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

Fotobug - Episode 263 - Lake Wales Ridge

June 21st, 2020

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!

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Fotobug - Episode 262 - Macro lenses and technique

June 7th, 2020

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 MacosShutterstock 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.


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!

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Fotobug - Episode 261 - More Mind blowing Fotobug Photo Tips

May 24th, 2020

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


Pocket reflector - CLICK HERE

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Fotobug - Episode 260 - Mind blowing Fotobug Photo Tips

May 10th, 2020

Thank you for tuning into The Fotobug podcast!  We hope everyone is staying safe and well.

In recent photography news, DJI has released the update to the Mavic Air, the Mavic Air 2 with more features!  On1 announces a 360° cloud service for photos.  Canon has released a free Windows program that turns certain Canon cameras into high resolution webcams. (   Even more news in the podcast!


As safe at home restrictions are slowly being lifted, Fred and Jim go out locally and share some photography tips and techniques.  In this episode, Jim relates a technique used by an African wildlife photographer - using manual mode with auto ISO.  Fred describes an important sports and nature technique - using back-button focusing.  More tips and techniques coming soon!

Please take a moment and subscribe to the new Fotobug YouTube channel.  Also, if you would like a free copy of Jim's ebook on macro photography, subscribe to The Fotobug YouTube channel and contact Jim at and let him know you would like a copy!

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Fotobug - Episode 259 - Jay Grammond and the Black Hills Photo Shootout!

April 26th, 2020

The safe at home continues but plans are being made for the upcoming Black Hills Photo Shoot out this coming September and the organizer, Jay Grammond will discuss it on today's podcast!

In recent news, an app to allow portrait photographers to test lighting setups is now available for free for 15 days (  Mandel Mendlowits, the founder of Adorama, passed away at the age of 76.  I'm Back returns to Kickstarter creating a digital back for analog film cameras.  Lenscoat is creating camo colored face masks for healthcare workers.  GoPro and VSCO are laying off employees but still plan to release new features this year.  Huawei was caught once again attempting to pass off DSLR images as images taken with their smartphones.  There is more news!  Check out the podcast!Grammond.jpg

 Jay Grammond will once again organize the Black Hills Photo Shootout which will take place in South Dakota this September 25-27th!  Instructors are coming back on board and as long as Covid-19 permits, the event will be held in Sturgis, South Dakota this year!  Be sure to save those dates and keep listening to the podcast and watch The Black Hills Photo Shootout and The Fotobug Facebook pages for updates.

Jim is still giving away his 24 page complete guide to macro photography which contains everything from macro lenses to focus stacking and more!  To get your FREE copy, just subscribe to The Fotobug YouTube channel and then write to and you will be sent a link to download your copy!

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Fotobug - Episode 258 - More Safe at Home Photography!

April 12th, 2020

This podcast is a bit different and in order to stay home, we are doing this podcast via Zoom and have invited a friend to join us all the way from India!

There hasn't been much photography news lately.  Canon is planning a live stream on April 29th for a product announcement, probably focusing on 'broadcast and cinema products with an emphasis on 4k and HDR capture.  Lomography launches a new B&W film stock.  Peak Designs announces a travel tripod sale with 20-40% off and some of the proceeds will be split between Covid-19 relief and climate change.  Pangolin Safaris is giving away an African safari in a 6 week photo contest at

Jim demonstrates the Flip Filter system now available at . Fred shows off a portable drive system for backing up your photos while traveling.


Our guest is Anu Sarkar all the way from India.  Anu shows off some of his wonderful artwork and discusses the covid-19 concerns in India. 

Hopefully we will be back to our regular studio and podcast real soon, in the meantime, stay safe and healthy and be sure to wash your hands and practice social distancing so we can get back to our lives again!

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Fotobug - Episode 257 - Safe at Home Photography!

March 29th, 2020

Due to the covid-19 virus, we decided to put together some suggestions of things and themes you can photograph while staying safe at home!

Most of the recent photography news also involves the virus.  Adobe announces free at-home Creative Cloud service for students and educators impacted by the outbreak.  World Press has cancelled the 2020 Photo Contest Award show, Photokina is cancelled until 2022, Professional Photographers of America (PPA) has opened up their training website for free for 2 weeks ( Nikon and Canon have put off camera repairs.


We want all our viewers to stay safe and healthy until the virus threat has passed.  We know many, just like us, are stranded at home and have had trips cancelled. So, we put together some suggestions that you can do in or around your home with your camera.

Jim also has offered to give away his ebook on macro photography.  To get your FREE copy, just go to The Fotobug YouTube channel and subscribe. Then simply write to or leave a comment on the Stay at Home video and he will send you a link to download your copy!


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Fotobug - Episode 256 - More Free Software - Rawtherapee!

March 15th, 2020

In this episode, Fred and Jim take a look at another free RAW app, Rawtherapee!

In recent news, the Covid-19 virus is also having an impact on the photo industry. Canon is shutting down some of their factories due to issues with the supply chain from China. Photokina has indicated they do not plan to cancel, but several companies have already backed out of the event to be held in Cologne Germany.  The NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) event in Las Vegas has been cancelled.  DJI has protested to the FAA claiming that the new rule proposals will cost users nine times more than the FAA forecasted.

rawtherapee.jpgPlease go and subscribe the The Fotobug YouTube channel and if you have experience with Rawtherapee, don't hesitate to leave us a comment or suggestion!  We have lots more goodies come up in future episodes - more interviews, and how-tos as well as some great places to visit in Florida for nature photography - so keep tuning in!

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Fotobug - Episode 255- Free Software - Darktable!

March 1st, 2020

Can't afford or don't want to pay for photo editing software?  Make sure you check out this podcast!

In recent photography news, Adobe releases a substantial update to the desktop and mobile versions of Photoshop. Sony cuts planned mirrorless camera features in response to DRAM shortage. Moment introduces a 67mm filter system for smartphones. Fujifilm and Kodak warn about sending undeveloped film through airport scanners. Jif Peanut butter comes out with 'Gyphy' peanut butter to remind people that 'Gif' is pronounced with a soft 'G' sound!  Even more news in the podcast!


Adobe is now charging $10 a month for Photoshop and Lightroom combo or $53 a month for the entire suite of Adobe software. They no longer sell a version of Lightroom.  Other similiar software also sells in the neighborhood of $79 to $99 - so what if you don't want to pay, or can't afford to pay?  There are free alternatives which are actually pretty good!  Fred and Jim take a look at one of them in this episode of The Fotobug - Darktable which is a free open-source program available at

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Fotobug - Episode 254- FAA: No Drone for You!

February 16th, 2020

If you are a drone owner (or fly any RC aircraft) or if you intend to purchase one, you MUST watch this podcast.  The FAA has proposed new rules which will ground all current drones and make it nearly impossible to capture interesting photos or videos with our drones.  The FAA is taking public comments up until March 2nd, so it is very important to register your concern!!

In recent news, Yuneec has launched a 30x optical zoom drone, the E30ZSony's image sensor business has been impacted by the coronavirus outbreak which has disrupted their supply chain.  Sigma indicates it is starting over with its development of a full-frame Foveon-based camera which was first announced back in 2018.  Fujifilm will discontinue its Fujicolor film packs by the end of March.


Please check out and register your concerns about the new FAA proposed rules for UAS (drones and RC unmanned aircraft) - but you must do so before March 2nd!  If these rules go into effect, you might as well throw your drone away and that will be the end of the hobby!

To register your concern to the FAA:



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