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  1. Episode 102 »» The Soul of Landscape Photography

    February 16, 2015 by Sid

    Episode 102 »» The Soul of Landscape PhotographyMmmm … Fresh Gear

    Ahhh, the wait is over. It’s no secret there have been some big announcements from a few camera manufactures this past week. The anticipation factor was quite high for Canon and Fuji particularly. Nice to see Canon back in the game as many of us were starting to wonder … We break down the bigger announcements as we kick off the show.

    Fuji X Mount Lens Roadmap, Feb 2015, Episode 102 »» The Soul of Landscape Photography


    We had a wee contest to celebrate 100 episodes with the winner receiving a couple of Shutter Time prints! Mac’s son drew the winning entry, so congrats to Udo! Thanks to all who entered the contest to win a print! Udo, we shall be in touch! Yay!

    Finding Your Soul

    I think every landscape photographer has one time or the other questioned their work and whether their image has any soul. Isn’t that the goal of every photographer and in particular, the landscape photographer? An article from photographer, Ugo Cei, about his thoughts on the lack of soul in landscape photography today sparked not only a fair bit of discussion, but also touched some nerves. We tackle this topic and try to understand what has happened with landscape photography, should we be concerned and what to do about it. There are a couple of hundred of comments scattered on several blogs and we suggest you check them out. A lot of folks have some great insight into this topic. One of my favourite comments by far is from photographer John Oro … Since the link to his comment will not work, I’ve included a screen capture of his response.

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    Are y’all excited about any of the fresh gear announced from Olympus, Canon or Fuji? What are your thoughts about the 50MP Canon body – is this really necessary? Would the full frame + 1.3 an 1.6 crop capabilities make this body appealing to you? We’d love to hear your thoughts on the gear announcements and of course, the landscape photography debate!  Thanks again for all the continued interaction – it’s so appreciated, y’all. You can find us on Bookface, Twitter, G+ (hahaha, I know I know), and of course you can find us on iTunes and the ol’ Stitcher App. Oh, and big thanks to Gavin for the great messages!

    Thanks for tuning in!

    Cheers, y’all!


    Links from the show: (dang, there are a lot today!)

    EOS 5DS and 5DS R Press Release / via

    Canon EF 11-24mm ƒ4 Lens Press Release / via

    5 Reasons I Think the New Canon 5DS Will Kick Ass for Landscape Photographers / via Matt Kloskowski

    Canon EOS M3 Rumours / via EOS M World

    Olympus OM-D E-M5 II / via PetaPixel

    The Camera Store Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Hands-On Field Test / via TCS

    Fuji X Mount Lens Roadmap / via Fujifilm USA

    Will the Real Landscape Photography Please Stand Up? / via Ugo Cei Photography

    Ugo’s Follow-up Post, The Power of Ambition / via Ugo Cei Photography

    Will the Real Landscape Photography Please Stand Up? / via PetaPixel

    TWIP 398 – Raiders or the Lost Art / via This Week in Photo

  2. Episode 101 »» Is Professional Photography Dead?

    February 2, 2015 by Sid

    Shutter Time With Sid and Mac podcast, Episode 101 »» Is Professional Photography Dead?Third Party Gem

    Mac has made it no secret he is fond of third party lenses for his mirrorless bodies and he has spoken about them on the show in the past as well as on his blog. This time he dishes on his relatively new user experience with a high quality used lens that so far, has been worth the cash.

    Are We Immune?

    It’s happened before, yet many in the industry continue to shake their heads and fists when giants like CNN or Chicago Sun Times sack their staff photographers in the name of corporate restructuring, etc etc etc … It’s happened again, this time with longtime sports media org, Sports Illustrated. The decision was down to “economic circumstances and company restructuring.”…which can possibly be translated to iPhone pictures are good enough, yo! Or not. We’re just guessing. Many say readers of the magazine will not care about the quality of photographs, so the question is, are we as visual beings immune to quality photography?

    Tourism Jackpot

    Orgs sacking their photographers are not the only situations where working photographers are taking a hit in some ways. Tourism boards / companies, especially the larger ones, are hugely benefiting from the explosion of sharing your tourism driven photos over social media. Instead of licensing images or even hiring photographers for campaign work, many of these companies are heavily relying on the steady flow of pictures coming their way for free to promote their brand and province / state / country / etc. Sure, some of these orgs are still using paid photographers and are paying for photographs, but it’s safe to say the way business is being done using photographs is continuing to shift. There are definite pros and cons to this growing trend in the tourism industry worth considering.

    Please join us as we discuss the impact moves like Sports Illustrated and Travel Alberta have on the photography industry as a whole and the direct thump it can have on the working photographer. Has the influx of free photographs, good and bad, led organizations to revise their business strategy when it comes to using photography to reflect their corporate vision? Are we making the job far too easy for them? What can we do as photographers to ensure sustainability within the industry or should we just find a way to adapt and move full steam ahead?

