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#199 Shooting a photographer’s wedding and anyone want to buy our bleep machine? It’s over!

Shooting a wedding for an established professional wedding photographer. How does that feel? This week we find out from our special guest Anna McCarthy who shot our own Mullins’ big day. We also talk about personal photographic style. Is it real? There’s advice on lens upgrades, Kev and Neale consider truck driving again and we talk about upgrading your X100 camera to become become an infrared version! Also, we’re ’selling’ the bleep machine, asking how secure your kit is on the road and wondering why local authorities don’t open up unused shops to be places of art. Book of the week is Genesis by Sebastiào Salgado.

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#198 Ethics, morals, emotions of photography plus ASK ANDREAS part 2.

Kev and Neale discuss their ‘new’ photography company, we talk about ’Tonygate’, ask what might happen if Fujifilm stopped making cameras, we open up the X100V clinic, chat about in camera digital bokeh and try to solve a rapid focusing issue. We also ask how trustworthy second shooters are, what subject matter you would find ultimately hard to photograph ethically, morally and emotionally and how we can stop trolls from having anonymous social media accounts. Book of the week is Wear a Mask by Martin Stott and it’s Part 2 of Ask Andreas featuring Group Marketing Manager Andreas Georghiades.

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#197 ASK ANDREAS part 1 and swapping our X-T or X-Pro for a GFX?

Kev is recovering after his marathon of weddings, so it’s a welcome sit down for a coffee and chat about what makes the perfect photo book design. We also talk about swapping our X-Ts and X-Pros for a GFX, the latest Fujifilm Summit, Kev gives dubious flying advice for nervous fliers but sterling advice for a sixteen year looking at a photographic career. We ponder whether cloud back up is safe enough and expensive, if Fujifilm could add shutter sound effects to bodies to resemble favourite classic camera sounds, protecting the X100 series lens, using the X100V’s digital zoom and what ‘non-photographers’ appreciate in a professional picture. ‘Hey look at this’ by Dennis Skyum is the ‘book of the week’ and it’s part one of the latest Ask Andreas, where the Group Marketing Manager for Fujifilm answers your brand questions.

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#196 TURN MY LIKES OFF and Palle Schultz in praise of Kubrick

Kev’s not convinced he should join Celebrity Love Island, but he has drunk Malmesbury clean dry of booze! This week’s questions include; “Why do on board clarity settings slow my camera down, what wedding traditions are photographically wearing, have you joined Glass yet, will you be turning your LIKES counter off, what’s wrong with the dual shoulder harness type strap and how can I optimise Lightroom preview practise?” We talk tilt shift for Fuji cameras and face our flash demons. Book of the week is Sandra Odorno’s Águas de Ouro and our friend of the show chat is with Palle Schultz.

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#195 The shot that GOT AWAY and being positive about social!

Mullins is buying a horse box. Is equestrian photography about to become his latest photographic skillset? Why buy a lens cloth when old used underwear is an option, should I avoid any and all children appearing in my street pictures, are we too negative about social media, do I HAVE to shoot film, should my business post Covid embrace multi genres, just who uses P mode and what is the shot that GOT AWAY for you? Kev reveals which camera he recommends to most people who ask for the best all rounder Fujifilm camera and why having the shutter sound turned on in his mirrorless X100V makes him feel like a ‘proper photographer.’ Tim Page’s Requiem is the book of the week and Scott Johnson is our guest; a friend of the show and fellow Fujifilm X-Photographer.

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#194 Who’s afraid of the big bad TROLL and LOVE thy camera!

Neale is literally mining for questions and Kev is inviting a star studded list of photographers to take turns in photographing his big day; just another week really. We talk camera button layouts, dealing with trolls and negative comments, looking after your back when hauling gear, planning your own workshops, photographing Mrs. Stephenson, camera tech versus phone manufacturing, being fed as a supplier and drinking gin by the pint, by accident! Book of the week is Chris Ferreira’s incredible art/doodle/photography book, Journal: To the Mayon Volcano and Beyond and our guest is Robin Ravilious.

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#193 I want to photograph ROCK N ROLL! The 50mm f1 v the beloved 56mm f1.2

Is Kev going to be the next Mick Rock? The boys talk about back to back event shooting and miles under the wheels. Oh why can’t we have a monochrome Fujifilm camera, why so many menus, what is the correct dress code for photographing an event and is teeth whitening really necessary? We talk on the road ‘disasters,’ scanning legacy prints, being ready to take on mentoring clients and the 50mm f1 v 56mm f1.2. Book of the week is The Verve by Chris Floyd and we talk to friend of the show Mandy Burton about finding your photographic confidence.

