Episode 179 »» Inspirational Photographers with Dave Szweduik

Episode 179 »» Inspirational Photographers with Dave Szweduik

We Missed Him.

It has been too long since we have had him on the show, so when we decided on this topic, we knew we wanted him to join in! Naturally, we are talking about our great friend, some know him as Usually ‘Happy’ Dave, swizzbob, or better yet because he answers the bat signal, Batman. That’s right … you know him, you love him, and he’s baaaack!

We Are Listening!

Big thanks to our new friend, Laurie, for the show idea. We have not done this for a while, so right away we knew we needed to have a fresh 2018 version! Please join us as we, along with Usually ‘Happy‘ Dave, discuss some of our most inspirational photographers! We hope everyone enjoys the list and y’all discover some new photographers.

Episode 179 »» Inspirational Photographers with Dave Szweduik

Episode 179 »» Inspirational Photographers with Dave Szweduik Episode 179 »» Inspirational Photographers with Dave Szweduik

Join the Convo

What do you think about the photographers we featured tonight? Do you have any others you would like to add? We would love to hear some names! You can chime in and find us on Twitter and Bookface. You can also subscribe to the show for free via iTunes or Stitcher. If you would like to support the show and help with some of the costs of running this podcast, please check us out on Patreon (any support is appreciated!).

Special shout out and welcome to our new listener from Alabama, Devon Stapleton! Another shout out to Clay Daly and Devon Warren for helping Mac with his Fuji woes.  

Huge thanks to Usually Happy Dave for hanging out with us once again! Make sure you check out his photography work and also his tech podcast, digitalSoup!

Thanks so much as always for tuning in, friends!

Cheers, y’all!


Links from the show: 
Dave’s list:
Mac’s list:
Sid’s List:
Sid’s Twitter » @supercellsid
Mac’s Twitter » @maclby  
Episode 131 »» Nik and Nick

Episode 131 »» Nik and Nick

Episode 131 »» Nik and Nick

Where’s Vivian 

Netflix US has been streaming Finding Vivian Maier for about a month now, though Canada has yet to join in on the fun. Small gripe, but it’s irritating all the same. If I had to guess, it would be licensing issues. I mean, why else would The West Wing, Mad About You and Degrassi Junior High disappear from Netflix Canada and have yet to return? The pain is real.

Say What, Google?

Many photographers are delighted to hear Nik software – or should we say Nik Collection by Google has dramatically dropped their price to FREE, y’all. Sounds great and all, but this has some longtime fans of the software concerned about its future. We discuss what this could mean for users of this great collection. We also briefly touch on their old podcast, Nik Radio. If you have yet to check it out, think about doing so whilst the episodes are still available!

Head Scratcher 

There are many talented photographers – well known figures to varying degrees – who make incredibly beautiful and compelling images. Then there are some who also do this, but on a different level. After viewing the latest series from Nick Brandt, Inherit the Dust, I pretty much drove Mac crazy for at least two weeks asking him HOW Nick did it? It’s more than tools, time and skill. How did Joe McNally do it – particularly in 2001 and again in 2011? How can some of these photographers take their images to a whole other level when it comes to story telling and evoking insane levels of emotion? Please join us as Mac tries to understand my question and we try to answer it.

Join the Convo

Have you seen Finding Vivian Maier yet? It’s been a while since we’ve chatted about the film, so we’d love to hear your thoughts about it. Are you going to grab Nik by Google software now that it’s free? And if you’re a fan of the software, are you concerned about its fate? Are there any photographers or even images in general that leave you not only in awe and perhaps allow your emotions to reach another level, but also leave you wondering how they do what they do? We’d love to hear some names and how you feel about their work and more! You can find us Bookface and Twitter! You can also subscribe free via iTunes and Stitcher.

Thanks as always for tuning in!

Cheers, y’all!

Links from the show:

Finding Vivian Mair on Netflix / via PetaPixel

Nik Collection by Google is now FREE 

Nik Collection by Google Software

Nik Radio with Scott Shepard / via iTunes

Nick Brandt – Inherit the Dust

Joe McNally Photography

Faces of Ground Zero Giant Polaroids, 2001 / by Joe McNally

Faces of Ground Zero Giant Polaroids, Updated 2011 / by Joe McNally

Michael Kenna 



Episode 81 »» Why Are We Photographers?

