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  1. Episode 93 »» Photography Blogs, Y’all

    October 14, 2014 by Sid

    Shuttertime with Sid and Mac podcast, Episode 93 »» Photography Blogs, Y'all


    Hmmm, Adobe

    At the Adobe Max conference, some new features for photographers caught the attention of others and since we’re unsure of the benefits, we decided to chat about it. I’m not sure how photographers will feel about changing a photo from morning to night, or adding to removing fog or haze, so it will be interesting to see where this goes and when it appears as an update in CC.

    Episode 47, Revisited

    One of our friends of the show, Udo, chimed it with some feedback about episode 47 » Giving Back / Volunteer Work. He shared a story of the true power photographs can have. Have a listen to the show as we discuss it a bit. You can also find out more info here (translation may be required for some). Thanks for the 411, Udo! Btw, make sure to check out Udo’s work too!

    Black Couch Diaries 

    Sometimes we need to just figure things out with photography and we use and abuse the show in the name of discussion. We hope with our struggles and questions comes clarity, not only for ourselves, but for our listeners. We want to discuss the very things y’all think about and often question yourself. This episode is no exception!

    Photography Blogs » Pain in the Arse or Necessary?

    One of our longtime landscape photographer inspirations very recently chucked his photo blog, stunning many of his followers. His reasoning was simple, but it definitely got us thinking – how important are photography blogs for our career in photography, whether we are working photographers (full or part-time), passionate and dedicated hobbyists or even just starting out? Can these blogs distract our attention and perhaps progress for our work or do the opposite – help us grow as not only photographers, but also communicators? It seems the feeling is often split, so we took to our mics to figure it all out. Or try to. Heh.

    Aussie Invasion

    We absolutely love all the love from our Aussie listeners, old and new, so thanks for taking the time to check us out, y’all. Awkward high five.

    Join the Convo

    Ok, let’s hear it – what are your thoughts on the new features from Adobe? Am I being too crotchety and these features are actually a good thing? Do you feel more features like these will take away from the art of making images, or rather compliment it? Would you like to see more features from Adobe? How essential are photography blogs / articles in your eyes? What kind of online presence do you have when it comes to your photography?  Are there any topics you’d like to see discussed on the show? Please send us a note! You can find us on Twitter, Google Plus (haha, no, really), Bookface and of course, y’all can subscribe free via iTunes and the Stitcher app.

    Assclown Hackers

    Btw, we apologize for the delay in publishing the show … hackers are keeping us on our toes once again (ah, the internet), so WordPress took action and prevented us from publishing on time … mucho sorry.

    Thanks as always for tuning in, mates!

    Cheers, y’all!



    Links from the show:

    Adobe’s New Features for Photographers / via PetaPixel

    Adobe Max 2014

    David de Graaf Photography Story

    Rob Jenkins Photo :: Fuji X-Photographer Tumblr


  2. Episode 92 »» Photography. Lies, All Lies.

    September 29, 2014 by Sid

    Episode 92 »» Photography. Lies, All Lies., Shutter Time With Sid and Mac podcast, episode 92, we tackle the burning question, is photography real?iPhone 6, Y’all 

    Of course our resident techie already has one of the new iPhones … Mac shares with us one of his operating gripes, doh!

    Foot In Mouth Disease 

    Ahh, I love these moments. It’s no secret we go back and forth regarding websites, themes, design, yadda yadda yadda. This was no exception … tune in to hear Mac’s latest stance on Squarespace. Feel free to also check out *cough* episode 58. Heh.

    Distorted Reality?

    In an attempt to get folks to scratch their heads, we tackled the lingering question, what the hell is photography? Is photography real or rather a distortion of reality? Understand? Yeah, me neither … so join us as we take to the mics to figure this one out.

    Join the Convo, Yo!

    We’d love to hear your thoughts on the show. If you’re an Apple user, did you get the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus yet? Are you as annoyed as Mac? If you wrapped your head around our main topic (well done, you), what are your thoughts? Do you consciously attempt to distort reality when making an image? Is this something we need to do or even be concerned with when making images?

    Die Photo Trends, Die.

    Out of curiosity, what are some photography trends YOU feel need to bugger off? Selfies? Photobombing? Let us know! You can tell us on Bookface, Google Plus, Twitter or ye old blog! Don’t forget you can subscribe for free via iTunes and via the Stitcher app! We want to mention them on one of the upcoming shows. C’mon, vent a little. You know you want to.

