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Jim and Fred have spent the last couple months working with the new Mavic Air from DJI and are now ready to reveal their opinions!

In recent news, Rollei has revived its iconic Rolleiflex twin lens reflex lineup with the new Rolleiflex Instant Kamera. Rollei will shortly seek funding for the nwe camera on Kickstarter.  The winner of the Environment category of the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition has been disqualified after the competition’s organizers discovered the anteater starring in the dramatic nighttime image is actually stuffed. led for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, but says the move 'will not affect customers.' In fact, DxO teased updates to the Nik Software Collection and DxO PhotoLab in the same press release. The hotel chain Days Inn is looking for a photographer who wants to spend one month this summer shooting sunsets all over the United States. The gig pays $10,000, covers all travel expenses, and more. A man in India was mauled to death by an injured bear when he attempted to take a selfie with it.  Even worse - The Hindustan Times also reported the bystanders "were busy shooting the incident on their mobile phones instead of trying to rescue him." DJI has released a new(ish) drone: the Phantom 4 Pro V2.0. The updated P4P features almost all of the same internal specs of the original, but integrates a new high-res low-latency 'OcuSync' transmission system and decreases flight noise by 60%.

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Jim has been building UAVs (drones) for many years and these drones have been featured on past episodes.  Recently, Jim picked up the new DJI Mavic Air and he and Fred have been checking it out and are now ready to give their opinion on this new offering from DJI.  Is this the perfect travel drone?  It folds into a nice compact size and has a number of new filming modes as well as 12MP still captures and even a 32MP panorama mode.  Jim and Fred demonstrate some of the capture cinematic modes and offer their opinioins on the pros and cons of this new drone.

Our friend, Maurice Ribble, is currently running a Kickstarter project to raise funds to update the Camera Axe which we have featured in the past for water drop photography and even capturing a pellet gun shooting water balloons and crackers.  Please go to Kickstarter and consider back this project!

Early registration is now open for the Black Hills Photo Shootout in Rapid City, SD - go to www.thephotoshootout.com to register!

Coming up on the podcast in 2 weeks - why a pro photographer dropped Nikon for Sony!

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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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Be sure to watch the podcast for full details on current news in photography!

The President of Canon Marketing confirmed that Canon is willing to cannabilize DSLR sales to invest in the "growth market" of mirrorless cameras.  A photographer ordered a $6000 camera on Amazon and first received a box of rocks, then a box of bricks!  According to Japan Camera Hunter, Agfa Vista color film is no longer being produced.  A new Kickstarter project called "I'm Back" is attempting to create a digital back for older 35mm film cameras.  Finally, Adobe is raising the price of some Creative Cloud subscription packages.

 

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In the current podcast, Jim and Fred compare the pluses and minuses of the Litra LED light versus the Lume Cube LED  light.  The lights look very similiar, but there are some important differences and hopefully this podcast will help you to decide which is best for you.  In addition, Hunts Photo is offering a whopping $20 discount on the new Litra LED light!  To take advantage of this discount (which won't last forever!) - CLICK HERE FOR $20 DISCOUNT

Be sure to let Hunts know that you are a fan of The Fotobug! 

Also, be one of the first to subscribe to the new Fotobug YouTube channel where we will be posting extended versions of our reviews, interviews and how-tos.

Plan to attend the Black Hills Photo Shootout coiming up this September in South Dakota where you can meeti The Fotobug guys in person!

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More news in the world of photography!  Tune into the podcast for complete details. You may be violating copyright laws if you are posting images other than your own on Twitter. Sony has created a 1.45MP back-illuminated CMOS sensor with a global shutter. Really Right Stuff is relocating from California to Utah.  Kodak Alaris is bringing back T-Max B&w film.  Prograde digital is a new memory card founded by former executive and engineers from Lexar which was closed my Micron.   500PX has been acquired by Visual China Group.  Finally - if you like Eneloop batteries, consider the Ladda batteries by Ikea which may be the same batteries, but are a lot cheaper!

 

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Fred recently purchased the Canon 80D and discusses the pros and cons of his new camera with Jim including some issues using the camera with third party lenses such as Sigma and Tamron.  

Keep the end of September on your calendars for the 9th annual Black Hills Photo Shootout coming up in South Dakota!  The Fotobug guys will be there once again - but don't let that keep you away!  Check the website at www.thephotoshootout.com for complete information!

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  In recent news, Zion National Park clarifies it's tripod ban.  Tripods are only banned on certain trails only. Velbon will distribute the Chairpod HY 127 in the United States for $180.  The US Copyright office will soon allow images to be uploaded for copyright protection - 750 images for $55. Reuters has been banned from the Olympic Opening Ceremonies due to a photographer who leaked photos.  That photographer has been banned from the games. Director Steve Soderbergh is shooting his movie Unsane entirely on the iPhone.  For more news and details, watch the podcast!

 

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Jim and Fred interviewed the creator of the Indiegogo project Instamic a few episodes back and now that they have had a chance to use them for several interviews, they are present their opinions.  The Instamics will soon be available commercially, but the Pro model can still be purchased on Indiegogo!  If you use the video feature on your camera, we can recommend the new Instamic!

