Welcome to podcast number 133. In recent news, Adobe has released CC 2015 and the RAW convertor contains new features including a Dehaze function.  Adobe also reset previous trials in order to give users another 30 days to evaluate programs.  Sony has released a new full frame mirrorless cmaera called the A7R II which has a 42.4MP sensor. There are also a couple new crowd funding products including a portable microphone called the Instamic and a device that will automatically pan a camera to track a person or oject carrying a tracking device called Soloshot.

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Jim just returned from a week on the Vanelli and friends cruise to Cozumel Mexico.He came back with so many great interviews, we are going to divide between two podcasts.  The first two interviews feature Vanelli and Gary Farber from Hunts Photo.  The next podcast will feature interviews with Vincent Versace and Mike Moats.  Make sure you check in next time as you won't want to miss any of these great interviews.  If you are interested in a future photo cruise, Vanelli is planning another for this coming October.  More details to come!

Gary Farber has extended the cruise specials from Hunts to our listeners, so check our Facebook page for all the great show specials!

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Thanks for tuning into the next Fotobug podcast!  In recent photo news, GoPro shows off a rig that controls 16 cameras to record mufti-angle footage for virtual reality uses, Google has announce a standalone service the separates the photo component of its Google Plus app and now available with unlimited free storage for 16MP and smaller images. GoPro has also introduced a new Hero+ camera with touchscreen and LCD for $299.  Another new app, Kolektio aims to simplify the process of images from a party or other event.  Five photographers have created the world's larges high resolution photograph by combining 70,000 digital images that were taken over a 35 hour period.  Swedish company TTRobotix has introduced a remote controlled submarine that uses a GoPro camera to record underwater images up to 26 ft deep.

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Jim and Fred's guest this episode is Greg Horvath, from Alpine Labs.  Greg is part of the Alpine Labs team that is developing the next generation of the Radian Time Lapse device.  The Radian 2 is an updated version of the original Radian that allows the photographer to program the device from an android or IOS tablet or phone, and will then control a camera as well as tilt or rotate or even drive a slider!  The Radian 2 is the most recent Kickstarter project from Alpine and is expected to be released this fall, possibly in September.  The original Radian and Michron timelapse controllers are now available on the Alpine website at http://alpinelaboratories.com and are also available from leading photo retailers and Amazon.  We will be following up with Greg after the new system has been released which promises blue tooth connectivity and more!

The Hunts specials for June are as follows:

Atomos Ninja Star Pocket-Size ProRes Recorder & Deck (regular price > $295, SALE price $275)
CLICK HERE

Rode VideoMic Pro Compact Shotgun Microphone (regular price $229, > SALE price $199)
CLICK HERE

IKAN Flyweight DSLR Camera Stabilizer (regular price $417, SALE price $339)
CLICK HERE

Glide Gear SYL-3000 Camera Stabilizer
(regular price $89, SALE price $75)
CLICK HERE

Please ask for Andrea at Hunts for these Fotobug specials -. 781-662-8822

Next time, Jim will be back from the Vanelli and Friends Photo Cruise with highlights and interviews with Vanelli, Vincent Versace and Mike Moats!  Mark July 5th on your calendar - or better yet - subscribe via iTunes!

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Thank you for tuning into podcast number 131!  In recent news, Microsoft releases its Hyperlapse algorithm as a new app to produce smooth timelapse videos.  If you like to share your images on various Internet services and are tired of uploading to each individually, there is a new service called Robots for Photos that is currently in beta - if you would like to get an invitation code, listen to the podcast for instructions!  Luka Esenko, our friend from Slovenia is coming out with an app to help you find the best location and time of day to capture optimum images.  Photographer Mary Ellen Mark has passed away at the age of 75 and Fred and Jim discuss a Fotobug connection with Mary Ellen.  Of course there is a lot more!

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The theme for June is "DSLR Video" so Jim and Fred review the Atomos Ninja Star HDMI video recorder and the Revolve Camera Dolly and Track system.  Be sure to tune in all month for more features and interviews related to optimizing your video skills with your DSLR camera (or even your mirrorless camera that takes videos!).

