Join Jim and Fred for the Critter Closeup Workshop in St. Petersburg, FL.  In addition to learning about equipment and techniques for closeup and macro photography, the participants were able to photograph exotic insects, reptiles and amphibians in a variety of settings.  Thanks to John and Emir for providing us with a gaboon viper, eastern diamondback rattlesnake, giant day gecko, as well as a red-eyed tree frog, poison dart frog, a death stalker scorpion and a tarantula.

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In the news, Olympus may be preparing their own version of the Google Glass, Canon announces the Irista image service, Fake Chuck Westfall reveals his true identity, and Adobe released a video showing off "focus masks" for Photoshop. 

Upcoming workshops include the Black Hills Shootout in September, the Maine Moose/Blackbear in October and the Slovenia fall colors and Lake Bled workshop at the end of October.  For these workshops, check out www.outdoorphotoworkshops.com.

More news, reviews, interviews, and how-tos coming up in future episodes!

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Welcome to podcast number 105!  Jim takes a trip and reports on Florida's Forgotten Coast in the panhandle - Apalachicola area.  The Apalachicola state forest is one of the largest forested areas in Florida offering lots of opportunities for great landscape and nature photography as well as just an opportunity to commune with nature.  In addition, there are dozens of beautiful beaches just to relax and enjoy good southern hospitality.  In addition, Jim describes how he created the light painting image below.

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Old fishing boat in Apalachicola - light painting

In the news, Adobe Creative Cloud goes down, a programmer has created a website for Photoshop, Lightroom and Blender keyboard shortcuts at http://waldobronchart.github.io/ShortcutMapper/, and lots more!

Also, there is still a week left to sign up for the Critter Closeup workshop in St. Petersburg, FL - www.outdoorphotoworkshops.com and be sure to check out the other great workshops available as well!  Coming up in September is the Black Hills Shootout.  In October there is the moose and blackbear workshop in Maine and at the end of October, Slovenia!

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In the news, GoPro may be going public. The CEO of GoPro has filed for a potential IPO.  The National Park Service has banned UAVs (drones) at Yosemite National Park. Fourandsix Technologies, Inc. has launched www.izitru.com (pronounced 'is it true') a new, free service and companion iPhone app that can determine whether or not an image has been processed. Would you like to do long night exposures, or possible light paintings on your iPhone? While the latest generation of smartphones can in many ways rival traditional compact cameras, the lack of true long exposure functionality on most phones is a limitation. However, now there's an app for IOS.  For more news, check out the podcast.

Jim and Fred are also conducting the Critter Closeup Workshop on June 7th in St. Petersburg, FL.  As an intro, they present some equipment that can be useful for closeup and macro photography including lenses, adapters, and lighting equipment.  There is still time to sign up for the workshop at www.outdoorphotoworkshops.com. Also, Jim and Charlie MacPherson will be doing a wildlife workshop in Pennsylvania at the end of June.  For information go to www.theamazingimage.com.

Stay tuned for upcoming podcasts for more new reviews and interviews!

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Welcome to podccast # 103.  In the news, Bliss - the default image in Windows XP is probably the most viewed image ever created and the original photographer has been reveled and the location just north of San Francisco.  A new 4x5 camera has been released for only $149.  OK, it is a film pinhole camera, but will take regular lenses and even a poloroid back - if you can get the film! It is official now, cats and attractive women increase the popularity of images.  Tune in to learn more!

In today's podcast, Jim recorded a 20 hour timelapse of a monarch caterpillar as it forms it chrysalis.  Jim is also making his ebook on timelapse shooting available for free at www.thefotobug.net.  Jim also created a video tutorial on layer stacking in Photoshop for light painting images and we present that tutorial in this podcast.  You are free to share your light painting images with us and if you have questions, please email them to jim@thefotobug.com.

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There are some great workshops coming up.  Jim and Charles MacPherson for a complete nature photography weekend in Benezet Pennsylvania and details can be found at www.theamazingimage.com.  Also, in late June, the Critter Closeup workshop in St. Petersburg, FL, in September is The Black Hills Shootout and in October, the Maine Moose workshop in Maine and Slovenia - fall colors in the Julian Alps.  Details on these workshops can be found at www.outdoorphotoworkshops.com.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and be sure to tune in next time!

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Welcome to Podcast number 102 and our third anniversary podcast!  Charles MacPherson rejoins us once again after his recent hip surgery and has some news to share with our listeners. In the news, we share some photo related April Fools jokes you might have missed, Olympus is sued by major banks over the recent accounting fraud, two new Pulitzer Prize wining photographers are announced, Nissin has a new flash that also incorporates a video light and more!

 

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Charles and Jim are planning a Wildlife Weekend full nature instructional workshop in late June and in early June, Fred ad Jim will be doing a Critter macro workshop.  Please check www.theamazingimage.com and www.outdoorphotoworkshops.com for these and more workshops!  Jim and Charlie plan to show you what you should know to capture the best nature images and Fred is going to present amazing creatures that you can photograph in closeup!

Also coming up - more reviews such as The Lightning Bug, and the NeroTrigger.  Be sure to stay tuned and be sure to follow us on Facebook!

