproofing are at:
There are many other papers and information here.
Also, the ND5 The Story so Far tour is in Sydney on Sunday 7th April at the Maritime Museum Theatre in Darling Harbour.
Plus, Les will be speaking at the following PMA Photoshop Seminars and Workshops:

Friday 15 March – Evening Seminar
Saturday 16 March – One Day Workshop
Friday 22 March – Evening Seminar
Saturday 23 March – One Day Workshop
Friday 25 March – Evening Seminar
Saturday 26 March – One Day Workshop

Glynn advised that the one lens he would choose if he was stranded on a desert island  was his 18-270 Tamron AND his 90mm (I don’t think he gets the idea of which ONE lens would you take!).

If you’d like to pick up some photography work in Banff, Canada during the middle of 2013, contact Lisa Otto at Banff photography and tell her Glynn sent ya!

Glynn also mention the Digital Playground Show (part of the Vivid Festival) coming up soon in Sydney.
Make the most of your modern digital lifestyle by developing your passion for photography. From the unique vantage point of the Overseas Passenger Terminal with stunning views out to the Sydney Harbour foreshore and the Sydney Opera House, there will be exciting exhibits, talks, workshops and pop-up events sponsored by top technology and lifestyle brands throughout the weekend of May 31-June 2.

We also spoke more about my forthcoming trip to Borneo. Being unsure of how much access I’ll have to AC power, Glynn suggested looking into backpack-mounted solar panels for trickle charging throughout the day.
Glynn also shared some tips to getting your roller-style camera bag onto the plane with a minimum of fuss.

Ad finally, National Geographic is celebrating their 125th anniversary with some photos from the archives,


June 3, 2012

Shutters Inc – episode 202

This week, I caught up with Lorna Andrikopoulos from Instinctive Desires, just after the Digital Show and AIPP Awards (aka PMA) was held in Melbourne.
We chatted about the state of the industry, and the changing world of marketing.

Then, I had a chat with Taleah Baird, who has set up a page on Facebook called Pose Project Management, the aim of which is to bring together photographers, models, make up artists and stylists to work collaboratively on visual projects. It’s a great concept, and one which appears to be taking off really well for her.

After this episode was recorded, Adobe released the v4.1 update to Lightroom which now includes the ability to work with 32 bit HDR images.

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June 27, 2011

Shutters Inc – episode 179

Filed under: PMA,Podcast,Shutters Inc,trade show — Bruce Williams @ 12:47

Another year, another PMA trade show!
Over the weekend, I attended the PMA trade show in Sydney and spoke with some of the vendors who were in attendance.
This year, I made a point of trying to talk with some vendors who were not in the mainstream; the types of vendors who might have not received the same level of attention as the big, bright flashy stands of the industry’s major players.

Happy Feet – Simon Harper

Instinctive Desires – Lee Andrikopolous

Nushots – Nathan Muller

Photomerchant – Derek Clapham and Kain Tietzel

GE Digital Cameras – Stewart Pickersgill

Professional Photographers Insurance Brokers – Stuart Marr

Heartfelt – Gavin Blue

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June 19, 2011

Shutters Inc – episode 178

Filed under: di magazine,Phillip Andrews,PMA,Podcast,Shutters Inc,trade show — Bruce Williams @ 12:00

This week, we catch up with Phillip Andrews and hear about some of the exciting things his company is doing in the crossover space between photography and iPads,
plus we also catch up with Paul Curtis from the PMA to talk about what to expect from this year’s show, which happens next weekend at Sydney’s Darling Harbour Convention Centre. Don’t forget to pre-register to avoid the $20 entry fee.


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October 3, 2010

Shutters Inc – episode 167

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

This week, we’re joined by John Swainston from Maxwell Australia, who has just returned from Cologne, Germany where he was exhibiting at Photokina 2010.

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June 7, 2010

Shutters Inc – episode 158

Filed under: PMA,trade show — Bruce Williams @ 7:34

This week, we catch up with just some of the vendors from the PMA Digital Life Expo in Melbourne.

Ben Halcomb
Tim Gledhill
Lil Jolly
Vicky Singh
Frank Hokestra
Lisa Forrest
Matt Dole
Chris McLeod
Bill Baird
Chris Moore
Nick Segger
Professor Des Crawley
John Swainston
Phillip Andrews
Clyde Rodrigues
Robert Gatto
Lindsay Merritt
Joshua Velling
Lee Jefferies

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May 30, 2010

Shutters Inc – episode 157

Filed under: PMA,Shutters Inc,trade show — Bruce Williams @ 12:01

This week, Paul Curtis from the Photo Marketing Accosication pops in for a chat prior to the Digital Life Expo, which will be held in Melbourne the weekend of 5-6 June, 2010.
Some of the things to see will be:
3D devies,
the iPad,
the CPW stand,
the photo judging and gallery.
Also, remember that if you pre-register here, you’ll save yourself the $20 entry fee!