The Hunts specials for June are as follows:

Atomos Ninja Star Pocket-Size ProRes Recorder & Deck (regular price > $295, SALE price $275)
CLICK HERE

Rode VideoMic Pro Compact Shotgun Microphone (regular price $229, > SALE price $199)
CLICK HERE

IKAN Flyweight DSLR Camera Stabilizer (regular price $417, SALE price $339)
CLICK HERE

Glide Gear SYL-3000 Camera Stabilizer
(regular price $89, SALE price $75)
CLICK HERE

Please ask for Andrea at Hunts for these Fotobug specials -. 781-662-8822

If you will be attending the June 15th Vanelli and Friends Photo Cruise - be sure to say Hi to Jim!

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Welcome to The Fotobug podcast number 130!  In recent news, Canon releases an advisory regarding sensor defects on the Rebel T6i/T6s, Wyoming law makers pass a really, really dumb law that could have a very serious effect on photographers, MIT researchers have developed an algorithm that will allow cameras to remove glass reflections from your images, and former students from the robotics lab at UC Berkley are coming out with Lily, a UAV that will follow and videotape (or photograph) holding a special puck - a super selfie!

Also - May 29th is the last day to take advantage of Adobe's Creative Cloud subscription for an 1 time annual fee of $29.95 per month.

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Continuing with May's theme of Light Painting, Fred and Jim present instruction on the basics of light painting - some of the equipment required, how to set up and prepare the camera, and how to apply light to the subject - weather it is a small table-top setup or a large full scale scene like the the cabin above.  Please share your light painting images with us via our Facebook page!  If you have questions on the technique, please send us an email!

This month's theme is sponsored by the amazing folks at Hunts Photo and Video.  Here are the following specials good for the entire month of May. To take advantage of these specials, call Andrea at 781-662-8822 and mention The Fotobug!

1.Promaster LED120----($99.99) SALE price $49.99 CLICK HERE
2.Manfrotto LUMIE Muse----($119.99) SALE price $99.99 CLICK HERE
3.Gisteq F-2981 Flashmate II LED Video Light----($139.99) SALE price $119.99  CLICK HERE
4..Bowens Mosaic Solo On-Camera LED Light----($149.99) SALE price $139.99 CLICK HERE

Remember, all these units are also great for doing light paintings!  Also check out the Hunts Photo Cruise coming up in June featuring Vanelli, Vincent Versace and Mike Moats - Jim from The Fotobug will be there as well! http://vanelliandfriends.com/cruise/

Next month's theme is DSLR video - so be sure to subscribe on iTunes!

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Welcome to The Fotobug podcast 129!  In recent news, Apple has acquired camera technology company Linx for $20 million, Ricoh established an initiative to salvage, clean scan and return photographic prints found in the area devastated by the March 2011 earthquake in Japan.  Adobe just released a Creative Cloud version of Lightroom, and if you want a really big lens, there is a NASA lens available right now on eBay.  For more details and more recent news items, be sure to listen to the entire podcast!

Jim and Fred also do a review of the original Lytro cameras!  If you have one and would like to share you experiences with our viewers, please email us, or post the information on our Facebook page.

The Fotobug theme for the month of May is Macro Light Painting so Jim and Fred present an introduction to a technique that Jim has been developing to carefully apply light to very small objects such as the nautilus shell above.  Be sure to watch the entire podcast to learn how to create your own images like the one above. 

This month's theme is sponsored by the amazing folks at Hunts Photo and Video.  Here are the following specials good for the entire month of May. To take advantage of these specials, call Andrea at 781-662-8822 and mention The Fotobug!

