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.
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.