April 30th, 2017
Welcome to the next podcast! In recent news, DJI's new Phantom 4 Advanced offers more storage capacity and longer flight times. Sony has now replaced Nikon as the 2nd in USA full-frame interchangeable lens camera market. Canon has published a free tutorial for photographing the solar eclipse on August 21 - http://learn.usa.canon.com/resources/articles/2017/eclipse.shtml . A new Kickstarter campaign is seeking funds for Solarcam, a long exposure pinhole camera in an aluminum can that records on a 5x7 B&W Ilford paper. GoPro has unveiled Fusion, a spherical camera that can capture regular and VR video at 5.2k resolution. Even more news on the current podcast!
Jim recently returned from a photo tour of Colombia, South America to evaluate sites for future photo tours/workshops. He presents some of the video shot during the tour including a hike in Cocora Valley and a ceremony planting a young wax palm. Jim plans to return next spring to Colombia to visit the best sites he recently visited with a group of 6-8 photographers. If you would be interested in receiving information on this tour, contact Jim at email@example.com to be added to the contact list!
Coming up in September is the Black Hills Photo Shootout - go to www.thephotoshootout.com for more information and to register for the weekend workshops.
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April 16th, 2017
A couple of news items from Canon: Canon has introduced a compact 35mm F2.8 macro lens with a built-in LED ring light and they have introduced a drone that can fly in nasty weather and can see in the dark. The drone is capable of ISO speeds up to 4 million and is intended to be used in disaster relief. Chinese stabilizer company, Gudsen, has introduced a range of powered gimbals aimed at users of compact cameras and medium-sized DSLRs. Gudsen claims it is "the smartest camera stabilization and control system for mirrorless cameras and DSLRs and will set you back $599. Sony is planning to launch sever medium format sensors in the 100-150MP resolution next year. US-based GoPro customers can get a discount on a new HERO5 Black or Session camera when trading in an older HERO model. Existing GoPro owners can receive $100 off a new HERO5 Black, or $50 off a HERO5 Session when they trade in any older GoPro HERO model. This is a limited time offer.
Jim and Fred welcome back photographer Ron Wyatt who recently toured and photographed the Russian Moscow Ballet company. In addition, Ron shares some equpment recommendations and lighting tips. Ron just recently started his own photo tour company and has trips planned to Tanzania, Tuscany, indo-china and many other locations. We recommend you check his website at www.ronwyattphotos.com to see more of his work and information on his upcoming workshops.
April 2nd, 2017
Today's podcast features a segment on creating bismuth crystals for macro photography.
In recent news, Popular Photography magazine is shutting down operations, including their website. The Azure rock formation, featured in Game of Thrones has fallen into the sea after a large storm. Olympus has announced the end of it's four thirds system. A camera lost in a shipwreck in 2012 has been found and the images on the Lexar memory card were able to be recovered! A judge dismisses charges against a Kentucky man who shot down a drone flying over his property. Also watch the podcast to learn the correct way to pronounce 'bokeh'! Watch the podcast more even more news!
Jim demonstrates how to create bismuth crystals for closeup photography. Bismuth is an element similiar to lead with a low melting point, but is not harmful to people or the environment. In fact, it is the main ingredient in Pepto Bismal! Do be careful if you try this yourself as bismuth must be heated to 500 degrees F to melt and requires a slow cool off period in order to form crystals. We recommend melting it out doors and be sure to wear proper gloves and eye protection and keep everything away from other flammable objects! Please share your images on Facebook with us if you decide to try this for yourself!
The Black Hills Photo Shootout will soon be open for reservations and more information can be found at www.thephotoshootout.com. Hope to see you there!