1.Promaster LED120----($99.99) SALE price $49.99 CLICK HERE
2.Manfrotto LUMIE Muse----($119.99) SALE price $99.99 CLICK HERE
3.Gisteq F-2981 Flashmate II LED Video Light----($139.99) SALE price $119.99  CLICK HERE
4..Bowens Mosaic Solo On-Camera LED Light----($149.99) SALE price $139.99 CLICK HERE

Remember, all these units are also great for doing light paintings!  Also check out the Hunts Photo Cruise coming up in June featuring Vanelli, Vincent Versace and Mike Moats - Jim from The Fotobug will be there as well! http://vanelliandfriends.com/cruise/

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This has been a busy couple of weeks - the first annual Tampa Bay Photo Shootout is now history and we have some behind the scenes video and an interview with Jillian from Tamron!

In recent news, the Colorado legislature has introduced a new bill that, if signed into law, will prevent law enforcement officers from interfering with citizens who are photographing or recording police activity while Texas wants to penalize photographers who  film or photograph police within 15 feet of an incident. Lensbaby has introduced a new portrait lens that produces a velvety image. In UAV news, DJI has introduced two new Phantom quadcopters, Blackmagic has announced a new small sports camera and Garmin has announced a sports camera - both suitable for using on UAVs. Manfrotto has used the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show as launching pad for the Digital Director, a bracket designed to turn an iPad Air into an external monitor for Canon and Nikon DSLRs.  Canon has reduced the price on some of its most popular L lenses and tune into the podcast for even more!

The Tampa Bay Photo Shootout was a success and we thank Tamron, JDI Imaging and our keynote speaker, Connie Bransilver as well as all the instructors for all their hard work.  We especially want to thank Connie for filling in as a workshop leader on Saturday!  Tune into the podcast for an interview with the "Tamron Lady"!

Also, watch the podcast to check out the new "Fotobug Florida Vest" from our friend The Vest Guy (www.thevestguy.com)

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Our monthly theme is Black and White, so Jim and Fred present a few tips on capturing and processing digital images for black and white.  If you would like more, we urge you to sign up for the Vanelli and Friends photo cruise that will be taking place the week of June 15th featuring Vanellia, B&W guru Vincent Versace, and macro photographer Mike Moats. http://vanelliandfriends.com/cruise/

Be sure to check out The Fotobug Facebook page for special announcements and discounts and we recommend subscribing to this podcast on iTunes - don't forget to rate us!

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Spring is finally here and Fred and Jim head out to the local state park at Honeymoon Island to tape the most recent podcast!  In recent news, instant film company Impossible has released a Generation 2.0 film called B&W 2.0 and claims it is sharper and clearer than previous versions, a Poloroid camera repair company has just introduced its own instant camera called the Mint, Amazon just announced a new cloud storage service for photographers that allows unlimited storage for $12 a year, GoPro just stopped their daily "Everything we Make" give away and have been awarded a grant for a cube based camera, Phase One has released an 80 mp camera for UAVs and you will just have to listen to the podcast for more news!

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Jim recently returned from a private Photo Workshop he conducted in Iceland and relates highlights of the trip.  The weather could have been better and the group did not see the northern lights this year, but did get to photograph an ice cave!  The next trip is being planned for next March as well as another in May of 2016.

There are only a few more days to sign up for the Tampa Bay Photo Shootout at www.thephotoshootout.com .  In addition, check out the great worskhops at www.outdoorphotoworkshops.com and there is still time to sign up for the Vanelli and Friends Photo Cruise featuring Vanelli, Vincent Versace and Mike Moats (Jim will be there too!) at http://vanelliandfriends.com/cruise/ sponsored by our friends at Hunts Photo.

Be sure to get out and enjoy the improving weather and be sure to check back in two weeks for the next podcast!

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Welcome to podcast number 126.  In recent news, World Press Photo has stripped Giovanni Troilo of his prize for indicating the winning photo was taken elsewhere than indicated, a team at Harvard School of Engineering has developed a method for making flat lenses that could dramatically reduce the size and weight of camera lenses in the future, a new platform called Defrozo has launched on Kickstarter offering photographers online services needed to market and run a photography business, and the developers behind Facetune have created a new app called Enlight, a general purpose image editor currently only available for iPhones running IOS 8.1 or later. Android and iPad versions coming soon.

