December 9th, 2017
Jim is back so we have lots of photography news to share. For full details, be sure to watch the podcast! Sadly, the MillionEyez app is shutting down for lack of subscribers. Also, Nikon is shutting down its Japanese plant that makes point and shoot cameras citing competition from smartphones. An AI system has been developed at the Max Planck Institute to create high-definition versions of low resolutions images. Skylum has just released Luminar 2018 on the Mac and Windows platforms. TIME magazine has named the Sony A7R III as one of its top 10 gadgets of the year. A leaked ICE memo claims DJI may be using its drones to spy on the USA for China! For more detail on these stories and more, watch the podcast!
Jim also gives accolades to Camdapter (www.camdapter.com) for customer service by quickly senidng a buckle replacement for his camera strap which broke during his recent trip.
The podcast image below is Jim's winning photo from the recent cruise!
Jim met many interesting people on the cruise and shares an interview with photograper Georgina Strange. Georgina is the official ship's photographer and grew up in the Falkland Islands. Her dad is an English ornithologist and conservationist who moved to the Falklands in the late 1950s to establish a mink farm and became a writer, photographer and advocate for Falkland island wildlife. Georgina has also writeen a couple books and we will share that information as soon as Jim purchases his copy!
Be sure to subscribe as we will be featuring more from the Antarctic voyage as well as more how-to information and reviews!
August 6th, 2017
Lots happening in photography right now! Aurelius has cnfirmed that 94 year old Bowens is going out of business. Jim and Fred show off a photo of the first of its kind 8 x 10 underwater camera - which can be yours for $5800! New TSA rules require any electronic item larger than a cell phone to be removed and placed in a bin with nothing under or above it. This does not apply for members of TSA Precheck. Adobe accidentally leaked their unfinished Lightroom powered cloud-app called 'Project Nimbus' to some of their cloud users. Another old roll of B&W film has been discovered in a 1920 Zeiss camera purchased in a pawn shop. According to a new court ruling, if your images are still 'pending at the copyright office, you can't sue for infringement. A Dallas couple has been ordered to pay a $1 million fine after trashing their wedding photographer on local news and in social media. Avid just released a free version of their video editing software, Media Composer First.
Jim and Fred interview Michele and Sandra, the principals behind the crowd funded project, Instamic! Instamic is a complete recording package which combines microphones and a digital recorder into one small package that can be attached to a person or object using one of three included attachments: magnet, velcro, or tape. There are two different models, the Go and the Pro. The Pro model is waterproof, has more microphones built-in and can do stereo recording. The Instamics make a great addition for video makers who wish to use their DSLR, mirrorless camera, GoPro sports camera, or even cell phone for recording videos. The units are simple to use and can connect to a smartphone app for even more control. The units are still available on Indiegogo (www.indiegogo.com) and are currently shipping. The Fotobug guys have been using them for the past couple months for interviews and our field reviews.
Registration is now open for The Black Hills Photo Shootout in South Dakota for Sept. 29, 30 and Oct.1 - plus there are a couple pre and post workshops available. www.thephotoshootout.com.
July 8th, 2017
In recent photography news, Micron hend as announced the end of the line for the Lexar retail brand. Sony's new 20mp CMOS sensor has a reset function that reduces the rolling shutter effect. A roll of B&W film inside an Argus C2 camera purchased at an Oregon Goodwill contained images of the Mt. St. Helens eruption. The Panocam has been sold after only 400 cameras were sent to backers. A drone operator was arrested by Arizona Police for interfering with firemen tackling wildfires and the FAA is developing a system to identify bad drone behavior and the operators. Another company has announced new B&W film - a 100 ISO stock from Zorki.
Jim just returned from the Cuenca Ecuador Corpus Christi festival featuring lots of sweets and nightly fireworks. The photo tour was arranged by EMS Photo Tours (www.emsphotoadentures.com) and led by pulitzer prize winning photographer, Essdras Suarez. This podcast features an interview with Essdras as he describes how he captured the only image from the recent shooting in Virginia of the US congressmen at a practice baseball game. Essdras also discusses his new venture, MillionEyez (www.millioneyez.com). In addition, Jim interviews MJ Adelman, the person behind EMS Photo Adventures. MJ has plenty of photo adventures to come, so please check out her website!
Coming up in September you can register now for the Black Hills Photo Shootout (www.thephotoshootout.com) which will take place the end of September in South Dakota.
We suggest you subscribe as we will be having a full review of the Zen Tilt, the Platypod, and we will feature an interview with Michele the man behind the Instamic!
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.
February 19th, 2017
Welcome to our next podcast! In recent news, FILM Ferrania has announced the release of its P30 B&W filn which will be available on a limited 'ALPHA' edition for now. GoPro is likely to release a new Hero 6 camera this year. DxO is giving away OpticPro 9 - deadline February 28th. To get a free copy - go to http://www.dxo.com/us/digitalcamerauk . You will also receive a discount on version 11. Manfrotto has launched a magnetic filter holder for attaching and removing filters quickly. Sony's new sensor has a 3-layer structure that permits capture speeds up to 1000fps and reduces the so-called "Jello-effect'. Apple has filed for a patent that allows a focus stacking technique for portraits. All this and more news in the current podcast!
Rob Daugherty - The Vest Guy - returns to talk about his latest travels, share images and give photography tips. Rob creates custom vests for hunters, fishermen, first responders, the military and PHOTOGRAPHERS! To find out more, or to rent one of his vests go to http://www.thevestguy.com. Rob also leads workshops around the world as well as his home state of Utah - check out http://www.robswildlife.com for information.
Next time - highlights from the Tampa Bay Photo Shootout! Keep checking The Fotobug Facebook page for live broadcasts from the event.
