Our entire podcast this time is devoted to the Tamron 150mm - 600mm zoom lens, the first generation versus the newest version! We at the Fotobug want to thank Tamron for allowing us to borrow the newest version of their long zoom lens in order to test and to Fred who purchased the original version of the lens.  We also want to thank Jillian from Tamron and Jeff for showing us the USB Tap-in Console and software.  Also, to Michael from Johnson PhotoImaging in Bradenton Florida for his comments on using the newer lens with older digital camera bodies.  We welcome your input and your own experiences with the new Tamron 150-600mm!

 

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If you would like to try out the new Tamron lenses for yourself, plan to attend the Black Hills Photo Shootout in South Dakota in September!  www.thephotoshootout.com.

 

 

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The third annual Tampa Bay Photo Shootout is now history, but the Fotobug guys will share some highlights from the event in the current podcast! 

In recent photography news, Microsoft has released a free, open source simulator to help engineers test and even crash drones in a photorealistic environment.  The Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art has just released thousands of scanned artwork and photos for public licensing.  ADOX of germany is doubling the size of its facility that produces photographic chemicals film and paper!  Godox has released a new wireless speedlight.  Online e-learning platform Alison has launched a course to allow students to build their own drone - alison.com/courses/introduction-to-drones.  Also, AirSeflie is now available to the publiic to allow a small drone to take your selfies. Finally, Google has been granted a patent for a ball cap with a built-in camera and acts as a portable studio.

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The feature in today's podcast is highlights from the third annual Tampa Bay Photo Shootout from Clearwater Florida.  Photographers from all over the United States gathered at St. Petersburg College to learn techniques in portrait photography, HDR, long daytime exposure, macro photography, night photography and also fellowship with other like-minded photographers.  If you were unable to attend, there will be another Shootout next year and there is time to plan to attend the Black Hills Photo Shootout in South Dakota in September.  We hope to see you there! http://www.thephotoshootout.com.  Also, thank you to the sponsors: Tamron, Johnson Photo Imaging, Think Tank, and all the great instructors!

Be sure to subscribe to The Fotobug as next time, Jim and Fred pit the first generation Tamron 150-600 versus the second generation!

 

 

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Welcome to our next podcast!  In recent news, FILM Ferrania has announced the release of its P30 B&W filn which will be available on a limited 'ALPHA' edition for now.  GoPro is likely to release a new Hero 6 camera this year.  DxO is giving away OpticPro 9 - deadline February 28th.  To get a free copy - go to http://www.dxo.com/us/digitalcamerauk .  You will also receive a discount on version 11. Manfrotto has launched a magnetic filter holder for attaching and removing filters quickly.  Sony's new sensor has a 3-layer structure that permits capture speeds up to 1000fps and reduces the so-called "Jello-effect'.  Apple has filed for a patent that allows a focus stacking technique for portraits.  All this and more news in the current podcast!

 

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Rob Daugherty - The Vest Guy - returns to talk about his latest travels, share images and give photography tips.  Rob creates custom vests for hunters, fishermen, first responders, the military and PHOTOGRAPHERS!  To find out more, or to rent one of his vests go to http://www.thevestguy.com.  Rob also leads workshops around the world as well as his home state of Utah - check out http://www.robswildlife.com for information.

Next time - highlights from the Tampa Bay Photo Shootout!  Keep checking The Fotobug Facebook page for live broadcasts from the event.

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In recent photography news,  the programmers behind GIMP are asking supporters for financial supp ort to add new features, Iridient X-Transformer is coming to Windows.  Three of the four Canadian filmmakers who were arrested for walking off-limits in Yellowstone have pleaded guilty.  Chinese drone maker ZeroTech has announced a gimbal operated action camera.  Kodachrome is likely NOT coming back.  Triggertrap has announced it is closing its doors and going out of business.  Adobe will no longer be selling Creative Suite and GoPro has re-released the Karma drone.  More details on the podcast!

 

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Jim continues with his recent trip to the  Galapagos from the previous podcast.  He features underwater video, a 10 mile hike up a volcano, work with a scientist tracking giant Galapagos toroises and more!  All wildlife photographers should add the Galapagos Islands to their bucket lists.

Also coming up at the end of February - the Tampa Bay Photo Shootout - please go to www.thephotoshootout.com to register.  Jim and Fred will be doing live Facdbook broadcasts from the event - so if you can't make it, be sure to Like the Fotobug Facebook page to be involved!

 

 

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Lots of recent photography news for the new year!  Some users are reporting overheating issues witht the new iPhone 7.  A Kickstarter campaign is looking to develop GearEye, a grear management system to tag your photo items in your camera bag and follow by RFID on your smartphone.  Brides magazine suggests weddings should only be photographed by Canon or Nikon cameras (really?). Canon was granted more patents in 2016 than Google and AppleLilycam announces it is closing its doors and offering refunds to backers.  Timelapse+ has announced a new on-camera controller that will even adjust focus during the timelapse. Kodak has brought back Ektachrome film and may bring back Kodachrome!  DJI has acquired Hasselblad.  All this and more on the current podcast!

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Jim just returned from 2 weeks in the Galapagos and Quito Ecuador.  The man who put together the trip, Dr. Russell Burke is featured in an interview on this podcast.  The Galapagos should belong on your bucket list and we will be featuring photoraphy from the Galapagos on the next podcast. 

The Tampa Bay Photo Shootout is right around the corner.  Go to www.thephotoshootout.com to register and for more information.  This year the event will be held in Clearwater, Florida.  Hurry as the workshops fill up fast!

 

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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!

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On his trip out west in September, Jim found a great slot canyon in Page arizona, near Antelope CanyonSecret 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!

 

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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.

 

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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!

 

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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!

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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!

 

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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.

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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 Shootoutwww.thephotoshootout.com

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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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