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April 2, 2017

Episode 369 – Metering with flash

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

The quote of the week goes to the guy at Circular Quay in the t-shirt which read:
“If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional, just wait till you hire an amateur.”
Nice one! Certainly applies to photography.

Is Instagram shadow-banning business accounts? This article at petapixel would suggest so.

Dave King wrote in to ask about monitor calibration. Glynn suggest the Spyder 3 system, Dave.

Frank wrote to use about last week’s discussion on travel backup plans. He mentioned the Kingston 5-in-1 mobile companion.
But amazon tells me there’s a newer version here.
Reg Vardy also weighed in on facebook, saying that he bought the Jaycar OTG Hub and card reader dock for $25.
Through the week, I picked up an OTG USB hub and card reader from Ebay, but initial testing has proved to be a bit hit-and-miss. Maybe the massive $15 I spent on it should have warned me. Testing shall continue.

Adam shared these stories:
The photographer who creates realistic locations for miniature photography on a budget,
The School of Visual Arts YouTube Channel is Full of Amazing Photo Lectures,
I Was Paid to be a Camera Tester, And I Think They Actually Listened,
and New free cactus firmware update lets you get TTL and HSS with almost every camera and flash brand.

Glynn finally got around to answering a question or 6 from Steve in Belfast about metering with flash. A lengthy discussion ensued. During that discussion, you’ll hear me make the claim that the relationship between Guide Number and ISO is not linear. But Glynn shot me down on that point. Here is a discussion about that relationship which seems to support my view. I’ll leave it to those who’ve spent more brain cycles on the question to figure out who was right.

Glynn also mentions a forthcoming show on the ABC called Star Gazing Live, with Brian Cox and Julia Zamiro.
If you’ve ever wanted to fly a drone UAV in an exotic location, but can’t afford to go there yourself, then cape.com might just be your thing!
And if you’d like some nicely shot images on which to practise your post-processing skills, then WeSaturate might just be your ticket.
Glynn also wanted to mention the Bubble Bokeh of this lens on kickstarter. They’ve had a pretty successful round of capital-raising by the looks of things!
And dpreview has a gallery of sample images from the new Tamron 70-200. As you can imagine, Glynn was mightily impressed!

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March 26, 2017

Episode 368 – Guest : David Marland

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This week, David Marland steps in, in Glynn’s absence.
You know that iconic iceberg composite image? Well, love it or hate it, it has earned its creator over $900k in royalties!

Sony’s digital ND filter looks interesting. David is not sure about trying to ‘draw’ it on the screen of your camera, though. Might just agree with him on that.
Here’s a promo video for it.
Remember the Skypixel comp we mentioned last episode? William Long (aka Photo Watch Dog) gives it a caning for its over-reaching t’s and c’s.

Adam pointed us at Ted Forbes’ youtube channel, The Art of Photography, and specifically, this video about Why Gear Doesn’t Matter,
and Olympus is killing off its 4/3 lenses.

Steve Peters (and a bunch of other sources) told us about Google’s latest work…. jpeg’s that are 35% smaller with no deterioration in quality.

David Kembrey sent us this little chuckle-fest on how to piss off a photographer.

Rob Coates sent in the story of a Tasmanian geologist who helped classify a new type of cloud, all because of his untouched photos!

And David, like me, has some travel coming up later in the year, and is in the process of looking for a lightweight solution for managing large quantities of RAW files on the road.
One device he’s been looking at is an OTG adaptor from Lava Computer. Here are a couple of videos demonstrating its benefits… video 1 | video 2

It looks pretty good, but I don’t mind carrying something just slightly more bulky in order to save some bucks, so I’ve just ordered one of these thingies from Ebay.
When it arrives, I’ll let you know how it performs.

Also, forgot to mention on the podcast, but Bruce is now on Instagram. User name is audio2u, for those who are interested.

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March 19, 2017

No podcast this week

Filed under: Blog — Bruce Williams @ 12:00

If you are on Facebook, you will no doubt have seen that sad news that Glynn’s dad passed away on Friday.
I’m fairly certain I speak for all of us when I say our thoughts are with Glynn and his family right now.
As a consequence, there is no podcast this week.


March 12, 2017

Episode 367 – Glynn’s new toy

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This week, an interesting personal photography project… the Under-horse project. Yep, it’s as weird as it sounds!
There’s a bunch of photos which are (allegedly) NOT Photoshopped… although we’re not entirely convinced.
Lightroom… are you doing LR wrong? This blog post covers the image-management side of things quite nicely, for those who thought LR was JUST for processing.
A video/inforgraphic about the state of the camera industry in 2016.
And after going and having a look at it, I’m quite impressed with Affinity Photo. Thanks Peter!

