June 9th, 2019
Before we get into the tutorial, first recent photography news!
Ricoh has reported that it will not drop the Pentax name and are planning more Pentax products. The FAA has expanded LAANC to increase access for commercial drone pilots in controlled airspace. Sony has reportedly overtaken Nikon for the largest market share in the global digital camera market, based upon revenue. Alter RFS is a hinged camera filter holder now available on Kickstarter and Indiegogo. North Face has placed themselves in hot water by replacing images on Wikipedia with its own images to promote the brand!
In this episode, Fred and Jim demonstrate how to photograph a car - and make it look good! One important criteria was to use minimal equipment. In this example, simple speedlights were used along with a softbox and a flash trigger (all Canon equipment - but any camera manufacturer's camera and flash can be used!). In addition, a second method is discussed in case you only have a single flash. Simply lock the camera down on a tripod, using a hand-held speedlight - use the camera pop-up flash or a flash trigger and take several images of the automobile from different angles. Finally - stack the images in Photoshop and use the Lighten mode on each upper layer to apply the lightest part of each image to the final scene. You may also apply masking to the various layers and even adjust opacity as needed!
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May 12th, 2019
More photo education in today's podcast, but first recent photo news!
A drone pilot managed to capture some amazing videos of a tornado in Oklahoma that even impressed meteorologists! DJI has partnered with RMUS to provide drone training in the US. If you are a Mac user and still use Aperture, be aware that Aperture will no longer work after upgrading the OS to Mojave. B&H circumvents online sales tax collection with it's new PayBoo credit card. Adobe may raise the monthly fee for the Creative Cloud Photo Bundle (Photoshop and Lightroom) to $20 and include 1TB of cloud storage. DJI is introducing an Osmo action camera to compete with GoPro!
If you are still shooting JPG, then please pay attention to today's photo lesson! RAW gives you more control over your final image and has lots of advantages over JPG and you needn't be afraid of processing the images on your computer. There are even many free software solutions out there, so cost is not an excuse to using RAW capture. There are more photo lessons on The Fotobug YouTube channel and we would appreciate if you would subscribe to our channel! More goodness to come! Please leave your thoughts or comments on RAW vs JPG capture!
April 28th, 2019
Welcome to The Fotobug Podcast number 233! In recent news, the first ever photograph of a black hole was released after more than a year of analyzing and processing. Parrot has released an updated Anafi drone with FLIR thermal imaging capabilities. A recent patent application from Canon suggests they may put LEDs in future pop-up flashes. Multi Turret is working on a 3 turret attachment for Sony cameras. World wide camera sales are falling and CareerCast suggests professional photographers are in the lowest 25% of worst career options. China has banned the word "Leica" on social media due to the latest Leica ad which features the standoff at Tienamen Square.
Jim just returned from an extended trip to Australia and New Zealand and caught up with one of the Fotobug fans who took him around to some of his favorite photographic spots. We appreciate his enthusiasm and thank Anu again for taking his time to escort Jim around his city!
September 25th, 2011
Welcome to the Fotobug Podcast #35! In this episode, Jim and Fred talk about the Canon SLR lens that fell from the sky, an image suggesting Nicolas Cage is a vampire, and more updates on WiFi compact flash cards. In addition, the video review of the quick release tripod head from Podcast #34 has now been put on YouTube and shared on our Facebook and Google+ pages. More videos from the Fotobug vault to come - so stay tuned!
Also included this this episode is a discussion of the Jobu Jr (Black Widow) gimbal head and whether it is practical to use on large lenses, such as the Canon 500mm f/4. Please join in the discussion on our Facebook page and let us know your thoughts.
Jim also shows off a panorama image taken in Mongolia with his DIY L bracket featured a couple episodes back.
More to come - Chris Klapheke from Outdoor Photo Gear will be joining us again as well for his fall line-up as Tim Vollmer from Iceland.
Jim is heading off to the Black Hills Shootout in South Dakota, so if you will be attending that event, be sure to come over and say 'hi'! Jim will be taping interviews for upcoming podcasts.