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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 .

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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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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!

 

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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!

 

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Jim is back so we have lots of photography news to share.  For full details, be sure to watch the podcast! Sadly, the MillionEyez app is shutting down for lack of subscribers.  Also, Nikon is shutting down its Japanese plant that makes point and shoot cameras citing competition from smartphones. An AI system has been developed at the Max Planck Institute to create high-definition versions of low resolutions images.  Skylum has just released Luminar 2018 on the Mac and Windows platforms.  TIME magazine has named the Sony A7R III as one of its top 10 gadgets of the year.  A leaked ICE memo claims DJI may be using its drones to spy on the USA for China!  For more detail on these stories and more, watch the podcast!

Jim also gives accolades to Camdapter (www.camdapter.com) for customer service by quickly senidng a buckle replacement for his camera strap which broke during his recent trip. 

The podcast image below is Jim's winning photo from the recent cruise!

 

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Jim met many interesting people on the cruise and shares an interview with photograper Georgina StrangeGeorgina is the official ship's photographer and grew up in the Falkland Islands.  Her dad is an English ornithologist and conservationist who moved to the Falklands in the late 1950s to establish a mink farm and became a writer, photographer and advocate for Falkland island wildlife.  Georgina has also writeen a couple books and we will share that information as soon as Jim purchases his copy!

Be sure to subscribe as we will be featuring more from the Antarctic voyage as well as more how-to information and reviews!

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Lots happening in photography right now!  Aurelius has cnfirmed that 94 year old Bowens is going out of business.  Jim and Fred show off a photo of the first of its kind 8 x 10 underwater camera - which can be yours for $5800!  New TSA rules require any electronic item larger than a cell phone to be removed and placed in a bin with nothing under or above it.  This does not apply for members of TSA Precheck.  Adobe accidentally leaked their unfinished Lightroom powered cloud-app called 'Project Nimbus' to some of their cloud users.  Another old roll of B&W film has been discovered in a 1920 Zeiss camera purchased in a pawn shop.  According to a new court ruling, if your images are still 'pending at the copyright office, you can't sue for infringement.  A Dallas couple has been ordered to pay a $1 million fine after trashing their wedding photographer on local news and in social media.  Avid just released a free version of their video editing software, Media Composer First.

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Jim and Fred interview Michele and Sandra, the principals behind the crowd funded project, Instamic!  Instamic is a complete recording package which combines microphones and a digital recorder into one small package that can be attached to a person or object using one of three included attachments: magnet, velcro, or tape.  There are two different models, the Go and the Pro.  The Pro model is waterproof, has more microphones built-in and can do stereo recording.  The Instamics make a great addition for video makers who wish to use their DSLR, mirrorless camera, GoPro sports camera, or even cell phone for recording videos.  The units are simple to use and can connect to a smartphone app for even more control.  The units are still available on Indiegogo (www.indiegogo.com) and are currently shipping.  The Fotobug guys have been using them for the past couple months for interviews and our field reviews.

Registration is now open for The Black Hills Photo Shootout in South Dakota for Sept. 29, 30 and Oct.1 - plus there are a couple pre and post workshops available.  www.thephotoshootout.com

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In recent photography news, Micron hend as announced the end of the line for the Lexar retail brand.  Sony's new 20mp CMOS sensor has a reset function that reduces the rolling shutter effect.  A roll of B&W film inside an Argus C2 camera purchased at an Oregon Goodwill contained images of the Mt. St. Helens eruption.  The Panocam has been sold after only 400 cameras were sent to backers. A drone operator was arrested by Arizona Police for interfering with firemen tackling wildfires and the FAA is developing a system to identify bad drone behavior and the operators. Another company has announced new B&W film - a 100 ISO stock from Zorki.

 

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Jim just returned from the Cuenca Ecuador Corpus Christi festival featuring lots of sweets and nightly fireworks.  The photo tour was arranged by EMS Photo Tours (www.emsphotoadentures.com) and led by pulitzer prize winning photographer, Essdras Suarez.  This podcast features an interview with Essdras as he describes how he captured the only image from the recent shooting in Virginia of the US congressmen at a practice baseball game. Essdras also discusses his new venture, MillionEyez (www.millioneyez.com). In addition, Jim interviews MJ Adelman, the person behind EMS Photo Adventures.  MJ has plenty of photo adventures to come, so please check out her website!

