Fotobug - Elusive Image Photography

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Fotobug, Elusive Image - Episode 62

October 7th, 2012

Welcome to podcast #62 and our Black Hills Shootout special.  Fred and Jim have returned from South Dakota and feature images from the event and a few of the workshops. Turnout was great this year and Rick Sammon, the keynote speaker, remained for the entire weekend attending several of the workshops.  Be sure to plan on joining us again next year!

In the news, Sony and Hasselblad have announced a partnership to produce a newE-mount compact camera, and Sony has invested in Olympus and now owns 10% of the company.  Adobe just released Elements 11 for Photoshop and Premiere and you can pick up the pair for $149 and they just released the final versions of Adobe Camera Raw 7.2 and Lightroom 4.2.  Finally, Nikon cameras D4 and D800 are the first DSLR video cameras to pass the rigid BBC Test to be approved for European television production.

Be sure to check out the Everglades workshop in November at as well as the Northern Lights workshop to Iceland in February (still opening!), the workshop in Costa Rica in April and the Peruvian Amazon in June.

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Fotobug, Elusive Image - Episode 61

September 23rd, 2012

Welcome to podcast number 61!  Master macro photographer Mike Moats calls in and shares some of his recent photos and discusses his upcoming workshops and gives some tips for improving your macro and closeup photography.  Mike's website can be found at, so go and check out his gallery, workshops and eBook!

Jim just released the latest Fotobug eBook guide  The Fotobug's Guide to Macro Photography and you can download your free copy at  While you are there, be sure to grab the other Fotobug guides as well! 

A lot is going on in the world of photography right now with Photokina in Germany underway.  Chris Klapheke is currently in Germany at Photokina and will be reporting on the latest news in an upcoming podcast.  In the meantime, Nikon has announced a new full-frame DSLR, the D600, Canon has announced a new full-frame camera, the 6D, and Google has purchased Nik software!  Stay tuned for a lot more announcements from Photokina!

Fred and Jim will be heading to the Black Hills Shootout at the end of September in South Dakota.  Jim is giving 4 workshops, two on HDR and 2 on time-lapse in addition to the other great workshops at the event which will also feature keynote speaker, Rick Sammon!  We hope to run into some of our listeners there!  In November, there is still time to sign up for the Everglades workshop at  Also coming up, the amazing Aurora Borealis and Glaciers of Iceland with Tim Vollmer in February,  Costa Rica Critters in early April, and the incredible Amazon of Peru in early June.  All workshop information can be found at

We suggest you subscribe to the podcast via iTunes so you won't miss any upcoming programs, including the news from Photokina from Chris Klapheke!

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Fotobug, Elusive Image - Episode 60

September 9th, 2012

Our special guest on episode 60 of The Fotobug is Tom Snyder from the Florida Teaching Zoo (  Jim and Fred held the DSLR video class at the Teaching Zoo in Bushnell Florida and have invited Tom back to talk about the zoo and some of the animals housed there as well as his programs in Costa Rica to protect frogs.

In the news, Kodak is getting totally out of the consumer photography business, a new bridge drowns while have her portrait taken in Canada, and Impossible releases a new poloroid style instant film.

Coming up, Jim and Fred will be at the Black Hills Shootout in South Dakota at the end of the month and there are still openings for the OPW Everglades workshop in November as well as the Northern Lights workshop in Iceland with Tim Vollmer in February, Costa Rica in May and back to the Amazon in early June.  Check for details and to register.

Stay tuned for the new Fotobug guide on macro photography which will be available soon!

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Fotobug, Elusive Image - Episode 57

July 29th, 2012

Jim just returned from his trip to the Peruvian Amazon and shows two of the timelapse images he made there.  Jim is planning to run a photoraphy workshop there beginning next year through Outdoor Photo Workshops (

In the news, more about photographer Joe Klamar's Olympic athlete images, Robert Galbraith is putting his website on hiatus, Canon releases video guides for the new 1Dx, Nikon soon releasing an 800mm telephoto, and Lytro releases their post focusing software for Windows.

Fred will be joining Jim this year at the Black Hills Shootout in Spearfish, South Dakota - so come on out and meet us. Featured keynote speaker is Rick Sammon. to sign up - there are still workshops left open!  Also, be sure to check out the Everglades workshop in November, the Glacier/Northern Lights workshop in Iceland next February, and Costa Rica next May - all at

Fred also gives tribute to Nathan Scott who started a number of interesting Facebook Pages.

