April 26th, 2020
The safe at home continues but plans are being made for the upcoming Black Hills Photo Shoot out this coming September and the organizer, Jay Grammond will discuss it on today's podcast!
In recent news, an app to allow portrait photographers to test lighting setups is now available for free for 15 days (www.elixxier.com) Mandel Mendlowits, the founder of Adorama, passed away at the age of 76. I'm Back returns to Kickstarter creating a digital back for analog film cameras. Lenscoat is creating camo colored face masks for healthcare workers. GoPro and VSCO are laying off employees but still plan to release new features this year. Huawei was caught once again attempting to pass off DSLR images as images taken with their smartphones. There is more news! Check out the podcast!
Jay Grammond will once again organize the Black Hills Photo Shootout which will take place in South Dakota this September 25-27th! Instructors are coming back on board and as long as Covid-19 permits, the event will be held in Sturgis, South Dakota this year! Be sure to save those dates and keep listening to the podcast and watch The Black Hills Photo Shootout and The Fotobug Facebook pages for updates.
Jim is still giving away his 24 page complete guide to macro photography which contains everything from macro lenses to focus stacking and more! To get your FREE copy, just subscribe to The Fotobug YouTube channel and then write to email@example.com and you will be sent a link to download your copy!
October 13th, 2019
Jim and Fred just returned from the Black Hills Photo Shootout in Deadwood, South Dakota!
In recent photography news, drone make Skydio has announced a new drone, the Skydio 2 which they hope to compete with the DJI Mavic series. Also, Yuneec has released an updated drone, The Typhoon H in collaboration with Leica. GoPro just announced the new Hero 8 as well as a 2nd 360 degree camera, the GoPro Max. Chasing Dory is a new Kickstarter project for an underwater drone with 2 LED lights and an HD camera. An iPhone that fell from a small plane in Iceland 13 months ago was recovered by hikers and when recharged, it powered on and the hikers were able to find the pilot who lost it!
The ninth annual Black Hills Photo Shootout is now over and all it appears everyone had a great weekend despite the rainy cool weather Saturday morning. Make sure to Save the Date for the tenth annual Shootout in 2020 the last weekend in September. Special thanks to Joel Grimes for conducting the keynote address Friday night despite a bout of the flu and to Jay Grammond for organizing and running the event along with all the great instructors and all who attended.
Coming up - how to set the Neewer slider app for timelapse!
September 15th, 2019
Since this is a busy travel month - Jim is conducting a workshop in Montana - so we decided to pull out of The Fotobug video vault, back in October 2011 - the first year Jim attended the Black Hills Photo Shootout. It includes interviews with many instructors who are no longer part of the event. This will be the ninth year of the Photo Shootout and registration is still open - blackhillsphotoshootout.myportfolio.com Many sessions are filled up, but don't miss this event - last weekend in September!
October 14th, 2018
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!
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!!
October 15th, 2017
Fred and Jim just returned from South Dakota and the 8th annual Black Hills Photo Shootout and have lots of news to share! SanDisk has unveiled a new line of memory cards more reliable that standarad cards. Apature Light Storm 300D is a new LED studtio light that matches a 2,000 watt tungsten light. Seagate has releaed three new 12TB hard drives. The Insta360n Pro 8K is a new camera that has received Google Street View Certification. GoPro has released a new action camera - the Hero 6. EyeEm can make it easy to secure model releases from your photo sessioins - check https://www.eyeem.com/ for pricing and more information. Windowed is a free app to allow you to post to Instagram directly from your computer - http://windowed.io
The eighth annual Black Hills Photo Shootout was a huge success and if you missed it this year, be sure to mark your calander for the ninth annual BHPS which will take place in Rapid City the end of September in 2018. Fred and I want to thank all the great instructors, Vanelli for the keynote speech, and all the great people who attended and made this year a really special event. We are looking forward to next year on the eastern side of South Dakota!
October 16th, 2016
Jim and Fred have returned from the Black Hills Photo Shootout and Jim from his extended trip to western National and several state parks. More to come on these parks in future episodes. In the news, Epson has announced a partnership with UAV maker, DJI in order to allow the use of Epson's Moverico Augmented Reality glasses. Shutterstock now has a plugin for Photoshop to import images directly. Getty responded to the $1 billion dollar lawsuit against it claiming the images are in the public domain and are no longer controlled by the photographer. Fujifilm is introducing a medium format digital camera. GoPro finally released the Karma drone, but has been upstaged by DJI's new Magik portable drone. GoPro has also released the new Hero 5 action camera. Flickr Marketplace is being shut down over a lack of sales.
