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  1. Episode 97 »» Santa’s Bag Returns, Yo!

    December 8, 2014 by Sid

    Episode 97 »» Santa's Bag Returns, Yo!, It's that time of year, y'all! Join us as we dig inside Santa's bag and pull out some great holiday gift ideas for photographers!

    Christmas 2014 image courtesy of Kasia Sokulska

    Candy Cane Wishes

    It’s that time of year, y’all! We are back with our 4th annual Santa’s Bag show! We join the ranks of just about everyone else in the industry with holiday gift suggestions for the photographer type person in your world. Once again, Mac’s wife, Kasia, joins us for the fun! Please tune in as we dig inside Santa’s Bag o’ goodness to see what we come up with.

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    We’d love to hear some of your holiday gift ideas for photographers! You can find us at FacebookTwitterGoogle Plus and of course, you can subscribe for free at iTunes or check us out at Stitcher.

    Thanks to Kasia for joining us once again on the show! Make sure to check out her lovely work, folks!

    Happy holidays, y’all and thanks as always for tuning in! Truly.


    Links from the show:

    Episode 9 »» Santa’s Bag

    Episode 44 »» The Return Of The Christmas Bag

    Episode 71 »» Santa’s Bag Returns

    Professional Art Hanging System

    Touch Tonic for Gloves

    Keyboard Shortcut Skins

    ROK Espresso Maker

    Heat 3 Smart Gloves

    Kingston Digital MobileLite Wireless Flash Reader G2

    Parks Canada Annual Pass

    The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Series

    Pelican Headlight

    Lenscoat Raingear

    LensCoat RainCoat How-To Video w/ Juan Pons 



  2. Episode 96 »» Photography Ruts, Gear, Grunts & More

    November 24, 2014 by Sid

    Episode 96 »» Photography Ruts, Gear, Grunts & More, Shutter Time With Sid and Mac podcast, photography, yegphoto, yegcasts.Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag

    We starting rolling with some quick camera bag chat. Hey, who doesn’t love a new camera bag? Most photographers we know are always looking for that perfect bag. Mac stumbled upon a rather interesting camera bag for men and we’ll take a look at it and discuss some other options.

    Lightroom 5.7 Update

    Another update for Lightroom has arrived. We found this one rather quizzical due to there being an update specifically for the Fujifilm X-T1 Graphite body. If you know the scoop, please fill us in! We can only guess it has to do with the newer firmware vs. the original black model, which will receive its firmware update in December.

    Sony A7II Rumours 

    Of course, the day after we record, the rumoured announcement from Sony become official out of Sony Japan. Check out the updated scoop from!

    Photography Ruts – Are They Real and What’s the Deal?

    We dive in with a tough topic many creative souls face at one time or another – dealing with a creative rut. It can be anywhere from just a minor blip to downright hell. We discuss how and why ruts can even happen, the impact they can have on our work and creative flow. Please have a listen as we work our way through this often frustrating phase in an artist’s career.

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    Camera bags – which ones do you prefer and where the heck is the perfect one? Let us know! We’d appreciate hearing how you have dealt with photographic ruts in the past. Have you experienced one before and what would you suggest to your fellow artists when they find themselves in this predicament? Please chime in! You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus. Of course you can find and subscribe to the show for free via iTunes. If you have the Stitcher App, we’re there as well!

    Thanks so much for tuning in and all the great feedback. Much appreciated!

    Cheers, y’all!


    Links from the show:

    Pompidoo Amsterdam Camera Bag

    Heat 3 Smart Gloves »» The Camera Store

    Canon EF 100-400mm ƒ4.5-5.6L US II USM Lens

    Lightroom 5.7 Update

    Sony A7II Rumours Turned Announcement

    PetaPixel Article from Don Giannatti


  3. Episode 95 »» Don’t Worry, Keep Shooting Photography

    November 10, 2014 by Sid

    Episode 95 »» Don't Worry, Keep Shooting PhotographyFujilicious

    Fuji shooters and gearheads alike have been waiting for the anticipated release of the Fuji XF50-140mm ƒ2.8 lens, so we were naturally curious when some high-res samples were shown from the Fujifilm folks. The 3 sample images, taken by Zack Arias, caused a bit of a buzz from the crowd. Have a listen as we briefly discuss those images. You can also check out more sample images from Rico Pfirstinger, who is also testing out the lens, at his Flickr stream.

    Btw, if you’re looking for the latest Fuji X mount lens roadmap, you can find it here!

    Energy Shift

    I’d guess most of us have worried about what other shooters are doing at one time or the other, eh? What they’re shooting down from the gear, sponsorships, work, workshops, etc. You name it. Having both been highly guilty of this, Mac and I decided to discuss why we have worried about this and what all shooters should be focusing on instead. Please have a listen as we figure out where to shift our energy, curious if others are also feeling the same way and what you have done about it.

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    What are your thoughts of the sample images coming from the Fuji 50-140mm? If you’re a Fuji shooter, will you be adding this to your arsenal o’ gear? Your voice – we would love to hear your thoughts, especially on the main topic – worrying about other photographers. If you have any insight on how you have handled this – if at all, please record an audio clip and we’ll add it to one of our upcoming shows. Please send Mac an email at mac [at] miksmedia [net] or you can leave a message on our Facebook or Twitter and we’ll go from there. Don’t forget you can also subscribe for free via iTunes and Stitcher!

    Thanks for tuning in!

    Cheers, y’all!


    Links from the show:

    Fujinon XF50-140mm ƒ2.8 Samples / via

    Rico Pfirstinger’s Fuji 50-140mm Flickr Set

    Fujinon Lens XF50-140mm ƒ2.8 OIS WR

  4. Episode 94 »» Chatting With Dominick Chiuchiolo

    October 30, 2014 by Sid

    Dominick Chiuchiolo photography, Episode 94 »» Chatting With Dominick Chiuchiolo

    Image by Dominick Chiuchiolo

    Oh So Very Late

    We are hella late with publishing the show and for that, we are sorry, y’all! An clusterduck line up of events decided to give Uncle Murphy a run for his money and well, here we finally are. Phew.

    Listener Meet Co-hosts 

    One of our longtime listeners agreed to come on the show for a good ol’ fashioned chat with us! Please have a listen as we get to know the wonderful and interesting chap behind the lens and cool New York accent! We cover it all – Dom’s photography, his passion for his craft, why he doesn’t blog, printing his work, gear chat (mmmm…gear) and more!

    PhotoPlus Expo   

    Photoplus is here and lucky Dominick is heading to the trade floor to check out the goods! There’s been some whispers Canon might make an announcement … let’s see what holds true!

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    Are you heading to the Photoplus? If you’re a Fuji shooter – what are you most looking forward to from their roadmap? Do you print your work for not only yourself, but friends and family as well? Big thanks to Dom and Udo for all the comments on the blog of late, btw!

    Thanks so much for tuning in, y’all, and a huge thank and cheers to Dom for coming on the show! We had a great time!

    Cheers, y’all!


    Links from the show:

    Dominick » Flickr

    Dominick » 500px

    PhotoPlus Expo 

    PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo

    Fujifilm Roadmap

    Fujifilm Graphite X-T1 

    The Art of Photography  » The Photographer’s Guide to Twitter

  5. 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.

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    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


  6. 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.

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    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) 



  7. 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 


  8. 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


  9. 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


  10. 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