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


October 25, 2009

It’s my birthday…

Filed under: Building the Pod,Shutters Inc,Sine Language — Bruce Williams @ 15:11

…and I reserve the right not to podcast if I want to!
So there!
:p
Nah, in all seriousness, Shelton and I DID try twice this week to record, but both times, things came up which killed our plans.
Sorry gang.
And BTP and SL… well, just too many other things on my plate this week.


October 18, 2009

No Shutters Inc this week

Filed under: Shutters Inc — Bruce Williams @ 8:32

After 2 failed attempts, we had to call it off this week.
Sorry gang.


October 11, 2009

Shutters Inc – episode 139

Filed under: !Podcasts,Shutters Inc — Bruce Williams @ 12:06

This week, a bit of ‘giggle giggle crap crap’,
I’ve decided to stay in the Sony camp,
and finally a further exploration of Michael’s “hard’ and ‘soft’ techniques idea.


October 7, 2009

2010 calendars

Filed under: Building the Pod,merchandise,Shutters Inc,Sine Language — Bruce Williams @ 10:24

Hi one and all,
I am thinking of putting together a 2010 Audio2u calendar, and was wondering if anyone would be interested in buying a copy?
I’m not asking for a firm commitment to buy, right now… just looking for ‘expressions of interest’.
Basically, there will be 2 different form factors.
A DL sized desktop ‘flip’ calendar, or an A4 wall-hanging version.
Both versions will feature my 12 best panorama images.
Can’t say for sure what pricing will be.
I expect it will be around the A$12-$15 mark for the DL, and A$20-25 for the A4.
And depending on demand, I may also contemplate doing the A3 wall-hanging version as well.
Once I know for sure (on the pricing), I’ll post a revision here.
If you are moderately interested, drop me an e-mail or post in the comments here.
Thanks!


October 5, 2009

No SI this week

Filed under: Shutters Inc — Bruce Williams @ 19:51

Sorry for the late notice (you’ve probably already figured it out), but there’s no Shutters Inc this week.
Shelton and I just couldn’t syncronise last week, and Cath, Max and I went away for the long weekend.
It’s now Monday night and we’ve just got home from an 8 hour drive.
Night night.


September 27, 2009

Shutters Inc – episode 138

This week, we address a couple of the back catalogue of e-mails that we’ve been trying to get to (for weeks, it seems!),
and then on to a discussion of the pros and cons of both APS-C sized sensors and 35mm sensors.
Is this shaping up to be the new “megapixel race”?


September 20, 2009

Shutters Inc – episode 137

This week, SI comes to you from the old Victorian river town of Echuca, located on the Murray River (which forms the state boarder between Victoria and New South Wales).

Recorded after one day of a 2 day photogrpahic workshop. The usual suspects talk about all aspects of the workshop, photograhy, working with models, lighting, you name it.


September 13, 2009

Shutters Inc – episode 136

Filed under: !Podcasts,Echuca,Landscape,Panorama,Shutters Inc,workshop — Bruce Williams @ 12:01

This week, we talk about the upcoming (of course, it’ll all be over by the time you read this!) full weekend photography workshop at Echuca,
Bruce’s plans on going pro (plus a first sale this week!),
Jim Felder wrote to ask about the idea of recording Shelton’s dialogue whilst he’s conducting a workshop,
Carl Tregidgo and Landon Michaelson both wrote in response to ep#134 and our discussion of mentoring, and both commented on the need to take inspiration but turn it into something that is your own,
Shelton’s reluctance to accept the mantle of “Jedi Master”,
A rare advance warning on what’s instore for the next episode of Shutters Inc,
and Shelton’s e-mail alias not working.


September 6, 2009

Shutters Inc – episode 135

Filed under: !Podcasts,August Exposure,forum,Shutters Inc — Bruce Williams @ 11:42

This week, Shelton rocks up with a couple of ring-ins. Yes, Richard Annable and Nathan ‘Guru-Junior’ Muller are back to talk about August Exposure, a full week photogrpahy conference that Richard attended a couple of weeks ago,
Bruce is moving toward taking his photography more seriously,
We’d still like to see some more faces signing up for the audio2u.com forum,
Check out Bruce’s latest panorama of Circular Quay on Sydney Harbour,
And just to clarify, Pat Benatar‘s “Love is a battlefield” came out in ’83 (on the album “Live From Earth”), while “All fired up” come out in ’88 (on the album “Wide Awake In Dreamland”).


September 3, 2009

The Donate button is back

Filed under: Building the Pod,Shutters Inc,Sine Language — Bruce Williams @ 22:00

A few people have been calling for the donate button to be re-instated on audio2u.com.

So, it’s back!
It’s up there in the top left hand corner.
So, if you’re feelin’ the love and want to say “Thanks for the podcasts”, then a donation of whatever amounts suits you wil be gladly accepted, and hugely appreciated.

Thanks one and all!


August 30, 2009

Shutters Inc – episode 134

Filed under: !Podcasts,D3x,forum,Panorama,Shutters Inc — Bruce Williams @ 20:55

This week,
Richard Ingram wrote to say how much he enjoys the show, but could we have guest hosts when Shelton is unavailable,
Bruce got to play with a Nikon D3x for half an hour through the week (verdict: blown away!),
the canvas of the Tabourie Lake panorama arrived last week (looks stunning, by all accounts!),
and Shelton talks about mentoring (both the pros and the cons), and the pitfalls of getting stuck in one style.
Also, the audio2u.com forum is now open and awaiting your involvement.


