Liam Douglas

Episode 29: IBIS Coming to Select Canon DSLRs and Photography Gear Luggage

In this episode I talk about IBIS coming to select future Canon DSLRs and in the extended topic, photography gear luggage.

IBIS for Canon DSLRs

IBIS is coming to select next generation Canon DSLRs [CR2]

Photography Gear Luggage

Photography Gear Luggage

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Liam: 00:00 Ivis are in body image stabilization is rumored to becoming in selected DSLRs from Canon in the near future and this week’s extended topic photography year, luggage for your photography gear. All of this coming up on episode 29 of the Liam photography podcast.

Liam: 00:40 you’re listening to the Liam Photography podcast. I’m your host Liam Douglas and this is episode 29 I want to take a moment to thank all of my listeners for subscribing, rating and reviewing and iTunes and anywhere else you might be listening to this show and also be sure to check out the Liam photography podcast Facebook group and I’ll give you a little bit more about the Facebook group at the tail end of the show. So the first item I wanted to talk about today is a story from Canon that IVUS is coming to select next generation. Canon DSLRs. Now, I had been recently reported that a patent showing ibis and a DSLR from Ken has been circulating around and most of us have known for quite some time that IVUS was coming to the next ios. Our cameras as cannon had already confirmed that, but that was the first indication that ibis was also being developed.

Liam: 01:42 For DSLRs, when information on the patent that Canon filed circulate it as always, just because something appears in a patent doesn’t automatically mean that it will definitely appear in a released product. Sometimes companies will file a patent for a new feature or technology to put in one of their existing products or an existing product line, but then for technical reasons, something doesn’t flesh out right and it doesn’t end up coming to fruition. Now, to give you a good example of this, some of you may remember that a little over a year ago or maybe actually, maybe it’s been closer to two years now. Apple announced at our fall event that they were going to be releasing what they called the error power pad. Now the air power pad from apple was to be a three item charging pad for wireless charging your apple devices. It was going to have the ability to charge your iPhone eight or 10 or today, 10 s in tennis Max and 10 Ar.

Liam: 02:54 It would also have the ability at the same time the charge or apple airpods, the first generation ones. If you bought the wireless charging case for them or your second generation apple airpods which automatically came with a wireless charging case. And then the third item that the pad was able to charge simultaneously was the apple watch. Now, however, if I remember correctly, um, the caveat was it was only for Apple Watch four series and newer. Now apple had announced that they were going to be releasing this air power wireless charging pad, uh, early the following calendar year. It never came to fruition. They never talked about it again at any of their events throughout the year into the next year. And then we heard a little bit earlier this year that they had ended up scrapping their air power wireless charging pad due to technical issues. And they instead recommend that you buy one from a third party company.

Liam: 03:58 Um, that was mentioned in the article where they announced the cancellation or the scrapping of the air power pack. Now I did buy a couple of the third party, three item charging pads, the apple recommend. Another one thing I did like was the third party one was actually considerably less expensive than the rumors were that the air power was going to cost. The rumor was air power was going to run 179 to $199 which is not surprising because apple always charges a premium or what lot of people call apple tax. I’m in the third party one that they recommend and I can’t remember off the top of my head the name of the company that makes it uh, but anyways, uh, that one sells for $45. Now I did buy a couple of them and tried them out and they are a decent wireless charging pad for three items at once.

Liam: 04:52 But one of the things I discovered fairly early on is it didn’t do a very good job of charging the Apple Watch. The Apple Watch was extremely slow to charge on this third party air power pad, if you will. And I reached out to the company and they emailed me back and say, yes, they were aware of the issue but the Apple Watch not charging fast, a fast enough with their pad and they said, hey had an issue. It was an issue with the firmware but the firmware couldn’t be updated by the end user. So instead, uh, once they released the version 2.0 of their pad, they sent me replacement ones free of charge and I didn’t even have to ship the old ones back. So I have the old ones and the new ones because the first generation one does a great job at charging, uh, two phones at once or a phone and your airpods and the new one does work much better and much faster at charging the Apple Watch.

Liam: 05:46 I’m happy to say, so that’s an example of something that a company filed a patent for, but the product never actually came to light. Just to give you one example. So we’re being, we are being told that cannon will definitely bring IVUS to select DSLRs in the near future, but the source wasn’t sure which cameras would be getting Ibus. However, the Eos 90 d which is coming in the next couple of months would be a good bet, especially if the 90 d is in fact a replacement for both the ATD and the Ios 70 mark two, because apple has already announced that they will not make a mark three of the 70, and that really bummed out a lot of shooters because the 70 is a fantastic sports camera. It is great for shooting sports that has I think 10 frames a second, which is pretty good. Uh, so although it is a crop body, it is fast.

Liam: 06:46 Uh, it uses the same batteries as a lot of Canon’s full frame cameras, the LP six in aesics and batteries and it’s an all around really great camera. A good friend of mine, um, from the master photography podcast, uh, uses the 74 shooting high school basketball and other sports and he absolutely loves it and it is a great camera. I have several friends that own the 70 mark two and they were all upset when they heard the Canon was scrapping the 70 line and not releasing a mark three. However, the rumor is that the 90 d, which is slated to be released a little bit later on this year will in fact be a combination of the ATD, which is also a super popular crop body camera from cannon and it’ll be a replacement that combines the add and the 70 mark twos capabilities with some upgrades.

Liam: 07:43 So that’d be really great and that would make a lot of those shooters extremely happy to have a 70 mark two replacement. That’s a the best of two pro-sumer bodies at the same time. So that would be great. Now the other upcoming DSLR that could possibly be getting ibis is the eos one, dx mark three. Now, it has already been announced that a Mark’s three will be released at the tail end of this year. It’ll be announced or uh, possibly the earliest part of 2020 and the speculation is that cannon wants to get the one DX mark three to market before next summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo. Uh, Canon and Nikon liked to make sure that they have the latest version of their flagship bodies available in time for the Olympic Games because there are a lot of pro sports shooters that cover the Olympics that shoot with the Canon and icon flagship cameras.

Liam: 08:42 Now Nikon has announced that they are releasing a d six which will probably be their last flagship DSLR and it’s speculation is that Canon’s one mark three will also be the last flagship DSLR for cannon. Now there are rumors currently that Canon is going to be releasing to professional muralist bodies. The first one is being rumored to be called the Eos are as which will be a high megapixel sensor model. There’ll be the replacement for the five d s and five d s r. And I’ve mentioned in earlier episodes, I own the five DSR with its beautiful 50 megapixel sensor and that camera takes a mazing images. I mean just off the charts. That is a fantastic camera body. I’ve never regretted for a second buying that. And I was lucky enough to get it for a steel at the time. A professional photographer who had moved to Atlanta from Chicago, uh, needed to make some money and needed to get some money.

Liam: 09:49 So he was selling it. He had it on craigslist and it was brand new in the box and the seals weren’t even broken on the box. I kid you not. And he had it listed I think for 27 or $2,800. And I’m talking, this is back when the five DSR was still selling for around four grand at any retail store. Unh Adorama, Amazon anywhere. And he had all these people, low ball and him trying to buy it off him for 1000 bucks. And when I found his listing and I hit him up, he said he still had it. I said, I’ll meet you right now with cash in hand cause I knew it was a good deal and it was a great body so I’ve never regretted buying that and if you’ve been listening to this show for some time now, you’ll know that I have speculated in several previous episodes that the first eos are pro body is going to be the five d s slash five DSR replacement because Canon has already announced that they are not going to do a mark to of those two high megapixel bodies.

Liam: 10:52 So it looks like the first pro body in the mirrorless world for Canon will be a Ios r s it’ll be the replacement for those two previously mentioned bodies that’ll have dual card slots, a high megapixel sensor, possibly 75 megapixels or maybe even a hundred and it’s going to be their first pro body. However, there are supposed, they’re rumored now to be following that up with what’s going to be known as the Eos are x and supposedly the eos are x is going to be the replacement for the One d x series. So the f one DX mark three will be the last DSLR flagship camera from cannon and the Eos are x will be their first flagship mirrorless body. So it’s very exciting. I’m looking forward to that and I’m sure it’s going to probably be a couple of years yet before that happens. A Canon does not replace their flagship body every year.

Liam: 11:53 Usually it’s every couple of years or two or three years. Um, I have the one dx mark to absolutely love it. It’s a fantastic flagship pro body with lots of frames per second for sports and a, it was a nice upgrade from the one dx original. I did not own the original. Um, but uh, mark two had a lot of upgrades from the mark one and the mark three is rumored to have quite a few upgrades from the mark to now. Man, it’s an expensive body and my one dx mark to still has a lot of life to it. I’m more than likely going to stick with that for awhile yet and maybe a couple of years down the road if the Eos rx does get released in a couple of years, probably a year or so after it gets released, I’ll go ahead and grab one of those to replace the one dx mark too, although I doubt I’ll part with my mark too. I’ll probably just keep it and have two flagship pro bodies, but we’ll see.

Liam: 12:48 Now Nikon is also rumored to be adding IVUS to their upcoming d six which will be exciting for the Nikon shooters. Left a wait and see if that does actually come to fruition, but there’s a lot of positive rumbling and rumors about it, so it’s more than likely something that is going to happen. All right. The next topic I wanted to talk to in this week’s episode is photography gear luggage. Now, I did a blog post on this on my website back in August of 2016 and I thought it was a good subject to bring up into a podcast episode. So as a professional photographer, one of the things that you will need to consider at some point in time is luggage for your photography gear. And when it comes to packing and tearing your gear, there are several ways you can do it depending on what your needs are and at any given time. Now one of the first products I wanted to mention is waste bags. Now these are small bags that you can wear around your waist, like a regular belt, but they can carry your camera and maybe one or two lenses and a couple of batteries. You can think of them as kind of like a fanny pack for your camera. Now there are several companies that make them from blow pro to Targus, and both of those are excellent companies. They make great products. I bought many products from both companies over the years.

Liam: 14:13 And these waste bags can generally range in quality and price from anywhere from 20 bucks to $100 a. Now, I generally wouldn’t recommend trusting your valuable camera gear to at $20 bag. I would probably air on the side of buying the higher priced model. That’s higher quality, but you get the general idea and again it depends on your personal needs. I mean if you’re somebody that carries around something small, lightweight and compact like an sl one, two or three, those are really small crop body, Canon body, a fairly lightweight or maybe you got an m 50 muralists a crop body. They’re fairly lightweight so you could get away with using a 20 or $30 waste back. Me Personally, I would not trust any of my gear to something that inexpensive. That’s just me, I guess. Well, probably a lot of people out there, especially when you’ve made a sizable investment in your cameras and camera bodies and lenses.

Liam: 15:10 Now the next item I want to talk about, and this is one that I’m fairly familiar with because I do own several of these and that is camera backpacks. Now these are just like they sound, you strap them onto your back and you carry your gear that way, which is great. If you’re hiking or walking around an event, they usually can hold one or two bodies and five to six lenses. And they also have compartments for batteries, uh, filters your iPad or other tablet, your laptop, whether it’s a Mac book or a PC and hoops that hold your tripod or monopod. Now many of those do have those added on, especially in the last couple of years. It’s become more and more common for these backpacks to have some sort of Velcro straps either on the side or on the bottom. It’ll allow you to strap your monopod or your tripod to them to make it much easier to carry those objects in the field.

Liam: 16:09 Now the camera backpacks can range in size from small to considerably large and are made by a wide variety of companies from low pro to Targus to canon deny icon. And there’s quite a few others. Peak design has some backpacks out there. Um, and there are some others that make some really nice high quality backpacks and they can generally range in price anywhere from 40 to $300. Now again, how much money you end up spending on it is going to not only, uh, is not only going to count towards the quality but also the capabilities of the backpack. So of course backpacks that are on the higher end of the price point spectrum are going to be higher quality. They are also going to be capable of carrying much more gear than your less expensive backpacks. Now some of the ones I have are capable of holding up to three bodies and seven or eight lenses as well as filters, batteries for your camera, the charging system for the gamma, a, your filters, your iPad, your laptop and so on and so forth.

Liam: 17:16 Um, many of them even have many of the higher end, uh, backpacks. We’ll also have compartments for your speed lights or you can just generally put the speed light in one of your lens compartments. Now, the other nice thing is with a lot of these backpacks, the compartments inside can be modified. So in other words, a lot of times the dividers for your lenses and your speed lights and stuff like that are velcro panels. They’re attached using velcro and they’re usually agreeing forest with some cardboard in the middle and a lot of and stuff like that to keep your precious gear safe. But the nice thing is is they often have velcro on one end or both ends to where you can rearrange those panels for whatever configuration you want. So if you have, let’s say a considerably large Lens, like a 100 to 400 mark two or maybe a one 50 to 600 that’s a good size lens.

Liam: 18:12 And in order to carry it in the backpack, that lens is going to take up the equivalent of three or four compartments that it would normally haul hold smaller lenses or lenses and speed lights. You can basically pull out these dividers and then re secure them in a different fashion to accommodate that larger lens without too much trouble. So that’s another positive thing, especially when you get into the more expensive backpacks. Now the third topic as far as gear luggage, the third item is roller bags. Now these are similar to suitcases that people use to travel when they fly. They hold your gear and have a telescoping handle with wheels on the bottom and you can pull them behind you, which makes it a lot more convenient. They can hold usually two to four bodies and anywhere from four to eight lenses. They have compartments for memory cards, speed lights, filters, laptops, iPads, tripods and other items and they usually have multiple pockets and compartments in varying sizes on the outside of the bag as well as on the inside.

Liam: 19:23 Now these are made by the usual camera, luggage makers such as low pro, Targus, Canon, et Cetera, and they can run in price from anywhere from a hundred to $500 depending on the size and the materials that they are made from. You can also buy special rise roller cases that will carry your studio lighting for you as well. Now, as I mentioned, these can be extremely convenient to have because you can pull it behind you just like you would a suitcase, you know. So if you’re a photographer that has to fly a lot for shoots for client shoots, you could easily pull your camera gear along behind you, um, in one bag roller bag with a telescoping handle and to have a second roller bag with a telescoping handle that of course, and as your clothing and toiletries and all that kind of stuff. And it just makes it a lot easier to get around someplace like the bustling big city airport.

Liam: 20:12 Now, just like the backpacks, usually these roller bags also have the movable dividers so you can rearrange them. So let’s say you’re gonna fly out someplace for a shoot. Let’s say you’re flying from here in Atlanta to La for a shoot with a client, and you don’t need to carry four bodies, but your bag is preconfigured, your roller bag is capable of four bodies. You can rearrange those movable dividers just like in the backpacks and set it up. Don’t only carry two bodies, which then of course would give you more room for lenses or other assessory items such as filters, jails, uh, memory cards, extra batteries, the battery chargers and so on and so forth. So these bags can be extremely handy. I’ve been thinking about picking up one myself. Uh, but again, they’re not inexpensive. Um, I’m probably just going to bite the bullet and buy one at some point really soon, um, down the road just because it would make it easier for any of the times.

Liam: 21:12 Uh, doing my real estate photography where I do end up flying a, my company has already sent me to Memphis and Jacksonville, but uh, did that by car, uh, just because it was more convenient and those were generally a last minute thing and the air for airfare would have just been ridiculously expensive, you know, buying the tickets of the last moment. Now the fourth category of gear luggage, our briefcases. Now these cases are usually made of high quality aluminum and they have foam inserts to protect your gear. The inserts can be ordered custom cut for your gear, but that generally makes those inserts a lot more expensive. Now the other option is, is getting these kind of cases where they have what’s called plucking pole foam. And basically that means that all of the foam or the, this, the major center portion of the foam in from the edges is pre perforated so that you can pluck and pull pieces out to make your own custom size pockets or your different pieces of gear.

Liam: 22:19 Now the most common maker of these cases is a company called zero Halliburton and they generally run between 200 and $800. Now I do have one of these aluminum cases, um, and I can’t remember where the heck I got it. I think that picked it up at a flea market or something like that and it doesn’t have the foam in it anymore. So I really need to, uh, get in touch with zero Halliburton and order a replacement foam inserts for it because it would be nice to be able to use it on occasion. Maybe I would just get the, I’d probably just get the pluck and pole foam, the pre perforated stuff and then just pluck it so that it will hold like my eos are and maybe two lenses and some extra batteries and stuff like that. Now the fifth and final item that I wanted to talk about in this week’s episode is the durable plastic trunk.

Liam: 23:08 Now these are usually made of high strength plastic and again have the plucking pole foam to custom cut your own compartments with your fingers. Now these are most commonly made by Pelican cases and they can range in price from 129 to $600 depending on the size. Now recently Pelicans started making a version of their trunks that had the telescoping handles and roller wheels so that you can pull it behind you instead of carrying it much like a what you need instead of having to carry it like a foot locker, uh, which would make it more like one of the roller bags. Now they also come with padlock ports on each end to help you keep your gear secure. And another interesting thing is, I don’t know how many people have these kinds of stores in their area. Um, but in a greater Atlanta area, we have a considerable number of harbor freight stores.

Liam: 24:03 Now harbor freight carries their own line of Pelican light cases that sell for considerably less expensive and they’re very good quality, although I sometimes, and it’s really weird because they’re all made by the same company, but I’ve had times where I bought these pluck and pole cases at harbor freight and one time I’ll buy one and the foam, the perforated foam just seems to be much higher quality than the next one I buy. And the weird thing is, I’ve even have had incidences where I went to harbor freight and I bought two or three of the same size case on the same day at the same store and then I’d get home and only one has really good quality plucking pull foam. And the other two had like really crappy foam. And so I’ve never understood that. The other issue with their a knock off cases and I can’t remember who they’re made by.

Liam: 24:53 Um, but the foam generally does not, is not pre glued into the case. So in other words, every time you flip up the lid, the egg carton type foam on the top that protects everything. When you close, it will fall out of the lid and then you get frustrated and you either end up gluing it in yourself or putting it in with some hook loop tape, you know, velcro tape that’s made for like fabric and stuff like that. And then you’re good to go. But now the nice thing is, is both the Pelican cases and these, uh, generic ones from harbor freight, they do all have a certain amount of water protection. Uh, they’re generally waterproof. They have a rubber seal gasket around the, you know, around the entire case on the inside so that once it’s closed, it’s watertight. And both the knockoffs and the Pelican cases do have the little air pressure valves that allow them to travel an aircraft without worrying about any air pressure issues of any kind, which is really nice.

Liam: 25:54 And like I said, I own both the Pelican brand and the harbor freight. Uh, third party knock off ones, they’re all really durable as far as the, the quality of the plastic they’re constructed from. The other issue I’ve run into on occasion with the ones I buy at harbor freight is the latches. Um, sometimes I’ll get one where the latches are like really loose, not loose in the sense that they don’t work properly. Uh, they won’t latch properly or anything like that. Uh, but what I mean when I say loose is I bought one of these cases, the harbor freight, um, that I was originally using in the back of the car to carry my standard gear for my real estate photography Gig. And the one thing that would frustrate me is every time you would go to close the lid, uh, the latches would be flopped down in the wrong position.

Liam: 26:45 So you’d have to flip them all up out of your way so that you could close the darn thing all the way. That’s what I mean by loose latches. Now on all of the Pelican ones that I owned, the actual name brand pelican cases, the latches stay in the upright position when they’re unlatched, when they’re unfastened so that when you go to close the lid there, never in your way and then you just easily with your hands just brush them and they go into their down position and then you lock them, which is really convenient. Now idea, I have only had that problem with the sloppy latches only on one out of all the ones I bought at harbor freight and we’ve probably bought a, probably a dozen or so of them, the harbor freight. And then like I said, I do have quite a few of the name brand, brand Pelican ones.

Liam: 27:27 Now. Generally what I do is I’ll buy the smaller ones, harbor freight, just cause they’re fairly inexpensive. I mean some of the smaller size pelican boxes are really expensive, which is kinda crazy. Um, so a lot of times for the smaller sizes I will buy the harbor freight, third party ones, the knockoffs or whatever you want to call them. But when I want to buy the big case, you know, the one that can hold like four bodies and seven or eight lenses plus a bunch of batteries, the chargers, filters and a whole bunch of other stuff. When I buy those really big ones, I’ll buy the actual Pelican name brand and I can’t think of the name off the top of my head, but I do have, I think two of those large cases made by another company. And I wouldn’t say they’re a third party company because it’s my understanding they’re every bit as high quality as Pelicans and they’re considered another name brand.

Liam: 28:21 But I can’t remember the name off the top of my head. I think it starts with an s a r, maybe it’s SB or something like that. Maybe it’s just initials. But anyways, they’re really good cases. So are the Pelican ones. And I first actually learned about Pelican cases when I was in the military back in the 80s, uh, because Peloton Pelican was the company that made all of these waterproof cases, um, for military equipment, especially for like our tow missile launchers and stuff like that. The anti, the anti tank weapons, they always came packed in a giant Pelican box, um, that had the precut foam inserts that would fit the tow missile system with its launchers and all that good stuff. And um, they would have the, they were weatherproof, they had the air pressure release valves on them and the padlock corners and all that good stuff.

Liam: 29:11 So that was where I got my first experience with Pelican cases and that was back before they ever started selling them. Um, on, on the civilian market, they sold them just to the military and all of the ones they sold to the military, like I said, had custom cut foam for specific types of military equipment. Now of course anytime you have to fly for issue, I would recommend going with either the, the zero Halliburton aluminum cases or the Pelican ones as they are the toughest and they can be stowed easily in the belly of the plane in cargo a, some pros prefer to carry their heavy gear in these cases and stow them in the belly of the plane, but then they prefer to carry it in their actual bodies. And lenses with them in a smaller carry on bag, like a backpack or a small roller bag.

Liam: 29:57 Um, so they can keep those items with them all the time and not risk the airline losing their deer and route to a shoe. Now of course, you know, if that did happen, you could always rent some gear in the area where you’re doing the shoot, hopefully if there’s a local vendor, but it just be a lot of hassle to lose your expensive camera body and lenses that you absolutely gotta have for that shoot. Now it might be more cost effective and more easy to find somebody locally that you could rent lights from if your lights got lost. You know, the bestowed in the belly of the plane. But I personally definitely would not want to let my camera bodies and lenses, um, sit in the belly of the plane just because there’s been so many horror stories that I’ve heard over the years about airlines losing luggage.

Liam: 30:40 So I would definitely be one of those pros that would keep my camera bodies and my lenses with me as carry on and then let my light stands and lights and all that stuff go into the belly of the plane in one of the large Pelican cases. Now I, like I said, I do have a few of the large ones and I do specifically have one that carries my a policy buff Digi bees. I have three of the Digi bees and all of their assessors and stuff like that. And I do have those packed in a actual name brand, large Pelican case and it’s got the telescoping handle in the wheels so you can pull it along behind you instead of having to constantly carry it in your hands like a footlocker. So there you have it. Um, that is more information on photography gear.

Liam: 31:25 I will put a link to the original blog post, um, uh, on my photography site. I’ll put that in the show notes as well as the link, uh, to Gannon on the Ibus that I talked about possibly coming and select Canon DSLRs in the near future and as always I want to thank all my listeners again for subscribing, rating and reviewing the show and iTunes and anywhere else you might be listening to it and also be sure to check out the Liam photography podcast Facebook group. You can find us on Facebook. You do have two. It is a closed group so you do have to answer one question that going the group and that question is to, you have to give the name of the host of the show, which is myself. You can put Liam or you can put Liam Douglas, either one. We’ll have you in like Flynn and then you went, you’re in the group.

Liam: 32:13 You are free to share your own original work. Now, as I’ve mentioned in previous episodes and so far we’ve had no problems with it. Please do not share other people’s work in the podcasts Facebook group page or you will be banned. I don’t care if you have the photographer’s permission, do not share other people’s work into the group. You’re allowed to upload five photos every 24 hours in the Facebook group page. You can spread it out and release one every few hours throughout the day. Or you can do all five at once to let Facebook make a little slideshow for it. That’s perfectly fine. All I ask is that you only share your own original work and if you want to receive critiques on your work, you can put cc please in your post and one of us will be happy to give you some creative criticism and pointers on your work and areas where you might be able to improve your work.

Liam: 33:09 And we try to keep that as civil and polite as possible. I know some photography groups on Facebook, they have different levels of creative Katrina and like level four is like, uh, treat me like dirt, but I think that’s a little bit retarded. Um, so let’s just stick with standard cc, creative criticism and uh, we’ll go with that and we’ll stick with that. And of course the reason why the group has the c, the question before you can join is to keep down the bots and spammers cause nobody likes those in a Facebook group. They make make it less fun for everybody. All right. I want to thank you again for listening to episode 29 the Liam photography podcast and I will see you again next week in episode 30

Episode 28: ElleyCat Returns to the Show!!!

In this episode Professional Model ElleyCat returns to the show to talk about her recent projects and her work as a Professional Geologist and her upcoming role in a feature film!

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Liam: 00:00:00 You’re listening to the Liam photography podcast. I’m your host Liam Douglas, and this is episode 28 and and this week’s episode is, I had posted a last week in the podcast Facebook group. We are being rejoined by professional model Ellie cat and who was a wonderful lady and a, she’s not like a professional model, but she’s also a professional geologist, so I wanted to have her back on the show because she’s been super popular. Her episode is one of the most popular ones, hands down, and I wanted to have her back on the show to talk a bit more about some of her recent modeling projects as well as a her work as a professional geologists. So we will be back in just a moment with episode 28

Liam: 00:01:04 Welcome back. You’re listening to the Liam photography podcast. I’m your host leading Douglass and this is episode 28 today is July 11th, 2019 and on the phone with me today, I have professional model, Ellie cat who is back for her second appearance on the show. Hello Ellie. How are you?

ElleyCat: 00:01:25 I’m doing well. How are you?

Liam: 00:01:26 I’m fantastic and I am so, so happy to see that you’ve been working on so many wonderful modeling projects a over the last few months since we spoke the first time on the show. And I’m really happy that you’re being, your modeling career has really taken off and you’re getting to be really, really successful. And I wanted to talk to you about some of these new projects, um, in this second interview with you as well as your work as a professional geologist. Because if my listeners don’t already know from the last episode, Elliot is not only a very beautiful professional model, but she is a very intelligent woman as well. And she works full time as a geologist. Oh, you’re most welcome. I’m so one of the, uh, recent projects that you did as I talked to you about before we started the show that I was really, really blown away by was a shoot that you did.

Liam: 00:02:16 And I can’t remember if it had a specific theme that probably did and I’m an idiot for not remembering, but it was the one that you actually shot utilizing someone swimming bull. And I was blown away when I saw that you mentioned, you know, you think the person who owned the pool that you guys used for the shoe, because with the large rocks in the background and everything, I thought it looked like it was a location shoot that was known some place like Hawaii or something like that. So can you share a little bit more about that shoot with us and for the listeners?

ElleyCat: 00:02:45 Yeah.

Liam: 00:02:45 For the listeners, I’ll put a link to the, uh, to her post with the photo a in the show notes so you guys can check it out. But go ahead and fill us in on how that one came about.

ElleyCat: 00:02:56 Yeah, you bet. So that, um, I did with David Hubbard. Um, he works with, uh, his company, reality reimagined, and he has a lot of like graphic artwork with his pictures and he’s trying to get more into the side of, you know, doing more, uh, I would say more high fashioned and commercial and you know, the portrait, the word instead of not, you know, not using so much theatrical with the shot, even though I would love to do, I know the shoot was going to do that regardless. He’s like, Hey, do you, uh, do you want to shoot? And you know, I’m, I’m would love to shoot you in a pool or a bathing suit. You don’t get that time a year or I’m outside. And I was like, yeah, actually I feel cool. And he’s all, oh, that’s awesome. Cool. So I sent him an address and a picture and he like, you are kidding me, right?

ElleyCat: 00:03:52 It’s like, no, this is the place. It’s amazing. I said, I found it through James Azur because I had a, um, some place canceled on me and I hit up James and I was like, Hey, I do want to do a, like a pool shoot bathing suit, shoot, that kind of thing. And he’s like, yeah, actually that’d be great. And he will do the pools. I’m like, no I don’t. So he put like this all call on Facebook and they, hey, longer than I need a pools. Does anybody have a pool? They could run us through the weekend. And Helen got on there and she’s like, yeah, I do. Um, so we, you know, we’ve got snap, the address and the picture of the pool and we’re like, wow, I hope it looks like that picture. And we get there. And in gigantic, I mean it has a full driving door and a waterfall.

ElleyCat: 00:04:39 It’s like, well what is it deep in? And you know, like three and a half, it’s a shallow in and it looks like something out of a hotel or resort or story book. It was awesome. So I did a shoot with that there and I was like, this turned out great. Really cool. And we’ll go back to those pictures in a minute. But David Bird was, you know, he didn’t, hadn’t seen the pictures yet really, because I didn’t take any of this background when he gets there and he’s like, oh my gosh, she’s all, this’ll never work. He’s all lie. Did you show me this dress doping the entire time? He’s all, this is the most beautiful site ever. And it was awesome because when I first showed up, there was a formal model and she’s all, I know how hard it is for model to find locations to find privacy, to find good places to suit that are comfortable and she’s all, you guys can come back anytime.

ElleyCat: 00:05:36 And so I a text her, I was like, hey you, we could use your pools. You might have me in a couple of the models and a cryptographer show up. She’s all, well actually we’re going to be gone. And I was like, oh, that sucks. She’s on. No, it’s okay. She’s all just so my house sitter that you’re going to be there for a photo shoot and I’ll give you the app for the pool so that you can be sure to turn on the fool cause it’s all done with the app. I was blown away that you could a waterfall and a half. Little did I know.

Liam: 00:06:03 Holy Cow.

ElleyCat: 00:06:03 We had an amazing day that day. The pictures that came out of it and blew my mind away. David is a fantastic photographer, loved working with him. Um, and you’ll make me feel really comfortable. Total goofball. We had the same dry humor personality. So we get along great and I, my boyfriend was there to help like fold lighting and help him with reflectors and all that. But he’s super grateful and I the, I couldn’t believe that like somebody had that in their backyard and that they offered it up to us to use as you just target something like that awesome woman. And you know, thank God for her and her husband to be so generous to actually allow people use their, their home. Well I was, I’ll be eternally grateful. And I honestly, I hope he’s a pool again because it was awesome.

Liam: 00:06:57 Yeah. I mean that thing is just amazing. I mean, like you were saying a moment ago and I mentioned her about, you know, I thought maybe you guys shot it on location in Hawaii or something because I mean, the l all the stuff that you don’t own the background with the rocks and you send it out a waterfall and everything, it’s like something you would find at a resort in Fiji or something. I mean, that’s crazy. Wow.

ElleyCat: 00:07:19 Exactly.

Liam: 00:07:21 And so it was one of these photos that got the cover, um, for, uh, expressions magazine cover from the looks of it. That’s the same point.

ElleyCat: 00:07:30 Yeah. Yeah. Thanks.

Liam: 00:07:35 And then I scroll down on your modeling page on Facebook and it looks like, um, possibly the shot that was used by bomber eyewear was also shot at that same pool. Is that correct or is that a different area?

ElleyCat: 00:07:49 Nope, that’s the same pool. I was kind of rolling a man, right? Like, you know, um, yeah, I’m actually, I’m in Pasadena for a bomber eyewear. They are pretty cool people. I’m not there yet. Me Poke around Parker, Arizona and they were there as all my sunglasses and uh, me and my glasses out in the water. I was like, uh, nope. I don’t wanna lose them. They’re like, well you should get these sunglasses at me. This guy did. I was like, and they started to float and I was like, that is the coolest thing ever. Because when you’re on standup jet ski, like the old school ones. Yeah. Uh, if you fall, whatever’s on the creek, right. Nice out. Like my boyfriend fell a couple of times, lost his glasses. They were floating right there. He grabbed them and went off. I was like, these are phenomenon for playing around and they’re like super lightweight and comfy and so I was super excited and they hit me up cause they like my pictures. They really appreciated me posting about them. So, you know, they sent me a couple of PR packages which I’ve been really grateful for. And so I’m hoping to, you know, maybe they’ll want some of my pictures that are website or some kind of bullet support sort of thing. So I’m excited about that.

Liam: 00:09:12 Yeah. Cause it looks like the uh, the shot that um, that I see on your modeling page, they actually used it on their official Instagram account, which is really, yeah, that’s awesome. And I thought it was the same pool cause I thought the rocks looked the same in the background, although the angle is different. And the only other, the only other thing that was different is that you were wearing a different swimsuit, um, for the magazine cover versus the bomber, the one that bomber eyewear used. But I was like, yeah, I think that’s the same, the same shoot at the same, really that’s like a lifestyles of the rich and famous swimming hole.

ElleyCat: 00:09:48 Right. It’s awesome.

Liam: 00:09:49 Was like something you’d see on lifestyles of the rich and famous and I’m like, ah, waterfalls and rocks in the background and all kinds of cool stuff. It’s just really neat. But yeah, I mean, like I said, I’ve been watching you, you know, your, your Facebook page and your posts and you even post in the, in the photography podcast group, which I really appreciate because I mean, you’ve been doing some really, really cool stuff. And, uh, another one, another one that I really love and you did this one. Uh, let’s see, this one I think with Dave Kelly studio and that’s the one with the, like, it’s like a post-apocalyptic scene and it has like the head of the Statue of Liberty behind you. And uh, that one, that one is really cool.

ElleyCat: 00:10:34 Start with a new photographer. Um, oh and I feel bad. I forgot. And it was that day he made some really cool theme armor and so he let us form his armor and he goes a couple shots to me and then, you know, imposed the statue of liberty and the Zack ground, like, um, from planning the apes and stuff like that. So. Well, I thought that was pretty cool.

Liam: 00:11:03 Oh yeah, absolutely. That’s very cool. I love that one. And Yeah, just like you said, it was very planted in the apes, uh, style. I even see somebody commented, planted [inaudible] at Charleston Heston who’s got nothing on this image. That’s fantastic.

ElleyCat: 00:11:18 Yeah.

Liam: 00:11:21 Yup. Yeah, that’s really, really awesome. I mean, you’ve been doing some really phenomenal stuff. Now I know when we talked the last time, um, you were talking about possibly doing some jobs with some photographers out in California. Have you made it out there, you add or,

ElleyCat: 00:11:36 um, I haven’t actually, but things have been kind of [inaudible] in that nature as that I’ve really been asking myself, you know, where do I want to go with modeling and what I want to do and sure, I have this dream to be as low, but I don’t know if that’ll ever happen or, you know, sports illustrated swimsuit edition. But one thing that like I’ve always been passionate about and how I honestly, it probably helped me get into modeling more than anything else was I was in a lot of plays as a kid and I loved being in the theater and then as a team, young adults, you know, I still continued in place and so there’s been a couple of doors opening up lately for me to hopefully get into some film. Okay. And so I guess the question that I was asking myself is, you know, if I’m, you know, going in on this and what am I doing and where are my goals?

ElleyCat: 00:12:32 And you know, what is my not long term reach? And you know, the, the answer that keeps coming to my head is that I want to be an actress. I know that, that, you know, might sound stereotypical or Corny, but it’s the truth. It’s between modeling and acting and being in that realm of everything. Literally all I can think about, I dream about it, a daydream about it. [inaudible] the only thing that’s on my mind is I can see myself in that area. And so, um, a friend of mine that I went to college with or has a, or had a Kickstarter program that was up and going and I was like, this is really cool, you know, he sent me an email from me, you know, if you have any things you could help out to be cool. And so I was like, you know, I’ll, I’ll see what I can do to like, you know, help him because, um, I’ve been following his work and his girlfriend’s work for a little while where I’d say the past five years, not that I talked, but you know, they have some cool [inaudible].

ElleyCat: 00:13:36 And I was like, you know, I’ve, I know what it’s like to have a dream and to have somebody help you with your dreams. And I was like, I’m fine. Was, you know, trying to help them as best I can with him. And, um, after doing that, you know, he’s, uh, offered me a part in here is a feature films that he wrote for his Kickstarter program or Kickstarter future. I’m not exactly sure what that’s called. I might be butchering your right now. That’s so cool. If they start filming in August and I have a small role, um, but it’s, you know, it’s a cameo basically with the [inaudible] and um, the, oh my gosh, I completely lost track what I was thinking about that. So, um, um, the movie is called, it’s a what’s on the inside and uh, it’s going to be a full length feature film, but I’m really excited to be a part of Eddie’s dream I think will be awesome. And so I’ve been practicing my lines and I just actually today send him over a little demo of me reading my lines one to camera. So I probably, you know, look like an airhead reacting to somebody who just wanted to get in left field for, you know, how I’m seeing the characters at the moment. And I’m really super excited about that. I’m just so, so, so,

Liam: 00:15:07 oh yeah, that’s a yeah, I saw your, I saw your post about it from his Kickstarter campaign and I thought that it was really cool. Now is this, this doesn’t tie it back to you cause I saw you posted, um, not too long ago. A link to, I believe you have your own imdv page.

ElleyCat: 00:15:27 Yeah, I do. And that was for previous songs I’ve been in.

Liam: 00:15:30 Really? That was so cool.

ElleyCat: 00:15:32 Yes. Right. I actually kind of came across it by accident. I was like, Hey, you know what, I’m going to Google myself and see what happens with, everybody always says it’s a bad idea, but occasionally, you know, you’re like, well let’s just find out. So I saw something that looked like my name but like the name was Michelle and I was like, that’s not me. And so I get on, I was like, holy crap, it is just, my name was spelled wrong. And so I got ahold of them via their links to like fix errors on pages and I had to like verify pretty much it was myself through uh, different websites and my social media accounts so they could see that it was actually me and I let them know, you know, it’s so they kind of collaborated, you know, three films that I had been in, but like it was already there. I was just kind of blown away. I was like, this is so cool. So I’ve, I was super excited about it. You know, it’s, it’s a small goal. Um, you know, not too many people might care about that kind of thing, but I thought it was a cool accomplish.

Liam: 00:16:37 Yeah. I think it was totally cool. I was blown away when I saw you post the link to your imdv profile. I was like, that is so freaking cool. I didn’t, you know, I didn’t know you tagged me. I didn’t know you’d had any parts in films before and I thought that was really awesome. And they hands down, I don’t know if you put them on there yourself, but they have some absolutely fantastic shots of you on your profile page. The first one that comes up. Yeah. It looks like the first [inaudible]. Yup.

ElleyCat: 00:17:08 Yeah.

Liam: 00:17:10 And then they got the one where you had the makeup on from, uh, Mad Max fury road, which I totally love it. I love that shoot that you guys did. That was just totally awesome.

ElleyCat: 00:17:22 Yes, I did see, I liked it. A lot of fun.

Liam: 00:17:24 Yeah. So, so basically this project that you’re working with, this gentleman on now from his Kickstarter campaign is technically going to be your fourth film, Huh?

ElleyCat: 00:17:34 Yes. Well actually no, it’ll be like my sick. They weren’t, they weren’t really accredited. They’re all basically indie films except for conversations with God was um, an actual a feature. So, but all the other ones I’ve been in pretty much, I’ve had all different roles and now, uh, I couldn’t find the other two but I know they’re out there somewhere. And so one of the cameras in more ways than one for, I dunno, the majority of my adult life.

Liam: 00:18:11 That’s so cool though. Yeah. Because like I said, you know, I didn’t know that you had any acting credits under your belt until you shared that on a, on Facebook. And I saw that and I was like that is so awesome. Actually know

ElleyCat: 00:18:25 not at all left.

Liam: 00:18:27 No, no we didn’t. Yeah cause I didn’t know anything about it. Like well I don’t even know if you had found your, your imdv profile when we talked last time. Cause I remember you just posted this link not too long ago. At least that was the first time I saw it.

