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.

Building the pod – episode 139

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This week, a very quick look at the Automatic Click Remover,
followed by a slightly more lengthy look at the Automatic Phase Correction tool,
plus a couple of listener e-mails answered regarding splittting a multi-song multitrack project into individual song projects, and how to capture the sound of scrubbing the CTI across a waveform.


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

Sine Language – episode 122

Happy new year!
A quick mention of our holiday cruise (blog and pictures start here),
an e-mail from Steve Filmer regarding a couple of articles on NPR;
this one on the loudness wars, inluding this great pdf,
and this on one the average level of TV commercials,
a quick mention of James Cameron’s epic, Avatar,
and the final segment (I guess?) on vocal recording, including hung mics and signal structure. I know I’ve covered signal structure in the past, but am having issues finding which episode that was in. If anyone knows off the top of their head, drop me an e-mail, would ya, please? Cheers! :)

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!

Sine Language – episode 121

Yay! Got another ep out the door before the eyar escaped from me!
This week, just tidying up some loose ends.
A while back, JR sent us a link about the Schwartz Engineering Laser microphone. That link has now been revised.
Someone also sent in a link to the Waves Vocal Rider, which at the time I received the e-mail was still in development.
It is now a released product, and you can check it on the Waves site here. (Now that the podcast is edited and mixed, I discover that I covered this on the last episode! D’oh!)
Bomar wrote in asking about ID3 tags, artwork and metadata.
I use MP3 Tag Studio almost exclusively.
He also asked about the chipmunk effect and how to avoid it.
Plus he mentioned this article about shockwaves and how they can be photographed.
Also, if you are interested in picking up one of my Bruce Williams Photography 2010 calendars, please check ‘em out here!


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.

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