Coming up in September you can register now for the Black Hills Photo Shootout (www.thephotoshootout.com) which will take place the end of September in South Dakota.

We suggest you subscribe as we will be having a full review of the Zen Tilt, the Platypod, and we will feature an interview with Michele the man behind the Instamic!

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A couple of news items from Canon:  Canon has introduced a compact 35mm F2.8 macro lens with a built-in LED ring light and they have introduced a drone that can fly in nasty weather and can see in the dark.  The drone is capable of ISO speeds up to 4 million and is intended to be used in disaster relief.  Chinese stabilizer company, Gudsen, has introduced a range of powered gimbals aimed at users of compact cameras and medium-sized DSLRs.  Gudsen claims it is "the smartest camera stabilization and control system for mirrorless cameras and DSLRs and will set you back $599. Sony is planning to launch sever medium format sensors in the 100-150MP resolution next year. US-based GoPro customers can get a discount on a new HERO5 Black or Session camera when trading in an older HERO model. Existing GoPro owners can receive $100 off a new HERO5 Black, or $50 off a HERO5 Session when they trade in any older GoPro HERO model.  This is a limited time offer.

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Jim and Fred welcome back photographer Ron Wyatt who recently toured and photographed the Russian Moscow Ballet company.  In addition, Ron shares some equpment recommendations and lighting tips.  Ron just recently started his own photo tour company and has trips planned to Tanzania, Tuscany, indo-china and many other locations.  We recommend you check his website at www.ronwyattphotos.com to see more of his work and information on his upcoming workshops.

 

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Welcome to our next podcast!  In recent news, FILM Ferrania has announced the release of its P30 B&W filn which will be available on a limited 'ALPHA' edition for now.  GoPro is likely to release a new Hero 6 camera this year.  DxO is giving away OpticPro 9 - deadline February 28th.  To get a free copy - go to http://www.dxo.com/us/digitalcamerauk .  You will also receive a discount on version 11. Manfrotto has launched a magnetic filter holder for attaching and removing filters quickly.  Sony's new sensor has a 3-layer structure that permits capture speeds up to 1000fps and reduces the so-called "Jello-effect'.  Apple has filed for a patent that allows a focus stacking technique for portraits.  All this and more news in the current podcast!

 

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Rob Daugherty - The Vest Guy - returns to talk about his latest travels, share images and give photography tips.  Rob creates custom vests for hunters, fishermen, first responders, the military and PHOTOGRAPHERS!  To find out more, or to rent one of his vests go to http://www.thevestguy.com.  Rob also leads workshops around the world as well as his home state of Utah - check out http://www.robswildlife.com for information.

Next time - highlights from the Tampa Bay Photo Shootout!  Keep checking The Fotobug Facebook page for live broadcasts from the event.

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Lots of recent photography news for the new year!  Some users are reporting overheating issues witht the new iPhone 7.  A Kickstarter campaign is looking to develop GearEye, a grear management system to tag your photo items in your camera bag and follow by RFID on your smartphone.  Brides magazine suggests weddings should only be photographed by Canon or Nikon cameras (really?). Canon was granted more patents in 2016 than Google and AppleLilycam announces it is closing its doors and offering refunds to backers.  Timelapse+ has announced a new on-camera controller that will even adjust focus during the timelapse. Kodak has brought back Ektachrome film and may bring back Kodachrome!  DJI has acquired Hasselblad.  All this and more on the current podcast!

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Jim just returned from 2 weeks in the Galapagos and Quito Ecuador.  The man who put together the trip, Dr. Russell Burke is featured in an interview on this podcast.  The Galapagos should belong on your bucket list and we will be featuring photoraphy from the Galapagos on the next podcast. 

The Tampa Bay Photo Shootout is right around the corner.  Go to www.thephotoshootout.com to register and for more information.  This year the event will be held in Clearwater, Florida.  Hurry as the workshops fill up fast!

 

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