Fred and Jim just returned from the Black Hills and shares highlights of the event!

In recent news, Just two weeks after Nikon introduced its Z-system, Canon has joined the full-frame mirrorless club with its new RF-mount system.  DJI has been authorized by the FAA to allow 107 pilots to apply online and gain near instant approval to fly within 5 miles of nearly 500 airports. Phottix has launched a new operating system for its portable flash systems that it says automatically switches between different manufacturer’s TTL systems. Sigma has said it will create a full-frame Foveon camera and will adopt the Leica L mount for its system. 'I'm Back' is now available on Kickstarter for a range of old film-SLRs, such as Nikon's F-Series, the Olympus OM10 or the Canon AE-1 and works by capturing the image projected onto a focus screen using a 1/2.33"-type 16MP Panasonic image sensor.  Nikon will cease offering Brazil-based customer service and technical support.  All this and more details in the podcast!

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What a surprise at the number of photographers who showed up in the Black Hills despite the cancellation of the Shootout this year!  Jim and Fred especially want to thank Mike Wolforth, Mark Nelson and family, Tony Dutoit, Robert Yellowhawk, Mandy Whaley, Steve Thompson and all the photographers who showed up and helped out!  Nicole, get well soon!  We were also sad that Bill Fortney was unable to make it to any of the events due to one of his group became ill, but Bill has promised to do an interview on a future podcast!

Next time, Jim will present a highlights of his western trip! Please subscribe the The Fotobug YouTube channel for even more!!

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A couple months back, Fred and Jim did a review of the Litra Torch and gave it a big thumbs up!  Litra just completed a Kickstarter project for a newer light - the LitraPro and the Litra Business Development Manager, Andrew Siminoff agreed to sit down and show off the new LitraPro!  The Kickstarter project has now ended, but the new LitraPro will be availble before the holidays (and can be pre-ordered now!).  The new light is larger and brighter than its little brother.  It can also be switched from daylight to tungsten in 100K increments.  It also is water proof down to 100' underwater.  There are a number of accessories that can be purchased separately including barn doors, soft boxes, honeycomb gird and more!  Check out all the features at https://litra.com/

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Jim and Fred are currently in South Dakota, so there won't be any photography news until the next podcast!  Our special guest is a friend we made three years ago at the Tampa Bay Photo shootout, David Guy Maynard!  David is not only a photographer, he is also a musician, gourmet cook, song writer, poet and more!  You alos need to check out his website and workshops at www.dmaynardphotography.com/  David is also active on Facebook and Instagram.

 

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Be sure to tune in fof th next podcast for highlights of the Black Hills and interview with Bill Fourtney!

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Despite the fact that The ninth annual Black Hills Photo Shootout has been cancelled, Fred and Jim are still heading to Rapid City to meet up with photographers still planniing to attend and many photo activities are being put together for free!!!  If you have no plans for the end of September, why not join us?

In the news, Nikon has released 2 new mirrorless cameras, the Z6 and the Z7.  The Z7 is now available and the Z6 will be available in November. More details in the podcast!  The European Imaging and Sound Association has announced its awards and Sony came away with five of the 18 prizes.  Huawei was caught again passing off DSLR images as images captured with its smart phones!  DJI has announced two new drones, the Mavic Pro 2 and the Mavic Pro 2 Zoom.  Watch the podcast for more details!

 

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The Magilight was an Indiegogo project for a light stick for light painting.  The Magilight not only produces swirls of colored light, but via an SD card, can actually "paint" BMP images that you produce on your computer.  Many images are also included with the unit and more are available through the Magilight Facebook Page.  Jim and Fred take the Magiilight out for a trial run and we want to thank our volunteer model, Scarlett Dawn (www.modelsociety.com) and Jason Hahn for allowing us to use his new Cypress Creek Studio for many of our test images. You may purchase your own Magilight for $299 ($100 off) at https://www.fotorgear.com and also on Amazon at https://goo.gl/aFsVV6 also for $299.

Hope to see you in Rapid City end of September!

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Lots of new to cover this time!

Venus Optics has announced a new probe shaped macro lens on Kickstarter that produces 2x life size images on a full frame sensor - you can back the project for $1499.  Steadify is also a Kickstarter project for a portable hip-based stabilizer.  Cactus has officially launched its RQ250 bare bulb wireless flash - also on KickstarterNikon has released another teaser video for its upcoming mirrorless camera line. Yuneec has released a new drone, the Mantis Q for $499.  Sony has announced it sold more full-frame cameras than any other brand in the US over the past six months. These stories and more on the current podcast!

 

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Our friend, Jason Hahn has started a new project that should be of interest to Tampa Bay area photographers as well as photographers coming into the Bay area.  Cypress Creek Studios is a full range photo studio AND is located on several acres full of Florida wildlife.  Jason plans to offer studio rentals, as well as photography workshops in portraits, nature, macro, and more!  The studio is located on Cypress Creek which flows into the Hillsboro River.  The studio just opened on August 1st and will be expanded to offer photographers a full range of services!  Jim and Fred sit down with Jason and show some behind the scenes of the studio and the surrounding grounds.  Jason will be putting up a seperate website for the studio, but to keep track of the progress, go to www.outdoorphotoworkshops.com

 

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Fred is back from his recent trip, but photography news the past two weeks has been a bit light!