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May 16, 2010

Shutters Inc – episode 155

This week, Shelton talks about the week-long workshop that CPW recently conducted in New Zealand,
we talk some more about the histogram,
Sydney meetup #4,
discuss the meaning of “chromatic aberration”,
have a laugh at the guy who didn’t really know what SI was all about,
celebrate Nathan Muller’s fantastic achievement,
discuss a couple of old movies, Tron and The Red Violin,
talk about the upcoming PMA trade show in Melbourne,
dinner in Melbourne,
photo judging,
copyright issues (Shelton mentions an article in better photography magazine),
and Bruce shares his thoughts on photographing dogs.

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April 25, 2010

Shutters Inc – episode 153

This week, on the eve of Shelton and company flying off to Noo Zooland,
we announce the winner of the Wacom competition,
Richard Annable explains how not only lenses see things differently, but cameras do too,
can you trust your on-camera LCD?,
Jason Paige gave us some info about the RAW linear/logarithmic question from last episode (from the book Real World Camera Raw with Adobe Photoshop CS5 by Bruce Frasier and Jeff Schewe),
and Greg Anderson sent us a wrap up of what he experienced at last month’s NAB trade show in Las Vegas.

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Erin King’s winning entry…

Erin King
Erin’s retouch notes:
“Hi guys, here’s my entry. All worked with the mouse!

What I did to get the result…

1 – Got rid of the purple aberration in the eyes because it offended me.

2 – Copied the image onto a new layer and performed some serious
anti-wrinkle/shadows/pore reduction skin surgery using a mixture of the
healing and patch tools and the cloning tool. I liked the laugh lines
around her eyes so didn’t play with those much at all. I called this my
surgery layer.

3 – On a new layer I selected a colour that was close to the median skin
tone and, on a very low opacity/flow, painted over the T-zone areas on
her forehead with the brush tool just to dull the shine a bit and then
merged that with my surgery layer.

I thought she looked pretty good after that. Could have left it there
but didn’t (because I am the PS junkie). I wanted to even out her skin
tone a bit more so…

4 – I selected her skin by going to Select – Select Colour and used the
plus (+) eyedropper tool on different parts of her face until just about
all of her skin was selected (ie, white).

5 – I copied this selection onto a new layer and then deleted all the
unnecessary parts like her arms, her sons (?) face, her eyes and
eyebrows, hair, etc, until just the mask of her face was on the layer.
I then duplicated this layer and hid the duplication for the time being.

6 – I then blurred the first skin layer using the Surface Blur filter,
boosting the blur settings until the skin tone was fairly even across
the face. I hit ok with that filter and then pulled the opacity down on
that blurred layer so it wasn’t so extreme.

7 – With the duplicated skin layer, I ran the High Pass filter to bring
back some of the contrast, pores and natural shadows to the face. I set
this layer to Soft Light blend mode and then I played with the opacity
until it wasn’t as extreme and the skin texture was even (to my eye).

8 – I duplicated the surgery layer and merged that with the soften and
highpass layers so it was all the same layer.

So by this stage I had three layers; the original untouched layer, my
surgery layer and my soften/highpass layer. Could have left it there
but considering the model is a mature-aged woman, and I’d virtually
wiped out all signs of life experience from her face, I decided to pull
the effect back a fair bit. Had she been much younger, I would have
called it finished at this point and moved onto the general image

9 – I pulled the opacity of the soften/highpass layer down to about 70%
and disabled the surgery layer altogether.

As a result, the wrinkles and shadows have been significantly softened
but not erased completely, the skin texture still exists and she looks
like the lovely mature woman that she is without looking “aged” and
haggard (by comparision with the original photo).

The last few effects I added was boosting overall colour and lightness,
sharpness and definition and adding the dreaded vignette.

Not sure if you needed all that but thought I’d include it anyway.
Happy to send the PSD files if you’re curious.


and Jason Paige’s infamous effort…
Jason Paige
Jason’s retouch notes:
“I have been trying to master the art of retouching for a few years now. I have been contemplating buying one of these tablets hoping that it will help with the results.
You will see from my submission that my retouching needs as much help as I can possibly get.
The more I seem to retouch things the worse they seem to become.
However I do think this makes for a great family photo.
Jason Paige”

See these, along with the rest of the submissions here.

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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February 16, 2010

Shutters Inc – episode 147

We’re getting this one out early for the benefit of the U.S. listeners!
Shelton and Glynn are off to LA for the PMA trade show,
Bruce now has his new (old) 20mm wide angle lens, and is lovin’ it! Facebook users can check out some early shots here,
Nodal Ninja panoramic heads,
the Emerging nymph shoot (Facebook photos here, or on Shelton’s blog here),
using off-camera flash (and you can get into the wireless fun on the cheap, thanks to ebay).
and how NOT to keep a secret!

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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!

June 29, 2009

Homage to Nikon

Filed under: Nikon,PMA,Shutters Inc,trade show — Bruce Williams @ 11:29

This is scary stuff people… watch it at your own risk!

Shutters Inc – episode 131

Filed under: PMA,Podcast,Shutters Inc,trade show — Bruce Williams @ 7:30

What happens when 4 guys, 3 pizzas, 2 bottles of red, and one mega trade show reach their ultimate destination?
You probably DON’T want to know…. but if you do, then this is your podcast!
Shelton Muller, Nathan Muller, Richard Annable and myself sat down for a chat (after the PMA Imaging Technology Show wrapped up) to talk about life, the universe and everything.

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