 

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In recent photo news, the Pholio Kickstarter hard drvie can connect to a PC, Mac, tablet or smartphone and will automatically search and backup all images and videos. Irix is introducing a new filter system that is suitable for wide-angle lenses with large front optics.  The FAA is now recommending that all airlines ban electronics that contain lithium ion batteries from checked bags.  The Pixnetu jacksets on Kickstarter allow you to keep your gear warm and dry.  The WiBotic PowerPad is a 3' x 3' landing pad for drones and is also a wireless charger!  Macphun is changing their name to Skylum.  Watch the podcast for more information on these and other news items!

 

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Alpine Labs has conducted a number of successful campaigns on Indiegogo and Kickstarter including the Radian, Radian II, Pulse and now the SparkSpark is a camera trigger that will work with a number of camera brands.  It can trigger the camera via IR (Infrared), via  cable, or from a blue-tooth connected app on your smartphone.  Jim and Fred take a first look at the new Spark and plan to do a complete review in the near future.

Coming up next time: how to process light painting images using a stacking technique in Photoshop!

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Jim and Fred are presently conducting photo workshops at The Black Hills Photo Shootout in South Dakota, so no news this time!

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Gimbals are one of the latest devices for filmmakers to capture smooth motion video - even with a smartphone!  The technology is the same as used on UAVs (otherwise known as drones) to keep the camera steady.  Zhiyun has been making gimbals for the past couple of years - even larger gimbals for mirrorless cameras and DSLRs.  The Smooth Q is their latest, and also the least expensive on the market, and works with sports cameras as well as smartphones.  In addtion, there is an app for the Smooth Q for both Android and Apple devices.

So just how well does the 3-axis Smooth Q work?  Well, check out the podcast and find out what Jim and Fred think.

 

 

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Welcome to the Fotobug Podcast!  In recent news, DJI has released an update to the Mavic Pro called Mavic Pro Platinum. The Lily Drone has been reserected by the Mota Group who plan to offer the UAV for $500.  The Photonicz One will be the world's first weather-sealed LED strobe light, if it can get funded on Kickstarter  SanDisk has announced the a new 400Gb SDXC card.  Longsys, a Chinese company, has officially acquired the Lexar trademark from Micron.  A police officer shot a photo journalist, believeing the camera was a gun.  Even more news and more information on the podcast!

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Fred and Jim examine and review Lume Cube - a portable LED lighting unit that is good for up to 100' underwater, has 10 constant light levels from 150 to 1500 lumens and also has a flash mode.  Combined with the IOS or Android app, the lights have even more tricks!  Just how do they work and what is the concensus of The Fotobug?  Tune in and find out!  Please comment with your own experience if you have used Lume Cube.

This may be your last chance to register for The Black Hills Photo Shootout for Sept 30-31, Oct 1.  Registration available at www.thephotoshootout.com.  Hope to see hou there!

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Welcome to the next Fotobug Podcast!  In recent news, if you own a DJI Spark, DJI just released a firmware upgrade, and if you don't upgrade, your Spark won't fly!  This is a safety feature as some Sparks have been known to shut off while flying.  Need more image storage?  Western Digital's Duo external now comes in a RAID optimized drive up to 20TB for about $800.  Shutterstock has thwarted Google's AI program which removed watermarks from stock images.  FOQUS has released a new 100% Russian made B&W film.  FInally, if you need some extra cash, DJI will pay $100 - $30,000 for anyone who finds bug vulnerabilities in its software for drones.

 

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The Platypod Ultra is the latest, and smallest, Platypod, so Jim and Fred take it out and put it through its paces.  Be sure to watch to learn what The Fotobug guys thing of the latest Ultrapod.  You can pick one up for $59 and the accessory pack is only $29.  As always, we appreciate your comments and experience with the Platypod.

Coming up at the end of September is the Black Hills Photo Shootout and this is your last chance to register - www.thephotoshootout.com.  We hope to see you there!

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Lots of news in Photography!  The courts have ruled the FAA can't impose registration on hobbyists! If you registered your small drone with the FAA back in 2015, but don't intend to use it for commercial purposes, you're entitled to a registration refund. A crisp $5 bill, straight from the US government into your pocket.   ood news if you are a Panono backer. Troubled tech company Panono and their odd 360° ball camera will live on to shoot another day. The investment company that purchased the Panono brand says it will continue all services 'without disruption'.   David Slater's viral 'monkey selfies' made him famous, but the legal battles over who actually owns the photos—him or the macaque who pressed the shutter—has left him broke and dejected.  Massive corporation P&G is being sued by a Cincinnati photographer for serious copyright violations and P&G could end up paying $75 million!  Tune in to the podcast to learn how scammers have been ripping off photographers in Los Angeles!

 

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Jim and Fred have finally completed working with the Zen Tilt and are ready to give it a full review.  The Zen Tilt is available online and is even available now on Amazon for $24. A couple of our listeners weighed in when we posted a quick overview of the product, but now here is a full review - warts and all!  Jim and Fred would love to hear from you on Facebook if you have used the product and tell us what you think!

Coming up here shortly - the Black Hills Photo Shootout in Spearfish, South Dakota - www.thephotoshootout.com to pre-register.  We hope to see you there!

Stay tuned as Jim and Fred will have a lot more reviews coming up in future episodes!

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