ElleyCat: 00:18:40 I didn’t know it even existed.

Liam: 00:18:41 Yeah, I think I saw it when you first posted it on Facebook and I clicked out. I was like, that is so cool!

ElleyCat: 00:18:49 Excellent.

Liam: 00:18:51 Yeah, I’m just, I’m really excited for you. I think it’s fantastic that you’re, you got all of these things going on and hey, you know, if you want to, you know, start at your transition from just modeling to modeling and acting. I don’t think there’s anything silly about that. I think it’s a, it’s always good to have dreams that you want to shoot for. And for you, I mean, you’ve already got some movie credits to your name, so why not go for it full time, you know, work your way up and next thing you know, you’ll be getting $50 million per film. Yeah. And the getting the mid money.

ElleyCat: 00:19:28 Yup, Yup.

Liam: 00:19:29 Yeah. We’ll do a couple of films basically that you’d be basically retired. You’d just do a couple of movies a year and a few magazine covers. Then you’re just a, a kick back a year, $35 million reaction.

ElleyCat: 00:19:44 Okay.

Liam: 00:19:45 Hey, there’s nothing wrong with that. I think that’s totally, totally cool. I’m so happy for you. I’m just glad. I mean, I’m really glad that a lot of this stuff is just coming together for you. I think it’s fantastic

ElleyCat: 00:20:01 and I guess that’s a way of housing, but things come in waves, right? Pardon? I would say not horrible pain, but this all direct because of um, you know, kind of where I work. Um, a lot of personal issues and stuff like that. I mean all of last year was really detrimental to my health and, but yet I still kept going with all my modeling stuff and then it kind of seems like that’s tapering off that needs. The bad stuff is, and I have this kind of flow of people that want to work with me and you know, good people. And so I really narrowing down like the people that I absolutely love working with. And I not to say that I don’t, you know, introduce new people in for that group, but you know, I do it more cautiously and you know, just kind of that not only do protect my phone for you, you know, protect my brand is so to speak so that it isn’t, you don’t necessarily get partners, you know, bad photographers and that kind of thing. I’ve had my fair share of those.

Liam: 00:21:14 Yeah, I can imagine.

ElleyCat: 00:21:16 Well for the most part, I mean I go do sessions with photographers on how they, they constantly call me back and it’s the, you know, it’s a matter of reputation and how you present yourself and your manner of war and your attitude and you know, how prompt you are and if you’re on time and if you’re, you know, sober when you show up with boy, there’s been some crazy models, stuff that you’re already, that I’m just like, you’re a model, you’re either high as a kite or you’re drunk off your butt. And I neither one of those are cool to show up to a photo shoot too.

Liam: 00:21:50 Yeah. Yeah. That would definitely not be a good thing. Yeah. I mean, I’m just going down your modeling Facebook page and you’ve had some very awesome projects that you’ve done lately. I mean, some really awesome, I don’t have my favorites. I think it was titled Water Siren. That one looks. You look so cool in that shot where you’re in the water. I know. It looks so cool. Your eyes are just mesmerizing in that shot. I love that. I don’t know what they did, but it looks really good. It does.

ElleyCat: 00:22:23 I don’t know. I almost want to say that I think they played a lot with the reflection of the water and tried to put that into my eyes.

Liam: 00:22:30 Yeah, possibly.

ElleyCat: 00:22:32 Yeah. But, um, [inaudible] did a really good job, so that part was pretty cool.

Liam: 00:22:40 Yeah. I mean, I mean those, the, whatever they did to your eyes that made it, makes them look really cool. It really sets off the whole mood for that shoe or that scene. Yeah. That’s really cool. And you’re going to Billy’s,

ElleyCat: 00:22:54 yeah, I’m going to believe I leave tomorrow actually. And it’s honestly it’s my nearly vacation, but I am hoping to get a couple of different photo shoots and while I’m there, um, I’ll be doing a little bit of almost story selfie sort of, um, behind the scenes stuff or the groups that I’m the ambassador for. So I’m bringing a couple of those items with me so that I can kind of show them off on the beach. But I am hoping to getting a couple, a really cool bathing suit shots while in there. But the primary goal is to relax and go scuba diving, see the fish and the coral and all that kind of stuff.

Liam: 00:23:35 Oh, there’s nothing wrong with that. It sounds like definitely be a nice vacation. Give me a little bit of time to unwind and recharge your batteries.

ElleyCat: 00:23:44 Yeah. Got Massive burnout at work.

Liam: 00:23:47 Oh yeah, I can imagine. Cause I mean, you know, like I said, uh, you know, earlier, I mean, you work full time as a geologist and you’re, I mean, good guy. You’re doing so many shoots on the weekends with the modeling, that’s pretty much basically you’re working two full time jobs at this point. I mean you’re, you’re just busy, busy all the time.

ElleyCat: 00:24:05 Say that I don’t have weekends to myself right now. I’m either working and I work a 40 hour plus week. Um, I worked for 10 days or four, 10 hour days, excuse me. And uh, and then as the rotating, you know, weekends off schedule with on call duty. And right now I’m the hydrology project manager for the deepening and de-watering program. So I think seeing the pilot holes where we build in based on our water in the tent based on structures, um, I determined where wells are going to be based on prove this pilot folds depending on how many gps they have once they’re drilled. And that also includes installing any instrumentation so that we can actually monitor either rock movement of structure, movement, water pressure and head in the actual pilot hole and see if it’s going to be a viable source for a well seawater, the slope so that we don’t have the poor pressure fit.

ElleyCat: 00:25:16 Okay. Because the slips of sales, um, a lot of people know about being in Canyon in Utah and there was a giant float failure there. Well, we have radar units that monitor our slope walls so they can tell us within fractions of an inch what moving and wear at all times. So the people in BM Canyon were lucky. They had a good float monitoring team and they were able to get everybody out of the area before this massive failure happened. And so with pis that have less competent rock, kind of like the pit does where I work, we have to be very diligent on making sure that we’d do water to float. And so finding our water columns and, uh, compartments is a crucial step of making sure that we’re putting in kind of holes in wells in the riot area.

Liam: 00:26:09 Wow. See, and for my listeners out there, I told you guys she was not only beautiful, but she was really smart too. That is so cool. I mean, you’re just a wow. You’re incredible. You, I mean, you, you’re doing the scientific stuff and the modeling and the acting, you’re just going in three different directions at once, my friend. But I, I’m really do,

ElleyCat: 00:26:32 I, I have a m on my youtube, I have a little part this about me, about information, about me and just kind of a couple of short about what I do or have done and stuff like that. And some people might say think that it sounds arrogant or whatnot, but everything that I set my heart to do, I figured out how to do it. And so I’ve never come up against something that I can’t figure out how to see or make happen. And it have a huge drive and passion just to follow my dreams and whatever that made me, I mean, you know, tomorrow I wanted to learn how to go deep sea fishing. I mean, I would figure out how to do it with some help, but I would do it, you know, I was in my little profile. You don’t just talk about the stuff I’ve done and I’m very proud that I am extremely tenacious or, and you know, I’m, I was the first person in my family to go out and decide to get a college degree.

ElleyCat: 00:27:35 Um, know nothing bad about my parents or anything. They are, they’re both extremely hardworking. Who would call them folks. And my dad was a construction foreman. California is a general contractor and you know, my mom has rescued and raised exotic animals as long as I can remember. And so they are extremely hard working people and they were very, very well not only grateful, I guess that, you know, I was able to bring them such pride, but they were Oh, extremely proud of me that I went out and got my degree so that I could do something that would sustain me so that I could have the themes to hopefully follow migraines. And that’s basically what I’m doing right now.

Liam: 00:28:21 Absolutely. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. And my story is pretty much the same as yours from that aspect. You know, my parents were very hardworking. Uh, my dad was a plant man manager for a silo company. And there many of my listeners that don’t know yes, there, their company actually built the cinderblock silos on farms that the farmers would store their grain and stuff in. And he did that for a long time and he drove tractor trailer and, and uh, my mom, uh, my mom worked at a place called Martha Lloyd, which is a school for mentally handicapped women, um, in my hometown and it’s actually the premier facility of its kind in the world. And now I was the first one in my family to go to college and got my first college degree. And earlier I graduated in 2000 when my computer science degree. And then I’ve gone back and got a second computer science degree and now I’ve gotten two degrees in photography. So I’ve got four of them now.

ElleyCat: 00:29:19 Good job.

Liam: 00:29:22 I’ve always been the kind of person that enjoyed school. I just always loved school. I was an overachiever in high school. Um, when I, when I graduated back in those days, I’m old as hell now. Uh, pardon my French. But, uh, we had to have 21 credits to graduate. I had 34 and a half. When I finished senior year, I still hold the score for the most credits obtained by a graduating senior. And, um, and m I’ve graduated each time I got a college degree. I graduated summa cum loudly. So I’ve done really well for myself. Yeah. And well, the thing is I’m like way over the top as far as the nerd is concerned. I’m not like in nerd or a geek. I’m like an Uber mega super nerd. So, and I was telling, I was telling one of my friends this not too long ago, I said, you know, when I was getting my first computer science degree, my best friend in college at the time was a guy named Chris row and he was ultra liberal.

Liam: 00:30:21 I’m ultra conservative. So we just agreed not to talk about politics and we were together and we got along great. And uh, he would get so mad at me because he had to study his tail off for, you know, any kind of major exams or midterms or finals. And I swear to God, I could literally sleep in a class all the entire term and take a final exam and get a hundred on it and not even be conscious. Yeah. Yeah. And my friend Chris hated me for it. He’s like, I’ve got to study my butt off. And you sleep in glass all day everyday. You take no notes, you don’t study at all and you get 100% on a final exam. I hate you.

ElleyCat: 00:31:03 Yeah, I’d say so. I wasn’t quite that bad of like I had to take every note and I had to be at every class or real books or whatever, like, and I kind of almost was considered a joke at this point, but I, I read very few college books all the way through. Then I wasn’t interested in like I would pay 50 to the class, the teacher understand what was going on and be able to apply that to the test. But I always took, I would say really good notes. And then I was overly active in the lab, right?

Liam: 00:31:39 Oh yeah.

ElleyCat: 00:31:39 But I always had to study, but I was worth the cram last minute sort of study. I was like, Oh yeah, I’ve testified, I’ve got to study. And then I go in and I, you know, I do fairly well. Um, I, I graduated on the Dean’s list so I was thrilled with that and completed my four year degree in three and a half years. I was bounded, determined like I was taking 20 credits a semester and taking summer school, um, for two summers. So the other two I was in field camp and doing all kinds of stuff. But yeah I was, it was crazy and I was thrilled for that. But yeah I was nowhere like you where you can just go, Oh God this the school, I didn’t get 100% on a test. I needed people like that half the crap out of home.

Liam: 00:32:26 Well when I, it was funny cause when I was getting my first computer science degree, one of the, what I call bs classes, cause they weren’t part of your major, they were, you know, the stupid stack, the stupid filler classes you had take to round out your degree. Um, so one of the, yeah, one of the classes I had to take was an introduction on Microsoft office and I told my professor the first day of class, I said, no offense man. But uh, I’ve been an I doing it for awhile now. So to me your class is a retards guide to Microsoft office because I guarantee I already know more about Microsoft office and then you do. And she didn’t believe me. And I slept all day everyday in her class five days a week. And when it came time for our final exam, I sat in the front of the room. By the time she reached the back of the room, passing out the final exams, I already finished mine and put it on her desk and walked out of the room. And then I saw her,

ElleyCat: 00:33:22 I thought she hated it.

Liam: 00:33:23 Oh yeah, I saw her later on that day in the hallway. And I said, so how’d I do on your Microsoft office? Final exam? She goes, you get a hundred percent smart ass. I told you on the first day your class for me was the retards guy in the office. Yeah, that’s awesome. But I had a lot of fun at Wa. And the thing was is when I went to school and got my very first degree, it was actually technically two degrees in one cause I was a double major, I was a computer science, um, with a major component being programming languages. And then my second major was in accounting. So because a lot of the are nerd. Yeah. So while a lot of the stuff that I did on the computer science side was programming and I did the visual while actually the precursor to that, it was visual studio six at the time, I believe. Um, so I was doing a lot of the programming for windows specific languages, visual basic and stuff like that. But then the other half of my programming curriculum was programming on IBM s 400 mainframes, which were used for payroll by all the huge corporations like IBM and HP and GE and GM and Chrysler and Ford and coke and Pepsi and all those companies.

Liam: 00:34:45 Oh, Yup. So,

ElleyCat: 00:34:49 oh, lot of python scripting or thing.

Liam: 00:34:52 Now back in those days, python didn’t even exist yet. Yeah, python was still [inaudible].

ElleyCat: 00:34:56 Well, see, there you go.

Liam: 00:34:57 Yeah. Pi’s on an even been thought of back in those days I was programming and all the Microsoft studios languages, which would be visual, basic visual, Java, visual C, I’m straight C plus Plus Java script. And then on the, on the IBM side, it was the IBM ASMR 400. So I had to know IBM ASMR, 400 systems and operations and then an I also programmed in RPG and cobol. So you’re talking hardcore programming languages?

ElleyCat: 00:35:31 My Gosh. Yeah. Okay. Well that’s when the computers were the size of the house.

Liam: 00:35:37 Hey, I’m not quite

ElleyCat: 00:35:38 that old. No, not quite that old, but uh, but I enjoyed it. I mean I had a lot of fun. And to give you an idea of how bad of a nerd I am for my final project in my RPG class, we had to, we had to follow a specific guidelines or final project had to contain so many records. Um, so many queries, so many calculations, so many loops and all these others sub you know, algorithms. And you had to have all of this, had to be in your final program project, you know, in order to finish your final project for your final grade. And so I decided to get creative and since I am a mega nerd, I decided to do my final project on how long it would take a United Federation of Planets starship to travel from the earth to Alpha Centauri at various work speeds. So I, yeah, I tied my computer programming habits in my star trek lobe and don’t end up one big thing for my final project. And I love doing that. It was such a blast. Well, I hope you had a perspective that appreciated that.

Liam: 00:36:48 Yeah, well he had an actually we got in a fight and that almost came to blows because, and I loved my professor that I had for that class. His name was Mr Spanier. And um, he had been a programmer. He’d done the payroll, uh, programming for the Ford Motor Company for a long time before he became a professor. And, um, I turned in my final project and my project was flawless. My code was perfect. I had all the rigs I had more than the requirements. I had way more records than 25 way more calculations than a minimum. So on any gives me back, my graded project gives me a 98. And I’m like, what the hell is with the 98? Well, it’s always been my policy, no matter how good somebody’s project is, nobody deserves a hundred. Oh, I was ready to knock him out right there. I was furious,

ElleyCat: 00:37:39 man. I don’t want it to kill him.

Liam: 00:37:41 Oh yeah. I was not a happy camper. I’d almost decked him over that and I really liked him as a professor. But yeah, that really pissed me off because I worked hard on that project and put in a lot of hours writing all the, all of the different arrays and the record queries and the calculations and all of that. And then it gives me a 98% instead of a hundred when I easily had a perfect score and a as, yes, we almost, we almost came to blows over that, but I still had a lot, I had a lot of fun doing it.

ElleyCat: 00:38:16 I’ll bet you did. Um, I had a professor in I metrology class who’s was actually my advisor as well. And metrology is where you look at minerals in fin section and you see them polarized and on polarized and you, you look at a lot under a microscope and figure out, you know, what’s going on, their habits or structure, what there are some will dissolve, that kind of thing. Uh, so he gave us a free range for our last topic and Ted, um, to write about whenever we want to do. All right. Have been a minimum of so many pages on the words. And so I had decided, I think two topics. Um, I picked felsic minerals and I picked a darn it and their habits than corporations and that kind of thing. And so I turned in my paper along with my actual colony exam or viewing the murals under a microscope and identifying them without, you know, with no help basically. And Wow, you gave me my test back with everybody else. And it was the first final in college where I got 110% on the final exam. And I was like, are you serious?

Liam: 00:39:37 Right. It’s cool.

ElleyCat: 00:39:38 Well, no, you, you did a fantastic job. You, you know, Blah Blah, blah. I was like, how could there be possibly you got everything. Exactly correct. You know, from your classmates. I was like, yes. Oh boy. And I rub that in a couple of people’s faces.

Liam: 00:39:53 I don’t blame you. I would have to. Yeah. See you were, you were an overachiever like me.

ElleyCat: 00:39:59 Well, I, I find in some classes especially like core classy.

Liam: 00:40:03 Oh yeah.

ElleyCat: 00:40:06 Oh, economics, theology, you know, an emphasis on economics. And so yeah, in my four classes I was definitely an overachiever. Like I’m one of those people that would go back to field camp and you know, for any geologists that would ever be listening to this, if you love your field camp, you know when I’m talking about, it’s your first chance to actually go out in the field, apply all your, you learned about geology and put them on a map, put them in note, write papers about it, and then turn them in and you’re out in the field all day. It’s what’s during hot because you, they throw you in, you know, some godforsaken place in the middle of summer and it’s usually a hundred plus degrees outside and you’re like, all dogs water today. I haven’t peas yet. I’m starving and I still have to finish this whole paper. And you just, you figure it out with as many sunburn by. I’m go back and do it again.

Liam: 00:41:09 That’s great. Oh yeah.

ElleyCat: 00:41:12 I mean I’m, I’m like the biggest rock cow nerd. If it’s out there or if there were an area, oh yeah, I found this area, I’ll find it.

Liam: 00:41:22 Yeah,

ElleyCat: 00:41:22 you’ve got the regent collected at rocks. It’s kind of prophetic. I’ve got, um, drawn boxes, which hold our, um, our calling card, like that drill bit that we use to drill our black holes for the weekend. They’ll blow up the ground and there was a knock out. But the boxes are wooden. The drill deck, they’re usually around 200 pounds a piece and 300 boxes can. And I’ve got like seven boxes that are completely full rock. And my boyfriend’s helped me move them twice now and he’s like, so next time we move are you gonna like get rid of them or you’re lugging around with water on your home?

Liam: 00:42:05 Yeah, that’s when you’re telling now I get a few more movie roles and we’ll have enough money. I can hire people to come in and move them for us. Hell yeah. We gonna get a moving company, send out some guys and give them a hernia. Moving your rock collections.

ElleyCat: 00:42:20 That’s right. They better know how to lift from the knees.

Liam: 00:42:24 That’s right. Oh my goodness. That’s so funny. But yeah, I was like, when your, your uh, final that you got 110% ROI on that. I was like that and especially with some of my programming languages and one of my favorites was visual basic. And for that class we had a textbook that had programming exercises in the back of each chapter. It was 32 chapters long and in order to finish the class we only had to do the first 16 chapters in the book and from each chapter, each chapter had, I think it was 20 or 30 programs that you could do and you only had to do six from each chapter to finish the course. And, and you know, in visual basic to finish that course. And I, I was so gung Ho, I did all 32 chapters in the book, every programming project at the back of every chapter.

Liam: 00:43:18 And it was so funny because I remember the professor, not cam for the life of me and remember his name now, but he was such a nice guy and he came around to talk to each of the students the day before our final exam. And he comes to my desk and says, Bill, um, cause back then I went by the nickname bill instead of William. And now I usually am because of my photography business. But uh, he said, Bill, um, you’ve actually done so much work in this class. You could take an absolute zero on your final and you would still finish this class with a 4.0 and I said, really? I said, that’s cool. And then I came in the next day, took my flight. Well anyway, he’s got 100% on that. So yeah, I ended up finishing his class with like, instead of 100% for migrated, a 4.0 as I was up like 150% because I did so much extra part in that class. But I’m just having so much fun. I couldn’t stop, you know, I would start writing visual basic code. I’d started doing these programs and I couldn’t stop at six. I just kept going. So yeah, it was funny because we would get to know,

ElleyCat: 00:44:26 oh, another level of loving what you do.

Liam: 00:44:30 That’s how bad am. Well, I, my, I always said it was my uncle Rick’s fault because he gave me my first computer, which was a commodore Vic 20 when I was 10, and I stayed up at my grandma. Yeah. Really old school computer way before your time. Um, uh, well commodore was a competing computer company. It was a more proprietary system. It wasn’t as mainstream as the IBM pace based pcs that like the Tandy computers and stuff like that that they sold the radio shack. Um, although before they went out of business in the u s commodore did make a few hybrid computers that ran their proprietary stuff, but then could also run the IBM PC compatible stuff like dos and stuff like that. But it didn’t save them. It didn’t save them in the United States. They ended up going out of business in the U s but they’re still really big in Europe. They’re still making computers there. Yeah. But, uh, my uncle Rick gave me my first computer, which was a commodore Vic 20 in, I’m talking, you’re talking in the days where we didn’t even have floppy drives. I wrote my programs and I had to save them to a cassette tape. So yeah. Yeah. Seriously. Yeah. Yeah. That’s the storage medium we had when I started writing code at 10 years old was cassette tapes, which really sucked because when you want it to reload your program into memory from the tape drive, it fricking took forever.

Liam: 00:46:03 But my uncle Rick gave me that Vic 20 cause he had upgraded to the new commodore 64 that had just come out. And I was, I, when I was younger, I, we spent every summer when I was all out of school for the summer, I always spent those summers at my maternal grandparents house. Like entire summer I was at Grandpa and grandma cooked carts all summer and my uncle Rick and I would do stuff together. He was like six or seven years older than me. Um, but he gave me that Vic 20 and I had forgotten at the time I wore reading glasses while not reading glasses. I actually had pretty bad eyesight when I was young. And then I quit wearing my glasses. My eyes healed on their own. And I only had them now for reading. And only in my right eye, my right eye is like 2021 or something like that and barely even need a prescription.

Liam: 00:46:50 But anyways, I didn’t have my glasses. I’d forgotten to take them to my grandparents that summer. And I stayed up like 18 hours writing code on this Vic 20 before I finally went to sleep. And I’m talking in the old school, I’m talking basic, basic, not visual basic that any other kinds of basic, the original basic programming language. And I wrote code for 18 hours staring at, you know, cause the Vic 20 the commodore computers, you could just hook up to a television and use that for your monitor and those days. And um, so I was staring at my grandparents TV screen for 18 hours writing code and I finally crashed after 18 hours and went to sleep. And when I woke up, well, quote unquote woke up, I was conscious, but I couldn’t see because my eyes swelled shut from the eyestrain because I wrote all that card with no glasses on and my, and I straightened my eyes so badly that my eyes actually swelled shut.

ElleyCat: 00:47:54 Okay.

Liam: 00:47:54 Which I didn’t even know was possible.

ElleyCat: 00:47:56 You’re not supposed to do that.

Liam: 00:47:57 Yeah. I didn’t even know what was possible to do that until it happened.

ElleyCat: 00:48:01 I didn’t know either. Yeah. I was going to think that you would say fun for days.

Liam: 00:48:05 Yeah. Oh yeah, I did that too. But yeah, for the first few hours after I woke back up, I, I couldn’t really open my eyes at all. They were just so puffy and so swollen that I had to put a compress on my eyes for a while to get the swelling to go down before I could open them enough to see.

ElleyCat: 00:48:23 Okay.

Liam: 00:48:23 Yeah. So that’s how that

ElleyCat: 00:48:25 done that again.

Liam: 00:48:26 No, no. I still write code for hours on end at times, but like I said, I don’t really need my glasses anymore. So, um, but the other thing I wanted to talk to you about in this, uh, in your second appearance is the other thing I was really excited about. I see that you’ve got your youtube channel going now. You’ve got a 5% set five videos on here now and you’ve got 22 subscribers. So you’re getting there and you’ve got some really cool videos on here. I love your videos. The Dan, the full guy has gotta be my favorite. That one is so, so great. I love that one.

ElleyCat: 00:49:01 Isn’t that cool? Yeah. Honestly it was a last minute sort of thing. But I was like, uh, my boyfriend was standing in the background, not meaning to be in the shot and the videographer night culture. He was like, no, no, no, stay there. This is what cool. Kind of looked like the creeper maybe. And I was like, well let’s put your myriad, I said, he can like be grabbing my foot or something like that. So he did that and then the videographer was like, wait a minute, I have a great idea. Go stand over there with the pool skimmer. And, you know, skip the pool and so off. It’s so proud of my boyfriend. It was the coolest thing ever for just to watch him like go and do that. Actually had the vote. Perfect expressions. I’m walked it down laughing what I do. Yeah, he was cracking up and it took quite a few actual takes for him to do those spaces without bursting out laughing cause he’s shy in front of the camera. So it was really adorable.

Liam: 00:50:00 That’s great though. And I see that one’s got 253 view. So that’s by far your most popular video so far.

ElleyCat: 00:50:07 Yeah. You know, sound half baked, you did it. So everybody’s like, oh Yo, look, look that one

Liam: 00:50:13 now the a actually the thing I was gonna say was not laying the, the sexy outfit you’re wearing, but just the title and the way the clip is shot is it’s like reminiscent of like a seventies porn. And I don’t mean that in a bad way. Uh,

ElleyCat: 00:50:32 no, no, no. I, I love the way he edited it so that it kind of does look like it was something that came like almost straight out of the 70s. Yeah, I definitely think that. But,

Liam: 00:50:46 and as soon as we shared it and I saw the title four and before I clicked on it, the watch and I’m like, Eh, she got her boyfriend into a video. Somehow she got him into it. Cause I do that. I knew that Sudan, the pool guy had to a bed. That’s so awesome.

ElleyCat: 00:51:06 Thank you.

Liam: 00:51:07 Now what’s the, um, I don’t think I’ve watched this one yet. What’s the a La Cat in EDC 2016 trailer. What’s that all about?

ElleyCat: 00:51:17 Um, well I was at EDC in 2015 came around that were, you know, doing professional videos and they can point it bunch of footage of me, but you know, I’m only in it for literally like that. I was in the official trailer for 2016 I was like, if you didn’t know it was me, you would have no idea. So it’s this a little bit of me and I’m just gonna sit in there dancing. I blew a kiss to the camera. I was just super excited that I actually made the official video and I just put it up there cause I liked it. And that’s really the only reason.

Liam: 00:51:59 That’s so cool though. Now I gotta ask you a question because if memory serves me correctly, one of your videos is missing, cause I thought the very first one that you posted was you doing like your makeup or something before issue and I don’t see that one here now or not or am I missing it?

ElleyCat: 00:52:18 No, I haven’t.

Liam: 00:52:20 I seen, I see dad, the Pool Guy, the EDC 2016 trailer. Then I see how I became a snake. Victoria secret sale in best sexy Lara Croft cosplay and the model junkyard. Oh maybe it’s the model junk yard photo shoot. Get ready. Yeah, maybe that’s okay. That’s what threw me off because I was like, I knew there was a video where she was talking about how she gets ready for a shoot and her doing her makeup and how she taught herself, all that stuff. And I didn’t see it but I forgot it was that one. That’s my man.

ElleyCat: 00:52:49 No, that’s cool. Um, or recorded a fucking footage for those. But my laptop, unfortunately it can’t handle the editing software to do that. So I ordered myself a gigantic pop that I like build over the Internet. Two of the parts were on back order so it’s still not here and both arrive while I’m on vacation. So my best friend is coming over to my house on my kitty cat fall and gone and made sure that my computer gets put in the hole because I’ve been wasting a 20 on anything and I’ll be able to gain, um, um, because I’m a fairly big Gamer, I just looked, you know, couple of different, I was thinking what we’re putting computer based games but I’m hoping

Liam: 00:53:35 so you are [inaudible] so you are a nerd at heart.

ElleyCat: 00:53:47 Throw their hair in a ponytail and get guilty. Guilty looking for Ross outside.

ElleyCat: 00:53:54 I think I would get beat up by tigers or go horseback riding, you know, get out on my quad and ride all day for I’ve listen to my man and you know, come in again for hours. When I realized 2:00 AM I need to go to bed and so yeah, I’m full longer. Oh fuck. With that thing. I had no idea I was going to love it so much, but you can make so many awesome things with it. I had no clue. Was like a whole new world for me to figure it out that, you know, plastic string stuff to make all these other really cool things.

Liam: 00:54:31 Oh yeah, yeah, absolutely. That’s so funny that you’re into gaming and stuff like that too. I would’ve never thought that. That’s the rumor that I used to do. I used to do a lot of PC gaming years ago. Um, but I wouldn’t run windows. I always hated windows with a passion. So I would run Linux and I would run what’s called a windows emulator, um, known as wine wine for short. And um, a number of years back when I was living in, back when I lived in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and I was getting my second computer science degree. I used to play a game and then I was never into star wars. I’ve always been a star trek person. I hate star wars, but they made one star wars. They made one star wars game that I liked and that was Jedi Knight to jetty outcast. And I was on workman’s comp for quite a while because I sustained a bad arm injury, which progressed into a degenerative disease that I have in that arm now.

Liam: 00:55:32 Um, and before I went back to college, I was stuck at home all the time, climate in the walls. And I was like, I’ve gotta find something to do. So I started going to college again and in my spare time I would play Jedi Knight to Jedi outcast. And I actually worked my way up to being tied for number one in the world in that game with another guy. I can’t remember the guy’s name now, cause it’s been so long ago, but he and I were the two best players in the entire world and we would play, we would play on servers. Um, they were called dark world servers and on the servers they had pumped musters. So there was no cheating, there was no force powers, no guns, no bombs, no grenades. All you had was your lightsaber. So it was basically sword fighting. Um, wow. And in two and a half years of playing that game, I killed 4 million real world real world opponents in that game.

Liam: 00:56:35 Yeah. Back when I, at the height of my gaming, I played the crap out of that game. That one in Star Trek Bridge Commander I played a lot of and uh, but yeah, it was, I mean it got to the point where I had to create fake accounts because when I would log onto a server, as soon as everybody saw my avatars screen name, nobody would play against them. Oh yeah. I would log in, I would log into a while they had different server worlds. So some of them were where you could just do a lightsaber duals where you would challenge a player they would accept. And then while the two of you were fighting, your body’s glowed and any other people on that, on that world, they could run up behind you and hit you as many times they want it with their lightsaber and it wouldn’t do any damage to you. Only you and your opponent could do each other because you were dueling. And um, and then they had free for all servers and I would log into a, before everybody got wise to how good I was at the game, I would log into a free for all server and I would kill two, 300 players at a time and a free for all flight. And I’d still have three quarters of my health left when everybody else was dead. So yeah, I got, yeah. Yup, Yup. Way before all of that.

Liam: 00:57:56 Yeah. Because was a world of Warcraft. It first came out back around that time. It was either world of Warcraft or there was another one that I was thinking started with an e but I couldn’t be wrong. It might’ve been world of Warcraft. I never got into world of Warcraft anyways, but I had, I had so much fun and um, like I said, the jetty outcast, I would go occasionally on servers where we played capture the flag. So you would have teams, you know, you’d have six guys on a team and six guys on an opposing team and you would cross this massive map trying to find each other’s base camps and steal their flag and get back to your camp. But they’re captured flag while they’re all chasing, you’re trying to kill you and get their flag back. So I used to play quite a bit of that too.

Liam: 00:58:46 Well I checked, uh, not too long ago when I saw that they did finally port that game to Macko s cause I run all macs now and you can buy the game, you can buy the game for like five bucks or something like that in the Mac app store. And I’m like, I wonder if I should download that and start killing people. Like yeah. But at the time I was working two full time jobs. I’m like, I don’t have time for gaming and just don’t. I mean, you know, it’s bad when you log into a free for all server in everybody’s logs off or just runs from you when they see your screen name. That’s hilarious.

Liam: 00:59:22 And the thing was the guy that I was tied for first place in the entire world in this game with, he and I would go on to a dark side dual server and we would challenge each other to a duel and we would literally dual for two or three hours and neither one of us get finished the other guy off because we’re both so good. Yeah, we both so good at the game. We couldn’t kill each other, so we’d fight until we were exhausted and we’d call a draw and just give up and then we go back to killing everybody else.

ElleyCat: 00:59:53 Okay. Okay.

Liam: 00:59:57 Yeah, but I had a lot of fun doing that, so I just thought it was funny that you’re in the game. You don’t meet a whole lot of ladies that are into gaming. Not very many. And it’s just so funny because you did the modeling and you’re a geologist and you’re into the gaming and I saw, and one of your, one of Dan’s recent posts, you guys found some cool arrowheads not too long ago too. I thought that was really cool.

ElleyCat: 01:00:17 Oh yeah. Yeah. I love looking for that kind of stuff. And so I, I think every opportunity I can get the, which aren’t many lately, but you know, anytime I get off work early or can go out, look around for stuff, I haven’t really tried to, cause there’s, you know, this kind of a wealth of it in Arizona. And you know, I just like to find different things that’s really cool to me and I want to preserve it. Like I don’t want it to get trampled by cows cause most of it you just find the cattle field.

Liam: 01:00:48 Oh yeah. Yeah. When I saw that post I was like, she’s lucky cause she probably finds tons of that stuff in Arizona. I can just imagine,

ElleyCat: 01:00:56 surprisingly not too much because the cactus, the bud sucks. So you just kind of got to stay out of the way. And I’m definitely allergic to walk and so eight times I’ve walked out there, oh and I had a happy creeper out then. You know, not bother them and hopefully they leave me alone.

Liam: 01:01:16 Make sure you have your Epi pen.

ElleyCat: 01:01:19 I do.

Liam: 01:01:20 That’s good. Uh, we are, see where I’m, I, like I said, I’m originally from Pennsylvania, so we don’t get a whole lot of arrowheads when we explore up there. We do on occasion because there were, um, I can’t remember what tribes were living in that area because my dad grew up in a town that was just called y Lucien, Pennsylvania. And I can’t remember, I can’t remember which tribe, but why aren’t we seeing why are losing the town name actually stood for a gathering of friends or something like that. I can’t remember if it was, I can’t remember which tribe it was though. If it was a, I want to say it was black feet, but I could be wrong, or maybe it was Mohawk at one time. I could be wrong. But anyways, we would occasionally find arrowheads. It was kind of rare. But the cool thing when I lived in Harrisburg would be, you know, a short drive down the road I’d be at to Gettysburg battlefield.

Liam: 01:02:10 And we were always finding what they would call witness trees. So if you’re not familiar with it, a witness tree is, but that’s what they call it. But it’s basically one of the trees on the Gettysburg battlefield that actually caught bullets that missed their targets. And so those things are found all the time in Gettysburg. I mean, there’s so many, um, stray bullets from the civil war that are embedded in trees and all kinds of different things. Yeah. And a, they coined the phrase witness tree. So that’s what they call these trees that, that ended up catching silver war bullets that were intended for, you know, somebody on the north or the south side and the shot missed and hit a tree instead. And then anytime somebody finds one, yeah, anytime somebody finds one, they mark the tree and it becomes the, the newest member of the witness tree family.

Liam: 01:03:06 It’s pretty cool. And I’m such a history nerd. I lived in, I lived in Harrisburg for 10 years and I would literally go to Gettysburg battlefield like every freaking weekend and just walk in and find anything cool. Oh, I found all kinds of stuff. I found, um, civil war oh, buckles found bayonets. Um, rifle components, sometimes pistols. We would dig up pistols on occasion and we’d always just give all the stuff we found in the museum. It was there on the grounds. And you know, we never, yeah, I was like, I’ve always been a history not, and I’m like, well, I don’t feel right. You know, anything that I find, I’m not going to take it home and put it in my personal collection. I’m going to turn it over to the Gettysburg Museum. And for the last one I always did. But yeah, we find cool stuff. We’ve find a union and confederate, you know, pins and metals and stuff like that from time to time. And um, one of my friends actually found and um, buried in the dirt, one of our weekends we were down there, he actually found an old, a surgeons amputation saw.

Liam: 01:04:14 Right. We’re used to amputate lambs when they, you know, when they get badly injured in the battlefield. Yeah. And you know, in those days they didn’t have anesthesia. It was like, all right boy, take a drink of this whiskey and bite down on the stick while I cut your leg off.

ElleyCat: 01:04:29 Yeah. And hopefully you know, for other like big dudes are like old them down.

Liam: 01:04:33 Yeah, yeah, Yup. But I just loved going to Gettysburg and I would literally go every weekend, sometimes all year round. I’d spend every weekend at the battlefield at either, maybe not both days of the weekend, but I’d either go every Saturday or I’d go every Sunday or I rotate it in one month. I’d do Saturdays next month I do Sundays, but I always went at least one day a week. Um, or the entire 10 years I live in Harrisburg and we’ve only found a fraction of all the stuff from the civil war on those grounds. There’s still so much more stuff that’s there. I mean he had like 12,000 soldiers in the battle of Gettysburg. Ah, I can just imagine how much more stuff is there that has not been found yet. I there I articles all the time that they find stuff that they’re always finding stuff.

Liam: 01:05:23 But yeah, like once in a while they’ll cut down a tree that gets damaged by lightning or something and you know, they’ll cut the tree down and flip. You know, you get the

Liam: 01:05:32 The bottom of the trunk exposed. You don’t where it’s been cut from its stomp and there’s a bullet embedded in the tree. Yeah. So they found some that way, you know. And like I said, each time they find when they mark that tree and uh, they have a log book and they’ll mark that tree down as a new witness tree and they put down its coordinates and how many rounds they found embedded in the tree. And they usually don’t dig them out. They just leave them in there and they mark them elk are, that makes, makes the tour’s a little more interesting when you can point those things out.

ElleyCat: 01:06:04 Oh for sure. Yeah.

Liam: 01:06:06 But I am so excited that things are really going really full steam ahead for you. I mean, that’s great. I think it’s fantastic and I hope you do get to do more acting. I think that’s great too.

ElleyCat: 01:06:20 Yeah, me too. I have a, you know, a lot of different, let’s say no, it’s basically out there and you know, some contact with people. We’d like to work with you. We’d like to do this, please get back to me because I, you know, it could dream of mine and I, I wanna see it through. I was blessed to be able as much as I run, I would love to be able to quit my day job because there is still on the mentality that some people don’t believe that women are to be in writing and especially strong personalities like myself. Um, more with this, a lot of men that say that women need to be away from mining and it’s a men’s world. It’s very difficult. Especially I am the only woman in my office and there’s 23 men, Aaron, that’s what’s in my building. And then in the other building, I think there’s about 50 men and there’s two winners.

Liam: 01:07:21 Oh Wow.

ElleyCat: 01:07:22 It’s very practical. I like myself that are either engineers or geologists.

Liam: 01:07:29 Yeah.

ElleyCat: 01:07:29 It’s a little bit of a struggle. And so that part is unfortunate that, you know, we’re in a century we’re in and there is still this kind of a backwards mind and sometimes it’s a cultural preference or we do work with from around the world, but some of the work here, but a lot of them are still stuck in their old ways.

Liam: 01:07:47 Yeah. Oh yeah.

ElleyCat: 01:07:48 Especially towards women. It’s like no, women need to be in the kitchen. Women need to cover their hair. Women need to not wear jeans or you know, there’s a lot of stigma that they put on us. And so our opinions are a lot of the time are not listened to and they’re not held to, you know, the same high priority or standard as the men’s are. And it’s, it’s very hard if you go into different meetings and you can see that mentality. So for, to be able to get away from that someday and be able to be a fulltime actress and model that Migraine and I am, I’m working so hard to get here.

