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.
The most left field question for an entire season; what settings would you use to capture the visit of a UFO? We also talk book design, the whisky camera shop, sensor cleaning on IBIS cameras and ask is it the photographer who makes a camera shine or is it the other way around? There’s advice for new documentary wedding photographers; the rules of engagement in church, we talk SD cards, 3rd party lens set ups, the value of a weather sealed lens, film recipes, the joy of doors (!), video mic suggestions for vlogging and small scale postcard printing. Kev’s book of the week is American Photographs by Walker Evans and we have an appeal for friends of the show to tell us YOUR stories.
The boys are reunited after months of Skype separation, in the studio! This week, embracing colour after a life presenting black and whites, the difference between recipes and presets, building your own look and capturing the moment whilst being IN the moment; family pictures. Boxgate continues and Neale finds a pile of X-H1 boxes that practically match his height, we talk third party lenses, assisting the greats, whether we still need websites in this Instagram world, the catharsis of photography during Covid, getting back on the professional bike to shoot weddings after so much time out and the 70-300mm lens; do I need it? Book of the week is, ‘The year the world stood still’ by Chris O’sullivan and Dan Milnor talks more about self publishing to us.
Kev’s Jedi training is almost complete as he starts his own Internet radio show, we talk X-H2 rumours, internal ND filters and weather sealing; how good is the X100 range in rain and anyone for an XQ1? We introduce the concept of ‘gear identity crisis,’ talk about the perfect lens for photographing and cataloguing art, ponder whether to adjust bridal party attire for photographs, get excited about the new 18mm, HSL and talk about music for your films, slideshows and even podcasts. Our guest is New York portrait photographer Donna Svennevik and Matthew Beck’s: Event, is book of the week.
Mullins is having teething problems in ‘New Bunker Malmesbury’ and Boxgate continues. We talk about leaf shutters and why they’re not in our X-Ts and Ps, how an X100S deals with being sent to the bottom of a swimming pool, Mullins’ decision to upsize during a pandemic and we have news of an upcoming Kev and Neale documentary wedding workshop. Questions about the term ‘weekend warriors,’ two tier sensor cameras, the rights required for selling photos made at a music concert and a thought about company names. This week’s book of the week is ’The 1960s’ by David Hurn and he’s also our guest.
‘Boxgate’ lingers on, though Kev is more concerned by the boxes of Easter eggs he can squirrel away before the kids find them. Questions today include, do you befriend your clients, do women and men see differently, can the Fujifilm system cut it for pro work in the studio and are photographic eggs in one basket still a good idea post pandemic? Kev reveals the truth about his wedding earnings during the pandemic, we look at some tech specs of a particular Zeiss camera in order to talk about the camera of the future and muse over the ‘Duchess of Fujifilm’ and internal flash triggers. The book of the week is Raymond Depardon’s ‘Glasgow’ and Neale talks with John Mannell, the ‘Portrait per Day’ man about making street portraits and mental health.
Neale has been jabbed with 0.5mg of Bill Gates’ finest. Talking of ‘gates,’ Boxgate is back, SRGB or Adobe’s flavour of; what to choose to work in, some X-Pro3 issues to deal with and Q buttons, why? Which background colour works better for websites, can Judo make you a better photographer, how good are the new Mullins presets, how can I time and GPS stamp my audio recordings, how do you choose your photo books and the X-A7: discuss? Plus X-T3 or X-T4, is the IBIS worth it? Vinca Peterson’s ‘No System,’ is Kev’s book of the week plus we talk with royal family photographer Matt Porteous who is currently in The Maldives swimming with sharks!
Kev is installed at last in the new office, Malmesbury Bunker 2.0 and we ask the questions; will the show ever be filmed, when are you too old for street shooting, should you choose an X-Pro1 or 2 used, who needs a camera in a cardboard box, should I supply all my clients with TIFF instead of Jpegs, has Covid made photographers give away their knowledge too readily too cheaply in too many online courses and if you had 5K to invest in a camera that would hold its value, what would you choose? Former British National Press Awards Photographer of the Year, PA Media photographer Danny Lawson is our guest and Kev’s book of the week is Henri Cartier-Bresson’s Scrapbook.
Kev is in flat pack ‘heaven’ as the new studio build continues, we talk sports photography with the 70-300mm lens and the possibility of a wedding academy. Plus your questions; what do professional photographers do when they’re not making pictures, what are the boys’ aha photographic revelation moments, how large can you print a Fujifilm camera file, what is the future of APSC and why is Fujifilm so devoted to it? The book of the week is Anton Corbijn’s 1-2-3-4, and our guest is the documentary photographer Karah Mew.
‘Star’ has arrived and it’s the Horse of Mullins! Today, a tease for something big coming, what makes a good bio on a website, with a Fujifilm camera do I need to calibrate my lenses, what has changed about weddings for the hosts and what would the boys’ advice be for new photographers now, plus diplomas; are they worth the paper they’re written on? How important are genre labels, who would you choose for an end of lockdown photowalk and do I really need Instagram likes as an amateur? ‘Photography in America from 1841 to today’ is our book of the week and Fujifilm X-Photographer, street shooter and host of The Candid Frame Ibarionex is our guest.
