Lots of news this episode!  For full details, watch the podcast.

Adobe Camera Raw gets a new look with version 9.5, now available. REVL has launched an Indiegogo campaign to create a 4K action camera with an integrated motorized gimbal.  Tamron has announced pricing for its 85mm F1.8 lens (come see it at the Tampa Bay Photo Shootout!).  Google's NIK collection is now free!  Lexar has relaeased a new SDXC card with a capacity of 200GB and read speeds up to 95MB per second.  LRTimeLapse 4.6 has been released and is a free upgrade for current owners..  Sony is considering splitting off its imaging products business.  Finally, the future of Yahoo and its operations such as Flickr is uncertain.

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In the last Fotobug podcast, Fred and Jim mentioned the Polaroid branded LED light wand named "BrightSaber".  Jim discovered that many companies have offered the same or similar unit for less money.  So, he purchased one and Jim and Fred put it up for review.  The unit test comes with an AC adapter/charger with 3 plugs for US, UK and European style electric sockets, 2 batteries, a CTO filter, an IR remote and a carrying case.  The united test cost about $35 less than the BrightSaber.  Jim and Fred were impressed by the build quality of the unit as well as the inclusion of 2 batteries.  In use, the unit has 10 levels of brightness - and the 228 LEDs put out a great deal of nice soft light.  The wand also has a 1/4 20 thread hole in the handle to allow it to be mounted to a light stand or tripod.  Jim and Fred were less impressed with the strobe modes (one flashes SOS!) - and didn't see a practical use for those.  Jim also showed off a set of barn doors which will work with these units.

Here's where you can check out these products for more information and purchase:

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LED unit tested (Note: price went up to $124.95 since we purchased it)
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This is your last chance to sign up for the Tampa Bay Photo Shootout taking place on April 8, 9, and 10 where you can see one of these light wands for yourself as well as check out and use a Tamron lens of your choice - www.thephotoshootout.com .  Stay tuned next time for highlights of the Photo Shootout!  Don't forget, the Camargue, France workshop at www.outdoorphotoworkshops.com

 

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Welcome to The Fotobug podcast 152 and our sixth anniversary of bringing you news, reviews, interviews and how tos!

In the news this episode, Fujifilm Japan has announced that it is going to stop producing FP-100C instant film used in old Polaroid-type cameras.  There is another new LED light wand on the market, a Polaroid-branded model called BrightSaber.  However, check out the podcast to see how you can get the same model for considerably less money!  Lee Filters has announced a 15 stop variable neutral density filter.  Sigma has announced a firmware upgrade for it's 150-600mm lenses claiming it is making the auto focusing up to 50% faster.  Serif has announced that its Affinity apps will soon be available for Windows.

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Jim and Fred update their recent review of the Radian 2 time lapse system. The Radian 2 can pan, tilt, and even drive the camera on specific sliders.  However, the most important feature is the ability to control the camera exposure during the capture over blue tooth without touching the camera. If you remember from our first review in podcast 146, there were a number of issues with the firmware.  However, Alpine Labs has been working very hard to fix these issues and we are happy to report they have succeeded!  We tested the Radian 2 by capturing time lapse sequences of sunrises and sunsets where the exposure had to be adjusted during the capture.  The sequences were then processed by LRTimeLapse.  There are still a few minor issues, but we are confident Alpine Labs will overcome these and will be adding additional features as well!

Coming up next month is the 2nd Annual Tampa Bay Photo Shootout in Clearwater, FL.  Registration is now open at www.thephotoshootout.com. Plan to come to Clearwater April 8, 9 and 10 for this great event!  Also, if you are interested in the Camargue France workshop with Tim Mannakee and wish a discount, you must contact Jim at jim@thefotobug.com before the end of March!  Also, write Jim if you would be interested in receiving information about a workshop in Cuba!