Liam: 01:08:26 Wow, that’s so cool though. And I mean, it’s sad that, that you get treated that way just because you’re a woman. I mean, I guess that mindset never made a whole heck of a lot of sense to me because, you know, if you’re qualified to do the job and you have the education, what difference does it make what your gender is? And the sad thing is, and I’ve told people this for a long time, even back before it ever happened from the time I was fairly young, I kept telling everybody, I’m like, you mark my words, the United States will have its first black president before we have our first woman president. And it’s just the nature of, yeah, it’s just the nature of the beast. And the problem is, you know, just like in your industry and other industries, you know, how is a female president in the United States going to interact with some of our app, our quote unquote allies like Saudi Arabia where women are considered fourth class citizens or whatever.

Liam: 01:09:23 Or they’re basically considered property like, yeah, yeah, yeah. How are you, how are you going to carry on a meeting with the you? The King of Saudi Arabia is a female president, United States when to him, your property, you know, that’s not going to work. So yeah, unfortunately, um, and the world is very sexist to this day, which to me is just completely idiotic. We should’ve moved past that a long time ago, but unfortunately too many people haven’t. Wow. You know, and uh, again, I’m from the northern state, one of the northern states, so I never understood the whole, uh, you know, prejudice against black people. I never understood that. And it’s just sad.

ElleyCat: 01:10:08 I don’t get that, you know?

Liam: 01:10:09 Yeah. I don’t understand why people are looked down upon because they’re female or because they have a different color skin than I have. I could never comprehend that stuff when I was growing up. And I think, to be honest, that was one of the reasons why I was so into star trek when I was a kid was because that’s how I looked at the world. And that’s how gene Roddenberry’s characters looked at the world. You don’t want to start track. Everybody was equal. Didn’t matter if you were black, white, Asian, didn’t matter if you were Russian, Scottish, Irish, didn’t matter. Everybody was equal. Um, yeah, exactly. The only difference between everybody was what your rank was on the ship, but everybody was equal. And, uh, and of course the other thing that I tell people all the time that I hate is this. And I understand there are prejudice against black people and Mexican people and other people of different ethnic groups over really burns. My toast is this racism because, and I tell people this all the time, there’s no such thing as racism. We’re all the same race. We’re all sapiens. We have different ethnic groups. There’s no such thing as different races on the planet unless you can prove to me that we have aliens that are physically living on this planet from outer space. There’s only one race on this planet. And that’s almost ABM.

Liam: 01:11:25 Yup. But, uh, and then like I said, it’s just sad that some people are so closed minded when it comes to stuff like that. And just like with the stuff you do with being a model and you do conventional stuff, you do your cause play, you do your steam punk shoots, but you also do artistic nudes. And it’s like, why do people have such hangups over artistic nudes? I mean, Facebook still doesn’t allow artistic nudes of women unless their nipples recovered. Cause I, I did an episode on my other podcast show, my political podcast. Uh, no, it was on my photography podcast cause a few weeks ago a bunch of models and photographers were protesting outside Facebook’s New York City headquarters and they were all naked protesting in front of their building and they were all covering themselves with giant pictures for a while there they were covering themselves with giant print outs of men, male Nipples, you guys female?

Liam: 01:12:28 No, because they’re not allowed on Facebook. And Facebook met with the group and our, I guess they agreed that they were gonna meet with this group. Um, I can’t remember what the organization was called. It was like NCAC or something like that. And, uh, they agreed to meet with their representatives, but said that they weren’t going to guarantee that they were going to change their policy on that. And my friend Brian’s announcing you that you and I talked about that on the last time you were on my show. He’s an artistic nude photographer in the Chicago area and he gets so mad that he asked the sensor certain things in his photos because if not, Facebook will delete his photos and banning. Yeah. If he doesn’t censor it. And I don’t know, I mean, I’ve always been a fairly religious person. I’m not an ultra religious conservative like some people are, but I just, you know, I never understood it’s art. It’s art for God’s sakes. People have been doing nude sculptures and new paintings for hundreds and thousands of years. What the heck is the difference? If it’s a tasteful artistic nude photograph, there’s no difference. But for some, for some reason Facebook will allow female nipples to be on their, on their platform. If it’s a sculpture or a painting, if it’s a photograph, you’ll get manned. And I just think, yeah, I think it’s just really stupid.

ElleyCat: 01:13:55 All right. I just young, you know, the biggest thing was, you know, being a model and having, you know, your Facebook, your Instagram and all that starters, uh, Instagram specifically, they don’t necessarily go through and like, oh we’re going to fan, we’re going to do this. If people turn you in. Yeah. Right. So you have somebody saying that doesn’t like you with your work starting to turn you in and then it draws attention. But oh well baby Instagram is like this now and a lot of people’s accounts are either blocked or you know, you’re banned for a certain amount of time or you can’t do this. And you know, Facebook does it same thing. Their algorithm I think is a little bit different where a computer actually physically, visually can see something or pick it up. I don’t know exactly. But you know, they’ll say, oh sorry, you know, you’ve done too much of this or this doesn’t meet our standards.

ElleyCat: 01:14:43 And then all of a sudden you can’t access your account for weeks on end. And so with a model, you have to be so careful to stay within those guidelines because you know, that’s your outreach to people. That’s how we book work. That’s how people see our work. If they want to use us and if we can’t show our work and it band or something like that, you know, it, it’s more of a hearsay or that kind of thing because you do have to be careful with some of the other sites that you post stuff to. Um, you know, more often than not, if you do, I can’t tell you how many give her emails. I get of people saying, oh, we’ll pay you for a private shoot system is, you know, um, you’ll be well paid. Everybody’s clean, you can make a lot of money on like, everybody’s clean, what the hell are you talking about? And then it goes onto to the email. But basically their chain used to do porn you don’t like, that’s not what I do. Artistic Nude photography is not for,

Liam: 01:15:39 yeah, let’s switch. Huge Different, oh my God. That’s, so, you know, that’s really idiotic. And what’s really funny is Facebook’s guidelines on artistic nude are so archaic and my, in my opinion, you know, male versus females and what they allow to be showing. I mean, and I’m not, and I’m not bringing this up to embarrass you or make you angry, but I’m really almost shocked that they allowed your one photograph to be on your Facebook page because you’re not nude, but you can see the offending nipples through the fabric of the dress you’re wearing. And I’m like, wow, I’m surprised you don’t have a fit about that about anything else. Yeah. That’s the one where you’re wearing the braids, right? Yup. Yeah. So I guess because it’s covered, it’s okay. Yeah, exactly. This is the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard of.

ElleyCat: 01:16:39 I fully agree. It’s, you know, everybody’s like about the movement and Nicole, but no, I don’t know.

Liam: 01:16:49 Yeah, I know. Hopefully. Um, maybe they’ll, uh, get Facebook to reconsider. I highly doubt it though. I think Facebook is not going to change that policy anytime soon. Oh. And whatever. The other thing I was going to tell you in reference to that particular subject, I don’t know if you’re familiar with it yet or not, but what you might want to check into is setting up your on another social media platform called me. We um, because they don’t censor anything so you can post your artistic nudes there and not get banned and all that crap that my friend Brian told me about it after he found it. And it’s specifically a social media platform for artists and models and photographers mostly. And they will not sense or artistic nudes. Yup. So I know he posts a lot of his work on there cause he doesn’t have to sensor everything out when he posts it like he does on Facebook or Instagram. Yeah. But we’ll see. Maybe someday a Facebook will get with the times. I don’t know. I’m not holding my breath though. They seem to just do whatever the heck they want.

Liam: 01:17:54 Yeah. I mean it’s their platform. I understand that. But yeah, I was having this discussion with somebody recently, the same week I did my podcast episode on that protest. And I said, you know, I have a programming degree. It wouldn’t be that hard for Facebook developers to, you know, set up an algorithm that says, you know, hey, if you’re a model or basically model or photographer that does artistic names, okay fine. We have the implement an algorithm that verifies um, all of that and then you are allowed to post the artistic nudes, whether they’re male or female models, doesn’t matter. And then what they could do, you know, from the, Oh, we’re trying to, you know, prevent children from being exposed to this crap. Well, there’s a way around that you could easily have your developers write an algorithm that says, you know, hey, nobody on Facebook could access this kind of content that’s been flagged as artistic needed by the photographer or a model that posted it.

Liam: 01:18:56 You know, you would have to flag your stuff with a little checkbox that says this is artistic nude. And then anybody that’s on Facebook is a viewer that wants to look at those photographs. They have to prove to Facebook, they are old enough to look at that stuff. So they have to upload a copy of their driver’s license proves or at least 18 years of age of yet. But it’s not that freaking hard to implement. And then you could easily keep small children from seeing stuff like that. That’s supposedly your whole reason for being opposed to that stuff being on your platform to begin with. But I don’t think that’s all there is to it. So because I mean I could easily ride them now Korea Algorithm and like 20 minutes that would accomplish that for them. So if their developers can’t do that and then they’re hiring their own people, cause I can do it pretty easy. But I just thought that would be a good way for them to have, you know, a happy medium with this group that was protesting them and they’re organizers and Facebook, they come together and reach an agreement like that and then just implement the algorithms to make it happen. And then if you have artistic nude photos, you know from a shoot that you did, you can post a mine you’re modeling page and you’re not going to get banned or blacklisted or have your photos deleted. And

Liam: 01:20:08 you know, Facebook doesn’t have to worry about little kids looking at nude women topless in our list stuff and you know, they wouldn’t be able to use that excuse anymore because then at least anybody under the age of 18 wouldn’t, wouldn’t be allowed to click and reveal the fuck. You know how they do it now with the graphic images, you know they have that little display. Yeah, you go to wicker, somebody photo they posted and it says, warning, this is graphic content. Click here. If you want to uncover it and see it anyways, they can do the same thing with artistic nudes. Only have it tied to an algorithm that verifies their age first. You know, if this person doesn’t have a driver’s license on file, the shows, they’re at least 18 and they can have access to this content period. And you know, it wouldn’t be that hard for sure.

ElleyCat: 01:20:52 That would be a great idea.

Liam: 01:20:55 And it would allow models and photographers that work in artistic noons to post their work and not get, you know, man blacklisted and have their photos deleted, all that stuff. Which like I said again to me is just idiotic. Yeah. I mean it’s 2019 let’s get with the Times people. Yup. I mean I can, I’m a photographer so I can flip through artistic news and you know, it’s not like, like you were saying before, you were in the last time we talked, you were talking about these creepy guys with cameras. Dwcs and um, and I know exactly what you’re talking about cause you know, as a photographer, I’m the kind of person that could, you know, I can scroll through, will like on me way I can look at 500 women that are posing for artistic nudes with their nipple showing and all that stuff.

Liam: 01:21:43 And I’m going, I’m swiping through and I’m going, yeah, the lighting’s good on this one. Yep. Love that composite. Not actually paying any attention to what’s exposed or not. I’m looking at the overall composition, uh, lighting. Yes. Seen what the photographer and model, we’re trying to accomplish it in the shoe, you know, on that, in some giddy ass adolescent retarded giggling because it’s a topless girl, you know? Uh, you know, I don’t know, maybe they’ll never get to the, they’ll get with the times. We’ll have to wait and see, I guess. But I have a feeling they’re not gonna. They’re not going to change their community standards over that. But we’ll see.

ElleyCat: 01:22:21 Yeah, I don’t think they really want to be honest,

Liam: 01:22:24 but it’s just a shame because, you know, like you said, social media platforms or how models get their work out there and get other jobs. And same for photographers. You know, you put your best work on your, on your website, you put your best work on your website, your social media account, your youtube channels if you have it. And hopefully that helps you get more jobs and make more money. So when they, when they, you know, tie one hand behind your back on what you can post on your own profile, that’s ridiculous. And then you know, what jeopardizes your income source, you know, it could potentially jeopardize your getting other jobs. They don’t think that, I guess it must be because Facebook’s got billions of dollars. They don’t really care about anybody else. Make them money. Maybe that’s just me, I don’t know. But I’m really, really happy to see that you’ve been so busy with all these shoots and you got the magazine cover and you’re getting ready to do another film roll. That’s great. Now when does, um, when are they, uh, starting the filming on that movie you were talking about the new one that you’re going to be doing

ElleyCat: 01:23:33 in August.

Liam: 01:23:35 Oh, okay. So next month.

ElleyCat: 01:23:38 Yeah, next month.

Liam: 01:23:39 All right. So where do you have to go to, where are they filming in that you have to go to some plays. Are they shooting in your area or do you have to go to California?

ElleyCat: 01:23:45 No, I have to go to la.

ElleyCat: 01:23:49 So you know, while I’m there I’ll be primarily just doing the film. But there is, you know, a chance that I have enough time, I can set up a photo shoot with somebody. So we’ll see.

Liam: 01:24:00 Well yeah, especially, um, cause like I said, I remember the last time you were on the show, you were saying that you had quite a few California photographers that wanted to shoot with you. Um, and I think you even mentioned several in La that wanted to work with you. So that’d be great if you can do both at the same time, you know, while you’re out there filming for the movie, getting some photo shoots with these photographers and, and uh, make some extra money and do some new work that way too. That would be awesome.

ElleyCat: 01:24:25 That’s the plan.

Liam: 01:24:28 Well, I’m gonna wrap this episode upward an hour and 24 minutes, which I don’t mind that we went that long, but I don’t want to keep you all night. I know you’ve probably got things through, but as usual, it’s fantastic talking to you Ellie. Um, you’re always welcome on this show and I, and I love keeping up with the stuff you’re working on. I watch your posts and you know, I comment and like them as much as I can cause you’ve been doing some really great stuff. I mean some really awesome, awesome shoots that you’ve done, whether they were the cause play or the steam punk or you know, that fantastic photo shoot that you did at that a husband and wife swimming pool. That was really awesome because you know, like I said that that whole scene just looked like it was on some sort of a resort.

ElleyCat: 01:25:13 Yeah. And I, I hope I get to go back and use that, you know, the same thing again cause they don’t, you know, the two shoots I had there were awesome and you know, yeah. And the photos came out so great that yeah. You know, he thought of the cover of expression magazine but it also a, it made the back cover of expressions answers also a three page spread of me inside the magazine as well.

Liam: 01:25:37 Oh cool. Now was this just a digital magazine or is it a published one?

ElleyCat: 01:25:42 It is a digital magazine. There’s uh, uh, I would definitely say, you know, the, the actual large name publish magazine, those are extremely difficult to get into. But

ElleyCat: 01:25:54 I will be there. Some boys.

Liam: 01:25:57 I’m sure you will because like I said, you’re, you’re always doing new things and I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before, you know, you catch the eye of vogue or somebody like that and get a good photo shoot with them and hopefully get on the cover or one of those magazines. That would be really cool. That’s when you’ll stop taking my calls. Movie career takes off and you’re on the cover of Vogue and sports illustrated swimsuit edition yet. That’s when you’ll stop taking my calls. Yep. William home. I’ve never heard of him. No, I’m not gonna go on this silly little podcast. I’m too famous now.

ElleyCat: 01:26:35 That was nonprofit.

Liam: 01:26:37 I’m just teasing you. No, you’re, you’re a really wonderful person and you’re really fun to talk to and, and I’m really excited that things been going so well for you and I hope they continue to.

ElleyCat: 01:26:48 Well thank you. I will definitely keep you posted and thank you so much for liking myself and you know, following me and, and just, you know, helping to represent what I’m doing. I really appreciate that.

Liam: 01:26:59 Oh, absolutely. And for all of my listeners out there, I will share all of Ellie’s links in the show notes for this episode. Uh, please also check out her youtube channel. Hit subscribe and click the little bell icon so you get notifications anytime she uploads new videos cause she’s got some really fun and cool stuff on there. And uh, we’ll, we’ll see about having you back later on down the road. I don’t want to take too much of your time cause I know you’re really busy with so many different projects and shoots that you’re doing, but always love having you on the show. You’re a lot of fun to talk to and, and a really smart lady as well. So that was the aim for this episode is I wanted all of my listeners to know that you’re not only, you know, a pretty lady that does a lot of modeling work and acting work, but you also are very smart person too.

Liam: 01:27:46 So you’ve got to, you know, we gotta kill as much as we can that stereotype. The models are dumb and you know, the way they’re always portrayed on TV shows and stuff, both male and female models, right. That they’re dumber than a box of rocks. And then in reality, I mean a lot of this world famous supermodels over the years had actually been very intelligent men and women that had degrees, master’s degrees, PhDs and stuff like that. And I don’t think a lot of people realize that. I don’t know, I guess it was mostly Hollywood that created that dumb model stereotype, but as definitely not the case because, uh, I’ve talked to you and I actually shot with another model and you’re both very intelligent women, probably both college educated. So definitely, uh, definitely a bogus stereotype. The models are dumb, that’s for sure.

Liam: 01:28:40 Alrighty. Well I am going to go ahead and wrap up this episode and let you get back to your life out there and uh, tell Dan I said hello and I said thank you again for him allowing you to come on the show and take away from your time out there. You know, I’m sure you guys probably have a bunch of stuff to do to get ready for this drip and uh, I didn’t that I was cutting into the packing for your vacation so I felt kind of bad about that when I found out about that.

ElleyCat: 01:29:07 No, that’s beautiful.

Liam: 01:29:10 And you guys got to find me a couple of arrowheads and send them to me. I want a couple so maybe I’ll get lucky. Yup. Can you still hear me?

ElleyCat: 01:29:24 Oh yeah, I can completely cut out there for a second.

Liam: 01:29:27 Oh that’s weird. Yeah, cause everything seemed to still be working on this side now. I was just teasing your moment again. Like I said, you guys need to find me a couple of arrowheads and send them out here. Jimmy, I don’t have any. No, I could definitely try. All right. Well again, thank you for your time Ellie. It’s been fantastic having you on the show and enjoy your vacation to Billy’s. Hopefully you guys will have a great time.

ElleyCat: 01:29:51 Thank you Liam. I really appreciate it and you have a good evening.

Liam: 01:29:54 You too. Thanks again.

ElleyCat: 01:29:58 Bye Bye. Bye Bye.

Liam: 01:30:01 Well, there you have it folks. Episode 28 of the Liam photography podcast. Our second interview with the professional model and professional geologists. Miss ElleyCat. Please definitely check out the links to her social media, her Facebook and Instagram will be on the show notes for this episode. And also as I mentioned him a few minutes ago, stopped by her youtube channel and uh, give her a subscribe and I like and hit the little bell notification icon so that you’re getting notified when she uploads new videos cause she’s been doing some really fun stuff, her and her boyfriend with behind the scenes footage and stuff like that. So those videos are pretty fun and enjoyable to check out as well. And with that, I’m going to wrap up this week’s episode and I will see you all next week in episode 29.

Episode 27: Nikon D6 Rumors, Canon’s new RF Lens and Social Media

In this episode I talk about the latest rumored specs for the upcoming Nikon D6, Nikon DSLRs that won’t be getting future upgrades. I also talk about Canon’s new rumored 16-28mm F/2 L USM lens and how to NOT let Social Media stifle your creativity.

Nikon D6 Rumors

Another set of rumored Nikon D6 specifications

Nikon DSLRs that Won’t see replacements

Rumored list of Nikon DSLR cameras that will not be replaced (with a new DSLR model)

Canon’s new F/2 Monster 16-28mm L lens

A Canon RF 16-28mm f/2L USM is coming [CR1]

Don’t Let Social Media Stifle Your Creativity

Don’t Let Social Media Stifle Your Creativity!

Transcription by, there may be grammatical errors.

Liam 00:00 A new set of Nikon d six camera specifications, so I’m Nikon DSLRs that will not be replaced with a newer DSLR model, a new Canon Sic RF 16 to 28 millimeter f two l USM is coming and how it keeps social media from sucking the life out of your creativity. All of this on episode 27 of the Liam photography podcast

Liam 00:45 you’re listening to the land photography podcast. I’m your host Liam Douglas, and this is episode 27 so before I begin the meat and potatoes of this episode, I wanted to take a moment and thank all of my brothers and sisters in uniform who have served this nation proudly on this July 4th, 2019 I really appreciate for one myself, I appreciate all of Your sacrifices that you made to serve your country and for those that gave their lives for this country, I want to send out prayers to your surviving family members. Now let’s get on with this week’s episode. So Nikon roomers has received a new list of rumors on a purported Nikon d six high end pro sports body. The potential announcement for this camera will be in early 2020 and there are prototypes already being tested out in the field. Now one of the reasons for the delay in announcement of the d six has to do with the adding of sensor stabilization into this body.

Liam 01:54 Now another separate rumor that had been floating around was that the d six there’s going to be some sort of hybrid between DSLR and mirrorless, but we are hearing now that the d six will definitely not be a hybrid camera, but rather a DSLR with some mirrorless features such as better video and in body image stabilization. Another rumor is that this model will have dual CF express memory card slots a. Dot. Seven six two seven eight times 100% you find her a new Expedia dual processors, better improved AAF than the current d five it will also reportedly have built in Wifi a 3.2 million dot touch screen with full touch capabilities and excellent slash improved silent shooting modes. So this is definitely some interesting new information coming out of Nikon about the possible technologies and features that will be in the d six that Nikon is expected to release in early 2020.

Liam 03:06 I have a feeling they probably will release a d six a just as cannon is rumored to be preparing to release a one dx mark three and that’s because, uh, next year, of course, next summer is when the Olympics will be in Tokyo and Canon and Nikon are gonna want to make sure that they get their latest flagship bodies to market in time for all of those sports photographers to use them while they are covering the Olympic Games. Now of course all of this makes sense, especially given that the Olympic Games are covered by photographers from Getty and sports illustrated. I’m sure some other publications as well. And those shooters always like to have the most advanced, high-end pro sports body they can possibly get. So it’s not uncommon for all of the major shooters that’ll be at the Olympic Games to be the use of not Nikon d six or canon one DX mark three models.

Liam 04:03 And of course they’ll also be using all of the high end glass that they can possibly get their hands on. I’m always impressed when any of the Olympic Games come around. Uh, not that I watched the Olympics myself, I’m not that much into sports, but I always loved to see the photographs they get posted by like Getty, um, of all of the camera bodies and lenses they have lined up for the photographers to take to cover the games. And it’s just a massive array of camera bodies. And on the candidate side, especially all that El glass that’s white in color, you know, their, their high end prime, you know, 600 millimeter lenses, 400 millimeter primes, 300 millimeter primes, all that crazy stuff. And of course, you know, the equivalent Nikon lenses on their side as well. So we’ll have to wait and see what happens. But it does look like a Nikon is possibly planning to release the d six and early 2020 a which will, like I said, get it to market and time for the Olympic Games and it’ll be really cool if we do see some of these rumored specs and features in this new body.

Liam 05:07 Now I would love to hear from any of my listeners. So if you want to go ahead and leave a comment on this episode, either on the a Liam photography site or in the Facebook groups, probably better to do it in the Facebook group. Um, as a matter of fact, I’m not sure I might’ve turned on comments on the website. Uh, but you can go over to Facebook and, and do a search for Liam photography podcast and request to join the group. You only have to answer one question, which is the host name. And that’s myself. You can put Liam or Liam Douglas and I do that to keep down the spammers and bots and all of that good stuff, uh, so that we can have a better experience in the Facebook group. Now. The next topic I want to talk about when it comes to the latest Nikon rumors are rumors about Nikons, DSLR cameras, and particularly models that will not be getting a replacement with an upgraded model DSLR.

Liam 06:03 So some new rumors list of Nikon DSLR cameras that won’t be replaced, they will most likely eventually be replaced with mirrorless equivalent. A rumored list includes the Nikon d 3,500, the 5,600 and the d 500 and also there are rumors that these models will be getting in upgraded replacement. That would be the Nikon d 7,500 the d seven 50 the d eight 50 and of course the Nikon d five, which I mentioned in the first segment, uh, is rumored to be replaced next year with the new D six. We’ll have to wait and see if this actually pans out. These rumors are true. Now, I would not be surprised if Nikon is looking to pair down, you know, their DSLR, uh, product line just because you know, everybody’s transitioning into the world of mirrorless cameras. So it doesn’t really make a lot of sense for Nikon to spend a lot of money in these, uh, lower end consumer DSLR cameras.

Liam 07:09 You know, in other words coming out with a somewhat modified, you know, version every year or every couple of years, you know, going from the d 3,500 to a d 36 or 37, and Wu we added a couple of new features and another bell and whistle and woo got a new camera. Yeah. I mean it just doesn’t make sense for them to keep doing that. So I’m expecting to see them not pair down how many DSLR offerings they’re going to have as they’re making the transition to mirrorless. And I expect that more than likely 10 and we’ll be doing the same thing. There’s already been rumblings that a, they’re going to be killing off some of their, uh, DSLR, uh, lower end models, you know, the entry level models and mid-level models. And, uh, of course eventually replacing everything our most, all of their bodies with mirrorless offerings.

Liam 07:54 And we’ll have to wait and see how that fleshes out. But, uh, you know, ill often felt that it was kind of silly that both Canon and Nikon come out with quote unquote upgraded DSLRs every year, every two years. And they just basically, you know, put a couple of new features in and maybe it increased the resolution of the LCD on the back and Ooh, that’s a new camera, you know, and people would fall for it, you know, and they run out and buy it, you know, and when the camera they previously had is perfectly fine, if you already got a [inaudible] you don’t need to immediately run out and buy a t seven nine where on the other hand, if you’re a canon shooter and let’s say you still have a T2 I or a T3 I, those bodies are really old. So yeah, then it would make sense to upgrade to something like the t seven nine to, you know, get the latest technology, a better sensor, better processors.

Liam 08:42 And that will help with the equality of your photograph. So, and those cases, I would definitely say it’s a good idea to upgrade if it’s been a while. But again, you don’t need to play keeping up with the Joneses and worry about upgrading to the latest quote unquote update to your DSLR every year, every two years when Canon and Nikon release him, I always tell photographers and less your equipment is holding back or stifling your creativity. Unless you can not get the kind of photographs that you want to get or need to get. You don’t need to buy a new camera. You’re better off investing in quality glass, which is something that’ll last you for many, many, many more years than any body will. So spend that money in high quality glass that you can keep for decades and you can never possibly go wrong with that kind of investment.

Liam 09:33 And most any professional photographers will tell you the same thing. The glass is king. That’s where you really want to invest. Your money is in that high quality and Ella glass or the High Quality Nikon glass and uh, you just, you just can’t go wrong by investing in that part of the equipment and that part of the platform. And you don’t need to upgrade every year. So just because Canon has a 70 to 200 f 2.8 l mark three USM doesn’t mean I’m going to get rid of my mint condition mark to 70 to 202.8 absolutely not as the mark three and doesn’t have some improvements over the mark two. Yeah, it does. They always do, but it’s definitely not enough for me to get rid of my mark two and run out and buy a march three and you know, for full retail price, I’m not gaining that much. If I was using SAS 70 to 200 millimeter f four and I suddenly had you know, the kind of money where I could buy a 70 to 200 f two then yeah, maybe it would make sense to get the marks free. Although I’d probably jumped from the the [inaudible] model to the mark to 2.8 because that one’s come down in price as to mark three was released. You can get an even better deal. You know my mind, a new old stock of the mark two version of that Lens.

Liam 10:54 Now shifting gears a little bit. The next rumor I want to talk about is coming from the Canon website and that is that Canon is planning to release a new RF, 16 to 28 millimeter f two l USM Lens. Now as many of you are already aware of, when Canon announced the Eos are one of their first three lenses that they were releasing with the new RF mal was the 28 to 70 f two USM l lens and as supposed to be, I guess more or less kind of sort of a replacement for the 24 to 72.8 in the eff mount. Although there is, there are rumors that they’re also going to do a an RF 70 to two on our 24 to 70 f 2.8. So we’ll have to wait and see, um, if they are going to have those two lenses, kind of an, you know, a bit of an overlap in those focal lengths.

Liam 11:53 Um, I don’t know if they will or not, but there’s rumors that they’re going to, so we’ll have to wait and see. Um, but according to Canon just in the last couple of days, they were reporting that cannon was hard at work. On this next f to Zoom Lens, whether the suggestion that we’d see a quote unquote holy trinity ofF to l Zoom Lenses from Kennan. Now the next ft zoom lens of course as I mentioned a moment ago, is supposed to be to the 16 to 28 which will work nicely. If you already have the 28 to 70 then you’ll be covered from 16 all the way up to 70 with a perfect f two super wide aperture throughout those entire focal ranges. Now none of the f two lenses will have image stabilization, but that’s not really a reason to freak out as all of the future Ios our bodies are going to have in body image stabilization.

Liam 12:49 So it won’t really matter that these lenses don’t have the image stabilization cannons, ims technology built into them. You will still be able to get image stabilization, you know, down the road when you upgrade to a newer EOCR body that already includes ibis. Now, another thing that I tell people all the time is you don’t need to worry so much about image stabilization. I know people squawk all the time about, oh, this camera doesn’t have ibus. It’s not good. That’s a junk camera. If it doesn’t have IVUS, what the hell do you need ibis for anyways? I mean, to be honest, ivs only works with your shorter focal length lenses. It doesn’t work well on telephoto lenses. It’s pretty much useless on them. So what is the big deal? The one thing I always tell people if you want image stabilization or vibration reduction or whatever you want to call it, depending on who the manufacturer is, rather than worrying about the stabilization features, which of course make a lens much heavier and much more expensive.

Liam 13:50 You can, if your biggest concern is camera shake when you’re hand holding your camera, all you need to do is bump up your shutter speed to be the equivalent of your focal length. So in other words, if you’re shooting a 70 to 200 f 2.8 or f four you had the non image stabilized model of those lenses. And you’re shooting something at 200 millimeters, just make sure that your shutter speed is at at least 200 or higher. I would recommend going to like a shutter speed, a three 20 and that should pretty much eliminate any noticeable camera shaking your images from, you know, hand holding the camera as you’re shooting. So I know a lot of people like to have the image stabilization, whether it’s in the lens or in the body. I don’t really see it as a deal breaker myself. I can live with it or live without it.

Liam 14:41 I, you know, live without it for many, many years doing photography before image stabilization and sensor stabilization technologies even came about. So, and I always managed to get good photographs without those, those features. They are nice and you know, I’ll talk to over photographers once in awhile. They’re like, oh yeah, that image stabilization is the greatest thing in the world cause I’m getting older and my handshake even worse now than I’m older than they did when I was younger. So I, you know, I like having some sort of compensation for that kind of stuff. And I, and I can understand that especially, you know, if you’re, if you’re an older shooter, you know you’re getting up there and your sixties or seventies and your, your hands are nowhere as near as steady as they were when you’re in your 20s and 30s. That’s understandable. Then yeah, image stabilization in the lens or the body could be a big help, but for the most part your average person doesn’t absolutely need to have image stabilization, whether it’s in the lens or the body.

Liam 15:39 It is just a nice feature to have and that’s one of the reasons why Sony has it in all of their full frame here. Let’s bodies because they’ve been trying to pull as much of the consumer pie. They’ve been trying to yank as much of that pie away from Canon and Nikon as they possibly can. And for the most part it’s worked, uh, with them finally becoming the number one full frame camera seller in the world in the last year or so. But also, if you remember one of my earlier episodes I mentioned now the Canon and Nikon do have Meryl is full frame bodies. Sony’s piece of the Pie is starting to shrink in Japan, so we’ll have to wait and see if that translates to their pie shrinking in the worldwide market or especially in the United States and European markets. We’ll have to wait and see. You know, only time will tell on that, but I did want to share that cannon is planning to release a second f to Zoom Lens, which will be, you know, I’m sure a fantastic lens like the 28 to 70 is, but again, it’s going to be really expensive and it’s going to be heavy in, it’s an f two lens.

Liam 16:48 I would predict more than likely, if this lens does come to fruition, it’s probably going to be priced at around 26, $2,700 so yeah, it’s going to put a dent in your wallet unless you’ve got money to burn. All right. For this last segment, one of the items I wanted to cover in this week’s, uh, 4th of July episode is not, I don’t want photographers to let social media stifle your creativity when it comes to your photography. Now, a lot of times people don’t think a, you know, they don’t think in depth about social media and social media has pluses and minuses that, you know, it has pros and cons if you will. Uh, but I tell people all the time, don’t get discouraged by how your photos are perceived on social media. So let’s get into this. Um, so as most of you are aware of, there’s tons of social media sites these days.

Liam 17:48 You’ve got Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and then you have some photography based, uh, social media sites as well, like 500 px and, and some others, a guru shots, which I personally, uh, I no longer post on there anymore just because their contest are a complete joke. Uh, you know, they put out a contest saying, oh, post these kinds of photos and then you get people that don’t even come close to following the theme of the contest and then they win the prize anyways. Like, okay, how do you win a prize for not following the guidelines of the contest? Uh, so yeah, I got away from them. I stopped posting any images on there for quite a long, quite a long time ago. I think it’s been over a year now. But anyways, let me, let me not get sidetracked too badly, but uh, but the point I’m trying to make is you can’t let the social media sites be the end all and be all of your life and your creativity as a photographer.

Liam 18:44 Now I know a lot of times photographers will get discouraged with the results they find on the sites, especially if they don’t receive a large amount of likes or shares or favorites each time they post an image. Now these responses are in no way an accurate gauge of how creative you are or your ability as a photographer. They are more of the results of social media popularity contests. And I’ve talked to and seen so many photographers become discouraged with these platforms because they don’t get the tons of likes or shares that they think and they think their work is not good enough or that no one likes their, their particular creative flare or style one. That’s not necessarily the truth. You know, to be honest, these social media sites, most all of them are nothing more than a popularity contest. I mean, I’ve seen this stupidest things on social media, get tons of likes and re shares and favorites and all that.

Liam 19:42 And I mean it’s just, it gets ridiculously absurd. I mean, it just gets totally out of control sometimes with the stupidest things that are popular on social media. So when it comes to your art and your work you had, you have to be the one true judge of your create creativity and always strive to try new things and think outside the box. I tell people all the time, that’s the best way to grow as a photographer. You can’t grow and enhance your skills and abilities of, of, of as a photographer. If you stay in one little tiny virtual box or you know, as far as what you do with your camera, you need to get outside your comfort zone. If you’re somebody that likes shooting landscapes, switch it up one weekend, go into town and shoot some street photography, especially if there’s a s you know, fair going on or something like that.

Liam 20:36 When there’s a lot of colors and a lot of creative things and rides and kids and families and all that cool stuff. Get outside, get outside of the box and outside of your comfort zone and take on some new Jaras of photography. Even if you’re just doing it for yourself. I mean, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. You don’t need to always be out shooting for clients. I mean, yeah, it’s great to have enough clients that you can make a good living with your photography, but you don’t want to only be working for clients all the time. You know, the only time you go out with your cameras when you’re working for clients, because then this is gonna feel more like a chore. You know less when the, when the job of being a photographer, quote unquote, starts dragging you down and you get into a rush and your creativity starts to erode and, and then you get depressed and you know, you’re doing the same old thing all the time.

Liam 21:28 That’s why I always recommend that photographers, you know, think outside the box, get out of your comfort zone, take a weekend, say and you know, and go out. And like I said, do street photography and challenge yourself. Use a prime lens, only go out and take a weekend instead of using your zoom lens or your telephoto Zoom Lens and you know, going to down where I live here, a outside Atlanta, going to downtown Atlanta with your 35 millimeter f Prime Lens. Put that bad boy on your camera body and just do some street photography. You know, just snap, regular, ordinary people going about their lives on the street and see what you can come up with. See what kind of fantastic images you can get from doing stuff like that. Now I can personally tell you from experience that I have photos that I posted on 500 px and even on Facebook that got pretty much no attention at all.

Liam 22:17 Hardly any likes or shares or comments or anything. But the same photo that I posted on and wish reshared out to Getty images market. That photograph, this one particular photograph is selling like hotcakes. Now the image I’m referring to, and I’ve mentioned it in one or two of my earlier episodes, I just simply tie a title Tybee Island Sunrise and it’s just an image that I shot in 2014 while I stood on the beach of Tybee island, Georgia as the sun came up over the Atlantic, uh, was, you know, I got out there nice and early, got my tripod set up and everything and made sure I was ready. And as the sun came up over the Atlantic, I snapped off a few shots and I got one that just turned out amazing straight out of the camera, no post-processing, no tweaking of colors or anything like that.

Liam 23:09 It was just beautiful right out of the camera. And the whole sky is a beautiful orange, yellow mix. And they even had the orange and yellow ish glow on the gentle waves. So the Atlantic Ocean as us rolling in towards the beach and that image is amazing. I put it on social media and everybody’s like, Eh, man, that’s not that good. But I put that same image on I am and submitted it to their marketplace, which gets a chaired out to Getty images marketplace. And I think I posted that image in the marketplace. I think it was an early or maybe mid 2015 and I shot the image in early 2014 and I can honestly tell you in the last four years I’ve sold over a thousand copies of that image on Getty images. It’s been super popular on there. Um, I guess in a way you could, you could consider it a stock image, you know, because it’s fairly simplistic.

Liam 24:07 And I’ll put a link to my blog post article on this subject. I’ll put that in the show notes and you can, you know, click on the, uh, the blog post and you’d go to the blog post. On the Liam website and you can see the image for yourself. Um, you can see the thumbnail version of the website and then if you just click on it, it’ll load up for you the full screen version that you can check out. And like I said, that’s a fantastic image. Nobody liked it on social media, but it’s sold like hotcakes on ILM and Getty images. So I’m really happy with that. Now the inverse of that of course is I have images that I posted this scored really high or have gotten lots of likes and shares. And, and then when I put those same images and I am, or Getty or 500 Vieques, I don’t sell a single copy.

Liam 24:57 And it’s not that they’re a bad image, a, you know, most of the time they’re really fantastic images, you know, tack, Sharp Focus, great composition, you know, very creative and visually pleasing to the eyes. And everybody on the buying sites are like man. And more than the likeliest just because there’s so many images on those sites. I mean, you take somebody like Getty images and I’m sure there are library images that are for sale is millions and millions of photographs, maybe even tens of millions, so you know you’re going to have it what it’s going to work one way or the other. You know, either it’s going to be super popular on social media, but it won’t sell. Or social media will say it sucks, but know you put it on on a site where you sell images and it’ll sell like hotcakes. So six in one hand and half dozen in the other, I guess is one way you could look at it.

Liam 25:47 But you know, basically the point I’m trying to make is don’t let these social media sites suck the life out of your photography. Don’t let it destroy your creativity. Don’t let it destroy your creative processes and trying new things. You’ve got to chalk it up to life experience and just keep going about your thing and doing what you like to do and also doing whatever your clients are paying you to do. Don’t concentrate on social media. It is great to have a social media presence as a photographer or a videographer, I understand that it can get you more exposure, it can get you more potential clients, but you cannot let social media suck the life out of your photography. You don’t want to do that. It’s going to destroy you and you’re going to get to the point where your photography, that was once a passion and wasn’t really like a job because you were doing something that you love to do and you get paid good money to do and now it’s become a job that you get up every morning and you dread having to go out and do that paid shoot or, or whatever the case may be.

Liam 26:59 You know, and it’s going to happen. You’ve got to stay away from getting stuck in a Rut. And I definitely, definitely take anything on social media with a grain of salt because they are great platforms to get your work out there, possibly get it seen by other potential clients or brands that might want to work with you, especially if they like your creative flair. But if you let these social media sites, basically, if he gets sucked into these social media sites to where it becomes more or less your world and your images aren’t popular enough on there, it’s going to suck the life out of your creativity and out of your work and then you’re going to hate doing photography. You’re going to want to quit and find something else to do, but don’t let that happen. Always remember that social media is just a virtual world.