    Thanks as always for tuning in, folks, new listeners and longtime ones alike. Always appreciated. True story.

    Cheers, y’all.


    Links from the show:

    Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus


    Chasing The Light / via Ian Plant

    Scott Kelby »» Crushing the Composition 

    George Costanza Photobomb Clip »» After version (image only) 



  3. Episode 91 »» Who Is The Judge of Your Photography?

    September 14, 2014 by Sidney

    *This is the photo we discussed towards the end of the show; mock away* :)

    *This is the photo we discussed towards the end of the show … mock away* :)

    Gear Swoon

    Before the Photokina fun starts, some companies have announced new tools and toys and you know the folks at Fuji are no different with the announcement of a new X-T1. We can’t image why at this point, but it’s kind of flashy and funky looking with a string of cool feature, so this might appeal to those thinking about buying the X-T1. The great thing is current X-T1 owners will have the firmware update come sometime in December, giving us the lot of upgrades. There’s also the new 56 ƒ1.2 APD lens and the 50-140mm ƒ2.8 lens. Check out the press release for all the goodness and the Fuji Guys latest video for more!

    Vivian Maier

    The latest news indicates there is a legal battle brewing regarding her body of work. We touch on a couple details during the show, but you can find all the information here.

    Here Comes The Judge

    With the latest news over Vivian Maier’s work and other discussions about whose opinions really matter when it comes to your photographs, it got us thinking – who is the ultimate judge of your images? We took to the mics in an attempt to tackle this very broad subject. Please join us as we try to figure it out.

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    What are you looking forward to coming out of Photokina this week? I’m curious what our Fuji shooters in particular think about the Graphite X-T1 release? Is it too soon? Should they have kept it at a firmware update only with the original X-T1? Let’s switch gear to our bodies of work – who is ultimately the judge of your photography? What is your take on this? Does knowing others are judging your work impact how you make images and even share them? We’d love to hear your thoughts on this and more, so please check us out at TwitterBookFaceG+, and of course, you can subscribe for free via iTunes.

    If y’all even made it through this show, we thank you! It’s been a long week / month, friends. Thanks as alway for tuning in!

    Cheers, y’all!


    Links from the show:

    Fujifilm New Deluxe Graphite X-T1 Body Announcement 

    Fujinon XF50-140mm ƒ2.8 Lens and XF56 ƒ1.2 APD Lens Announcement

    The Fuji Guys » Fujifilm X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition – First Look Preview

    Legal Battle Over Vivian Maier’s Work / NY Times

    Timothy Treadwell Photography 


  4. Episode 90 »» Photo Blog Rules?

    September 2, 2014 by Sid


    Shutter Time With Sid and Mac, episode 90, Please join us for episode 90 as we cover some news from Dropbox, 500px, and dish on a couple of photo blogs from Matt Kloskowski and Jake Peterson!We are covering it all tonight, folks …

    Accept It, Eh?

    Matt Kloskowski penned a great article that gives us the number one not-so hidden secret to photographing amazing landscapes. It’s simple as pie, and he’s spot on. Tune in as we chat about his post!

    Our Sponsors

    Check out some great comments from Michael Van der Tol and Robert Coffey on our blog and G+. I loved these comments and thought they needed to be shared. Thanks, chaps!

    Flickr’s Twin?

    Ah, first 500px came out with licensing, which garnered a mix reaction, and now they have taken a page from the folks at Flickr and have whipped up groups and discussions. Does such a service really belong on a site such as 500px? It’s in beta testing right now, so if you’re on 500px, take a look.

    Dropbox, Yo!

    The good folks at Dropbox gave their pro users a big upgrade when it comes to storage. We quickly break it down. Make sure to check out the different plans they offer if you’re not already a user.

    It’s Your Blog, Right?

    Jake Peterson wrote a short, but interesting piece about what should be included in your blog. This may not have been the purpose of his post, but it got us thinking — if we are using a site for our business, what kind of posts and images should make the blog? Do you include and blog about your mistakes or only have the best of the best on there. How can you show growth and discuss lessons with only top notch work being posted on the blog? Is this even necessary?

    Photo Blog Shout-out 

    One of our kickin’ listeners, Rob Jenkins, has been blogging some really great topics and images, so please take a moment to check out his posts on Fuji X Photographer!

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    We’d love to hear thoughts on the show! If you made it through our mixed bag of nuts and rambles, high five, eh? What do you think about the changes at 500px? How important is it to live near your target locations, be it landscapes, wildlife, etc.? Do you have any photo blog rules yourself? Btw, if you haven’t done so yet, please check out episode 78 with Jake Peterson! You can also check us out at Bookface, Twitter, Google Plus and of course, you can find us on iTunes and the Stitcher app!

