Archive for December 2015

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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NASA EARTH RISE

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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