20 episodes

The Fotobug Photography podcast for photographers.

Fotobug - Elusive Image Photography Jim Caldwell

    • Visual Arts
    • 4.6, 7 Ratings

The Fotobug Photography podcast for photographers.

    • video
    Fotobug - Episode 266 - Interview Photographer Tomás Alvarez

    Fotobug - Episode 266 - Interview Photographer Tomás Alvarez

    Interview with photographer Tomas Alvarez.

    • 30 min
    • video
    Fotobug - Episode 265 - More Macro Tips!

    Fotobug - Episode 265 - More Macro Tips!

    We hope everyone is staying safe!  In recent photo news, a woman recently fell off the rim of the Grand Canyon attempting to take a photo - be careful out there! Canon is about to release the R5 and R6 mirrorless cameras, although demand has been so high there is a possibility in a slight delay.  In addition, there have been some reports of over heating issues although Canon is downplaying the issues.  Kodak is selling off it's Alaris paper and chemical business to a Chinese company.  Cascable has released an app for using 100 different DSLRs as webcams - currently free, but will eventually cost $40.

    Fred and Jim present more hardware for capturing macro images using lenses you already own.  There are inexpensive solutions in case you wish to get into macro photography and don't have the budget for a macro lens.
    Items featured in the podcast:
    Collapsible Rubber lens hood - https://amzn.to/30oI3R1
    Extension tubes - https://amzn.to/393P7GG Note - search for your camera brand - there are a number of extension tube manufacturers available
    Reverse Adapter rings https://amzn.to/2ZBkw00  Again - search for the ring to fit your model of camera and correct filter size for your lens
    Macro coupler adapter ring - https://amzn.to/3hgmclH Once again, make sure to order to proper filter size for the two lenses you intend to use!
    Subscribe to The Fotobug YouTube Channel and get a free book on macro photography!
    Stay tuned for information about a virtual Black Hills Photo Shootout event coming up in September!

    • 25 min
    • video
    Fotobug - Episode 264 - How-to Neewer motorized slider timelapse!

    Fotobug - Episode 264 - How-to Neewer motorized slider timelapse!

    Due to popular demand, The Fotobug guys demonstrate an actual timelapse capture using the Neewer Motorized slider.
    In recent photography news, Duke University researchers have created an AI software program that can create a face from a blurred image, although it is A face, but not the actual image of the person in the blurred image.  Olympus is in negotiation to sell off its imaging business to Japan Industrial Partners who plan to keep the Olympus name on the cameras. Sadly, The Black Hills Photo Shootout 10th anniversary workshop weekend in South Dakota has been postponed this September due to concerns over the Corona virus. H&Y Revoring has a Kickstarter project running for a variable  step-up adapter ring for filters. A 72 year old woman was gored in Yellowstone National Park for getting too close to a bison to take a picture. 

    Due to popular demand, Fred and Jim capture a timelapse sequence using the Neewer Motorized Slider.  The timelapse captures a sunset at a local park using a Canon 7D MKII camera.  The camera was set on Aperture Priority and the Neewer app set the lowest trigger setting at 1 sec. so it would simply fire the camera and not control the shutter speed.  The slider was placed close to the ground to maximize the movement effect (since the slider is under 3' in length). The final sequence was turned into a video using LRTimelapse - our go-to timelapse software program!
    Not a great timelapse, but the important take away is the settings to use to capture a timelapse sequence!  If you are capturing a timelapse sequence after dark, then set the camera on bulb setting and let the motor controller control the shutter speed!  Since the minimum setting is 1 second, it isn't practical to control the shutter with the controller and therefore simply use it to trigger the shutter and let the camera control the shutter speed!

    • 21 min
    • video
    Fotobug - Episode 263 - Lake Wales Ridge

    Fotobug - Episode 263 - Lake Wales Ridge

    Fred and Jim take a road trip to Lake Wales Ridge!
    First, the recent photo news, Delkin Devices unveils a 2TB CFExpress card and Lexar has an affordable card reader that can easily and quickly transfer all that data!  Lumix has released an app to turn the Lumix camera into a webcam, similiar to the one Canon recently released.  Android Smartphones can become bricked if the user picks the wrong wallpaper - will be fixed in Android 13.  GoPro announces a beta program to allow Hero 8 Black users to try out new features before they are added to the firmware. Fox News publishes obviously altered news photos and apologizes.  Some Sony SD cards are corrupting video files and Sony will replace the cards for free.

    Jim and Fred hit the road to Lake Wales to capture images of the rare Florida Blue Bee.  Of course, the chances of encountering the bee are very slim - but any excuse to get out into the fresh air and capture some interesting images...!  Lake Wales Ridge is the highest point in Florida and the Bok Singing Tower is located on Iron Mountain - a whopping 300 feet above sea level!  Two million years ago the ridge was a series of islands and the flora and fauna there was isolated and therefore there are a lot of rare species only found in that area.  Unfortunately, the increase in citrus farming and sub divisions has hurt these rare plants and animals, but many conservation groups are attempting to save them.  One such creature thought to be extinct is the Blue Bee, but several specimens have recently been spotted around Lake Wales.
    Keep listening for information about the upcoming Black Hills Photo Shootout in South Dakota in September - virus permitting!

    • 39 min
    • video
    Fotobug - Episode 262 - Macro lenses and technique

    Fotobug - Episode 262 - Macro lenses and technique

    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!

    • 31 min
    • video
    Fotobug - Episode 261 - More Mind blowing Fotobug Photo Tips

    Fotobug - Episode 261 - More Mind blowing Fotobug Photo Tips

    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.
    To purchase the items mentioned in the podcast:
    Game Camera - CLICK HERE
    Platypod - CLICK HERE
    LCD Light - CLICK HERE
    Pocket reflector - CLICK HERE
    Don't forget to subscribe to The Fotobug YouTube Channel!!

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

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7 Ratings

Augustnyne ,

Enjoy the podcast

The podcast is very interesting and informative! Considering I live in Louisville, KY, I especially enjoy the things you do with Outdoor Photo Gear!

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so so

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