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Despite the fact that The ninth annual Black Hills Photo Shootout has been cancelled, Fred and Jim are still heading to Rapid City to meet up with photographers still planniing to attend and many photo activities are being put together for free!!!  If you have no plans for the end of September, why not join us?

In the news, Nikon has released 2 new mirrorless cameras, the Z6 and the Z7.  The Z7 is now available and the Z6 will be available in November. More details in the podcast!  The European Imaging and Sound Association has announced its awards and Sony came away with five of the 18 prizes.  Huawei was caught again passing off DSLR images as images captured with its smart phones!  DJI has announced two new drones, the Mavic Pro 2 and the Mavic Pro 2 Zoom.  Watch the podcast for more details!

 

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The Magilight was an Indiegogo project for a light stick for light painting.  The Magilight not only produces swirls of colored light, but via an SD card, can actually "paint" BMP images that you produce on your computer.  Many images are also included with the unit and more are available through the Magilight Facebook Page.  Jim and Fred take the Magiilight out for a trial run and we want to thank our volunteer model, Scarlett Dawn (www.modelsociety.com) and Jason Hahn for allowing us to use his new Cypress Creek Studio for many of our test images. You may purchase your own Magilight for $299 ($100 off) at https://www.fotorgear.com and also on Amazon at https://goo.gl/aFsVV6 also for $299.

Hope to see you in Rapid City end of September!

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Fred is back from his recent trip, but photography news the past two weeks has been a bit light!

Nikon has posted a teaser video featuring what is likely its forthcoming mirrorless camera.  Fujifilm is ramping up it operations in Japan with a goal of a 70% capacity increase. Argos released a new catalog that features what are likely the two new Mavic Pro drones, one with a zoom lens.  The new drones feature a 1 inch sensor, 35 minute flight time, and full 360 obsticle  avoidance. According to a report in PetaPixel, Canon is the most popular mirrorless camera in Japan.  These stories and more in the podcast!

 

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The Fotoug is often contacted by manufacturers to review new photography items, so Fred and Jim will show off some items they have received and even purchased themselves!  If you are interested in purchasing any of these items, the links are listed below:

Mini tripod - https://goo.gl/fiUgni

Rode Microphone - https://goo.gl/Jcjnva Includes a $29 discount!  Thanks to Hunts Photo and The Fotobug guys!

POPVoice Smarphone mike - https://goo.gl/dbiEHw

POPVoice lavalier mike - https://goo.gl/YJKZ2B

Stroboframe Vertaflip PHP - We are sorry, but discovered the Vertaflip is no longer sold, but may be found used on auction sites such as eBay.

 

 

 

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 Drones are becoming more and more common for photographers and Fred just recently picked up a bargain which we will review in the current episode!

In recent news Kodak is bringing back Alaris Pro Image 100 film - in Europe.  No word on when or if it will be available in the States.  Also, the Kodak-branded "Kashminer" which mined for bitcoins has collapsed and Kodak is distancing itself from the failed company.  Nikon has discontinued its Nikon 1 line of mirrorless cameras. Hamm Camera Company has created a Kickstarter project to create a DIY pinhole camera - you can be a backer for only $20.  A reliable source claims Adobe will be coming out with a version of Photoshop for the iPad

For more please watch the podcast!

 

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The Fotobug guys have a long history of working with drones - now Fred has one of his own!  Yuneec recently had a number of sales of refurbished drones for amazing prices.  One such drone was the Q500 4K drone which Fred managed to nab! This drone features a 4K removable camera and many features which makes it a perfect drone for beginners and intermediate users alike.  More advanced users may wish to look into the Typhoon or some of DJI drones. but if you are just starting out, check the refurbished page on both DJI and Yuneec.

Please be sure to follow The Fotobug on our new YouTube channel!

Remember, September is the Black Hills Photo Shootout - www.thephotoshootout.com - we hope to see you there!

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In recent news, Sony has unveiled a faster higher resolution OLED panel for mirrorless cameras that also adds a 240fps mode for a more lifelike preview.  Bill Ingalls lost his Nikon camera photographing a Space-X launch when the rocket launch started a brush fire near the camera.  Canon has announced that it will stop selling the last of its film-based cameras.  DJI has announced the Ronin-S, a single-handed stabilizer for large DSLR cameras for $699.  Finally, Parrot has launched it's latest drone, the Anafi which will retail for $699 and features a 21-MP camera that can be pointed straight up while in flight!  More details and more news in the podcast!

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Drones are being used by more and more photographers to record fascinating videos and gaining new perspectives.  However, Jim and Fred have discovered there are some essential devices that make drone flying and image capture with drones easier and some are absolutley essential (such as ND filters!).  Jim and Fred present their list of 10 items they have found should be on everyones list!  Links to the products mentioned are below.

Landing Pad - https://goo.gl/m4UUUg

Leg extensions - https://goo.gl/L24LBP

Strobe - https://goo.gl/wBrqQi

Smart phone shield - https://goo.gl/qFuwRU

Transmitter RF Focus - https://goo.gl/kPp18T

Lens Shade - https://goo.gl/88BV7h (Note: we don't necessarily recommend this - and hope to find a better solution!)

AC Adapter - https://goo.gl/fJoECx or https://goo.gl/vTgJva

Card reader - https://goo.gl/2razRS

BONUS - Lipo Safe bag - https://goo.gl/VRPzRN

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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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