Some recent listener feedback

Shutters Inc

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

Sine Language

Bruce, I can only say, in my opinion, that the services you are providing are greatly appreciated.
J. R.

Building the pod

I've only recently decided to get back into music production after a prolonged absence.
So, when it came to choosing a DAW, it came down to a choice between FL Studio and Audition.
Dollar wise, quite similar although FL Studio does offer more in the way of virtual instruments for this price range.
But I chose Audition for two clear reasons.
1. I really like the look and feel. The layout is just easy on the eye and made sense to me very quickly.
2. I knew I had a great teacher. I discovered Building the Pod through the Adobe web site and soon found Sine Language.
I have to thank you sincerely for your weekly tuition.
It has turned a somewhat severe learning curve into managable bite size pieces.
I simply can't overstate how thankful I am of your weekly podcasts.
Bye for now.
Ross Huntley

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.

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10 responses to “Shutters Inc – episode 144”

  1. Susan M says:

    I persevered with the download. It was worth it.
    I had to listen to it in two parts, part last night and the rest this morning. Well done, Bruce. Great interviewing, Shelton.

  2. Susan M says:

    PS ..Bruce congratulations on your new acquisition.

  3. Mark Loader says:

    Oh,thank God. I didn’t think you were ever going to get that camera. I can sleep easier now knowing our podcastmeister is all megapixeled-up for 2010. Can’t wait to hear the interview with His Joeness.

  4. Carl Hemmings says:

    Gday, am I loosing my mind? But I didnt hear Joe Mcnally in this pod? Carl

  5. Carl Hemmings says:

    I mean i didnt hear him on the itunes dowload

  6. Carl Hemmings says:

    The Canon EOS (Electro-Optical System) autofocus 35 mm film and digital SLR camera system was introduced in 1987 with the Canon EOS 650 and is still in production as Canon’s current dSLR system.

  7. Carl,
    Are you sure you listened to the right episode???
    How could you have missed Joe McNally?
    Have you heard the whole episode, or did you only get half a download?
    Just out of interest, what is the duration of YOUR episode #144?

  8. Graham Anderson says:

    And who is the Shelton Moore that Joe referred to in his blog???????

    I bet that Shelton Muller will be not happy with that!!!!!!!!!!

    It was still a great interview. Well done guys.

  9. Dan V. says:


    The a850 (and a900) will automatically crop DT lenses like the 18-70, 18-200, etc when you attach them. The APS-C mode in the menu is a manual option to use crop mode on full frame lenses or for third party APS lenses which may not automatically select crop mode. The 75-300 you have is a full frame lens and thusly will not crop.

    Unfortunately, you can’t turn the automatic APS mode off for those DT lenses that automatically set it (which would be Minolta/Sony official DT lenses).

    Also, what RAW converter do you use? You may want to consider DxO or CaptureOne instead of ACR/Lightroom for better noise performance.

    Also, the camera that did the auto AF point detection based on eye position was the Canon EOS 3 and ELAN 7n. From what I can remember, it didn’t work very well.

    The DRO options on the a850 actually work very much like Joe was imagining for adjusting area-specific contrast and range. It requires dedicated hardware in the camera and relies a lot on the special meters in the camera, but it does work pretty well. The a550 has a neat auto HDR mode that works surprisingly well to reduce noise as opposed to making bizarro images…


  10. Awesome, Dan!! Thanks for that.