Steve, Adam and Glynn all added this story to the list for this episode. Popular Photography (magazine) and its website, PopPhoto are no more.

Steve Peters sent us this link to a great Broncolor lighting tutorial, with heaps of great sample images,
11 photography books that new students must read,
and why photographers don’t get modern art.

Adam shared this video of Laowa’s weird macro lens in action,
along with this story about helicopter blades and camera frame rate syncronisation, which it seems EVERYBODY shared on social media this week!
The story behind the action photo that won Red Bull Illume,
another big camera store, Showcase (Atlanta, Ga) goes under,
and Hollywood’s greatest trick.

Carl brought us the story of the guys who wanted to create a “Google street view”-style image for underwater!

Glynn has a new toy! The new Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 VC G2 lens.
Skypixel is running a competition called “Australia from Above”. First prize is almost $27,000 worth of UAV/drone kit! Get into it!
He was also amused by some of the selfie-drone comments here.
4 basic lighting principles worth knowing,
and the guy who turned a Sony compact digital camera into a digital back for his old Nikon film SLR!

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March 5, 2017

Episode 366 – Glynn leads off

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This week, the Godox Wistro looks like a handy little pocket-sized flash to have in your kit.
One of the spots I’m heading to on my European vacation is Portimao in Portugal. The sea caves look like a photographer’s dream location!
The video about the drug overdose story is here.
Peter Sambell wrote to ask our opinions or knowledge of Affinity Photo, which seems like a competent replacement for Photoshop for those who, like me, are sceptical of Adobe’s pricing policies.
Adam shared this story about photo-sharing sites, and how and why the bots are beating you.
This simple web tool helps you find your ideal lens.
Art Wolfe wants to edit your RAW files for you!
Tony White shared this story about how this image of some strawberries is the new “blue dress”,
and some amazing images from Sony’s 2017 World Photography Awards.
Glynn likes the look of the new Elinchrom ELB1200… a Quadra on steroids.
After Beyonce was ably assisted by 300 synchronised drones UAV’s at the Superb Owl show, a Chinese company has gone one better with a fleet of 1000 drones flying together!

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February 26, 2017

Episode 365 – No time for idle chit chat!

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This week,
there’s new Sigma Art lenses on the way, including a damned sexy looking 135/1.8!
Fancy developing film in the comfort of your own home? Maybe you need the Lab-Box.
If you enjoy good design, the show “Abstract” on Netflix might be worth your time.
And for some very skilled drone-piloting, check out this video!

Adam told us about some new Canon bodies and lens,
but things aren’t quite as rosy at Nikon. The stock took a dive after a disastrous 2016.
Such a rough year that they have decided not to go ahead with the release of their DL line of cameras.
Feeling a bit adventurous on the solder and programming front? Why not try your hand at building an Arduino-based timelapse controller?
Two artists built a camera from 32,000 drinking straws,
and there’s the story of Oskar Barnack, inventor of the Leica camera.

Steve Peters sent us this story on photography, sensor size and pixel peeping.

David Marland thought this might be of interest to travellers.

Rob Coates sent us this link to the World Press Photo of the Year galleries for 2016.

Rakesh reminded us of Snappr.

Glynn had this link about Nikon’s woes,
here in Australia, the Digital Show is no more,
19 tips for shooting better portraits,
a Melbourne film lab has made some funky art out of depleted film cannisters,
RawTherapee gets an update,
and there’s the BTS video from his last shoot.

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February 19, 2017

No podcast this week

Filed under: Blog — Bruce Williams @ 14:39

Sorry all. Glynn’s blaming his “trouble and strife” for him not putting in an appearance this week.
I think he’s just slacking on it, though. 🙂


February 12, 2017

Episode 364 – Aperture test

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

This week, Bruce has been testing his lenses, and Glynn is bored by that.
Triggertrap is shutting up shop.
If you’re a fan of the product though, you should jump over to their online store and grab yourself a cable or two, as they’ve all been reduced in price.
Adam also submitted this story with this link.
Steve Peters sent us this story about lens sharpness, and why we needn’t obsess over it.
Also, how the internet is killing your photography,
10 great compact cameras for travelling, although Glynn takes issue with at least one of them,
and a nice piece of comedy which is worth 5 minutes of your time.
Tony White sent us the piece on how you wouldn’t ask a plumber to work for “exposure”.
And Adam sent in the story about LG’s 5k monitors not playing nicely in the vicinity of wi-fi routers,
and a piece on how HDR video production is becoming a big thing.

