June 7th, 2020
Jim and Fred look into several brands of macro lenses and describe a technique to improve your macro captures, but first, the latest in photography news!
Canon brings its EOS webcam beta utility program to Macos! Shutterstock has established a new pay structure which favors those photographers which have the highest number of sales. A Dutch court has ruled that a grandmother must take down images of her grandchildren at the request of the children's mother. DJI has scored a victory against Autel and will likely not have to stop selling its Mavic drones in the US. They also filed a patent suit against Autel claiming that Autel copied their Phantom look and feel. Microsoft has been sued for $2.25 million for using photos without permission. M&M photo tours has a great sale on a Tanzania Migration workshop in late August - only $5900 including airfare from JFK in New York. https://www.mmphototours.com/photo-tours-2020
Macro photography is something you can do right in your home or in your backyard while social distancing! Jim and Fred take a look at Toshiba, Sigma and Canon true macro lenses. In addition, Jim reveals a macro technique using manual mode on the camera and manual flash mode to help improve your captures and reduce wind motion blur and motion blur from the movement of your subject. If you would like a copy of Jim's free eBook on macro photography, just subscribe to The Fotobug YouTube channel and ask for a copy! Jim will send you a download link!
May 24th, 2020
Fred and Jim once again share more tips and techniques to help you improve your photography.
In recent news, Let's Enhance 2.0 is a software program to uprez images. You can upscale five images for free (limited to 15MP). Mavic drones may be removed from the USA market after losing a patent suit with Autel Robotics. Yet, DJI has released a new commercial drone. Federal authorities are looking for a drone pilot who flew his drone close to the Navy's Blue Angels in Detroit. Photography Life is releasing all its photo courses for free on YouTube. The IBC has cancelled this year's show in Amsterdam. Olympus is shutting down its camera business in South Korea at the end of June.
Latest tips from Fred and Jim! How to use a backdrop when photographing close ups (such as flowers). How to check and control the background for closeups when you don't have a backdrop. Build a backyard bird feeder and natural set to photograph backyard birds. Also, how to use LCD lights or reflectors for closeup photos. Finally - set up a game camera to find out where wildlife may be on your property on your photo sites.
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May 10th, 2020
Thank you for tuning into The Fotobug podcast! We hope everyone is staying safe and well.
In recent photography news, DJI has released the update to the Mavic Air, the Mavic Air 2 with more features! On1 announces a 360° cloud service for photos. Canon has released a free Windows program that turns certain Canon cameras into high resolution webcams. (https://www.usa.canon.com/internet/portal/us/home/support/self-help-center/eos-webcam-utility/) Even more news in the podcast!
As safe at home restrictions are slowly being lifted, Fred and Jim go out locally and share some photography tips and techniques. In this episode, Jim relates a technique used by an African wildlife photographer - using manual mode with auto ISO. Fred describes an important sports and nature technique - using back-button focusing. More tips and techniques coming soon!
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December 22nd, 2019
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!
In recent photography news, Nikon is celebrating its first SLR, the Nikon F, with a new Nikon Museum sale that includes a limited-edition wristwatch and repair website iFixit reports that Nikon has contacted more than a dozen independent repair shops that they will no longer be a part of its authorized repair program. Kodak Alaris confirmed Ektachrome E100 will be available to purchase globally in 5-roll 120 'propacks' and 10-sheet boxes of 4x5 film. Adobe announced 'phenomenal' performance in 2019 with more than $11 billion in revenue, as well as record fourth quarter earnings. For more details and more news, watch the podcast!
If you have ever sold an item online, you should know how important good photos are for showing off the item in its best in order to increase sales as well as the sales price. So, Fred and Jim demonstrate a couple of techniques to take the best photos possible. If you are interested in the items demonstrated in the podcast, click on these links for more information!
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See you next year!
September 1st, 2019
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.
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
August 4th, 2019
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.
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!
January 20th, 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.
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!
April 29th, 2018
Before we tell you all there is to know about beanbags, there was more photographic news in the last couple of weeks!
Chinese company Xiaomi may purchase GoPro. Details on the potential buy-out are sparse at this point, but a report claims the deal could be worth as much as $1 billion. One of the weirdest copyright cases in the history of photography is finally over. The courts have sided with photographer David Slater and rejected PETA's claim that the monkey who took the infamous selfie has any claim over the photograph's copyright. Skylum Software has released the latest update to its image processing software Luminar. The large-format digital LargeSense LS911 is the "world's first 8x10 digital single shot camera for sale and will set you back $106,000!! Gopro will now accept any old digital camera for trade-in. The program first launched last year, but only as a temporary promotion limited to previous-generation GoPro cameras. SmugMug has acquired struggling photography site Flickr. DxO Labs has filed the initial proceedings to start the bankruptcy process in France. The latest update to Lightroom Classic CC brought with it a slew of major bugs, including some that would cause the program to crash. For more details and more, check out the podcast.
Beanbags - what are they good for? Well, be sure to check out this week's podcast as Fred and Jim will tell you everything there is to know about Beanbags, including field uses and even the best things to use as fill material - pros and cons! Please also check out the new Fotobug YouTube channel for this video and lots more - please subscribe so that we can add a lot more new material including previous videos from The Fotobug vault. If you would like to purchase your own beanbag, please check out Rob Daugherty's website, The Vest Guy, to buy the beanbags that Fred and Jim used in this podcast. Thanks to Rob for providing us with these great bags! https://thevestguy.com/
Also, EMS Photo Adventures still has a couple spots open for the Colorado Dude Ranch workshop in Colorado led by Pulitzer Prize winning photographer, Essdras Suarez - just prior to the Black Hill Photo Shootout - this would be a great combination! http://emsphotoadventures.com/
April 15th, 2018
Robert Wicker joins The Fotobug to discuss how to make money in real estate photography!
In recent photoraphy news, a group of children cleaning up a beach in Taiwan found a camera lost by a Japanese tourist in 2015. Remarkably, the camera still functioned and the camera was returned to her! A new partnership between drone maker DJI and Pond5 may make it easier for aerial photographers with 107 certification to sell their footage. Adobe recently released new updates, but there have been some issues with the Lightroom update - slowdowns and pre-sets out of order. Fuji announced it will stop producing all B&W film stock and paper beginning in October. For more, be sure to watch the podcast!
Robert Wicker is a professional real estate photographer from Melbourne, Fl and has agreed to share his tips on earning income in real estate photogaphy. He discusses equipment and allows us to follow up as captures images in some homes up for sale and discusses potential issues and how to overcome them to get the best angles to set yourself apart from amateurs.
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February 18th, 2018
Tune in to the podcast for full information on recent photography news! GoPro has enhanced its GoPro Plus subscription service to allow for the replacement of 2 broken cameras. As of Feb. 12, 500PX is removing all photo classes from its website. A photography workshop leader in Hawaii died after being overcome from fumes from the local volcano. RGG EDU is giving away a $300 8 hour photography course for beer photography. Sign up at rggedu.com. Skydio is releasing a new drone referred to as a flying camera. A science photographer has photographed a single atom!
Time lapse photography is a great way to visual events that may take considerable time in reality. Jim discusses taking time lapse sequences of the life cycle of a monarch butterfly. Monarchs are amazing insects that migrate between Canada and Mexico over several generations. They begin life from an egg about the size of a pin head laid on a milkweed plant. The emerging caterpillers increase in size around 1600xs then crawl away and pupate. Ten to fourteen days later, they emerge as a beautiful monarch butterfly and the cycle repeats.
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