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@example.com.
This episode we have an exclusive interview with Chris Coe, founder of the Travel Photographer of the Year competition. Now in its 19th year, Chris talks us through the contest’s successes, a challenging but rewarding year in the face of the global pandemic, his own photography projects, and a new venture designed to inspire and educate photographers to shoot better travel images. And if you’re thinking of entering the 2021 competition, which is open now, there’s also some great advice on what works – and what doesn’t – in travel photography.
Also this episode, join the Photography News team as they dive into such diverse topics as: the botanical thrills of flower photography; choosing the right camera kit to take on your holidays; the benefits of in-camera sensor cropping; how to handle your memory cards the smart way; whether or not you need to add grip tape to your gear; and how many photography bags you can own before it looks weird. Phew!
Plus, Photography News’s Editor, Will, reveals his favourite inkjet papers for home printing, with glowing reviews on high-quality stocks from the likes of Epson, Fotospeed, Hahnemuhle, Innova and Permajet. And to top it all off, our resident experts at mpb.com deal out some vital tips for one lucky reader who’s outgrown their Canon compact and is looking to upgrade to a fully fledged DSLR.
We’re just a couple of weeks away from the longest day of the year in the UK, so what better time to give you a full 24 hours of photo ideas? The PN team talks you through different subjects and techniques that you can tackle from sunrise to sunset and even the darker bits in between if you feel that way inclined. Why not get a bunch of photo friends together and indulge in a 24-hour orgy of picture taking to celebrate?
Away from this photography frenzy, the latest launches from Nikon and Olympus are discussed, while editor Will reveals which unusual accessory he’s been using to help make it easier to capture great macro images. The thorny issue of drone usage is covered by one of our listener questions, plus do you need to get cameras and lenses serviced? One of the team also admits to (and attempts to justify) what can only be described as an alarming level of tripod ownership – place your bets as to who that might be!
It’s all about the new gear this episode, as we delve into Sigma’s brand-new full-frame fp L body, as well as running a critical eye over the 2021’s coveted TIPA awards. To find out about the 61mp fp L we went straight to the horse’s mouth via an exclusive interview with Tim Berry, Media and Marketing Manager at Sigma Imaging UK. So, to find out about Sigma’s high hopes for the new model and what the PN team see as its main selling points, dive in now.
Photography News is an active member of TIPA, the Technical Image Press Association, so the mag plays an important role in deciding the winners of its yearly awards. Will, Roger and Kingsley talk through some of the winners, as well as explaining what the Association stands for and how the winning gear is chosen.
Elsewhere, there’s plenty of technique talk as the team has been out and about on all sorts of photo projects – with varying degrees of success and personal trauma, of course. Kingsley hires a super telephoto lens to tackle elusive spring wildlife, Will has a smashing time at a steam railway open day and Roger uses his camera skills to turn gloomy Cambridgeshire into sunny Spain for an afternoon’s product shoot.
Also in this episode you’ll find advice from the experts at mpb.com about buying a ‘proper’ video camera, tips on using the classical Golden Ratio for better composition, and an overview of the masses of lens options available to Micro Four Thirds users.
With the weather getting warmer, the skies bluer and the fields greener, we thought it was high time we dispensed some invaluable landscape lessons on The Photography News Podcast. Whether you’re an old hand at scenics, or taking your first steps into the – ahem – field, we’re on hand to give you ideas, advice and inspiration that will help you get better results. Amongst other things, the team discusses how to get the best shots no matter what lens you have on your camera, whether you need to walk miles to get great images and cover techniques for capturing panoramas by combining multiple images.
Elsewhere in episode 24 Will divulges a great location to photograph bluebells and the techniques to use once you get there, Kingsley goes retro searching for a lens for his six-megapixel Epson camera and Roger explains a technique that will help you see familiar scenes in a whole new way.
Meanwhile, our experts at MPB help one reader decide on which macro lens to buy, we reveal which members of the Photography News team insure their camera gear and which – sharp intake of breath – don’t, plus the editor is taken to task over his infatuation with megapixel counts on cameras.
With the weather warming up and the natural world bursting into life, it’s the perfect time to capture great close-ups and macro. Yes, this episode, the Photography News team leaps into the undergrowth – though thankfully not in a Land of the Giants style, or we’d all be immediately swatted by a 50ft cat. But if you think that means a serene and scientific discussion on the merits of macro, think again. Sparks fly as the team clashes over what lenses you need, what techniques to use, and whether it’s actually worth shooting a fork.
Away from macro, Roger finally opens his wallet for a Fujifilm X-E4, Will gets out and about with the Canon EOS M50 Mark II and the Tamron 70-300mm, while Kingsley rediscovers the joys of hybrid shooting, with a stills and video project on his Nikon Z 7II.
Also this episode, we tackle the question of digital manipulation – how far should you push your image editing and where do the team each draw the line with their own work? Photo accessories are also up for discussion, so listen in to find out what gear we can’t do without.
With further lockdown easing on the horizon and the imminent return of the Rule of Six, it is the perfect time to get back to capturing portraits. Whether you’re going to be seeing friends or family for the first time in a while, you should mark the occasion by taking some photographs, so who better than the Photography News team to give you tips, advice and inspiration to create memories that matter? Will, Kingsley and Roger discuss their respective photographic approaches to portraiture, explain how to deal with reluctant subjects and give their thoughts on the kit you need to get great results.
Diving deeper into episode 22 of The Photography News Podcast reveals how much Roger dislikes back button focusing, how Kingsley has spent more time reading instruction manuals than taking pictures and how Will uses wool and felt as part of his exhaustive process to review cameras for the magazine.