Nikon has posted a teaser video featuring what is likely its forthcoming mirrorless camera.  Fujifilm is ramping up it operations in Japan with a goal of a 70% capacity increase. Argos released a new catalog that features what are likely the two new Mavic Pro drones, one with a zoom lens.  The new drones feature a 1 inch sensor, 35 minute flight time, and full 360 obsticle  avoidance. According to a report in PetaPixel, Canon is the most popular mirrorless camera in Japan.  These stories and more in the podcast!

 

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The Fotoug is often contacted by manufacturers to review new photography items, so Fred and Jim will show off some items they have received and even purchased themselves!  If you are interested in purchasing any of these items, the links are listed below:

Mini tripod - https://goo.gl/fiUgni

Rode Microphone - https://goo.gl/Jcjnva Includes a $29 discount!  Thanks to Hunts Photo and The Fotobug guys!

POPVoice Smarphone mike - https://goo.gl/dbiEHw

POPVoice lavalier mike - https://goo.gl/YJKZ2B

Stroboframe Vertaflip PHP - We are sorry, but discovered the Vertaflip is no longer sold, but may be found used on auction sites such as eBay.

 

 

 

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 Drones are becoming more and more common for photographers and Fred just recently picked up a bargain which we will review in the current episode!

In recent news Kodak is bringing back Alaris Pro Image 100 film - in Europe.  No word on when or if it will be available in the States.  Also, the Kodak-branded "Kashminer" which mined for bitcoins has collapsed and Kodak is distancing itself from the failed company.  Nikon has discontinued its Nikon 1 line of mirrorless cameras. Hamm Camera Company has created a Kickstarter project to create a DIY pinhole camera - you can be a backer for only $20.  A reliable source claims Adobe will be coming out with a version of Photoshop for the iPad

For more please watch the podcast!

 

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The Fotobug guys have a long history of working with drones - now Fred has one of his own!  Yuneec recently had a number of sales of refurbished drones for amazing prices.  One such drone was the Q500 4K drone which Fred managed to nab! This drone features a 4K removable camera and many features which makes it a perfect drone for beginners and intermediate users alike.  More advanced users may wish to look into the Typhoon or some of DJI drones. but if you are just starting out, check the refurbished page on both DJI and Yuneec.

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Remember, September is the Black Hills Photo Shootout - www.thephotoshootout.com - we hope to see you there!

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Jim just returned from Oregon and Washingon while attending the Palouse Workshop with Tim Grey.

In recent news, researchers in Canada have developed a method to restore damaged daguerreotypes.  Adobe researchers are developing AI techniqus to determine if images have been altered with PhotoshopAdobe has also announced Project Rush, a cross-device video editing application.  The US Supreme course have now opened the doors for states to collect sales tax from Internet companies even if they don't have a physical presence in that state.  Be sure to watch the podcast for more details and more news!

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Tim Grey has been condcting a photoworkshop in the Palouse region of Washington state for 10 years now.  Jim recently attended the workshop and interviewed Tim and shares some of his images and experiences in the area.  If you wold like to attend one of Tim's future workshops, go to www.timgreyphoto.com and we also recommend signing up for his free newsletter, Ask Tiim Grey.

Coming up, a review of the Magilight, more great interviews and of course the Black Hills PHoto Shootout is coming up in September, we hope to see you there!

 

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Jim is currently traveling in the western USA and so there won't be any photo news in this podcast.  However, registration is now open for the Black Hills Photo Shootout - go to www.thephotoshootout.com .  If you are interested in a photo tour and workshop in Iceland this October, contact Jim at jim@thefotobug.com .

 

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Drones are becoming more and more popular for photgraphers and with an FAA 107 license, a drone operator can fly commercially and charge for aerial images.  However, even if you aren't interested in earning money with your camera drone, liability insurance should be worth considering.  Brandon Packman from Skywatch.AI sits down for an interview with Jim and Fred to talk about his Skywatch app that allows drone operators to inexpesively obtain liability insurance per drone flight.  The app even allows DJI pilots to control their drone within the app and can evaluate the operator's safety record to get discounts on liability insurance. The app is available for boh Android and IOS and is free of charge.  For more information check the website at www.skywatch.ai .

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In recent news, Sony has unveiled a faster higher resolution OLED panel for mirrorless cameras that also adds a 240fps mode for a more lifelike preview.  Bill Ingalls lost his Nikon camera photographing a Space-X launch when the rocket launch started a brush fire near the camera.  Canon has announced that it will stop selling the last of its film-based cameras.  DJI has announced the Ronin-S, a single-handed stabilizer for large DSLR cameras for $699.  Finally, Parrot has launched it's latest drone, the Anafi which will retail for $699 and features a 21-MP camera that can be pointed straight up while in flight!  More details and more news in the podcast!

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Drones are being used by more and more photographers to record fascinating videos and gaining new perspectives.  However, Jim and Fred have discovered there are some essential devices that make drone flying and image capture with drones easier and some are absolutley essential (such as ND filters!).  Jim and Fred present their list of 10 items they have found should be on everyones list!  Links to the products mentioned are below.

Landing Pad - https://goo.gl/m4UUUg

Leg extensions - https://goo.gl/L24LBP

Strobe - https://goo.gl/wBrqQi

Smart phone shield - https://goo.gl/qFuwRU

Transmitter RF Focus - https://goo.gl/kPp18T

Lens Shade - https://goo.gl/88BV7h (Note: we don't necessarily recommend this - and hope to find a better solution!)

AC Adapter - https://goo.gl/fJoECx or https://goo.gl/vTgJva

Card reader - https://goo.gl/2razRS

BONUS - Lipo Safe bag - https://goo.gl/VRPzRN

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