Be sure to watch the podcast for full details on current news in photography!

The President of Canon Marketing confirmed that Canon is willing to cannabilize DSLR sales to invest in the "growth market" of mirrorless cameras.  A photographer ordered a $6000 camera on Amazon and first received a box of rocks, then a box of bricks!  According to Japan Camera Hunter, Agfa Vista color film is no longer being produced.  A new Kickstarter project called "I'm Back" is attempting to create a digital back for older 35mm film cameras.  Finally, Adobe is raising the price of some Creative Cloud subscription packages.



In the current podcast, Jim and Fred compare the pluses and minuses of the Litra LED light versus the Lume Cube LED  light.  The lights look very similiar, but there are some important differences and hopefully this podcast will help you to decide which is best for you.  In addition, Hunts Photo is offering a whopping $20 discount on the new Litra LED light!  To take advantage of this discount (which won't last forever!) - CLICK HERE FOR $20 DISCOUNT

Be sure to let Hunts know that you are a fan of The Fotobug! 

Also, be one of the first to subscribe to the new Fotobug YouTube channel where we will be posting extended versions of our reviews, interviews and how-tos.

Plan to attend the Black Hills Photo Shootout coiming up this September in South Dakota where you can meeti The Fotobug guys in person!

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More news in the world of photography!  Tune into the podcast for complete details. You may be violating copyright laws if you are posting images other than your own on Twitter. Sony has created a 1.45MP back-illuminated CMOS sensor with a global shutter. Really Right Stuff is relocating from California to Utah.  Kodak Alaris is bringing back T-Max B&w film.  Prograde digital is a new memory card founded by former executive and engineers from Lexar which was closed my Micron.   500PX has been acquired by Visual China Group.  Finally - if you like Eneloop batteries, consider the Ladda batteries by Ikea which may be the same batteries, but are a lot cheaper!




Fred recently purchased the Canon 80D and discusses the pros and cons of his new camera with Jim including some issues using the camera with third party lenses such as Sigma and Tamron.  

Keep the end of September on your calendars for the 9th annual Black Hills Photo Shootout coming up in South Dakota!  The Fotobug guys will be there once again - but don't let that keep you away!  Check the website at for complete information!

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Tune in to the podcast for full information on recent photography news!  GoPro has enhanced its GoPro Plus subscription service to allow for the replacement of 2 broken cameras.  As of Feb. 12, 500PX is removing all photo classes from its website. A photography workshop leader in Hawaii died after being overcome from fumes from the local volcano. RGG EDU is giving away a $300 8 hour photography course for beer photography. Sign up at  Skydio is releasing a new drone referred to as a flying camera.  A science photographer has photographed a single atom!


Time lapse photography is a great way to visual events that may take considerable time in reality.  Jim discusses taking time lapse sequences of the life cycle of a monarch butterfly.  Monarchs are amazing insects that migrate between Canada and Mexico over several generations.  They begin life from an egg about the size of a pin head laid on a milkweed plant.  The emerging caterpillers increase in size around 1600xs then crawl away and pupate.  Ten to fourteen days later, they emerge as a beautiful monarch butterfly and the cycle repeats.  

An expanded version of this time lapse instructional video will soon be placed on the new Fotobug YouTube Channel - subscribe today!

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  In recent news, Zion National Park clarifies it's tripod ban.  Tripods are only banned on certain trails only. Velbon will distribute the Chairpod HY 127 in the United States for $180.  The US Copyright office will soon allow images to be uploaded for copyright protection - 750 images for $55. Reuters has been banned from the Olympic Opening Ceremonies due to a photographer who leaked photos.  That photographer has been banned from the games. Director Steve Soderbergh is shooting his movie Unsane entirely on the iPhone.  For more news and details, watch the podcast!




Jim and Fred interviewed the creator of the Indiegogo project Instamic a few episodes back and now that they have had a chance to use them for several interviews, they are present their opinions.  The Instamics will soon be available commercially, but the Pro model can still be purchased on Indiegogo!  If you use the video feature on your camera, we can recommend the new Instamic!


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Wow!  Out 200th podcast episode!!

Lots of news this time - so be sure to watch the entire episode for full details. Could a metalens be in your future and replace your glass lenses?  Researchers at Harvard may make that possible!   Poor GoPro is not having much luck.  250 people have been laid off and GoPro has announced the end of their drone, the Karma.  If that isn't enough - CNBC reported that the company may be for sale. How about a hard drive with a view?  Seagate announced the LaCie DJI Copilot - a 2 TB drive and power bank.  CVS is lableing any beauty images that have been photoshopped.  DJI is making a major announcement on January 23rd in New York  - stay tuned for the details!  Aurora Aperture has a Kickstart campaign to produce a variable graduated neutral density filter.




In this episode, Jim and Fred take a look at the highlights of the new Luminar 2018 for the Windows PC platform.  For more information and to buy a copy, head on over to 

Jim and Fred have also announced that The Fotobug will soon have a YouTube Channel - stay tuned for more information!


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Happy New Year and welcome to 2018! 