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    Thanks again for all the 100 show wishes and notes, etc. We really appreciate it! Is there something photography related on your mind? Feel free to drop us a line via this site, or you can find us on Twitter, Bookface, G+ and of course, you can subscribe for free via iTunes and the Stitcher app!

    Thanks as always for tuning in!

    Cheers, y’all!


    Links from the show:

    Leica and Fuji / via MiKsMedia

    SI Lays Off All Remaining Staff Photographers / via PetaPixel

    CNN Lays Off Photojournalists  / via PetaPixel (2011)

    Chicago Sun-Times Lays Off Entire Photo Staff / via PetaPixel (2013)

    Travel Alberta Blunder, 2009 / via CBC

  3. Episode 100 »» Shutter Time Hits 100, Yo!

    January 19, 2015 by Sid

    Episode 100 »» Shutter Time Hits 100, Yo!Shots for Everyone 

    Before we start strolling down memory lane, marking 100 episodes of this podcast, we take care of some business. After we recorded the show, we were asked by a couple of listeners to limit the Fuji swooning for at least episode 100 or kill it all together for a while. Whoops. Sorry, y’all, we do cover a wee bit of Fuji chat as a follow up to the review we said Mac would deliver, so he does just that! Join us as Mac quickly gives us his thoughts on the Fuji 16mm extension tube, we briefly chat about the most popular cameras according to Flickr folks, and a wee more! Oh, and blame Mac for the celebratory noises, hehehe.

    Stay Gold, Vivian. Stay Gold. 

    It’s been no secret we’ve become fans of the late Vivian Maier’s body of work, and we have discussed her a number of times on the show, including a review of the documentary film, Finding Vivian Maier, between Mac and 2nd time guest, Jamey M. Photo. Earlier in the week, the nominees for the 87th Academy Awards were announced and many photographers were pleased to see the film snag a nod for Best Documentary Feature for John Maloof and Charlie Siskel. You can check out the rest of the list here!

    100 Episodes, Holy Crap, Canon

    Like it says in our bio (sans photos, I know, I know):  Our Shutter Time Roots: After countless hours of conversations and a few shoots together, we realized we should be transferring our gift of gab to a platform where we can reach other photographers and photography enthusiasts alike. Shortly after our lightbulb moment and a trip to B&H Photo, Shutter Time with Sid and Mac was born. – this about says it all, folks! 100 episodes and the conversation is still going strong!

    Visiting the Shutter Time Bunker

    We’ve had a good chunk of interviews and special guests, panelists and more drop by the virtual bunker and we’ve been thrilled every single time. In no particular order, we want to thanks all those who took the time to come on the show: Michael, Kasia, Dominick, Andrew, Moose, Ashley, Jamey, Jake, Rob, Alan, Terry, John, Jennifer, Randy, Darlene, Carey & Kelly (The Lonely Photographers), and Dustin. We appreciate it so much and we thank you all for contributing to the show, taking to the mics and exploring the world of photography with us!

    Friendships Are Born

    Becoming friendly with our listeners has allowed us to develop some really great friendships online and in person: Michael, Rob, Alan, Ross, Dom, Scott, Udo, Jamey, Andrew, Mark, the list continues! We look forward to building a few more friendships as the show goes on. But just a few now! :D

    Not Gonna Go All Bette Midler On Y’all

    ….and spout something about you all being the wind beneath our wings or anything like that, but just know we thank you, our wonderful listeners, for tuning in through the good and the bad, the ups and downs, heated debates, awkward poses, fanboy / fangirl moments (uh, Fuji and Moose, anyone?), Uncle Murphy interruptions, techie blips, countless giggles, big sighs and more. We appreciate every download of the show and more importantly, the excellent interaction and all the support from all of you. Awkward group hug once again!

    Looking Ahead

    The comments, visits, emails and more really mean so much to us and our promise to you is to keep getting better and making a show you’ll want to keep listening to and hopefully, participating in! Look for a revised site, better interaction from us, better photography, and more overall podcast goodness as we head towards the next 100! We look forward to the challenge as we tackle the ever changing world of photography with our mics!

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    We’d love to hear from you! If you have any show suggestions or comments on anything in your photo-driven minds, please speak up! What do you think of the Oscar nod for FVM? How do you think she would handle the increased hoopla on her body of work? If you shoot macro, do you think an extension tube is the way to go or would you prefer a dedicated macro lens?

    You can find us on Bookface, (Mac), Twitter and Google Plus. Don’t forget to subscribe if you haven’t already for free via iTunes. You can also catch up via the Stitcher App!

    Thanks as always for tuning in… and thank you, Mac. :) Let’s go shootin’ sometime, eh?

    Cheers, y’all!