Liam 27:56 It doesn’t mean anything. Even the most viral videos or photos on social media, their popularity dies off eventually. You know, there’s an old saying, everybody gets their 15 minutes of fame at one point or another. So I wouldn’t worry too much about that. Now the, I did create a personal photography Twitter account that’s separate from my personal mind and I’ve actually picked up quite a few professional photographers on there as followers, as well as a few celebrities, and some of them are even nice enough to talk to me on their via direct message on a, on a somewhat regular basis. I don’t hound them all the time, you know, I’ll drop them a note every now and then. You know, I’ll ask for their feedback on an image that I posted or, or just share the image with them and see what they think. And, and some of them will be kind enough to give you some honest feedback on your work that you post on that.

Liam 28:50 Now of course, some of your more famous photographers like Chase Jarvis and Zach res, they won’t give you the time of day. Um, most of the time they won’t even answer emails you send to them. Whether it’s because they’re so busy or you know, some people think that once they become famous, they’re better than everybody else. I don’t know if that’s the case with either one of these guys, but you know, I was really kind of disappointed because I reached out to Zach Arias a couple of times through his website, uh, because at that time I was living in Gwinnette county and that’s where his studio is. His studio, I think is in Duluth and I was in Loganville. So, you know, his studio is like 20 miles from my house and I wanted to come by and check out a studio and meet him and you know, chat a little bit with him and his studio manager, but they didn’t even have the common courtesy of replying to my emails or voicemails that I left.

Liam 29:38 So I said the heck with it. And I go about my thing and I do my own thing. And you know, I don’t worry about people like that. But now there are people out there that are fairly well known or famous, if you will, that will, you know, critique your work even though they’re really busy. I mean, I would recommend somebody like Jared Poland from fro nose, He’s a fantastic guy. He puts out some really, uh, funny, interesting and knowledgeable videos on his youtube channel and he’s really isn’t really down to Earth Guy. And, uh, he, oh, he does critiques on a regular basis on his youtube channel. You know, he’ll tell you that. Go to this link and upload your 10 best images and you know that you are, uh, share your 10 best images from your flicker account. You know, send it to me via this link on my website and maybe I’ll pick yours and do a critique of it on one of my, in one of my videos.

Liam 30:31 And he’s really cool about that. And I, you know, and you could also try Tony and Chelsea Northrup, they have a, they have a weekly thing where they will critique photographs that are submitted and he should, we, each time they do one of these episodes, it’s a different genre. So you know, one week it might be portrait and the pool thing is with Tony and Chelsea has, they’ll often have really famous photographers join them in those episodes, uh, to help critique your, your photographs. So, uh, you know, it could be a really famous, a portrait photographer or landscape photographer. And I actually, the first time I submitted one of my photographs to Tony and Chelsea, um, I think it was a, the subject was your best work or something like that. And I posted my Tybee Island Sunrise shot and they picked it and showed it on their, on their youtube channel.

Liam 31:20 And it was really cool. I thought that was really, really cool. But uh, you know, just some ideas. Now there’s also Josh Schmidt from Frodo to a photo tips He’s a really nice guy and Ken Rockwell from Ken Uh, he’s a really nice down to Earth Guy. I’ve emailed him numerous times, you know, about different casual things. You know, I try not to bug any of these people a whole lot. Sometimes I’ll just, you know, bounce ideas off ’em or you know, I’ll shoot him a quick note about, you know, a new camera or lens that’s coming out to get their take, you know, before they do any kind of official review or something like that, you know, and these folks are all people that had been kind enough to get back to me. Whether it’s by email or direct message on Twitter. Uh, and another photographer who has a really popular youtube channel, uh, and I consider her a friend of mine as well, is a leave from the snapchat,

Liam 32:17 Uh, she and her husband Raymond have a really popular photography youtube channel and they do a lot of cool content on there. And, uh, I’ve exchanged emails with her several times over the years and she’s a really nice lady as well. Uh, sometimes it takes a little while before she gets back to you because she’s so busy, you know, planning her next series of videos and, and the exclusive for her subscribed members, you know, that she has to do that stuff each week and you know, things like that. But she will get back to you. So don’t be shy. Uh, you can even a, I think sometimes she’ll even ask a members of her Facebook group to post images on there, um, and, and Showga, you know, give you a bit of a critique on the image or something like that. So that’s really cool. Plus she does also take questions from her viewers.

Liam 33:04 Then she’ll read your question, you know, on air if you will, and one of her youtube videos and give you her answer. So she is really cool about that as well. Now this next image that it’s going to be in the link in the show notes to this blog article that I did awhile back, um, I titled this one wall of Light and this one got tons of likes and shares and uh, my college, the art institute of Pittsburgh even use this image and some of their publications advertising their digital photography degree programs. But I’ve never managed to sell a single copy of this image and what it was. It was one of my, it was my very first attempt at nighttime long exposures and I drove up to between Georgia, which is a little town and middle of nowhere, um, halfway between Loganville and Monroe, which was where I was living at the time.

Liam 34:00 And I found this a BP gas station basically in the heart, quote unquote of downtown between where they have a blinking traffic light with a single light, a single, you know, it’s not one of the tier three red, yellow, green, just the single one. Uh, but anyways, I stood in the corner of this a BP gas station, you know, at about midnight and I set my camera up on tripod set. My, so would a hundred, you know, the aperture. I said, you know, so that everything would be in focus. I think I used f eight, something like that. And then I as vehicles were coming down the road from Monroe going towards Loganville. I just opened up my shutter and I left it open for about 30 seconds and I got this really cool. What I, like I said, I titled the Shop Wall of Light because that’s what it is.

Liam 34:49 I got not only got a bunch of cars that went by at the time, but I also had one or two tractor trailers that went by. So it basically is a fairly tall wall of light in this image going from red to green to orange and to white. And it is a really awesome image, just one of my favorite images that I’ve ever created and it’s super popular on social media, but never sold a single copy of it on any of the sites that I, you know, I can sell my photos on. So I, these things happen. Now. I’ve also done some personal email exchanges with guys like David Hobby and Scott Kelby and they’re, they’re really fantastic gentleman, very knowledgeable and um, but I try not to bother them too much cause I know they have a lot of irons in the fire all the time, so it’s a bit harder to catch up with them.

Liam 35:39 Um, so I, I don’t want to feel like bothering him, so I try not to hit them up very often. Once in a great while I’ll shoot an email to Scott, you know, about his worldwide photo walk, you know, that kind of stuff. But, uh, I don’t bother those guys, you know, to, to critique my photos or my portfolio or anything like that. But like I said, the point I’m trying to make is that you can’t let all of the social media sites drag you down and stifle or kill your creativity and make you second guess your abilities, your talents and your creativity as a photographer, art or artist take most of the response you get on social media with a grain of salt. And I mean, I don’t even let myself get overly excited when people gush over my work that’s posted on there.

Liam 36:24 But I do make sure that I always thank them for their comments and you know, that’s just the right thing to do. You know, being polite and I mean, you’re going to run into people that are absolutely snotty and nasty on social media and um, I’m sure most of my listeners are already aware of that. You know, they’ve been on some or all of these social media sites for some time now. So they know how people can get on the sites. Even in some of the photography groups, she gets some really, you know, snooty people, but you know, they’ve been shooting a long time. They think they’re better than better than everybody else. So they kind of look down their nose on anybody that hasn’t been shooting for 30, 40, 50 years like that. All right. So I’m going to go ahead and wrap up this week’s episode, episode 27 of the Liam photography podcast.

Liam 37:09 I want to, once again, uh, thank all of my listeners for subscribing, rating and reviewing the show and iTunes or anywhere else you might be listening to it, which also includes Spotify and stitcher. I’m still trying to get into Pandora, but nothing from them as of yet. Uh, I’ve tried a couple of times and still haven’t gotten anything back and haven’t been able to find my show on there. So I guess they don’t feel that my show is big enough yet to do a B blessed by the Pandora guides. But uh, we’ll see what happens. A, as the show grows and progresses, hopefully maybe at some point down the road they will add us to Pandora, which would be really cool. But we are on Spotify and I know a lot of my listeners use Spotify especially for their music and they like the fact that they can use Spotify for both their of favorite music and their favorite podcasts in a single lap.

Liam 38:02 So that’s definitely cool. Um, like I said, you can always access the show I post everything on there with, for each episode each week and it’ll also have the links to the material that I used in this episode, whether it’s from Nikon rumors, Canon rumors, a pet, a pixel, or any other possible sites. A where I find information that I talk about in my show. And again, don’t forget to stop by the Liam photography podcast group and request to join. Again, you only have to answer one question, the join the group. That’s who is the host of the show, which is myself, Liam. Or you can put Liam Douglas, either one works and that’ll get you into the group. And again, I do that to keep out the spammers and bots and all that boring stuff that annoys the daylights out of everybody. And you are welcome once you’re a member of the group to post your own original work, please don’t reshare or steal other people’s work and post it as yours in the group or you will be banned permanently, but you are welcome to share your own original photographic work in there.

Liam 39:14 Or if you’re another type of artists that sculpture or whatever the case may be, you know, you’re welcome to post your work in there as well. I asked that the members try to limit the number of photographs they post each 24 hour period to five. You can either spread them out, you know, post one every few hours of the day or you can do, uh, the entire batch of five in one shot. Let Facebook create that little slideshow thing for you and people can scroll through in that way. That’s totally cool. You know, I just don’t want people flooding the Facebook group, but too many images and you know, then I run the risk of missing a question that somebody asks in the group that may have something maybe they want me to discuss on a future episode of the show. Uh, so that’s why I, I, I put a little bit of a restriction on that.

Liam 39:58 Now you also have the ability to call the show. You can call and leave a voicemail or a text message if you would like have a question you’d like to answer it on a future episode. Or when I make announcements in the Facebook group about a particular subject that’s going to be coming up, like maybe a listener questions or subscriber questions, a, you know, I’ll think of some sort of mini segment we’ll do or maybe it’ll end up being a big thing. You know, if we can get a bunch of questions that various people have from the group, uh, about photography in general or whether it’s, you know, a composition lighting, uh, camera gear or recommendations on lenses or accessories, backpacks, all that stuff. Uh, but you can reach out using the number four, 702-NINE-FOUR-8191. And as I mentioned, you can go ahead and leave a voicemail on that line.

Liam 40:49 Uh, I won’t answer the line directly. Uh, but you’re welcome to leave a voicemail on there. If you have a question or a comment about an episode or a question, uh, about something photography related that maybe you need, you have a question you need to answered. W I’ll be sure to, uh, check those messages on a weekly basis. And uh, if I do get any good questions on there or requests for, uh, some help with a photography related subject, I’d be more than happy to include that in a, in an upcoming episode. Now I also want to remind my listeners that you absolutely want to tune in next Thursday, the 11th of July as professional model. Ellie cat is going to be on the show again, a, I know her first episode a that she was one of the first interviewees I did on the show and her episode has been super popular.

Liam 41:41 She’s a really nice lady. She’s a lot of fun to talk to. Uh, she’s been a professional model for quite a few years now, and she also works as a geologist, so she’s really smart too, and she’s just a really nice person. She’s a lot of fun to talk to. She said she really enjoyed, uh, being on the show the first time and she’s excited to come back on the show again. So you’ll definitely want to check that out. Next Thursday, I will be doing an episode 28 a another interview with my friend and professional model, Ellie cat. So you definitely do not want to miss episode 28. All right. I want to thank everybody for your time and I will see you next week in episode 28

Episode 26 – New Rumors and Items from Canon and Western Digital’s Crap Hard Drives

Episode 26 – New Rumors and Items from Canon and Western Digital’s Crap Hard Drives by Liam Douglas


Canon’s EOS-1D X Mark II equivalent mirrorless is coming sooner than originally thought [CR1]

2 New Canon Sensors

Canon U.S.A. Announces New 120 MP Ultra-High Resolution and 2.7 MP Ultra-High Sensitivity CMOS Sensors

RF 300mm F/2.8 L IS USM

A Canon RF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM is on the way [CR2]

Transcription by, there may be grammatical errors.

Liam 00:00 A new Ken and mirrorless camera body, two new cannon sensors and a new Canon Prime Lens. All of this and more on episode 26 of the Liam photography podcast

Liam 00:30 You’re listening to episode 26 of the lay of photography podcast. I’m your host Liam Douglas and this week’s news from Canon it shows that canon rumors has been told that Canon has accelerated development of by Pro Level Eos, our camera, and they’re not talking about a high resolution model that we expect to see in late 2019 or early 2020 this new camera will be along the lines of a muralist version of the Canon Eos one dx mark two or mark three the source also mentions that it is possible this camera could be announced alongside the eos one dx mark three in the first or second quarter of 2020 though the date of the announcement is a long way from being decided. Announcing these two cameras together would be a unique move for cannon. And while it’s possible, I suspect we’ll see a development announcement for the eos one are x as they feel like calling it will be well before the actual camera ships and Eos, our professional body with some new RF super telephoto lenses at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics next July would be a great time for the launch of a Pro Level Eos r and r f Mount Lens at the same time.

Liam 01:57 So when I was reading this article, I thought it was definitely interesting because I honestly didn’t think that Canon was going to be moving on a high level pro RF body right away, especially the, and we already know the one dx mark three is on its way. Uh, and the reason why I felt that is I didn’t think Canon was gonna want to cannibalize their DSLR sales by coming out with a high end mirror was pro mirrorless body at the same time. But Canon rumors is claiming that one of their sources is telling us that there’s a strong likelihood that the one dx mark three and this new Ios rx could be coming out close to the same time or in the same at least in the same calendar year, if not in the same quarter. Now whether or not this is true, I’m not sure I really buy this.

Liam 02:51 I honestly still believe that the first and only immediate pro eos, our body that and is going to release, it’s going to be the equivalent of the five DSR that I currently have and I’ve mentioned that in previous episodes and the reason for that is I think Gannon’s going to want to get a more high resolution model to the market first. Something more in the range of a pro full frame body but not their top of the line sports body. I think they’ve got a little more um, work that they’re going to do before they’re going to announce a pro sports body. That’s just my opinion though. It will be interesting to see, see if this rumor turns out to be true and how it plays out and when exactly Tannin does actually announce a possible mirrorless full frame sport body. Um, I, I think it would be great if they do come up with a a or release a high end sport body in time for the 2020 games.

Liam 03:55 But I think in all likelihood that’s kind of pushing it. Um, now of course, you know, Canon could have been working on this for a few years now. Uh, me and the day finally released the Eos are in late 2018 and then the RFP shortly after that, they could have possibly had a sports body in the works. But I don’t think it’s very likely. And one of the reason for the reasons for that is Canon likes to take their time with a new flagship camera, especially to make sure all of the features and technologies they want to put in it or properly vetted, uh, and that they’re going to work perfectly. Because as I mentioned in previous episodes, Cannes reputation is everything to them. Much like apples is on the side of it technology. So I’m not, I’m just not certain that Canada is going to rush a one dx report, mirrorless replacement anytime soon, especially when they’re already dropping the one dx mark three I think they’re going to stick with the one dx mark three a for 2020 and possibly release a pro mirrorless sports body in 2021 or 2022 we’ll have to wait and see.

Liam 05:11 But I think as long as canon at least releases a high resolution promera list body that has two card slots. And I mean even if they give customers at least you know, seven frames a second continuous shooting, that would be really good. And I think that would a make a lot of people happy. I don’t think they’re going to release a 14 to 20 frame per second. A dual camera, you know, dual card slot replacement for the one DX mark, two or three. I just don’t see them doing that in 2020. I could be wrong. And if I am a that’s wonderful. Uh, but I just think that’s how this is going to pan out. We’ll have to wait and see, but that’s just my opinion on the subject of whether or not they’re going to release a mirrorless sports body by 2020 we’ll have to wait and see, but I don’t think it’s going to happen. I think they’re going to stick with the one DX mark three for the time being and possibly release the Maryland sport pro body maybe in late 2020 but I’m thinking it’s probably going to be 2021 or 2022

Liam 06:23 okay.

Liam 06:24 Now the next piece of Gannon News that I want to talk about in this episode, and I know I’ll probably have listeners complaining because it’s mostly Canon news this week, but hey, that’s the way the cookie crumbles. So cannon has recently announced a 120 megapixel ultra high resolution as well as a 2.7 Megapixel, ultra high sensitivity c moss sensors. Now this news is from Melville, New York. I’m from back on June 20th as image sensors are a driving force in innovating industries. Canon USA INC a leader in digital imaging solutions is pleased to announce two new sea mas sensor products, the ultra high resolution 120 megapixel m x S. I n n ultra high sensitivity 35 mm f h d x. S. M. A. These sensors help expand the company’s lineup of industrial vision products and offer integrators and end users additional capabilities when developing a solution in a variety of applications and quote.

Liam 07:38 As a result of Canon’s success in developing and manufacturing advanced cmos sensors for our own purposes, we expanded to create a business platform offering select sensor capabilities for use in industrial vision applications. Said cause you know a gala president and chief operating officer, Canon USA. These two new cmos sensors reflect Canon’s dedication to this new business and reinforce our commitment to developing high quality imaging solutions. Now the one 20 Amex s eye sensor is built with the ability to produce clear high quality images, making it a great fit for integrators and end users developing applications such as machine vision, security, robotics, precision agriculture and healthcare. There’s 120 megapixel sensor is capable of simultaneous and discreet image capture and both the visible and near infrared spectrum at a maximum frame rate of 9.4 frames per second, which that’s pretty impressive. The 35 mm f h d x m or s m a, I’m sorry, sensor is capable of capturing monochrome imagery in extreme low light environments where subjects would be near impossible to recognize with the naked eye removal of the color filter array doubles the sensitivity of the previously announced 35 and then f h e x s c a sensor providing even greater low light Gabe abilities.

Liam 09:23 This sensor can meet a wide range of ultra high sensitivity needs when used as a component to support a multitude of applications developed by integrators and end users including astrological observation, natural disaster monitor, varying security and object detection, molecular and cell biology and industrial vision. The one 20 mx s I and the 35 and then f h d x s m a c Mohs sensors will be showcased in the Canon booth number 1611 at the sensors expo and conference which according to its organizer is industry’s largest event dedicated to sensors, connectivity and Iot taking place from June 26th through the 27th 2019 at the San Jose Energy Convention Center, San Jose, California. So it sounds like today is the last day of this expo on on a sensor technology and for more information on Ken sensors, you can visit Canon dash c and I’ll include that link as well as a link to this article in the show notes so that you can check them out for yourself.

Liam 10:44 Now this sounds really cool. When I first saw the headline of 120 megapixel sensor, I thought, man, that’d be really cool if Canon was going to put that beast in like their mirrorless full frame replacement for my five DSR, which has a 50 megapixel sensor. I was like, man, that’d be really sweet to get a, a new high resolution sensor that’s almost three times the resolution of the five DSR. Um, in an Eos, our mirrorless full frame body, that would be really cool. But it looks like these sensors are made for other technologies. Now that’s not to say that Canon might not use that sensor, a 120 meg sensor, a megapixel sensor and a camera body, but it sounds like it’s more for industrial use. Uh, so there’s probably a little chance that we’re going to see it in any kind of end user camera body platform anytime soon.

Liam 11:38 The 2.7 megapixel sensor, when I first saw the mention of that, I was thinking why would anybody need a 2.7 megapixel sensor? But if you’re going to use it in something like security cameras or a astro photography, I guess that would, okay. I mean, you don’t need tons of resolution if you have the super low light performance. Um, then I guess that would be fine, but we’ll have to see how this fleshes out. It definitely sounds exciting. Um, I know that as I mentioned in previous episodes, Canon had been working on a hundred megapixel sensor for quite some time now. I think I first heard rumors about that a hundred megapixel DSLR sensor. I think it was about a year and a half, two years ago that Ghana was working on. And it looks like they’re working on other monster resolution sensors as well for other applications. And that’s great.

Liam 12:30 I mean, anytime you can get this kind of capability from a manufacturer of sensors, that’s fantastic. Especially, you know, for an industrial use or robotic shoes or security camera use. You know, anytime you can get new technology and sensors in those industries, that’s fantastic. And it just goes to show how diversified cannon’s portfolio of technologies, even imaging technologies are. And that’s, as I mentioned in previous episodes, one of the reasons why Canon and Sony, uh, have a lot more money to dedicate to research and development. Um, and there are camera body systems is because they have, their revenue streams are coming from so many different market segments. You know, I, and I’m not saying that Nikon is strictly limited to cameras. I know Nikon does do a little bit more than, you know, just manufacture and sell camera bodies and lenses, but their personal corporate portfolio is nowhere near as diverse as Canon and Sony, you know, as I’ve mentioned before, Canon does MRI machines and a whole bunch of other medical imaging, uh, machinery technology and it sounds like they do some stuff for industrial applications as well as robotics.

Liam 13:48 And I wasn’t aware that they were into those kinds of sensors for robotics and stuff like that, but it’s really cool and I think it’s definitely more proof that can, and is going to continue to innovate in all areas of their business portfolio. A lot of people seem to think that Canon’s going to fall by the wayside and they’re going to kill off their camera division, you know, their photography division. But I don’t see that happening anytime soon. Gannon seems to be really, really, really dedicated to their photography division. Granted, it’s not the biggest piece of their, you know, financial pie as far as income streams. Uh, but I, I don’t think they spend nearly as much money in research and development of their photography division as they do some of the other divisions. So they have a lot of flexibility and a lot of a cashflow, uh, you know, to research and development in different areas of their portfolio of products that they offer to the public or to other industries.

Liam 14:49 And Canon would not be spending as much time and energy in developing all this fantastic new RF blasts if they were not going to be staying in the photography market for the foreseeable future. That being the Canon has come out of the gate hitting hard with high quality RF lenses and most of them are ELL lenses to boot. That tells me that Canon’s definitely going to be in the photography business for many, many more years to come. So if you’re one of the people that was worried about them killing off their photography division, uh, I think you’ve been listening to the wrong rumors and Innuendo and you have absolutely nothing to worry about. You can feel totally confident and continuing to buy photography products in the Canon venue or world if you will, and you’ll be, you should be comfortable and knowing that Canon’s not going to kill off their photography division anytime.

Liam 15:48 I honestly think that Canon’s photography division will still be going in another hundred years. They’ve got over a hundred years under their belt now and that’s not going to end any time soon. Their photography clients or customers are extremely important to them. They remember their roots and this is a Japanese company. Japanese companies tend to stick to their roots as well as diversifying so that they can continue to have revenue streams and you technological advances. So if you’ve been worried about, gee, maybe I should jump to Sony or Fujifilm or somebody else because I keep hearing from all these other people that is going to kill off their camera to their photography division. That’s all baloney. You’ve got nothing to worry about. You can feel confident and buying canon cameras and lenses because cannon’s not going anywhere anytime soon. I believe that they will still be going strong in another 100 years.

Liam 16:48 Now. The third bit of Canon News I wanted to talk about in this episode is the rumors of a new canon RF 300 millimeter f 2.8 L I s USM lens that is rumored to be on the way a again on Canon They had previously reported that candidate will be introducing an RF 500 millimeter F L I s USM as their first super telephoto lens for the RF Mount. Now they are hearing that an RF 300 millimeter f 2.8 L I s USM. We’ll also be launching sometime in 2020. Their source has claimed that this lens will come with a new and unique feature for super telephoto lenses. Unfortunately, there are no details available at this time. I think it’s going to, we’re going to see a lot of professional lens announcements for in 2020 for the RF mount and I have personally believed that as well. I have a feeling cannon’s going to roll out a whole bunch of new RF lenses during the 2020 calendar year.

Liam 17:59 Now the source, uh, for Canon rumors did not clarify that. New versions of the ESDF 300 millimeter f 2.8 L I s two and the f 500 f four lis two, they could not confirm whether or not there are plans for those two e lenses, uh, anytime soon. So all they supposedly have rumors about is the RF 300 millimeter f 2.8 and the RF 500 millimeter f for now. As I started saying a minute ago, I have a feeling cannon’s going to be releasing a wide array of lenses in 2020. Uh, they’ve kind of sorta released a little bit of a remote roadmap on their future lenses and in the same vein that Nikon did with their z mount. But I don’t know if cannon’s roadmap the lenses is super detailed and inclusive. I think they’re going to hold back some things so that they can really wow and impress their consumers when they do release certain lenses.

Liam 19:00 A 300 millimeter f 2.8, uh, telephone or a telephoto prime would be fantastic. I’m sure it’s going to have a hefty price tag. I would love to have a lens like that myself to add to my collection, but it’s more than likely going to be something a little bit too expensive for my taste. Uh, especially if I’m not going to use it, you know, for a full time job or anything like that. Uh, being that right now, my full time photography work is real estate photography. Uh, there’s not much of a need for a 300 millimeter, 2.8 prime. When you’re doing real estate photography. It wouldn’t be awesome to have for like wildlife or, or professional sports, you know, like baseball, football, NASCAR, stuff like that. Or even high school soccer or basketball and things like that. But it’s more than likely you’re going to be a fairly expensive lens, but we’ll have to wait and see.

Liam 19:55 But I do like the idea that Canon has a f 2.8, uh, super telephoto prime lens that’s going to be coming out in 2020 as well as excited that are going to have an RF 500 millimeter f four. Uh, that’s going to be an awesome lens is, well I know the f versions of these lenses are very popular and Camden sells quite a bit of those to sport shooters and wildlife shooters. So I don’t think they’ll have any issues. I’m getting these out there and customers gravitating to these new RF MT versions, especially because you know, anybody that’s already invested in Canon, the Canon system is going to want to start picking up high end RF lenses, lenses because if they haven’t already, they’re going to eventually a your, they’re going to gradually transition from their DSLR canon gear to a mirrorless scanning gear. And now granted a lot of those folks right now, we’re currently waiting to see what is coming out in the way of pro mirrorless bodies.

Liam 21:07 So, you know, they may not have a large influx of sales of these two super telephoto lenses when they are first released in 2020. But Hey, if they do announce a serious pro body in 2020 as well, then yeah, that don’t change the game drastically. And they could actually, uh, see a large influx of sales of these two new lenses as well as whatever pro dual card slot body they decide to release for the 2020 calendar year. Now the last item I want to talk about in this week’s episode is a little bit of a shift from regular straight photography tech or hardware. Um, but it does go in the same vein because this area of technology is also something that’s used by pretty much everybody who’s a photographer and cinematographer. And that is the world of digital hard drives or hard drives for storing your media.

Liam 22:11 Now, I did this story as an article on my blog in 2018 and I thought it was a, an important enough story that I should reshare it on an episode of the podcast. Now, the original blog article is, the title of it is stay away from Western digital hard drives. And I’m sure Western digital’s not going to be too thrilled with me with that title and with this story, but I think it’s only proper that I share it with my listeners, especially because our storage as photographers and cinematographers is an extremely important part of our workflow. And I want to share as much knowledge and information on anything that affects your workflow as possible. Now, as I’ve mentioned in previous episodes, I’ve worked in information technology for nearly 30 years, so I do have a vast array of knowledge when it comes to anything technology, technology related, especially storage.

Liam 23:11 And so I thought it was a good time to share this particular story. So in 2018 I was looking to upgrade my raw photos, storage capabilities, uh, here at, uh, my studio and I, I shoot raw as many of you know, I’ve mentioned it in the episodes. I have some of my friend Jared Poland’s. I shoot raw t shirts, photography t-shirts, which are fantastic. And so being that I shoot raw all the time and I have a camera like the five DSR, which has a 50 megapixel sensor. As you can imagine, my roll files get to be very large and over time they take up a large amount of disk space. So back in 2018 a was looking to buy some more storage for my studio and I had been hearing for a few years from various uh, colleagues as well as coworkers and friends that work and it, that the g raid storage systems were top notch and the g drive hard drives and the g raid systems were just fabulous and they were high quality, uh, storage solutions and that, yeah, they cost more, but you’re paying for the quality, which is top notch.

Liam 24:34 Now, sadly, this is not still the case. So if you’re not familiar with how things tend to work, especially in the technology sector, um, for many years you had certain, uh, manufacturers of different hardware peripherals in the it world. You had various hard drive companies. You had western digital Mac store to Shiva Seguay. There was a few others here and there. Hitachi as they did hard drives at one time as well as uh, uh, Fujitsu. Um, but as happens and most areas of technology over time, the larger companies tend to buy out the smaller ones either to eliminate the competition or because that smaller company has actually come out with some new innovative tech that the larger company wants to have and implement and their products. Now one time Western digital and Seagate, we’re the premier makers of high quality hard drives, but it’s not so much the case anymore.

Liam 25:40 Seagate bought out Mac store a number of years ago and so far it’s been my experience. Seagate seems to still be making quality hard drives and they also offer special utilities for free on their website that you can download that will check the health of your drive and, and give you some other capabilities which are pretty cool. But when it came to western digital, their quality has kind of gone down hill in my opinion, at least in the last 10 to 15 years. And I did not know when all of my friends and colleagues and coworkers were telling me how great g drive and g raid systems where I did not, was not aware at the time that Western digital had bought g drive out and I ended up finding out the hard way. So I purchased a uh, gee raid eight terabyte external drive for my Imac. So this is a portable raid storage array that consists of two, four terra bar bike hard drives.

Liam 26:46 And generally in a raid, especially for preserving your files, one of the best raid format you can go with is mirrored rate. Basically what that means is any time you copy files to the rate array, you’re actually copying the files to each individual drive at the same time, hence the word mirror. So that eight terabyte raid array, our raid system, you’re only getting four terabytes of actual disc use because each of the four terabyte drives are being utilized as basically disc a and disc B. And anytime you, and it’s going to show up on your, your desktop computer as a single hard drive at the end. It’ll say that the, the uh, storage capacity is four terabytes even though physically you have eight terabytes in this little enclosure. Now what will happen is you drag and drop or copy and paste files into the drive itself or into some folders within the drive.

Liam 27:51 As I mentioned a moment ago, when you move files or copy files to that four terabyte drive icon, whether it’s in windows explorer or in the Mac Os finder, you’re actually copying those files to each of those four terabyte drives at the same time. So in the event that one drive fails, you don’t lose all of your important files. Being that it’s a mirror drain, everything is written to disk a and B at the same time. So should disc a die or disk be die, you don’t lose all of your files, you’re good to go. You can get a replacement disc for the one that died, whether it’s a or B, put that disc into the new disc, into the enclosure in the system will automatically begin copying over all of your files from the surviving mirror grade desk to its new partner disk. Well now as I, you know I mentioned there re a mirrored raid is fantastic because you have, you know, your butts coverage and one of the disks die.

Liam 28:58 But the problem I had was on this particular g raid system, after about seven months abuse, I had both drives fail at the same time, which is pretty much usually, it’s fairly unheard of in the world of raid storage arrays. And I was really shocked that both of the drives died at the exact same time and I lost everything that was on those disks. Now I contacted support, which like I said, that’s when I found out that g drives, we’re now owned by Western digital. So when I reached out western digital to get an RMA because the unit was of course under warranty, I got an Ra RMA number from western digital support and I shipped the system back to them. Now I’d taken pictures of the enclosure as well as the drives because there were different serial numbers and I had to make sure I had copies of all the serial numbers because the drives are one thing.

Liam 30:05 And then the chassis is another thing and it’s, it’s a whole production. But uh, so anyways, I, I made sure I documented all of that and I got my RMA number and I shipped the system to them. Now the drives not only died and this could be why this particular incident happened. Um, I believe that not only did the, both the drives fail, but so did the chassis itself and the chassis, you know, supplies, power to the drives as well as, you know, it has the storage base, the drive sit in and it also has a cooling system that, you know, pulls the heat away from the disks. Because the older style platter based hard drives, they tend to get hot as they run. You know, over time when they’re being, when they’re powering all the time, they’ll, they’ll get pretty warm. So you always need, it’s always a good idea to have some sort of cooling and especially when they’re confined to a limited storage area, like a driving closure, you know, those drives are going to get extremely warm and it’s good to have a cooling system, which includes a fan to pull the heat off the drives and venting out the back of the chassis or the inclusion, whichever you want to call it.

Liam 31:17 So in my case, I believe what happened was not only the, both the drives died, but so did the chassis or maybe the chassis died first and that’s what killed the drives because of drives overheated. But either way, a, I shipped it into the entire thing into to them for replacement and they told me I would have my new drive system and two weeks, well that ended up dragging on to four weeks before they finally shipped back a replacement to me. And when it arrived, I was all excited. I was like, great, I’m finally going to have, you know, my mirrored raid again to copy my raw files to, I opened up the box, the, you know, the packaging box and I pull out the product and the only thing they had shipped me was the enclosure. And I’m like, oh my God, are these people really this stupid?

Liam 32:08 I told them on the phone when I did the RMA or got the RMA number that the entire system had died. That drives, we’re both dead. The Cooling van was no longer working. I mean I could power up the enclosure with the drive still in it, but the drives wouldn’t mine mount or anything because they were making clicking noises. And I also let them know that the cooling fan on the chassis enclosure was not working either. So I told them I had a feeling that, uh, possibly the enclosure failed, which caused the drives to fail. So they had asked me to ship everything to them. Well, I did that and then the knuckleheads only sent back the enclosure. I pull it out of the box. I open it up, I go to hook it up to my computer and I’m like, oh wait a minute, why is this enclosure way lighter than the one I sent to them for replacement? And I opened the front door on the enclosure, no hard drives.

Liam 33:06 I’m like wonderful. So then I had to reach out to western digital support yet again and they gave me a bit of a run around, oh well you gave us this serial number and we needed this serial number. I’m like, I gave you the serial number that you told me to give you when I was on the phone with your support the first time. So it was completely their fault. It wasn’t mine. Now they did finally make it right and they did not really finally send me replacement drives to go into the enclosure. But they did also send me larger drives. As I mentioned, the original g rage system was eight terabytes of storage or you know, two four terabyte disks and then you put them in a mirror array. And what they ended up sending me back, they upgraded me to a pair of six terabyte dry, so I had 12 terabytes total.

Liam 33:57 But again know I’m using it in a mirror braid. I only have six terabytes of usable space because everything gets replicated from disc a to disc B automatically. Now, so far the replacement unit seems to be doing okay. I haven’t had it fail yet, knock on wood, but it does make me nervous. So now of course I’ve got to also replicate all of my rate files to earn all of my raw files to other mediums as well. And it is a general role, especially in photography and to do what’s known as three to one for your backups where you basically have three, three copies of all your files and you have them on uh, three different mediums. And at least two of those should be portable mediums and one of those should be stored at a separate location. That’s why it’s called three, two, one a backup storage plan.

Liam 34:56 So that’s what I would recommend. If you’re not already doing that, it’s a good idea. And I understand it can get a little bit cumbersome because you’re, if you’re like me and you shoot a lot and you shoot everything in raw, you’re going to be buying extra hard drives on a somewhat regular basis. You know, probably every couple of years you’re going to be buying more storage. And there’s some ways around that. You can go with what’s called Nass storage or network attached storage, um, where you can buy a large enclosure that will hold a whole bunch of hard drives and give you a massive amount of storage. And you can do various raid configurations, whether it’s mirrored raid or raid five or rate 10, whatever you want to it. But the problem is those, a network attached storage, uh, hardware, those, those items are not inexpensive. They’re fairly expensive.

Liam 35:47 You can find some on, on Amazon that you can buy. And generally the cheapest one you’re going to find on there is usually just for the enclosure and you’ll spend several hundred dollars or more for just the enclosure. And then of course you’ve got to buy all of the hard drives to put in the enclosure. So you’re going to end up shelling out a lot of money. And that’s one of the reasons why I personally have not bought a network attached storage system yet, but I’ve been kicking the idea around for the last couple of years and I’m probably going to go ahead and pull the trigger at the beginning of next year and get some sort of network attached storage solution put into the studio here. Um, so then I’ll have a little bit less to worry about and I’ll go more than likely I’ll go with the raid 10 configuration. Uh, that way you had mirroring as well as striping.

Liam 36:39 Um, so you have much lower chance of losing your files. You know, even if you know, a couple of drives fail on ones depending on how many drives total you have in the system, uh, with grade 10 or even rate five, you know, if you have several drives that are all part of the raid that you’re using fiber 10, then you can actually lose more than one drive. And still have all of your data in tech. So that’s more than likely the route I will go, uh, when I do finally buy my Nass and implement that. But I wanted to make my listeners aware of this, uh, because like I said, for many, many years, western digital made very high quality, hard drives and in my opinion, and you may have a different experience. I personally think their, the quality of their hard drives is kind of gone downhill in the last, uh, 10 years or so.

Liam 37:32 Um, and the reason why I say that is one of the reasons why I stopped buying Western digital drives is because I’d had so many of them fail on me. Um, whether they were ray drives or individual external drives, like their Western digital, my cloud and stuff like that. Uh, and the last 10 years or so, I’ve had a lot of western digital drives fail. And in that same creative time, I believe I’ve only ever had one Seagate drive fail. And I have quite a few Seagate drives. Um, so that tells me that seed gate is maintaining their quality standards. But I don’t think Western digital is quite so much anymore. So I did want to share that story with you as part of this week’s episode. Something to keep in mind, you know, keep that in the back of your head when you’re out buying storage for your raw files or your video files or even for anything else that you need storage for on your computer system.

Liam 38:31 And again, as I mentioned before, when it comes to storage, storage is, so, it’s not like you’ve got to buy one type of hard drive for. If you’re a windows user in a different type. If you’re a Mac user, all computers use the same hard drives. It’s just a matter of the file format or the file structure on the disc itself. So if you buy a disc in the store, it’ll say right on the backs of that box and it’s compatible with windows, Mac, Linux, Yada, Yada, Yada. You buy it, you take a home, you plug it into your computer system. If it’s a file format out of the factory, uh, that isn’t compatible with your operating system, your operating system can reformat it. So it will be compatible. But as a general rule, when you buy a brand new hard drives, no matter where you buy them, if you buy them at Walmart or Amazon or fries or microcenter or best buy, it doesn’t matter.

Liam 39:22 Generally brand new disks will come from the factory with no file structure on them at all so they won’t be formatted at all and it may just makes it easier because the company had, when they manufacture them they have no idea who’s going to be buying them for what operating system. So instead of having you know, several versions of the same product and all the ones in this group are windows only and all the ones in this group are Mac only and all the ones in this group are Lennox only. They sell everybody the same hard drive and they print on the box so it’s compatible with all operating systems and it’s just not formatted with any file structure directly out of the box. You do that yourself when you hook it up to your system and you’re good to go. All right. With that.

Liam 40:08 I want to go ahead and wrap up. Episode 26 of the lamb photography podcast. I want to thank all of my listeners once again for subscribing, rating, and reviewing and iTunes and anywhere else you might be listening, which does now include Spotify and stitcher. Still haven’t heard anything from Pandora yet on if they’ll put my podcast on their platform. They seem to be really slow about that and I don’t think they actually even send you an email and let you know. You just have to search every now and then to see if your podcast shows up in their podcast section of their platform, so nothing there yet. Also, be sure to join the Liam photography podcast Facebook group. You do have to answer a question in order to join the group. It is a closed group. The only question is, please give the name of the hosted they show, which is myself, Liam, or you can put Liam Douglas.

Liam 41:00 Either one will work and you will be accepted as a member. You are welcome to post five images every 24 hours of your own. Please do not be sharing or resharing or stealing images from other creatives. Don’t post anything to the group and unless it is actually your original work, if you’re caught resharing or stealing other photographers work and posting it in the group, you will be banned. And of course, the security question I have is to try to keep out the bots and spammers and all of that stuff. Now when you put your photos on the Facebook group, you can either share them, you know, five of them throughout the course of a 24 hour period, or you can show off or you can upload all five at once and let Facebook make a little slideshow thing out of them for you. Um, and if you’d like, you can request creative critiquing, just post the images and say, cc please.