Episode 81 »» Why Are We Photographers?

Before we start dishing about the world of photographers, we have some mini-gear chat!

Episode 81 »» Why Are We Photographers? Shutter Time With Sid and Mac podcast discuss the reason and growing trend of folks declaring themselves a photographer because they simply enjoy taking pictures.

The L Word(s)

Leica has annoyed Mac once again, so he shares with us his feelings about their latest release, the Leica T system. While Leica has aggravated Mac, Lytro with their latest release, LYTRO ILLUM, has caught his interest. We hear this thoughts on this one as well.


Like many others, we’ve noticed an increasing trend on social media with people saying they are ‘Instagram Photographers’ or ‘Professional Instagrammers” or “Passionate Photographer, but I don’t care about the art of photography” Why does this bug many of us? Not for the snotty reasons one might think … so we took to our mics to hash out yet another difficult topic — why does everyone feel the need to be a photographer today? With so many ‘photographers’ today, has this altered your perception of a true artistic photographer? So many questions. Please join us as we tumble our way through this topic.

Bits n’ Bites

We’d absolutely love to hear your thoughts on any of the topics today! Please feel free to leave a comment or visit us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus. Don’t forget you can subscribe for free to iTunes as well!

We really appreciate your continued support, the great conversations on Facebook, and the interest in the show with providing suggestions, feedback, ways to improve, comical references, etc. It’s been pretty cool to hear from y’all, so thank you!

Thanks as always for tuning in.

Cheers, y’all!


Links from the show:

Leica T System 


Oleg Oprisco, Photographer (using old Kiev 6C and Kiev 88 film cameras)

Photography Q&A » Zack Arias 




Episode 9 »» Santa’s Bag

Episode 9 »» Santa’s Bag

Santa's Bag Of Gifts For Photographers - Shutter Time

Santa’s Got a Brand New Bag

Our 2011 holiday gift guide photographers will dig! It’s the time of year where photographers and photography related sites crank out their top holiday gift suggestions for the photographer in your world. We thought we’d join the ranks this year and just get ‘er done. We reached deep into our photographic souls and each came up with a list we think would make any photographer shiver with candy cane tingles.

Bits n’ Bites

With so many great photo gifts out there, we couldn’t cover them all. Do you have any suggestions to accompany our list? If you’re a photographer, what are you hoping the jolly ol’ bugger in red brings you Christmas morning?

Thanks for listening, y’all!



Links from the show: 

Visible Dust SL-788 Arctic Butterfly with Light

Canon Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3

Domke F-2 Ruggedwear Shooters Bag

GoPro HD Helmet HERO Camcorder

Black Rapid RS-5 Camera Strap

F-Stop Watch

iPhone Lens Dial

Vintage Cameras

Joby Gorillapod

Tenba Small Messenger Bag

Stocking stuffers:

Giottos Rocket Air Blower 

Pelican VB3 2220 2 ‘CR2032’ LED Camera Bag Light

Gepe Card Safe Extreme Watertight Case

OP/TECH USA SLR Wrist Strap (Black)

Flickr Pro Account

Freehands Ladies Unlined Fleece Gloves

Alan Gordon Enterprises ARRI Crew Gloves – Update 2012: N/A

Canon Lens Mugs – Update 2012: N/A

Canon L lens shot glasses

Other Links:

Moose Peterson’s Cruisin’ Yellowstone ’11


Episode 7 »» Douchebaggery in Photography?

Episode 7 »» Douchebaggery in Photography?

Happy Mac

He updates us on his Snapseed app (from Nik) woes!

When Worlds Collide

The fine line where the old school, real world of photographers and the growing trend of famed Internet photographers was drawn is becoming blurred of late with the increasing numbers of Google + photographers taking the world of photography by storm. What’s all the fuss about? With the colliding worlds of photographers, we are also seeing another trend evolving – online bullying in photography. Is this really acceptable in our photography community? We chew over just this and more!

Bits ‘n Bites

Techie woes: Skype has been challenging us the past few episodes, so please bear with us during some of the audio blips here and there. We’re on a mission to come up with a resolution!

Thanks again for the feedback. We appreciate it and we’re thrilled you keep tuning in for more.

Thanks for tuning in!

Cheers, y’all!


Links from the show:

Nik’s Snapseed iPad App