Shutters Inc.


Some recent listener feedback


Firstly let me start with reference to something that Bruce had mentioned, I think in episode 137.
You were quite concerned with the audio quality that you were able to present to listeners from the portable recorder used at Echuca, the audio on that episode was fine.
I have recently dabbled with other podcasts, and have since canceled all of the downloads except Shutters Inc.
Bruce the quality of the audio delivered by you leaves all others far behind, keep up the good work.
Thanks for the great pod casts not only in the information passed on but also the technical quality.
Mark Chapman

I know you have a core group of listeners who comment regularly, but the rest of us are out here listing to the show and even though we don't correspond with you regularly, don't think we don't appreciate all of the time and effort you two put into the program.
Love the Show, Keep up the great work!
John

Bruce, thank you for putting together such a great podcast.
In fact the sound quality is better than some of the daytime radio shows that I hear.
I know putting a show of this caliber is not a simple task, however I must say that other podcast don't have anything on this one.
Also thank you for asking Shelton those spontaneous questions that keep him alert during the podcast.
Sometimes you ask him the exact same question that I would of ask of him and the great thing about this interaction is that I get my answer in almost "Real Time".
Again thank you for the heads up and for giving so much to our photographic community.
Carlos Rivera

Great job with the wedding series guys!
I knew when I asked Shelton about wedding shoots, as I had one coming up, he would deliver the goods.
I had no idea, however, it would result in such a great series of episodes, offering priceless information.
Typical of "the Guru Tigger Muller", the listeners are getting a veritable GOLD MINE of practical tips.
More importantly, I'm confident the listeners (as I am) really appreciate how you are giving us those extra little 'secrects' that we would rarely get from any other pro--I am seriously grateful.
I also wanted to thanks Bruce for his very timely and appropriate questions he often presents to Shelton.
A lot of co-hosts get in the habit of no-substance "filler" questions, just to keep the conversation rolling (beware of dead air!!), but this does not describe you Bruce.
I often feel that you are representing me, the common joe, in your questions.
You, my friend, are definitely an integral part of not only the production of the show, but also its content.
Once again, keep it up, the show started at a high level of quality right from episode one and you have both more than brought your "A game" for every one!
Canada loves Shutters Inc.!
Walt

I just wanted to drop you a note to say thank you and well done on your recent wedding podcast series.
I'm not quite to the place yet that I would want to try a wedding, but everything you talked about was very well thought out and inspirational.
I'm a portrait photographer by nature and a lot of what you said makes sense for that as well.
I can tell by how you spoke about your wedding process that you truly do enjoy it and I'm sure it comes out in the final product as well.
Very well done and thanks for taking the time to put these last couple of episodes together.
As always, keep up the great shows.
Very inspirational to all of us.
Phil Peck


January 24, 2010

Shutters Inc – episode 145

This week, Bruce is excited about having potentially sold his first large format canvas print,
which led to a bit of a discussion about marketing ideas for limited edition fine art works,
tales of woe over how our listeners killed the server after the Joe McNally epiosde was released,
Joe’s video confession,
Bruce’s lens dilemma,
and getting together for a photowalk with your local fellow photographers.


January 17, 2010

No podcasts this week

Filed under: Building the Pod,Shutters Inc,Sine Language — Bruce Williams @ 16:03

And what a rip-snorter of a start to the year!
One week in, and already, I’m letting you down.
Sorry gang.
Shelton and I had plans to record, but something came up at his end.
And I did plan on recording a BTP, but hit a bit of a brick wall.
Grrr.


January 11, 2010

Manual downloading broken

Filed under: Building the Pod,Shutters Inc,Sine Language — Bruce Williams @ 6:37

Hi all,
There seems to be some issues with manual downloading of mp3 files at the moment.
I am aware of the issue, and will get it resolved asap.
Sorry for the inconvenience, folks.


January 10, 2010

Shutters Inc – episode 144

Filed under: !Podcasts,alpha 850,CPW,Joe McNally,Shutters Inc,Travel — Bruce Williams @ 12:00

Happy new year!
In the first ep for 2010, we talk about our cruise to New Caledonia and Vanuatu,
the new Creative Photo Workshops website,
My new Sony alpha 850,
the Sydney photographers are getting together monthly,
the 5MP/SI party in Melbourne,
and finally, our special guest interview.


