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Due to the covid-19 virus, we decided to put together some suggestions of things and themes you can photograph while staying safe at home!

Most of the recent photography news also involves the virus.  Adobe announces free at-home Creative Cloud service for students and educators impacted by the outbreak.  World Press has cancelled the 2020 Photo Contest Award show, Photokina is cancelled until 2022, Professional Photographers of America (PPA) has opened up their training website for free for 2 weeks (www.ppa.com/education-unlocked). Nikon and Canon have put off camera repairs.

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We want all our viewers to stay safe and healthy until the virus threat has passed.  We know many, just like us, are stranded at home and have had trips cancelled. So, we put together some suggestions that you can do in or around your home with your camera.

Jim also has offered to give away his ebook on macro photography.  To get your FREE copy, just go to The Fotobug YouTube channel and subscribe. Then simply write to jim@thefotobug.com or leave a comment on the Stay at Home video and he will send you a link to download your copy!

 

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In this episode, Fred and Jim take a look at another free RAW app, Rawtherapee!

In recent news, the Covid-19 virus is also having an impact on the photo industry. Canon is shutting down some of their factories due to issues with the supply chain from China. Photokina has indicated they do not plan to cancel, but several companies have already backed out of the event to be held in Cologne Germany.  The NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) event in Las Vegas has been cancelled.  DJI has protested to the FAA claiming that the new rule proposals will cost users nine times more than the FAA forecasted.

rawtherapee.jpgPlease go and subscribe the The Fotobug YouTube channel and if you have experience with Rawtherapee, don't hesitate to leave us a comment or suggestion!  We have lots more goodies come up in future episodes - more interviews, and how-tos as well as some great places to visit in Florida for nature photography - so keep tuning in!

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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.

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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 

Don't forget to check out and subscribe the The Fotobug YouTube Channel!

 

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Welcome to 2020!  

To begin the new year, 500px combines service and contributor agreement, and confuses and concerns some users - no need to worry!  Apple's lates MFi program will enable manufacturers to make their own strobe and lighting accessories for the iPhone 11.  New DJI patents suggest the company may be expanding into land-based drones.  The FAA has finally announced their Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for the remote identification of drones.  Even more news and details in the podcast!

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Jim and Fred check out the time lapse capabilities of the GoPro Hero 7 and 8.  In addition, Jim found an issue with the Hero 7 that may go all the way back to the Hero 4 which will cause the camera to freeze up when using particular nightlapse settings.  This issue appears to be corrected in the Hero 8.  If you have experienced the freeze issue with your Hero camera, please let us know and share the settings you were using! 

More good photo related material planned, so keep watching and please check out and subscribe to The Fotobug YouTube channel!

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Fred and check out out the Zhiying app settings for time lapse photography for the Neewer slider.  But first, recent news!

Researchers in Germany may have  a sensor with an increased dynamic range capable of HDR photography with a single capture.  Adobe has launched a redesigned version of its Creative Cloud desktop.  Canon's new sensor featured in the 90D has shown to be quite impressive. Researchers have developed a plant-powered camera and in Utah, a senator has introduced a bill to allow cities and private individuals to control the first 200 feet over their property for controlling drones.  The FAA doesn't like the idea (and neither do we!).  Check out these stories in the podcast.

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The Zhiying app that controls the Neewer motorized slider doesn't come with any instructions and the timelapse settings are especially confusing.  So, Jim and Fred demonstrate a couple methods to capture timelapse videos with the app and the slider. If you have any suggestions or insights, please share them with us in the comments below!

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Since Jim is traveling (again!) - no photo news for this podcast, but we will be back with updated news for the next podcast!  

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The Neewer 31.5" motorized slider is one of the latest among the "bargain" sliders for video and time-lapse.  However, there doesn't appear to be much compromise in quality featuring aluminum mount and carbon fiber rails.  Jim and Fred offer a first look at this new slider and promise to due a full feature review later - along with a YouTube post of how to assemble and set the time-lapse settings.   Be sure to subscribe to The Fotobug YouTube channel for even more goodies!

The Black Hills Photo Shootout is right around the corner - so why not sign up and meet us in Deadwood, South Dakota!  Registration is available at blackhillsphotoshootout.myportfolio.com/work 

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Aspiring filmmakers will love this episode!