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#192 A change of show name? And shooting vintage glass

Neale and Kev feel like the only masked photographers in town plus questions include: Why don’t you change the name of the show, where does photography fall in the most furloughed industries list, why do photographers shoot multiple systems, which movie directors inspire you photographically and do you shoot with vintage lenses? We also talk film simulations, the Big Stopper and whether you should bother with colour calibrating your monitors. Book of the week is Elliott Erwitt’s Kolor and our guest is documentary photographer Adrian Arbib.

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#191 Indie camera shops and good news for Euro street shooters

Kev’s overheating and he’s had just four hours sleep in as many days! Neale is pining for Africa again as the boys talk about where they’d like to make photo stories when the world opens up. Tamron has a new lens for us to look forward to, packing a bag for 24 hours in New York City, The Great British Photography Challenge, watermarking, a tool that can select our best pictures by ai, self publishing, why Kev has fallen out of love with Wordpress and street shooting legally; good news! The book of the week is Do Photo by Andrew Paynter and our guest is Northern Ireland’s only independent camera store owner, photographer Pascal Diamond.

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#190 HOW to become a Fujifilm Ambassador? & ‘Mail to Messy'

Free Brewdog has appeared, but we promise to present the show sober! This week, the big question: Just HOW can you become a Fujifilm brand ambassador? We also talk custom settings, how to ‘raise’ the buttons on the back of your cameras, mask wearing on jobs, EVF v OVF, keeping or selling cameras, the state of Kev’s kit and we ask; “Is every picture a story?” We return to the subject of a ’new’ Instagram dawn too. Book of the week is Joel Meyerowitz with Wild Flowers and our guest is Matt Searles, a phenomenal photographer from New Zealand, who takes his camera on a mail run each day producing the most incredible documentary and landscape pictures of Mesopotamia.

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#189 An X100M? Dare we dream? & Who stole Kev’s X-Pro2?

Kev is losing it, well he’s lost his memories cards, batteries and a whole X-Pro2! Lockdown losses. Some ’sound’ advice for budding podcasters, we talk URBEX (urban exploration photography), zooms versus primes, attending college to learn photography and workshops, using Instax printers at events and is Twitter the new way to share pictures? Are you patient enough to print? And a conversation about a monochrome only X100. In the Shadow of Cleve Hill by royal racing photographer Bernard Parkin is book of the week and we meet another friend of the show, Dennis Lee.

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#188 X100V, an F1 speed focusing machine and your first SOLO exhibition

Kevin makes number 11 in the hip hop charts and plans to go on tour! A new career perhaps? Neale’s bleep machine is on fire this week as Kev gets proper irate about politics. Over in photo making land though, we talk Snapseed, destination wedding work, editing on iPads, design foibles, white balance, HDR shooting, sensor cleaning, switching from Nikon to an X-E3 and how wedding photography has changed? The book of the week is the World Atlas of Street Photography and Michael Beecham is our guest talking about putting on his first solo exhibition.

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#187 Make a video part 2 and scary photo moments?

Neale is hiding his new camera purchase, the boys dip back into their Irish heritage for a green passport that may allow them to shoot weddings in Europe and Kev gives more X Raw Studio advice. How do you keep on top of the myriad of ways people now use to keep in touch on social media and what’s the best productivity tool? We talk scary and proud photographic moments, the way sensors treat colour, camera design gripes, sound tips and what makes a good Kickstarter book. The book of the week is the Thames and Hudson Photofile book on Elliott Erwitt and our guest for part 2 of using your video button is Carl Hare.

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#186 Turn that video button on! And USED X-T3 or NEW X-T4?

Kev awaits his new monitor, but will it arrive? We talk about the affect others’ photography online has to inspire, the importance of Kickstarter book projects, recording audio for slideshows and filming, the electronic v mechanical shutter actuations lifespan of a Fujifilm mirrorless camera, OIS v IBIS, ask the question; X-T3 or X-T4? TikTok; should I be embracing it for my social marketing? Information Asymmetry; the reason at last, why you should keep the boxes your cameras come in, if you’re ever going to try and resell them. Is it time to think of new genre horizons if weddings don’t return in quite the same fashion for photography? The book of the week is Island Tides by Paul Glazier and our guest is Carl Hare from Fujifilm UK, who is a product specialist and plans to help with ALL questions VIDEO.

