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

Fotobug Episode 300 - Breakthrough Photography Filters

November 21st, 2021

Yes, this is The Fotobug 300th episode!  So, Fred and Jim decided to celebrate and pull a piece from the vault from a couple years back.  Breakthrough Photography filters are still available and they have even more to offer than when this episode first aired.  These filters have a life time warranty and are very color neutral, so are excellent to use for long daytime exposures.  Have a happy holiday!  Don't forget to subscribe to The Fotobug YouTube channel!

Fotobug Episode 299 - 1880 Town movie

November 7th, 2021

Fred and Jim recently returned from North and South Dakota conducting workshops for The Black Hills Photo Shootout.  In South Dakota, The Fotobug guys were asked to demonstrate DSLR and mirrorless video capabilities by making a movie at 1880 Town.  We are proud to present the movie "Time Lapse" here for the first time!  We are quite proud of the finished product in view of the fact we only had 3 hours to film most of the 1880 scenes!  We want to thank all those who helped and Tony Dutoit for agreeing to act as the town sheriff.  If you would like to learn more about our production techniques, let us know!  The video is also available on The Fotobug Youtube channel at

In the news we talked about a March 2021 discounted photo trip to India from EMS Photo Tours led by Pulitzer Prize winning photographer, Essdras Suarez.  For more information go to

Fotobug Episode 298 - Highlights Black Hills Photo Shootout 2021

October 24th, 2021

Jim and Fred once again headed to South Dakota for the annual Black Hills Photo Shootout.  In addition, they stopped in Louisville Ky to visit Mike Mathews and Chris Klapheke and even had dinner with Adam Jones. Be sure to save the date for the last week of September next year for BHPS 2022!

Be sure to subscribe the The Fotobug YouTube channel to see the western scifi film Jim and Fred photographed at 1880 town in South Dakota!

Fotobug Episode 297 - First Look: Platyball

October 10th, 2021

Platypod is coming out with a new and unique design for a ball head that is pure genius!  Funded via Kickstarter, there are two models, the Elite and the Ergo.  While Jim was an early backer of the project, due to Covid and supply chain issues, the final release of both units was delayed, but Skip Cohen, marketing VP for Platypod, loaned out two pre-production units.  This is an early look at the two ball heads.  The final versions should be available to the public after the first of the year!

Fotobug Episode 296 - Platypod Ultra Review

September 26th, 2021

Fred and Jim are currently on their way to North and South Dakota to conduct photo workshops for the Black Hills Photo Shootout.  So, they decided to pull from The Fotobug vault a review of the Platypod Ultra that they conducted back in 2017 - but still relevant today!  Hope to see some of you in the Dakotas!

Fotobug Episode 295 - Travel Tips

September 12th, 2021

Fred and Jim will be heading out shortly to conduct workshops in North and South Dakota and decided to share some of their travel tips with their viewers.  Jim does a lot of foreign travel and hopefully once Covid restrictions are lifted, both guys will be traveling more and we hope you will too!  So, check their tips out and be sure to share some of yours!

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Fotobug Episode 294 - Dew Drops and Macro

August 29th, 2021

One way to embellish your macro photos of plants, flowers and cobwebs are by adding a few water drops like morning dew.  It is easy to "dew" (do?!) - just carry a little spray bottle with a mix of glycerin and water with you.  Both are inexpensive and then you will always have a little dew or rain drops in your pocket to enhance your plant photography!

Registration for the Black Hills Photo Shootout is now available and the workshops are filling up fast!  Go to now to sign up! Also check out the Dakota Adventure the week before at Teddy Roosevelt National Park.  Hope to see you there!

Fotobug Episode 293 - Boyd Hill Nature Preserve

August 15th, 2021

Boyd Hill Nature Preserve is located at the southern end of St. Petersburg bordering Lake Maggiore.  This is a great city park to view and photograph alligators, turtles, hawks, eagles, owls, and more.  It is also great for migratory birds in the fall and spring. The preserve is 245 acres and contains 6 miles of hiking trails.  There is also a raptor rehab center for rescued owls, eagles, and hawks. Fotobug recommended!

Workshops at the Black Hills Photo Shootout at the end of September are filling up fast!  This includes the Dakota adventure at Teddy Roosevelt National Park and 1880 Town to register!

The Fotobug Episode 292 - Fort DeSoto Park

August 1st, 2021

In The Fotobug continuing series on places to photograph in Florida, don't overlook Fort DeSoto in St. Petersburg.  Fort DeSoto is a Pinellas County park and is named after the Fort that was built there in the late 1800s to protect Tampa Bay but was never involved in any battles.  However, it is one of the best birding spots in Florida, especially in the Spring and Fall.  It is also one of the few places to spot the white morph reddish egret!

Not much in current photographic news, but the Black Hills Photo Shootout registration is now available!  The Shootout will again be the last weekend in September and will take place in Sturgis South Dakota and a special event on Friday at 1880 Town.  Fred and Jim are conducting a pre-workshop at Teddy Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota September 22-24th and the spots are filling up quick - on the registration page it is labeled Dakota Adventure - so please go a sign up now!


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Fotobug Episode 291 - Photographer Zoe Gregory

July 18th, 2021

Fred and Jim welcome photographer Zoe Gregory to the podcast!  Zoe is a Washington D.C. based photographer who has tapped in to her entrepreneurial spirit in order to earn money from her photography and shares her story with us.  She recently took up photography seriously and we hope her story will motivate and encourage others with a desire to make money with their cameras in addition to just enjoy making great images!  We recommend you check out Zoe's Instagram page - ZoeGregoryPhoto on Instagram.

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Registration for the Black Hills Photo Shootout coming up this September is now open!  Go to to register.  There are 3 big events this year: The main Black Hills Photo Shootout in Sturgis, a pre-workshop event at 1880 Town in South Dakota, and another pre-workshop at Teddy Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota hosted by Jim and Fred!  We hope to see you there!

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