May 27th, 2018
Ron Wyatt is a photographer who worked professionally for Sport Illustrated, photographed two Olympic Games and has photographed the Russian Ballet. He recently dropped his Nikon DSLRs for Sony mirrorless. He sits down with The Fotobug to explain why!
In recent photo news, Nikon announced strong sales and restructuring are paying off and reported an 8x increase in profits despite a slight dip in revenue. The DJI image of the Phantom Pro 5 turns out to be a custom built Phantom Pro 4. Sony has announced a 3-year plan to invest $9 billion in image sensors and aims to be the top camera brand by 2021. Skylum has teamed with Photolemur to create Skylum AI to work on AI-powered image solutions. Finally Shutterbug is shutting down its print publication and will focus on a web-only publication. Check out the podcast for full details!
To be asked to photograph the Russian Ballet company performances is quite an honor - but Ron Wyatt discovered that the rapid fire noise from his Nikon DSLR cameras were not appreciated by the company or audience. Searching for a solution, Sony offered to let him try their mirrorless cameras, which can be completely silent! In this episode, Ron talks about switching from his Nikon cameras to the Sony mirrorless system. It isn't easy to change to a new camera system, and Ron discusses how he went about familiiarizing himself with the new system.
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April 16th, 2017
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.
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.
February 23rd, 2014
In commemoration of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Jim and Fred feature sports photographer Ron Wyatt who photographed the Summer Olympics in Athens and Beijing. Ron discusses some of his sports images and relates the story of how and why he switched from Canon to Nikon one week before the Beijing Olympic Games! In addition to sports, Ron leads workshops for M&M Photo Tours and will shortly be traveling to Tuscany and in early 2015 to Tanzania. Ron's website is at www.ronwyattphotos.com and we urge you to check out some of his wonderful photo galleries.
In the news, Canon is rates as the #3 company in innovation in 2013, Blackmagic releases their new 4K video camera for $1000 less than originally announced, and Sigma has made a major change to the Foveon chip.
Registration is now open for the Tampa Bay Shootout which takes place the first weekend in April in St. Petersburg, Florida. Please go to www.thephotoshootout.com to check out the exciting workshops and instructors. Friday night we feature keynote speaker Jim Clark, the former president of NANPA and well known nature photographer. The keynote address is free and open to the public!
Upcoming workshops include Fall Colors in the Julian Alps in Slovenia in October, as well as fall colors, moose and black bear in Maine in early October. Check www.outdoorphotoworkshops.com for these and other exciting workshops!
Join us next time for Charlie MacPherson and his review of the new Tamron lenses!