December 16, 2009

HonlPhoto giveaway winners

Filed under: Dave Honl,Shutters Inc — Bruce Williams @ 11:10

A quick note to congratulate the winners of the David Honl lighting accessories giveaway.
There were some VERY good entries received, particularly given the short time frame allowed for creation of said literary masterpieces.
So, drum roll if you please…
The winners are:

Jeni Nagy, who wrote this little ditty:

I wanna Honl filter kit
Love it more than a little bit
Many things to pose and shoot
With Honl filters, strap and snoot
How I’d use them, couldn’t say
Beginner, me in every way
Give me a chance to try and see
Santa (Bruce) pick me, pick me

and Nathan Chilton wrote:

I wanna win the Honl photo accessory pack so that I can coin a new phrase: “Find the light and… put these on it!”
Because I’m trying to build my wedding/portrait business and I’ve received a message from beyond, saying that “If you gobo it, they will come”.

Nice one, Nathan!
Let me tell ya, peoples, it was very hard picking 2 winners.
There were some really good entires.
I’ll include a couple of ‘honourable mentions’ because they deserved it!

Jan Polland from Germany sent in this (which I REALLY liked, but it exceeded the 50 word limit. Rules is rules. Sorry Jan!)

Bruce: Why should you win one of the Honl prizes?
Jan: Wanna do more flash photography.
Bruce: Flash photography?
Jan: Snap snap, win win, flash flash, wink wink, nudge nugde, send to me, say no more?
Bruce: I’m afraid we don’t have enough sets to give away.
Jan: Oh….still. meeeeee ay? wihihihihiiiin, ay?
Bruce: Look…are you insinuating something?
Jan: Oh, no, no, no……..Yes!
Bruce: Well?
Jan: You’re a man of the world and….this is my address

Richard Annable got creative with his text layout which I thought was cool:

1 I
2 want
3 to
4 win
5 because
6 Shelton
7 doesn’t
8 pay
9 me
10 when
11 I
12 help
13 him
14 and
15 I
16 can’t
17 afford
18 to
19 buy
20 cool
21 stuff
22 like
23 this.
34 The
35 (expletive
36 deleted)
37 brings
38 me
39 along
40 to
41 flash
42 workshops
43 so
44 he
45 can
46 use
47 my
48 pocket
49 wizards!

Jim Rockwell certainly blew his 50 word limit, but got a chuckle none the less!

Good morning from Pennsylvania USA!  I know I should be more supportive
of the Shutters Inc listeners and be more of a team player. After all
there is no “I” in team, but there is one in wInner. Not to be selfish
but Jim Rockwell is the I in wInner (Well . . . maybe)!  Surely you can
agree with me (Oops, I should stop calling you Shirley).  I figure since
I did not get any of the fancy pins Richard was giving away, I should
have this instead. Right?

If that does not win it (cue violin music here),  I have been a loyal
listener for may years.  Each week I sell junk I find along the road to
support my photography habit and pay for electricity to download your
valuable podcast.  I have been considering selling an organ so I can
have enough money to join the 5MP group and just “fit in” with the other
more capable photographers.

If not that, how about this, if I do not win, I will fly to the west
coast in Feb and detain Shelton until I am awarded the prize.  Well,
that is a little drastic.  Maybe I will just report him to Homeland
Security and suggest that he be placed on the national watch list.

If none of that works, I will fly to Australia while you are on your
cruise and throw toilet paper in your trees.  I may even hide your trash
cans.  Then what will you do on trash day when you return home.

Besides, about a year ago I built a light tent out of pvc tubing and a
sheet with plans I found on the internet.  Sounds like this would help
greatly with that and other photography hobby projects.

William Ng from Canada played on the “12 days of Christmas” idea:

On the first day of Xmas, my true love will help me put on the Speed Strap (on my flash of course)
Second day, put on the Speed Snoot to take pics of turtle doves
Third day, switch to Speed Grid to take pics of chickens (no French hens around)
Fourth day, try the Autumn filters to take pics of any birds I can find outside
Fifth day, use color correction filters to take pics of five different gold rings
Sixth and seventh day, use color filters to take pics of sea gulls since all the geese and swans went hiding
Eighth and ninth day, use Hollywood filters to take pics of any ladies I can find (try not to get beaten up…)
Ninth day, use sampler filters on my kids playing legos (..sorry no pipers)
Tenth day, time to pack all the stuff back into the carrying bag

and finally, Mark Popish had this to say:

Sometimes people get a little blue around the holidays.  A couple of CTO filters could really warm things up.  In the states, it is winter.  Lastly, I saved some words to include my address as time is of the essence.

Thanks everyone for your prompt responses.
My only regret is that I couldn’t give you all a prize for your efforts!
Congratulations to Jeni and Nathan!


December 15, 2009

Shutters Inc – episode 143 (addendum)

Filed under: Shutters Inc — Bruce Williams @ 19:13

I should have also said “make sure you include your address when you e-mail, as I need to be able to pick the winners AND mail the stuff off tomorrow”.

So, if you have already sent me an e-mail, send me another one with your address (if you haven’t already included that information… thanks Richard, you’re good).