Jim and Fred did a live Facebook from South Dakota and present a short reel of some of the highlights from the 2016 Shootout. This year there were two extended workshops, one before the Shootout in Custer State Park
of the Bison Roundiup and a few after at Teddy Roosevelt National Park
in North Dakota. We hope to see many of you at next year's Shootout as well as the 2017 Tampa Bay Photo Shootout
which will be taking place in the early spring. A big shout out to many of our fans and viewers as well as the sponsors, workshop leaders, volunteers, and all who attended the many workshops. Jim and Fred also feature an interview with workshop leader, author and photographer, Dick Kettlewell
Jim will be featuring video from many of the national parks he visited in future podcasts as well as reviews of the new Pulse from Alpine Labs, the Rollocam, and lots more - so be sure to stay tuned and subscribe! For those of you who attended the workshops, we want to see your images!!
October 4th, 2015
Welcome to our coverage of the Black Hills Photo Shootout in Rapid City, South Dakota. But first, the latest photographic news! Lenstag now has a subscription option for $2.00 a month of $19.00 a year - currently by invitation only. There is now a Kickstarter project to produce a DSLR-like case for the GoPro camera. Flickr demonstrated an early preview of a 'virtual reality experience' designed for viewing 360-degree panoramic photos. Sony has introduced the Alpha 7S II, a second iteration of its video-centric Alpha 7S. DJI has announced a pair of Micro Four Thirds aerial cameras including a model that can shoot lossless 4K Raw footage. Photographer and designer Philipp Schmitt has created a concept camera called 'Camera Restricta' with a unique feature: it won't allow the user to take a picture in an area where too many other photos have been taken. Finally, Apple has launched the long-rumored iPad Pro. Watch the podcast for more details!
The 6th Annual Black Hills Photo Shootout
is now history and was another great weekend in Rapid City. Our keynote speaker this year was Jennifer Wu
who also agreed to an interview on this podcast - check out Jennifer's website at www.jenniferwu.com
. Jennifer shares some quick tips to find and photograph the milky way and star photography in general. In addition we talk to workshop leader Dick Kettlewell
who has a new book coming out in mid-October. It was great seeing old friends and making new friends! We appreciate all the new "likes" on our Facebook page (go ahead and "like" us - it only takes a moment!!). If you missed this year, we will be back next year and there is also the Tampa Bay Photo Shootout
in April in the Tampa Bay area.
Up next - Jim will share his adventures in the Highlands of Scotland including the Isle of Skye. You won't want to miss it!
October 6th, 2013
Episode 88 of The Fotobug features The Black Hills Shootout from western South Dakota. The keynote speaker for the fourth annual Photo Shootout was Bill Fortney who makes an appearance in the podcast. Our featured guest is photographer Dick Kettlewell who talks about The Shootout as well as his own photography and workshops. In addition, video from The Buffalo Roundup at Custer State Park is featured.
In the news, Adobe releases updates to Lightroom as well as Adobe Camera Raw, GoPro releases the Hero3+, and Jim demonstrates a method to add shortcuts to our website on IOS devices.
There are lots of workshops and events coming up in coming months - be sure to keep tuning in! A well-known photographer and Canon Explorer of Light has offered to do a free Photo walk next year which will help celebrate our 100th podcast! Additional information on workshops and the Tampa Bay Shootout can be found at www.thephotoshootout.com and www.outdoorphotoworkshops.com.
August 25th, 2013
Welcome to podcast #85! Jason Hahn is our guest this episode. Jason talks about his recent family photo trip out west and shares some of his photos with us. In addition, we discuss the upcoming Black Hills Shootout which takes place September 27, 28 and 29 in Spearfish, South Dakota. This is the fourth year of the photo workshop and features keynote speaker, Bill Fortney. Registration is at www.thephotoshootout.com and there are still openings available!
Jason also talks about the 2014 schedule for the Outdoor Photo Workshop which includes the Everglades, Raptors, Iceland, Slovenia and many workshops in South Dakota. Check www.outdoorphotoworkshops.com for the 2014 schedule.
In the news, Fred and Jim talk more about UAV photography and FAA guidelines, Kodak emerges from bankruptcy, Garmin releases a new sports camera and a lot more!
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October 7th, 2012
Welcome to podcast #62 and our Black Hills Shootout special. Fred and Jim have returned from South Dakota and feature images from the event and a few of the workshops. Turnout was great this year and Rick Sammon, the keynote speaker, remained for the entire weekend attending several of the workshops. Be sure to plan on joining us again next year!
In the news, Sony and Hasselblad have announced a partnership to produce a newE-mount compact camera, and Sony has invested in Olympus and now owns 10% of the company. Adobe just released Elements 11 for Photoshop and Premiere and you can pick up the pair for $149 and they just released the final versions of Adobe Camera Raw 7.2 and Lightroom 4.2. Finally, Nikon cameras D4 and D800 are the first DSLR video cameras to pass the rigid BBC Test to be approved for European television production.
Be sure to check out the Everglades workshop in November at www.outdoorphotoworkshops.com as well as the Northern Lights workshop to Iceland in February (still opening!), the workshop in Costa Rica in April and the Peruvian Amazon in June.