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#185 Kev's getting wed! Photographer needed? And buy yourself an X100V!

The boys are back in town… cue the song! This week the astounding news that Kev is getting married, but to whom? And why? Did last week’s episode cause this? So many questions! Neale and Kev design their perfect camera, we give a ‘hall pass’ to buy an X100V, discuss camera customisation and talk about your website; are you about to feel the wrath of Google? Can you mix and match old and new video footage to make family stories that are enduring and how technical do you need to be to make such a film? Do we accept bitcoin, how do we deal with Covid discount requests, two cam set ups; should they be identical bodies? The book of the week is a Hoxton Mini Press book; London Nights and our guest is Christopher O’Sullivan talking about shooting and publishing your first book.

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#184 Living a Photographic Story and What Makes Us Successful?

Neale is taking a well-earned break, so Gemma joins Kevin at the helm as they steer the good ship Fujicast into several Icebergs. We discuss what makes us successful and more GAS.  Are we buying cameras because they look cool or because they do the job? Just why haven’t Kev and Neale kept their promise to Gemma, and what is the right thing to wear to a wedding? The book of the week is ‘If We Shadows’ by Bailey, which Gemma gets stuck into, and acclaimed photographer Spencer Wyn is our guest. Hang around to the end of the show to see just how it went when Kev & Gemma cracked some cold ones and tried their best.

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#183 It’s time to MAKE YOUR BOOK! and tackling ‘Uncle Bob’;

Kev considers how he no longer has time to be a photographer now his radio career is lifting off, we tackle the new street photography and YouTube clauses when it comes to identifying people in your pictures and films, dealing with over zealous amateurs ’stealing your shots,’ self timer presets, the perfect first Fujifilm family camera for a pro and choosing between the X100V and X-H1 for video work. We ask, “Is burst mode cheating when you’re shooting street work and will we have to start requesting permission on the street for pics?” Kev’s Book of the Week is from Belgian photographer Stefan Vanfleteren and Our Friend of the Show guest is Alex Frederickson.

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#182 Swapping from Nikon and what is fine art photography?

Kev is luxuriating in Bunker Malmesbury, Neale is in the studio, though it’s business as usual with your questions. This week, is there any point to IBIS when films today are as ‘Shaky’ as an 80s pop star singing Green Door? We talk about taking on a part time job if wedding work gets shifted again, whether we could return to a time which necessitates shooting with film cameras only, Clubhouse, the banning of street shooting and we debate fine art photography; what is it? The boys tempt a lifelong Nikon shooter with a shopping list, we sort out the black and white simulation options in camera, and discuss perfect pancakes of the lens variety. The book of the week is Todd Hido’s ‘On Landscapes, Interiors and The Nude’ and our Friend of the Show interview is with Steve Vaughan.

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#181 Deleting 100K Instagram subscribers! And naturist wedding shooters apply here!

Kev and Neale release a little more about their forthcoming July documentary photography course in Amersham. We also talk about making family documentary pictures, photographing naturist and fancy dressed weddings, manual focus lenses; will Fujifilm ever produce a set? Also using the GFX as a documentary camera, the decision to purchase a good monitor for photographic retouching, boxgate is still here, budget friendly cine lenses for the Fuji range, state of the photographic industry, snaps versus photographs and what would make the perfect X-Pro4 and X-H2! Book of the week is ‘Stags, Hags and Bunnies’ by Dougie Wallace and our Friend of the Show guest is Dennis Skyum who talks about deleting 100,000 Instagram followers.

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#180 No more corporate hamster wheel! & X100 heaven

Kev laments his first radio faux pas, we talk about sound being a vehicle for your picture making, packing your cams properly in a case, X100 ‘adapter gate’ is born and lens hoods on that camera; are they worth the effort? We also talk about unhappy customers and insecurity, the future and retirement, working into your 80s, preventing your email from getting black listed, albums and books in 2021 and ask; “X100 or X-Pro?” Book of the week is Orchard Beach: The Bronx Riviera and today we have the first of our Friends of the Show chats, featuring subscriber Steve Ford who gave up the corporate hamster wheel for photographic and travel adventure.

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