If you have yet to submit an entry, make sure you include your address!!

Shutters Inc – episode 143

Filed under: !Podcasts,Dave Honl,Shutters Inc — Bruce Williams @ 12:58

Surprise! Surprise! Surprise!
Yep, snuck one more in before the end of the year.
But it ain’t what you’re thinkin’, peoples!
DO NOT THINK TO YOURSELF “I’LL LISTEN TO THAT TOMORROW.”
You NEED to listen to this as soon as you see it in your feed.
Time is of the essence.
24 hour essence.
Go for it.


December 13, 2009

Shutters Inc – episode 142

Filed under: !Podcasts,Shutters Inc — Bruce Williams @ 12:23

This week, in the final episode for 2009,
we rave (again) about David Oakley,
I pose the question to Shelton “How do you stay in touch with ‘real world’ working conditions, when you run the risk of doing so much teaching that there’s no time for commercial work?”,
Shelton queries whether or not we sometimes overlook the potential joy of having captured a great image when it might have some technical shortcomings,
and we discuss the end of the world, just ’cause we can.


December 7, 2009

A bit of a win for UK photographers

Filed under: Shutters Inc — Bruce Williams @ 6:14

Seems the UK is the first to realise that photographers are being unfairly treated because of Anti-Terrorism laws.

Rather than me re-tell the whole story, you can read more here.


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!


November 21, 2009

The 5MP/Shutters Inc New Years Party

Filed under: 5 Minute Photographer,Shutters Inc — Bruce Williams @ 21:00

If you’d like to join us for the 5 Minute Photographer/Shutters Inc New Years party in Melbourne, here’s the deal.

Venue : Bell’s Hotel, South Melbourne
Date : Saturday January 2, 2010
Start time : 19:00 (Shudders Inc band… load in and soundcheck from 16:00)
Cost : AU$35 per head (this gives you a buffet meal comprising your choice of 3 hot meats, 3 cold meats, salads, pasta, bread and dessert. Drinks are NOT included.
Spouses: ARE welcome.
Children: Are, unfortunately, not welcome.
RSVP: Is not required, but PAYMENT is required up front (just so we can lock off the numbers and give the venue the time to prepare for the onslaught!). Deadline for said payment is Friday December 4th, 2009.
Accomodation: This will be up to you. As best as I can tell, Bell’s does not have any accomodation, but there are plenty of hotels within a 10 minute walk. Google is your friend. Or an even better friend might be either lastminute, or wotif (Thanks Kerry for the reminder).

If you’re happy with all of the above, then all ya have to do is click the button below.
Some people have however, expressed concerns over using PayPal.
If you would prefer to pay direct via internet banking, then please send me an e-mail, and I will forward my bank account details to you.



November 19, 2009

2010 calendars

Filed under: 2010 calendar,Building the Pod,Shutters Inc,Sine Language — Bruce Williams @ 21:45

Bruce Williams Photography is pleased to announce the arrival of the “2010 – It’s a wide wide wonderful world” calendar, professionally printed on 150gsm paper stock.

The calendar is available for purchase in limited quantities.

For more info, please visit Bruce Williams Photography.


November 16, 2009

Tumbleweeds and crickets

Filed under: Building the Pod,Shutters Inc,Sine Language — Bruce Williams @ 9:05

Hi one and all.
So, you’ve probably noticed that things have gone a little quiet round these parts, of late.
Has Bruce lost the momentum for podcasting?
Yeah, a little.
Is it all over?
Hell, no.
BTP and SL listeners, I will say this. I am unlikely to get another episode of either of these podcasts out until the new year.
My holidays commence 4 weeks from today, but in that period, I have sooo much on my plate, it’s not funny.
Notice I said “unlikely”. That doesn’t mean I “definitely won’t”. There is always the slight chance that I WILL find some time somewhere to get one of my audio-related podcasts recorded. But for now, assume that there won’t be one ’til early 2010, and if I do get one out before I leave on December 16th, well, it’ll just be an early Christmas present, won’t it?
As for Shutters Inc, I am looking forward to Shelton’s return just as much as the rest of you.
If you’re following him on Facebook, or his blog, then you’ll have already seen some of the awesome images he has been taking whilst there.
However, if I know Shelton, his first week back is going to be manic for him, and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if he doesn’t have time to record straight away.
But I do anticipate a new ep being out within the next couple of weeks.
So, that’s the state of play for now.
If I don’t speak with you again before Christmas, have a merry one (if that’s your thing).
I wish you all the very best for the new year, and thank all of you for your support over the last 12 months.
Oh, and SI listeners, no, I haven’t forgotten about the Honl giveaway!
Just waiting on the product to arrive!
Don’t want to get stung by giving away something we don’t have!
Long term listeners will remember the Gorillapod debacle of a couple of years ago.
We don’t want a repeat of THAT, now do we? :)


November 1, 2009

Shutters Inc – episode 140

Filed under: !Podcasts,7D,alpha 850,Dave Honl,Konica Minolta,Shutters Inc,Sony — Bruce Williams @ 12:00

This week, a verbal version of this blog post from earlier in the week regarding the Konica Minolta and Sony alpha850.

