Fotobug - Elusive Image Photography

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

Fotobug, Elusive Image - Episode 31

July 31st, 2011

Welcome to podcast number 31!   Our special guest  is photographer and author, Nicole S. Young who will discuss how to get involved in microstock photography as well as her new book on food photography.  Nicole's  book (micro)STOCK: From Passion to Paycheck is available from and her new book on food photography, Food Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots  can be pre-ordered HERE .   Nicole's website is

Thanks to Nicole, Jim and Fred are now on Google+ and are considering creating a Fotobug circle on Google's new site.  Keep listening to find out more. If you would like an invite code, send us your favorite photo tip, or let us know about a DIY gadget you created.

In the news, Jim and Fred continue the discussion on Apple's patent application to limit iPhone camera use .

Finally, Jim presents a quick demo of the open source Lightroom plugin, LR/Enfuse, and shows how it can quickly blend bracketed images together right inside LightroomLR/Enfuse is available at and is 'donationware' which means you may pay whatever you believe it is worth to you!  Download and check it out!

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Fotobug, Elusive Image - Episode 30

July 17th, 2011

Welcome to The Fotobug's 30th podcast!  The long hot summer is finally here, so why not grab a cold drink, find a cool spot and enjoy the podcast?

In the news, this episode, Jim and Fred discuss the black macaques in Indonesia that swipe a camera from nature photographer, David Slater and take some amazing family portraits!  In addition, Fujifilm is returning to interchangable lens cameras, Ricoh buys Pentax from Hoya, Kenko-Tokina buys Cokin Filters,  and more!

Also, photographer Mike Oblinski captures amazing time-lapse video of the haboob (sandstorm) in Phoenix Arizona, so we invite Arizona storm photographer, Mike Pendergast (originally interviewed back in Episode 9), back on the show to discuss high ISO settings as well as to show off some of his latest lightning images.

For the DIY (Do It Yourself) segment, Jim shows how to create an inexpensive 'L' bracket for a DSLR and mount it to an Arca-Swiss style plate to do better panorama style images.  Total cost, under $40 which includes the arca-swiss plate!  The 'L' bracket alone can be make for under $12.  Compare to commercial versions that cost up to $180!

 Jim and Fred also answer a couple viewer questions: how can a law-enforcement agency work with US currency in Photoshop, and how much should a photograher charge a state park for a photo in their promotional brochure?

Finally, inflight video footage from the Fotobug Skycam Tricopter is shown and upcoming photo workshops for 2012 are discussed.

Come out and 'Like' our Facebook Fan page and share some of your favorite images!  Also, don't forget to leave us feedback and please rate us on iTunes, Podbean, or your favorite podcast site!

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Fotobug, Elusive Image - Episode 29

July 3rd, 2011

Welcome to The Fotobug, vodcast number 29! Charles Glatzer joins us this episode as a co-host! Charles is an award winning nature and travel photographer whose work can be seen at . Charles offers numerous workshops and has been published in Natl Geo, Outdoor Photographer, Popular Photography, Discover Diving, Smithsonian, Professional Photographer, and many others.

In the news, we discuss Apple's new patent to control cell phone cameras, Pentax has released the world's smallest mirrorless compact, Lytro is releasing a camera that can focus after the picture is taken, and a photo of Billy the Kid sells at auction for $2.3 million! If you use UV filters on your lenses, check out this BLOG post from!

Jim and Fred take a trip to Tampa, Florida to the Florida Aquarium and catch up with Jeff Donald for an interview and to discuss Jeff's latest project, The Florida Center for Creative Photography which will be located in Largo, Florida and will offer workshops, a gallery and lots more! Subscribe to the podcast as Jeff will keep us posted on the progress.

Finally, for our first DIY, Jim shows off a simple and inexpensive flash attachment to provide soft light.

Have a happy 4th of July and stay safe!

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