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The Photography News Podcast

Welcome to the Photography News podcast! Every other week, editor Will Cheung and other members of the PN team will be sitting down to share our thoughts on the biggest and latest news stories from the world of photography, offer up technique and advice, and much more. If you’d like to get involved and have your say, email your questions, requests or stories to [email protected].


#14 Learn to master the dark arts! - November 24th, 2020

The latest episode of The Photography News Podcast is packed to the rafters with advice and inspiration to help you get the most from your photography.

With daylight hours reducing as we head into winter, it seemed like the perfect time to discuss shooting at night, which presents its own unique set of challenges. Will, Kingsley and Roger talk about what to shoot, when, as well as covering off must-have kit (both photographic and otherwise) and all-important safety considerations. The team also set themselves a night-time challenge, which you’re welcome to get involved in too.

Elsewhere on the podcast, we discuss sensor cleaning; is it best to do it yourself or leave it to a professional? Get advice from the guys at MPB on which wide-angle zoom lens makes a great second-hand buy and discover the best way to capture dogs on the run.

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#13 Portrait lighting and inspirational interviews - November 10th, 2020

The lucky 13 episode The Photography News Podcast is here!

This time around, we discuss lighting for portraits – should you be using available light, flash or a combination of the two, plus the team reveal their go-to lighting set-ups when it comes to getting good results. As we head into a second national lockdown, the strain is clearly starting to show on Kingsley who gets all argumentative about shooting film, while Will reveals why he’s been talking to mushrooms and other inanimate objects…

Elsewhere, Roger shares the secrets to getting your photographic mojo back and we answer listener questions, which includes passing on inspirational advice from some of the biggest names in photography, past and present.

Joe McNally 30 Speedlite set up: youtu.be/E9eDJtDfn9s?t=2710

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#12 Used kit with MPB CEO Matt Barker - October 27th, 2020

In the latest episode of The Photography News Podcast, we speak to Matt Barker, CEO of online used equipment retailer MPB. He talks about how MPB is changing the world of second-hand gear and shares some fascinating insights into the way the company works, including revealing some of the more unusual items it’s offered for sale. If you plan to buy some new gear in the forthcoming weeks and months, you can’t afford to miss it!

Also, the team discuss techniques for getting great images in inclement weather, Roger has an existential crisis about picture taking, Kingsley reports back on shooting with the new Fujifilm X-S10 and Will sets fire to flowers in the name of art. Honest.

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#11 Get your best-ever autumn shots! - October 13th, 2020

This time out, the Photography News team explores the thrill of autumnal photography and how to get the best out of your woodland and landscape shoots at this time of year. Which lenses do the team recommend? Where will you find the best autumn colours? How should you approach these seasonal subjects? What other kit is vital for success? And most important, should you ‘garden’? It’s all there in episode 11 to find out.

Elsewhere, Roger laments never having a camera with him when he needs one, Kingsley discovers perilous new highs and lows in the Peak District, and Will chases the moon down the A14. There are also tips on how to get more from your most-visited locations, what accessories you need to improve your macro photography and the most important piece of tripod technique advice you’ll ever hear.

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#10 The age of the superzoom? - September 14th, 2020

In this latest episode of The Photography News Podcast, the team explores a wide range of popular photo subjects with extra audible intrigue supplied via Will’s recent brush with a dentist and Kingsley’s Devon-speed internet connection which makes him sound drunk.

Away from the novocaine, Will has been out and about with two new lenses – Fujifilm’s groundbreaking XF50mm f/1.0 R WR and Tamron’s versatile 28-200mm f/2.8-5.6 Di III RXD – so the team also chats about the different advantages of zoom and prime lenses, why superzooms are much better than they used to be and what owning one can bring to your photography.

There are also print exhibition tips from Will, with plenty of thoughts on how and where to show off your pictures; some expert macro photography tips from special guest-star Annie; and some tips on creating better landscape panoramas as well as how your approach to panoramic compositions needs to alter from regular framing.

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#9 Join the (ink)jet set! - August 21st, 2020

Find out what the Photography News team have been up to this month, as we take you on a whistle-stop tour of bleak and boggy landscape photography, vibrant macro studies of insects, and the pains of a commercial dog shoot. Yes, Roger, Will and Kingsley have plenty to say on all matter photographic – and some of it is even worth listening to!

In Episode 09 we also discuss the joys of home inkjet printing. So to get the inside track on what’s new from industry leaders Epson as Will chats to product specialist Dominic Gurney, and find out not only how to improve your prints, but why you should be printing in the first place, hit play now.

There’s new kit chat as well, with the PN team picking over the recently announced Nikon Z 5 mirrorless full-frame camera kit, and Canon’s brace of super-telephoto f/11 prime lenses for its cutting-edge mirrorless EOS-R cameras.