Liam 42:00 And, uh, we have members in there that’d be more than happy to look at your work and give you some creative, uh, criticism and positive feedback. Let you know what they think you might be doing wrong, what you’re doing right, how your lighting is, how your focuses, how your composition is, all that good stuff. Um, and, uh, we keep it pretty, pretty laid back in there as far as some photography groups, you know, they have different levels of cc. They’ll have cc one through four and like cc four is like, yeah, it’d be brutally honest. Make me cry like a little girl when you’re screaming and hollering at me about my photos. We don’t do any of that silly stuff in the lamb photography podcast group. All you have to do is just say cc please. And we will take a look at your images and give you positive feedback. Let you know what you’re doing right. Like, you know what areas you might want to concentrate on improving as far as your skills. And that’s that we’re not looking to hurt anybody’s feelings or making anybody cry. All right. I am going to go ahead and end this episode and I will see you again next week. And episode 27

Liam Photography Podcast: Episode 25 – Lightroom Comes to Mac App Store, More Sales and New Cameras

In this episode Lightroom CC comes to the Mac App Store, Hasselblad announces two new cameras and more sales and rebates from Nikon and Sigma.

Adobe Lightroom CC

Hasselblad’s New Cameras

907X –

X1D II 50C

Sigma 35mm F/1.4 ART for Canon on Sale

Deal: SIGMA 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Series lens with SIGMA USB dock $599 (Reg $899)

Nikon and Sigma F mount Sales and Rebates

Nikon’s July rebates (plus a new Sigma sale)

Transcription by, there may be grammatical errors.

Liam 00:00 Adobe light room. Finally lands in the Mac app store. Hassled Vlad has some new announcements as far as cameras are concerned and we have some more sales and rebates for you. All of this in episode 25 of the Liam photography podcast

Liam 00:35 You’re listening to the Liam photography podcast. I’m your host Liam Douglas and this is episode 25 so the first bit of news I have for my listeners this week, Adobe light room is now available through Apple’s Mac app store. This is the first major Adobe creative cloud app to be made available in the APP store, which was revamped by apple when they launched Macko s Mohabi last year. The APP is the cloud based light room, not the popular desktop and laptops centric app that was formerly known as light room before being renamed to Adobe Lightroom. Classic Lightroom is a free download from the Mac app store and is included in your plan. If you subscribe to a creative cloud subscription package that includes it. If not, you’ll be able to use the downloaded light room for a week after which you will need to fork over a subscription fee of $10 per month if you’d like to keep using the APP and it comes with one terabyte of cloud storage for that $10 as well.

Liam 01:41 This is subscription is handled by apples through your iTunes accounts. You need to switch off auto renew in your iTunes settings. If you’d rather not start reoccurring payments for the APP. If you want to head on over to the listing and the Mac app store to download Adobe light room for your Mac through that channel. I will go ahead and include that for all of my listeners in the show notes so that you can go ahead and check it out. Now, one thing I do want to add and don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to Poop, we want to dob or anything like that. I’m personally not a big fan of this version of light room because it’s entirely cloud based only. So it does not have a lot of the adjustments and the capabilities that the conventional light room, which is now called light burning plastic has, I’ve been using Lightroom for quite some time.

Liam 02:33 The first version I bought I think was light rings three and um, that was back in the days when you could buy it as a stand alone app or you could also get it as part of the creative cloud suite if you were, uh, somebody that needed to have all of their other applications for doing different things like illustrator and InDesign and all of those creative apps. And you could buy the CS six a package and you could get everything, but it was fairly expensive. Don’t get me wrong, it was not an inexpensive proposition by far. Adobe software has always been very, very expensive and it has good salt or, and a lot of people like using it. Um, I think light room is probably the s still the number one photo editing software for most photographers, but some newer software is starting to take a bite out of like rooms pie and uh, one of the big ones is capture one capture one is some really awesome software. I played around with it myself for a couple of years now. I haven’t gotten to the point where I use that instead of light room, but there are some times where I like to use it. Um, and it does pretty much all the same stuff like room Bez as a general rule, it runs faster than light room because it’s one of the things I want to remind my listeners again is light room is not a photo editor per se. Light rooms first function is as a database program.

Liam 04:05 And Yeah,

Liam 04:06 if you know anything about database programs, the more you know, the larger the database becomes, the slower everything works. You know, everything slows down, the processing power’s cut down and then you start getting, you know, the, the ridiculous lag time when you’re, when you’re trying to load or when you’re trying to switch between the tools, you know, from the library tab to the develop module and so on and so forth. Now light room does have the ability to, if you go into the menu, you when um, the primary menu I think it is and there is an option to optimize the database and I recommend you do that on a regular basis. Um, I also don’t recommend, and some people like to do this, but I’m not a fan of, but I don’t recommend that you create one light room catalog and use it forever because the bigger that catalog dis this slower light room is going to start running. And it’s just the nature of the beast because like I said, it’s primarily a database program

Liam 05:08 and

Liam 05:09 did any database, the bigger against the more quote unquote bloated it gets the worst and performance gets. So there are some tweaks and stuff you can do to light room to improve the performance of bit in the preferences. Some of the preference settings, and I’ll talk about that more in another episode. I may do an episode, I’m completely on Lightroom and how to optimize it and get, get the best performance out of it because I know like rudeness and extremely popular software, but my point I want to get back to is I’m just not a big fan of the light room cc the cloud only based version of light room. So I would not jump on this personally. I prefer instead of paying 10 bucks a month for Lightroom CC, which is a cloud only version, I prefer to be on the Adobe photographer program where I pay 10 bucks a month and I get the full blown desktop light room.

Liam 05:58 Plus I get the latest version of Photoshop. So yes, it’s costing me $120 a year, but I am getting light room and Photoshop both and I get all of their updates because as long as you maintain your subscription, you know you get the continuing updates to each program, which is really handy. But I will definitely put a link in the show notes. There are some people that really like just the cloud based version of light room. It has started to gain some popularity with, with some photographers. So I will definitely include a link in the show notes and I’m not trying to discourage any of my listeners from trying it out. I checked it out on the Mac app store. You can download it and try it free for seven days. But as I mentioned, make sure you turn off the auto renew in your account settings in iTunes.

Liam 06:44 So you don’t, you know, if you’d get past the seven day mark, you don’t automatically start getting him, you know, hit on your, your credit card. It’s on your account, um, for that $10 charge. If you didn’t plan on keeping it. So automatic turn off the automatic renewal downloaded, give it a try for seven days, you know, kick the tires so to speak and see if it’s the program for you. Now the good thing is just like with the original desktop version of light room, which is now called white room classic. Uh, with the CC version, you can also get a mobile app from the APP store and there are two versions of the mobile apps. So keep that in mind. There is the standard Lightroom mobile app that is the companion to light room classic. And then there’s a light rain cee cee APP, which is the one that partners with this cloud based only version of light room that you would use on your desktop.

Liam 07:36 So keep that in mind. I don’t want people getting confused. Um, cause I’ve seen it happen to some people, you know, they downloaded the wrong light room map and they were like, well the APP was supposed to be free. Why am I all of a sudden I’m getting charged money every month for an APP to supposed to be free. And it’s like, well that’s because you downloaded the wrong version. You didn’t download the companion APP for Lightroom classic. You downloaded the companion app for Lightroom cc and that one wax you for 10 bucks a month or whatever the case may be. Um, so keep that in mind. The version that goes with Lightroom classic is free. The version that goes to the light room cc you do have to pay for, so then you’re paying two charges. You’re paying the one charge every month for the light room C C and you’re paying again for the Lightroom CC mobile companion APP.

Liam 08:20 I think they do have some sort of thing where if you do get the light room cc from the Mac App store and you have the same iCloud id on it and your mobile device, your iPad or iPad mini or iPhone or whatever the case may be, then I think at that point it will make the CC mobile app free for you because it’ll detect that you’re already paying the $10 a month for cc for the desktop. So I believe you can do that and it’ll save you a few dollars off paying for both apps. So I definitely recommend tried out, like I said, seven day free trial, turn off auto renews so you don’t get whacked at the end of the seven days if you forget to cancel it and just go ahead and kick the tires and see it. But that is what you needed to do.

Liam 09:03 It might be all you need or you might want to go with light room classic or some other possible photo editors. Like I said, there’s capture one. There’s another great one that I’ve been playing around with called [inaudible] lumen are three. Uh, they introduced libraries, a very similar role, similar to light room. And again, it loads a lot faster than light room cause it’s not primarily a database program. Um, and there’s some others out there. There’s gamma, which is more of a Photoshop replacement that’s totally free and available for windows, Linux and Mac, all three. But anyways, I don’t want to, I don’t want to get off on too much of a tangent on this light room article, but I did want to make my listeners aware and like I said, I’ll go ahead and include the link to go directly to it in the Mac app store in the show notes for this episode.

Liam 09:49 Now

Liam 09:50 the next bit of news I want to talk about is coming from Hasselblad. Hasselblad is announcing the new nine oh seven x and they say it’s the smallest medium format camera body ever.

Liam 10:08 The,

Liam 10:11 Oh, I’m sorry, paired with the upcoming CSV mark to 50 see digital back photographers will, we’ll be able to shoot medium format digital photography, but the classic Hasselblad experience, the new body and back, we’ll connect Hasselblad’s photographic history into one system. The company says the CFV mark to 50 see digital backbone container 50 megapixel. See Moss sensor that measures 43.8 by 32.9 millimeters. The back will be compatible with most the system cameras made from 1957 onwards. So let’s, that’s pretty impressive. Designwise the CSV mark to 50 see features, the look of Hasselblad’s famous medium format systems, beloved by photographers all over the world for many, many years. So we will blend in perfectly when paired with older bodies at the rear of the back as a tilted the touch screen for handling settings, reviewing photos and navigating the menu. The rechargeable battery is fully integrated into the bag, which means less of flexibility when it comes to power management. But an overall reduction in size. The back can also be recharged in camera using a standard USB c port cable. The ultra compact nine oh seven x provides the smallest possible option for using a B system. Yeah,

Liam 11:35 back. Okay.

Liam 11:37 And the, the images are beautiful of the camera system, uh, paired with this back. And I will definitely include a link to this article from pet a pixel in the show notes. The combination will offer a truly distinct photographic experience including the classic waist level shooting of the visa system enabled by the c f d mark, two 50 seat tilt spring hassle blood says the nine oh seven x compatible, all of Hasselblad’s x system lenses. And using adapters. Photographers will be able to tap into the lenses from the h system, the system and expand. Hasselblad is also creating a line of assessors. They include a control grip and external optical view finder and there are also a couple of uh, videos introducing the new body and back that will be a in that link in the show notes and you can go ahead and check out those videos for yourself.

Liam 12:32 Hasselblad’s said they will be announcing additional details, pricing and the villa availability for both the CFB mark to 50 c and the nine oh seven x body later on in 2019 so that’s definitely something to get excited about. I’ve mentioned in previous episodes, I’ve always wanted to get into medium format, uh, into a medium format system myself. But there are a little bit out of my price range. Uh, it’ll be interesting to see, uh, what price point Hasselblad comes in at for this combination. I have a feeling that even know it’s going to be the smallest medium format camera system that you can buy a, I have a feeling the price tag on. It’s still going to be fairly hefty and we’ll have to wait and see. Now I understand, you know it Hasselblad you’re paying for the name as well as the quality, but a general rule, it’s one of the reasons why I’ve never gone to medium format because the digital ones are so bloody expensive.

Liam 13:32 I mean, yeah, I can go on Amazon or Ebay and I can pick up, you know, older Mumia medium formats or, or you know, cameras and stuff like that. And I can get up one for two, three, $400. But it’s a film camera. So then you’ve got to buy the film, you got to pay to develop the film, you’ve got all the additional extra expense. And I don’t want to deal with any of that. If I do someday get into medium format, I want to go digital media format and not have to deal with all those headaches. So we’ll have to wait and see what happens. I have a feeling though, this model’s probably going to be pricing. Uh, I could be wrong and a, and I’ll explain why in just a second. Cause I’m gonna be switching gears and talking about the next major announcement from Hassell Blab.

Liam 14:13 So the next announcement from Hasselblad is the introduction of the x one d mark two 50 cc, which is going to be a faster and cheaper medium format, mirrorless camera body. Now some of you may or may not know Hasselblad release the original x one d I think it’s been a couple of years ago now. And it’s an, it’s a decent camera. You can of course use it framed, saying action or any, you know, any kind of, uh, you can’t shoot anything as fast moving. It’s more for portraits and landscapes and stuff like that. It does make incredible images, the software, um, and it is pretty good. The user experiences, uh, takes a bit to get used to, but it, it was a good camera. And I know Tony Northrop did a review on it and uh, he said it was a decent camera but it was lacking in some areas, especially for the $10,000 price tag.

Liam 15:10 Well now Hasselblad has announced the release as of June 19th. They’ve announced that they’re going to release the new x One d mark two 50 c and they say this medium format mirrorless camera body, which is a followup to the x one d original became available, uh, when it was unveiled back in 2016. So I stand corrected. It’s been about three years now since the x one d came out. Hasselblad says in the pursuit to continue the journey of taking medium format outside of the studio, we have put enhanced electronics in the camera for faster performance compared to its predecessor. The live view has a much faster refresh rate. There’s reduced shutter lag, reduced blackout time between frames, a faster shooting speed of 2.7 frames per second and a startup time that is twice as fast. There is still a 50 megapixel cmos sensor at the core of the camera of 43.8 millimeter by 32.9 millimeter one that measures 1.7 times larger than 35 millimeter full frame sensors.

Liam 16:13 The sensors features a native ISO range of 100 to 25,600 a 14 stop dynamic range, which is very impressive. And a large 5.3 by five points. Three U M pixels for fantastic tonality on the back of the camera is a higher resolution 3.6 inch, 2.3 6 million. Dot. Touchscreen up from the original three inch 920 k. Dot. Touchscreen in the x one d. This is the largest LCD display currently offered on a digital medium format camera. The electronic viewfinder has been upgraded as well, going from 3.6 9 million dot. Ebf with a 0.87 x magnification from the 2.3 6 million dot. EBF found in the original x one d that menu system can now be accessed when looking through the EVF as well, allowing photographers to work more seamlessly, especially with your out in sunny conditions. In addition to 16 bit raw photos, the camera can now capture a full resolution jpegs on their own for photographers wishing to trade post-processing flexibility for a faster workflow.

Liam 17:30 Speaking of workflow Hasselblad’s new focus mobile to APP now allows photographers to connect their camera to an I pad via the USBC or Wifi to transfer raw and jpeg files for editing. While out in the field there are a couple of short videos introducing this new camera and I will include the link to this story and the videos in the show notes. Now this does look extremely impressive. I watched a lot of videos on the original x one d and it was an okay camera, but for $10,000 I wasn’t going to pull the trigger, especially not when if I had the 10,000 to burn, I could go to phase one who’s headquartered right here in Atlanta and I could buy a factory refurbished, one of their medium format cameras with the back. And uh, oftentimes you can get a package deal where you got the body, the back and like an 80 millimeter lens as a complete set refurbished for like nine thousand ten thousand dollars which would be a much better deal because you’re, you’re also getting a free lens.

Liam 18:34 So, but I still hadn’t pulled the trigger yet. I really like to have a hassle. Glad we’ll have to wait and see how things flesh out. Now one of the things that really impresses me with the x one d mark two and it is available to order now with a price tag of $5,750. This new camera will begin shipping in July, 2019. Now to tell you, explain why I’m excited by comparison. The original x one D as I mentioned a little while ago, was priced at $8,995 when it was first announced. Um, but like I said, by the time you bought it and got the necessary items you needed for it, you’re at 10,000 or better before you actually had a system you could shoot with. So I am excited that the, uh, the mark two version of the x one D is going to be faster, easier to use, better performance, and the price tag, not quite, but it’s getting close to where it’s cut in half from what the original one costs.

Liam 19:34 Now, the other reason why I say this is interesting is because if you know anything about cameras and and what’s going on in the camera world, Fuji has been going crazy with their mirrorless medium format cameras. They just announced that are released that new, uh, what was the GFX 100 I think or something like that. It’s 102 megapixel sensor, a medium format camera. And the thing that’s interesting is Fuji has muralists media format bodies and they’ve been gradually bringing down their prices. They started out at about $10,000 and now there’s some models of the Fuji Film, medium format, mirrorless camera bodies that you can get for 40 $505,000. So I’m thinking with this mark, two of the Hasselblad x One d, I think Hasselblad is trying to get more competitive in their pricing so that they can try to steal a little bit of Fujifilm’s Pie. And that’s definitely a smart thing to do because anybody in the photography world that’s a serious photographer there, they know the hassle bled name and they know hassle bladder makes extremely high quality cameras.

Liam 20:46 They are, you’re paying for the name, you’re also paying for the quality. It’s kind of like buying apple products, but in my opinion Hasselblad’s a bit more expensive than apple is. But um, I do dream of having a Hasselblad one day and maybe with the, with the x one d coming out at 57 50, uh, maybe in a couple of years I’ll be able to afford to pick one up or who knows, maybe when the mark three comes out in two or three years they’ll drop the price again or, or maybe they’ll gradually dropped the price of this one after it’s been on the market for a little while. I’ll just have to wait and see. But it definitely, definitely is a, is a compelling announcement from hassle by two major announcements, a new cameras from Hasselblad this week. So that’s really, really exciting. Now the next thing I want to talk about is Nikons.

Liam 21:33 July rebates plus a new sigma sale. So most of last month’s rebates were extended and you can find the details down. Adorama and B and h photo Adorama has a promotion on two sigma lenses. The sigma 35 millimeter f 1.4 DG HSM art lens. You can now pick up for $250 or 28% off and it does include the firmware update Usb doc, which is pretty cool. The sigma 18 to 35 millimeter f 1.8 DC HSM art lens is now $270 or 34% off. It does not say if that one includes the doc or not, so I’m not going to assume that it does. This Sigma Sarah will expire on Monday, June 24th the list of all discount and signal lenses can be found at the length which I will include in the sale. A show notes, and here is the detailed list of current Nikon rebates on the Nikon z series.

Liam 22:33 They’re instant savings on the Nikon z body, $200 off it at Arama Bnh or Amazon, the Nikon z six 24 to 70 kit, $200 off at all three locations. The Nikon z six filmmakers skit is also $200 off at all three locations. The night gone as z seven body only will be $600 off the Nikon z seven 24 to 70 kit will also be $600 off and it does mention free Nikon FTZ adapter. Would the purchase of the Z six or the Z seven body? Either one and if you’re not familiar with the FTZ adapter is Nikons adapted, allows you to adapt your f mounting Nikon lenses to the new xe mouth that they use on the z six and c seven so you won’t have to get rid of your f Mount Glass, which is always good if you can keep your high quality glass and use a more modern technical, uh, a camera body that has more modern technology, that’s a win win for everybody.

Liam 23:36 In my book. That’s what I did when I got my ios are, I have, I have a couple of the RF mount lenses, but primarily I use the uh, control ring adapter and I keep using my l, you know, my f l a high quality glass that I use with my DSLRs. In that way I can use one set of lenses with both style bodies, both the RF Mao and the standard f mouse, so it’s a win win. Now, Nikon DSLR instant savings, the Nikon d 3,400 combos up to 350 off the Nikon d 3,500 combos to four 50 off the 5,600 combos up to five 50 of the d 7,200 up to six 50 off the 7,500 up six six 70 off the Nikon d 500 combos up to six 70 off the d six 10 Cabos, up to $100 off the Nikon d seven 50 combos, up to a thousand dollars off, which is very impressive.

Liam 24:38 The Nikon d eight 10 combos up to $800 off the Nikon d eight 50 combos of two $300 off and it also mentions free and B Two d 12 with the DA 10 which is 420 995 off the normal price and you get a free pack of [inaudible] 3,400 3,502 kit or two Lens Kit. You can get a $70 off instant savings and there’s some more of them here. I don’t want to read through all of them because it’s a long, long list and I don’t want to bore all my listeners to death reading every bit of it. Um, there is also some instant savings on Nikons coolpix which are their point and shoot cameras and all of these rebates are set to expire on June 29 so they’d been extended longer. You have to pretty much the end of June, you have until a week from this Saturday to take advantage of these Nikon instant rebates.

Liam 25:37 And if you’re an icon shooter and you’re looking to maybe upgrade your body or it gets a new glass now it would be the time to do it while Nikon’s got these July rebates going off, um, along with the sigma rebate sale as well. Now the last couple items I want to talk about our back in the world of cannon, which is what I primarily shoot. All of my cameras are Tannen with the exception of my Dji Phantom three. And then I also have a couple of the light truck, Elon, uh, light cameras as well as my Gopros, but now there is a deal on the sigma 35 millimeter f 1.4 DG HSM art series lens with the Sigma Usb Dok Four Five 99 this is for the Canon Mount. Now the interesting thing about this is it comes with the doc and you’re saving $300 because the normal price is eight 99 so you can definitely take advantage of this if you want to upgrade to that sigma 35 millimeter 1.4 art lens lens is fantastic.

Liam 26:44 I don’t personally have one. I’ve seen a lot of video reviews on it. I’ve talked to photographers and person that habit and use it and they absolutely love it. All you have to do is use the coupon code, inspire 19 at checkout to see the five 99 price if you get a coupon code error or change your shipping method away from no rush shipping. Now the key features on this, the Lens Mount is the Canon Eos fixed focal length. It’s a 35 millimeter lens, as I mentioned before, Lens for Madis full frame. So what we’ll work on your crop body, uh, cannon bodies as well as an actual them aperture of f 1.4 the special features. It’s if spiritual, the lens type Standard Slr Lens Lens series is sigma art series Sigma DG series. So that is a great deal on that 35 millimeter full frame lens from sigma and it is a fantastic lines.

Liam 27:41 Like I said, I don’t own one myself. I have the Canon Lens, uh, the uh, f a I think it’s, yeah, it’s an f to a 2.0 with image stabilization. That’s a great lens as well. It’s a little bit less expensive than this sigma on sale, but the said this segment is a bit better quality than the, than the Canon Lens that I have in ESF mount. Um, I do also have the new RF 35 millimeter from Canon, which is a 1.8 and I do believe that that Lens actually beats out the sigma and image quality and it’s still a little bit cheaper. That lens is only $450 so it’s still 150 cheaper than the sigma when it’s on sale. But Hey, this is a fantastic lens. If you pick one up while you got, they got the $300 off, and like I said, you’re getting the free Sigma Usb dock with it so that you can upgrade the firmware, calibrate the autofocus on the Lens, all of that good stuff.

Liam 28:38 It’s great to have that USB doc. It was one of the smartest things the sigma decided to come out with for their art series lenses because then the customers of these lenses, you know, you’re not paying a hefty amount of money for the higher quality art series lenses and then have a, you know, anytime there’s a major firmware update that fixes a bug in the previous firm for the lens that may be caused issues for you. The old way you had to send the lens into sigma, you had to wait, you know, have their, uh, repair and service center update the firmware for you, then ship it back to you. So you’d be without your Lens. For a few days and you couldn’t shoot it if you didn’t have the Lens Handy. So it was definitely a smart thing for sigma to come out with the USB docs so that you can update the firmware yourself.

Liam 29:26 Now, uh, right now the only art lens that I have from Sigma is my 12 to 24 which I’ve mentioned in previous episodes. I do also have the USB doc for it and it is fantastic to have that. I recently had the update the firmware on that 12 to 24 and it was great to be able to just set it in that doc and the doc plugged into my Mac, download the firmware update, run it in a few seconds, Bam, new firmware and my lens and I’m good to go. So it is absolutely handy having that capability. So if you are looking for a 35 millimeter lens that will make fantastic images and you want to get that Usb doc for free, now is the time to run over to sigma and pick up the 35 1.4 DG HSM art lens. And as I mentioned before, you get the free Usb doc with that, and with the inspire 19 coupon code at checkout, you will get, you’ll see the price change from eight 99 two five 99 which is going to save you $300 and you’re also actually, you’re saving a little bit more than that because the USB doc is frequently $60 if you buy it by itself.

Liam 30:37 So I guess you could say technically you’re saving $360 because you’re getting the USB doc that normally retails for $60 for free. So that is a really good deal. And I recommend all of my listeners check out these rebates from nine account. If you’re a Nikon shooter, checkout the rebates and sales from sigma that they’re continuing on and get yourself some good deal on some glass or a Nikon bodies. If you’re in the market for a new Nikon body, you can save some money there as well. And I’m really excited to, uh, see these new announcements from Hasselblad. I’m, I’m going to be interested to see what the price will be on the nine oh seven x. But like I said, I have a feeling if it’s got a digital back that’s compatible with their other cameras, I have a feeling that one’s going to be expensive.

Liam 31:25 It might be the smallest medium format digital body ever, but I think it’s also going to be very, very expensive. Um, be in it uses that particular back digital back. Uh, but we’ll have to wait and see. Now, like I said before, the, the idea of the x one d mark two dropping from nine to $10,000 down to 57 50. That is very intriguing because now Hasselblad is getting into almost the same price point as Fuji Film with their medium mirrorless medium format bodies. So it’s going to be interesting to see how this plays out in the market. As far as I’m concerned. It’s a win win for consumers because now you have Hasselblad creating direct competition for Fujifilm and hassle bled is a heavyweight in the medium format world. It’s going to be interesting to see if they’re going to end up putting a serious hurt on Fujifilm’s mirror was medium format business is going to be definitely, definitely be fun to watch this play out in the, as we have progressed in the next year or two.

Liam 32:32 It’s going to be definitely a something. You’re going to want to sit back with a bowl of popcorn and watch and see the sparks fly. All right. I’m going to go ahead and wrap up this episode of the lamb photography podcast. You’ve been listening to episode 25 I want to thank all of my listeners again for subscribing, rating and reviewing and iTunes and anywhere else you might be listening to the show. Be sure to leave comments on the episode or any questions you might have. You are welcome to join the lamb photography podcast Facebook group. You can search us out on Facebook. It is a closed group, but in order to join you only have to answer one question which is the name of the host of the show, which is myself, Liam Douglas. You can put Liam or Liam Douglas. Either one is perfectly fine and you’ll be in like Flint and you are welcomed.

Liam 33:24 Once you’re in the group to post your own photographs, your own original work, please do not be stealing photos from other photographers that will get you reported and banned from the group permanently. I can’t stress that enough. I do not want people stealing other people’s work and trying to pass it off as their own. In this Facebook group. I love to see other people’s work and I am not a harsh critic. I try to help people as much as I can. If they ask for a creative criticism, I try to be as helpful and positive as possible and not talk down to them like some people like to do. Um, but please, please, please keep in mind only post your own a original work. Don’t even reshare another photographer’s work into the group. Even if you have their permission. I don’t care if it’s not your work.

Liam 34:20 Please don’t post it in the group. If it is your work, you’re welcome to post. Try to limit that to a maximum of five photos every 24 hours. And you can release some, you know, one at a time ever, you know, upload one every three or four hours. Or you can do the whole batch of five at one time as Kinda like a little photo album. And the, uh, the Facebook groups feed, that’s perfectly fine as well. But let’s try to limit it to no more than five images per day per person. So that as more and more people start uploading images, it gives all of us the opportunity to see everybody’s work. You know, leave comments, leave feedback, the pointers, all kinds of things like that to try and help out everybody as much as possible. All right. Thank you everybody for your time and I will see you again in episode 26.

Liam Photography Podcast: Episode 24 – Father’s Day Savings, DIY Tripod Head & More

In this episode I talk about Sony’s two new Super Tele-photo lenses, savings on Sigma and GoPro for Father’s Day as well as a DIY tripod head that can save you some money!

Sony’s new Super Tele-photo lenses

Sigma Father’s Day Sale

Savings on the GoPro Hero 7 Black Edition

Edelkrone’s DIY Flex/Tilt tripod head

Savings on the Canon EOS 6D Mark II

Transcription by – there may be grammatical errors.

Liam: 00:01 Sony releases to new super telephoto lenses. Father’s day savings on cameras and lenses. Etl cron releases a tripod head. You can build yourself at home. All of this on episode 24 of the Liam photography podcast

Liam: 00:40 you’re listening to the Liam photography podcast. I’m your host Liam Douglas and this is episode 24 so this week Sony unveils a 200 to 600 millimeter f 5.6 to 6.3 and a 600 millimeter f four super telephoto lenses.

Liam: 01:00 Sony announced these two new major lenses for its full frame Effie Lens lineup. They are the first two Sony Effie lenses that reached 600 millimeters paired with Sony’s 1.4 times and two times to let converters. These lenses can offer a reach of 840 and 1200 millimeters respectively. With the introduction of these two new lenses, the Sony email lens stable now features 33 Effie lenses and a total of 51 lenses altogether. The new Sony fee, 200 to 605 six to six three g oss is designed for bird wildlife in sports photographers. When paired with any of the lightest, fastest e mount camera bodies, it will reliably track and accurately capture all types of moving subjects from birds to wildlife to athletes and motion and much more so. Sony features of the Lens include Builtin optical stabilization with three modes, a new optical design that minimizes chromatic aberration and 11 blade circular aperture for beautiful Bokeh Nano ar coating for reducing reflections, glare and ghosting, direct drive, SSM or dd SSM for fast, precise, quiet autofocus, an internal zoom mechanism, dust and moisture resistance, light zoom ring Torque, linear response, manual focus and the focus ring for fine manual focus control and three customizable focus hold buttons.

Liam: 02:40 Okay.

Liam: 02:40 The new Sony 600 millimeter f four g lens is the world’s lightest lens in its class weighing just 6.71 pounds or 3.04 kilograms. The Canon ESF 600 f four l I s three ways the same while the Nikon Afs Nicor 600 f four e f l e D Vr Lens weighs in at 8.4 pounds. The tents model from our flagship g master g master series, the new 600 millimeter f for raises the bar for speed mobility and control in a super telephoto prime lens. Per Sony’s deputy president nail Menowitz combining the extensive 600 millimeter reach with features like 20 frame per second shooting and a f a e calculations at 60 times per second on the a nine or extremely high resolution high speed performance on the a seven r three allow professional photographers to create images that were simply not possible for them to capture before. Controls on the lens include customizable focus hold buttons in four different spots, which by the way can be programmed for other purposes a full frame d m f to use manual focusing at any time with fine tuning adjustments provided by the linear response manual focus and a function ring was selectable, preset and function settings.

Liam: 04:15 A drop in filter slot in the lens allows for 40.5 millimeter filters to be used. Features of the 600 millimeter prime include builtin optical stabilization with three modes to extreme dynamic linear motors for fast and precise auto focus and subject tracking, especially developed motion algorithms to minimize lag and instability. A large extreme as spherical element that effectively suppresses all calm and telephoto lens aberrations. Three fluoride elements that minimize chromatic aberration and color bleeding and 11 blade circular aperture for beautiful Bokeh Nano ar coating for reduced reflections, glare and ghosting, and it balanced design for improved proved operation pricing and availability. The SonyF e 200 to 600 millimeter f five six to six three g aoss. We’ll hit store shelves in August, 2019 but the price tag of around $2,000 or 1995 the Sony f e 600 millimeter f four g will also arrive in August, 2019 at a hefty cost of $13,000 this is how over a smaller price tag than the 14,000 that was previously rumored for this lens.

Liam: 05:43 So of course the 600 millimeter f four lens isn’t for everybody. I know some of my listeners out there, I think I’m well, who in God’s name is going to spend $13,000 on the Lens, even if it’s a really awesome Prime Lens? Well, when it comes to any of these very large prime super telephoto lenses, those are designed specifically for your high end sports shooters, like the photographers that cover the Olympic Games, a NASCAR, NFL, stuff like that for major sports publications or TV networks, either one. So of course that lens isn’t affordable for everybody, but that’s not the idea. Canon has now are Sony, I’m sorry, has now officially gotten into the market with their own 600 millimeter prime so that they can better compete with other companies such as Canon and Nikon, which you had 600 millimeter primes for awhile now. So yes, at this price, this lens isn’t for everybody, but there’s definitely a small niche market of photographers that will be clamoring to get their hands on this lens when it releases in August of this year.

Liam: 06:57 Now, how would you like to upgrade your glass with rebates of up to $150 on some sigma lenses? Sigma offers third party lenses that mix high end optics with prices that tend to sit below. Those of the other major manufacturers such as Canon, Nikon, and Sony and Sigmas lenses just saw a temporary price drop now through June 17th for Sigmas father’s day sale, you can get discounts of up to $150 on prime and zoom lenses and a $100 off for the Mount Converter and MC 11 six of Sigmas popular high end art series lenses c three figure discounts is part of the sale, including both prime and zoom models. Saidwell lenses are also available for a wide variety of cameras with native Mount Options for Canon Elf, Nikon F, Panasonic, and like a l Sony a and Sony. He mounts the sigma 35 millimeter f 1.4 DG HSM art lens, which ordinarily retails for eight and 99 as $125 rebate as part of this sale.

Liam: 08:11 The very popular sigma 50 millimeter 1.4 DG HSM art lens is discounted by $100 bringing it to $849 the sigma 85 millimeter f 1.4 DG HSM art lens, which makes stunning portraits is now just 1090 $9 after a $100 rebate. As for art series zoom lenses, Sigma is discounting two a PSC models the 18 to 35 f 1.8 d Hsm Art for six 99 and the 100 or the 50 to 100 millimeter f 1.8 d c Hsm art at nine 99 the break constant aperture zooms combine excellent low light performance with the flexibility of a zoom for full frame cameras. However, the Sigma 24 to 70 f 2.8 art is $100 off, bringing the price down to a low 1199 now if you would like to take part in this father’s day sale, you can head on over to Sigmas website where you can view these lenses for yourself and see the discounts are applied and you can purchase them directly from Sigma USA website.

Liam: 09:34 I will put a link to their father’s day sale in the show notes for those of you that want to take advantage of these discounted prices. Now one thing that I will add, sigmas art lenses are really fantastic lenses. I happen to own the uh, Sigma 12 to 24 HSM art lens, which is an f four lens and I had that as one of the lenses I use for my full time job as a real estate photographer. I love the fact that I can get a 1200 millimeter lens at least on its widest and and it’s f four which for real estate photography is perfectly fine because we generally shoot at f eight so that we can get everything in the room and focus at the same time. Now I do love this lens and a, it costs a pretty penny who is like a $1,300 lens, but on the other hand it’s cheap compared to the Canon Canon 11 to 24 millimeter Lens, which runs I believe around 25 $2,600 now, the only downside is, and I do take it with me, I have it in the car every time I go out to shoot real estate photography in case I need to go super wide.

Liam: 10:51 And generally that happens when I’m shooting a property where the backyard is extremely short, which you do run into from time to time. A shooting real estate photography, you’ll have a house that sits close to the edge of the woods or if it’s in a subdivision, sometimes they’ll have a small backyard and then a fence. And then of course the next row of houses on the next street over. And so the 12 millimeter allows me to go wide enough so that I can get the entire back side of the house in a single shop. That part is great. The downside is the sigma 12 to 24 art lens is extremely heavy and that’s one of the reasons why I’m glad that I’ve currently recently got the Roku and on our f mount 14 millimeter f 2.8 lens that I generally use as my all the time lens for real estate photography.

Liam: 11:47 It’s not quite as wide as the sigma 12 to 24, so it’s two less, you know, less wide than the Cigna, but it’s a much lighter lens. It’s manual focus, it’s a completely manual lens, so you have the weight reduction there. Plus I don’t have to use my Eo, uh, Ios, ours, e f to RF adapter. So that reduces some weight as well, which is really nice. Now, the only downside is if you’re familiar with the eos camera, uh, when you’re manually focusing, there are two options you can enable in the menus of the camera. One is called focus peeking and the other one’s called focus guides. Now the focus guides are for when you want to use your lens in manual mode, but you want to be certain that you have absolutely tack sharp focus. What you do is as you adjust the focus ring, there’ll be three triangles in the view finder in the EVF at, uh, they’ll be in a triangle pattern to above, one below.

Liam: 12:50 And when the triangles come together and light up green, you know, you’ve got perfect focus. Now a lot of people are confused with the Esr because when they try a lens like my Roku on 14 millimeters, which is a manual only Lens, you can turn on the focus guides, but you won’t get them. And that confuses some people. And one of the reasons for that is the lens has to have electronics so that the camera knows that the lens is in manual focus mode. So on a manual only lens that focus guides don’t show up. But that’s where the focus peaking comes in. And the cool thing about focus peaking is it still allows you with a manual only lens would know electronics to know you’ve got everything in focus because when you use the focus peaking, it’ll actually outline everything in your frame with either red, blue or yellow colored outline.

Liam: 13:45 You can change the color as you want in the menu. I currently use the red, uh, just because of sticks out a little bit more. So that part is really cool. So the sigma 12 to 24 is a fantastic lens. It’s one of the art model lenses from sigma. It’s very high quality. But like I said, it’s also extremely heavy. So I’ll do, I do take it with me when I shoot my real estate photography. I only use it when I absolutely need to just because of the extreme weight. And I just thought I would share that with my listeners since I was talking about the sigma arteland sale for father’s Day. Now, the next father’s day sale item I want to talk about is the Gopro hero seven action camera, which is getting a price cut on Amazon for father’s Day, which is coming up this Sunday. If you have an adventurous dad who likes to bike, hike, swim, surf for ski and action camera might be your best bet for a fun functional father’s Day gift that he’ll actually enjoy instead of getting him a cheesy or ugly looking tie.

Liam: 14:50 Uh, I know that happens to some dads. Gopro is long been a goto among action camera aficionados and the Gopro hero seven black is by far the best model on the market, marrying rugged durability with premium photo and video performance. And right now ahead of father’s day, you can get yourself a go pro hero seven black on Amazon for just $329, which is a drop from their normal price of $400 being Sunday, which this Sunday, which is father’s Day, is only a few days away. You want to act now before you disappoint dad by settling on another set of socks or another ugly tied the Gopro hero series of the most advanced action cameras offer by the Gopro brand. And while the silver and white editions are excellent cams in their own right, the hero seven black is the cream of the crop. A full range of features from stunningly smooth footage to housing free waterproofing up to 33 feet, placed the Gopro hero seven black in a class above and make this action camera a fantastic father.

Liam: 16:00 Stay fine. Hyper smoothes stabilization provides builtin gimbal like support throughout the shakiest movements as for instance, an eagles aerial flight. A smartphone like touchscreen makes navigation a snap and the camera is also equipped with smart voice controls which give you more freedom than ever. To record videos or capture photos through an audio commands. Simply say, Gopro, start recording or go pro. Take a photo and watch your father’s face light up with excitement over this awesome new action camera photographer and videographer. Fathers are bound to embrace the Gopro hero seven blacks technical features. The seven black captures all the action with top notch four k 60 video and super photo augments, 12 megapixel photos with Hdr tone mapping and more slow things down with eight times slow mo video or capture stabilized time lapse videos with timewarp. Then speed things back up to 30 times. Finally, the hero seven blacks live streaming will let your father share in the moment action through Facebook live.

Liam: 17:14 That’s sure to be a lot cooler than the old means and bad jokes he’s been sharing with you before. And at $329 to seven black makes a great bargain and an awesome father’s day. Fine. Now I can tell you, uh, I have several of the GoPro cameras. I’ve got the Gopro hero three, uh, three plus and I’ve got the hero five black and a hero seven black and they are all fantastic cameras. Um, if you remember in one of my previous episodes, I talked about the fact that Dji is now releasing their own action to directly compete with the Gopro. But I haven’t gotten my hands on one of those yet. It does sell, uh, generally for $50 cheaper than the hero seven black on a red, you know, regular basis. It’s not a sale price, it’s the all the time price. And I’ve watched some videos and reviews on the Dji camera and it does look like it’s pretty cool.