    Thanks as always for tuning in! Mucho appreciated.

    Cheers, y’all!

    Links from the show:


    500px Groups & Discussions

    Dropbox Pro Upgrade


    Jake Peterson Blog Post


  5. Episode 89 »» Are We Too Technical?

    August 17, 2014 by Sid

    Shutter Time with Sid and Mac » Episode 89 »» Are We Too Technical?  Join us as we discuss whether or not we should be more concerned with technical aspects of photography as opposed to storytelling. Is one more important?After Dark, Y’all

    The ever so wise chaps from The Camera Store took to their cameras and recorded an after dark episode, discussing the big moves Canon and Nikon should be making to impact the industry once again. It’s lighthearted and worth watching, with some great points being made. Guess we’ll see what happens next month at Photokina 2014!

    Technically Speaking 

    An article from Eric Kim started a debate between Mac and I regarding technically perfect images vs. those maybe lacking on the technical side, but stronger story-wise. We took to the mics to figure this one out … after all, we’ve probably all taken images one can deem as spot on from a technical aspect, but lacking in emotion and vice versa. What about those who can consistently pull off technically beautiful images, packing a hell of a story as well? Do you consider them masters of their craft?

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    We’d love for you to chime in on this episode and any other photolicious topics on your mind. Have your say on Bookface, Twitter, this blog or ye old Google Plus. Of course, you can subscribe for free via iTunes and if you have the Stitcher app, you can check us out there as well.! Are you looking forward to hearing and seeing all the scoop coming down the pipe at Photokina? What do you think Canon and Nikon should do in order to really make an impact on the industry once again? Do they need to get serious about the mirrorless world or take another route?

    Thanks as always for tuning in, folks! Always appreciated …

    Cheers, y’all!


    Links from the show:

    DJI Phantom 2 Hands-On Field Test / The Camera Store

    Why Sharpness is Overrated in Street Photography / Eric Kim Photography

    onOne Software


  6. Episode 88 »» Are You A Photographer?

    August 4, 2014 by mac

    Episode 88 »» Are You A Photographer?, shutter time with sid and mac podcast, Join us as we take a stab at defining photographers, inspired by an article @ oopoomoo. We also cover the Lens Rental Canada news, insurance woes & more!

    No More Renting Lenses, Eh?

    So Lens Rentals Canada is done.  The only big Canadian lens rental company goes away..far away.  Yep… no more, at least for now. I think we also lost any potential sponsorship for Borrow Lenses…. I guess I will never figure out when to shut up :)  Here is the news via PetaPixel…. Lens Rentals in Canada

    Insurance Woes

    Sid gets an interesting news about her gear insurance and she is looking for some tips.  It sounds like her whole set-up went way down south.  Any suggestions and ideas are welcome!

    Sensor Stuff

    We take a moment or two to bring up the amusing video by Zack Arias on sensor size. He definitely gets the job done with a good dose of humour.

    Defining Photographers

    Well I sort of go off the deep end discussing this with Sid.  The article by our Alberta friends at oopoomoo sparked something in us and I vehemently disagree… that’s all that can be said about that. Have a listen as Sid and I try to figure this one out.

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    We’d love to hear what your thoughts are on these topics! What do you think a photographer is? Someone learning and working on their craft, a master at their craft or someone who picks up a camera? Has it always been this way? Thanks to oopoomoo for giving us all something to think about! If you rent from Lens Rentals Canada, what is your plan B now? Keep joining in and head to our Facebook, Twitter and G+ to keep the conversation flowing! As always, you can subscribe for free via iTunes!

    Thanks for tuning in.


    Links from the Show:

    Lens Rentals Canada /via

    Zack Arias Sensor Debunking /via fstoppers

    Oopoomoo – What makes a Photographers a Photographer? / via Oopoomoo


  7. Episode 87 »» What’s Your Photographic Style?

    July 20, 2014 by Sid

    Shutter Time with Sid and Mac podcast. Episode 87 »» What's Your Photographic Style? Join us as we chat about finding your photographic voice and discovering your shooting / editing style! We also cover some recent gear rumours … mmm…gear!

