The last one of the year as we take a short break over the holiday period. We’re musing over cameras for left eyed shooters, revisiting focusing techniques, pricing a ‘day in the life’ photo business, Kev shares his plans for ’22 and we ask, “Could you shoot a wedding just with zooms?” We talk about photography start-ups, stolen library owned photobooks, have some jpeg editing tips, Covid passes at weddings and the most popular colour for an X100 range camera. Our guest is documentary photographer Casey Orr.
Who ate all the mince pies and why is Kev favouring the new 50mm f1 lens for his wedding work? We talk about working with videographers in a documentary setting and dancing whilst making your pictures! We discuss providing pictures to bereaved families, stepping back to manual focus times, making stories locally and ask, are you proud of what you shoot? Book of the week is Asim Khan’s Scenes from a World in Lockdown and we hear from Deanna Dikeman on her book Leaving and Waving.
Kev is under the weather but the test came back clean so he’s fit to fly on the podcast and Neale has unleashed (can you see what we did there) his own studio dog. We muse over photographers that can’t or won’t embrace innovation, talk cropping, discuss the amount of images returned to clients from an edit, how we send images to clients, whether it’s time to finally drop the full frame lens equivalent references, ask what makes an image great and other stories. Our guest is street photographer and FujiFilm ambassador Polly Rusyn.
This week we pay our respects to a giant of photojournalism, Tom Stoddart who passed away last week. On the show, Kev is off to a wedding with the Archbishop! We talk about firmware and Instax printers, the X-M1 and X-E range, solve some X100F metering issues, dream AGAIN about a monochrome sensor, discuss personal versus work cameras and ask; “Are you SOOC?” Book of the week this week is Marilyn Stafford’s ‘A Life in Photography’.
Do they have Polar Bears in Argentina, how much is Kev’s vet’s bill, what is a shutterless camera lifespan, should you have a ‘scaffold in pictures’ contract clause, can you future proof a photo business for another pandemic and why do people humble brag? We imagine a world without film, talk about travel and backups, dream of a BW sensor and discuss how the new larger sensor size may affect lens purchases. The book of the week is Fred Herzog’s Modern Color and Darren Goldstein returns to talk about stills unit photography.
Neale and Kev ponder whether to believe in Father Christmas over the politicians, we discuss the new lens roadmap and Viltrox lenses, the value of signed photography books, we tip our hats to Salgado’s latest exhibition, discuss the charges made to videographers in UK churches, lightroom rescues, drones and X100 cameras; are they the perfect all round travel companions? Book of the Week is Jim Marshall’s ‘Show Me the Picture’ and our guest is unit stills photographer Darren Goldstein.
The boys shelve their plans for space exploration but they do get scientific about how they store their precious pictures in the cloud. Also, they share their commercial day rates, muse over retouching demands, an X-H1 filming issue, whether there is a safe lock to protect camera kit, using smart phones for pro photo work and discuss the ‘genre that got away.’ Tickety Boo by Charles Traub is book of the week and we welcome back Reggie Ballesteros, American X-Photographer.
Kev decides there’s more money in laundry than photographs, we talk the new 23mm – is it time to swap? We talk about the draw of Fujifilm, ask if IBIS is the X-T4 game changer and discuss best lens combos for talking heads interviews in video mode, plus is mobile tech going to replace the pro photographer’s camera skills? Book of the week is Tanya Nagar’s New Street Photographers Manifesto: Any Camera, Anywhere and our guest back for part 2 of his conversation with Mullins is Alan Hewitt, wildlife photographer.
Kev and Neale are buying a private set of ‘islands’ in the sea with their Euromillions win! This week, mails on the perfect street set up, the differences between DSLR and APSC, deleting your historically less ’skilled’ efforts in Instagram and we’re asked if developing a style can thwart your overall creativity. Projects and the how, what, why of them surfaces once more, we talk teleconverters for X100 cameras and Neale Surprises Kev with what’s going on behind the curtains of Arcacia Avenue. Book of the week is Abandoned Tennessee by Jay Farrell and our guest is Fujifilm ambassador and wildlife photographer Alan Hewitt.
Kev needs a new photographic keep fit regime that doesn’t hurt his knees, we chat about emotional images and how they affect us as the photographer, what we’d choose given a one camera one lens choice, we talk Zuckergate, secure logins and Twitter sharing. What is the age ceiling of wedding photographers and camera club competition judges, discuss!?! The book of the week is Sally Mann’s Hold Still and Peter Dench returns for part 2 of his conversation with Mullins.
Kev needs help with iTunes and large Swedish furniture emporiums, we talk merch, re-sorting a camera time sync issue, setting up a wedding business on two continents, finding your style and we ask; “Is the original X100 still useful today?” We also answer questions on why our passion projects are not our jobs, what camera straps we use, why C1 and LR can’t recreate ALL Fujifilm simulations for ALL cameras universally, how the new 18mm has impacted Kev’s wedding work and why you might choose to swap to the Fujifilm ecosystem. Our guest this week is Peter Dench who talks about building a surprising portfolio and the book of the week is Lucy Hamidzadeh’s Unfinished Stories.
It’s the 200th edition, though the party is being postponed until 2028 when we’re all allowed to meet in a theatre again. Kev finds a unique method for his lateral flow tests before a wedding, we talk more about photographic style and if moving to Fujifilm changes the way you see, plus we ask are Fujifilm pictures ‘muddy’ out of camera? We muse over how the podcast started and talk about hosting your first exhibition. Book of the week is Archive by Bertien Van Manen and our guest is Sandra Cortanneo Ordano talking about the book Aguas De Ouro, published not long after starting her photographic career aged 60.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.