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February 5, 2017

Blame it on Bruce

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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

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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!

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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

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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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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.

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