The first Fotobug podcast of 2017! In recet news, Sony is reportedly developing a sensor with a built-in polarizing filter.
Jim and Fred look into the crystal ball and give their best predictions about the photo industry for 2017. Will On1 RAW be the next Photoshop? What will happen with Gopro- will they finally get their act together next year? How many new UAVs will DJI release next year and what kind of developments will they bring to the Drone market for photograohers? Does the Tamron 150-600mm lens beat the Sgma 150-600mm? Who has the best 90mm macro - Sigma or Tamron? Will Sony release the new high speed sensor and who will take advantage of it? What new development in smart phone photography come about next year? Jim and Fred take a stab at these and more predictions. We would love for your feedback - what do you think? Contact us via email, comments here, or via our Facebook page!
On his trip out west in September, Jim found a great slot canyon in Page arizona, near Antelope Canyon. Secret Canyon! It is located on a Navajo reservation and their is only one outfitter that takes photographers to the canyon - https://www.hummeradventures.net/. Although a bit more expensive than Antelope, they limit photography groups to six people so you pretty much have the slot canyon to yourself. Up to 100 people per hour go through Antelope. In addition, you get a rather fun and interesting Hummer ride to the canyon! Highly recommend1
Coming up February 24, 25, 26 is the Tampa Bay Photo Shootout - http://www.thephotoshootout.com. Sign up now!
Welcome to 2017!
Dec 25th, 2016 by fotobug
Happy Holidays to everyone!
In recent photography news, the Freedom of the Press Foundation wants encryption to be built into cameras or memory cards to protect sources in case of theft, a Kickstarter project for Hitch Hiker, a new tripod head design is now active, the original Canon 7D has a firmware update available, Yahoo had a security breach which effects 1 billion users, Engineers are working on new sensors capable of recording even higher sppeds (up to 1 million fps), and even more on this episode of The Fotobug.
Jim and Fred review the new Rollocam (www.rollocam.com) which is the world's smallest camera dolly. Yet, it can handle a camera up to 10 pounds! The dolly works great for cell phones and action cameras, but will handele a DSLR as well. If you are into video, this might be an item to consider! The Rollercam not only does real-time movement, but also can be used for time lapse squences, though it doesn't trigger the camera. Jim had a couple of issues with the unit - the battery connector seems quite frail and the top speed of the unit seems a bit slow. Jim also reports that customer service was outstanding! There are 3 different packages available priced from $149 to $249 and there are also dolly tracks available. For complete information, check out the podcast!
Please check out the latest video on www.thefotobug.net to see if GoPro cameras can withstand an extended dip into liquid nitrogen!
The date for the Tampa Bay Photo Shootout (www.thephotoshootout.com) has been changed to the last weekend in February in Clearwater, Florida. Come join us and best to sign up now so you don't get shut out of your favorite workshop.
On the next podcast, Jim will show off information about Secret Canyon, a slot canyon in Arizona near Antelope Canyon and Jim and Fred will give their photography predictions for 2017. Don't miss it!
Dec 11th, 2016 by fotobug
We will continue our coverage of Cuba in the curernt podcast as well as a review of Alpine Labs Pulse.
In recent news, Chronos is raising funds for a new high speed camera and Jim and Fred show off a sample vidoe taken with with a prototype. $3000 required to reserve one of your own! Pogocam is a camera that attaches to the frames of your glasses! A Nikon 1 sold at auction recently for over $400,000. GoPro has announced layoffs and cutbacks and have released the Karma grip unbundled from the Karma Drone. Canon has filed a patent for a curved sensor!
Jim shows off more footage from his recent trip to Cuba. There are now regular commercial flights from the US to Cuba as well as cruise ships. Cuba ia a wonderful place for photography and a great place to chase elusive images! To wrap up the podcast, Jim and Fred include a review of the Pulse from Alpine Labs. https://alpinelaboratories.com -just $99. The Pulse is a blue tooth remote camera controller - watch the podcast to see what all it can do!
The dates fior the Tampa Bay Photo Shootout have cahanged to February 24, 25 and 26. More information and registration is at www.thephotoshootout.com - hope to see you there!