Then, a couple of very special guests:

Dave Honl, strobist extrordinaire and creator of the Honl light modifiers, and his actress wife, Claudia Christian.

There is going to be a giveaway alongside this episode.

Dave has generously given us a copy of his 2 DVD set “Light” to giveaway, along with a “starter pack” of HonlPhoto accessories!

Watch this space!


October 28, 2009

The more things change…

Filed under: 7D,alpha 850,Konica Minolta,Shutters Inc,Sony — Bruce Williams @ 9:26

As listeners to Shutters Inc would be aware, I have been salivating of late over Sony’s alpha 850.
My reasons for considering the upgrade are these:
At the 2 workshops I’ve attended (the weekend in Echuca, and the wedding workshop in Melbourne), I have stood shoulder to shoulder with photographers who own cameras less than 12 months old. We have taken the same shots, using almost identical exposure settings, and when you compare the image on the back of my 7D with the images displayed on the backs of some of these newer cameras, the difference has been like chalk and cheese.
So, I had convinced myself that my 7D was getting a bit long in the tooth, that the white balance was not as accurate, that the dynamic range was not as wide, and so on and so on.
Last Saturday, I decided to go to my local camera store and have a ‘hands on’ with the alpha 850 and compare it, specifically, against my 7D.
I explained to the sales girl that I was not planning on buying the camera today, but that I am in the research stage, and wanted to compare. She was ok with me putting one of my CF cards into the alpha so I could take some test shots.
So I grabbed my 135mm f2.8 lens and slapped it on the alpha.
I set a manual white balance (in degrees Kelvin), set the ISO to 400, and set manual exposure at 1/100sec at f2.8.
I took a shot.
I then took that lens and put it on my 7D.
Dialled in all the same settings.
Took the same shot.
Then, I looked at the 2 images on the LCD screens on the backs of the 2 cameras.
The difference was mind-blowing.
The image on the alpha absolutely blew me out of the water, while the image on the back of the 7D just seemed to lack… everything.
So, at that point, I was feeling justified in my desire to upgrade to a newer body.
But, I was going to reserve judgement until I got the 2 images home and into Lightroom.
And that my friends, is where the real story begins.
Upon getting the 2 images into Lightroom and comparing them side by side, I COULD NOT TELL THEM APART.
I kid you not.
They were almost identical.
I did say ‘almost’, right?
Remember that the 7D uses an APS-C size sensor, while the alpha 850 is a 35mm sensor, so the image captured by the 7D was cropped in comparison to the “wider” view of the alpha.
Hence why I’ve cropped the alpha version of the image to be similar in its scope to the 7D image.
With the exception of the cropping of the alpha-generated image, these are both straight out of camera.
Actually, there’s one thing I did do in Lightroom which I did equally to both images.
And that was to set the ‘contrast’ and ‘brightness’ values to zero. I don’t know if it’s a Lightroom thing, or something that the Konica Minolta and Sony bodies do automatically, but I notice that whenever I bring images in to Lightroom, they ALWAYS have a contrast value of 50 and a brightness value of 25.
Not sure why.
So on both of these images, I returned those values to zero, which has made them look REALLY flat, but at least they are equal!
Anyway, below are the 2 images, labelled ‘sample1′ and ‘sample2′.
I’ve done that deliberately so you can’t tell from the filename which image is which.
However, both images have EXIF metadata attached, so you can look to see which image is from which body.
But my point is, WITHOUT cheating, can you tell me which image came from which camera?
To me, this has been both a shock, but also a huge revelation.
What I have learned from this is that what has changed over the last 5 years is not so much the image PROCESSOR technology, but LCD screen technology!
Shelton looked at these before he left for India, and he did make the comment that this was probably not the “be all and end all” test. It’s not exactly challenging lighting, it’s not a high-contrast environment, etc etc, and I totally agree with him on that. Perhaps I need to do some more test shots comparing both bodies under more challenging lighting conditions.
But this simple comparison has been an extremely eye-opening experience for me.
Suffice is to say that had I not done this test, I would have happily gone and dropped A$3k on the alpha 850, believing that it was going to provide a huge increase in quality, and would have then become quite melancholy to discover that that was not the case.
Does this mean I won’t buy the alpha 850?
Probably not.
I’ll more than likely still go that route.
But at least I now have a better idea of what to expect from it when I do.

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