    It’s About Time

    Canon, I’m talking to you! No, there is no new pro body between the 1Dx and Canon M3 yet …but after a long, long time, it looks like the EF 100-400 ƒ4.5-5.6L IS II lens is finally going to show its refreshed face (front element?) at Photokina in September! It’s not going to be cheap, and it looks like Canon is continuing with their trend of seriously jacking up prices of new replacement lenses! You can check out all the scoop at Canon Rumors, y’all. We also chat about a couple rumours regarding the Fuji X-Pro2 and X100s successor. Really, would this be a proper podcast if Mac didn’t get in his Fuji time? Rawr. 

    Self Discovery

    It takes a while …sometimes a very long while, to discover your photographic voice … essentially who you are as a photographer. Once you figure out what genre(s) you like to shoot the most, often we try to figure out our style, not only behind the camera, but also in post with our editing. Do you make an effort to shoot and edit in a distinctive style or are you all over the map, doing it dirty?

    Do You Like It?

    Often the first step of finding your inner photo-jedi is to see what others in the world of photography are doing. Do you scout the internet for images that grab your attention in one way or the other? What kind of work do you find yourself flocking to, giving a like, fave or +1? How does this influence your own photography? Do tell.

    Money Money Money!

    I feel like I’m writing about The Apprentice. Remember that show? This definitely relates to the big ol’ wallets of those in the same league as Trumpland. We discuss some of the most expensive photographs ever sold! We’re talking big bucks, y’all.

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    We’d love to hear what your thoughts are on these topics! What do you think about these crazy prices for photographs? Is any one image really worth such high numbers? How do you feel about your own style / photographic voice? Do you think you have one yet? Keep joining in and head to our Facebook, Twitter and G+ to keep the conversation flowing! As always, you can subscribe for free via iTunes!

    Thanks as always for tuning in!

    Cheers, y’all!


    Links from the show:

    Canon EF 100-400 ƒ4.5-5.6L IS II / via Canon Rumors

    Fuji X-Pro2 24MP APS-C Sensor / via Fuji Rumors

    Fuji X100S Successor / via Fuji Rumors

    73 Most Expensive Photographs Ever Sold / via Photographytalk



  8. Episode 86 »» Blood, Sweat and Tears?

    July 7, 2014 by Sid

    Shutter Time with Sid and Mac podcast. Episode 86 »» Blood, Sweat and Tears? We discuss the blood, sweat and tears it take for photographers to make the image. We also chat about Aperture's death, iPhoto and more! Oh, Apple.

    Apple has sent the well known Aperture software and iPhotos to the slaughterhouse … we discuss their demise and what this means for photographers currently using these programs. We also chat about newly announced features for the OS X Photos!

    Going the Extra Mile?

    An article from Matt Kloskowski sparked our discussion on how far are we willing to go as photographers to make the image. Matt has a great story on how he photographed one of his target locations and the effort and planning it took to make it all happen. We then take it to the extreme of going the extra mile…or make that 100 miles…to make the image. Of course, we’re taking about a well known news story from 2010 where a wildlife photographer took steps most of us would never dream of. Please have a listen as we discuss these interesting and impressive stories.

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    How far are YOU willing to go to make the image you’ve been dreaming of? Why or why not will you take those extra steps? Chime in on our site, FacebookGoogle Plus or Twitter and let us know what you think! As always you can listen to us via iTunes, where you can subscribe for free. If you have the Stitcher app, you can check us out there as well.

    Thanks as always for tuning in!

    Cheers, y’all!

    P.S. Udo!

    Links from the show:

    Apple Kills off Aperture » Engadget

    3rd Party Apps for New OS X Photos » PetaPixel

    Greg Du Toit Article » Daily Mail Online (UK)

    Greg Du Toit » Lion Waterhole Story

    Matt Kloskowski » Photographing Oneonta Gorge

  9. Episode 85 »» Your Photography Backbone

    June 22, 2014 by Sid

    Before we dive in the topic of finding your photography backbone, we cover a few things on our minds … 

    Shutter Time with Sid and Mac podcast, Episode 85 »» Your Photography Backbone, Join us on the show as we chat about the importance of finding your photography backbone, street photography, free photography magazines, and more!

    Creative Cloud

    Ah, Adobe has released a major update to their Creative Cloud goodness and in doing so, have made many photographers happy, but also frustrated a number of photographers. We briefly discuss one of the main issues. To check out all the updates in detail, please check out the links for Adobe and PetaPixel below!

    F is for FREE Magazines

    LEE Filter and Fuji have both released free PDF magazine, Xposure and X Magazine, respectively. You can download the free magazines from the show notes below! Make sure to check them out!

