March 5th, 2017
The third annual Tampa Bay Photo Shootout is now history, but the Fotobug guys will share some highlights from the event in the current podcast!
In recent photography news, Microsoft has released a free, open source simulator to help engineers test and even crash drones in a photorealistic environment. The Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art has just released thousands of scanned artwork and photos for public licensing. ADOX of germany is doubling the size of its facility that produces photographic chemicals film and paper! Godox has released a new wireless speedlight. Online e-learning platform Alison has launched a course to allow students to build their own drone - alison.com/courses/introduction-to-drones. Also, AirSeflie is now available to the publiic to allow a small drone to take your selfies. Finally, Google has been granted a patent for a ball cap with a built-in camera and acts as a portable studio.
The feature in today's podcast is highlights from the third annual Tampa Bay Photo Shootout from Clearwater Florida. Photographers from all over the United States gathered at St. Petersburg College to learn techniques in portrait photography, HDR, long daytime exposure, macro photography, night photography and also fellowship with other like-minded photographers. If you were unable to attend, there will be another Shootout next year and there is time to plan to attend the Black Hills Photo Shootout in South Dakota in September. We hope to see you there! http://www.thephotoshootout.com. Also, thank you to the sponsors: Tamron, Johnson Photo Imaging, Think Tank, and all the great instructors!
Be sure to subscribe to The Fotobug as next time, Jim and Fred pit the first generation Tamron 150-600 versus the second generation!
April 17th, 2016
The big news this week was the Second Annual Tampa Bay Photo Shootout! In addition, Canon has applied for a viewfinder design patent that combines both optical and electronic displays in a DSLR style system. Lytro has announced in a blog post that the company is getting out of the consumer imaging business to focus instead on developing a light field virtual reality platform. The Impossible Project has unveiled the I-1 Instant camera which uses the Impossible Project 600-type instant film. Researchers at Columbia University are working on a flexible sheet camera with stretchable lenses. Just prior to the upcoming NAB show, Adobe has announced new features for video and audio editing including Premiere Pro CC including the ability to edit files during ingest, proxy workflows, and VR editing capabilities.
The second annual Tampa Bay Photo Shootout just wrapped up and what a weekend! Jim and Fred feature highlights of the Shootout including interviews with Vanelli and Mathew Cicanese. More interviews will be posted in upcoming episodes! Many thanks to Jason and Nicole Hahn as well as Tamron, Pinellas Technical College, St. Petersburg College and all the great workshop leaders and volunteers for making this happen. Also, thank you to all those who attended to get inspired this weekend! Coming up in September is the Black Hills Photo Shootout. Save the dates, September 30, October 1 and 2nd!
April 19th, 2015
This has been a busy couple of weeks - the first annual Tampa Bay Photo Shootout is now history and we have some behind the scenes video and an interview with Jillian from Tamron!
In recent news, the Colorado legislature has introduced a new bill that, if signed into law, will prevent law enforcement officers from interfering with citizens who are photographing or recording police activity while Texas wants to penalize photographers who film or photograph police within 15 feet of an incident. Lensbaby has introduced a new portrait lens that produces a velvety image. In UAV news, DJI has introduced two new Phantom quadcopters, Blackmagic has announced a new small sports camera and Garmin has announced a sports camera - both suitable for using on UAVs. Manfrotto has used the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show as launching pad for the Digital Director, a bracket designed to turn an iPad Air into an external monitor for Canon and Nikon DSLRs. Canon has reduced the price on some of its most popular L lenses and tune into the podcast for even more!
The Tampa Bay Photo Shootout was a success and we thank Tamron, JDI Imaging and our keynote speaker, Connie Bransilver as well as all the instructors for all their hard work. We especially want to thank Connie for filling in as a workshop leader on Saturday! Tune into the podcast for an interview with the "Tamron Lady"!
Also, watch the podcast to check out the new "Fotobug Florida Vest" from our friend The Vest Guy (www.thevestguy.com)
Our monthly theme is Black and White, so Jim and Fred present a few tips on capturing and processing digital images for black and white. If you would like more, we urge you to sign up for the Vanelli and Friends photo cruise that will be taking place the week of June 15th featuring Vanellia, B&W guru Vincent Versace, and macro photographer Mike Moats. http://vanelliandfriends.com/cruise/
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February 21st, 2015
Fred and Jim welcome Vanelli to cohost podcast number 124.