In recent news, DJI issues a formal complaint to the BBC for negative drone coverage.  Canon decreased their profit by 40% year over year.  Flickr's custgmers are facing issues like missing photos, inability to login, and no customer support.  The Wingo Pro Kickstarter project we mentioned in the last podcast has been put on hold as GoPro has filed an intellectual property complaint.  Sigma has announced a full-frame L-mount mirrorless camera. DJI has released the Ronin-SC, a smaller version of the Ronin-S gimbal. Canon has filed a patent for a barndoor style lenscap/lenshood.  More in the podcast!

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Frank Cappello is a filmmaker who wrote screenplays for Suburban Commando, American Yakuza, No Way Back, The Quiet Man, Constantine and others!  Frank just completed a new film which he wrote, directed, edited and even starred in with a tiny budget using consumer equipment!  The feature length film is now making it's way through the festival circuit.  Frank discusses the problems he encountered and entourages anyone who has ambitions to make a film to do it!  Don't let the lack of equipment stop you!  Check out more of the film Steele Wool at www.steelewool.com  .

The Black Hills Photo Shootout registration is now available - blackhillsphotoshootout.myportfolio.com/work so go and pick your sessions and sign up today!

 

 

 

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Before we get into the tutorial, first recent photography news!  

Ricoh has reported that it will not drop the Pentax name and are planning more Pentax products.  The FAA has expanded LAANC to increase access for commercial drone pilots in controlled airspace.  Sony has reportedly overtaken Nikon for the largest market share in the global digital camera market, based upon revenue. Alter RFS is a hinged camera filter holder now available on Kickstarter and Indiegogo. North Face has placed themselves in hot water by replacing images on Wikipedia with its own images to promote the brand!

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In this episode, Fred and Jim demonstrate how to photograph a car - and make it look good!  One important criteria was to use minimal equipment.  In this example, simple speedlights were used along with a softbox and a flash trigger (all Canon equipment - but any camera manufacturer's camera and flash can be used!).  In addition, a second method is discussed in case you only have a single flash.  Simply lock the camera down on a tripod, using a hand-held speedlight - use the camera pop-up flash or a flash trigger and take several images of the automobile from different angles.  Finally - stack the images in Photoshop and use the Lighten mode on each upper layer to apply the lightest part of each image to the final scene.  You may also apply masking to the various layers and even adjust opacity as needed!  

Please post any questions - check out The Fotobug YouTube channel (and please subscribe!) and please share any of your images with us!

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More photo education in today's podcast, but first recent photo news!

A drone pilot managed to capture some amazing videos of a tornado in Oklahoma that even impressed meteorologists!  DJI has partnered with RMUS to provide drone training in the US. If you are a Mac user and still use Aperture, be aware that Aperture will no longer work after upgrading the OS to Mojave. B&H circumvents online sales tax collection with it's new PayBoo credit card.  Adobe may raise the monthly fee for the Creative Cloud Photo Bundle (Photoshop and Lightroom) to $20 and include 1TB of cloud storage. DJI is introducing an Osmo action camera to compete with GoPro!

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If you are still shooting JPG, then please pay attention to today's photo lesson!  RAW gives you more control over your final image and has lots of advantages over JPG and you needn't be afraid of processing the images on your computer.  There are even many free software solutions out there, so cost is not an excuse to using RAW capture.  There are more photo lessons on The Fotobug YouTube channel and we would appreciate if you would subscribe to our channel!  More goodness to come!  Please leave your thoughts or comments on RAW vs JPG capture!

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Welcome to The Fotobug Podcast number 233!  In recent news, the first ever photograph of a black hole was released after more than a year of analyzing and processing.  Parrot has released an updated Anafi drone with FLIR thermal imaging capabilities.  A recent patent application from Canon suggests they may put LEDs in future pop-up flashes.  Multi Turret is working on a 3 turret attachment for Sony cameras.  World wide camera sales are falling and CareerCast suggests professional photographers are in the lowest 25% of worst career options.  China has banned the word "Leica" on social media due to the latest Leica ad which features the standoff at Tienamen Square.

 

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Jim just returned from an extended trip to Australia and New Zealand and caught up with one of the Fotobug fans who took him around to some of his favorite photographic spots.  We appreciate his enthusiasm and thank Anu again for taking his time to escort Jim around his city!

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