In this special episode, Tom and Antonio team up with their Canadian counterparts, Sid and Mac, from the fabulous ShutterTime photography podcast to make a super mega mashup show. The STM guys have long been fans of Sid and Mac’s podcast and this joint episode is the first of hopefully many more joint podcasts to come. In this show, the ShutterTime crew and STM guys discuss whether or not it’s worth creating and having a physical photography portfolio. They discuss the merits and advantages of printing your work to show to potential clients or even just to have for yourself. Also, the idea of whether or not to have separate portfolios to cover the different aspects of your photography is touched upon.
The show is a little longer than usual but the hour does go by fast. Too fast. So tune in and check out what this American/Canadian photo mashup has in store. Please leave us feedback in the comments section whether or not we’ve succeeded in combining these two fabulous podcasts.
In this episode, Antonio does a one-on-one with photographer and long-time friend, Keith Goldstein. Keith is a prolific New York City street photographer well known for his series titled “Looking on, Watching the Building of the Freedom Tower.” Antonio and Keith discuss some of the delicate issues related to street shooting and also tap into the emotional expressionism that can come from it. Even if street shooting is not your thing, you'll want to hear how Keith uses his photography to mirror how he feels and what's happening in his life.
The Switch to Manual Guys are back in the saddle with this first episode of 2016. It just so happens that Antonio and Tom were both out of the country and both decided to travel with only one camera and one lens. Antonio brought his trusted Fuji X100T and Tom brought his Canon 5D Mark II with a 40mm f/2.8 pancake-style portrait lens. Listen in to see how restricting themselves in this way forced them both to get creative just a single lens and with the manual controls of the camera. And don't miss the new feature as they both share a quote from a photographer they like and reflect on its meaning. In this episode Tom shares a quote by the great landscape photographer Ansel Adams while Antonio lifts up the urban street shooting master, Elliott Erwitt.
Oh, and some exciting news from Tom!
(Apologies for the street noise on Antonio's side. He does live in New York so it's sometimes unavoidable)
While Tom is away at school, Antonio has the keys to the podcast again and he thought he might squeeze in one more episode before the end of the year going over his photography "recipe," letting loose on his Fuji/mobile/black and white photo workflow. Having spent most of his time on Allison Sheridan's Chit Chat Across the Pond podcast eluding the specific question of his black and white workflow, Antonio is making up for that by spilling the beans about how he goes from the camera to his final shot. Since this is mainly a workflow episode, it's devoted to his use of the Fuji X100T camera and Google's Snap Seed photo processing app on the iPad. Tune in if you want to learn some of his street shooting and processing secrets.
So it's the holiday season and you’re itching to get that shiny new camera working, but you don't want to take yet another holiday "snapshot." The Switch to Manual Guys have a few thoughts about how to have fun by tapping into your unique creative eye. Also, they share some of their favorite quotes from inspiring photographers. And if you get inspired and take something you like, share it and get featured along with others from the STM "Street Shots" podcast listening audience.
Is your photography starting to feel like the movie, Groundhog Day? Are you shooting the same subject over and over and over? If so, you’re gonna love episode 33 of Street Shots which is all about “finding novelty in the familiar.” Most photographers know that feeling of seeing something familiar and thinking, ‘been there, done that.’ And while sometimes letting an image go can create an opportunity to capture something else entirely, sometimes the challenge is finding novelty in the familiar. How might you discover a fresh perspective? This episode offers some hints through reference to Antonio’s images of the Brooklyn Bridge and Tom’s documentation of social protest.
This episode, Antonio visits the Photo Plus Expo in NYC and gives a small report from the field. The PPE is one of the largest photography trade shows in the US and has always taken place in NYC in late October. Many photography-related companies attend to show off new camera gear and accessories and so much more. It's a great event to attend to take seminars, meet other photographers, play with new stuff and just recharge your photographic juices. Antonio traveled the show floor and found some neat gadgets to share from companies you probably haven't heard of. In his field report (his first for this podcast), he interviews the folks at Beastgrip, iBlazr and MIOPS. Beastgrip makes a cage/grip for your smartphone, allowing you to attach a myriad of accessories which increases the photographic functionality of your smartphone. iBlazr makes a small, nifty Bluetooth-enabled flash also for your smartphone, or DSLR. MIOPS created a remote trigger for your camera that can be activated by lightning, sound, or even a laser beam.
The STM guys are back together and they’re just a little on the rusty side. Tom made it safely across the country to his new home base and Antonio fired up Skype and Street Shots is back in business. Now that they’re separated by 2,000+ miles, they realize how important it is to maintain a sense of community between them despite the distance. In this episode the Switch to Manual guys talk about the value of larger photographic community, both as a source of inspiration and just plain fun. From the NYC Photo Expo to Brooklyn's Photoville and small meetups in between, communities of shutterbugs offer great opportunities to learn and share your work.
Photoville in Brooklyn
STM Coney Island photo walk
World Wide Photo Walk, 2015, Red Hook, Brooklyn
Tom's hat somewhere on the road in Oklahoma
Tom and his loyal boy, Johnny Cash, on the road somewhere in Tennessee