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Be sure to watch the entire podcast for special pricing on a photo workshop to Camargue France!
In recent news, Sigma is said to be launching a 50-100mm F1.8 lens for APS-C cameras, and Tamron has released two full frame primes: an 85mm F1.8 and a 90mm F2.8 macro.  Also Tamron has announced a TAP-in console enabling firmware updates for compatible lenses. RIcoh has announced a new action camera that captures 4K video and is waterproof to 32 feet. Aurora Aperture has released a variable ND filter that can reduce exposures from 4 to 11 stops.  Samsung announced a 360 camera and DJI is showing off a new Phantom UAS that has collision avoidance and other interesting features. More news and details in the podcast!
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Jim and Fred's featured guest is Tim Mannakee who discusses his workshops in addition to the Camargue France workshop he will be running with Jim this coming October. If you have an interest in wild horses, you won't want to miss this interview. Also, this the The Fotobug sixth anniversary podcast and Jim is offering a big discount on the Camargue workshop - but you must sign up before the end of March! Write jim@thefotobug.com for details. Check www.outdoorphotoworkshops.com for the workshop itinerary.  This is going to be an amazing workshop - you won't want to miss it! For more of Tim's workshops, check his website at www.timmannakee.com.
Coming up in April - The Tampa Bay Photo Shootout!  Complete information of the weekend workshops and registration can be found at www.thephotoshootout.com.  Register now as many of the most popular workshops fill up fast

Next time: update on the Radian 2 time lapse system!
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Welcome to The Fotobug podcast 150.  In recent news, GoPro has announced an partnership with Microsoft and after a less than stellar quarter, GoPro announced layoffs and are dropping 3 models from their entry-level lineup..  Also, KelbyOne has announced layoffs and one very longtime trainer for Kelby has announced he will not longer do video training and won't be attending any future Photoshop World events.  A team of researchers at Rice University are developing a thin, lensless camera called FlatCam, which replaces the traditional lens with a grid-like coded mask essentially made of multiple pinholes.  Chinese company Techart has produced an adapter that works with the AF system of Sony's A7 II and A7R II cameras to create an autofocus effect for Leica M mount lenses.  For more details and more news, watch the podcast!

Lots of discounts available!  Check on the podcast for information about the LensRacks.  If you would like to buy your own, use code KSBACKERS20 at www.lensracks.com when you check out to save 20%!  Also, Fred shows off his new vest from The Vest Guy and if you would like to get your own custom photo vest, go to www.thevestguy.com and use FOTOBUG for your 20% off at checkout.  As always, remind them you heard about it on The Fotobug!

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Luka Esenko joins us from Slovenia to discuss his new app for smartphones - the Snapp App.  The Snapp App has been created for photographers traveling to new or known locations and will contain complete guides to those locations.  The app will include directions on where to go, when to be there and even sample images including camera settings.  The guides are written by knowledgeable photographers who know the areas they are writing about.  The Snapp App will be free, just buy the guides for the locations you need.  For information on when the app will be available, follow The Fotobug on our Facebook page.  The app will initially be released for IOS devices and shortly for Android.  If you are a photographer who likes to travel, you will want to tune in to check out this new app!

Mark the dates April 8, 9 and 10 for the upcoming Tampa Bay Photo Shootout!  More information can be found at www.thephotoshootout.com.  You won't want to miss this 2nd annual event!  Lots of great workshop leaders and it is going to be a great weekend to learn new techniques and to polish up your skills.

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Jim recently returned from conducting workshops at the 19th annual Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival in Titusville and shares some highlights of the event.  In recent news, Manfrotto has introduced three improved LED panels for videomakers and photographers, MaxCurve as an iPad and iPhone app that uses curves to do image adjustments and can connect to desktop versions of Photoshop. Tamrac has introduced new camera bags in its new Hoodoo product lineup which are water-resistant lightweight bags.  Sony has posted an advisory about light leaks on its DSC-RX1R II camera.  A GoPro camera falls thousands of feet from a sky diving airplane into a pig pen and is found 8 months later - is the footage real or fake? Chinese manufacturer ShenZhen Yongnou is introducing a variable temperature LED wand for photographers.  Photographer Nick Risinger has traveled over 60,000 miles for years to create a 5,0000 megapixel image of the entire night sky!  For more details on these stories and more, watch the podcast!