#8 Desert island photo kits! - July 22nd, 2020

Imagine you were stranded on a desert island with only eight bits of photographic gear, a book and a luxury item – what would you choose? And what would be the one thing you’d save from the waves? 

In this episode, the Photography News team take this completely original idea – that in no way relates to Roy Plumley’s quintessential radio series – and make their own photo kit choices. So, to find out what Will, Roger and Kingsley picked, click play now and get set for some surprising picks.  

Also in this episode: 

  • Find out how to get your photo-mojo back after lockdown
  • Learn the best ways to shoot from the hip when tackling street and candid photography
  • Get some pro tips on shooting portrait and action shots of dogs
  • and find out why a polariser is the filter that can really change your photography

 

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#7 Best-ever camera lenses, past and present - July 7th, 2020

If you could only shoot with one lens for the rest of your days, what would it be? Would it be a prime or zoom lens? A wide-angle, a telephoto, or something in the middle?

This episode, the Photography News team discuss their favourite ever lenses. Will, Roger and Kingsley take a trip down memory lane to the glass that made a difference to their photography, and they wonder which lenses they couldn’t do without on their DSLRs and CSCs today.

With the great outdoors back on the photo menu, there are also some top tips from the team on how to plan your next landscape shoot, as well as timely thoughts on the joy of getting back into family portrait photography after the lifting of lockdown.

What’s more, the PN team take a tour of the best Raw editing software for photographers, and dole out some expert advice on not getting yourself killed when you get back to shooting in the big wide world. Trust us, and you’ll find out how to avoid death by cliffs, water, snow and gendarmes.

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#6 Landscape Special with Charlie Waite - June 22nd, 2020

Join The Photography News Podcast team for a landscape photography special, including an exclusive interview with Charlie Waite, the master of scenic shots and founder of Landscape Photographer of the Year!

Charlie talks about his passion for shooting landscapes in the UK and beyond, his influences – including what he learnt from the great Ansel Adams – how to get more from your own camera and how to take more enjoyment from your photography, whatever your subject.

Will, Roger and Kingsley also discuss shooting landscapes in all types of light, how using the right filters can help and what a good-quality tripod can bring to your scenic shots.

 

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#5 Astrophotography, long exposures & back-button focusing - May 29th, 2020

It’s a jam-packed episode this week as the Photography News team rattles through a variety of subjects. Kingsley kicks things off with some deep sky astrophotography after finding out it’s a tough subject to crack. He and Will are long exposure experts, though, and have some great advice on the subject.

Elsewhere, Roger is a die-hard shutter-release button focuser, but Will and Kingsley make the case for back-button focusing. There’s also talk of sunset shooting, lockdown lifting, camera modification and stills vs video, rounded out with this week’s reader questions.

#4 Self-portraits, photo competitions & best advice ever - May 8th, 2020

The results of last week’s self-portrait challenge are in, and we think you’ll be thoroughly pleased with the results. With the possibility of freedom on the horizon, Will, Kingsley and Roger discuss the first places they’ll go and what they plan to shoot.

Our knowledgable trio also answer some reader questions, during which, they cover current camera collections, advise how best to approach photography competitions and share the best pieces of photographic wisdom they’ve ever heard.

#3 Lockdown shooting projects, best-ever DSLRs & massive name dropping - April 24th, 2020

This time out, the Photography News team drop yet more creative shooting ideas for you to enjoy at home, with flatlays, smoke patterns and self portraits all on the menu. And we even get outside for five minutes, while somehow evading arrest.

Your resident experts, Will Cheung, Roger Payne and Kingsley Singleton, also talk real-world macro photography, the perils of high-resolution sensors, photo-themed TV, films and books to inspire you – and nominate their best-ever SLRs and DSLRs, including iconic camera models from Nikon and Canon.

Plus there are special guest appearances from Annie Leibovitz, Don McCullin, Sebastião Salgado, and Alfred Hitchcock. Ansel Adams eat your heart out.

#2 Old gear & more at-home shooting - April 10th, 2020

In episode two of The Photography News Podcast, Will, Kingsley and Roger return. On the menu this time: more at-home photography tips, including shooting star trails out of the window, product photography in the bath and a bit of flash advice.

Elsewhere, the trio talk sorting and selling old gear, photographing bubbles and oils and editor Will’s chopstick makes another surprise appearance.

#1 At-home tips & our favourite cameras ever - March 27th, 2020

In the inaugural episode of The Photography News Podcast, editor Will Cheung, contributing editor Kingsley Singleton and editorial director Roger Payne sit down to talk about indoor projects, favourite cameras of all time and more.

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