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PPN - Photo Podcast Network is your podcast feed for photography inspiration, education, and entertainment. 

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Marco Larousse (founder, producer and show host)
Scott Bourne (founder and show host)

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Mar 8, 2018

Q&A about square filters, real portrait lenses, and watermarks


This is the PPN - Q&A podcast episode #10 for March 2018.


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Here are the questions that Marco answers in this episode:


  1. Hi Marco, I really love the 4 different photography shows and enjoy your diverse selection of photographer guests. I have a question regarding the online presentation of my images. I think that I have heard you say, that you are a fan of putting a watermark on your photos when you share them online. Other photographers say that they don’t put a watermark on their images because it destroys the optical esthetics and the copyright info is in the metadata of the image already. I’m really in between two fences here and would like to get your take on it. Thank you!

Question from: Danielle, Sydney, Australia

  1. Hi PPN Team, my project for 2018 is to start to become a serious portrait photographer. I use a Fuji X-T2 and have the XF 14mm f2.8, XF 23mm f2, and XF 35mm f1.4 lens so far. I’m looking at buying a real portrait lens and I’m in between the XF 56mm f1.2 and the XF 90mm f2. I’ve heard that both are optically very good, but which focal length would be better? Thanks for all the shows!

Question from: Sandro, Toronto, Canada


  1. You’ve talked about the advantages and disadvantages of variable ND filters in your last Q&A show #9. This has convinced me to go with standard ND filters for my purpose (mainly landscape and long exposure Photography). But now I would like to piggyback on the question and ask if I should buy round screw on filters or rather the large square sliding filters?

Question from: Michelle, San Diego, California


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Haida 100mm NanoPro MC Circular Polarizer

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Haida 100mm Solid Neutral Density 3.0 Filter (10-Stop)

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Haida 100mm NanoPro MC Soft Edge Graduated ND 0.9 (3-Stop)

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