    F is also for Filters

    Oh, LEE. Once again, they are really testing my masochistic side (as Mac calls it) by making filter life a tad difficult in Canada. I’m also talking to you, Tiffen and b+w. Please have a listen as we discuss our Canuck filter woes.

    Wasted Opportunities

    Mac recently suffered from the feared shooters syndrome we’ve probably all experienced and he let an opportunity go by … Join us as we hear exactly what he feared, why and more importantly, how we as photographers can squash those fears and make the image happen. We mainly focus this topic around street photography / candids.

    Bits ‘n Bites

    What do you think about the Creative Cloud update? Do y’all use filters anymore? Surely I’m not the only one, haha! Have you experienced a moment where your photography backbone is missing and you’ve allowed a photographic moment or opportunity to pass you by? Please tell us about it. How do you maintain your confidence in yourself and your work?

    Join the Convo

    We’d love for you to jump in and have your say and let us know what’s on your mind. You can usually find us over at Facebook and Twitter and there’s always Google Plus (ha!). Don’t forget you can subscribe for free via iTunes! If you have the Stitcher App, you can also find us there!

    Thanks as always for tuning in, folks. Another big thanks to our new sponsors and the great emails, comments and more! High five!

    Cheers, y’all!


    Links from the show:

    Creative Cloud Update  »  Adobe Round-up / via @PetaPixel

    2014 Adobe Creative Cloud Update / via @creativecloud

    Xposure Magazine by LEE Filters

    Fujifilm X Magazine

    Street Photography With Zack Arias (video)

    How NOT To Look Like a Creep When Shooting in the Streets / via @erickimphoto

    5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Be Sneaky When Shooting Street Photography / via @erickimphoto

  10. Episode 84 »» Photography Backlog

    June 8, 2014 by Sid

    We discuss a number of topics in episode 84, such as traveling light w/ your gear, photography backlog, as well as answering a couple of Twitter questions! Batshite Crazy Sale in Zeissland

    We talk about a crazy sale going on with Zeiss Touit E and X mount lenses (12mm and 32mm), but the pages for the sale at The Camera Store have been taken down and instead of August, it looks like it ended June 6th, 2014. Boo. Sorry, folks – we don’t know what the issue was, but at the time of this post, prices are back to normal. It looks like the sale might still be on at B&H. Shop at your own risk, ha! Hopefully if you were in the market, you were able to snag a lens or two at the killer price.

    Tweet Tweet

    We answer a couple of Twitter questions on processing and gear choices. Huge thanks to the two Davids for the tweets / DMs. Hopefully we’ve answered your questions!

    Traveling Light

    Mac updates us on his travel adventures with his mirrorless system! Who are we kidding? We know it’s Fuji, riiiight!

    Challenge Overkill?

    An article from one of the greatest Canadian landscape photographers, Darwin Wiggett, left us scratching our big ol’ noggins. We discuss his decision to join his partner’s kill-the-clutter challenge with regards to their massive backlog of unprocessed images. I’d guess most photographers one time or the other find themselves in a quandary with faced with photography backlog, but how many have the confidence to set a deadline to catch up and then delete the images which have been left untouched? Please have a listen as we go back and forth over Darwin’s blog post.

    Bits n’ Bites

    How do you travel light when it comes to your photography? Do you have any tips or tricks for doing so? Please share the wealth with your fellow listeners! Do you think we should care when other photographers make a decision about their photography? And why do we care? Should the impact matter at all? How do you handle your photography backlog? Have you ever made such a bold decision as we discussed on the show? Oh, the questions.

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    We’d love for you to jump in and have your say and let us know what’s on your mind. You can usually find us over at Facebook and Twitter, as well as Google Plus. Don’t forget you can subscribe for free via iTunes!  If you have the Stitcher App, you can also find us there!

    Thanks as always for tuning in!

    Cheers, y’all!


    Links from the show:

    Zeiss Touit Lens Field Test: 12mm ƒ2.8 & 32mm ƒ1.8  »» The Camera Store

    Canon EOS Rebel T5i 18-55 & 55-250 STM

    Nikon D3300 with AF-S 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 VR II

    Olympus Mirrorless Systems 

    Nikon D3300 Hands-On Field Test »» The Camera Store

    GearHead Wednesdays »» Moose Peterson 

    One Week in the Canadian Rockies with a 50mm Lens »» Darwin Wiggett

    Darwin Wiggett »» Ultimate Kill the Clutter Challenge Post

    Darwin Wigget »» Dances With Light Book