January 19th, 2020
Jim and Fred interviews photographer Jeff Cable!
In recent news, LucidPix AI app turns ordinary images into 3D photos. Canon has announced Image Connect to connect photographers to potential customers. Canon also shows off a new AI plugin for Lightroom Classic that will cull images for you. Sandisk has revealed an 8 TB SSD prototype and a 1 TB flash drive. GoPro's defunct Karma drones would not take off in 2020 due to a GPS glitch. DJI has posted an article with issues it has with the new FAA Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for remote identification of drones.
The Fotobug featured guest is Jeff Cable who photographed several Olympic games, and will be covering the upcoming summer games in Japan as well as the winter Olympics in Beijing. He also leads a number of interesting photo workshops are the globe through his website and also through M&M photo tours.
Check out Jeff's website at www.jeffcable.com
Check out M&M at www.mmphototours.com
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February 3rd, 2019
Fred and Jim have an interesting interview with a professional photographer in the current podcast!
In recent photography news, DJI announces that a group of employees banded together to overcharge the company 20% for parts costing the company $147 million dollars. Sony is forming a subsidiary in Amsterdam to avoid issues as a result of Brexit. Newark airport was shut down when 2 pilots spotted what they believe were drones flying at 3500 feet, 9 miles from the airport. A rare contact sheet of Marilyn Monroe is up for sale at eBay - currently at $195,000. WikiShootme is a website that allows photographers to contribute photos based upon their location that may be needed for Wikipedia. Irix Edge Light Pollution Filter is a new filter to remove the yellow mercury vapor light from city photos at night. Listen to the podcast for more!
The Fotobug guest is Glenn Nielsen, a professional portrait photographer based in Tampa who specializes in newborn photos. He explains why it is important to have a marketing niche and the importance of treating professional photography as a business. To see more of Glenn's images, check out his website at www.TampaBeginnings.com If you have questions or comments please don't hesitate to leave them in the comments section and please check out he new Fotobug YouTube channel!
November 11th, 2018
In recent news, Fotolia will be shutting down their service by November of 2019 and transferred to Adobe Stock. Hong Kong based CARBON launched a Kickstarter campaign to produce a hand-cranked instant film camera using Instax film. Also on Kickstarter, ONDU is running a campaign to produce more pinhole cameras. The latest update of Luminar contains and AI based sky enhancer. DJI drones in the UK have been falling out of the sky due to bad battery cells. Also, DJI has released a new Mavic Pro Enterprise for first responders. Epson has released a new textured ink-jet printer under the Legacy range of papers. For more news and more details, watch the podcast!
At the Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup in September, Fred and Jim met a young man who was traveling throughout the country - 50 states in 50 days and invited Daniel Seddiqui to appear on the current podcast. Daniel carefully planned out his venture and wanted to visit and participate in iconic events in all 50 states - 1 state per day! Daniel also taped his venture and segments are currently appearing on The Weather Channel. We urged Daniel to create a YouTube channel and we will share the link once he has it established.
Stay tuned for upcoming episodes featuring Jim's trip to Iceland, review of the Ronin-S gimbal and the new LitraPro LED light.
September 30th, 2018
A couple months back, Fred and Jim did a review of the Litra Torch and gave it a big thumbs up! Litra just completed a Kickstarter project for a newer light - the LitraPro and the Litra Business Development Manager, Andrew Siminoff agreed to sit down and show off the new LitraPro! The Kickstarter project has now ended, but the new LitraPro will be availble before the holidays (and can be pre-ordered now!). The new light is larger and brighter than its little brother. It can also be switched from daylight to tungsten in 100K increments. It also is water proof down to 100' underwater. There are a number of accessories that can be purchased separately including barn doors, soft boxes, honeycomb gird and more! Check out all the features at https://litra.com/
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September 16th, 2018
Jim and Fred are currently in South Dakota, so there won't be any photography news until the next podcast! Our special guest is a friend we made three years ago at the Tampa Bay Photo shootout, David Guy Maynard! David is not only a photographer, he is also a musician, gourmet cook, song writer, poet and more! You alos need to check out his website and workshops at www.dmaynardphotography.com/ David is also active on Facebook and Instagram.
Be sure to tune in fof th next podcast for highlights of the Black Hills and interview with Bill Fourtney!
August 19th, 2018
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 Kickstarter! Nikon 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!
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.
July 8th, 2018
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 Photoshop. Adobe 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!
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!
June 24th, 2018
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 email@example.com .
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 .
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April 15th, 2018
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!
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.
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December 24th, 2017
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the Fotobug!
In the latest photo news covered by the the current podcast, traffickers using Instagram as part of the illicit animal trade may start seeing a warni pop-up screen, artificial intelligence is making more inroads into photography via NVidia that can transform night into day, rain into sunshine and more, in addition a new Neural Network can restore damaged images and enhance how resolution images. Lytro has completed its move to video and closed down it's web operations, but customer feedback could bring back the web-based algorithm as an open-source project. Lensrentals and LensProToGo have merged and Lumoid is closing its doors. Dji has added the option to transmit your drone ID and flight info so concderned authorities can see what you are doing amd Dutch police have closed down their eagle traingiing program to take down drones. Want to relive the days of film? Gudak Cam has an app that makes you wait 3 days to see your phone images! The final update for Lightroom Classic has been released by Adobe and it is Creative Cloud from now on. Watch the podcast for more details and even more news!
Our friend Rob Dougherty sent us a video showing off his new line of bean bags. Although too late for a gift or stocking stuffer, we recommend checking them out at www.thevestguy.com . We hope to do a follow up product review!
While on the recent voyage to Antarctica, Jim ran into a photographer/filmmaker Justin Edelman and the producer and subject of his latest documentary, Shebbie Jacques. Jim sat down with Justin and Shebbie and shares the interview on the current podcast along with a teaser video from Justin and Shebbie's documentary. Watch for a brief cameo from Fotobug Jim!
See you next year!