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Fotobug - Episode 222 - Iceland 2018

November 25th, 2018

Jim has returned from his trip from Iceland and shares highlights in today's podcast!

In recent photo news, Benro has launched a new 3-axis gimbal that has a convertible handle and gimbal manufacturer Zhiyun-Tech has introduced zoom control as well as focus control for its new flagship model, the Crane 3 Lab. Can't afford Photoshop? Photopea is a free Photoshop alternative that works directly in the browser and offers advanced features including spot removal, clone tool, layers, filters, and masks.  Interested in buying or selling used photo gear? Gear Offer is an online marketplace for selling and buying used camera gear with fees lower than both Amazon and eBay. DxO announces the latest update to Nik Collection (version 1.1) that brings better compatibility, fewer bugs to the plugin suite.  A number of Kansas City metro hotspots are putting up "No Trespassing" signs that specifically state 'No Photographers,'.




Iceland is a treasure and popular place for photography and is becoming more popular all the time.  Jim has now led photo tours to Iceland for the fifth time and shares highlights from the most recent trip.  We were fortunate to once again get the northern lights and even visited an 'ice cave', although the large cave was flooded and we had to settle for a glacier crevasse. All in all, great friends and we enjoyed traveling once again with Magnus who led Jim's previous trip.

Coming up: reviews of the LitraPro, Ronin-S gimbal, DJI Mavic 2 Zoom as well as suggestions for stocking stuffers and a review of The Fotobug 2018 predictions along with predictions for 2019.  Stay tuned and please check out and subscribe to The Fotobug YouTube channel!

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Fotobug - Episode 158 - Iceland 2016 - Magnús Jóhannesson documentary

June 12th, 2016

Welcome to The Fotobug podcast 158!  In recent photography news, a new case called Vitrima is in the works, which would enable GoPro action cameras to record 3D video. A Chinese company wants to turn your Android phone into a 3D camera with a USB-C dongle designed to work with a mobile device's front or rear-facing camera. Canon USA has announced seven new photography courses that will form the beginning of a new program called Canon Online Learning. A team at Harvard University has designed a 'metalens', around 100,000 times thinner than an equivalent glass lens.  Watch the podcast for more information!


Jim just returned from his 4th trip to Iceland with a terrific group of photographers. Featured on this podcast is a highlight reel of the trip featuring some of the images captured.  This year, we completely circled the entire country and only failed to get to the north east since the roads were closed to normal traffic due to heavy snowfall.  Iceland is a wonderfully diverse and photogenic country and should be on your bucket list of places to visit!  In addition to the fantastic landscapes, our driver/guide, Magnus Johannesson, recently completed a documentary called The Man Who Shrunk his Ecological Footprint.  The documentary follows his brother, Siggi, who analyzes his current ecological footprint and then makes an effort to reduce it. We feature a teaser reel on the current podcast, more information can be found at

The current documentary is in Icelandic, but an English language version will be made available and we will update our listeners when the final documentary is available.

Keep the end of September open for the Black Hills Photo Shootout which will take place back in Spearfish, South Dakota -

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Fotobug - Episode 127 - Iceland 2015

April 5th, 2015

Spring is finally here and Fred and Jim head out to the local state park at Honeymoon Island to tape the most recent podcast!  In recent news, instant film company Impossible has released a Generation 2.0 film called B&W 2.0 and claims it is sharper and clearer than previous versions, a Poloroid camera repair company has just introduced its own instant camera called the Mint, Amazon just announced a new cloud storage service for photographers that allows unlimited storage for $12 a year, GoPro just stopped their daily "Everything we Make" give away and have been awarded a grant for a cube based camera, Phase One has released an 80 mp camera for UAVs and you will just have to listen to the podcast for more news!


Jim recently returned from a private Photo Workshop he conducted in Iceland and relates highlights of the trip.  The weather could have been better and the group did not see the northern lights this year, but did get to photograph an ice cave!  The next trip is being planned for next March as well as another in May of 2016.

There are only a few more days to sign up for the Tampa Bay Photo Shootout at .  In addition, check out the great worskhops at and there is still time to sign up for the Vanelli and Friends Photo Cruise featuring Vanelli, Vincent Versace and Mike Moats (Jim will be there too!) at sponsored by our friends at Hunts Photo.

Be sure to get out and enjoy the improving weather and be sure to check back in two weeks for the next podcast!

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Fotobug - Episode 101 - Iceland 2014

April 6th, 2014

The Fotobug has a special offer from, download the Zebra Rock Your Photos app for your IOS device, select your favorite photo and get a FREE iPhone photo case!  Just enter FOTOBUG when you check out and just pay the shipping charges.  Offer is good until April 14th, so hurry!!  Anton Pereiaslavtsev from Run Zebra comes on the podcast to talk about the Rock Your Photos app and to show off some of the other products you can order.

In addition, Jim shows off a video taped at the March workshop in Iceland.  See what you missed on the Iceland workshop this year!


Coming up, reviews of the Nero Trigger, camera and other triggering systems including capturing a pellet from a pellet gun, splashes in glasses and lots more!  Also, workshops coming up including Fred's macro critter workshop in St. Petersburg, The Black Hills Shootout, Moose and Fall colors in Maine in October, and Slovenia and the fall colors in the Julian Alps.  Go to Outdoor Photoworkshops for more information.

Be sure to subscribe for upcoming interviews with Bill Fortney and Luka Esenko as well as the return of Charlie MacPherson!

See you next time!

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Fotobug - Episode 74 - Iceland Workshop

March 24th, 2013

Jim has now returned from Iceland and presents a video of the workshop he helped organize along with Tim Vollmer. Ten photographers met Tim and Jim to see and photograph this interesting land. Hopefully after seeing the video, you will want to visit Iceland for yourself!

In the news, an octopus steals a photographer's camera. To see the video, visit our new website (still under construction!) at There are additional videos there and we have plans for a lot more, so you may wish to bookmark that page! Also dealing with the sea, can a saltwater encrusted lens be repaired by boiling it?  Well, Nikon recently did that!  Details on the current podcast!

Next time we have an interview with Artic/Antarctic photographer, David C. Schultz who is a Utah based photographer who arranges photo tours to those locations.

Please take time to rate us on iTunes and you may contact Fred at and Jim at We would love to hear from you and answer your questions on our next podcast!

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