Fotobug - Elusive Image Photography

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

Fotobug, Elusive Image - Episode 49

April 8th, 2012

Welcome to podcast #49, our 2nd anniversary podcast!  Featured on podcast #49 are Mike Gulbraa, Mike Montgomery, and Ken Wright from M&M Photo Tours.  We discuss their photo workshops featuring many top internationally known photographers, and if you would like to take advantage of one of their workshops, use code MMPT2012 and receive a 10% discount! Go to for a list of their current photo tours.  Great chance to travel with outstanding photographers and save money at the same time!

In recent news, a photographer accidentally steps on a rare bunny at a German zoo, an English papers uses a photograph full page, without permission, Adobe announces Lightroom 4.1 and lots more!

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Fotobug, Elusive Image - Episode 43

January 15th, 2012

Welcome to episode 43!  Jim and Fred sit down with photographer Marina Scarr to talk about her wildlife photography.  Marina's wonderful images are currently featured in several nature and Audubon publications and brochures. Marina began shooting with film and transitioned to digital in 2007.  You can see more of Marina's work at her website at   Marina is also the latest member of the Fotobug's "Bird on the Head" club!  Check out her photograph with a fledgling Osprey on her head!

In the news, Kodak may be preparing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and may break up into separate business units.  Fuji has announced a new E.V.I.L. camera, Kentucky wants to issue hunting licenses for sandhill cranes, and the FAA grounds the whooping crane migration ultralight, then grants an exception to allow them to fly.  Nikon announces a new multimedia SLR!

Coming up next, photographer Tim Vollmer from Iceland, who has a special offer for our listeners for a workshop in late May.  Also, Jim will be leading a workshop to Costa Rica in early May and will be returning to Mongolia later this year.  Tune in for more details!

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Fotobug, Elusive Image - Episode 41

December 18th, 2011

Happy Holidays, everyone!

Jim and Fred have a special interview in Podcast #41, Haje Jan Kamps. Haje is the author of a number of photography books, a blogger on a popular photo site, The Photocritic, and is now the designer and inventor of a new photo accessory, The Triggertrap - The Triggertrap is an electronic device that will work with most cameras and allows the photographer to trigger the camera (or multiple cameras, flashes, etc.) based upon an event. The device has the built-in ability to be triggered on a laser, an audio event, a built-in intervalometer and even an accessory port to allow the photographer to trigger the camera on any outside event! The device will be on the market around February 2012 and a do-it-yourself circuit board version should be available around March.

Haje's blog can be found at

In the news, Adobe has released Lightroom 3.6 and RAW convertor 6.6, images from a Canon Camera lost at sea a year ago were recovered and found their way back to their owner, the Compact Flash Association has announced a new card format, CNN lays off 50 photojournalists, and Unified Color has released updated versions of HDR Expose and 32Float.

Finally - Jim wraps up the discussion on using the histogram and the Fotobug guys have a special holiday gift for our listeners - The Fotobug's Guide to the Histogram - free!  CLICK HERE FOR YOUR FREE EBOOK.

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Fotobug, Elusive Image - Episode 37

October 23rd, 2011

Fred and Jim welcome back Chris Klapheke as a guest co-host from Outdoor Photo Gear ( to discuss new equipment and accessories for fall and winter photography. We are trying an experiment to bring Chris to you via a Skype video feed! In addition, we will be discussing the new Canon 1D just announced as well as the usual news items. Be sure to tune in to see the amazing time lapse photo taken this past month by an amateur photographer.

This episode is also our spooky Halloween special - so don your costumes and prop up your feet for some creepy shenanigans.

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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!

Fotobug, Elusive Image - Episode 34

September 11th, 2011

Welcome to the Fotobug podcast number 34.  In this episode we have an exclusive on a new product that any nature or landscape photographer who uses a tripod (you do use a tripod, don't you?) will want to try.  This nifty invention is a quick realease tripod head mount that allows you to quickly change heads on your tripod - for instance from a gimble head to a ball-head.  Jim and Fred speak to the inventor and show off the new device.

The new tripod quick release is now available from Outdoor Photo Gear and Nature Scapes.