In recent news, Nikon has recently shown off the new D810a which is a special version of the D810 modified for astrophotography, Canon is showing off a prototype ultra high-resolution 120MP CMOS sensor, Rumor are circulating about the next GoPro. In addition, are we headed for a "Digital Dark Age"? Internet pioneer Vint Cerf believes so. In addition, a small Florida-based photo editing tool business called Seasalt & Co. is causing some big controversy after announcing an upcoming Photoshop Action pack that many photographers are finding offensive.
We are delighted to have Vanelli join us as a co-host. Although Vanelli is based in Melbourne, FL, he came to us via Chicago where he was conducting a workshop. Vanelli is actively involved in PhotoFocus - http://photofocus.com
along with a number of other well-known photographers and we urge you to check out the great training materials found there.In addition, Vanelli and Friends
along with Hunts Photo
are doing a floating photography workshop from June 15-19 from Miami to Key West to Cozumel and back. The price is not only amazing, there are 3 incredible photographers that will be conducting workshops all week. In addition to Vanelli
, there are Mike Moats
and Vincent Versace.
In order to register, go to http://vanelliandfriends.com/cruise/.
There is a chance one of The Fotobug
guys may be there as well!
Thanks for tuning in and remember, you can also subscribe via iTunes and don't forget to follow us on FaceBook!
December 28th, 2014
Since the last podcast, Jim and Fred joined Jason Hahn at the Outdoor Photo Workshops Birds of Prey workshop in north central Florida. Jim's photo above was photographed during that workshop. Jim and Fred talk to Jason about the 2015 workshops from OPW (www.outdoorphotoworkshops.com) as well as the upcoming Tampa Bay Photo Shootout coming up in April. Registration is now available at www.thephotoshootout.com. We recommend you sign up now!
Our first podcast of 2015 will feature Tim Grey - so send in your photo-related questions and Tim will answer them on the podcast. You can send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Information for the 2015 Iceland workshop with Tim Vollmer is now available and we recommend you check that out as well!
Thanks for watching in 2014 and we wish you all a very happy and prosperous new year in 2015. Keep chasing those elusive images and remember, any time you can get shutter time is a Great time!
March 9th, 2014
Charlie MacPherson joins Jim and Fred once again and discusses his experience with the new Tamron 150-600mm telephoto zoom lens. Tamron loaned Charlie a lens which he used with his Canon 1DX and he took it out into the field in Massachusetts to photograph some of the local birds. He compares the results with his Canon 600mm prime lens. Tune in to hear what Charlie has to say and see some of the images he made with this new lens.
In the news, Nikon has offered to replace the shutters on its D600 cameras that are experiencing the 'dust' issues, and they have announced an upgrade to the D4 to a D4s. A Florida based photographer has pleaded guilty to a charge of violating the endangered species act, and several more companies are releases cameras (even phones!) with 4K video capability.
Jim, Charlie and Fred also discuss the upcoming Tampa Bay Shootout which takes place in St. Petersburg, Florida on April 4, 5 and 6. Jim Clark is the keynote speaker on Friday evening at the PTec campus in south St. Petersburg and the speech is free and open to the public. There are nearly 50 photography workshops to choose from for the weekend and registration is now available at www.thephotoshootout.com. Fotobug listeners can get a $15 discount by entering discount code TBPS-Caldwell when you register. But hurry!! There are limited openings for the workshops and it is first come-first serve!
Jim has some exciting workshops coming up this fall - Fall Colors and Moose in Maine, and Fall Colors in the Julian Alps in Slovenia. Details and signup information can be found at www.outdoorphotoworkshops.com. Charlie also has some great workshops such as summer in Iceland and his annual Polar Bear workshop! Details can be found at www.theamazingimage.com. Be sure to sign up for Charlie's newsletter for free prizes and be sure to wish Charlie well on his recent hip replacement!
Coming up on the next podcast, Jim catches up with sports photographer (and light painter!), Dave Black at the Universal Studios in Orlando! You won't want to miss this one!