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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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Tune in to the podcast for full information on recent photography news!  GoPro has enhanced its GoPro Plus subscription service to allow for the replacement of 2 broken cameras.  As of Feb. 12, 500PX is removing all photo classes from its website. A photography workshop leader in Hawaii died after being overcome from fumes from the local volcano. RGG EDU is giving away a $300 8 hour photography course for beer photography. Sign up at rggedu.com.  Skydio is releasing a new drone referred to as a flying camera.  A science photographer has photographed a single atom!

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Time lapse photography is a great way to visual events that may take considerable time in reality.  Jim discusses taking time lapse sequences of the life cycle of a monarch butterfly.  Monarchs are amazing insects that migrate between Canada and Mexico over several generations.  They begin life from an egg about the size of a pin head laid on a milkweed plant.  The emerging caterpillers increase in size around 1600xs then crawl away and pupate.  Ten to fourteen days later, they emerge as a beautiful monarch butterfly and the cycle repeats.  

An expanded version of this time lapse instructional video will soon be placed on the new Fotobug YouTube Channel - subscribe today!

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Happy New Year and welcome to 2018! 

In the news for the new year, DxO has announced that a new version of the Nik collection is in the works.  No word on release date or price.  Pschologists have identified a mental disorder called 'selfitis' for people who compulsively must take seflies.  Darkable is a new open source alternative to Lightroom now available for Windows, although it is still under development. Tamron has created a 'VIP Club' for those who own four or more Tamron lenses.  Play the podcast for another story about a lost camera and recovered images!  The Pitta is a new modular camera now available on Kickstarter and has already raised $250,000.

 

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If you are concerned about dust on your mirrorless camera sensor, our guest, Justin Edelman, shows how to safetly clean your sensor.  Justin takes us step by step on removing hair and dust from the camera sensor using a Sony mirrorless camera.

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Jim is currently traveling to Antarctica so there will be no news for the current episode, but Jim and Fred will be back in two weeks with all the latest photography news!

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Back in September, Jim conducted a light painting workshop on a one room schoolhouse at the Black Hills Photo Shootout in Spearfish, SD.  The workshop only demonstrated how to light a building and simliar objects, but there was no time for classroom instruction, so Jim decided to show how to do the layering technique for light painting in Photoshop.  

In addition, Jim and Fred offer up two interesting videos from Adobe on enhancements that may be available in future versions of Photoshop, Premiere and perhaps After Effects.  These enhancements are based upon the content aware fill now in Photoshop and we think you will find these videos to be interesting!

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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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