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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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The weekend this podcast goes live, Jim and Fred will be wrapping up the Black Hills Photo Shootout in Spearfish, SD.  Hopefully you followed the Shootout on the Black Hills Photo Shootout Facebook page for live broadcasts from the event.  Now it is time to plan to attend the Tampa Bay Photo Shootout coming up in the spring of 2017!

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This episode is the second and final part of the day Jim and Fred spent with Vanelli in his studio for a photo shoot for Teen Vogue Magazine.  Especially if you want to improve your use of studio strobes and posing, you will want to watch this podcast.  We are also very grateful to Vanelli for allowing us to videotape behind-the-scenes of one of his studio shoots.  You can learn more from Vanelli from his posts at www.photofocus.com and his website, http://exposurepas.com

Be sure to tune into the next podcast for highlights of the Black Hills Photo Shootout!

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Jim and Fred are busy getting ready for The Black Hills Photo Shootout taking place Sept 1, Oct 1 and 2.  There is still time to register!  Just go to www.thephotoshootout.com and sign up.  Also The Fotobug guys are going to be broadcasting at various times on Facebook from the Shootout!  To participate, post live comments or ask questions, Follow The Black Hills Photo Shootout Facebook page.  We hope you can attend, but if not, you have an option of helping us with our live broadcasts!

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While Jim and Fred are traveling, Vanelli allowed them to photograph a glamour shoot for Teen Vogue magazine and we will present the behind the scenes photo shoot in the next two episodes!  Here is your chance to see how a commercial photo shoot is put together.  Also, but sure to watch for tips from Vanelli in what we call 'Pure Vanelli Extracts"!  You can learn more from Vanelli from his posts at www.photofocus.com and his website, http://exposurepas.com

Next time, Part 2 of the glamour shoot and more tips from Vanelli!

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The Black Hills Photo Shootout is right around the corner!

In recent news, Canon will bring a new Wi-Fi connectivity option to the EOS 7D II, 5DS and 5DS by way of an adapter that fits into the camera's SD slot.  Edelkrome has launched Wing, a non-motorized sliding armature that attaches to a tripod and glides a camera in a straight line without rails.  Google has developed a way to use neural networks to compress image files in a more efficient way that current compression methods.  The new Canon 5D MK IV reportedly has a rolling shutter issues, especially when recording in 4K. The Boulder/Telluride Photo Festival was cancelled at the last minute and email notifications went out the day it was to begin. See below if you had registered for the Photo Festival as we are offering those photographers a discount for The Black Hills Photo Shootout.  FInally, Eye-fi relented and released a Windows as well as a Mac version of software for X2 cards!

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Fred and Jim take a trip to visit Vanelli and spend the day with him at his Melbourne, FL studio.  He permits The Fotobug guys to go behind the scenes and watch how he creates his incredible sports portraits. Even if you aren't into portrait photography, you won't want to miss this episode!  You can learn more from Vanelli from his posts at www.photofocus.com and his website, http://exposurepas.com

Finally, it isn't too late to register for The Black Hills Photo Shootout taking place Sept 30, Oct 1 - 2 in Spearfish, SD.  Go to to register here - www.thephotoshootout.com.  If you can't make it, follow The Black Hills Photo Shootout Facebook page as the Fotobug Guys are going to do some live Facebook broadcasts during the event.  You can ask questions and participate from afar!  Jim will also be posting live Facebook posts on The Fotobug Facebook page on his extended trip to South Dakota!

More from Vanelli coming up next time!

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Jim and Fred share tips for using the video side of your DSLR camera!

In recent news, a clever photographers attached a strobe to a drone and used it to illuminate kayakers in near darkness dropping down a 60 foot waterfall.  Parachut is a new subscription based service that allows you ro lease camera equipment for as long as you want.  The service runs 4149 a month.  Hasselblad and DJI have teamed up to create a long-range drone that will be fitted with a 50MP CMOS sensor.  Software distributor Globell has announced a new screen calibration device which is now a Kickstarter campaign.  Another crowd funded project on Indegogo is Cheeringtech, to create a lighter and smaller remote trigger for DSLRs.

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If you are ignoring the video capabilities of your DSLR camera, then you are only using 1/2 of your camera!  You paid for the ability to shoot video, so why not use it!  Jim and Fred share some quick tips to help you capture great looking video that you will be proud to share on your favorite social media site.  Sometimes a video capture is better than a still capture! Don't be afraid to use your camera's video mode and be sure to watch this episode to get the best video out of your camera.

A special deal for our listeners and friends!  M&M Photo Tours have a couple open spots for a capitol tour of Europe.  Book the tour and M&M will knock $1000 of the tour price!  Go to www.mmphototours.com for more information.  The tour price is all-inclusive and even includes airfare from LA.

Coming up - The Black Hills Photo Shootout in South Dakota.  See www.thephotoshootout.com for information and registration will be opening soon!