Liam: 18:10 It does a lot of the same things that the hero seven black does. But as I mentioned a moment ago, the hero seven, the hero cameras are like the Creme de la Creme of action cameras and they’re the ones that people are most frequently using, not only further own personal action videos, whether it’s surfing or cycling or or something like that. But the Gopro hero cameras are also widely used by studios for both television and film. And the Nice thing about them is, especially with the seven black, you had the built in stabilization, which is just about as good as having the camera on a gimbal. So you get really smooth video footage even when you’re shooting a movie or a TV show and you’ve got the camera mounted on the bumper of a car during a chasing or something like that. So you can do a lot of really, really cool things with the Gopros. And like I said, they’re not just being used by regular people everyday. They’re also being widely used by Hollywood in both film and TV production.

Liam: 19:17 Okay.

Liam: 19:17 Now if you want to head over to Amazon and pick up the hero seven black for your father for father’s day, or possibly even your grandfather, maybe he’s into that kind of stuff as well. I will share the link to the discounted price on Amazon. I’ll include that in the show notes so that you can just click go right to Amazon and snatch it up for the discounted price before the sale ends.

Liam: 19:42 The next item I want to talk about is the Edel Cron or tech flex tilt tripod head. Now some of you may or may not be aware of these flex till tripod heads. Um, I’ve actually got, um, a fairly inexpensive one that works nicely that I bought on Amazon sometime back and I can’t remember off the top of my head who the company was that made it, but basically the flex tilt style tripod heads. All right, large, uh, generally there are metal tripod head and they’re a fairly large square head. You can put them on the top of your tripod and place of your standard ball head or your pan and tilt head and it gives you a tripod head that basically has like a scissor mechanism for raising and lowering the height of your camera on the tripod. And the really cool because you have the flexibility of being able to raise and lower your camera, um, for a decent amount, a few inches.

Liam: 20:44 But the other cool thing about these kinds of tripod is you can also use them, um, in your studio to get a bird’s eye view style shot where you can use this tripod head, you can extend it forward and actually have your camera pointing with the Lens straight down at an object on a table or something like that. That’s what I’m talking about when I say a bird’s eye view. Now to be honest, I had not previously heard of Etl Crohn and their flex flexsteel tripod heads. Like I said, I have a one made by another company and it’s a really cool head. But the one thing I don’t like about it is the fact that in order to adjust the height or extend the head or move it this way or that way, I’ve got to use a hex key that came with the head to loosen and tighten the screws in the various joints so that once I get the head adjusted with my camera to where I want it, it’s not gonna fall.

Liam: 21:42 So I have to, you know, the one I have, like I said, it was fairly inexpensive. I think I paid like 30 bucks for it or something like that. And it is an awesome head. I don’t use it a whole lot, but it is a nice one. It’s fairly hefty and as long as you get the, the, the joint screws tightened down with the provided hex key, um, you don’t have to worry about your camera going anywhere. Now, the unique thing about the ETL crown or tech flex head is there are no screw adjustments that you have to make. They actually use a you more unique hiddens design that has a friction mechanism that they invented. So basically you can extend this tripod head and you don’t have to worry about locking the joints using a hex group. Now looking at the photographs, this head looks pretty cool.

Liam: 22:34 It’s a really nice, a bright color. The one in the image on the website and I’ll share the link in the show notes as a bright yellow. Now there, their head normally retails for $150. Now what’s really cool is or tech, uh, for the Artek flex till head, they are actually offering a way that you can save money using the ort or tech flex, still head three d kit. And it’s the first product and a new series of products that this company is going to be releasing over time where you can purchase a CNC machined Lou, you can buy CNC machined aluminum parts for $30 and then you can download the three d model and print and put together this tripod head yourself at home, which is a pretty cool and unique idea. So instead of paying $150 to buy the prebuilt flex still ahead.

Liam: 23:32 You can go on their website, you can pay $30 for the CNC machined aluminum parts that the had requires, and then you can print the remainder of the parts on your three d printer at home. Now that can be really cool, especially because I’m in the last year or so, three d printers have actually gotten fairly inexpensive for ones that you can buy and use in your home. There’s some really nice models that you can get on Amazon for around $300 and the plastic filament material that you use to print objects isn’t super expensive. You can get a good size spool of various colors of the filament for your printer. Also on Amazon and a lot of them run about $20 a spool. Now, I don’t know how many items you can print with a spool of filament, you know, for that $20 I guess it would depend on how large the objects are that you’re making.

Liam: 24:25 My point is, the thing that’s really cool about this three d printed kit to get one of these flex till heads is you’re saving $120 because you’re only buying the $30 machine to aluminum parts. And while you’re not going to say you’re not going to save, um, $120 fully because you pay 30 for the CNC machine parts. And then of course, if you already own a three d printer or if you have access to one, you could use it a local university. Um, in some areas, not around here where I live, but in some areas I’ve heard that sometimes public libraries will actually have three d printers. So on the initial cost, you’re, you’re saving $120 because the aluminum parts are only 30 bucks versus a 154 two by the premanufactured tripod head. But you do have to take into consideration that you have to use, uh, some plastic filament material.

Liam: 25:21 Like I said, it runs about $20 a spool. And so you’re not going to get away with building the entire tripod head for that $30 costs, but you’re still looking at probably spending less than 50 bucks all together to actually buy the aluminum parts and then print the plastic parts yourself and then assemble it at home. Now the other thing that the company talks about that is really cool about this is because you can print the plastic components at home, you can actually make the tripod head any color you want. Now, like I mentioned in the images on their website, the demonstration model is a bright yellow and then it has black around the joints and then it has a black Edel cron label on the side of it. But being yoga, if you want to build this tripod head yourself at home, you’re not limited to just making yours yellow like the one they sell on their website.

Liam: 26:20 You could actually print it orange, black, green, yellow, whatever color filament you can buy. You can have that color be the final color for this really cool tripod head. Now, the other cool thing is if you go to their website, um, it has the link right on their homepage. It shows the flex tilt head 3-d, the tripod head, and then right next to it it has a link you can click to buy the, the aluminum machine departs and it’s a box of parts that includes quite a few items. You had the pan and you had the pan dial and then you have the metal shafts and you have the aluminum plates that go on the side of the tripod head to have the Etl cron name and some other items in there. And like I said, you’d Click on the link, add to cart for $29 and then you print a three d model, STL file.

Liam: 27:13 You can download that right from their website. And they even have a handy video where you can see for yourself just how easy it is to assemble this finished product. So I think it’s a really cool idea. And from what I’m reading, Atul Crohn is actually planning to release more products in the future that consumers can build themselves at home and save quite a bit of money. So it’s a really cool idea. If you have a three d printer at home, you may want to give this a try. If you do, please leave a comment on this episode and let me know how you made out with it. Was it easy to accomplish? Was it difficult, was a pretty easy to assemble and once you did assemble it does the um, the ability to move and extend the tripod head and not having to lock it in place with screws?

Liam: 28:05 Does it work as well on a manufactured at home version? As the company says it does in the premanufactured version that they sell for $150 I would definitely be interested to hear about that. So if you do decide to print one of these for yourself because you’re a photographer that has a three d printer at home, please go ahead and leave a comment on this episode. Or you can post in the Facebook group and let me know how you made out with it. If you were able to successfully assemble this tripod head and you took it out in the field and tested it out and it works as well as the company says it does, I would absolutely love to hear about that.

Liam: 28:43 Now, the last item I wanted to talk about in this episode, and I, and I don’t believe it’s a father’s day sale, but I did want to share it with my listeners anyways, and if you go to the Canon USA website and you’re interested in picking up the Ios Six d mark two full frame DSLR canon currently has it marked down from 1599 to 1299 if you buy it from the Canon online store. Now the pricing reflects that it is the camera body only, but this is a really good price for this camera and it is a fantastic camera. I know you’ll, you’ll see videos and reviews on various youtube channels and photography blogs where a lot of people have poo pooed it because it doesn’t have the dynamic range of other cameras, Yada Yada Yada. But the idea is the 60 mark two is an entry level full frame camera and that’s how Canon markets it.

Liam: 29:37 Now I do have a six d mark two I had the original 60 and I loved both cameras and I did sell my original 60 when I upgraded to the mark to model. Um, but I did love both cameras and the only a thing right now is I was using the 60 mark two is my primary camera for my real estate photography job. And I used it for quite a while until I picked up the eos are and now I primarily use the ios are just because of the setups, a little bit lighter, not a lot, but it’s a little bit lighter and I like having the, the mirror was full frame. Now keep in mind that just like the Eos are the 60 mark two does only have one card slot, one SD card slot. So it’s not, like I said, it’s not a pro body.

Liam: 30:24 It’s an entry level body and that’s another item that people poo poo this camera for. But one thing to keep in mind, if you’re looking for a full frame DSLR that’s reasonably priced and it $1,300 she definitely can’t complain about the price. The nice thing about the 60 mark too is it does have that very angle screen. So if you’re shooting videos of yourself, if you’re blogging and you’re the only person, you don’t have a separate person, that’d be your camera operator, you can use the 60 mark too, just like you can. The Eos are to do those kinds of videos of yourself quite easily. You can literally hold the camera out in your hand and it has the very angle touch. So you can flip that out and turn it around so you can make sure that you got your framing. Perfect. And another thing that’s really great about the 60 mark too is it does have the dual pixel autofocus system, which is fantastic.

Liam: 31:22 So basically if you’re somebody that is logging the autofocus system in this camera will keep you focused in the frame. So you don’t have to worry about that. It’s not something that you got to worry about. You got to carry, you know, hold the camera to specific distance the entire time you’re shooting your video, which can get tiresome. Uh, because if you move your hand or arm, either way, you’re going to lose focus. You don’t have to worry about that with this camera, which is one of the reasons why it is an extremely popular camera for vloggers. So, and the cool thing is is you can be shooting yourself, whether you’re holding it up or you just have it sitting on a desk or table. And then if you pick up an object that you want to show in your video, when you hold that object up in front of yourself, that camera will automatically lock onto that object and get auto focus lock on it.

Liam: 32:13 And then when you move it back out of the frame, it’ll automatically require autofocus on your face. And that is a game changer for people that do a lot of logging, especially, you know, if they’re doing their own thing by themselves. And like I said, they don’t have a dedicated camera operate. So I did want to share that with my listeners as the final item for this week’s episode because it is a fantastic camera. Like I said, don’t listen to the poors in the naysayers. If you really want to move from an APC crop body camera into full frame without breaking the bank, now you’ve got two options for right about the say well exactly the same price because while Canon has the ios 60 mark two on sale, you can get the 60 mark two for 1299 or you can get the EOC are p, which is an even more entry level, mirrorless full frame camera system that Canon released a little while ago.

Liam: 33:09 And they’re both $1,299. So for that price, you can go with either body. Uh, if you get the Eos Rp, of course you need the adapter so that you can use your existing eff and efs glass on it. Uh, which is great. Now, especially if you’re coming over from a crop body and you have a lot of the EFSM lenses, then the Eos Rp will probably be be your better choice because you can use the efs lenses on the RP with the f two RF adapter where you cannot use any of your efs lenses on the 60 mark two and that’s because of the difference on the rear flange on the efs lenses. That rear flange is longer. So even though the Lens will mount on the 60 mark too, when you go to take a picture, the Shutter Mirror Assembly is going to hit the back of that lens and it’s going to bust up the insides of your camera, which is not a good thing to do.

Liam: 34:06 So keep that in mind. If you do have a lot of VFS glass, you might be better off going for the Rp for that 1299 price point. But if most of your glass is f or third party f compatible from Sigmar Tamra on or somebody like that, then you could definitely go with the 60 mark to uh, both cameras have a but right about the same sensor. Um, so there’s not a whole lot of difference in the image quality so either one of them’s going to do a fantastic job. They both have the same video capabilities as far as being able to use for vlogging because they have the dual pixel autofocus system. So there is something else to think about. If you want to pick up the 60 mark too, I’ll have a link to the purchase section of Canon USA website where you can pick one up if you want to get one of those as a gift for yourself for father’s Day or for your dad or Granddad if they’re into photography, there’s another possibility and another opportunity to save a couple of hundred dollars. All right. I am going to go ahead and wrap up episode 24 of the Liam photography podcast. I want to thank all my listeners again for subscribing, rating, and reviewing and iTunes, and any place else you might be listening to this show, which does include Spotify and stitcher. I will see you all again next week in episode 25

Liam Photography Podcast: Episode 23 – Facebook, Nudity, Nik Collection & Apple

In this episode I talk about Facebook’s Artistic Nude policy, a new version of the NIK Collection of editing plug-ins and Apple announces a new, Monster of a Mac Pro Computer and Monitor.

Facebook Protest on Nudity

Facebook to Reconsider Nudity Policy After Photographers Protest

NIK Collection 2


Apple’s new Mac Pro Tower and Monitor

Our Facebook Group

Transcription by, there may be grammatical errors.

Liam : 00:01 Facebook to reconsider their nudity policy after photographers protest their policy. DxO upgrades the NIK   collection. It’s a major upgrade from DxO and Apple unveiled the new Mac pro at this week’s worldwide developer conference. All this on episode 23 of the Liam photography podcast

Liam : 00:41 Welcome to the Liam photography podcast. I’m your host Liam Douglas, and you’re listening to episode 23 so this week Facebook has agreed to rethink its stance on nudity following and outcry from photographers who have been protesting the social networks banning of artistic nudity in photographs. In recent months, Facebook has faced scrutiny for its community guidelines and central city or practices rights, the national coalition against sensors it ship or the NCAC, the site’s policies which make an exception for nudity and paintings and sculptures excludes photography. Photographers reported having their accounts and photos deleted without warning or explanation. So recently on June 2nd a bunch of people gathered to protest outside of Facebook’s in New York City offices to speak out against the company’s policy. 125 male and female models stripped down and held giant photos of male nipples over their bodies to cover themselves. The women also wore a male nipple nipple stickers over their own nipples.

Liam : 01:51 A reference to the fact that Facebook’s policies specifically banned female nipples. We restrict the display of nudity or sexual activity because some people in our community may be sensitive to this type of content. Facebook writes in his community standards document. Our nudity policies have become more nuanced over time. While we do restrict some images of female breasts and include the nipple, we allow other images including those depicting acts of protest. Women actively engaged in breastfeeding and photos of post-mastectomy scarring. We also allow photographs of paintings and sculptures and other art that depicts nude figures. The unusual photo shoot and protest made national headlines in the NCAC just announced that Facebook has agreed to meet with a group of artists, educators, curators, and activists to discuss its policies and figure out if or how they can be changed to better serve creators. Images of the human body had been a central subject for art for centuries.

Liam : 02:54 NCAC rights. Nevertheless, Instagram, the most popular platform for artists who share their work online and Facebook, both band photographic representations of a nude body. Facebook has confirmed it will be holding a meeting regarding nudity, the company notes that it hasn’t pledged to make any changes to its policy, but rather its goal is to learn more about outgoing concerns people have regarding its policies when it comes to artistic nudes. Now the one thing that I did find interesting from all of this is the protesters who protested outside Facebook’s New York City offices in the buff. I said that the, their group is known as we the nipple, which I thought it was a little bit unusual. And they even use Hashtag we the nipple on their Instagram post where it shows all of their, uh, nude backsides while they’re also holding the printed out nipples images above their heads with their hands in the air.

Liam : 03:56 So it’ll be interesting to see what happens here. Um, I know one of my friends, um, in the Illinois, a Chicago, Illinois area, uh, Brian Sadowsky does a lot of work photographing artistic nudes and, uh, he does a lot of different themes and stuff like that and he makes incredible images. And I know he’s complained numerous times because of the fact that Facebook makes him blur out, um, his subjects, nipples and stuff like that when he posts his images on Facebook. And that’s one of the reasons why, and this is something other artists and creators might want to think about. Um, he recently, while it’s been out a while now, but, and he told me about it as well. There’s another social media platform called [inaudible], which is an e w and there are somewhat similar to Facebook, but the big difference is on their platform.

Liam : 04:46 They do not censor artistic nudes. So Brian, my friend Brian is able to post his artistic new photos of his female models and different seeing shoots and stuff that he does and he doesn’t have to blur out their nipples. And I mean, he’s not doing pornographic stuff. Of course he’s not showing the genitals, but um, he does like the fact that on me, we, he can leave the images untouched and upload them on there and he doesn’t get censored or band or have his photo deleted or anything like that. So that may be something that these creatives want to consider. Um, if Facebook is not willing to adjust their policy. And, and in a way I can understand it because Facebook is used by a lot of people. I mean, it’s grown to be a massive platform and I can’t swear to it, but I think I heard or read somewhere, uh, not too long ago that they, I think they have like over a billion users worldwide or something like that.

Liam : 05:39 So they’ve got a large percentage of the Earth’s population on their platform. And so I can kind of understand, I mean, granted, it’s artistic nudity, but you have Facebook being used by children and not all parents would want their young, you know, four or five, six, eight year old seeing, you know, even artistic news. Now I know what you’re going to say. You know, photos like that have been in national geographic forever. But yeah, how many people bought National Geographic and let those articles laying around the house in front of their, you know, five or six year old. Uh, it didn’t happen very, I don’t imagine that happen too frequently. Um, so it might be possible. And I was talking to my girlfriend Janice as I was driving home from my day job tonight and I was talking to her about this whole issue. And Eh, you know, it might be possible if Facebook decides to modify their policy, they may have to come up with a way to verify a Facebook users age to determine whether or not the, their account would be allowed to view content like this.

Liam : 06:41 And I thought maybe one of the best ways they could implement that would be to require Facebook users to upload a scanned copy of their driver’s license or state issue id that proves there, you know, how old they are. Um, I thought that might be one possibility. So in other words, if you have an uploaded that photo id verifying your age that you are 18 or older, then they could just restrict your account from accessing these kinds of content. And maybe what in order to make that work with, they would have to do is on the creator side. Like my friend Brian, he might have to update his profile with a flag that says, yes, I do upload artistic nudes on a regular basis. And then because I, I’ve done development myself or I’ve written plenty of code in my time, it wouldn’t be too hard for Facebook’s and developers to take that information from Brian’s profile and then create an algorithm that will, uh, anytime somebody tries to access his artistic nude photos, uh, the system would check to see if that user had uploaded a, a valid photo id proving that they are at least 18 or over.

Liam : 07:46 And if they haven’t, then they’re not allowed to view the content no matter what. They can’t unblock it or uncover it or whatever. Cause right now they do allow, um, some types of, of questionable images on their platform. And I’m not saying this to be mean, I’m just saying images that to some viewers might be questionable content like graphic violence or stuff like that. And they currently, um, their system will automatically hide those images and it gives you a little warning and then it has a little bar and it says, click here. If you want to uncover this content and view it anyways and then you can, um, they can use something similar for a artistic news. But like I said, they would have to tie it into some sort of algorithm where it checks my friend’s profile sees. Yes, he does a upload artistic nudes, he’s a professional artist.

Liam : 08:32 He does do artistic nude work. And then, okay, just the viewer has the viewer uploaded up properly vetted photo ID issued by a state agency and verifying their 18 or over. And if not, then they can uncover those images. It’s as simple as that. So that might be something that Facebook could do to remedy this situation if, if they feel inclined to. And, and it’s hard to tell what they’re going to do. Facebook as a sometimes really stubborn about how they do things and their policies on their platform. Um, so, well, it’ll be interesting to see how this plays out, but hey, at least they’re willing to meet with the NCA, sees, uh, folks in, or at least talk to them and get more of their side of the story and then, and then consider things from there. So it’s definitely something that, uh, we’ll have to wait and see how it flushes out.

Liam : 09:22 Okay.

Liam : 09:23 So for the next segment, the next item I want to talk about in this episode is the Nick Collection. That’s how I pronounce it. I hope I’m pronouncing it correctly. It’s n I k and the knit collection is a series of photography, plugins and presets that you can use within Photoshop light room as well as Photoshop elements.

Liam : 09:49 Okay.

Liam : 09:49 And they make really fantastic plugins. Years ago, um, the software was created by its original developing company and I can’t remember what the name of the company was. Uh, but anyways, when they originally released the software quite a few years back, they were originally selling the bundle of plugins for like 500 bucks. Um, and then eventually they were bought out by Google and Google decided to give the plugins away for free, which made a lot of photographers happy because their plugins are really fantastic. You can do a lot of really cool and creative things with their plugins.

Liam : 10:27 Okay.

Liam : 10:27 Um, so Google had acquired, uh, Natalie the night collection, but also the snapseed photo editing app that was available for both Mac and Ios. I, I’m not sure if snap she was available on android or not. It might’ve been, uh, especially since Google developed android. Um, I’m sure it probably was. Um, but at one time, uh, there was a bundle where you could get the night collection and snap seat in 2012 and it was $150 bundle, but you got it for free. Like I said, when Google had it, um, in 2016, you could get it for free, I should say. And then Google announced that it would, it would be abandoning the software in 2017 which I was really bummed out about, but at least I could still use, you know, the, the software that, the version of the plugins that I currently had, they still work just fine with the latest versions of light room and Photoshop.

Liam : 11:19 Okay.

Liam : 11:20 In 2017 the French photography company, Xo, and I’m sure many of my listeners, if you’re into photography or familiar with DX. So they put out some of their own photography, editing software. And they also do a lot of comparisons of sensors in cameras, the sensor capabilities, they’ve compare them all, you know, nick on versus Canon versus Fuji Versus Panasonic and Yada, Yada, Yada. Um, and those are known as Dx l marks. That’s the portion of their website where they give you their analysis of camera sensors, lenses, bodies, stuff like that. Well now then Dx, so in 2017 bought out the software and they promised a resume, resume development and it did in 2018 while making it a paid product again, but not nearly as expensive. Now after years of its rise and decline and changing hands, the software’s next major version is finally here and Dcxo is just simply naming it the new nick collection two or version two I would assume.

Liam : 12:28 So in this new version, they’re offering 42 new presets in addition to the 156 that already existed in the software. It adds the 42 new, they call en vogue presets to the original set of one 56 and there are 10 new recipes in color affects pro, which is one of the subprograms or plugins tend new black and white presets and silver affects pro, which I love. The silver affects a lot. It does a great job of making absolutely stunning, uh, black and white photographs. There’s 12 new presets for HDR and the HDR effects pro and tenue tool combos or the analog effects pro plugin as well. The latest filters and nick collection too. We’ll take your photos. Emotional impact to the next level says dx. So Mark Rdx. So the blue Monday preset and color effect pro combines the fresh look, a subtle vera tone coloring, the visual interest of cross processing and the softness of slightly de saturated effect per their statement. More silver and silver effects pro pairs. The crispness of silver toning with a fine grain resulting in black and white photographs that feature a level of balance contrast typically achieved only through dark room techniques.

Liam : 13:54 Okay.

Liam : 13:55 In analog effects pro, the new burned edges can be used to reproduce the burned edge vignetting Tony and framing effects typical of old fashioned analog cameras. Nick collection to also brings better or high resolution display for photographers on a windows machine. The software now supports high resolution monitors, uh, known as h Idpi on windows. The graphic elements of the color effect pro silver effect pro HDR effect pro and analog effect pro plugin interface have been improved to ensure flawless readability. When do through high resolution monitors, just like with the Macco s version. So a window side has been upgraded so that it looks better and high resolution monitors and windows like it has for eh always has and a macro s so they have a new bundling help photographers work with Raul photos. DSO is now bundling. It’s one $2,929 gxo photo lab 2.3 essential addition photo editing software inside the night collection too, so you’re actually getting both programs for a bundled price.

Liam : 15:09 The XO, the XO has developed integrations between it’s photo lab APP and the night collection with the introduction of a new dedicated button and dropdown menu after a raw photo is edited within photo lab too. It can be easily sent to nick collection plugin for further editing and enhancing with creative effects. Now for the pricing and availability night collection two is now available through the hub website with a price tag of $150 but it’s on sale for a hundred through June 30th. And an upgrade from the previous version will cost you $80, but as currently on sale for 63 June 30th. So you may want to hop on over to [inaudible] website and grab that while it’s on sale. Because I can tell you if I’ve been using DA, uh, the nic collection since I’ve originally released many, many moons ago and I really loved the plugins, they, they really can do some amazing, amazing changes to your images and a good way, uh, they can definitely punch your creative creativity up to the next level.

Liam : 16:15 So you definitely want to check them out. I’ll put the link to their website where they’re on sale in the show notes for this episode so that you can go on by there and check it out. I believe you can also download a trial version, um, that you can try out probably for 30 days before you actually would have to, uh, pay for alliance license and activate it. Um, I’m just looking on their site and yes, it does look like they offer a trial period. So you could definitely check it out and then decide after you’ve played around with the debate if you’d definitely want to pay for the licensing. I highly recommended it is really great software. Myself and Janice, we both use it and we both love it very much. Um, they’re fantastic, fantastic bundle of utilities for your photography. And like I said, they work in Photoshop, light room, the exos photo lab to software as well as Photoshop central. So if you don’t have the high end Photoshop, you’ve got the less expensive Photoshop essentials, you will still be able to use this bundle of plugins, you edit your work. So I think that’s really exciting.

Liam : 17:26 So the next thing I want to talk about if you did not already know this week was the on Monday of this week was the start of Apple’s worldwide developer conference 2019 and apple did have a lot of really cool things to talk about during their keynote. They never disappoint. Um, the keynote for this year was over two hours long and they did talk about a lot of fantastic new things that are common. They talked about their new version of Ios. They’ve decided to break off the iPad into its own OSCP, which they’re now calling iPad. Oh, so ios will only be on the, the iPhone and the iPods. Um, iPad oh s will be the, the operating system on the IPADS. And then of course you have TV vos for the apple TV’s and Macco s for your desktop and laptop. One of the things that apple unveiled on Monday during their key note is a brand new redesigned Mac pro tower.

Liam : 18:30 Now this is something that a lot of artistics and creatives that have been clamoring for for quite some time. For many, many years. Apple made a Mac pro tower, which was very similar in design to a white box PC. In other words, a PC that you could build yourself at home by buying the components at a local store, like a micro center or someplace like that or Fry’s electronics. Um, and they were really popular because you could do a lot of the upgrades yourself. You could buy a standard graphics card, um, and put it in it. Or You could put extra hard drives inside the case cause they had, you know, additional internal hard drive slots just like a PC case did. You could have a, instead of the one hard drive that the system came with, you can preorder it with two hard drives, larger capacity, or you can order it with a basic card drive.

Liam : 19:22 And then once you got home, you could yank that out and put in your own bigger hard drives and you could have up to four hard drives. And then of course you can also upgrade the ram. Um, and creatives love that. And then a few years ago, apple decided to go with a totally different designed for the Mac, a computer, the Mac pro, and they created what came to be known as the wastebasket design. So it was a small round cylinder of a computer, um, which was very underpowered. They only came with a very small solid state, hard drive. I’m usually 64, 128 gigs or something like that. I mean they were ridiculously small and you could not easily upgrade the system. Well, consumers revolted as you can imagine, and they didn’t end up selling very well, especially for their price tag at the time, which I think was about $3,000 for a desktop computer that you can upgrade, you know, which was a little bit crazy.

Liam : 20:24 I don’t know who came up with that idea at apple, and I’m not sure if they got fired over that one or not. But anyways, so apple listened to their customers and now they’re going to be releasing a new Mac pro tower similar to what they released in the older days. And this one has a whole new design. The new model has a stainless chassis which is simply beautiful and then its outer shell has this unique cheese grater luck where they’ve created all these little circles, would different openings through them, kind of like uh, like I said, like a cheese grater. And what it is is it’s to improve the air flow to help cool the system and they put a lot of research and development, um, into this and came up with this new design that allows them to offer this high end tower for their customers with maximum cooling effectiveness.

Liam : 21:24 Now the thing that’s interesting aside from that is the fact that this new model will be capable of having any worse from eight to 28 core Intel Xeon Debbie processor in it at 3.5 Gigahertz, a standard, it comes with eight cores in the standard base price for this model is $6,000. It’s $5,999 and I’m not joking. Uh, the base model comes with eight cores, turbo boost up to 4.0 Gigahertz, 24.5 megabytes of cash and supports 26 66 megahertz memory. Then you can upgrade to the 12 core model with 24 threads. It’s 3.3 Gigahertz, a turbo boost up to 4.4 Gigahertz, 31.25 megabytes of cash and supports 29 33 megahertz memory and it goes on up from there. I’m not going to read off all of them until you cause I don’t want to bore everybody to death, but you can go to 16 cores, 24 and then 28 now the memory configuration, the base memory for the starting model, that’s $6,000 comes with eight cores and 32 gigs of Ram, which is four eight gigabyte dems.

Liam : 22:39 Now the thing that’s interesting is this as a first desktop style computer I’ve ever seen that has 12 dims slots for memory. You heard me right? You can put up the 12 memory sticks in this Mac pro tower, so you can get it with four eight gigabytes for 32 total. You can get it with six eight gigabytes for 48 six 16 gigabyte Dems for 96 ram, a six 30 twos for 192 gigabytes or ram six 64 Gig dimms for 384 gigabytes of Ram, 628 Gig dimms or 1264 gigabyte dims to get you 768 gigs around. Or you can go with 12 128 Gigabyte Dems, which can only be done on the 24 or 24 or 28 core processor, which would give you 1.5 terabytes of Ram. Now some of the other things that are interesting about this new tower, uh, the graphics system is configured in, but two NPX modules, which can have a total of four GPU.

Liam : 23:47 So you heard me correctly, you can have up to four graphic processing units in this tower. It comes with the Adm, ADM radian pro five 80 x which has 36 36 compute units, 2,304 stream processors, eight gigabytes of DDR, five memory up to 5.6 teraflops single precision to htmi 2.0 ports are on the card for display port connections. Robin the system to support internal thunderbolt three port support for up to six four k displays two five k displays or two pro display XD. Ours half NPX module fits an NPX bay and enables pcie slot to for additional expansion and there is other graphic uh, configurations that you can go with. Now the thing that was really interesting is they were saying when they were doing the presentation for this new Mac pro tower at the keynote, that with the top of the line model, which has 28 cores and 1.5 terabytes of Ram and you also have the for high end graphic cards, a gps in it, you can actually power six monitors simultaneously.

Liam : 25:12 And I’m talking about six of Apple’s new monitors, which I’m going to get to in just a moment here. Now the power supply is 1.4 kilowatts with the maximum continuous power of 1,280 Watson 105 or 108 to 125 volts or 220 to 240 volts. 108 a 1,180 watts at 100 to 107 volts. So it depends on the time that type of power your country has. Um, what kind of performance you can get in and the outputs of the power supply. But that is a monster size power supply. For expansion slots, you get eight PCI express slots. Two MPX modules are up to for PCI express. Lots can be used in the bays. Each mvx bay provides x 16 Jen’s three bandwidths for graphics x eight Gen three bandwidth for thunderbolt display port video routing up to 500 watts power for an NPX module. Alternatively, each Mpx Bay can support one full length, double wide x 16 gen three slot and one full length double wide x eight gen three slot in Npx Bay one or two full length double wide x 16 gen three slots NPX bay to up to 300 watts auxiliary power via two eight pin connectors.

Liam : 26:41 It will also have three full length express gen three slots and one half length x for Pci Express. Gen three slot with apple io card installed. Now the interesting thing is it also has something they’re calling after burner pro Rez and pro res role accelerator card. This is a PCI express x 16 card that accelerates pro Rez and pro res Raul Codex and final cut pro. 10 quick time player 10 and supported third party apps supports playback of up to three streams of eight k pro res Raul or up to 12 streams of four k pro res Raul. Now, the thing that was interesting is when they were demonstrating this machine on the stage, um, the, the person, the gentleman from apple that was doing this part of the presentation as far as how much computing power the system has, especially if you buy the top of the line version, which I’m predicting if the base model six grand, the top of the line ones probably anywhere between 30 and $60,000 with all the, all the hardware maxed out from apple.

Liam : 27:52 But the thing that was interesting is he did a demonstration with logic pro x, which is Apple’s audio editing software. It’s very similar to Adobe audition and he was able to add one, a 1000 total piece orchestra to logic pro 10 and this system still was not being maxed out. It had the capabilities to handle a lot more and the new version of logic pro 10 that’s going to be designed specifically for this model. You can only download it if you have this model. Mack. Um, we’ll give users the ability to handle 1000 audio tracks simultaneously in a logic pro 10 without this thing even breaking a sweat. And that’s just mind blowing. I can see a lot of professional studios and recording both movie and audio recording studios that are probably going to be buying these monsters to use a, um, you know, to produce albums and movies and stuff like that.

Liam : 29:00 It’s just crazy. Now as far as storage configuration, you can get up to four terabytes of SSD storage. Uh, the base model comes with 256 gig. Um, you can also get to five 12 gig modules for a total of one terabyte. You can get to one terabyte modules for total of two terabytes, or you can get to two terabyte modules for a total of four terabytes up to 2.6 Gigabit, a second sequential read speed. And 2.7 gigabits has set a a second sequential right performance and the storage is encrypted by the apple t two security chip, which is fantastic because then you don’t have to worry about uh, anybody compromising your data or your projects that you’re working on because of that high level of security. Now for input and output, the IOL card installed in the half length x for PCI express slot with two USB three ports support for USB, a up to five gigabits, a second, two thunderbolt, three port support for thunder, three up to 40 gigabits, a second support for USB, c up to 10 gigabits a second. And support for display port as well with two 10 Gig, either net ports you have support for 10 giggy than it performance over copper cabling. Also support for n base t industry standard one gigabit, 2.5 gigabit fiber gigabit 10 gigabit ethernet link speeds using RJ 45 or what’s also known as the cat five cat six network connectors.

Liam : 30:36 So, and in additional connections that has two thunderbolt, three ports on the top of the tower enclosure, it has built in speaker and a three and a half inch, a headphone Jack with a headphone support and input devices that comes with the magic keyboard with new America, with the numeric keypad, the silver black model Combo, and the magic mouse too, which is silver black. And you can optionally get the magic trackpad too, which comes in silver and black. Now I have the uh, magic keyboard and trackpad to um, in the silver and black color. And I liked it a lot better than the, uh, standard apple white ones. The white ones just tend to get too dirty. I have to clean them all the time. And with the black it’s not nearly as big an issue. And I was really bummed out because, um, apple never made a silver and black keyboard other than for their Mac books until, uh, what was it last year or the year before when they unveiled the imac pro.

Liam : 31:36 But at the time you could only get that silver and black keyboard and track pad or a magic mouse if you bought the imac pro. And I wasn’t about to drop a minimum of five grand for a new Imac when the one I have now is perfectly fine for what I need. It could stand to be a little more powerful. But overall I’m happy with it and I’ve had it for a couple of years. Uh, but then over time, I guess because a lot of people complaining like myself, apple decided to start selling the keyboard and silver and black keyboard and, and magic trackpad magic mouse separately. Um, they did of course charge a premium. What else is new? But I do love mine very much. Janice was nice enough to buy him for me for my birthday this past year. A wireless connectivity. It also has wifi eight oh two 11 ac built in and I triple e eight oh two 11 aid.

Liam : 32:28 It’s capable of a, B, G and n network. So it works with all wireless networks and the Bluetooth is 5.0 wireless technology. Now the dimensions, and this is where it gets interesting, the tower is 20.8 inches tall or 52.9 centimeters. It’s eight point are at 17.7 inches long or 45 centimeters and it’s 8.5 inches wide or 21.8 centimeters. Now you can get the to this tower with optional wheels on the bottom so that you can move it around more easily, especially in your studio. Now you may think that sounds kind of crazy until you hear how much this bad boy ways its weight is 39.7 pounds or 18 kilograms. So yeah, that’s one FD monster, especially if you get it maxed out with all the hardware. I can just imagine, and of course the operating system is Macko s Mojave, which is the current version, and of course that worldwide developer conference 2019 keynote on Monday.

Liam : 33:40 They did of course, unveiled their next operating system, which will be available in the fall, which is when this new Mac pro tower we’ll be releasing and the new Macko West will be called Catalina. So of course this system will be capable of running Catalina as soon as it is released. Now whether the Os comes out first or the tower comes out first, if they both come out at the same time, I don’t know. We’ll have to wait and see. But it is interesting and of course you’ll be able to upgrade free of charge. Anyways. Apple hasn’t charged for their operating system for a number of years now, which is great. They decided to go the free route like uh, most all of the major Linux distributions, which I think that’s good for consumers. Uh, it saves you money. I was never a big fan of apples are, I mean Microsoft’s licensing with the windows, it was always so expensive.

Liam : 34:32 Oh, and one other thing I forgot to mention that’s interesting about this imac tower is a, has a handle on the top of it that you and the center that flips up, it’s a half circle. You flip it up and you twist that and that’s how you unlock the enclosure so that you can lift the, the enclosure off the frame and get to everything inside. That power button is also on the top end. As I mentioned earlier, there’s two USB sees under bowl, three ports on the top, and there’s a handle on each end of the chassis to carry it by. And you’re definitely going to get a workout if you’re carrying this monster around. So the next item I want to talk about, the apple announced at the worldwide developers conference this week. And I know this is another apple item, but bear with me.

Liam : 35:20 A lot of photographers use apple products for editing their photos and videos. And I happened to be one of them, both Janice and I use a Apple Imac, 27 inch models and she has a macbook air and I have a Mac book pro, so it is still photography related for this podcast. So calm down, don’t be me. Hate to grams over this. So, I don’t know how many of you knew this, but years ago apple used to sell their own monitors. Um, in the beginning they were cold cinema displays and then later they changed them to thunderbolt displays when they changed them to the center bolt hookups, you know, interface cables and they were fairly hefty. If you want it to get the 27 inch a thunderbolt display, you were talking a thousand dollars and I don’t get me wrong, it was a very high quality display, ips panels and all of that.

Liam : 36:08 Um, great color gamut, dynamic range, all of that stuff. It was a fantastic monitor, but I was not the kind of person who’s going to spend thousands, a thousand dollars for a 27 inch monitor when I can get one from LG or somebody else. That was fantastic for like a third, the price. And the other thing that always I always thought was weird was the fact that the thunderbolt display for the 27 inch monitor was $1,000 and for just a few hundred dollars more, you could buy it as a 27 inch Imac. And you got the display and a computer all in one, all in one body. So I always thought that was kind of odd that they’re monitor was almost as as as expensive as their 27 inch computer was. That was built into the Monitor. So anyways, I digress. Let’s get on with this. So this new monitor is called the pro display Xdr and apple and the Xdr stands for wait for it extended dynamic range.

Liam : 37:02 Now most of you, if you’d been in photography for any amount of time, you’re familiar with high dynamic range. Well apple is going beyond that to what they now call extended dynamic range. And this new, this new display is a 32 inch retinas, six k displays the first one ever made up to 1600 nits of brightness and astonishing 1 million to one contrast ratio and super wide viewing angle over a billion colors presented with exceptional accuracy and the dynamic range that transforms the professional workflow is introduced in this new pro display Xdr the world’s best professional display unit. And on their website you can watch the film on it. Now the thing that’s interesting about this new display that apple is releasing, its 32 inches in size and it’s six k and on the back of it it looks like it has four USBC ports or something or bolt three ports.