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The 19th annual Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival is now over and Jim  was one of the workshop leaders and shares some images from Titusville.  The Festival was very well-attended and the organizers told Jim that they fully plan to expand photography workshops for future festivals.  Thanks to all who helped out and all those who attended the workshops and also to Hugh and Joyce who won Rogue Safaris during the "Patterns in Nature" workshops conducted by Jim.  Titusville is a wonderful area full of Florida wildlife and our own Carolyn joined the "bird on the head" club!

Jim also shares some underwater video of manatees photographed in Crystal River.  Every winter, the manatee seek warmer waters in Florida's springs and Crystal River is a popular spot for manatee watchers. 

Coming up next time: Luka Esenko talks about the new Snapp Guide app for photographers, be sure not to miss it!  Also, coming in a few weeks, Tim Manakee will talk about his Camarque France workshop and for our listeners who would like a special early discount, contact Jim at jim@thefotobug.com for details!

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Welcome to podcast number 148! Fred and Jim discuss recent photography new such as a new peer to peer camera gear sharing service that launched a new app for CameraLends.com.  The new Super 8mm movie camera from Kodak is no joke and the Fotobug guys have more information about this retro camera.  In addition, Polaroid has announced a new digital camera with a retro design that resembles a vintage 35mm camera.  Apple has a patent that appears  we may see  a dual-camera setup in future iPhones.  The New York Public Library has released 180,000 digitized items into the public domain.  GoPros latest 4th quarter report is less than stellar and GoPro has announced a 7% layoff in its workforce.
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Jim and Fred have conducted many workshops and in this episode decide to give their opinion on several subjects that often arise.  The discussion includes UV or Skylight filters for lens protection, vests vs photo belts vs backpacks, monopods vs tripods, carbon fiber vs aluminum, full frame vs crop sensors and even more!  In addition The Fotobug guys would love to hear your experiences and opinions.  Just leave them on The Fotobug Facebook page and we will share them on the next podcast.

Coming up this April, the 2nd Annual Tampa Bay Photo Shootout - and Jim will be leading workshops to Camargue, France and back to Slovenia. 

Stay tuned for upcoming interviews with Luka Esenko on the new Snapp app for mobile devices and Tim Mannakee on the Camargue workshop in France. Stay tuned!

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Welcome to 2016!
Lots of news likely coming as CES in Chicago is getting ready to wrap up. In this first podcast of the new year, Jim and Fred discuss the new Tokina AT-X 14-200 f/2 lens. Also, artist Richard Prince has been taking Instagram photos and selling them as fine art for up to $100,000 and he and the Gagosian Gallery are now being sued by photographer Donald Graham.  Also, watch the skies, especially if you are in a downhill ski competition, as a UAV for a television station nearly takes out a competition skier.  Samsung has announced a 2TB storage system that has 256 bit encryption and is the size of a credit card!   This is no joke, but Kodak has announced it will be producing the first Super 8mm film camera in over 30 years!  Also, tune in for lots of news about 4K systems and recommended standards.
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Jim and Fred reach back into the vault and pull out a January 2013 interview with light sculpturer, Harold Ross.  Jim will be leading two light painting workshops at the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival in Titusville in January 20-25.  If you haven't registered yet - better hurry!  Pre-registration ends on January 15. Sign up at  www.spacecoastbirdingandwildlifefestival.org We highly recommend checking out Harold's website at  www.haroldrossfineart.com to see more of his recent work as well as some excellent tutorials and information regarding his workshops.
Coming up, Luka Esenko will return to discuss his new Snapp app (now in beta testing), more in-depth on the Radian 2 and highlights of the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival in Titusville!
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Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday to everyone! This is the last podcast of 2015.  In recent photography news, action camera manufacturer GoPro has officially named its forthcoming camera drone - Karma. If you received a UAV (drone) for a gift or already own one or two, , you must now register with the FAA. Until January 20th, the $5.00 fee will be waived. Since May of 2015, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has been beta testing a new smartphone app called B4UFLY which will show where it is safe and where it is not safe to fly your UAV. Adobe has launched version 2.1 of Lightroom for mobile for Apple iOS devices. Chinese lens manufacturer Kipon has announced that next year it will make available a reducing adapter designed to allow medium format lenses to fit on full frame cameras.  Stay tuned for more news on what 2016 will hold!