Nov 27th, 2016 by fotobug
Jim just returned from a photography workshop in Cuba, just prior to the recent death of Fidel Castro which occured after this episode was taped. Don't miss the interview with pulitzer prize winning photographer, Essdras Suarez!
In recent news, Adobe is developing technology to easily replace skies in photo images and make them look realistic. DxO has announced a full RAW processing workflow to its iPhone DxO ONE camera. Serif has announced the availability of Affinity Photo for Windows beta which everyone can download right now. GoPro is recalling its Karma drone after a few lost power during flight and is offering a Hero 5 camera to USA owners who return their drone. Canadian filmmakers were caught roaming the thermal area of the Prismatic spring and have pled not-guilty. DJI has released several new UAVs including an upgrade of the Phantom 4.
Jim just returned from Cuba and visited Havana, Cienfuegos and Trinidad. The workshop leader, Essdras Suarez, is a two time Pulitzer prize winning photographer who helped the group with street photography. In addition, Essdras is part of a group that have established a new online method to share photos and a method to improve your photographic skills. The IOS and Android app is Millioneyez and the website is www.millioneyez.com. Check it out and be sure to listen to the interview with Essdras! More coming in upcoming podcasts about Cuba!
Jim also shows off the new Pulse from Alpine Labs and will do a full review in an upcoming podcast. This could make a great Christmas gift or stocking stuffer!
Be sure to save the dates March 3-5 for the Tampa Bay Photo Shootout! www.thephotoshootout.com
Nov 13th, 2016 by fotobug
Before attending The Black Hills Photo Shootout this year, Jim visited several national parks and monuments in the western states. Jim is currently traveling in Cuba and so we present a look at Saguaro National Park in Tucson Arizona. In addition, Jim meets up and interviews Mike "Sparky" Pendergast who has appeared on the podcast several times in the past and has posted some amazing lightning images.
Stay tuned for future podcasts for more national parks as well as photo travel to Cuba and reviews of exciting new products such as Alpine Labs Pulse, Rollocam, and more!
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Oct 30th, 2016 by fotobug
Welcome to podcast 168 of The Fotobug! In recent news, Google will be shutting down Panoramio, its website for sharing photos of the world on November 4th. One of Ansel Adam's view cameras will be auctioned off and is expected to bring in $100,000! BenQ has announced a new high dynamic monitor at PhotoPlus Expo. Also, the winners of the 2016 Wildlife Photographer of the year and the Landscape Photographer of the year have been announced. A Swedish court recently ruled that any drone carrying a camera is a surveillance device and must have a license. A British company is selling a $21,800 DJI Phantom 4 that is gold plated.
Jim just returned from a 4 week trip to the American West before attending the Black Hills Photo shootout
and shares some images, timelapse and videos of White Sands National Monument
in New Mexico. White Sands is located near the testing ground for the first atomic bomb test - Trinity. Highly recommended if you visit New Mexico!
Jim is about to travel to Cuba and so next time, The Fotobug will feature Saguaro National Park in Arizona and an interview with our old friend, Mike Pendergast - Sparky!
Oct 16th, 2016 by fotobug
Jim and Fred have returned from the Black Hills Photo Shootout and Jim from his extended trip to western National and several state parks. More to come on these parks in future episodes. In the news, Epson has announced a partnership with UAV maker, DJI in order to allow the use of Epson's Moverico Augmented Reality glasses. Shutterstock now has a plugin for Photoshop to import images directly. Getty responded to the $1 billion dollar lawsuit against it claiming the images are in the public domain and are no longer controlled by the photographer. Fujifilm is introducing a medium format digital camera. GoPro finally released the Karma drone, but has been upstaged by DJI's new Magik portable drone. GoPro has also released the new Hero 5 action camera. Flickr Marketplace is being shut down over a lack of sales.