Meanwhile, our friendly experts at MPB dispense handy lens advice to help one reader get closer to birds, while the team also advise a full-frame user on his switch to mirrorless and have a surprisingly spirited discussion about their favourite gadget bags.
Warning: this episode could seriously improve your chances of buying the right gear!
With the prestigious reader-voted Photography News Awards just announced, the PN team picks over this year’s choices. Which cameras, lenses and accessories made the grade and did the team agree with all of the readers’ votes? There’s also a glimpse into the kit-obsessed brain of PN Editor, Will, who reels off his own Editor’s Choice Awards like a man drunk on power and armed with an inexhaustible credit card.
Elsewhere we look back at this year’s virtual instalment of The Photography Show and there’s reaction to Nikon’s announcement of its flagship professional mirrorless camera, the Z 9: what’s already known about the new camera and what do we expect it to excel at?
In other news, the team has been out and about – as much as possible – with new camera gear: Will testing the amazing Fujifilm GFX100S, Roger enjoying his petite new Fujifilm X-E4, and Kingsley trying out all manner of old Nikon F mount lenses on the Nikon Z 7II.
And with the impending end of lockdown, this episode also contains top tips on packing the right gear for your next photo holiday, what you can shoot on a 24-hour photo project, and some timely advice on making the most of family photos.
The weather is warmer and the days longer, so that means it’s time to start photographing spring flowers. The last two weeks has seen daffodils, snowdrops and crocuses bursting into life around the country, so the team discuss tips and techniques to help you get great results. Kingsley, Will and Roger talk about optimum weather and lighting conditions, plus cover off composition, kit and pitfalls to avoid. It’s blooming marvellous advice if we say so ourselves!
Elsewhere on episode 20 of The Photography News Podcast, Kingsley reveals breathtaking geographical ineptitude as he confuses north Wales with west Sussex, Will reveals what he got up to on Valentine’s Day and Roger gears up for a new camera purchase.
Our experts also wrestle reader questions into submission by discussing the relative merits of Fujifilm’s X-E4 and what you should look for when buying a monitor, while the guys at MPB are on hand with some macro lens advice.
We’ve had not one, but two major camera launches in the last couple of weeks, so the PN team sit down to discuss the Fujifilm GFX100S and Sony A1 in detail. What are the standout features? What does some of the technology mean? Do you actually need all that they have on offer? Will, Roger and Kingsley are on hand to answer all of these questions and more, plus they reveal which of the two cameras they would buy (assuming they had the money, of course!)
Elsewhere on episode 19 of The Photography News Podcast, the team reveal their latest photo exploits, which include buying an alarming amount of glycerin, getting to grips with a new camera and narrowly avoiding a trip to A&E while out ‘enjoying’ the snowy conditions.
Our experts also tackle the thorny subjects of whether you should calibrate your computer monitor and which filters you should buy first.
With the recent inclement weather and no sign of the lockdown lifting, you need some indoor photo ideas to keep your shutter finger active and the PN team are only too happy to oblige! Roger, Will and Kingsley discuss a wide range of ideas that you can try indoors, most of which won’t even need you to spend any money. From blood painting (not as gruesome as it may sound) to intentional camera movement and more, there’s plenty to sink your creative teeth into.
Elsewhere on episode 18 of The Photography News Podcast, the team discuss the relative merits (or otherwise) of taking pictures in the snow, the best sunrise ever and there’s a surprisingly heated discussion about camera straps.
The team also offer tips on light painting and tripod buying, while the second-hand experts at MPB offer advice to a reader who wants to invest in a new system – will they go mirrorless or DSLR?
A new year is the ideal time to consider starting a photo project, so the PN team get together to discuss ideas for projects, how to pick a theme and why they’re so good for your photography. Will, Kingsley and Roger also reveal their own projects they’ll be working on in the new year – along with details of how you can follow their progress.
Elsewhere on episode 17 of the Photography News podcast, the team discuss the photographs they’ve managed to capture despite the latest national lockdown, Kingsley explains how he’s managed to injure himself (again) in the pursuit of an image and Will reveals why he’s been using the ‘Dutch pour’ in his photography. It’s not as rude as it sounds.
The team also tackles the thorny subject of whether you should be shooting JPEG or Raw, plus explain ways for mirrorless photographers to get more shots out of single battery charge.
Join the Photography News team for an epic Christmas podcast special where we take stock of an extraordinary year and all that it’s meant for our photography.
Will, Roger and Kingsley talk about what changes 2020 has seen in their shooting styles, whether they’ve done more less photography, what have been their project highlights of the year, what cameras, lenses and accessories they’d like to find in their Christmas stockings – and most importantly what photographic learnings they’re going to take into 2021.
And as the PN star trail challenge reaches its twinkling climax, the team deal out some handy real-world technique tips on how to – and how not to – photograph the swirling heavens. How should you use an intervalometer? What about manual exposure settings? How do you make trails clearer or less distinct to suit your compositions? It’s all here to discover.
There’s also some top info from our friends at MPB on which mirrorless camera models to consider if you’re moving on from using a DSLR, and to top it all off, PN editor Will suggests the best way to round off 2020 with your pictures.
The latest episode of The Photography News Podcast is a 50-minute extravaganza of advice and inspiration to help you get the most from your photography.
Cold weather, fog and high winds all sound like perfect reasons to stay indoors and polish your camera gear but, as Will, Kingsley and Roger discuss, it’s a great time to be out and about taking photographs. They talk about techniques to try, locations to head to and share first-hand experiences of how they’ve got good shots when the weather gods appear to have been against them. You’re sure to look at inclement weather in a whole new way!
The team also reveals the successes (and failures) of their recent night-time challenge, try to find an answer to one of the biggest photographic questions of all, discuss their image storage choices, while editor Will explains a simple technique that you can try on every photograph you take.
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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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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