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Fotobug, Elusive Image - Episode 54

June 19th, 2012

Welcome to podcast number 54!  In the recent photo news, Petapixel shows off images printed from negatives swallowed by artists, then pooped out in the dark and developed, Canon announces the newest member of the Rebel family as well as a series of summer workshops in the national parks, Panasonic is now the major stock holder of Olympus, Sony has announced the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards, and Apple has released Aperture 3.3.

Our special guest is Charles MacPherson from Massachusetts. Charles runs workshops in the northeast United States including a workshop to photograph polar bears in Alaska!  He also produces a blog and newsletter which can be found at  Be sure to check out his artic workshops and monthly photo contest as well as his blog and newsletter!  Charles shares his experiences as well as some of his fantastic images and discusses some of his insights into photography.  We appreciate Charles taking time on Father's day Sunday to talk with us!

Don't forget to check out the Black Hills Shootout in Spearfish, South Dakota.  The workshops are filling up fast and if you register before August 1st, the registration fee is only $150 for the weekend (which includes four workshops!).  The keynote speaker this year is Rick Sammon - Also be sure to check out the other workshops at incuding the Iceland Glacier and Northern Lights workshop in February 2013 and the Costa Rica workshop for May 2013.

Finally, don't forget to leave us feedback and please be sure to take a moment to rate us on iTunes or your favorite podcast feed!  Next time, we have invited Haje Jan Kamps back to discuss the TriggerTrap and we will be featuring a comparison of the TriggerTrap Mobile and IOShutter camera triggers.  Don't miss them!

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Fotobug, Elusive Image - Episode 53

June 4th, 2012

Welcome to podcast #53 featuring a discussion on time-lapse photography with programmer, author, and photographer Gunther Wegner.  Gunther discusses talks about his time-lapse videos (Canary Skies, Alpine Skies, and Baltic Skies - available on YouTube) and demonstrates the work flow on his program LRTimeLapse (available for Mac and PCs at  In addition, Gunther has written an ebook on time-lapse techniques also available at  Highly recommended!  Hopefully, Gunther will return to the podcast to discuss his film African Skies which he is currently working on.

In the news, photographer Andrew Kane has a bear encounter in Yellowstone National Park and the bear attacked his rented Nikon camera.  Although badly scratched the caemra still functioned, although the tripod did not fare so well.  Also, the ITA may lift the 5.4% EU tax on devices that are able to record video over 30 minutes, Adobe releases the final versions of Lightroom 4.1 and ACR 7.1, and Nikon has firmware upgrades for the D4 and the D800. Also, Aardman animation "filmed" Pirates! Band of Misfits using 50 Canon 1D MkIIIs.

Jim will be conducting a one day workshop on digital video in Bushnell Florida on Saturday, July 28 and you can register at  Also, the workshops and registration have been posted for The BlackHills Shootout for the end of September - links can also be found at   We hope to see you there!

Coming up, more techniques and information on producing time-lapse films including a "shootout" among several new time-lapse devices.  Also, Haje Jan Kamps will be returning to talk about the Triggertrap Mobile app.  Also coming up, a simple DIY camera slider for time-lapse or digital video!

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Fotobug, Elusive Image - Episode 36

October 9th, 2011

Welcome to Podcast #36 and our Black Hills Shootout special edition. Jim reports on the Shootout from South Dakota and interviews Jason Hahn, Les Vorhis, Dick Kettlewell, and Steve Babbitt - all Outdoor Photo Workshop instructors.  Les has a surprise announcement for the Shootout for 2012! 

Check out additional workshops at  www.outdoorphotoworksops.com  and

In the news, Adobe releases the final versions of RAW converter 6.5 and Lightroom 3.5, parents sue a photographer  and Urban Outfitters for $30 million for images of their daughter which they disapproved, Johnny Depp apologizes for comments in an interview, and Flickr and Adobe release new photography Apps for the Android system.  Apple announces the new iPhone 4s and the Fotobug guys have a special tribute to Apple founder, Steve Jobs.

Coming up next time, Chris Klapheke from Outdoor Photogear will be showing off items for your fall and winter photo needs!

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