August 23, 2009

No podcasts this week

Filed under: Building the Pod,Shutters Inc,Sine Language — Bruce Williams @ 21:27

Sorry one and all.

Shelton is up north conducting more Creative Photography workshops, hence why there’s no Shutters Inc.

And as for Sine Language, I’ve just been busy, slack, unmotivated, insert favourite adjective here. Sorry.
Next week for sure.


August 20, 2009

Is a dream a lie if it don’t come true?

Filed under: Building the Pod,Photography,Shutters Inc,Sine Language — Bruce Williams @ 23:50

Following is a post that I have just posted on the National Trail blog.
I’m copying it here for various reasons which may or may not be obvious.

Hi all,
My name is Bruce Williams.
Just after the National Trail was set up, my mother suggested the idea that we both plan to ride the entire length on horseback.
Mum had loved horses all her life, and had owned one when I was a kid. I also had a pony when I was younger (7-8 years old).
I got back into riding lessons in preparation, but for some reason, the goal of riding the trail never came to fruition.
The scope of such an undertaking was not lost on me, but I think that perhaps Mum realised that it was maybe just a bit more than we could have handled.
Anyway, that was then.
This is now.
Mum is no longer with us, I’m in my 40’s, and still love horses, even though I don’t currently own one.
And it turns out that my son, Max (now 9) also loves riding.
So, I’ve been re-kindling the idea that Mum had back then.
I’d still love to do it.
I know it’s not going to happen overnight.
Yes, both my son and I are going to need a LOT of experience before undertaking such a project.
I know that.
But if there is one thing I’ve learned in 40 years, it’s that to achieve a goal, it needs to be written down.
So, rather than just write it down in a diary somewhere where I’ll forget it, I’m putting it out there on the interwebs for all to see.
This IS something I want to do before I die, and I WILL do it.
When?
Probably not for another 10 years or so.
I have some obstacles to get over, like:

* Owning a horse or 6 (well, duh!)
* More riding experience
* Planning the support vehicles and someone to drive them.
* The financial side of things… what do you do for an income while you’re spending close to 2 years in the saddle (it took Dan 21 months, right?)
* And some more riding experience :)
* And there’s probably a whole bunch of other things too.

Anyway, I just wanted to say hi, introduce myself, state my goal, and I guess get my mind thinking about it all.
I don’t know about you, but I feel like I’ve had too many goals in life that I didn’t take seriously enough.
Too many things that I wanted to do/achieve, but didn’t because I didn’t put enough energy into it/them.
And this is NOT going to be one of those….
… Springsteen just popped into my head… “is a dream a lie if it don’t come true?”
Anyway, where was I?
Yeah, this is NOT going to be one of those ones that got away.
If I keep posting here, keep reading about other people’s experiences on the trail, keep it all in the front of my mind, rather than allowing it to slip away, then maybe it’ll have a better chance of coming true.
Sorry if I’ve crapped on for too long.
If anyone wants to help keep me motivated, please feel free to drop me an e-mail (listed below).
I’d be happy to talk with others who have done it, or are planning it.

So, there you have it.
For those of you who know of my passion for photography as well, it is also part of the plan to photograph the entire journey and to publish a book of that experience as well.
Like I said, there’s a lot that needs to be planned.
But you gotta start somewhere.


August 16, 2009

No SI this week

Filed under: forum,Shutters Inc — Bruce Williams @ 21:13

Sorry again, gang.
Shelton hit some speed humps this week, which prevented us from recording.
In the mean time, don’t forget about the new audio2u.com forum!


August 9, 2009

The sign of things to come

Filed under: Building the Pod,forum,Shutters Inc,Sine Language — Bruce Williams @ 18:38

Hey gang,
Sincerest apologies, but there are no podcasts this week.
Shelton had a full on week, and so that is why there’s no Shutters Inc.
And me?
I’ve been slaving away behind the scenes at audio2u.com trying to set up a phpBB forum.
It’s been a week of VERY late nights and has precluded me from recording.
“Priorities!”, I hear you scream.
Well…. yeah, but this is going to be in your best interests too, y’know! I mean, c’mon! Cut me some slack here!
The plan is this.
Within the next couple of weeks, I will be opening up a subscription-based, members only area on audio2u.com.
To begin with (and please note I said “to BEGIN with”), the members area will be targeted more toward the audio side of things (ie the Building The Pod and Sine Language listeners).
There will be the forum, but there will also be video tutorials posted on a monthly basis. I may also consider the idea of live Q+A sessions.
I will confess that at this stage, I’m still not sure what to offer the Shutters Inc listeners in the way of premium content.
I don’t think we need ANOTHER place to store and display photos online! I think there’s currently about 35,435,356,687,057,180^2 sites for that already! :)
I shall keep thinking about this as we move forward.
Any suggestions? Send ’em my way!
In the mean time, I am going to open the forum up to everyone, right away.
This gives you a chance to get in early, bag your favourite username, and decide on whether or not you think it’s going to be worth hanging around for, once the walls go up.
What’s it going to cost you once the walls DO go up?
A$29.95 for 6 months.
A$54.95 for 12 months.
Yes, PayPal will be accepted.
Some people have already commented that they wouldn’t pay to be on a forum.
I completely understand that.
My intention is that you come for the premium content, but you stay for the forum. It’s a kind of ‘value add’, if you like.
So, that’s my take on all of this.
Go sign up.
Give me your feedback.
And start posting!
The all new audio2u.com forum is here!

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