A couple of news items from Canon:  Canon has introduced a compact 35mm F2.8 macro lens with a built-in LED ring light and they have introduced a drone that can fly in nasty weather and can see in the dark.  The drone is capable of ISO speeds up to 4 million and is intended to be used in disaster relief.  Chinese stabilizer company, Gudsen, has introduced a range of powered gimbals aimed at users of compact cameras and medium-sized DSLRs.  Gudsen claims it is "the smartest camera stabilization and control system for mirrorless cameras and DSLRs and will set you back $599. Sony is planning to launch sever medium format sensors in the 100-150MP resolution next year. US-based GoPro customers can get a discount on a new HERO5 Black or Session camera when trading in an older HERO model. Existing GoPro owners can receive $100 off a new HERO5 Black, or $50 off a HERO5 Session when they trade in any older GoPro HERO model.  This is a limited time offer.

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Jim and Fred welcome back photographer Ron Wyatt who recently toured and photographed the Russian Moscow Ballet company.  In addition, Ron shares some equpment recommendations and lighting tips.  Ron just recently started his own photo tour company and has trips planned to Tanzania, Tuscany, indo-china and many other locations.  We recommend you check his website at www.ronwyattphotos.com to see more of his work and information on his upcoming workshops.

 

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Today's podcast features a segment on creating bismuth crystals for macro photography.

In recent news, Popular Photography magazine is shutting down operations, including their website.  The Azure rock formation, featured in Game of Thrones has fallen into the sea after a large storm.  Olympus has announced the end of it's four thirds system.  A camera lost in a shipwreck in 2012 has been found and the images on the Lexar memory card were able to be recovered!  A judge dismisses charges against a Kentucky man who shot down a drone flying over his property.  Also watch the podcast to learn the correct way to pronounce 'bokeh'!  Watch the podcast more even more news!

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Jim demonstrates how to create bismuth crystals for closeup photography.  Bismuth is an element similiar to lead with a low melting point, but is not harmful to people or the environment.  In fact, it is the main ingredient in Pepto Bismal! Do be careful if you try this yourself as bismuth must be heated to 500 degrees F to melt and requires a slow cool off period in order to form crystals.  We recommend melting it out doors and be sure to wear proper gloves and eye protection and keep everything away from other flammable objects!  Please share your images on Facebook with us if you decide to try this for yourself!

The Black Hills Photo Shootout will soon be open for reservations and more information can be found at www.thephotoshootout.com.  Hope to see you there!

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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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