    Sid & Mac!

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    Shutter Time Little Mac

    Links from the show:

    Macro Photography » Fuji 16mm Extension Review / via Mac

    Camera Trends From Flickr / via PetaPixel 

    Fuji X Buyers Guide Part III / via Zack Arias

    When Love Breaks Down: Why I Sold My Mirrorless

    Oscar Nominations » Finding Vivian Maier

    Episode 52 »» Film Chat with Scott Hutchison

    Episode 59 »» The Neighbors or Peeping Toms? 

    Episode 35 »» Moose Musings: Interview with Moose Peterson

  4. Episode 99 »» Influential Photographs

    January 4, 2015 by Sid

    Shutter Time with Sid and Mac podcast, Episode 99 »» Influential PhotographyFuji Stuff…Sorta

    In November 2014, Fujilfilm had announced two X-mount extension tubes for your macro pleasure. Word on the street is these accessories are now available for purchase. The good folks at have released their favourite gadgets list for 2014 and the Fuji X-T1 made the list for top camera of 2014. Check out the rest of the list here!

    TIME, You’re Drunk

    Like many other top 10 lists floating around, TIME came up with the ten most influential photographs of 2014. The list not only appears to be compiled of mainly average photos based on the photos themselves, but when attached to the detailed text describing the story, suddenly the photo gains a bit more merit. Is this really what makes an influential photograph? Join us as we try to make our way through this tough topic.

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    We’d love to know what you not only think about Time’s Top 10 photos of 2014, but what you also think defines an influential photograph? Should we as photographers reply on the accompanying text to help share our story? Does this list from TIME devalue photography in your eyes (go ahead and just tweet to me, Sid, you’re overreacting, ha!). Do you have any plans for 2015 with your photography? Are resolutions important to you, especially those related to making images? You can find us at Bookface, Twitter, Google Plus, and of course you can subscribe for free via iTunes! You can also listen to us via the Stitcher App!

    Don’t forget to listen to episode 98 in order to win a Shutter Time print. Stop laughing.

    Thanks so much for continuing to tune in, friends and listeners alike. We appreciate you helping us keep the conversation of photography going, the good, bad, ugly, hella important and silly topics. Happy New Year, y’all! Awkward group hug and / or high five. Your choice.

    Thanks as always for tuning in!

    Cheers, y’all!


    Links from the show:

    Fujifilm X-mount Macro Extension Tubes »» Our Absolute Favorite Gadgets of 2014

    Time’s Top 10 Photos of 2014

    Time’s Top 10 Photos of 2013

    Time’s Top 10 Photos of 2012

  5. Episode 98 »» It’s Fuji Time, Y’all

    December 23, 2014 by Sid


    Shutter Time With Sid and Mac Podcast, Episode 98 »» It's Fuji Time, Y'all, fuji x-t1 firmwareHo Ho Holy Fuji Is Awesome

    As we wind down the year, we thought being Fuji X shooters ourselves, we should be covering the release we’ve all been waiting for: the Fuji X-T1 firmware update to 3.00.  Yowsa! Speaking of Fuji, make sure to check out the latest Fuji X Mount lens roadmap for the upcoming news of 2015! Speaking of Fuji….again…please take a moment to check out the work of Official Fuji X Photographer, Marco Larousse.

    Episode 100 is Coming

    Hey, have a listen and see what you need to do to win free prints. Wallet size Walmart pics for everyone! Ok, not really. We’re thinking metal – metallic – or not. We haven’t decided, but just know we are giving away two prints, y’all! Make sure to email Mac with your answer at mac [at] miksmedia [dot] net!

    Ah, Fuji. Well, Lightroom

    Before we jump into Fuji Fuji Fuji chat, we vent a wee bit about some very recent Lightroom 5.7 woes, yo! Are you having any issues with Lightroom since the latest update? If you have any words of wisdom with the gremlin activities taking place, please jump in!

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    We’ve been sort of quiet mysterious on the social media front of late, but we strive to change this in 2015! You can find us on TwitterFacebookGoogle Plus (haha, no, really) and of course, you can find us on Stitcher and iTunes, where you can subscribe for free!

    Thanks as always for tuning in, folks! Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! We’ll see you in 2015 for more!

    Cheers, y’all!

    Links from the show:

    Marco Larousse Photography » Official Fuji X Photographer

    Fujifilm firmware Update X-T1

    Zack Arias » Fuji X Buyer’s Guide, Part 1 – Cameras

    Zack Arias » Fuji X Buyer’s Guide, Part 2 – Lenses

    Fuji X Magazine » Vol. 7

    TCSTV’s Best and Worst Cameras of 2014 » Video

    TCSTV’s Best and Worst » Bloopers


  6. 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 



  7. 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


  8. 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.

    Join the Convo & Hey, Record It

    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

  9. 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

  10. 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