Liam : 38:06 And it also has that cheese grater looking design on the back of it, which is supposed to help with airflow and cooling. Now the thing that’s interesting about this is this unit, um, is brighter. It has a thousand nits of Fullscreen sustained brightness 16,000 that are 1600 nits and peak brightness and a 1 million to one contrast ratio. But the other thing that’s interesting is this monitor sells by itself for $5,000 you heard me right? 32 inch, sixK retina display for $4,999. Now that’s just for the display. If you want the sexy new stand to mount the display on to put it on your desk, the stand will cost you an additional thousand dollars. So in other words, if you want to upgrade to the new Mac pro tower, you’re talking a minimum of six grand. If you buy the base model and then another six grand for the 32 inch six k display with its stand and the stand is pretty cool.

Liam : 39:22 It has, um, an interesting articulating arm component to it that goes into the back of the monitor and it’ll actually move to some really cool tilt and raised in lower positions and stuff like that. It’s really cool. And you can check it out on Apple’s website. I’ll put the link in the show notes, but I don’t know if, I don’t know if I believe any desktop stand for an a monitor is worth $1,000. I mean it’s, that’s all real premium price. But then again, if you’re somebody that owns a multibillion dollar movie studio or a recording studio, I guess maybe that’s not that big a deal. Uh, but you’ll leveli have to decide that for yourself. Now they do also offer a, I believe they called it a v side after they go on the back. So you can wall mount to monitor if you’d prefer.

Liam : 40:13 And this monster six k monitor is the one I was talking about earlier when I was talking about the macro tower being able to with it’s maxed out graphics card for for GP use, it can handle six of these monitors simultaneously. So you’re talking six 32 inch, sixK monitors all being driven by that Mac pro tower. So again, if you’ve got a a big Hollywood studio or or a something along that lines a, you do a lot of movies or TV and you really that prefer to do your work flow in and Mac, this is the monster that you need. But like I said, no word yet on the total cost for the top of the line Mac pro tower. But the base unit with 256 gigs of storage, 32 gigs of Ram and eight core processor is going to run you $6,000 and like I mentioned earlier, I can almost guarantee that the fully maxed out model with four GP use one and a half terabytes Ram, four terabytes of storage in 28 cores.

Liam : 41:24 I would estimate probably gonna run somewhere between 30 and $60,000 but again, like I said, if you’re, if you’re a big Hollywood studio, that’s probably not that big of an expense for you. If you’ve got billions of dollars, um, and you can produce, you know, thousands of movies on this setup, you know, you buy three or four of these, whatever you need to get your studio, keep your studio going, you know, full bore with all this processing power and editing power, then yeah, it’s definitely going to be worth it for you. So I thought that was definitely something interesting to talk about on this episode. And again, like I said, I understand that it’s a primarily a photography podcast, but I do like to talk about new technology like this that is frequently used by photographers and videographers in their workflow. I definitely feel that it, that it fits into the category of being included in a photography podcast. So I hope you’ll all bear with me and not get too angry and send me too much hate mail over talking about computer stuff.

Liam : 42:24 Okay.

Liam : 42:25 All right. So that’s all I have for this episode. Episode 23 of the Liam photography podcast. I want to thank all my listeners again for subscribing, rating and reviewing and iTunes in any other software you might use to listen to this podcast, which now includes Spotify and stitcher. I’m still trying to get on Pandora, but so far they haven’t gotten back to me on whether or not they’re going to include my podcast on their platform.

Liam : 42:50 Okay.

Liam : 42:50 I also want to remind all my listeners that you are free to join the Liam photography podcast Facebook group. You are required to answer a question. It is a closed group. Uh, the question that you have to answer to get entry into the group is the name of the host, which is myself. You can put Liam or Liam Douglas and we’ll let you into the group if you don’t answer the question that I will not let you into the group. I figured that’s pretty simple and straightforward and the whole reason why I do that is to cut down on the amount of bots and spammers so they’re not annoying everybody. And as I mentioned another episode and every episode, you are free to upload your own original photographs to the Liam photography podcast, Facebook group. Please do not share other photographer’s work. Don’t be taking other photographer’s work and resharing it into the group or posting it as your own stuff when it is not actually an original piece of work of your own.

Liam : 43:47 If you do that, you will be banned from the group. Please only share your original content. And let’s try not to go too overboard. Let’s say no more than five images in a 24 hour period. You can upload them one at a time or you can do a batch of five and a little slideshow or whatever you want to call it there. The way Facebook renders, uh, multiple photos in a, in a single upload, you know, where you just click the Arrow on the left or right to scroll through them, um, in the low, like a non automated slideshow. But like I said, you are free to upload your own original work to the podcast group, and you can request credit, uh, creative criticism on your work by, uh, saying cc, please. And I will leave it with this and I will see you again next week. In episode 24.

Liam Photography Podcast: Episode 22 – Fuji’s New 102 MP Medium Format Camera & More…

In this episode I talk about FujiFilm’s new 102MP Medium Format beast, Yongnuo’s new Canon EF to Sony E mount MK2 adapter, New Canon rumors on camera bodies, and Sony is slashing prices on their camera bodies to stir up the mirrorless full frame market.

FujiFilm’s GFX100

Yongnuo’s new EF to E mount adapter MK2

Canon camera rumors on the 90D and a new EOS M

Canon’s roadmap for 2019, included an EOS R camera that no one is expecting? [CR2]

Sony’s new “Step Up to Sony” Summer Sale

Sony Just Slashed Its Mirrorless Camera Prices by Up to $1,000

Transcript by, there may be grammatical errors.

Liam 00:01 Fuji releases a 102 megapixel medium format. Mural is camera young. New has just released a new autofocus Canon Elf to Sony Mount Adapter and ends roadmap for 2019 and Sony just slashed prices on its mirrorless cameras. All this on episode 22 of the Liam photography podcast

Liam 00:53 you’re listening to the Liam photography podcast. I’m your host Liam Douglas and this is episode 22 I want to thank all of our listeners for rating, subscribing, rating, and reviewing and iTunes and any other pod software that they might be using. We appreciate you all and thank you all so much for being part of this podcast. So in episode 22 this episode of the podcast, the first subject I want to talk about is Fujifilm’s new GFX, 100 model, medium format, mirrorless camera. Now Fuji has just released this camera. It has a 102 megapixel sensor is a compact and lightweight body. This is per Fuji. I’m getting this data from Fuji Films, website, weather resistant structure, 55 millimeter diagonal lengths, large format cmos sensor x processor for in body image stabilization, four k 30 movie, 10 bit color depth on the forecast, 30 movie mode and phase detection pixels across the entire sensor.

Liam 02:07 Now this is a new monster of a camera and Food Gee’s. Ben Making a muralists medium format cameras for awhile. Now this is their new heavyweight and as far as physical size, it’s fairly similar in size to the Canon one, dx mark two or the Nikon d five more or less. Um, but like I said, it does sport a 102 megapixel sensor. The new sensor specifically developed for this camera measures approximately 55 millimeters diagonally and boasts in effective pixel count of approximately 102 million when combined with the fourth generation x processor for it delivers the world’s finest level of image quality quality with exceptional color reproduction unique to Fujifilm and the ultrasound or sharp Fujinon GF lenses.

Liam 03:07 Generally speaking, the higher the pixel count and image sensor has the higher the likelihood of camera shake to avoid this threat. Fuji has image to their image quality. Fuji has designed in body image stabilization specifically for the new 102 megapixel large format censure sensor, which gives up to five and a half stops of image stabilization that GFX 100 inherits GFX 50 ss popular detachable EVF system that can be adjusted to various angles. When using the EVF tilting adapter, which is the EVF dash t l one the world’s highest class resolution 5.7 6 million dot. O e l panel has been used to develop the GFX 100 high definition EVF unit. If you find her has a magnification of 0.86 times and contains five optical glass elements including a spherical elements and has been specifically designed for the hundred and two megapixel sensor, which requires extreme focusing accuracy.

Liam 04:21 Now from what I’ve read on this a new camera, it has over, I believe it’s 6,000 auto focus points, which covered the majority of the sensor. So you get fairly close to 100% coverage and and side to side, top to bottom. And this does look like, it’s definitely going to be an amazing camera system for any of you out there that are interested or are are writing, shooting in medium format and you maybe want to upgrade to a new platform. Now the retail price on this unit, it’s $10,000 and $10,000 is quite a bit of money. But when you compare it to some of the other medium format systems out there, like the hassle bladder and the phase one camera systems, it’s fairly reasonable. I mean a hassle. Glad we’ll run you upwards of $60,000 and the phase one cameras can run a believe you can get a refurbished use one for about $10,000.

Liam 05:32 I’m a new one is going to run you, I believe 30 to 60,000 as well. Um, so Fuji Fuji has definitely, um, creating a little bit of competition for the other medium format manufacturers. Mostly, you know, like I said a moment ago, Hasselblad and phase one, now I’ve never, I’ve, I’ve shot with Fujifilm cameras in the past and I always liked their cameras. They make cameras. Um, I don’t own any of their interchangeable lens cameras. Uh, I use some of their point and shoot cameras are higher end ones a number of years back, you know, for vacation photos and stuff like that. But I have not owned any of their interchangeable lens systems, although, you know, I’ve read a lot of good things about them and, and I never put down anybody’s camera systems on this show. That’s not what the show is about. I tell people all the time, it doesn’t matter which system you go with, the important part is that you’re creating, that you’re being creative, that you’re making beautiful images.

Liam 06:37 The rest of it is all semantics. Each manufacturer excels a certain things that are better at one thing and not as good at the other. And then the other manufacturer is better at that thing. But not as good at the other thing and so on and so forth. So it doesn’t really matter. But this is definitely an impressive looking muralists medium format system. I definitely would not mind picking one up myself. I don’t have that $10,000 to spend on one right now. So I’ve been wanting to go medium format for quite awhile and uh, it seems like every time I’m in a position where I could probably afford to buy one, uh, I just go debating a law and I consult with some of my old professors and they disagree. They don’t think it’s a good idea. You know, if you’re going to use medium, you know, you’d get a job where you need medium format, just rent one.

Liam 07:29 I would much rather own one, especially because generally with a medium format systems, especially once you buy as a system, you never have to buy one again. Generally, uh, the body’s last for a very long time and where anytime the manufacturer puts out new software updates for it, it’s basically like getting a new camera all over again. Uh, because a lot of the, the muralists medium format cameras are pretty much, they’re almost like a computer with a sensor and the ability to Lens, because like I said a moment ago, and I’ve heard this from photographers, the own, like the hassle bloods in the phase one systems and they, you know, they basically told me, yeah, you know, anytime they release a major software update for the system that you own, it’s basically like getting a brand new camera all over again because they pack so many new features and, and changes and new items into their software update.

Liam 08:28 It’s basically, it’s basically you’re like installing a new operating system on your existing hardware and you, and now you have a new camera. So that part is pretty cool. And I know, uh, like I said, just because I know mirrorless, our medium format cameras are not cheap digital medium format cameras, whether they’re muralists are not. And also the lenses are not cheap by their soul. There’s the, the kind of catch 22 for me, even if I had the $10,000 to spend on the body, it’s like, yeah, then you blow 10 grand on the body. Now you’ve got to blow another six to 10 grand to get a set of lenses for it because none of the lenses are cheap either. But it is an impressive beast of a camera and they have some really cool, uh, sample images on the Fuji Film website. Uh, the sub section of the website for this model that you can check out.

Liam 09:19 I will put a link to the information on this new camera, on the show notes for this episode, and you can go and read the specs and look at the sample images for yourself and see what you think. Is this a system you might pick up? Um, or is it just something you like me, you just, uh, you’d like to dream about stuff like this, you know, the American way. Bring them about things we can’t afford but would be nice to have. So, uh, you’ll have to, uh, be sure to leave a comment. Um, either on the, uh, Leo photography, website or a in the Facebook group. And let me know if you’re planning on picking up one of these monsters anytime soon. It is definitely a, an impressive camera system. The next topic I wanted to discuss in this episode, young, new just released an autofocus Canon Elf to Sony Mount Adapter.

Liam 10:16 It’s only $99. Yes, you heard that correctly. Now some of you out there listening may be familiar with young, new and some of you may not. Young new is a Chinese company that makes a camera accessories. They make lenses and different objects and of course they make these mounts adapters. And in the early days there stuff was fairly low quality, um, and they were direct rip offs of the major manufacturers. So in other words, you know, you could buy a Canon 50 millimeter 1.8, the one they call the nifty 50 or the plastic. Fantastic. And you know, that Lens was, I don’t know, like 120 bucks or something like that. Or if you went on Amazon, you could buy the young new version of that same lens and it was a direct rip off of the Canon. I mean it looked exactly like the Gannon one and you could get the young new one for like 40 bucks.

Liam 11:22 So it was a substantial savings and it was an okay Lens. Um, the image quality wasn’t as good as it was on the Canon nifty 50, but it wasn’t bad. Now, over the years, young new has really stepped up their game. They’re starting to spend more money in research and development and on improving their own products. Uh, they, uh, I think it was last year they came out with their 50 millimeter 1.8 mark two, um, which isn’t quite as big a rip off of the Canon 50 millimeter 1.8 SDM model. That’s the newest Shannon nifty 50. Um, and, uh, the newer young new stuff, they’re starting to make more of their lenses with metal bodies instead of all just cheap plastic stuff. So they are improving the image qualities even getting better and they’re starting to come into their own and now they’ve just released this FTE mark two lens mount adapter with auto focus for the Canon e f and efs lenses so that you can use them on a Sony email body.

Liam 12:34 It’s equipped with the USB socket for firmware updates, supports both phase and contrast. Detect auto focus is supports Canon’s image stabilization as well and like I said, it’s only 99 99 now according to the description of the list and listing which was added to Amazon and allows f and f s series lenses or lenses to be compatible with the Mount Camera System. It’s equipment USB interface to improve product performance supports forum or upgrade and lens data analysis through a Usb port as to focus systems with focusing system selection switch supports a f focus system and mixed focus system. Both focusing systems require a camera support for normal use is equipped with a function key and it says it is possible to achieve more practical functions in the future. Please pay attention to the official announcement from them to get the latest information and it has a one quarter inch screw hole at the bottom so it can be installed on a tripod or other fixed bracket system easily.

Liam 13:48 So in other words, you can use this mount adapter to not only put let’s say one of your large canon lenses on a Sony e mount body. You know like the 100 to 400 mark, two l Lens Wildlife Lens, and if you didn’t have the tripod leg rang, that comes with a 100 to 400 well you don’t have to worry about it because this mount adapter as a plate on the bottom of it, that’s part of the mount and it has a quarter inch screw holes so that you could use that to attach the heavy lens to your tripod or a monopod or whatever you’re using. A, it is compatible with the lens anti shaped and one particularly interesting feature of this adapter ring is that it has the function button that I mentioned a little bit ago which can be configured to perform various tasks or at least it will in the future.

Liam 14:47 Looking at the manual for the FTE two adapter though doesn’t appear to do anything just yet. That’s supposed to be calming and future for more updates. It says that functionality will be coming soon and will require the update of the firmware but not what that firmware update will allow users to do. And there’s some really cool, uh, uh, zoomed in, uh, views of the different areas of the Lens. The USB interface that you auto focus system switch, the gold plated electric contacts, the one quarter inch screw hole, the function button as well as the lens locking latch and release. This is by far the least expensive EFT eat mount adapter out there that allows autofocus and full electronic communication. How it’ll stand up to longstanding respected adapter is like the Sigma Mc 11 is another matter or metta bones for that matter. A lot of people like to use the metal bones adapters.

Liam 15:49 The MCO 11 wasn’t always as good as it is today. So there’s learning for, you know, for this adapter to grow, especially with the ability to update its firmware using a Usb port that’s built into the adapter itself. So I could definitely see this as being something really cool. For those of you that have decided to go ahead, decided to move from Canon to Sony bodies, but you didn’t want to lose money by getting rid of all your Canon l glass. Um, so you want to use your candidate l glass with your new Sony email body. You can now use this adaptor instead of some of the more expensive options. Um, you may want to rank one and try it out first or possibly, um, maybe get one from Amazon, which has a really good return policy. So that way if you try it out and you don’t like it, you can always, you know, return and get your money back and you’re not really out anything.

Liam 16:45 Now you will be able to find more details about this adapter on the young new website. And I will include a link to the website in the show notes for this episode so that you can check it out for yourself and let me know what you think. If you decide to pick one up, whether it’s on Amazon or elsewhere, and give it a try, feel free to leave a comment, um, with the uh, this episode and let me know how it worked out for you. If it did work as advertised or if it didn’t work, what kind of issues you ran into, feel free to share that information with all of my listeners. And you know, it’s always good to help people out in any way you can. So if you’re one of the first people to grab one of these adapters and try it out with your Sony email body, sharing that knowledge and your experience with the other listeners is always greatly appreciate it.

Liam 17:36 Now the next item I want to get onto is Canon’s roadmap for 2019, which includes an Eos, our camera supposedly that nobody is currently expecting. Now, according to Canon rumors, they’ve been told by a fairly reliable source of theirs who has a good track record but not a perfect track record. Uh, this is a little bit of what we can expect the rest of the way from Canon and the 2019 calendar year. First up, it’s not a secret anymore, but we’re going to get the Canon Eos 90. Now if you remember, I talked about the possibility of the 90 [inaudible] in a couple of my earlier episodes. And I also did mention in one of the previous episodes that the 70 mark two will not get a replacement. That Canon is discontinuing the 70 line. And I know a lot of users of the 70 and 70 mark two are really bummed out when I mentioned that in the episode where I talked about that.

Liam 18:37 And the 70 is a very, very capable and popular camera. It’s not super expensive. It’s capable of, I believe it’s 10 frames a second. So it’s a good inexpensive, albeit crop body, a crop sensor body. Uh, but it worked great for shooting sports, especially, you know, fast paced sports like baseball, football, NASCAR or anything like that. And it’s a very capable camera with a great image sensor and it just makes fantastic images and a lot of people are really, really happy with that camera. And they were hoping including my, uh, my friend Jeff Harmon from the master of photography podcast. Uh, he shoots high school sports a lot and he, and a lot of my other friends that have the 70 mark two had been hoping that Canon was going to announce the 70 mark three this year, but they did, uh, make it known about a month ago that they’re actually discontinuing the 70 line.

Liam 19:38 And the rumors had been swirling that they were actually going to release a hybrid or combination body. Um, because the ads already out there and they can and had the double digit d bodies for quite awhile. You know, the 10 to 20, the 30, the 40, 50, 60, 70, 80. And there had been rumors that they were going to announce a 90 d this year. Gannon is almost all but confirmed that and the beliefs are, and according to Canon rumors, the 90 d is going to be an upgraded body from the add, but it’s going to combine technologies from both the add and the 70 mark two so the 70 mark three is not going to happen, but Canon doesn’t want to guilt their customers that had been faithfully shooting with the 70 and the 70 mark two. They don’t want to leave them hanging high and dry and basically tell them, well, the only way you’re going to get a good sports camera now is to spend $6,000 on a one dx mark two or marks were you.

Liam 20:47 When that comes out next year, now Gannon is actually going to look out for their customers and release the 90 [inaudible] which as I said, is rumored to be a combination of the add and the 70 mark two but with upgraded hardware. So more than likely a new image sensor, uh, the new digit eight processors and maybe it’ll have dewalt digit eight processors. I don’t know. We’ll have to wait and see. But since that line, the 70 line is being killed off cannons and not going to leave their, their customers high and dry, that loved the 70 mark two. Now whether they’ll up the frame per second count on this new body, the 90 [inaudible], Eh, remains to be seen. Like I said, I believe on the 70 mark two they can, it can do 10 frames a second. Maybe they’ll give us, give a 70 shooters, 12 frames a second and I’ll love it.

Liam 21:42 More than likely they’ll stick with 10 they don’t want to dip too hard into their one dx pool. The one DX can do 14 to 16 frames a second depending on what file format using Yada, Yada, Yada. Um, and they’re not going to want to take away from the capabilities of the one dx mark two and the mark three, which is rumored to be coming out the beginning of next year. So I don’t think they’re going to up the frame per second count at all. Or if they do, they’re only going to up it by maybe one or two. Maybe make an 11 frames a second or possibly 12 but that’s, that’s kind of iffy. Now we’re also told to expect an announcement near the end of August on the possibility of that 90 d and apparently there’s also a new ios and body that will come at the same time. It has been described to use a very well specked and aggressively priced.

Liam 22:39 It’s going to be a well specked and aggressively priced body with Canon wanting, wanting to show that the eos and line up is not dead. No specifications have been provided to anyone at this time. There are no other eos and cameras or lenses scheduled for 2019 other than this one ios and body that’s rumored to be announced at the end of August alongside the 90 [inaudible]. Now what about the Eos? Our system, well the according to Canon they’re same source is telling them that a new Ios, our camera is coming later in 2019 and that it is a head scratcher and not at all what anyone is expecting. Now we have no idea what that means at this time, but we hope to hear some more soon. What sort of niche market could benefit the eos are. There was nothing mentioned about lenses for the RF now, but we are assuming the remaining five RF mount lenses need to be officially announced and shipped before we see any additional RF mount lenses.

Liam 23:47 So we already know we’re getting five more lenses in the RF mount this year. Canada has already made their official announcement on those lenses and rumors are right now that they’re not going to announce any other RF lenses for 2019. I believe according to the roadmap, they are going to be announcing some more RF lenses in 2020. So we’ll have to uh, stay tuned and see what happens and that department. Now, the last, uh, item I wanted to touch on today is the fact that Sony has just slashed the prices on its mirrorless camera systems by up to $1,000. And that is huge. So if you’ve been eyeing a Sony mirrorless camera, now, might be the time to pull the trigger and go ahead and pick one up. Sony has just announced a major summer sale in which the prices of many of its popular camera models had been slashed by up to a thousand dollars.

Liam 24:51 These are the lowest prices ever recorded, especially for Sony cameras, both for muralists cameras in general, especially full frame Lens. The step up to Sony Promotion will run until June 22nd and the following deals are what you can expect the snag over the next few weeks in descending order of savings, the Sony a nine which currently sells for $4,498 will drop to $3,498 which is a savings of $1,000 or 22% off at 34 98 Sony’s flagship camera is now the lowest price it has ever been. Features and specs include a 24.2 megapixel full frame sensor, a 693 point aff system, 20 frame per second, shooting a 3.7 million. Dot. O. L E D e F EVF internal four K video recording five axis image stabilization, a three inch, 1.4 4 million. Dot. Tilting touchscreen, which is an LCD and Iso Max Iso of 204,800 and in additionally has dual card slots and of course there’s quite a bit more to it, but those are the highlights.

Liam 26:11 Uh, the Sony a seven r three, which normally retails for $3,198 will drop to $2,598, which is a savings of $600 or 19% off. Features and specs of the a seven r three include a 42 megapixel full frame, backside illuminated sensor, a 399.8 f system, 10 frames per second shooting four k video with h, an s three gamma’s, a 3.6 9 million. Dot. True Finder, O, l e d e v. F. A three inch, 1.4 4 million. Dot. Tilting touchscreen. And if five axis image stabilization with the high end ISO being at 102,400 and of course there are other specs a available on that camera as well, which you can read more about. Uh, by going into Sony’s website. I’m just gonna give you the high level in here. The Sony a seven r two which currently sells for 1,998 we’ll be dropping to 1,498 or $500 off, which is 25% the a seven r two may be the predecessor of the r three but it’s still packs a mean punch features and specs include a 42 megapixel full frame sensor, 399 point aff system, five frames per second burst mode, internal 4k with s log to gamma five axis image stabilization in body image stabilization, a 2.3 6 million dot.

Liam 27:55 True Finder O, l e d e B f a three inch, 1.2 3 million. Dot. Tilting LCD and a top ISO range of 102,400 the Sony a seven s two normally sells for 2198 you’ll be able to pick this body up or $1,998 which is $400 off or a savings of 17% a seven s two is renowned for its low light abilities. Features and specs include at 12.2 megapixel full frame sensor, internal four k video s log three gamma five axis in body image stabilization, a 2.3 6 million dot. True finder o, l, e d e vF , a three inch, 1.2 3 million dot tilting, LCD screen, and a top end ISO of 409,600 with fraught five frames per second. Continuous shooting speed, the a seven two which is normally 1398 we’ll be dropping to eight 98 which is $500 off or 36% off. Now of course this is an older body, but it’s still a darn good body and you can’t go wrong with picking one of these up, especially at that price.

Liam 29:18 Features and specs for the a seven to include a 24.3 megapixel full frame sensor, five axis in body image stabilization, hybrid f five frame per second, continuous burst mode. Full HD video with s log to gamma, a 2.3 6 million. Dot. O l e d e v f a three inch, 1.2 3 million. Dot Tilting, Lcv and many more features as well. And last but not least, the Sony a seven two and Sony f e 28 to 70 combo kit. Uh, the 28 to 70 is an x 3.5 to 5.6 oss in a lens, which is their optical stabilization Lens, I believe is what oss stands for. Uh, normally retails for 1598, but during this sale you will be able to get this bundle for nine 98, which is $600 off or 38% off. You are getting the Sony a seven two bundled with the versatile $398 Sony Effie 28 to 70 f three five to five six oss lens for a nice savings of 38% off the entire kit.

Liam 30:39 Now these are only some of the special deals in the step up to stony summer sale. You can find out the complete list of included products by going to the website. And I will of course put that link in the show notes for this episode. So what do you think about all of this? A Sony is announced this huge sale and of course it’s because they’re trying to steal a bigger piece of the pie and the interchangeable lens camera market or Ilc market. Now I did also read, uh, this week that Sony has taken the number two spot from Nikon. So Gannon is still number one in the interchangeable lens camera market, but Sony has now passed the Nikon and moved up to the number two slot and they keep saying that their, their goal longterm is to take over the number one spot and to hold it for as long as possible.

Liam 31:30 Uh, whether or not there’ll be able to pull it off, I don’t know. It may be possible because Sony has been a serious threat to canon and Nikon ever since they started doing the full frame mirrorless bodies especially. And they’re currently ahead of everybody else. Um, because they were the first ones to do mirrorless full frame bodies. Um, technologically they’re ahead of Canon and Nikon. Most people say by five years, which is probably true, but as I’ve mentioned in previous episodes can, and especially, I don’t think it’s gonna take them long to catch up with Sony. And the reason why I say that again is because Canon, uh, like Sony has very deep pockets there. Our portfolio is very diverse as far as technologies and platforms that they make their money off of. They only make a small portion of their money off their interchangeable Lens Cameras, uh, Dan and makes a lot of their money off their medical imaging equipment and stuff like that.

Liam 32:27 So I don’t think it’s going to take 10 along to catch up to Sony. A lot of the Sony fanboys boys say, Oh, Canada’s already got her own. He’s already got a five year headstart Dan and it’ll never catch them. Yeah, good luck with that. Good luck with that thinking cupcake because I don’t think it’s going to take Canon more than 18 to 24 months to give Sony a serious run for its money. But anyways, I don’t want to, I don’t want to beat that horse to death again, who I’ve talked about that I don’t know if previous episode. So I will go ahead and wrap up. Episode 22. Uh, like I said, be sure to leave a comment on the Liam photography website or in the Facebook group. The Facebook group is free for any listeners to join. Um, I do require that you answer a question to join.

Liam 33:12 And the question is the name of the host of this podcast, which is myself, Liam, or you could put Liam Douglas. And the main reason why I have that question there is to keep out the spammers and bots and all of that nasty stuff. We want to keep it a, a clean clutter free Facebook group. And as I’ve mentioned before, you are free to post your own original images in the Facebook group, the Liam photography podcast, Facebook group. Please do not post other people’s photos in there. We don’t like it when people steal other people’s photographs, especially being a photographer myself, of course I’m not going to like that. And most of my listeners, um, not all of them, a good share of my listeners are also photographers and they’re not going to be happy if you’re stealing other people’s work and trying to pass it off as your own.

Liam 34:02 So let’s not do that folks. Please only post photographs that are yours that you have taken yourself and you’re welcome to share. Don’t go crazy. But you know, you’re not limited. No, only posted one photo a day. You can put a few of them up, you know, either and uh, uh, four or five at once or six at once or you can spread them out and you know, post one to the group every couple hours throughout the day, whatever the case may be. Because I’d love to see, I love to see other people’s work in photography and I always tried to be as supportive of other people’s work as much as possible. And if you do ask, you don’t have to, but if you decide to post a photo and ask for constructive criticism, you’re allowed to do that as well. And I will give you my objective opinion and it’s not gospel.

Liam 34:51 I’m not the world’s foremost expert on photography. But if you, if you would like a CC, you can post your photo and Nash for one. Now, next week will be episode 23 and I’m going to try to line up another interview. I haven’t done one for a few weeks. We’ll see how it goes. I have a couple of people that I’m reaching out to. Um, and I also will be doing an episode that will be a review of the new Ronan and f 14 millimeter f 2.8 RF. Now Lens, a roping on a Sam Gang, which is the company that owns roping on a head announced a little bit earlier this year that they were going to be the first third party manufactured or release RF mount lenses they have done. So the RF 14 millimeter lens came out not too long ago. And, and uh, I’ve been trying that one out for my full time real estate photography job and I really love it. It’s a fantastic lens. So I may be doing a review of that Lens for next week’s episode or it might be hopefully doing interview. We’ll have to wait and see. But I’m going to go ahead and wrap up episode 22 of the land photography podcast. Thank you once again for subscribing, rating and reviewing and I will see you next time.

Liam Photography Podcast: Episode 21 – Fake Batteries, Nikon Issues & More

In this episode I talk about Fake batteries sent out to B&H customers, Nikon Service Advisory, Peak Design enter tripod market and an airport in Canada partners with photographers.

Fake batteries Slip past B&H

B&H is Replacing a ‘Subpar’ (i.e. Fake) Batch of Nikon Batteries

Technical Service Advisory for Nikon Z 6 & Z 7

Travel Tripod by Peak Design

Jean-Lesage International Airport partners with photographers

This Airport Made Fence Holes for Planespotting Photographers

Transcript by there may be grammatical errors.

Liam 00:01 B&H is replacing subpar or fake batteries. Technical Service advisory for users of the Nikon z six and Z. Seven a new travel tripod made by peak design in an airport that works with their local plane spotting community. All of this on episode 21 of the Liam photography podcast

Liam 00:48 podcast. I’m your host league and Douglas and this is episode 21 some B and h customers who had recently purchased a Nikon e n Dash l 15 be battery received an unusual email. The retail giant says it’s sold a subpar batch of batteries or possibly counterfeit batteries and would be replacing all of this model of battery sold within a specific timeframe. Icon rumors first reported on the email sent out posting a screenshot of it which read in part. It has come to our attention that we unfortunately received a subpar batch of Nikon and a h e l 15 B rechargeable lithium ion batteries. Since it is impossible for us to ascertain which of our customers receive from the affected batch. We will be replacing all of these batteries sent you our customers regardless of which battery they might have received. With regard to the battery you have received, please discontinue use and take the battery to the nearest recycling program.

Liam 01:56 A resource will help you find a location near you and they included the link. The battery should not be thrown in general trash and please do not attempt to shift the batteries back to us as it is potentially dangerous to do so. The Nih says the replacement batteries will be sent out for free to affect your customers within the next day or two. So it looks like, um, not only do sometimes a small consumers, uh, buying from places like Amazon gets earned with counterfeit batteries are memory cards, but it looks like even on occasion of big company like Bnh can get caught up in the counterfeit battery market as well. The Nikon N Dash l 15 be batteries cost around 60 to $70 or in are compatible with a number of the companies, DSLR and Merrill has cameras including the e six and Seven d eight 50 the d 500 and the 7,500 as BNA age notes in the email, genuine Nikon e n Dash l 15 be batteries were sold alongside the counterfeit.

Liam 03:05 So if you did receive a real one from your purchase, your replacement will score you a second. Real Battery for free. Icon has issued notices about the counterfeit products over the years. Warning of everything from fake assessors to fake DSLR cameras. So I mean this is getting to be pretty prevalent and a lot of these retailers now, they do their best to try to eliminate the possibility of their customers being affected by counterfeit products. And you can’t really knock them because some of the counterfeits are really, really good. I mean they do a good job of looking like the real McCoy, if you will. And I do remember from awhile back when there was an issue with counterfeits, Sandisk SD cards being sold on Amazon, that the only real way you could tell the counterfeits from the real thing where the counterfeits all had a little yellow plastic locks slider on the side of them where the genuine sandisk ones, they were always a light gray in color.

Liam 04:16 But you know, your average consumer, especially if they’re just getting into photography, they might not realize that that slide lock was supposed to be gray and not yellow. And a lot of people didn’t know that. I knew about it because of the fact that I’ve worked in it for a long time as well as photography for a long time. Uh, luckily I’d never ended up in any of any of those counterfeit SD cards. And I can say that Amazon’s done a pretty good job of, of getting most of the counterfeits off their platform. So I do have to commend them for that. And a, I do feel bad for B and h that they got schnockered by a batch of counterfeit batteries. And the thing is, a lot of these, most all of these counterfeit products to be honest, are made and manufactured in China.

Liam 05:02 And the Chinese have been notorious, as I’ve mentioned before in other podcast episodes, they’ve been notorious for not honoring patents or copyrights or trademarks of other nations. So they basically let companies in their country just blatantly rip off and counterfeit products all the time. Uh, anything from SD cards do you camera batteries to full on, you know, Chinese knockoff replica’s of Rolls Royce Cars if you can believe it. But, uh, it’s definitely said to see the Bnh gotten burned by this and you know, and I also feel bad not for Bnh, but I feel bad for the Nikon customers, you know, and it’s not enh his fault really, that their customers got schnockered, you know, it was completely by accident. Enh didn’t know in July after they had already shipped out a bunch of these batteries that they had gotten a counterfeit batch. And of course by then it was too late to go back.

Liam 06:01 It’s pretty much impossible to go back and track through, you know, which costs customers. Got a legitimate battery in which customers didn’t. So the only way being HQ can get around this or remedy this problem is to just replace all of those model batteries to all of their customers that bought within a specific timeframe, within specific window of 30 days or 60 days or whatever the case may be. And that’s going to be determined probably by how quickly they turn over a batch of batteries, you know, so in other words, if they get in, you know, they order those batteries, you know, 10,000 at a time or 5,000 a time where the case may be and they know that, you know, in a 30 or 60 day period, they go through the entire 5,000 count batch and then they have to order another batch of 5,000 then it gives them a pretty good idea of at least the timeframe, you know, what two months, you know, any of the orders for the, that battery came in over a two month period, you know, then they have a reasonably good idea of which customers were affected.

Liam 07:01 But it’s just really sad to see, you know, even a large company like this getting snookered by counterfeit products, um, especially photography products is, it’s just really disappointing and I’m glad that B and h is really stepping up and looking out for their customers. B and h has always been a fantastic company. I’ve bought a lot of merchandise from them and they are super reputable. They’re a really great bunch of people that work there and they have a really great photography podcasts that I enjoy listening to as well. So it’s great that they’re looking out for their customers. I want to say Kudos to them for being proactive on this and not waiting until they received a much of complaints from our customers, you know, um, you know, or complaints about batteries exploding or something like that, which of course, you know, a company like Bnh isn’t going to allow that.

Liam 07:52 Something like that to happen. Unh, you know, they have mechanisms in place on their side to try to mitigate any kind of issues like that, you know, customers getting paid products. So it’s just really great to see that they caught it as quickly as possible and they reached out to all of their customers than an ordered that particular model battery and made them aware of the potential issue and said, hey look, we’re going to make it right. We’re going to send you a replacement battery free of charge. And that’s really great and it’s really great that they’re looking out for their customers because I mean there are a company that their reputation is everything and I can understand that, especially in the photography world, they’ve been around for a long time and just like Canon, you know, their reputation is everything to them and they don’t want it to be solid over a bad batch of batteries.

Liam 08:45 So I say Kudos to them for looking out for their customers and taking excellent care of them. Like they always do. Anytime you need to buy something, a photography or even electronics, uh, I recommend checking out Bnh a, they’re not a sponsor of the podcast, so I don’t want you to think they are. I’m just somebody who’s been a customer of theirs for a few years now and I have always had a good business relationship with them. You know, on the products that I’ve bought off their website, whether they have photography products or other electronic products. They’ve just been a standout company, so I definitely recommend that you check them out if you haven’t already. All right. The next item I wanted to talk about on this episode is a Nikon Technical Service advisory for users of the Nikon z six z seven cameras and I’m getting this right from Nikon imaging USA website.

Liam 09:41 Then I kind of USA website and let’s see. Here are the issue. While Nikon is taking great measures to ensure the high quality expected them Nikon products, it has come to our attention that the vibration reduction or VR feature and some of the Nikons six and z seven cameras may not function fully. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. A solution I’ve gone is resolve this by making available corrective service for effective z six and e seven cameras free of charge including the cost of shipping, the effected c six and c seven cameras, two Nikon as well as it’s returned back to the customer. Even if you’re as aesics or z seven camera warranty is already expired, which I’m not sure how that would’ve happened because if I remember correctly, Nikons warranty on their camera bodies is usually a year and be in the Z six and z seven just came out in September.

Liam 10:39 I don’t know how anybody would already be out of the warranty period for it, but I’m sure there are lawyers probably had them put it in there just to cover their butts. Ah, that’s the one thing I can assume. Um, there is a way to identify the effective products and to request service to determine whether your camera is one of those effected. Please click on the appropriate to check Searle number button below and enter the serial number of years aesics or z. Seven cameras indicated and there’s a separate link for each body type. And I’ll put the link to this when it’s a subsection of Canon USA [inaudible] website in the show notes for this episode. And if your camera is one of the effective models, instructions for requesting service, including receiving your free shipping label will be displayed on screen. You may also contact knock on customer relations by visiting Nikon for assistance if you are Z six or z seven camera is not one of these effects, those affected this’ll be displayed on screen and you continue using your camera without cause for concern of this issue.

Liam 11:46 And that goes on to explain how to find your camera’s Soro Lumber, um, which is on the camera’s on the back of the camera and the serial number will be the seven digit number printed on the label of fixed to the camera body is indicated by the red frame and the image above. Um, so like I said, I’ll go ahead and, and put the link to this page in the show notes for this episode. And I know this isn’t the first time that Nikon has had a service issue with one of their cameras. I know if I remember correctly, there was a total of, I think three different recalls on the d seven 50. Um, and I can’t remember if they were all for the same issue or if they were for a variety of issues, but I do remember, um, herons from some of my photography photography friends they shoot Nikon, that the d seven 50, I believe it was, had ended up having two or three recalls.

Liam 12:44 So looks like a Nikon is struggling with some quality control issues in or camera division. I don’t know, but it definitely doesn’t sound good. I don’t personally know of Canon or Sony or Fuji or any of the other companies having two or three recalls for the same camera body. But I could be wrong. And yet, and again, I’m not trying to bash Nikon. I just thought it was awful weird. Uh, it’s great that they’re looking out for the customers just like Bnh was with the counterfeit Nikon batteries. But, um, like I said, hopefully this will be the only recall issue for this [inaudible]. I know they’ve been fairly popular cameras and a pretty good overall a first attempt at a mirrorless full frame for Nikon. And so hopefully things will continue to look up for them moving forward and that they’ll uh, dingy continue developing their marital is full frame, full frame line like a canon and Sony and some of the others.