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February 5, 2017

Blame it on Bruce

Filed under: Blog — Bruce Williams @ 12:00

No, not me. The OTHER Bruce.
Glynn’s best mate, Adam… y’know, the guy who travels all over the world to see Springsteen play? Yeah well, he had tickets to see Bruce in Melbourne on Thursday night and his baby sitter cancelled at the last minute.
And that of course, meant that Uncle Glynn had to step up, didn’t it?
And that in turn meant…. no podcast this week.
Catch ya next week…. but only if I DON’T manage to score tickets to the Thursday show in Sydney! Mwahahaha! 🙂


January 29, 2017

Episode 363 – Now I’m the one without power

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

This week, the Trump inauguration and the gigapixel image thereof,
Do you need a photography website? This guy says yes,
Liquid mountains in the Great Lakes,
Getting it right in camera,
Chase Jarvis shares 10 things you must learn,
the ten year old who surfed right over the top of a great white shark without realising it,
and Carl brought the Grids App to our attention. Instagrammers who would like to upload from the desktop, rejoice!
And this is the image from Borneo that I was talking about.


January 22, 2017

Episode 362 – Happy new year!

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

Happy new year!
This week, again… back up your data!
I’ve now fully embraced Linux and darktable.
The Guardian brought us its take on the best photos of 2016,
Celebrities reveal their public and private personas in intimate double-portraits,
Amazon Europe ‘click and bait’ practices,
Kodak is bringing back Ektachrome slide film,
and there’s Glynn and Malcolm’s article!
Adam told us about Harvard putting its photography classes online for free,
and Hasselblad gets acquired by DJI.
There’s hours of fun with excuses for photographers,
Czech company Edelkrone brings us the QuickRelease One,
and beware of Gameface Media.
Tony White warned us of the dangers of flashing the peace sign,
Steve Peters (and Adam) told us about the Lily Drone; dead despite $34 million in pre-orders.
David Jones highlighted this useless kickstarter campaign.
Glynn found a photography video series called ‘Wanderlust‘ on youtube that is published 3 times a week! Somebody is busy!
Canon awarded the 3rd highest number of patents in 2016,
and Adobe is preparing for voice-controlled photoshop.
How about a solar-powered timelapse camera?
Or this?

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December 18, 2016

Episode 361 – A short, sweet farewell

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This week, a short and sweet episode to take out the year.
Glynn chats about Myanmar.
I was surprised to learn that a Sony a99ii prototype had a 24MP sensor.
Adam told us about Relonch, a $99/month subscription service which in my opinion, won’t be around for long. Let’s see.
Carl has gone all Winston Churchill on us, with a recommendation to watch (from 1:03:00) Scott Kelby on “The Grid”,
and a warning about 3rd party lens adaptors: in particular, Fotodiox’s Nikon to Sony Adapter which has apparently killed a couple of a6xxx series cameras.
Have a wonderful Christmas everyone, and a safe and happy new year!
We’re taking a month off, and the next episode should be released Jan 22, 2017!

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December 11, 2016

Episode 360 – Guest: Doug Coleman

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

This week, I’m joined by Doug Coleman, of Pixelsculptures.
We chat about shooting with models, and going on random road trips.
Doug has also, over the last 18 months, guided Susan MacNeill on her photographic journey, taking her from complete noobie to multi-award-winner.
We talked about trying to shoot (as in, photograph… obviously!) wedge-tailed eagles out on the Nullabor Plain. Here’s the image I mentioned, both in it’s processed version, and SOOC.

Eagle - straight out of camera
Eagle - processed and cropped

Adam sent us the story of the guy who needed to shoot for 14 days in the Himalayas without access to AC power. For under $50, he built a very handy solar-powered recharge kit.
And then there was the guy who decided he needed a camera the same size and shape as a Russian-built Ural truck! Check out his story here.
The petapixel link Adam supplied is here.
Then there was the guy who thought his camera was beyond repair… until he went to Thailand.
And the student whose iPhone 6s photo made the finals of a NatGeo photo competition.
David Kembrey sent us this story on Steve Parish’s blog on choosing a DSLR.
Steve Peters sent in the story about the cutbacks happening at GoPro.
Rob Coates told us about the crazy money someone dropped to say they owned the oldest working camera in the world.
Carl Hemmings sent in a story about scanning film in bulk,
as well as the blog post from Matt Kloskowski on why he switched from Nikon to Sony.

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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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