Fotobug - Elusive Image Photography

The Fotobug Photography podcast for travel and nature photographers. Interviews, training, reviews, and more!

Fotobug - Episode 223 - Stocking Stuffers for Photographers

December 9th, 2018

Jim and Fred have some suggestions for holiday shoppers for photographers, but first, the news!

The FAA has granted Vantage Robotic's 4K camera drone Snap a certification to allow it to be flown over crowds of people for commercial and non-commercial purpose.  Underwater camera housing manufacturer Nauticam has released a housing for the Nikon mirrorless camera.  DJI has released a new Osmo gimbal called the Osmo PocketTumblr has announced all adult content will be removed from the site by December 17th. Photokina 2019 has been cancelled and will become an annual event beginning 2020.


The Holidays are right around the corner, and the Fotobug guys have some suggestions for the photographer in your life (or maybe even for yourself!).  Links to many of the suggestions in the podcast are listed below.  If you have suggestions or comments, please leave them below and we wish you all the best of the Season!

Coming up: a review of the DJI Ronin-S and the new Mavic Zoom drone.


Product links mentioned in Podcast:

Drone Tablet Stent -

Neewer ND Filters - Mavic -

PolarPro ND Filters - Mavic -

USB Card Reader -

Carson LED Sensor Loupe -

Lens Pen -

AA Battery Caddy -

Camera Rain Sleeve -

BlackRapid Camera Strap - single -

BlackRapid Camera Strap - double -

Rogue Safari Popup Flash extender -

Hoodman Loupe -

Redhead Glomitt Gloves - Cabelas or Bass Pro Shops - $19.95




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Fotobug - Episode 67

December 16th, 2012

Happy Holidays everyone!  Fred and Jim welcome back Chris Klapheke from Outdoor Photo Gear.  Chris offers up some more terrific ideas for holiday stocking stuffers.  We also have a surprise visit from 'Troy the Tree' Outdoor Photo Gear can be found online at

In the news, controversy surrounds the purlication of an image of a man pushed onto subway tracks, in another incident, a woman is killed attempting to photograph a train while standing on adjoining tracks and is struck from behind, Adobe releases the final versions of Lightroom 4.3 and RAW 7.3, Google and Apple attempt to purchase Kodak patents for $500 million, and lots more!

Here are links to the items Chris showed during the podcast:











Be sure to let Chris know you heard about these on the Fotobug!  Happy Holidays!!

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Fotobug, Elusive Image - Episode 65

November 18th, 2012

We welcome back our co-host, Chris Klapheke from Outdoor Photo Gear (, who will be showing off new items from Photokina and the Photo Expo from New York.  In addition, Chris will be announcing some special deals for "camo Friday", the after-Thanksgiving specials.  Also, there is a special deal for Fotobug listeners, buy a Gura 22L refurb backpack, enter FOTOBUG when you check out and the price will be reduced to $199 while supplies last!  Chris will also be showing off new bags from Think Tank as well as stocking stuffers and a new strap from Black Rapid.

In the news, Jim scolds those photographers who post fake weather images after major storms, Canada changes their copyright policies that will affect photographers, we show a stitched image of Curiosity of Mars and Fred show his drum set circa 1974 carved out of a downed tree from Sandy!

There are still 2 places left for our Fire and Ice workshop in Iceland with Tim Vollmer in February - so go to right now to sign up!

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Fotobug, Elusive Image - Episode 25

May 8th, 2011

Chris Klapheke from Outdoor Photo Gear ( join Jim and Fred as a guest host on today's podcast #25!  Chris will be giving some suggestions for photo accessories as we move into late spring and into the summer and is providing the prizes for our Caption Contest.  Also, Jim will be demonstrating the new Perfect Layers from onOne Software which is currently entering a free public beta.  Perfect Layers is a plugin for Adobe Lightroom that adds layering and some masking capabilities.

In other news, Adobe has release Lightroom 3.4 and Camera Raw 6.4, Canon has a firmware update for the 7D, Nikon has a firmware update for the D7000, and Sigma is celebrating its 50th anniversary!

Oscar-nominated British documentary-maker Tim Hetherington, 40, co-creator of the Sundance-winning documentary Restrepo, was killed covering fighting between Muammar Gaddafi's forces and the opposition.  Chris Hondros, a Pulitzer prize finalist, was also killed.

Enter our Photo Caption Contest and you may win an Op/tech Rainsleeve from Outdoor Photo Gear!  Just email us your best caption or submit your entry on the Fotobug Facebook page.  Entries may be sent to  Entries must be received no later than May 31st.

Doug Gardner has now posted the Season 3 episodes of Wild Photo Adventures on his website at  If  the show isn't being aired yet on your local PBS station, you can watch all 13 episodes online.  Jim was a Field Producer on episodes 8 and 9 on the Everglades and is also featured in episode 12, Behind the Scenes!

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Fotobug, Elusive Image - Episode 15

December 19th, 2010

Special guests interviewed in Episode 15 include Jeff Donald and RIck Sammon!  Jeff discusses his recent trip to Yellowstone and upcoming trip to Africa. Rick Sammon talks about his workshops, iPhone and iPad apps, and stories from his past.  We are really fortunate to have Rick on the show and appreciate his comments and insights! for Rick's blog and workshop information.

Special Offer! Check with Groupon ( for a BIG discount on Outdoor Photo Workshop's  Ultimate Nature Photography Crash Course.  The course in normally $199, but with the coupon, the course will be only $59!  However, the coupon off will ONLY be available on Groupon for 24 hours on December 28th.  You can pick any date from January through May for the workshop to be held in St. Petersburg, Florida.  The course will include a classroom session and a field session.  Information about the workshop can be found here - .  Hope to see you there!!

Don't forget to "like" our Fotobug Facebook Fan page and take advantage of this and other discounts and special deals!

The final contestant in our HDR Shootout is Nik Software's HDR Expose Pro.  Results to be uploaded to our Facebook Fan page.

Coming up on the next podcast, interviews with Al and Fabiola Forns and macro guru, Mike Moats!

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Fotobug, Elusive Image - Episode 14

December 6th, 2010

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The Fotobug features an interview with Doug Gardner and Dave Ragin from the PBS TV show, Wild Photo Adventures season 3 which begins airing on PBS beginning April, Sundays at 7:00pm.  In addition, Chris Klapheke returns with Holiday gift suggestions for yourself or the photographer in your life!

Be sure to tune into your local PBS station to watch the new season of  Wild Photo Adventures  beginning this April, Sunday's at 7:00pm.  The current two seasons an be seen at Wild Photo Adventures and season 3 will also be available there for those of who who can't get PBS.

For your Christmas and Holiday gifts, be sure to listen to Chris Klapheke's suggestions, then head on over to Outdoor Photo Gear to complete your shopping - Santa will appreciate it!

More details and links to the gifts Chris suggests will be posted on our Facebook Fan page - The Fotobug - Elusive Image, so be sure to head over there, "Like" the page and be sure to let us know what you would like for Christmas this year!

For the HDR Shootout this episodes features Unified Color's HDR Expose.  The results of all programs will soon be posted to the Fotobug Fan page on Facebook.  Let us know what you think and if you agree with us or not!

Coming up - interviews with Al and Fabiola Forns, Jeff Donald, and Rick Sammon, so be sure to subscribe and stay tuned!

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