In the news, Toshiba has announced a new Wi-fi capable SD card, ICVT has a new method to optimize JPEG compression, the release candidates for Lightroom 3.5 and RAW 6.5 are available from Adobe, and the Fotobug guys discuss a new website -

In addition, the guys discuss photo manipulation - good, bad, or in-between?  We would like for you to send us your comments, or post your comments at our Facebook Fan page.

Finally, upcoming photo workshops and photo tours for 2012 include Costa Rica, Peru, Morocco and possibly Iceland.  Don't forget, there is still time to register and attend the Black Hills Photo Shootout!

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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 28

June 19th, 2011

Welcome to Podcast 28!  In the news, Sony announces new DSLR, and a new lens for its NEX camera as well as the Sony World Photography AwardsApple has announced details of its forthcoming IOS operating system, Pentax has released an add-on GPS, and Nikon'n latest ads with Ashton Kutcher was filmed with a Nikon DSLR!  Sigma announced the pricing of its new 120-300 f/28 lens.

In the Q&A feature, Jim and Fred discuss focusing issues for landscape photoraphy and talk about rear button focus for sports and nature.

Congratulations to the winners of the Photo Caption Contest, Brenda, Mary, Lizzie and Troy.  Thanks for entering and enjoy your prizes courtesy of Outdoor Photo Gear ( !

How do you "fix" an image photographed in a low contrast situation, such as morning fog?  Jim has a video segment to show you how!

Our guest this time is local wildlife and landscape photographer, John Sagert.  John discusses his photography including his amazing lightouse captures.  Check out John's images at .

Finally, Jim flies the Fotobug Skycam Tricopter for the first time and the Fotobug has video of the flight!

The Fotobug is also interested in introducing a new feature - a DIY PHOTO TIP.  We are looking for clever work arounds and gadgets that you may have built from commonly available materials for your photo images.  Send us your best and we will include them in the podcast as well as feature them on our Facebook Fan page!

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Fotobug, Elusive Image - Episode 24

April 24th, 2011

Welcome to the Fotobug Podcast #24!  This past week (April 15th), Fred traveled to Myakka State Park and Oscar Scherer to photograph scrub jays, and Jim traveled to southern Florida with Jason Hahn into the Everglades as well as Ding Darling and Cape Coral (  Jim and Fred share stories of their adventures as well as photos and videos of the trips.  Also appearing in this podcast is Rob Moorman, president of TAPPA (Tampa Area Professional Photographer's Assn.) and Rob discusses tax ramifications for non-professional photographers who may be earning additional income from their photography.  An appropriate topic for tax season!  He also discusses setting up a corporation for photographers.

Also discussed on today's show - an original Nikon camera goes up for auction. Have $160,000 - $250,000 laying around?  You could own a piece of Nikon history!

Thanks and welcome to all our new Facebook fans who joined up with us!!

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Fotobug, Elusive Image - Episode 23

April 10th, 2011

Episode 23 marks our one year anniversary and on this podcast we interview Michael Raso, the host and creator of the Film Photography Podcast!  Michael is a New Jersey based photographer and filmmaker who dug out some of his old film-based cameras a couple years ago and decided to start a podcast for people still interested in film photography.  This was a very interesting interview and one that you don't want to miss!  For instance, did you know that an independent company has cranked up one of the old Poloroid plants?  It's true, and that's not all!  Michael is giving away film and even cameras are available on their website - and they discuss cameras from the Holga all the way up to the big 8 x 10 monsters.  Highly recommended!

The podcast can be found at

Jim and Fred will also had a great time at the recent Camera Club Day event held in St. Petersburg featuring Rick Sammon.  Hopefully if you live near the St. Petersburg area you had a chance to stop in along with the other 100+ photographers and take part in the events at this wonderful event.

We want to thank everyone for tuning in to our podcast over the last year and for supporting us - the growth we have experienced blows our minds!  We are planning a lot more news, reviews, interviews and how-tos over the coming year - so please subscribe and keep listening/viewing.  As always, you can help support our efforts by visiting our Store front at our main page ( the next time you go to buy something from or from and please don't forget to rate our podcast!

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