In the news for the new year, DxO has announced that a new version of the Nik collection is in the works.  No word on release date or price.  Pschologists have identified a mental disorder called 'selfitis' for people who compulsively must take seflies.  Darkable is a new open source alternative to Lightroom now available for Windows, although it is still under development. Tamron has created a 'VIP Club' for those who own four or more Tamron lenses.  Play the podcast for another story about a lost camera and recovered images!  The Pitta is a new modular camera now available on Kickstarter and has already raised $250,000.




If you are concerned about dust on your mirrorless camera sensor, our guest, Justin Edelman, shows how to safetly clean your sensor.  Justin takes us step by step on removing hair and dust from the camera sensor using a Sony mirrorless camera.

Coming up on future podcasts we plan more how-tos as well as product reviews and great interviews, so we recommend you subscribe and be sure to like us on our Facebook page!



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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the Fotobug!

In the latest photo news covered by the the current podcast, traffickers using Instagram as part of the illicit animal trade may start seeing a warni pop-up screen, artificial intelligence is making more inroads into photography via NVidia that can transform night into day, rain into sunshine and more, in addition a new Neural Network can restore damaged images and enhance how resolution images. Lytro has completed its move to video and closed down it's web operations, but customer feedback could bring back the web-based algorithm as an open-source project. Lensrentals and LensProToGo have merged and Lumoid is closing its doors. Dji has added the option to transmit your drone ID and flight info so concderned authorities can see what you are doing amd Dutch police have closed down their eagle traingiing program to take down drones.  Want to relive the days of film?  Gudak Cam has an app that makes you wait 3 days to see your phone images! The final update for Lightroom Classic has been released by Adobe and it is Creative Cloud from now on.  Watch the podcast for more details and even more news!

Our friend Rob Dougherty sent us a video showing off his new line of bean bags.  Although too late for a gift or stocking stuffer, we recommend checking them out at .  We hope to do a follow up product review!




While on the recent voyage to Antarctica, Jim ran into a photographer/filmmaker Justin Edelman and the producer and subject of his latest documentary, Shebbie Jacques.  Jim sat down with Justin and Shebbie and shares the interview on the current podcast along with a teaser video from Justin and Shebbie's  documentary.  Watch for a brief cameo from Fotobug Jim!

See you next year!


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Jim is back so we have lots of photography news to share.  For full details, be sure to watch the podcast! Sadly, the MillionEyez app is shutting down for lack of subscribers.  Also, Nikon is shutting down its Japanese plant that makes point and shoot cameras citing competition from smartphones. An AI system has been developed at the Max Planck Institute to create high-definition versions of low resolutions images.  Skylum has just released Luminar 2018 on the Mac and Windows platforms.  TIME magazine has named the Sony A7R III as one of its top 10 gadgets of the year.  A leaked ICE memo claims DJI may be using its drones to spy on the USA for China!  For more detail on these stories and more, watch the podcast!

Jim also gives accolades to Camdapter ( for customer service by quickly senidng a buckle replacement for his camera strap which broke during his recent trip. 

The podcast image below is Jim's winning photo from the recent cruise!



Jim met many interesting people on the cruise and shares an interview with photograper Georgina StrangeGeorgina is the official ship's photographer and grew up in the Falkland Islands.  Her dad is an English ornithologist and conservationist who moved to the Falklands in the late 1950s to establish a mink farm and became a writer, photographer and advocate for Falkland island wildlife.  Georgina has also writeen a couple books and we will share that information as soon as Jim purchases his copy!

Be sure to subscribe as we will be featuring more from the Antarctic voyage as well as more how-to information and reviews!

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Jim is currently traveling to Antarctica so there will be no news for the current episode, but Jim and Fred will be back in two weeks with all the latest photography news!



Back in September, Jim conducted a light painting workshop on a one room schoolhouse at the Black Hills Photo Shootout in Spearfish, SD.  The workshop only demonstrated how to light a building and simliar objects, but there was no time for classroom instruction, so Jim decided to show how to do the layering technique for light painting in Photoshop.  

In addition, Jim and Fred offer up two interesting videos from Adobe on enhancements that may be available in future versions of Photoshop, Premiere and perhaps After Effects.  These enhancements are based upon the content aware fill now in Photoshop and we think you will find these videos to be interesting!

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In recent photo news, the Pholio Kickstarter hard drvie can connect to a PC, Mac, tablet or smartphone and will automatically search and backup all images and videos. Irix is introducing a new filter system that is suitable for wide-angle lenses with large front optics.  The FAA is now recommending that all airlines ban electronics that contain lithium ion batteries from checked bags.  The Pixnetu jacksets on Kickstarter allow you to keep your gear warm and dry.  The WiBotic PowerPad is a 3' x 3' landing pad for drones and is also a wireless charger!  Macphun is changing their name to Skylum.  Watch the podcast for more information on these and other news items!




Alpine Labs has conducted a number of successful campaigns on Indiegogo and Kickstarter including the Radian, Radian II, Pulse and now the SparkSpark is a camera trigger that will work with a number of camera brands.  It can trigger the camera via IR (Infrared), via  cable, or from a blue-tooth connected app on your smartphone.  Jim and Fred take a first look at the new Spark and plan to do a complete review in the near future.

Coming up next time: how to process light painting images using a stacking technique in Photoshop!

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