Jan 25th, 2015 by fotobug
Thanks for checking out The Fotobug podcast #122! In recent news, more about the issues with Nikon's D750 flare issues. First, the camera appeared to be pulled from retailers shelves for a short time, then Nikon stated that all effected cameras would be repaired for free, in addition they released detailed instructions on how to handle the issue and return the camera if necessary. Canon too has a problem with PowerShot SX280 HS and S120 units among others where the battery contact may have an issue. Also, Canon wants to increase domestic production in Japan up to 60% due to the falling value of the Yen. GoPro also has announced a firmware upgrade for the Hero 4 that will add new features to the camera including auto adjusting for using the camera upside down!
Today, Fred and Jim give a brief introduction to closeup photography. They show some of the necessary equipment, such as true macro lenses, and regular lenses combined with extension tubes. In addition, a technique to get nice backgrounds, the use of the plamp, and even focusing techniques. By recording from the HDMI output from our camera, they actually demonstrate these techniques while you virtually look through the camera viewfinder.
The Fotobug hopes to do more of these in the coming year and would appreciate your feedback on what you would like to see!
Finally, upcoming workshops include March 12-17 to Iceland, the Tampa Bay Photo Shootout in April and more information on these can be found at www.outdoorphotoworkshops.com and www.thephotoshootout.com.
Jan 11th, 2015 by fotobug
Welcome to the first Fotobug podcast of 2015! Co-hosting on this episode is our friend, Tim Grey!
In recent news, Nikon has released a statement to reassure users of the D750 that it is working on measures to address the flare issues some users have been reporting, Toshiba introduced the FlashAir III wireless SD card, realtor Douglas Trudeau has been issued an OK from the FAA to use a Phantom UAV for taking commercial real estate photos, and digital storage brand G-Technology has announced a collection of new G-Drive models that can withstand a 6 foot fall to a carpeted concrete floor.
Fred and I are delighted to have Tim Grey join us as a co-host for this episode. Tim is regarded as one of the top educators in digital photography and imaging. Tim publishes the free eNewsletter, Ask Tim Grey
as well as Pixology Magazine
and now has an entire website of training videos for photographers. We urge you to check out www.timgrey.com
which has links to his other websites as well as his photography workshops. We actually have a live version of Ask Tim Grey
and Tim answered some questions from a few of our listeners during the podcast.
Please check out Tim's upcoming workshops and you may now go out and register for The Tampa Bay Photo Shootout which will be taking place the weekend of April 10, 11 and 12 (www.thephotoshootout.com). Be sure to follow us on Facebook and check back in two weeks for The Fotobug 122!
Dec 28th, 2014 by fotobug
Since the last podcast, Jim and Fred joined Jason Hahn at the Outdoor Photo Workshops Birds of Prey workshop in north central Florida. Jim's photo above was photographed during that workshop. Jim and Fred talk to Jason about the 2015 workshops from OPW (www.outdoorphotoworkshops.com) as well as the upcoming Tampa Bay Photo Shootout coming up in April. Registration is now available at www.thephotoshootout.com. We recommend you sign up now!
Our first podcast of 2015 will feature Tim Grey - so send in your photo-related questions and Tim will answer them on the podcast. You can send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Information for the 2015 Iceland workshop with Tim Vollmer is now available and we recommend you check that out as well!
Thanks for watching in 2014 and we wish you all a very happy and prosperous new year in 2015. Keep chasing those elusive images and remember, any time you can get shutter time is a Great time!
Dec 14th, 2014 by fotobug
Thanks for checking out Podcast 119!! In recent news, there is a Kickstarter project from the former Triggertrap CFO to create a high speed flash from LED lights that is capable of a flash duration of 1/2,000,000 sec at the cost of a regular flash gun! (http://tinyurl.com/kz9szmj) Another Kickstarter project, CamsFormer, seeks to create a smart phone app to control a camera or flash unit. Michael Reichmann (http://www.luminous-landscape.com) is looking to give out grants to photographers to enable them to finish books, projects, or other merit-based projects. Tune into the podcast for more photography news!
Fred and Jim sit down with photography Marilyn Parver
who shares her photography and experience living with the Masai in Africa. Marilyn started out in photography on a workshop by Art Wolfe
with a simple Minolta
camera set on program mode, but with an eye of an artist, she quickly progressed and has since won numerous national and international photography awards. We are delighted to have met her and we truly enjoy when we can actually sit down in person with a photographer of her caliber. We believe you will truly enjoy this interview as much as we did! Marilyn also does a wonderful workshop in Africa and we recommend checking out her website at www.imagesbymarilynparver.com.
Marilyn gives back to the Masai from the proceeds of her tax-deductible workshops!
Coming up on our first podcast of 2015, Tim Grey will be co-hosting with us, so please send in your photo-related questions to email@example.com and we will have Tim answer your questions during the podcast.
Have a Happy Holiday and don't forget to tune into our holiday podcast 120! See you then!
Nov 30th, 2014 by fotobug
Welcome to podcast number 118 which is a continuation of podcast 113. Fred and Jim use the Camera Axe and Projectile module to trigger a flash from a pellet gun and shoot some more crackers, balloons and even potatoes! In addition, they use a Sony NEX-5 in addition to a Canon 5D III to prove the camera isn't that important in high speed photography, The light comes from a single 580 MKII flash triggered by the Camera Axe. The flash is dialed down to a factor of 1/128 in order to produce a flash around 20,000 of a second. The results can be amazing!
More information on the Camera Axe can be found at www.dreamingrobots.com
and we recommend you check out www.techphotoblog.com/tpb-90
for a nice video blog post on the accuracy of the projectile module from the designer, Maurice Ribble.
