A shorter holiday length edition in which the boys look back at 2020 and how the year changed their perspective on photography, film making and podcasting. Kev shares his purchases of the year, what pivoting means for their individual businesses, their loathing for masks, their hopes for 2021. Be sure to email in to the show with your questions for when the show starts back up in its more regular form.
Today a package arrives from Denmark, the boys ponder whether Voigtlander film lenses work well with the GFX system, what the best microphone for making YouTube video voice overs is and how good the files for video are SOOC from the GFX camera Kev owns. We talk about workflow, what we’d like from the X-Pro4 or new XH camera, the great monochrome camera debate, Kev’s camera of the year and Flippy Screen Gate; just what is it people don’t like about the flippy screen? Book of the week is The Photographers on Photography by Henry Carroll and our guest is photographer and book self-publisher Dan Milnor.
Kev’s in fighting spirit this week as black-belt co-host and with Neale he tackles questions on why Fujifilm hasn’t embraced full frame, how to judge a photo comp, is it time to embrace a roll of film and what are the new Fujifilm simulations likely to be? Kev reveals his dislike of Sepia and we talk scanners, camera set ups, shooting candid shots of people you know, how Neale feels nearly 900 weddings in and why you NEED right now, to be working on your website for the sake of Google! Book of the week is The Gamblers from Martin Amis and we’re delighted to have Parker J Pfister as our special guest.
Kev’s still in Bunker Malmesbury as Covid restrictions prevent the boys being in the same airspace as one another, but they still manage to tackle X100V questions, how they intend to get match fit for the return of weddings, their feelings about Instax products, recovering lost files, Martin Parr’s old and new work, the importance of testimonials, messing up mid job, presenting a photo TV show and stitching panoramas. Pete Reed is our special guest and Josef Koudelka’s ‘Gypsies’ is the book of the week.
Kev and Neale muse over whether meeting up to work in the same studio again will be allowed before the next new decade, how you advertise your services minus a portfolio, what about a medium format styled X100, is sharpness really that important and should we swap our zooms for primes? We try to solve a brand choice decision and we tackle T stop lenses and marketing processes. Tony Ray Jones is the feature of this week’s book review and respected wedding photographer Adam Johnson is our guest.
Are wedding awards important? Are any photographic awards for that matter worth entering? Also, wedding photographers may be suffering financially during this period, but have they forgotten what the day is really about? Is there a need for an X-T5, what is left to improve upon? How can you motivate yourself day to day photographically? This week’s book of the week is John Chillingworth’s Picture Post Photographer and our guest is a Ian Treherne, a photographer who is 5% sighted.
Today, the new 18mm lens, who is it for? Have you made a business bible and if you haven’t why you should. Kev turns out to be a royal photographer, are iPhone 12 shots good enough for large format printing? Our guest this week is Jennifer McCord and we think she has one of the best photography jobs in the world. The show today is brought to you with Sprout Studio.
Kev and Neale enter lockdown in their remote locations once again, Kev in deepest darkest Wiltshire and Neale from his bunker in Berkshire. They talk printing and framing; the pros and cons of doing your own. Also, backup and getting brutal with your picture culling in Photo Mechanic, who is the X-S10 aimed at, what’s it for? Day in the Life sessions; how to market them, what they are! The book of the week is a Fleet Street memory lane marvel and photojournalist Edmond Terakopian talks about a special auction of prints for Médecins Sans Frontières.
This week the questions are certainly eclectic; how has photography changed you as a person, do you regret becoming a full time photographer, are you making pictures for YOU or for Instagram, if you could only have one camera/one lens, what would it be, if your camera could speak, what would it say, is it possible to be a photographer and videographer at the same time on the same job? We also talk about the perfect zoom to replace primes and speak with fashion and portrait photographer Jamie Stoker.
Kev and Neale reconsider retraining as beauticians and travel agents for at least one minute, book of the week from Nick Danziger, we talk back ups, business postponements, a Fujifilm wedding video kit list, neg cleaning, portrait advice, monitors, why are custom settings slowing my camera down, can we make the next X100 smaller still and do the boys miss full frame sensors?
Our special guest this week is Xyza Cruz Bacani, Fujifilm X-Photographer, Magnum Foundation Fellow and previously awarded one of the BBC’s Top 100 Women of the World. This week’s talking points include professionals moving into ‘survival mode’ for the winter; how can we help each other? What lens and camera combo to use for on-set photography, should I separate my Instagram out for different genres or include everything on my one grid, going from Leica to a Fujifilm X-Pro; what should I expect and other topics.
Swapping from Nikon to Fujifilm for professional work. What camera would the team suggest? Carl Hare Product Specialist for Fujifilm is back again to answer your tech questions, this week: tethering your Fuji camera for using as a webcam, is ISO real in Fujifilm cameras and more. We talk about photographing on Alcatraz with listener Ryan Katsanes. What do Kev and Neale feel about socially distanced picture making? Book of the week is Vintage 80s, London Street Photography by Johnny Stiletto.
Masasumi Imai the Head of Design for Fujifilm X-Series cameras talks with Kevin Mullins from Tokyo about how he conceived the ten year old X100, the camera that for many photographers worldwide became their gateway to mirrorless technology. Also, we speak with Australia’s X-Photographer Andrew Hall about being in motorsport photography at the very top, plus Carl Hare tackles more of your deep tech including how auto focus deals with the face mask!
Would some of the world’s finest known heritage photographers be as big as they are, if they were starting out in today’s Insta style World with a million voices challenging for the space? A new feature with Fujifilm product specialist Carl Hare tackling the BIG tech questions! The boys discuss the things they have forgotten to take to shoots, the best Fujifilm lenses for live sports action, we celebrate ten years of the X100 and Andrew Hall, motorsport photographer and Fujifilm X-Photographer in Australia joins us.
Do I have the energy for copyright infringement? Who inspires us photographically? There’s a run through on how a wedding day photographically works for newcomers to the genre, we talk about getting friendly with curves in Lightroom and Photoshop, the lens versus camera investment debate and the book of the week is the incredibly powerful Small Town Inertia by Jim Mortram. Also this week, Bjorn Moerman is back for part 2 on aerial photography, the use of drones, how to shoot great pictures from the cabin and some inspirational books. A packed show!
Captain Bjorn Moerman is our guest on the show this week, a Fujifilm ambassador with a difference. Also, what to do when your kids start turning away from the camera, give them an X100F it seems?! Kev launches a new social platform called ’Sniffter’ and reveals he is allergic to velcro in camera bags, plus we tackle the question of upgrading your Squarespace site, for those wanting to jump to the new-ish release. A shout out for our new Patrons, who actually IS Neale’s father and when is the ’throw in the towel date for the boys’ wedding business?
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What would the boys do if they weren’t shoot weddings and were singletons?! Also, everyone should be shooting ‘corner portraits,’ you heard it here first. What lens combo should a listener take to the birth of their child and which features to record? Inappropriate moments at weddings – should you document them? Can I export my pictures straight out into Lightroom? And our guest from the fashion and advertising world, X-Photographer Wayne Johns talks about getting into fashion.
One of the UK’s leading family photographers talks about launching from the ground up, a family business. Also, what IS the best Fujifilm camera for video work, how to make the best of working with smaller event sizes, the ‘Jpeg v Raw’ debate, the ‘best’ X-Pro camera in Kev’s nostalgic opinion and does every picture need to have a story?