The Fotobug guys demonstrate how to set up to take portraits at night with speedlight flash units.

In recent news, DJI has announced a new mini-drone - The Mavic Mini which weighs less than 250 grams but still has a lot to offer. Adobe announced that 7.5 million accounts were exposed although no passwords or payment details were taken. NetFlix has certified the Panasonic S1H camera as one of the cameras they will accept for film production to stream on their site. Canon has announced the EOS - 1D X MK III. Adobe has also announced that the latest version of Photoshop is now available for the iPad.  Darktable, a free open-source program that is an alternative to Lightroom has been updated. Tune into the podcast for more!

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Jim and Fred demonstrate a technique to capture portraits at night in a city using a simple speedlight(s) and extended exposure for the background - night portraits!  The Fotobug guys recommend using a honeycomb grid on the flash in order to narrow the beam to prevent too much falloff of the flash to interfere with surrounding ambient lights.  They also explain how to set the flash unit in order to try to match the ambient light and how to use filters creatively on the flash.  Links to purchase the Rogue flash accessories used in the podcast are listed below.

Rogue Flash Grid system - CLICK HERE

Rogue Flash color filters - CLICK HERE

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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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Jim and Fred just returned from the Black Hills Photo Shootout in Deadwood, South Dakota!

In recent photography news, drone make Skydio has announced a new drone, the Skydio 2 which they hope to compete with the DJI Mavic series. Also, Yuneec has released an updated drone, The Typhoon H in collaboration with Leica. GoPro just announced the new Hero 8 as well as a 2nd 360 degree camera, the GoPro Max. Chasing Dory is a new Kickstarter project for an underwater drone with 2 LED lights and an HD camera. An iPhone that fell from a small plane in Iceland 13 months ago was recovered by hikers and when recharged, it powered on and the hikers were able to find the pilot who lost it!

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The ninth annual Black Hills Photo Shootout is now over and all it appears everyone had a great weekend despite the rainy cool weather Saturday morning.  Make sure to Save the Date for the tenth annual Shootout in 2020 the last weekend in September.  Special thanks to Joel Grimes for conducting the keynote address Friday night despite a bout of the flu and to Jay Grammond for organizing and running the event along with all the great instructors and all who attended. 

Coming up - how to set the Neewer slider app for timelapse!

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We have more news to report!  On1 Photo Raw 2020 is now available for public beta testing!  Leica, Nikon, and Olympus announced they would not attend the 2020 Photokina in Germany.  National Geographic announced they are shutting down "Your Shot".  Yuneec and Parrot have announced new drones.  More details and more news in the podcast!

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 Jim just returned from an outstanding week in northern Montana at the Triple D Game Ranch, Glacier National Park, Hungry Horse Dam and several local parks.  Triple D was absolutely amazing and we plan to do future workshops there.  The animals are well-treated and appeared to enjoy to photo sessions as much as we did!  Contact me if you would be interested in attending a future session with us - or check their website at www.tripledwildlife.com .  

 

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Since this is a busy travel month - Jim is conducting a workshop in Montana - so we decided to pull out of The Fotobug video vault, back in October 2011 - the first year Jim attended the Black Hills Photo Shootout.  It includes interviews with many instructors who are no longer part of the event.  This will be the ninth year of the Photo Shootout and registration is still open - blackhillsphotoshootout.myportfolio.com  Many sessions are filled up, but don't miss this event - last weekend in September!

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In this episode, Jim and Fred give tips for traveling photographers!

First, recent photo news.  Walmart accidentally listed a DJI Inspire 2 and a Spark drone for $17.95 - no updates if they will honor the error.  The FAA is enlisting public feedback on the implementation of the LAANC to expedite access to additional areas for drone flights.  Adobe's latest update speeds up computers with more powerful GPUs. Neuralcam is a third party app for IOS that powers night photography with the iPhone using AI.  Even more news and details in the podcast.

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Jim and Fred have traveled extensively and packing for a remote photo session can be a challenge - so they offer up tips and tricks and suggestions based upon their travel experience.  Things to consider are what to take, power requirements, airline restrictions, etc. Please offer up your own recommendations and suggestions!

The Black Hills Photo Shootout in Deadwood South Dakota is right around the corner - please join us!  Register at https://blackhillsphotoshootout.myportfolio.com

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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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In recent photograph news, Parrot confirmed they are leaving the toy drone market.  A UK photographer has turned a shipping camera into a giant camera! LAANC is now available in the US to allow drone pilots to more easily get permission to fly in previously restricted areas.  Wacom Tablet has released a new Cintiq that might be more affordable ($1200). VESA has released new details of the next DisplayPort which can handle video up to 16k.  Topaz has released Studio 2 - which might be a free upgrade for current users.  

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A few episodes back, Jim and Fred posted a how-to to photograph a car and used speedlights fired remotely.  Viewers have asked just how to fire a strobe remotely, so in today's podcast, The Fotobug guys discuss techniques to do just that!  If  you have questions, or suggestions, be sure to leave them in the comments and please subscribe to The Fotobug YouTube Channel!

The Black Hills Photo Shootout is around the corner, last weekend in September and is now taking registrations for the weekend sessions.  Check out the podcast for information on how to register and watch the newly released Fotobug promo video for the event!

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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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In the latest new in the world of photography, DJI has disputed the Department of Homeland Security's claim that the China-based company is collecting logs and images to send back to the Chinese Government.  Fujifilm has issued an advisory that someone is selling counterfeit rolls of film bearing the 'Fujifilm' brand name.  Polish artist Michal Karcz shared a post that 500PX has asked him to no longer post his images on their site even though they once praised his work.  They claim they are photo manipulations and not photography.  The Wingo Pro is a Kickstarter project that uses a single action camera to simulate the 'bullet time' effect as seen in the movie "The Matrix".  Finally, you can pick up the Insta360 Titan 11k 360 degree cinematic camera for a cool $15,000!

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Jim and Fred pay a visit to Jason Hahn's new location for the Cypress Creek Studio - more diversity, bigger area, larger studio space and now accommodates musicians as well as photographers.  During the recent basis the studio was hosting a modeling event with 50-60 models and photographers attending.  If you are in the Tampa area we encourage you to check out the new facility - www.cypresscreekstudio.com for more information and to sign up!

The Black Hills Photo Shootout is back again this year and will be in Deadwood, South Dakota.  Check out the Facebook page for information about registration.  There will be lots of new instructors, many previous instructors are returning and we recommend you save the dates for the last weekend in September!

 

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