January 22nd, 2017
Lots of recent photography news for the new year! Some users are reporting overheating issues witht the new iPhone 7. A Kickstarter campaign is looking to develop GearEye, a grear management system to tag your photo items in your camera bag and follow by RFID on your smartphone. Brides magazine suggests weddings should only be photographed by Canon or Nikon cameras (really?). Canon was granted more patents in 2016 than Google and Apple! Lilycam announces it is closing its doors and offering refunds to backers. Timelapse+ has announced a new on-camera controller that will even adjust focus during the timelapse. Kodak has brought back Ektachrome film and may bring back Kodachrome! DJI has acquired Hasselblad. All this and more on the current podcast!
Jim just returned from 2 weeks in the Galapagos and Quito Ecuador. The man who put together the trip, Dr. Russell Burke is featured in an interview on this podcast. The Galapagos should belong on your bucket list and we will be featuring photoraphy from the Galapagos on the next podcast.
The Tampa Bay Photo Shootout is right around the corner. Go to www.thephotoshootout.com to register and for more information. This year the event will be held in Clearwater, Florida. Hurry as the workshops fill up fast!
September 7th, 2014
Welcome to The Fotobug Podcast number 112. In the news, the US Copyright office takes Wikimedia's side in the debate over the macaque "selfie", also Microsoft shows off a new timelapse technology (check www.thefotobug.net for video!) and Instagram has beat them to the market place with a Hyperlapse app for IOS devices. Also, The new Triggertrap project Ada has experienced more delays, but is expected to be shipping by December. If you have been holding off buying that next piece of Canon glass, Canon just announced a big discount on most of their lenses, from $40 to $1000 off retail, to celebrate the production of the 100 millionth EF lens.
Fred and I decided to pull from our vault a piece we did three years ago with Clyde Butcher at the Venice Gallery and darkroom. Clyde just turned 70 in early September and we thought this would be a nice tribute to one of America's greatest photographers. If you haven't visited his Venice, FL or Big Cypress Gallery in the Everglades, we urge you to do so!
Time is quickly growing short, so we recommend you sign up now for The Black Hills Shootout at the end of September. There is also the Moose, fall colors workshop in Maine from Oct 2 - 5 and finally, Slovenia, fall colors in the Julian Alps from October 17 - 24. www.outdoorphotoworkshops.com.
Stay tuned for next time - coming up, interview with Jim Clark and more!
July 14th, 2013
Our guest host for podcast #82 is Roman Kurywczak, a New Jersey based photographer who recently published an eBook on night photography and light painting. Roman's website can be found at http://www.roaminwithroman.com/ where you can also purchase his eBook, A Digital Guide to Photographing the Night Sky. Roman discusses his photography and offers techniques and suggestion for those who would like to try their hand at night photography. In addition, Roman leads workshops to locations such as Tanzania and Iceland!
In the news, a Tumbler blog displays the difference in the quality of news images at the Chicago Sun Times before and after the massive layoff of the news photography staff, Canon announces a new DSLR, the 70D, the Olympus executives who admitted cooking the books receive a suspended jail sentence, and Carl Zeiss drops "Carl" from their name.
Jim also displays an interesting image from one of his Kentucky workshop attendees, David Becker. Thank you, David, for sharing it with us!
In our next podcast, Jim will be showing videos and images from his upcoming trip to the coast of Maine and Quebec. Also coming up are interviews with Art Wolfe, Matt Kloskowski, and returning again; Susan Candelario! Be sure to subscribe so you don't miss an episode and please remember to rate us on iTunes!
June 19th, 2012
Welcome to podcast number 54! In the recent photo news, Petapixel shows off images printed from negatives swallowed by artists, then pooped out in the dark and developed, Canon announces the newest member of the Rebel family as well as a series of summer workshops in the national parks, Panasonic is now the major stock holder of Olympus, Sony has announced the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards, and Apple has released Aperture 3.3.
Our special guest is Charles MacPherson from Massachusetts. Charles runs workshops in the northeast United States including a workshop to photograph polar bears in Alaska! He also produces a blog and newsletter which can be found at www.TheAmazingImage.com. Be sure to check out his artic workshops and monthly photo contest as well as his blog and newsletter! Charles shares his experiences as well as some of his fantastic images and discusses some of his insights into photography. We appreciate Charles taking time on Father's day Sunday to talk with us!
Don't forget to check out the Black Hills Shootout in Spearfish, South Dakota. The workshops are filling up fast and if you register before August 1st, the registration fee is only $150 for the weekend (which includes four workshops!). The keynote speaker this year is Rick Sammon - http://www.bhsu.edu/Default.aspx?alias=www.bhsu.edu/blackhillsphotoshootout. Also be sure to check out the other workshops at www.outdoorphotoworkshops.com incuding the Iceland Glacier and Northern Lights workshop in February 2013 and the Costa Rica workshop for May 2013.
Finally, don't forget to leave us feedback and please be sure to take a moment to rate us on iTunes or your favorite podcast feed! Next time, we have invited Haje Jan Kamps back to discuss the TriggerTrap and we will be featuring a comparison of the TriggerTrap Mobile and IOShutter camera triggers. Don't miss them!
April 8th, 2012
Welcome to podcast #49, our 2nd anniversary podcast! Featured on podcast #49 are Mike Gulbraa, Mike Montgomery, and Ken Wright from M&M Photo Tours. We discuss their photo workshops featuring many top internationally known photographers, and if you would like to take advantage of one of their workshops, use code MMPT2012 and receive a 10% discount! Go to www.mmphototours.com for a list of their current photo tours. Great chance to travel with outstanding photographers and save money at the same time!
In recent news, a photographer accidentally steps on a rare bunny at a German zoo, an English papers uses a photograph full page, without permission, Adobe announces Lightroom 4.1 and lots more!
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