Jim and Fred did a live Facebook from South Dakota and present a short reel of some of the highlights from the 2016 Shootout. This year there were two extended workshops, one before the Shootout in Custer State Park
of the Bison Roundiup and a few after at Teddy Roosevelt National Park
in North Dakota. We hope to see many of you at next year's Shootout as well as the 2017 Tampa Bay Photo Shootout
which will be taking place in the early spring. A big shout out to many of our fans and viewers as well as the sponsors, workshop leaders, volunteers, and all who attended the many workshops. Jim and Fred also feature an interview with workshop leader, author and photographer, Dick Kettlewell
Jim will be featuring video from many of the national parks he visited in future podcasts as well as reviews of the new Pulse from Alpine Labs, the Rollocam, and lots more - so be sure to stay tuned and subscribe! For those of you who attended the workshops, we want to see your images!!
The weekend this podcast goes live, Jim and Fred will be wrapping up the Black Hills Photo Shootout in Spearfish, SD. Hopefully you followed the Shootout on the Black Hills Photo Shootout Facebook page for live broadcasts from the event. Now it is time to plan to attend the Tampa Bay Photo Shootout coming up in the spring of 2017!
This episode is the second and final part of the day Jim and Fred spent with Vanelli in his studio for a photo shoot for Teen Vogue Magazine. Especially if you want to improve your use of studio strobes and posing, you will want to watch this podcast. We are also very grateful to Vanelli for allowing us to videotape behind-the-scenes of one of his studio shoots. You can learn more from Vanelli from his posts at www.photofocus.com and his website, http://exposurepas.com
Be sure to tune into the next podcast for highlights of the Black Hills Photo Shootout!
Sep 18th, 2016 by fotobug
Jim and Fred are busy getting ready for The Black Hills Photo Shootout taking place Sept 1, Oct 1 and 2. There is still time to register! Just go to www.thephotoshootout.com and sign up. Also The Fotobug guys are going to be broadcasting at various times on Facebook from the Shootout! To participate, post live comments or ask questions, Follow The Black Hills Photo Shootout Facebook page. We hope you can attend, but if not, you have an option of helping us with our live broadcasts!
While Jim and Fred are traveling, Vanelli
allowed them to photograph a glamour shoot for Teen Vogue magazine and we will present the behind the scenes photo shoot in the next two episodes! Here is your chance to see how a commercial photo shoot is put together. Also, but sure to watch for tips from Vanelli in what we call 'Pure Vanelli Extracts
"! You can learn more from Vanelli
from his posts at www.photofocus.com
and his website, http://exposurepas.com
Next time, Part 2 of the glamour shoot and more tips from Vanelli!
The Black Hills Photo Shootout is right around the corner!
In recent news, Canon will bring a new Wi-Fi connectivity option to the EOS 7D II, 5DS and 5DS by way of an adapter that fits into the camera's SD slot. Edelkrome has launched Wing, a non-motorized sliding armature that attaches to a tripod and glides a camera in a straight line without rails. Google has developed a way to use neural networks to compress image files in a more efficient way that current compression methods. The new Canon 5D MK IV reportedly has a rolling shutter issues, especially when recording in 4K. The Boulder/Telluride Photo Festival was cancelled at the last minute and email notifications went out the day it was to begin. See below if you had registered for the Photo Festival as we are offering those photographers a discount for The Black Hills Photo Shootout. FInally, Eye-fi relented and released a Windows as well as a Mac version of software for X2 cards!
and Jim take a trip to visit Vanelli
and spend the day with him at his Melbourne, FL studio. He permits The Fotobug
guys to go behind the scenes and watch how he creates his incredible sports portraits. Even if you aren't into portrait photography, you won't want to miss this episode! You can learn more from Vanelli
from his posts at www.photofocus.com
and his website, http://exposurepas.com
Finally, it isn't too late to register for The Black Hills Photo Shootout taking place Sept 30, Oct 1 - 2 in Spearfish, SD. Go to to register here - www.thephotoshootout.com. If you can't make it, follow The Black Hills Photo Shootout Facebook page as the Fotobug Guys are going to do some live Facebook broadcasts during the event. You can ask questions and participate from afar! Jim will also be posting live Facebook posts on The Fotobug Facebook page on his extended trip to South Dakota!
More from Vanelli coming up next time!