#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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#179 Calling FRIENDS OF THE SHOW and UFO capture?!

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.

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#178 Self publish YOUR stories and websites in an Instagram age

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.

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#177 Dangling off the Brooklyn Bridge and shhh, new camera rumours?

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.

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#176 The legendary David Hurn, and a Mullins James workshop!

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.

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#175 The power of making one portrait every day + a Royal X-T3

‘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. 

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#174 Photographing weddings, the Royal Family and swimming with sharks!

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! 

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#173 Being a photojournalist. Plus too old for street?

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.

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