Kev parks himself in Bunker Malmesbury’s cold storage this week as he contemplates a move of office to somewhere with heating, we look for the best small Fujifilm camera, Neale reveals his love for the X-H over the X-T, we talk printers and ‘to do’ list software. What lens do I need for shooting large group portraits and how do I go about them plus when does a photo become a piece of digital art? Neale takes over the book of the week duties as Kev can’t find the packing case with his 3,280 books, so he discusses Gregory Heisler’s ’50’ Portraits and Jayne Odell is our guest to talk about a move to equine photography.
The lockdown has got to Kev and he’s watched 1,297 hours of Netflix in one week it seems, we talk one camera one lens choice, how we view our personal photo collections, what we’d stick in a time capsule, which website platform to choose (Squarespace or Wordpress), we talk GAS release, how do you choose what and when to sell? Wacom tablets, how many do you have? Flippy screen gate is back, we talk about editing technique in Lightroom, how do you produce publish on demand books, X-Pro choices and a request for a X-P4. There’s second part of our Kev’s interview with Daniel Meadows. The book of the week is Ed Kashi’s ‘Three,’ a book of triptychs.
This week, will Fujifilm ever release a 35mm film camera, why is my EVF showing a blue tint/hue, should you ever trust a corrupt memory card, Fujifilm app help please and what is character in a camera; does everything need to be so sharp? Kev’s showbiz wedding stories, photofilms versus slideshows, why Kev could be tempted to the dark side (Apple), X RAW Studio and dynamic range tips. The book of the week is Women Street Photographers, and Daniel Meadows is our guest for part one of a conversation with Mullins.
The show is two years old and the boys are itching for a party, but Boris has ripped up the balloons and invites, Kev has a social media dilemma, well 5,000 of them to be precise, ND filter options for your X100 model, the new nostalgic neg film simulation, jumping in at the deep end professionally (from zero to pro in one life decision), business regrets, more flippy-out screen gate and trad versus documentary weddings. The book of the weeks is, ‘A voice above the Linn’ by Robbie Lawrence, our guest is Fujifilm’s Marketing Manager for Fujifilm UK, Andreas Georghiades as he answers more of your product questions and the winners are announced for the FujiCast at 4 feature which has just closed after its year long run organised by friend of the show Neil Ford.
This week Kev buys a horse, the boys consider their photographic coffee shop business, we talk lens correction issues for Fujifilm in Lightroom, Neale ducks answering personal questions, photographing The President, getting better at culling, why the boys love Photo Mechanic, using vintage lenses and adaptors for that purpose. The boys tackle starting up on YouTube again, shooting single card camera systems and pre-wedding meets; are they important? Kev’s book of the week is a proper limited edition by Valentino Barachini and our guest is Fujifilm’s UK Marketing Manager, Andreas Georghiades for the latest Ask Andreas feature.
This week, scanners, photographic organisations and breathing colour back into older black and white pictures. We talk Instagram Reels and YouTube shorts, plus Kev reveals his inner “Tickety Tocky.” There are questions on video, we talk prompter technique, lens choices when filming with Fujifilm cameras, Kev’s YouTube wardrobe and our guest Adam Karnacz from First Man Photography shares what a photographic channel on YouTube brings to his business and life. The book of the week is Revelations, the posthumous publication of work by Diane Arbus.
This week, choices choices; X100V or X-T30 with interchangeable lens? We also talk about finding a signature look in your photographs and whether you even need to think about a personal style, more on workshops, natural light versus strobe, the new wave of wedding postponements, f2 v f1.4 lenses in the Fujinon roadmap and shooting the birth of your child. Kev chooses his all time X100 favourite model, book of the week is Shutting up Shop by John Londei and Valérie Jardin, X-Photographer is our guest.
This week Kev (still in Bunker Malmesbury) and Neale talk about getting pictures out to the world from ’that march’ in Washington last week, X100 lens adapters, an invite to take part in the next ‘Ask Andreas’ feature, Kev tries to dodge the rumour mill on new gear, reveals he has been collecting random slides for years and we ask; “When is the right time to upgrade your camera body?” Also we ask; “Are you really using your lens properly” and “would you drink and photograph professionally?” Kev’s Book of the Week is Bruce Gilden’s ‘Face’ and our guest is Steve Smith FRPS, social documentary and street photographer.
The second of the two shorter Christmas and New Year editions where the boys discuss some of their inspirations including Don McCullin’s ‘In Africa’ book and ‘Extraordinary Women’ by Tom Stoddart. It seems Kev has spent five hours a day watching quick fire tournament chess over the New Year break, while Neale has been touring the site of a suspected nuclear accident on a disused airbase near his home with the family! They talk of photographer inspirations, Kev choosing Frank Horvat who is responsible for suggesting; “Photography is the art of not pushing the button,” and Neale being fascinated by Søren Solkær’s Murmurations study. The full length shows return from next week.