June 19th, 2022
Jim and Fred are proud to welcome Michaell Magrutsche to the podcast to discuss photography, art and just why we are interested! Michaell is originally from Vienna and now lives in California. He is an artist, filmmaker and photographer. Please check out his web site at https://michaellm.com/ and from there you can also check out his podcast.
The Black Hills Photo Shootout website for 2022 is now live - to register go to https://blackhillsphotoshootout.com/
June 5th, 2022
Jim was one of the early backers of the new Platypod eXtreme and was one of the first to receive it. Platypod has been busy with the new Ergo and Eliite ball heads and now the improved Platypod eXtreme. Jim and Fred show off the new ball heads as well as demonstrate the advantages of the newest Platypod. In addition, they point out a couple things to be aware of when using the Platyballs!
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May 22nd, 2022
After Jim sent back his damaged GoPro Hero 7 for replacement, he received a Hero 9. Since Fred already had a Hero 8, we decided it might be nice to do a side by side comparison of the Hero 8, 9 and 10! So we checked out the image stabilization, the auto white balance as well as the night photo mode. If you have additional information on any of these cameras, please leave your comments on our YouTube channel!
May 8th, 2022
Audio is as important as video for filmmakers and so microphones are an important tool. Wireless microphones allow the video maker more flexibility with less restrictive movement. There are several good systems on the market and Jim and Fred check out the Hollyland Lark 150 and offer up some important tips to get the most of out this system. Please share any tips you might have discovered if you use the Hollyland system.
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April 24th, 2022
Skip Cohen is the CMO of Platypod and agreed to come onto The Fotobug to talk about the new Kickstarter project for the Platypod eXtreme. The eXtreme is the latest version of the Platypod with even more features that make it even easier to use! The eXtreme is currently available on Kickstarter and will be starting to ship in late May.
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April 10th, 2022
Something a bit different! Sometimes we don't always have our cameras with us, but we do have our smartphones. Smartphone cameras are getting better and better with each new model and in this podcast review, Fred presents his thoughts on the new Google Pixel 6 Pro and the photographic capabilities of it's camera.
While we are not advocating replacing your DSLR or mirrorless camera with a smartphone camera, smartphone cameras can be nice to have with you in a pinch.
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March 27th, 2022
In September 2021, GoPro released the new Hero10 Black. Jim and Fred take a look at the new features of this latest action camera - is it worth buying or upgrading? They also compare the camera to previous models and show off some footage captured with the new camera.
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March 13th, 2022
The San Blas islands are located on the Caribbean side of Panama and are known as the Comarca de Guna Yala. These islands are controlled by the Guna Yala indigenous people who gained their independence in 1925. Our guide, Jesus Prestan talks about the revolution (which is celebrated the entire month of February) and the development of their flag. Please note that some confuse the symbol with the Nazi swastika, but it is actually based on a Hindu symbol. The islands are ideal for snorkeling!
February 27th, 2022
Jim just returned from a photo tour of Panama - yes we are finally traveling internationally again! This tour was conducted by our friends Essdras Suarez and M-J Adelman of EMS Photo Tours. This will be a two part series - this first part is an overview of Panama and part two in the next podcast will cover the San Blas islands and the Guna Yala people! Stay tuned!
February 13th, 2022
Jim recently picked up a Canon R5 and gives his first impression of the camera after a couple months of use. He is about to head out to Panama and will be using the new R5 on the trip. In his impression, he lists pros and a few cons.
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