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The Fotobug has a special offer from www.runzebra.com, download the Zebra Rock Your Photos app for your IOS device, select your favorite photo and get a FREE iPhone photo case!  Just enter FOTOBUG when you check out and just pay the shipping charges.  Offer is good until April 14th, so hurry!!  Anton Pereiaslavtsev from Run Zebra comes on the podcast to talk about the Rock Your Photos app and to show off some of the other products you can order.

In addition, Jim shows off a video taped at the March workshop in Iceland.  See what you missed on the Iceland workshop this year!

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Coming up, reviews of the Nero Trigger, camera and other triggering systems including capturing a pellet from a pellet gun, splashes in glasses and lots more!  Also, workshops coming up including Fred's macro critter workshop in St. Petersburg, The Black Hills Shootout, Moose and Fall colors in Maine in October, and Slovenia and the fall colors in the Julian Alps.  Go to Outdoor Photoworkshops for more information.

Be sure to subscribe for upcoming interviews with Bill Fortney and Luka Esenko as well as the return of Charlie MacPherson!

See you next time!

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Welcome to Episode 100!  In the news, Jim and Fred discuss Hasselblad which began shipping the new 50mp CMOS sensor medium format camera.  Getty images has decided to allow bloggers to embed low resolution copies of their images for no charge, Adobe has released an Android version of it's photo sharing program, Revel.  A federal judge has dismissed the FAA fine against a UAV (drone) user.  Does the FAA have jurisdiction over drones?  Red Giant has now created a subscription model for their software similar to Creative Cloud from Adobe.  Finally, the Chinese government has ordered Nikon to stop selling the D600 in China, tune in and found out why!

Our guest this episode is Dave Black thanks to our friend Wayne Bennett and the Orlando Camera Club.  Dave presented a two day workshop in Orlando at Universal Studios on Light Painting and agreed to a Fotobug interview!  Dave just might be the keynote speaker at the next Black Hills Shootout in September!  Check out Dave's tutorials at his website, www.daveblackphotography.com

Unfortunately, the Tampa Bay Shootout was cancelled as their just wasn't enough time to properly promote it.  However, it will be back next year - so mark your calendars!

Fred and Jim will be conducting workshops this summer for all kinds of critters and primates as well as a Maine Moose and Black Bear workshop in October and Slovenia - fall colors in the Julian Alps.  Check www.outdoorphotoworshops.com for these and more!

Next time will feature highlights of the Iceland workshop.

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Charlie MacPherson joins Jim and Fred once again and discusses his experience with the new Tamron 150-600mm telephoto zoom lens.  Tamron loaned Charlie a lens which he used with his Canon 1DX and he took it out into the field in Massachusetts to photograph some of the local birds.  He compares the results with his Canon 600mm prime lens.  Tune in to hear what Charlie has to say and see some of the images he made with this new lens.



In the news, Nikon has offered to replace the shutters on its D600 cameras that are experiencing the 'dust' issues, and they have announced an upgrade to the D4 to a D4s. A Florida based photographer has pleaded guilty to a charge of violating the endangered species act, and several more companies are releases cameras (even phones!) with 4K video capability.

Jim, Charlie and Fred also discuss the upcoming Tampa Bay Shootout which takes place in St. Petersburg, Florida on April 4, 5 and 6.  Jim Clark is the keynote speaker on Friday evening at the PTec campus in south St. Petersburg and the speech is free and open to the public.  There are nearly 50 photography workshops to choose from for the weekend and registration is now available at www.thephotoshootout.com.  Fotobug listeners can get a $15 discount by entering discount code TBPS-Caldwell when you register.  But hurry!!  There are limited openings for the workshops and it is first come-first serve!

Jim has some exciting workshops coming up this fall - Fall Colors and Moose in Maine, and Fall Colors in the Julian Alps in Slovenia.  Details and signup information can be found at www.outdoorphotoworkshops.com. Charlie also has some great workshops such as summer in Iceland and his annual Polar Bear workshop!  Details can be found at www.theamazingimage.com.  Be sure to sign up for Charlie's newsletter for free prizes and be sure to wish Charlie well on his recent hip replacement!

Coming up on the next podcast, Jim catches up with sports photographer (and light painter!), Dave Black at the Universal Studios in Orlando!  You won't want to miss this one!

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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!

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Welcome to podcast #97 featuring nature photographer, Rob Daugherty, also known as the Vest Guy.  Rob runs a number of photography workshops, especially in the Yellowstone area and has designed a line of vests for photographers as well as military and law enforcement!  Rob's websites are www.robswildlife.com and www.thevestguy.com Rob also leads photo workshops for M&M Photo Tours!



In the news, Phase One has introduced a 50mp CMOS back for medium format, Sanyung Europe is releasing a new square line of filters (like the Cokin), and Tamron has announced a new 16-300mm lens available for both full-frame and APS-C cameras.

Also, Hunts Photo has offered our listeners 2 new specials, good until Feb 23 - the 4x4" 10 stop ND filter, and the Hoodman Hood Loupe!

Coming up on future podcasts, sports photographer Dave Black, Olympics photographer Ron Wyatt, Charles MacPherson and more!

Upcoming workshops - Iceland (now full), in April The Tampa Bay Shootout,  in September, The Black Hills Shootout, in October, Maine Moose and Fall colors and Slovenia, fall colors in the Julian Alps.  Go to www.thephotoshootout.com and www.outdoorphotoworkshops.com for more information.

See you next time in podcast #98 with Charles MacPherson and his review of the Tamron 150-600mm lens!

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