Archive for January 2019

CES is wrapping up which usually present news items and 2019 is no exception!  Wacom has announced a new Cintiq graphics tablet with more pressure sensitivity  and HD screen for $649.  DJI has unveiled a smart controller for Occusync 2.0 drones with a built in extra bright 5.5" screen also for $649.  The Nemeio keyboard can be customized for different apps and will automatically switch between them. Longsys has released a 1TB SDXC card under the Lexar brand name.  Indemnis Nexus has released a parachute system for DJI drones and the FAA has approved it to allow commercial use of drones over crowds of people. Also, the transportation Secretary has introduced a proposal to make it easier for commercial drone operators to fly at night above crowds.

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The special feature on this podcast is from the new Fotobug Youtube channel Photo Course.  This video covers exposure compensation - what it is and how and when to use it!  Please check out the other course videos and please consider subscribing to The Fotobug YouTube Channel!

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Welcome to 2019!

Bad news for one of our sponsors, the Hunts Photo store in  Manchester, New Hampshire was broken into just before Christmas and the thieves made off with $50,000 worth of camera gear.  This was the second break-in in four months.  Hopefully the thieves will be captured soon. The open source program Darktable, which is a Lightroom like program, has been recently upgraded.  Darktable is a free download for Mac, Windows and Linux.  A recent study in the Journalism and Mass Communications Journal highlights how photographs taken by non-professionals leave viewers less engaged.

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The Fotobug guys review the new gimbal from DJI, the Ronin-S.  Gimbals are becoming more important and more prevalent for video makers wanting to improve their videos by capturing smooth Hollywoodesque moves.  The Ronin-s is an affordable 3-axis option from DJI, which has moved into professional gimbals in a big way.  The Ronin-s currently supports a number of cameras to control focus triggering the camera on and off - more cameras are being added all the time.  A number of accessories are also available including third party accessories.  The unique design of the gimbal with the 45 degree rotating motor which allows the LCD view screen to be seen while operating the gimbal in normal or flashlight mode.  DJI has also released an app which can control the gimbal including timelapse, tracking and panorama modes.  Priced at $749, it went on sale over the holiday for $549.

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