In the news, Blocks camera is raising funds on Kickstarter for a modular camera, Metz of Germany has declared insolvency, Hasselblad has announced a $2395 mirrorless camera and tune in for more!
More workshops and interesting reviews and interviews coming up in the weeks ahead, so we recommend you subscribe to The Fotobug via iTunes so you don't miss an episode! Don't forget to rate us on iTunes and we suggest you "Like" us on Facebook!
Nov 16th, 2014 by fotobug
Chris Klapheke from Outdoor Photo Gear (www.outdoorphotogear.com) to tell us about some of the new photo items he saw at the recent Photokina show in Germany and to give our viewers an early look at the Black Friday sales coming up Thanksgiving weekend.
In the news, Brikk releases a special gold plated Nikon if you have $43,000 you can spare, Think Tank has announced new bags and packs for mirrorless cameras, news from the trade show at Japan's Display Innovations hints at new high end LCD displays, Drift has released a new smaller sports camera called Stealth 2.
Also, our congratulations go out to Rob Daugherty, The Vest Guy, whose image of a grizzly bear was chosen for Your Best Shot by National Geographic.
Finally, on a sad note, David Stoecklein passed away this past weekend. David was the keynote speaker at the Black Hills Shootout four years ago.
Be sure to go to www.outdoorphotogear.com for the Black Friday specials running all weekend and let them know you heard about it on The Fotobug podcast!
Next time Fred and Jim attempt to capture pellets from a pellet gun with the Projectile Module and the Camera Axe!
Welcome to podcast #116. In recent news, Sony introduced a new sensor, Lee Filters announced a new warming polarizing filter, Delkin introduced a trio of rugged SD cards, Apple released a plugin to import Aperture files into Lightroom, Mylio is a subscription-based photo organization program, and if you have $50,000 laying around, you may want to bid on a Hasselblad 500C camera that was the first in space.
Jim just returned from Slovenia workshop operated by Luka Esenko. Slovenia is a truly amazing and very photogenic place that Jim recommends you add to your bucket list. In addition, Jim joined a number of truly remarkable and interesting people and photographers from all over the globe. In addition, Tim Mannakee joined the group with two photographers from England. Jim also took time to interview Luka and Tim along with Curtis Budden (who runs workshops in Scotland and Poland), Tony Oberstar (an LA cinematographer), Dan Briski (a native Slovenian photographer), and Bob and Nadine (cousins of Tony who were visiting family in Slovenia). For more information on these other workshops and photographers, check www.lukaesenko.com, www.timmannakee.com, www.curtisbuddenphotography.com, and www.danbriski.com.
Coming up next time, Chris Klapheke will join us again to report on new items from Photokina and suggestions for your holiday gifts!
Oct 19th, 2014 by fotobug
Jim and Fred are now back from The Black Hills and Jim has returned from his Maine workshop. In the news, GoPro has released the new Hero4, a Kickstarter project in the UK is building an affordable high speed video recorder, LensRentals has announced a try-and-buy program and lots more!
Appearing with Jim and Fred in this episode is Rob Daugherty, The Vest Guy. Rob discusses his recent workshop to Alaska to photograph bears as well as his other workshops, and announces two new vests for photographers. Go to www.thevestguy.com to check out the new Yellowstone Vest and the weather vest which we dubbed Alaska/Everglades Vest! Rob also discusses an issue he had while in Alaska when his backup drive failed and he lost lots of images from his trip. More information about Rob's workshops can be found at www.epicwildlifeadventures.com.
Jim is on his way to Slovenia for a workshop with Luka Esenko in the Julian Alps which will be discussed in the next episode. Chris Klapheke will also be returned as well as Jim Clark. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and rate us on iTunes!
The 2014 Black Hills Shootout in Rapid City, South Dakota is now history, but you can catch up on some of the excitement in podcast 114. Dave Black was absolutely incredible and if you get a chance to hear him speak, do not pass it up! The weather actually held for us, although the landscape photographers would have preferred to have a few clouds in the sky. This marks the 5th anniversary of the Shootout which will take place again in Rapid City next September, so start making your plans now!
I also want to thank our great sponsors, such as Tamron, who not only played an active part in the Shootout, they also provided loaner lenses for the participants.
Also, put on your calendars the Tampa Bay Shootout which will take place in April in St. Petersburg, FL. Go to www.thephotoshootout.com for details.
Next time, Jim will be back from his moose and black bear workshop in Maine and Rob Daugherty will be our guest!
Sep 21st, 2014 by fotobug
Welcome to the Fotobug Podcast number 113! Photokina is now underway and we expect lots of announcement of new products over the coming weeks. Canon has released the upgrade to the 7D, the 7D Mark II and Nikon has just released the new D750 full frame DSLR. Jim and Fred discuss these as well as the new Western Digital My Passport portable drive with an SD card reader built in. Canon is also celebrating their 70th anniversary and Tamron has announced a 15-30mm f/2.8 zoom for full frame cameras.
Fred and Jim continue testing the NeroTrigger
, this time testing the sound trigger. The setup included firing a pellet gun at various objects after dialing in the proper delay (actually it was discovered no delay was the setting that worked best). Several balloons and crackers sacrificed themselves for this test! The Nerotrigger
is connected directly to the flash and you must have a darkened space in order to capture high speed flash images. If you try this yourself, please keep safety in mind and be careful with the pellet gun - you could put your eye out
Last minute call for the following workshops:
Black Hills Shootout - Sept 25-27 - in Rapid City - www.thephotoshootout.com
Maine Fall Colors, Moose & Black Bears - Oct. 2-5 - www.outdoorphotoworkshops.com
Slovenia Fall colors in the Julian Alps - Oct. 17-24 - www.outdoorphotoworkshops.com
The next podcast will feature highlights from the Black Hills Shootout!