June 21st, 2020
Fred and Jim take a road trip to Lake Wales Ridge!
First, the recent photo news, Delkin Devices unveils a 2TB CFExpress card and Lexar has an affordable card reader that can easily and quickly transfer all that data! Lumix has released an app to turn the Lumix camera into a webcam, similiar to the one Canon recently released. Android Smartphones can become bricked if the user picks the wrong wallpaper - will be fixed in Android 13. GoPro announces a beta program to allow Hero 8 Black users to try out new features before they are added to the firmware. Fox News publishes obviously altered news photos and apologizes. Some Sony SD cards are corrupting video files and Sony will replace the cards for free.
Jim and Fred hit the road to Lake Wales to capture images of the rare Florida Blue Bee. Of course, the chances of encountering the bee are very slim - but any excuse to get out into the fresh air and capture some interesting images...! Lake Wales Ridge is the highest point in Florida and the Bok Singing Tower is located on Iron Mountain - a whopping 300 feet above sea level! Two million years ago the ridge was a series of islands and the flora and fauna there was isolated and therefore there are a lot of rare species only found in that area. Unfortunately, the increase in citrus farming and sub divisions has hurt these rare plants and animals, but many conservation groups are attempting to save them. One such creature thought to be extinct is the Blue Bee, but several specimens have recently been spotted around Lake Wales.
Keep listening for information about the upcoming Black Hills Photo Shootout in South Dakota in September - virus permitting!
June 7th, 2020
Jim and Fred look into several brands of macro lenses and describe a technique to improve your macro captures, but first, the latest in photography news!
Canon brings its EOS webcam beta utility program to Macos! Shutterstock has established a new pay structure which favors those photographers which have the highest number of sales. A Dutch court has ruled that a grandmother must take down images of her grandchildren at the request of the children's mother. DJI has scored a victory against Autel and will likely not have to stop selling its Mavic drones in the US. They also filed a patent suit against Autel claiming that Autel copied their Phantom look and feel. Microsoft has been sued for $2.25 million for using photos without permission. M&M photo tours has a great sale on a Tanzania Migration workshop in late August - only $5900 including airfare from JFK in New York. https://www.mmphototours.com/photo-tours-2020
Macro photography is something you can do right in your home or in your backyard while social distancing! Jim and Fred take a look at Toshiba, Sigma and Canon true macro lenses. In addition, Jim reveals a macro technique using manual mode on the camera and manual flash mode to help improve your captures and reduce wind motion blur and motion blur from the movement of your subject. If you would like a copy of Jim's free eBook on macro photography, just subscribe to The Fotobug YouTube channel and ask for a copy! Jim will send you a download link!
April 12th, 2020
This podcast is a bit different and in order to stay home, we are doing this podcast via Zoom and have invited a friend to join us all the way from India!
There hasn't been much photography news lately. Canon is planning a live stream on April 29th for a product announcement, probably focusing on 'broadcast and cinema products with an emphasis on 4k and HDR capture. Lomography launches a new B&W film stock. Peak Designs announces a travel tripod sale with 20-40% off and some of the proceeds will be split between Covid-19 relief and climate change. Pangolin Safaris is giving away an African safari in a 6 week photo contest at www.pangolinphoto.com).
Jim demonstrates the Flip Filter system now available at https://www.alterrfs.com/ . Fred shows off a portable drive system for backing up your photos while traveling.
Our guest is Anu Sarkar all the way from India. Anu shows off some of his wonderful artwork and discusses the covid-19 concerns in India.
Hopefully we will be back to our regular studio and podcast real soon, in the meantime, stay safe and healthy and be sure to wash your hands and practice social distancing so we can get back to our lives again!
March 29th, 2020
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.
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 email@example.com or leave a comment on the Stay at Home video and he will send you a link to download your copy!
March 15th, 2020
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.
Please 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!
January 19th, 2020
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.
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
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January 4th, 2020
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!
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!
October 25th, 2019
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.
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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August 17th, 2019
Since Jim is traveling (again!) - no photo news for this podcast, but we will be back with updated news for the next podcast!
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
July 21st, 2019
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!
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!