Liam 13:46 And we will continue to benefit as consumers of their Meryl is full frame bodies. So that is it for that segment. Now the next segment I wanted to talk about is pretty exciting and I don’t know how many of my listeners are familiar with them or not. Uh, depends on how much shopping you do for photography related accessories. But peak design has been around for quite awhile now. I did some blog articles about some of their products in the past on my blog portion of my website, my lay of photography, uh, dot net website, but, uh, a made straps. Uh, they’ve made carrying bags, messenger bags, backpacks, um, and straps for your camera. I think next straps as well. Um, as well as some interesting, um, camera mounting hardware, um, clips that you could put like on the shoulder straps of your backpack where you could lock your camera into a special plate that attached to your backpacks shoulder strap and you can hang your camera from that special plate and have it readily handily available.

Liam 15:02 Especially if you’re using a backpack that’s not necessarily a photography backpack. Let’s say you’re somebody that’s a very outdoors type person. You’d like to go hiking and camping and stuff like that, but you’re also into photography. You could be out on a weekend hike and camp out, you know, somewhere in the mountains or whatever and you know, you’re carrying your standard outdoor type backpack. You’ll have all your gear in it, your bedroll and all of that good stuff. But you want to take your camera to snap pictures of any interesting wildlife that you find on the way or while you’re out there in the wilderness for the weekend. And he designed has made some really cool mounting systems that will go on a regular backpack shoulder strap and allow you to safely and securely anchor your camera body there. So it’s at the ready when you do spot something interesting that you want to shoot.

Liam 15:54 Well now take designed these, decided to get into the tripod arena as well. So they’re calling it the travel tripod and it is a full feature tripod and a truly portable form and we’ll, it looks interesting about this tripod that there, and this is up on Kickstarter right now. They’re, they were raising, backing forward on Kickstarter. Uh, they were hoping to get a pledge of $500,000 is their goal and they’ve already hit three point $6 million, uh, from 88,180 backers, um, with 56 days to go on their Kickstarter can. Mate, peak design has been extremely successful on Kickstarter and they make some really, really awesome high quality, uh, photography related year. And I definitely recommend them to any photographers that are looking for something a, whether, like I said, it’s a hand strap for your camera. So when you’re out doing street photography in a city like Atlanta or New York, you don’t have to worry about somebody running up and snatching your Gammar and taken off with it.

Liam 17:01 Uh, when I did photography street photography on a regular basis, when I worked in downtown Atlanta, I always had the camera that I used, that I took to work with me. I always had a hand strap on. So that way I was not only holding the camera in my hand, but it was actually strapped to the wrist. So if somebody ran up and tried to snatch the gamma and run off with it, they weren’t getting too far because the camera would stay attached to my arm. And uh, so I didn’t have to worry about that. But like I said, peak design has been making fantastic products for a long time in this try a travel tripod of theirs looks very, very compelling. It has quick attaching and intuitive compact ball head as a single ring for total head adjustment. It has a deployable center column Knob.

Liam 17:50 It’s optimized for a full frame DSLRs and telephoto lenses and includes a stowable phone mount and soft gaze. And the architecture I definitely agree with them is groundbreaking. Um, and it eliminates a lot of wasted space and tripods. Basically the way this tripod works, so a standard travel tripod, usually when they’re completely collapsed, you actually have basically like four cylinders. You add the cylinders, three cylinders that represent the individual legs, and then you had the center column cylinder. Well with peak design, with their travel tripod, they’ve actually designed it, you know, and when the standard travel tripod, when it’s folded up, when it’s collapsed all the way, you still have a fairly large triangular shaped package. And the way peak is designed theirs, when their tripod is fully collapsed, you end up with a more round profile of their travel tripod and they say it’s basically the size of a water bottle when it’s completely folded up, which is pretty impressive.

Liam 19:01 And it says they spent four years designing the trial, redesigning the tripod from the ground up to eliminate as much dead space as possible and minimize pack down size. Now the one thing that does worry me a little bit, and I’m not saying this because Pete doesn’t make quality products, they do absolutely. But the one thing that worries me looking at the images of this tripod is when it’s fully deployed, the legs have five sections to them altogether. So by time you get down to the very bottom of the tripod, that section of each leg is fairly skinny. And I’m just worried about how strong they’re going to be when they’re fully extended like that. That’s one of the things that does worry me. Now, like I said, peak design makes fantastic gear. They make very high quality products along. I’m assuming it’s going to be okay.

Liam 19:57 But for me personally in the past, I’ve always stayed away from these kinds of tripods because I never felt that they were strong enough that they would be secure enough to be holding, you know, several thousand dollars in heavy camera gear on, um, with the legs, that skinny at the very bottom, you know, when you have fully extended, if you have all of the sections extended out at one time, and the ones that are actually making contact with the ground or the smallest and skinniest in diameter just makes me a little bit nervous. So I’m not sure how crazy I would be about using one of these tripods. I mean, it does look great and it’d be great if it, if it’s very sturdy, which I’m assuming it will be, uh, again, because this peak design, uh, but I’m not sure if it’d be the kind of tripod I would want to carry.

Liam 20:49 Now it is cool that they made the, they made this tripod so that the whole thing can be deployed and then pack down again really rapidly. Uh, they say nearly twice as fast as the traditional tripod. And one of the things that is really cool about it is the, the latch mechanisms for extending legs. The unique way that they shape the latch mechanism. Puke can actually unlock all five sections with a single movement. So if you’re gonna, you know, extend it out to its maximum height, you can more quickly deploy it because you can flip all of those latches with one move and extend it all out and then flip them all locked again with one move. So that, that part is pretty cool. And I do like the fact that it comes with a type of ball head. Um, as part of the tripod itself, I’m sure it’s removable.

Liam 21:49 Uh, most drive ons, you know, the heads are removable and replaceable. You can swap them out, you’d go over the ball head or you can change it out to a pan until head or you know, any of a number of different styles of heads. And I do think it’s cool that it also comes with the universal phone mount. Uh, and the universal phone, I actually stoves within the center column so you can actually extend the very center of the center column upward where normally the center of column you know, um, is how you extend the head area of the tripod to get a little more height, um, where the way this one’s designed, you not only have that but then in the center of the center column and actually has a subsystem that can pop up past the head and that actually acts as a phone mount.

Liam 22:42 So you could use your, uh, you can use the tripod with your iPhone or android phone to do panoramas quickly and easily. So that’s pretty cool as well. And their whole mantra is pro performance at half the size. And like I said, it does look really impressive. It looks like it’s going to be another really popular product of theirs that everybody in the photo photography community, especially the pros are going to really embrace and they’re going to offer it in both aluminum as well as carbon fiber. So you will be able to order one from the Kickstarter campaign page. You can make a small venation and not get anything or you can make more substantial, um, donation or pledges, I guess you could say to the project for a pledge of two 89 or more, you get the aluminum travel tripod, which is going to retail for 349 95.

Liam 23:43 So you’re getting $61 off and includes the legs, the ball had to quick release play, mobile mount load hook, hex key and protective case, and they’ll ship it anywhere in the world. Estimated delivery is December of 2019. So the whole goal with this project is to get these into production and time to ship them out for the 2019 holiday season. And it also says below that if you make a pledge of four 79 or more, you can get the carbon fiber model at $121 off its retail price, which will be $600, um, when, once it becomes available on the market. Um, and again, ships December, 2019 to anywhere in the world. And so they’re going to offer in two different versions, the aluminum and the carbon fiber, which is really cool. Some people prefer aluminum. I kind of prefer a carbon fiber. Um, due to some injuries I sustained in the last few years, I like to have my tripod be as light as possible.

Liam 24:49 So that’s why I prefer a carbon fiber. And because carbon fiber is extremely strong and resilient, um, it’s not cheap, but as strong and resilient. And so I, I mean I do have tripods that are aluminum. I only have one carbon fiber one, but, uh, and then I do have a couple of aluminum ones, but primarily I use my carbon fiber one of these days just because of the fact that it’s considerably lighter in comparison to my aluminum one. But this is definitely exciting and it looks like it’s going to be a really cool new entry into the world of photography. Tripods is if it isn’t already a crowded field, but with the reputation that peak design has and their reputation, especially for quality products. I can definitely see this being a big threat to the rest of the tripod manufacturers on the market. So we’ll have to wait and see how this fleshes out.

Liam 25:45 But it’s definitely some exciting news and I definitely recommend the, you at least stop by the Kickstarter page and, and check out the images and also watch their project videos that they have. Um, it is designed to go, uh, super low as well for shooting flowers and stuff like that. If you’re into macro photography and the legs do fold out to where it’ll pretty much lay flat, the lights completely flat, so your camera’s only a few inches off the ground, what you, most of your good tripod’s a these days have that capability. So, uh, definitely something for the macro photographers get excited about. And like I said a, I will go ahead and put the link to the Kickstarter page in the show notes for this episode so that you can stop by and check out the, the article itself on Kickstarter or see the images as well as see the demonstration videos.

Liam 26:39 Uh, certainly looks like it’s going to be a fantastic product for all the photographers out there. The last thing I wanted to talk about before I wrap up this episode is an article I found on pet a pixel about an airport that has made lives easier for photographers that like to do plane spotting. This airport is actually made sections of it’s fencing that are specifically designed for photographers that like to photograph airplanes is they’re coming and going and there’s a fairly large community of plane spotting photographers around the world, uh, who like to camp outside airports to photograph to planes and, and get photographs of the runways and the tarmacs and all that good stuff. And now a major airport in Canada has decided to serve its local photographers by creating dedicated holes in its fence for the camera lenses to poke through the genre.

Liam 27:40 Sage International Airport of Quebec, Canada’s 11th busiest airport and also last week that it has partnered with the Quebec based plane spotting community. Why QVE aviation to install a special panels around the perimeter of the airport to provide photographers with a variety of views of the runways and the tarmac and notice on each of the panels states that it is an area reserved for photographers only and if you’d like to visit the airport there’s a map showing where the 10 photography holes can be found on the a pixel article and the airport says happy plane spotting. It’ll be interesting to see if this idea takes off and is picked up by other major airports around the world. Although I don’t know if it’s something that would happen in the u s because I know Tsa and airport security has been really, really, really heavy since, you know, the nine 11 attacks in 2001 so I doubt we’ll see anything like this around American airports anytime soon.

Liam 28:45 But who knows, maybe a, maybe they’ll uh, let photographers have dedicated spots to photograph to planes, but uh, I doubt it, but it would be interesting to see if maybe some of the other airports around the world and other countries like Spain or Greece or the UK or Japan or someplace like that might follow the lead of follow deleted this Quebec airport and make it a little bit easier for shutterbugs to get photographs of the planes is they’re coming and going. Um, I liked photographing planes from time to time myself on my girlfriend, Janice and I have actually stopped along the interstate outside of Atlanta here I 85 where runs north and south. We’ve actually parked along the interstate with our cameras and photograph to planes as they’re going in and out of Hartsfield Jackson, Jackson International Airport and can be pretty cool. And you get some really awesome shots, especially, you know, if you’re parked in the right spot where the planes that are coming in for a landing or pass and directly overhead, you know, you’re pretty much in a straight line with the runway they’re headed to.

Liam 29:55 Um, as you’re sitting along the interstate. We’ve been lucky enough that any of the times we’ve done it, we have an hassled by any of the police, uh, which is a good thing. I don’t know if they’d be really happy with us doing that. I have, it’s not like we’re causing a road hazard. We always stop along. An area of IAT five were there. There’s a really, really wide paved shoulder that you can pull way off of the interstate and be totally out of the way of traffic so you’re not impeding, you know, the flow of the traffic to and from Atlanta. And we’ve done that. We actually stayed out there one day for a good hour. I think it was and took photos of the planes as they were coming and going and we didn’t get hassled by any of the highway patrol or anything like that.

Liam 30:43 So, um, I honestly don’t know if any, any police officers drove by while we were out there doing that or not. Um, but I would imagine probably one or two did because it’s a heavily traveled road. But uh, you know, like I said, I don’t know if it’s something they would be cool with or not, but it is definitely a lot of fun to get the unique perspective, uh, of a plane as it’s taking off or coming in for a landing that you can only get if you run a direct line with the runway that they’re using. You know, because he, as it goes overhead, you can get shots of the belly of the plane as it’s coming in with the landing gear extended. If it’s one coming in for a landing and well, even if it’s taken off cause the landing gear is going to be down for a certain amount of time after a first takes off, you know, before they retract it.

Liam 31:30 Um, and you can get some really cool, especially if you’ve got a good telephoto Lens, you get some really cool closeups of, you know, the decals and stuff like that on the plane and get good views of the paint scheme and stuff like that, which can be a lot of fun. Uh, if you’re into stuff like that, which I am. Um, but it definitely, like I said, it’ll definitely be interesting to see if any other or airports around the world decided to follow this airport’s lead and offer up these special panels to photographers so that they can more easily take pictures of planes without having to try to shoot through chain link fencing, uh, which if you know anything about photography, shooting through fencing can be a real pain. Um, I’ve seen a lot of people that have tried to shoot, you know, photograph animals at the zoo and stuff through the defensing of their enclosure.

Liam 32:21 And it usually doesn’t throw him out very well. You either have to be lucky to be tall enough that you can shoot over the fencing or um, or take a tripod or monopod that allow you to get up tall enough to be, get your lens of the fencing so that you can get a clean, clear shot on. And then of course if you’re doing that, then you can’t yeah. Age how good your composition is. You know, you can’t see your composition and framing if you’re camera’s above your head when you’re trying to get a photo. But you know, people, people try that all the time, especially with selfie sticks and things like that at different monuments around the world, they can get annoying but will definitely be a, I think it’s definitely a cool idea. And uh, it’ll definitely be interesting to see if other airports follow suit.

Liam 33:10 That is all I have for you this week on episode 21 of the Liam photography podcast, I want to thank my listeners again for subscribing, rating and reviewing an iTunes or anywhere else that you catch this podcasts, which now includes Spotify as well. I’m still trying to get on a Pandora as well as but I haven’t heard back from either of those uh, platforms yet. I don’t even know for sure if they’ll send me a confirmation email if I do get on them, but I keep checking every so often to see if my podcast is showing up on there. And so far, no love, but at least we’re on Spotify as well as iTunes, stitcher, Google play in many others. So I appreciate everybody for listening, subscribing, rating and reviewing like I mentioned a moment ago. And please also check out the Liam photography podcast and you can also join the free Facebook group, Leon photography podcast, Facebook group.

Liam 34:15 I do require that you answer a question to get accepted into the group. The question is simple, who is the host of the show? Which is myself, Liam, all you have to do is put Liam or Liam Douglas. Either one will work fine and you’re in. And I do that to keep down, right? Help eliminate the possibility of bots and the spammers and all of that nasty stuff that we don’t want to put up with. They’re garbage cluttering up our feed. And a, you are welcome to post your own original photos in the podcast group. Uh, just please do not post photos that are not yours. We asked that you only post photographs that you actually took yourself. Don’t share or steal other photographer’s work. And I will see you next time. In Episode 22

Liam Photography Podcast: Episode 20 – Grande Being Sued, Nikon Releases Their EyeAF & More

In this episode I talk about Ariana Grande being sued over posting to Instagram, Nikon releases their 2.0 Firmware with EyeAF, Adobe updates Lightroom with a new Texture Slider and also rename Lightroom Classic CC and Lightroom CC, but there is still name confusion. DJI release their Osmo Action camera as a direct competitor to the GoPro and more in this episode.

Ariana Grande Lawsuit:

Adobe Texture Control

Nikon EyeAF video by Jared Polin, AKA FroKnowsPhoto

DJI Osmo Action

One of my Landscape photos on today’s Tony and Chelsea Live!

Transcription by there may be grammatical errors.

Liam 00:01 Ariana Grande being sued for posting photos of herself on Instagram. DJI unveils the Osmo action to rival the Gopro. Adobe adds a texture control slider to light room and camera raw and Nikon finally releases their firmware, which gives their z six and z seven cameras. Eye Detect autofocus all this and more on episode 20 of the Liam Photography podcast.

Liam 00:58 welcome to the Liam photography podcast. I’m your host Liam Douglas and this is episode 20 I want to thank all the listeners for subscribing, rating, and reviewing and iTunes and any other software that you might be using to listen to this podcast. We appreciate you all so much and appreciate you listening every week to our new episodes, whether they’re just camera news or interviews. We appreciate y’all so much. Be sure to stop by the lamb photography podcast, Facebook group and join so you can stay up on the no and you’re also welcome to post your own photos there. Made sure that they are photos that you took yourself. Do not steal other people’s photos and post them to the group or you will be banned. Everyone is free to join. The group. The only requirement is that you answer a simple question, which is the name of the host of this podcast, which is myself, Liam, and I do that to keep the bots and spammers and advertisers and all that other garbage out of the group so that people can enjoy it more.

Liam 01:57 All right, so let’s get on with episode 20 of the lamb photography podcast. Ariana Grande Day is being sued for posting photos of herself on Instagram. So if you know anything about a little bit of the history with Ariana Grande’s, she’s a pop star I guess. Uh, here in the U S I don’t know a whole lot about her. Um, I only listened to eighties music myself. That was the era I grew up in, but she made headlines a couple of months ago for striking back at what she called greedy photographers with a concert tour or photo contract that demands that she retains full copyright for any photos taken of her at any averse shows and concerts. But now the singer is being sued by a photographer for posting his photos of her without permission on Instagram. So apparently back in August of 2018 the 25 year old grand day posted side by side photos of herself leaving a building while holding a bag displaying word sweetener, which apparently was the name of her fourth studio album.

Liam 03:05 The caption read happy sweetener day, but it turns out those photos were shot by New York based Paparazzi photographer Robert Barbara who says grand aid never asked for or received his permission to publish the shots. Barbara just filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Grind Day yesterday in the US District Court for the southern district district of New York. Barbara is the author of the photographs and has at all times been the sole owner of all right title and interest in and to the photographs, including the copyright there to the lawsuit states Rondae in fringed on his copyright in the photographs by reproducing and publicly displaying the photographs on her Instagram page. And apparently it’s kind of a big deal because I guess she has like 154 million followers just on Instagram. Uh, it says Grand Day is not and has never been licensed or otherwise all authorized to reproduce, publicly displayed, distribute or use his photographs.

Liam 04:09 The photographer is demanding either 25,000 for each of the photos or profits ground a generated from posting it to our 154 million plus followers on Instagram. That post has racked up at least 3 million, 392,000 likes prior to it being taken down. And this is according to the lawsuit. So it’ll be interesting to see how this one plays out in the courts. I’m sure they’ll probably reach some sort of settlement agreement. A lot of times that’s what happens with these kinds of cases. Um, but it is interesting that, you know, I’m, like I said, I don’t know a whole lot about her and I’m not, and I’m not trying to bash or anything, but I mean, I’m sorry, but to me she’s got one heck of an ego thinking that anybody that takes photographs or heard any of her shows or concerts is just going to forfeit all rights to their photos to her.

Liam 04:58 And she can do whatever she wants with them. And people have talked about this on other podcasts and youtube videos and I agree with what a lot of them say, just don’t sign the release. It’s as simple as that. Um, you’d be crazy to give up your rights to your own work. And as somebody who is an artist herself, I think it’s kind of ridiculous for her to expect other artists to surrender their copyrighted works to her. Um, just because she’s a musician. Uh, I just think that’s totally out of whack and she’s definitely off the rails with that, with that whole a concert photography contract that she’s trying to force on, on everybody at all of her shows nowadays. I, the girls got one heck of an ego if you ask me. But like I said, that’s the latest news on the situation with her and it’s like I said, it’s going to be interesting to see how it plays out, but I, I’m assuming that more than likely they’ll reach some sort of settlement outside of court.

Liam 05:58 Uh, I mean it’s possible it could go through the entire court process, but you know, usually people like this, uh, in cases like this, they usually settle them out of court. So I imagine that’s probably what’s going to happen in this case. So the next episode or item I wanted to talk about on this episode is Dji unveils the Osmo action camera to rival the Gopro. So if you know anything about action cameras, of course Gopros, not the only company that makes them, but they’ve been pretty much the top dog ever since they came on the scene. They started the action camera craze, um, and the gentleman that founded a Gopro, a was the surfer himself and he kind of put together what he did. Originally it was, he bought these inexpensive Chinese cameras and then he created his own waterproof housings for them and wrist straps and he sold them to other servers up and down the California coast.

Liam 06:55 And that’s how his company got started. And so he was the first one to create the action camera and the action camera craze. And then of course other people have gotten involved. Sony’s got their align. Other companies have done action cameras, there’s a lot of Chinese knockoffs to the Gopro, but use the same mounts and everything. Um, but Gopro has always been the top dog. And this is really interesting because Dji of course is the top name and drones and drone photography and cinematography a, their drones are used by a Hollywood for a lot of movies and TV shows because it’s a lot cheaper than hiring a crane trucks, um, and having to pay 80, $90,000 a day for a camera truck to follow a, a hero car down streets and stuff like that and shoot the footage from the crane boom or whatever it is on the truck and stuff like that.

Liam 07:47 So a lot of, a lot of studios have gone use the Dji drones for those kind of shots. Uh, too much success. And it saves the studio a ton of money because like I said, the old way with using those boom trucks, you paid 80, $90,000 a day to rent those trucks. And then of course, you had to pay the driver and the camera operator that was in the boom and all that stuff. And nowadays they can go out and buy two or three of the Dji, um, as, um, um, inspire. I think it’s the inspire one drones, um, which are the, uh, the commercial grade drones the Dji makes. And, um, you, you know, a studio can buy three, four, or five of those. I mean, yeah, they’re not cheap or three to 5,000 a piece, but when you’re a multibillion dollar studio, that’s chicken feed, you know, and he could buy four or five of those drones and use them over and over and over again, and you’re still saving a ton of money versus, you know, renting one of those boom trucks and, you know, hiring a driver and a boom operator and all that stuff.

Liam 08:53 And the Nice thing about the commercial d Dji drones is they can actually be set up and controlled with two radio controllers at the same time. So you can have two people, um, working each one of the drones. You can have a person that’s the pilot flying the drone and a separate person who’s the camera operator. Are you using the, the uh, sister remote and, um, so, and I say it like I said, a saves the studios a lot of money. But anyways, I’m getting off track here. So anyways, Dji has announced the Osmo Action Camera, which is a new product that they’re just coming onto the market with and go pro tried to rival Dji drones back in 2016 and I’m sure you might be aware by launching the Dji a Karma. But I mean, I’m sorry, the Gopro Karma, uh, but it wasn’t a very good drown and they ended up having to recall them all because they had a lot of issues.

Liam 09:47 They ended up discontinuing the entire, a Karma drone line in less than two years. So now Dji has decided they’re going to return the favor by releasing their own action camera. And the thing that’s interesting as it looks like it does take a similar amount to the Gopro, if not, um, the same kind of mounting system. So I don’t know if there’s any kind of copyright infringement there. I wouldn’t think so. Uh, I don’t know for sure. But like I said, there’s a lot of Chinese companies that make their own action cameras that are very similar to the Gopro and the mounts are exactly the same, but then again, China does not or anybody else’s intellectual property or trademarks or patents or anything like that. So that’s probably how they’ve been getting away with it. But, um, the thing that’s interesting about the Osmo action camera is the fact that it has two screens.

Liam 10:38 So the Gopro in a way has two screens. It has a touch screen on the back, which you can preview your footage, um, Adrian shooting it or your stills. You can swipe it, uh, to go through the menu and the preferences and all that good stuff. But on the Gopro, and I have a few of the Gopros, the screen on the front is a plain black LCD screen and it generally just shows you what mode you’re in. Um, how many minutes of battery life you have left, how many shots you have electric are doing stills versus videos. And you know, how many minutes of video record time you have left, stuff like that. But the difference with this Osmo action is the screen on the front is a full color selfie screen. So if you’re into using action cameras, you can set up your shots, frame your shots a lot better with the Osmo action camera because the fact that it has a selfie screen on the front of it, it’s full color instead of just the black LCD screen that the Gopro has.

Liam 11:45 So it’s definitely gonna gonna shake up the market quite a bit. And just like the hero seven, the Osmo action does have built in stabilization. And I was, uh, my girlfriend and I were watching Kai Juan’s a video about this camera the other day, I think it was yesterday or the day before on you on his youtube channel. And he demonstrated the builtin stabilization and it does work really, really well. Uh, and in many cases that actually did a better job of stabilizing than the builtin stabilization of the hero seven black. So it’s definitely going to shake up the action camera world. And the other thing that’s interesting is the retail price for the Osmo action is $349. So they’re even selling their camera for 50 bucks less than the GoPro seven black goes for. Although I’m Gopro has done sales on the seven black where you can get a better price on it and stuff like that.

Liam 12:45 You can save some money and made various times, you can get a, you can get a coupon code from them that’s good for like 10 days that you can use on air webstore and save a hundred bucks off the price. So, but it’s definitely going to be interesting now that a Dji has decided to get into the action camera market. And you know, I honestly think he did it too. It’s kind of a slap back to a few Gopro for trying to get into their market with the wood, their failed drone, you know, in the last few years that, you know, that just fizzled out real, real miserably. And of course Dji still dominates the drone market and I don’t think there’s going to be any kind of con serious competition for them anytime soon. There’s a couple of other companies that make, okay. Drones, uh, other Chinese companies because Dji is a Chinese company, um, and their drones are so, so, but uh, you just don’t see people snatching them up like you do the, the Dji Phantom line, especially in the inspire line.

Liam 13:46 Um, those things just sell like hotcakes. It’s, it’s crazy how popular their drones are, but it oh yeah. And Looking, I’m scrolling down the, uh, the article about the Osmo action and that does use the exact same mounting system as the Gopro. So that’s definitely interesting right there. Um, I, like I said, I don’t know if Gopro has that mount, um, copyrighted or trademarked or patented or whatever you want to call it. But, uh, apparently not. And now the Osmo action is slated to hit store shelves on May 22nd. So the, this new drug, uh, Action Camera, I’m sorry, not drunk. This new action camera will be out soon. Um, it is capable of shooting at 10 80 p 30 frames a second. It has dual microphones, a speaker, slow motion, eight x at 10 80 p 240 frames per second or four x at 10 ADP at 120 frames per second.

Liam 14:42 It does time lapse manual exposure and it has and you know, like, uh, like I was saying a minute ago, it has compatibility with a large ecosystem of accessories because it uses a lot of the same third party accessories as the actual Gopro. So it’s definitely gonna make things interesting. Um, it can shoot four K at 60 frames a second just like the, uh, the Gopros, Ken. So it’s definitely going to create some turbulence. I have a feeling in the action camera market. Now. I’ve got some, but I got this information on this action camera, not only from Kai’s video but also from an article on Petty and I will make sure that I include the article, uh, the Pettit Pixel article in the show notes for this episode so that you can check out the demonstration videos that are there from Dji is a youtube channel and you can check us out for yourself.

Liam 15:33 It’s definitely a, an interesting little camera. It’s a great little action. Cameras, fully waterproof and everything, um, without a special housing like the newer, uh, Gopros are. So I think it’s really going to shake up the extra action camera market and it’s going to be interesting to see, um, exactly what this means for Gopro. Because if you know anything about Gopro, they’d been kind of, the company has been kind of dying the last uh, few years, uh, just with some of the crazy stuff, the founder and CEO of the company and financially and some other things he’s done. Uh, their, their stocks took a huge hit and uh, they haven’t been doing a very good job at recovering. So, uh, with this new challenger, with this new camera from Dji, it might be a sounding the desk bell for Gopro. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

Liam 16:24 All right, the next uh, object or item I wanted to get to you in this episode. Now, Adobe recently updated light room. And if you didn’t already know, um, one of the things would light room more recently since they’ve gone to their creative cloud subscription licensing for all of their software, Adobe, that is uh, Adobe made things kind of confusing because they came out with a cloud only version of light room that you could still run on your machine. But it has to be constantly tied to the Internet because it’s a cloud based version of light room. And they decided to name that one Adobe Lightroom cc and the standalone software, which now also has a subscription. Um, you can’t get a, a permanent license key like you could in the old days they called that version Adobe Lightroom classic cc. And it was extremely confusing for everybody because both of them had Lightroom cc in their name so people would get mixed up on which one was the cloud only version, which one was the desktop version that they were used to using.

Liam 17:31 When, you know, when Adobe did the whole cs line, uh, creative suites, you know, one through six and so on and so forth. While with their most recent update, Adobe has decided to rename light room again. So now from what I can see, they are calling the cloud only version of light room, Adobe light room and the standalone program that runs on your desk but still has to talk to the Internet to verify you have a license at least, um, is now called light room classic. So I don’t know if that’s going to help people a whole lot as far as the confusion and that with the similar naming, I’m not sure if that’s going to help her or if it’s going to be just as confusing for a lot of people as it was when it was Lightroom cc and Lightroom classic cc. Um, but they did make that name change recently and the new update, uh, I think it’s eight dot.

Liam 18:29 Three also introduces a new slider control slider in the develop module for both light room and camera rall called the texture control. And this slider is really cool. I’ve actually played around with a little bit. Uh, the Nice thing about this is you can give more emphasis to textures in your images. Um, you can raise the texture, the quality of the texture, or you can take some of the way. In other words, you can, you can, you can modify the intensity of textures in your photos, whether it’s spoilage in a landscape shot or, uh, let’s say, uh, the details and the tires on a race car that you photographed in a NASCAR or formula one race or something like that. And you can also use it with portraits. Um, although I would suggest going very, very easy with using this in portraits or you’re going to end up with some really weird stuff going on in my opinion anyways.

Liam 19:30 I mean, I, I’ve seen in other photographers have talked about seeing, you know, people over process their photos and uh, uh, you know, especially their portraits and the people end up looking like they’re made out of plastic instead of being an actual, you know, flesh and blood human being. Um, but this texture slider is definitely interesting and, and it’s nice to have, it’s a, you know, a new item for the develop module and a loop deck. If you have a loop Jack plus, um, editing keyboard like I do, they just recently released an update for the new version of light room. There a loop deck setup software. Uh, they originally released version two, six two. Dot. Six. Dot. Two yesterday, uh, which was supposed to be for the New Light Room and give you the ability to control the texture slider with one of the dials on the loop deck plus keyboard.

Liam 20:21 Uh, but they made a mistake, um, that they didn’t catch in quality control of their code. Um, so I installed a, the new version of the loopback software and all of a sudden I didn’t have support at all for light room anymore. And it was because when Lupe deck released their update, they forgot about the fact that Adobe had changed the names on light room. And so their software wasn’t looking for the new folder name on Mac or windows. It was looking for the old folder name. So since it wasn’t finding the folder, it just didn’t give you the option to use the, the editing keyboard would light room at all. And I, uh, made Luke deck aware of that on their Facebook page and they were kind enough to, uh, release an update this morning, two dot. Six Dot. Three which fixes the issue in Mac.

Liam 21:11 But as of the time I’m recording this podcast, they have not released to dot six dot. Three for windows, yet I can only assume they’re still working on it. So if you do have a loop deck plus editing keyboard, you cannot update two, two dot six dot three which will give you all of your functionality for the latest updated version of light room, a eight dot three. And you’ll have the ability to control the new texture slider with editing and keyboard. And, uh, you’ll be here, you’ll be a happy editor again. But, uh, so the texture or share similarities with existing controls, the nondestructive tool ranges from minus to plus 100 minus 100 to plus 100. Um, and it’s somewhat between positive clarity and sharpening and on the negative end at something like noise reduction. So it’s, it’s similar to those other tools but gives you more control.

Liam 22:07 Uh, the sharpening works on the high frequency, quote unquote high frequency areas of a photograph, uh, the edges and find details, texture targets, the mid frequency areas. Um, so like I said, if you have a landscape photo in which you’d like more definition and some shrubs, uh, jacking up sharpening all the way causes noise in the photo to overwhelm the extra detail that you get. But if you turn up texture all the way, certain details or enhanced while noise is largely unaffected. So that is definitely a, a bit of a game changer for those of us that are using light room. Um, and I will post a link to the article about, uh, the texture slider, a also for pet pixel where you can see some demonstrations, uh, that light or our Adobe has released with this, uh, where you can see the before and after with using the, uh, the uh, texture slider and poor crits landscapes and things like that.

Liam 23:05 And it’s really cool. Uh, there’s also a testing out the new Adobe light room slider texture video, um, at the bottom of that article. So you can, you can play back that video and watch that as well. And I think that that’s pretty cool and something that a lot of people are, are probably going to enjoy in their editing, especially if, like I said, if you’re a light room user, which a lot of people are like, rooms still wanted the most popular if not the most popular, um, editing photo editing software on the market. And there are some other really good ones out there, lumen, uh, especially with version three of women are and I think they just updated the yesterday. Uh, they added libraries and some other features that you have in light room as matter of fact. Luminaires kind of cool because in many ways it’s like a combination of light room Photoshop because unlike light room and luminar you can do layers and stuff like that.

Liam 24:01 Um, where on the Adobe side you have to go take your photo from Lightroom to Photoshop to do layers and then save it back into light room. So that has definitely, uh, definitely some new and interesting things for, for everybody to using a light room. And I think you’ll enjoy the texture slider. I know I have, I’ve only played around with it a little bit, but I think it’s really, really cool. Now, the last item I wanted to talk about in this episode is Nikon has officially released the firmware update for their z six and z seven. Meryl is full frame cameras, which now you have those two cameras. The ability to have I detect auto focus and it’s okay. Uh, Jared Poland, uh, released a video to his youtube this morning on how well it works and he compared it to Sony and Canon by using the three cameras set up side by side on tripods with a Atomos recorders tied into him too.

Liam 24:59 You could see exactly what’s going on directly through the viewfinder of the camera. And he recorded, he did a great job of this video. The, the big takeaways are that Nikons, I detect autofocus. It works fairly decent. It’s nowhere as near as good as Sonys of course. And, and neither is Canon’s for that matter on the Eos are, um, but it works halfway decent. Uh, the autofocus system does tend to get confused. Um, if a person turns away from the camera so that the I detect auto focus can no longer attract their eyes or they move out of the frame and come back and you could see all listened Jerrod’s video. Uh, I’ll put a link to that in the show notes as well. Jared does a great job of demonstrating, um, are, are showing his viewers how the I detect auto focus works and how it stacks up to Sony and cannons.

Liam 25:52 Uh, but it does, if the person moves out of the frame and then back into the frame, the autofocus system, we’ll sometimes get confused and it’ll stay locked on an object that’s in the background and not go back to the person when they come back into the frame. Um, it does work from a greater distance away from the camera than canons currently does. A Sony still works by far for much further away from the camera than anybody else’s of course, because Sony has had the technology for a lot longer. So of course there’s is more ironed out and more perfected. But this is a really, really good start to the, I detect auto focus for Nikon. So they, you know, they finally gotten to the party. They got there later than everybody else, but they did get to the party and their first version of, I detect auto focus does work halfway and um, I can only expect that they’re going to make massive improvements to it as time goes forward.

Liam 26:50 You know, with new firmware updates, uh, down the road, I’m sure both Canon and Nikon, we’ll make massive improvements to their, I detect autofocus. Uh, the new firmware version is too. Dot. Oh, just to let you know that you can go over to Nikon support site on Nikon USA website and download the update now the Nikon, um, just like the canons, it’s really quick and easy to do a firmware update. You download the firmware, our file for your camera model, whether it’s the six or the seven, and you just copy the file into the root of your SD card, pop the SD card into the camera, go through the menu to the firmware section in the menu. Tell it you want to update to a new firmware. It’ll check the SD card and we’ll see the new file. It’ll say, this is the version you have.

Liam 27:36 Is this the version you’re going to go to? You confirm and, and it does the install, uh, which is the same way Canada does things. I’ve never done a firmware update on a Sony, but I know, uh, from Jared talking about in his video and Tony a Northrop as well, talking about in videos, I guess on Sony Cameras, a firmware update is a real bear. It can be extremely difficult to pull off, uh, just because they don’t have a straightforward, simple and easy way to do it like Canon and Nikon do. So Canon and Nikon definitely had the leg up on Sony when it comes to implementing firmware updates. Now in addition to adding I detection to the aff for detecting and tracking subject’s eyes, it cameras are also getting improved. Autofocus performance in low light from minus one to minus two eve in the z seven minus two to minus 3.5 EDB on the z six and minus four Eby to minus six e v on the z six in low light a f mode.

Liam 28:38 Now one of the catches and well on the Nikon with using the IDA tech auto focus is you have to have area autofocus turned on. So in other words, unlike the Canon and the Sony, you can’t use a single AAF point. And I detect auto focus together. A Nikon does not allow that. You have to have all out of focus points enabled in order to be able to, um, enable the, I detect auto focus, which I think is kind of a crappy way to, to deploy it. But like I said, it’s a start and one can only assume that in a future version of the firmware they’ll give you more control, uh, with being able to use a single point, autofocus point and still use the, I detect auto focus at the same time. We’ll have to wait and see if that does flesh out that way.

Liam 29:27 In a future version a, the, I detect aff for still photography is highly anticipated feature that detects and focuses on humanize and both AFS and AFC using the auto area f mode only when the eyes and multiple subjects are detected, the multiselect or, or some selector can be used to select the eye upon which the cameras should focus. This is coming from Nikon. This enables precise focus on the eye of the intended individual even when looking through the electronic view finder. Now one thing that you will see, and Jared Polin Aka fro knows photos, a video as a, that the, I detect autofocus box on the icons a bit larger than it is on the Sony. And when Canon did their firmware update, their last one, uh, go on to, uh, I think it was one dot two. Dot Zero from Um, Dannon actually gave you the option has smaller autofocus boxes.

Liam 30:29 You could, you have the normal size, which was larger than a smaller size, which is what I prefer on the Nikon. You can’t do that. There are, there are auto focus boxes are a bit bigger and a coordinated Jareds testing. And his video, one of the downsides of that is the, I detect autofocus, we’ll frequently lock onto the subjects eye lashes instead of their eye. Um, so they do still have some, some bugs and issues that they’ve got to flesh out in that, but I’m sure, you know, in a future firmware update, it’s going to be, you know, they’re good. They’ll get things more ironed out just like Gannon. Well, and it’s not going to be too long before Nikon. And so our canon will be able to give Sony a real run for their money on the, I detect autofocus side. We’ll have to wait and see.

Liam 31:14 Uh, like I said right now, Sony is the king when it comes to that, but the other two are actually in the party now and so it’s Fuji. Fuji does have a, I detect auto focus as well and some of their cameras. So it’s definitely going to be interesting to see how this goes. You know, how things go moving forward. But it definitely makes things a lot greater for all of those of us. The enjoy photography, whether you’re doing it as a hobby or as a paid professional, uh, the more useful technology and tools you can have in your camera, the better it is for everybody. Right. I did have one other item I wanted to talk about on this week’s episode and it almost completely slipped my mind. Um, and it is a little bit exciting. Uh, Janice and I, as I was out doing my real estate photography and we were riding in the car today, we were watching the, a youtube video for Tony and Chelsea Northrop’s live show that they do every Thursday at 4:00 PM on Youtube.

Liam 32:11 And they were critiquing landscape photography this week. And I had actually submitted one of my photographs that I shot back in 2014 of a sunrise on Tybee island, Georgia with the sun coming up over the Atlantic Ocean. And the photo has been really popular on Getty images. I’ve sold about 800 copies of it the last couple of years, um, which I’m, I’m pretty proud of and I was really stoked that they actually chose my photo is of the ones that they critiqued on their youtube channel today. So I’ll also put the link in the show notes to the, a segment of their video where they’re looking at my photographs from talking about it and, uh, my listeners can check it out for themselves. All right, so that is all I wanted to talk about in this episode of the podcast, the Liam photography podcast, episode 20. I want to thank all of my listeners again for subscribing, rating, and reviewing and iTunes or wherever else you may be listening to us from. And that includes Spotify. And I will see you next time. In episode 21