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As promised, Jim and Fred present a brief introduction to UAV photography - and give some tips on learning to fly.  Jim built his first 3 UAVs (don't call them drones!), several years ago and has used them for photography.  The FAA has recently posted some new guidelines for the use of UAVs and Jim and Fred discuss safety issues as well as the new guidelines.  In a future podcast, Jim is going to discuss tips for setting up your cameras to optimize aerial images and to minimize issues with this type of photography.  As always, please send us your questions and comments!

Coming up April 10, 11 and 12 is the Tampa Bay Photo Shootout (www.thephotoshootout.com) - so this is your last chance to sign up!  Also check out Vanelli's photography cruise with Vanelli, Mike Moats and Vincent Versace at www.vanelliandfriends.com/cruise (and Jim will be there too!).  Also check out the photo workshops at www.outdoorphotoworkshops.com.

See you next time!

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Welcome to The Fotobug Podcast number 125 featuring Tampa based photographer, Jim Sykes.

In recent news, the Lytro CEO announced that the company has raised $50 million in funding and plan to make a strategic into video and virtual reality.  Jim and Fred discuss the 'viral' blue and black dress (or is it orange and white?) that was posted on Facebook.  Also, Haje Jan Kamps announced that the Kickstarter project for the Ada device has been cancelled due to higher than expected manufacturing costs.  The current software and PCB circuit board information will be released as open source on Github.  British photographer Martin Le-May captures an amazing image of a weasel riding on the back of a European Green woodpecker.  Finally, The FAA releases new guidelines for UAV pilots which will be covered in more depth in a future episode.

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Our guest this episode is photographer Jim Skyes (www.jrsphotos.com).  Jim specializes in architectural and luxury home photography as well as portrait photography, photo tours and is also the president of The Tampa Bay Photo Club.  Jim and Fred join Mr. Sykes in his Ybor studio and discuss his trips, photography tips and more. Jim is also is a member of the Ybor Art Association, The Tampa Bay Strobist and Photoshop Collective, and numerous other photography organizations in the Tampa Bay Area.  We urge you to check out his gallery at his website and check out his New Mexico photo tours. Jim is one of those rare photographers who are still shooting film on occasion!

Don't forget the Tampa Bay Photo Shootout coming up April 10, 11, and 12th (www.thephotoshootout.com) and additional workshops this summer (www.outdoorphotoworkshops.com). In addition, our previous guest, Vanelli, has arranged a photo workshop cruise at  (www.vanelliandfriends.com/cruise) featuring Vanelli, Vincent Versace, and Mike Moats.  (Fotobug Jim will be there as well!).

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Fred and Jim welcome Vanelli to cohost podcast number 124.

In recent news, Nikon has recently shown off the new D810a which is a special version of the D810 modified for astrophotography, Canon is showing off a prototype ultra high-resolution 120MP CMOS sensor, Rumor are circulating about the next GoPro.  In addition, are we headed for a "Digital Dark Age"? Internet pioneer Vint Cerf believes so.  In addition, a small Florida-based photo editing tool business called Seasalt & Co. is causing some big controversy after announcing an upcoming Photoshop Action pack that many photographers are finding offensive.
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We are delighted to have Vanelli join us as a co-host.  Although Vanelli is based in Melbourne, FL, he came to us via Chicago where he was conducting a workshop.  Vanelli is actively involved in  PhotoFocus - http://photofocus.com along with a number of other well-known photographers and we urge you to check out the great training materials found there.In addition, Vanelli and Friends along with Hunts Photo are doing a floating photography workshop from June 15-19 from Miami to Key West to Cozumel and back.  The price is not only amazing, there are 3 incredible photographers that will be conducting workshops all week.  In addition to Vanelli, there are Mike Moats and Vincent Versace  In order to register, go to http://vanelliandfriends.com/cruise/.  There is a chance one of The Fotobug guys may be there as well!
Also don't forget to register for The Tampa Bay Photo Shootoutwww.thephotoshootout.com in April 10-12 and additional workshops at www.outdoorphotoworkshops.com.

Thanks for tuning in and remember, you can also subscribe via iTunes and don't forget to follow us on FaceBook!
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