May 28th, 2017
Lots of news in the last two weeks! PLR IP Holdings and it Polaroid brand have sold a major stake in the company to an investor who owns a majority stake in the Impossible Project. A Kickstarter campaign has been created to support FilmLab negative scanning app. Sony released a new CMOS sensor for industry that can capture up to 1000fps. Google has developed an algorithm that can quickly remove objects from digital images. An appeals court has upheld a case that indicates the FAA cannot require hobbyists to register drones. Photokino in Germany will now become an annual event. DJI has released the Spark a new smaller UAV with a larger sensor camera. Triggertrap has put their design into the public domain as open source.
Since Fred was not available, Jim teamed up with Jason Hahn and headed over to Melbourne, FL to visit Vanelli who has been working on a project he calls the Assassin series. This series is to create pseudo movie posters that resemble action films. Our theme was to move photographers out of their 'comfort zones'. Jim and Jason are nature, wildlife and travel photographers, Vanelli is primarily a sports and portrait photographer. Unfortunately, the weather in eastern Florida didn't cooperate nature-wise, so Jason and Jim headed into Vanelli's studio for a behind the scenes look at an 'assassin' shoot and Jim even moved out of his comfort zone by being placed in front of the camera for a portrait!
Pre-regiatration is now open for The Black Hills Photo Shootout - www.thephotoshootout.com . The event takes place the end of September.
October 2nd, 2016
The weekend this podcast goes live, Jim and Fred will be wrapping up the Black Hills Photo Shootout in Spearfish, SD. Hopefully you followed the Shootout on the Black Hills Photo Shootout Facebook page for live broadcasts from the event. Now it is time to plan to attend the Tampa Bay Photo Shootout coming up in the spring of 2017!
This episode is the second and final part of the day Jim and Fred spent with Vanelli in his studio for a photo shoot for Teen Vogue Magazine. Especially if you want to improve your use of studio strobes and posing, you will want to watch this podcast. We are also very grateful to Vanelli for allowing us to videotape behind-the-scenes of one of his studio shoots. You can learn more from Vanelli from his posts at www.photofocus.com and his website, http://exposurepas.com
Be sure to tune into the next podcast for highlights of the Black Hills Photo Shootout!
September 18th, 2016
Jim and Fred are busy getting ready for The Black Hills Photo Shootout taking place Sept 1, Oct 1 and 2. There is still time to register! Just go to www.thephotoshootout.com and sign up. Also The Fotobug guys are going to be broadcasting at various times on Facebook from the Shootout! To participate, post live comments or ask questions, Follow The Black Hills Photo Shootout Facebook page. We hope you can attend, but if not, you have an option of helping us with our live broadcasts!
While Jim and Fred are traveling, Vanelli
allowed them to photograph a glamour shoot for Teen Vogue magazine and we will present the behind the scenes photo shoot in the next two episodes! Here is your chance to see how a commercial photo shoot is put together. Also, but sure to watch for tips from Vanelli in what we call 'Pure Vanelli Extracts
"! You can learn more from Vanelli
from his posts at www.photofocus.com
and his website, http://exposurepas.com
Next time, Part 2 of the glamour shoot and more tips from Vanelli!
September 4th, 2016
The Black Hills Photo Shootout is right around the corner!
In recent news, Canon will bring a new Wi-Fi connectivity option to the EOS 7D II, 5DS and 5DS by way of an adapter that fits into the camera's SD slot. Edelkrome has launched Wing, a non-motorized sliding armature that attaches to a tripod and glides a camera in a straight line without rails. Google has developed a way to use neural networks to compress image files in a more efficient way that current compression methods. The new Canon 5D MK IV reportedly has a rolling shutter issues, especially when recording in 4K. The Boulder/Telluride Photo Festival was cancelled at the last minute and email notifications went out the day it was to begin. See below if you had registered for the Photo Festival as we are offering those photographers a discount for The Black Hills Photo Shootout. FInally, Eye-fi relented and released a Windows as well as a Mac version of software for X2 cards!
and Jim take a trip to visit Vanelli
and spend the day with him at his Melbourne, FL studio. He permits The Fotobug
guys to go behind the scenes and watch how he creates his incredible sports portraits. Even if you aren't into portrait photography, you won't want to miss this episode! You can learn more from Vanelli
from his posts at www.photofocus.com
and his website, http://exposurepas.com
Finally, it isn't too late to register for The Black Hills Photo Shootout taking place Sept 30, Oct 1 - 2 in Spearfish, SD. Go to to register here - www.thephotoshootout.com. If you can't make it, follow The Black Hills Photo Shootout Facebook page as the Fotobug Guys are going to do some live Facebook broadcasts during the event. You can ask questions and participate from afar! Jim will also be posting live Facebook posts on The Fotobug Facebook page on his extended trip to South Dakota!
More from Vanelli coming up next time!
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!
July 12th, 2015
Welcome to part 2 of The Fotobug coverage of the Vanelli and Friends Photo Cruise.
In recent news, we goofed on the price of the new Sony Camera last podcast! The price for the new Sony A7R II is $3198. If you photograph or take videos with a UAV, take heart, if someone shoots down your craft, they could be in serious trouble! The White House has ended the ban on photography and Europe may make public photography more difficult - even illegal. GoPro has released a new camera - The Cube for $399. What is Trey Ratliff and Peake Design up to? Stay tuned for the next podcast to find out!!
The Fotobug special guests this episode are Vincent Versace and Mike Moats. Vincent is one our best known photographers and we are honored to have him appear. We urge everyone to check out Vincent's books, website and his videos including those which appear on Kelby One. Known for his outstanding approach to B&W digital processing, Vincent is also a outstanding portrait photographer and has photographed many of Hollywood's top stars. Mike Moats has appeared on The Fotobug before and we are delighted to have him on again. Check out Mike's website at www.tinylandscapes.com to check out his tutorials and inspirational photos.
Please check out the following July specials from Hunts Photo:
1. Knog [qudos] Action Video Light for Sports Cams & DSLRs (Silver) originally $119.95, On Sale $89.95
2.Panasonic A500: Point-of-View Wearable 4K Action Camera. ($349.99 with Free 32gb micro sd card)
3. Canon Pro 10 printer, to be announced I will be adding a Canon pro printer to the promotion, but this will
not start until after July 5th.Updates will appear on The Fotobug Facebook page!
Call Hunts and ask for Andrea at 781-662-8822
June 28th, 2015
Welcome to podcast number 133. In recent news, Adobe has released CC 2015 and the RAW convertor contains new features including a Dehaze function. Adobe also reset previous trials in order to give users another 30 days to evaluate programs. Sony has released a new full frame mirrorless camera called the A7R II which has a 42.4MP sensor. There are also a couple new crowd funding products including a portable microphone called the Instamic and a device that will automatically pan a camera to track a person or object carrying a tracking device called Soloshot.
Jim just returned from a week on the Vanelli and friends cruise to Cozumel Mexico.He came back with so many great interviews, we are going to divide between two podcasts. The first two interviews feature Vanelli and Gary Farber from Hunts Photo. The next podcast will feature interviews with Vincent Versace and Mike Moats. Make sure you check in next time as you won't want to miss any of these great interviews. If you are interested in a future photo cruise, Vanelli is planning another for this coming October. More details to come!
Gary Farber has extended the cruise specials from Hunts to our listeners, so check our Facebook page for all the great show specials!
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!
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