The Switch to Manual guys celebrate their 60th episode; their "Diamond Episode." Antonio and Tom chat about all sorts of stuff: how Switch to Manual started, how the podcast began, what it really means to shoot in manual, some awesome photo book Tom found, and previews of what's to come on the podcast. So grab your favorite beverage and join the STM guys for a great chat between good friends.
Not a real episode, per se; just a filler until Antonio & Tom record their 60th episode in the next week. Until then, Antonio wanted to close out the summer with a short update show talking about an interesting photographic expericence he had this past weekend: getting his and his wife's portrait made in an old fashioned method called a "tintype."
We’re sure you’ve heard this before: which is better, an iPhone camera or a DSLR? There are endless debates about this question. Pixel peeping, increasing megapixels, accessibility, portability, the list goes on. The STM guys don’t plan to rehash this ongoing discussion.
In this episode, Antonio and Tom try to tackle this question from a slightly different perspective; what is it like to actively choose to take photographs using your phone instead of a traditional camera and why would you choose to do so? Because we’re so quick these days to take photos with our phone and not think twice about it, are we handing off our real world experiences to our digital devices? By choosing to photograph the world using a device which you keep with you constantly are you forgetting what you capture and relegating your visual memories to a digital shoebox?
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In this episode, Antonio talks about two great art exhibits he went to this past weekend: photographer Irving Penn at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and painter Georgia O'Keeffe at the Brooklyn Museum. Then, in the meaty part of the show, Antonio speaks about what he's really trying to depict when he photographs: reality or feelings? Showing a friend how he processed his photos made him wonder whether he was revealing too much about how he interprets what he sees and photographs. If he's not showing reality then maybe he's showing how he felt.
Antonio is joined by long time STM friend, photographer Jean Miele. In this episode, Jean and Antonio discuss the current landscape of digital photography education. Lately, there's been a shift away from people devoting themselves to learning photography applications like Photoshop and Lightroom. More and more, emerging photographers and veterans alike are seeking out how to use these tools and their equipment to create the images that have the most meaning to them by relying more on intuition and inspiration rather than technique. Listen to Antonio and Jean as they try to hash out what this means for photography education in general and their own photographs in specific.
The lens you use says a lot about what how you express yourself in your photographs. Each lens has its own vocabulary, its own “language,” as it were. In this episode, Antonio is joined by the fabulous Mac Sokulski from the Shuttertime with Sid and Mac podcast. Antonio and Mac talk about how they use lenses to say something about the pictures they take. Wide angles, telephotos, portrait lenses; each adds its own words to the language of photography.
In this special 55th episode, Antonio interviews Virginia-based photographer Jeffrey Stone, a fellow street shooter who he recently followed on Instagram. Inspired by such great photographers as Ernst Haas and Saul Leiter, Jeff has only recently started seriously pursuing his love of street shooting. Posting daily on Instagram under his “Lonely.Streets” name, Jeffrey’s graphic and thought provoking black and white images stand out among the flood of urban imagery uploaded to the social media site. Antonio was able to convince Jeff to put his camera down for a moment and join him in a pleasant conversation about what it’s truly like to shoot on the lonely streets.
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In this episode, Antonio and Tom discuss those images which have had some profound affect on their both of their lives. Both Switch to Manual guys grew up in an era where certain images had longevity and prominence. But in this day of image over-saturation, what are the pictures that stand out, that have meaning? Which are the ones we cut out of magazines and hang on our wall to look at every day? What are the images we contemplate and sometimes send our lives on a new path? Tom and Antonio discuss a few of the photos, both personal and other, which have had a special affect on them.
What are picture profiles, also known as "film simulations" on some cameras, "presets" and "filters" in image processing software? What’s the point of applying picture profiles to the photos you take? Is it only to simulate film looks from the past or are there other purposes to altering the look and color of your digital pictures?
In this special episode, Antonio is joined by friend and long time Podcaster, Bart Busschots from the Let's Talk Photography podcast. Listen to Bart and Antonio as they discuss whether or not these color settings are just marketing gimmicks by camera manufacturers and app makers or have some definite place in your creative toolbox.
Is bigger truly better? Are the larger sensors in digital cameras better at producing higher quality images than smaller sensors? In this episode, Antonio is joined by the fabulous Mac Sokulski from the Shuttertime with Sid and Mac Podcast to tackle this endless debate about sensor quality. Some people think you should only shoot with "full frame" cameras in order to create the best possible image. Others think that the size of the camera's sensor is just one of many factors which go into producing a beautiful picture. Listen to Antonio and Mac hash out some of the controversy and put to bed some of the misinformation going around about this issue. They may even be able to save you some money with your next camera purchase!