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Jim received the new Radian 2 and The Fotobug guys do a quick review.  Unfortunately, the unit still has some firmware issues which kept it from functioning properly.  Jim has been in touch with Alpine Labs and as soon as the issues have been resolved we will be doing a thorough review of the unit.  For those interested in time lapse photography, the Radian 2 has a lot of potential and we are excited about what it is capable of. 

If you wish to see the new Radian 2, be sure to sign up for the time lapse workshop at the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival in Titusville, FL from January 20-25.  Sign up now at (www.spacecoastbirdingandwildlifefestival.org). There is something for everyone at this event!

Stay tuned for the next podcast in 2016!


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Lots of news this time! Lytro has announced an update to its software that now allows post changes to exposure, saturation and color as well as focus for its cameras.  Adobe has finally announced the end of Adobe Flash and are urging web developers to stop using it.  Also, Adobe released Lightroom 2.0 for Apple's IOS devices and will soon do the same for AndroidBeamr is reportedly developing a JPEGmini format that allows JPEG files to be even smaller, without reducing quality.  Phase One has completely taken over the Mamiya Saku factory and Sony is acquiring the Toshiba senor business. Manfrotto plans to introduce e a new video LED light. Panasonic has announced it will resume development of an 8K sensor for video.  If you would like a new job and follow in the footsteps of Ansel Adams, the US Government is looking to hire a full-time photographer for it's National Parks!
Our guest this time is George Heinrich (http://www.heinrichecologicalservices.com).  Jim recently volunteered to help George with his research on Suwanee River Cooter Turtles.  George has been working on this project for the past 11.5 years and we discuss how photographers in the field can help out with these important research studies.  George will be presenting an update on the study at Boyd Hill Nature Park in St. Petersburg, FL in January.
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We also included a little extra on dealing with problem backgrounds for better photos.  Fred recently photographed a horse drawn carriage and it occurred to him that there was one best angle for the image - based upon the background!
Jim will be conducting workshops at the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival in Titusville January 21-25, so please sign up now and plan to attend.  There will be something there for everyone! (www.spacecoastbirdingandwildlifefestival.org).
Until next time - keep shooting!
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Happy Thanksgiving to our friends in the USA and greetings to all!

In recent photo news, Gura Gear acquired Tamrac back in June 2014 and now is going to retire the Gura Gear brand and consolidate them under the Tamrac label.  The import tool has been updated and restored in the latest Lightroom release along with additional lens profiles and Raw support.  Reuters is now only accepting JPEG images rather than edited Raw files. The JPEGs must have "minimal processing" such as level corrections and cropping.  Finally, police in Pennsylvania were called out by a 911 call that reported a gunman was walking around with a machine gun.  It turned out to be a photographer carrying a tripod!
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Our guest is Laurilee Thompson, the founder of the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival which will be taking place in Titusville in January 20-25, 2016.  This will be the 19th year for the festival and includes an expanded program this year for photography!  Laruilee talks about the festival and what to expect, there are dozens and dozens of seminars, fields workshops and classroom sessions - some free! - geared to birders, wildlife enthusiasts, nature lovers and photographers.  Jim from The Fotobug will also be there leading workshops at the festival.  We urge you to go out to the website (www.spacecoastbirdingandwildlifefestival.org) right away to register for the workshops as many workshops have limits on attendees and the popular ones will fill up fast.  The Fotobug will be featuring highlights of the festival in the early February podcast.
Hope to see you there!
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