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Summer is here along with the heat and long sunny days.  Lots going on in the world on Photography!  In recent news, Fred and Jim discuss the fact Indian officials have rejected Google's plan to image its towns and cities due to security concerns.  A 23 year old man left the boardwalk at Yellowstone National Park and fell through the crust into a hot acidic pool (Darwin award?). KitSplit is a new peer to peer network for renting and leasing camera gear.  A disgruntled Nikon D500 owner is suing Nikon and claims the camera's Wifi isn't what was advertised.  Two unusual lenses are up for sale: a Birns and Sawyer Omitar 1000mm f/4.5 lens commissioned by NASA and a Nikon 1200mm F11 lens on eBay. Finally, a studio in India founded in 1840 is closing after 176 years in operation.

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Technique using 15 frames to simulate long exposure in Photoshop

In the current podcast, Jim and Fred discuss three ways to capture incredible images using long exposures, even during daylight hours.  The most common and traditional way is to use ND or variable ND filters.  Some recent cameras have a multiple exposure mode (especially Canon) and by using the Average setting, several images can be averaged together to produce a long exposure effect without ND filters.  Finally, the same process can be applied with any camera in Photoshop by bringing in all the images into layers, then select and convert the image to a smart object and finally, using the Layers menu, apply the Mean mode to the layers.  More details in the podcast! 

Jim also demonstrates the new content fill operation in the latest version of Photoshop when rotating the image to straighten the horizon.  Previously this had to be done manually or the image had to be cropped to omit the portions outside of the image.

Coming up - a look at the new DJI Phamtom 4 and more interesting guest appearances!  Start planning for the Black Hills Photo Shootout taking place the last weekend in in September - www.thephotoshootout.com!

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Lots of news this time! Lytro has announced an update to its software that now allows post changes to exposure, saturation and color as well as focus for its cameras.  Adobe has finally announced the end of Adobe Flash and are urging web developers to stop using it.  Also, Adobe released Lightroom 2.0 for Apple's IOS devices and will soon do the same for AndroidBeamr is reportedly developing a JPEGmini format that allows JPEG files to be even smaller, without reducing quality.  Phase One has completely taken over the Mamiya Saku factory and Sony is acquiring the Toshiba senor business. Manfrotto plans to introduce e a new video LED light. Panasonic has announced it will resume development of an 8K sensor for video.  If you would like a new job and follow in the footsteps of Ansel Adams, the US Government is looking to hire a full-time photographer for it's National Parks!
Our guest this time is George Heinrich (http://www.heinrichecologicalservices.com).  Jim recently volunteered to help George with his research on Suwanee River Cooter Turtles.  George has been working on this project for the past 11.5 years and we discuss how photographers in the field can help out with these important research studies.  George will be presenting an update on the study at Boyd Hill Nature Park in St. Petersburg, FL in January.
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We also included a little extra on dealing with problem backgrounds for better photos.  Fred recently photographed a horse drawn carriage and it occurred to him that there was one best angle for the image - based upon the background!
Jim will be conducting workshops at the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival in Titusville January 21-25, so please sign up now and plan to attend.  There will be something there for everyone! (www.spacecoastbirdingandwildlifefestival.org).
Until next time - keep shooting!
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Welcome to The Fotobug podcast number 135!

In recent photographic news, researchers at Columbia University are developing an iOS app that would make it easier for consumers to capture bullet time sequences.  A vast majority of Members of the European Parliament have voted to remove wording from a current copyright reform proposal that may have caused a lot of trouble for photographers. Tangerine, a feature film by Sean Baker, is headed for theaters on July 10th. was shot entirely on the iPhone 5,  It has been reported that Panasonic is developing a technology for refocusing an image after it's been shot, and will be commercializing the feature sometime in the next year.  Watch the entire podcast for these and other stories including a discussion of DSLR vs mirrorless cameras passed to us by our friend, Vincent Versace.

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Fred and Jim demonstrate how to capture beautiful abstract images of oil on water.  This is a great way to use your camera even if it is too hot or raining outside.  You just need a few items to capture your own oil on water images:

  • Camera and tripod
  • close-up lens
  • Clear glass dish, glass or jar
  • water with a little dish soap
  • Cooking oil
  • food coloring (optional)
  • Lighting source

Fred and Jim explain and demonstrate the setup in the podcast. Go ahead and give it a try and share your images with us and our listeners on our  Facebook page!

Please check out the following July specials from Hunts Photo:

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 2.Panasonic A500: Point-of-View Wearable 4K Action Camera. ($349.99 with  Free 32gb micro sd card) 
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 3. Canon Pro 10 printer, to be announced I will be adding a Canon pro printer to the promotion, but this will
 not start until after July 5th.Updates will appear on The Fotobug Facebook page!

Call Hunts and ask for Andrea at 781-662-8822

Be sure to tune in next time for our interview with Tampa Bay based photographer, Chip Weiner!  Also check out www.thephotoshootout.com to register for The Black Hills Photo Shootout coming up in September!

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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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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!

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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.

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