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.

Please be sure to follow The Fotobug on our new YouTube channel!

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 .

Finally - please go and subscribe to the new The Fotobug YouTube channel!!

 

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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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Ron Wyatt is a photographer who worked professionally for Sport Illustrated, photographed two Olympic Games and has photographed the Russian Ballet.  He recently dropped his Nikon DSLRs for Sony mirrorless.  He sits down with The Fotobug to explain why!

In recent photo news, Nikon announced strong sales and restructuring are paying off and reported an 8x increase in profits despite a slight dip in revenue.  The DJI image of the Phantom Pro 5 turns out to be a custom built Phantom Pro 4Sony has announced a 3-year plan to invest $9 billion in image sensors and aims to be the top camera brand by 2021.  Skylum has teamed with Photolemur to create Skylum AI to work on AI-powered image solutions.  Finally Shutterbug is shutting down its print publication and will focus on a web-only publication. Check out the podcast for full details!

 

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To be asked to photograph the Russian Ballet company performances is quite an honor - but Ron Wyatt discovered that the rapid fire noise from his Nikon DSLR cameras were not appreciated by the company or audience.  Searching for a solution, Sony offered to let him try their mirrorless cameras, which can be completely silent!  In this episode, Ron talks about switching from his Nikon cameras to the Sony mirrorless system. It isn't easy to change to a new camera system, and Ron discusses how he went about familiiarizing himself with the new system.

Please check out the new Fotobug YouTube channel and please consider subscribing as we have plans for lots of great photo-based videos!

 

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Jim and Fred have spent the last couple months working with the new Mavic Air from DJI and are now ready to reveal their opinions!

In recent news, Rollei has revived its iconic Rolleiflex twin lens reflex lineup with the new Rolleiflex Instant Kamera. Rollei will shortly seek funding for the nwe camera on Kickstarter.  The winner of the Environment category of the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition has been disqualified after the competition’s organizers discovered the anteater starring in the dramatic nighttime image is actually stuffed. led for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, but says the move 'will not affect customers.' In fact, DxO teased updates to the Nik Software Collection and DxO PhotoLab in the same press release. The hotel chain Days Inn is looking for a photographer who wants to spend one month this summer shooting sunsets all over the United States. The gig pays $10,000, covers all travel expenses, and more. A man in India was mauled to death by an injured bear when he attempted to take a selfie with it.  Even worse - The Hindustan Times also reported the bystanders "were busy shooting the incident on their mobile phones instead of trying to rescue him." DJI has released a new(ish) drone: the Phantom 4 Pro V2.0. The updated P4P features almost all of the same internal specs of the original, but integrates a new high-res low-latency 'OcuSync' transmission system and decreases flight noise by 60%.

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Jim has been building UAVs (drones) for many years and these drones have been featured on past episodes.  Recently, Jim picked up the new DJI Mavic Air and he and Fred have been checking it out and are now ready to give their opinion on this new offering from DJI.  Is this the perfect travel drone?  It folds into a nice compact size and has a number of new filming modes as well as 12MP still captures and even a 32MP panorama mode.  Jim and Fred demonstrate some of the capture cinematic modes and offer their opinioins on the pros and cons of this new drone.

Our friend, Maurice Ribble, is currently running a Kickstarter project to raise funds to update the Camera Axe which we have featured in the past for water drop photography and even capturing a pellet gun shooting water balloons and crackers.  Please go to Kickstarter and consider back this project!

Early registration is now open for the Black Hills Photo Shootout in Rapid City, SD - go to www.thephotoshootout.com to register!

Coming up on the podcast in 2 weeks - why a pro photographer dropped Nikon for Sony!

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Before we tell you all there is to know about beanbags, there was more photographic news in the last couple of weeks!

Chinese company Xiaomi may purchase GoPro. Details on the potential buy-out are sparse at this point, but a report claims the deal could be worth as much as $1 billion.  One of the weirdest copyright cases in the history of photography is finally over. The courts have sided with photographer David Slater and rejected PETA's claim that the monkey who took the infamous selfie has any claim over the photograph's copyright. Skylum Software has released the latest update to its image processing software Luminar. The large-format digital LargeSense LS911 is the "world's first 8x10 digital single shot camera for sale and will set you back $106,000!! Gopro will now accept any old digital camera for trade-in. The program first launched last year, but only as a temporary promotion limited to previous-generation GoPro cameras. SmugMug has acquired struggling photography site Flickr.  DxO Labs has filed the initial proceedings to start the bankruptcy process in France. The latest update to Lightroom Classic CC brought with it a slew of major bugs, including some that would cause the program to crash.  For more details and more, check out the podcast.

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Beanbags - what are they good for?  Well, be sure to check out this week's podcast as Fred and Jim will tell you everything there is to know about Beanbags, including field uses and even the best things to use as fill material - pros and cons!  Please also check out the new Fotobug YouTube channel for this video and lots more - please subscribe so that we can add a lot more new material including previous videos from The Fotobug vault.  If you would like to purchase your own beanbag, please check out Rob Daugherty's website, The Vest Guy, to buy the beanbags that Fred and Jim used in this podcast.  Thanks to Rob for providing us with these great bags! https://thevestguy.com/

Also, EMS Photo Adventures still has a couple spots open for the Colorado Dude Ranch workshop in Colorado led by Pulitzer Prize winning photographer, Essdras Suarez - just prior to the Black Hill Photo Shootout - this would be a great combination!  http://emsphotoadventures.com/

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Robert Wicker joins The Fotobug to discuss how to make money in real estate photography!

In recent photoraphy news, a group  of children cleaning up a beach in Taiwan found a camera lost by a Japanese tourist in 2015.  Remarkably, the camera still functioned and the camera was returned to her!  A new partnership between drone maker DJI and Pond5 may make it easier for aerial photographers with 107 certification to sell their footage.  Adobe recently released new updates, but there have been some issues with the Lightroom update - slowdowns and pre-sets out of order.  Fuji announced it will stop producing all B&W film stock and paper beginning in October.  For more, be sure to watch the podcast!

 

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Robert Wicker is a professional real estate photographer from Melbourne, Fl and has agreed to share his tips on earning income in real estate photogaphy.  He discusses equipment and allows us to follow up as captures images in some homes up for sale and discusses potential issues and how to overcome them to get the best angles to set yourself apart from amateurs.

The Fotobug YouTube channel is now live!  Please take a moment to subscribe - CLICK HERE!  We will soon be adding original material as well as classic how-tos, interviews, and reviews from our video vault!

 

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