Fotobug - Elusive Image Photography

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

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 51

May 6th, 2012

Welcome to podcast #51!  In the news, Ikea releases a cardboard digital camera to the press, Nikon recalls some camera batteries, Olympus announces a new OM-D digital camera with a retro look.  Jim returned from a very soggy weekend in the Everglades, but was able to partially rescue the trip with a stop at Cape Coral to photograph burrowing owls. 

Jim also demonstrates a technique to clean the digital sensor on a DSLR using a Canon 5D. 

Keep in mind to use code MMPT2012 for a 10% discount on photo tours from M&M Photo Tours (  Also, Jim and Fred will be at the Black Hills Shootout in South Dakota in September.  Jim will be going to Peru to the Amazon to examine a location for future workshops and coming up: Iceland with Tim Vollmer in February 2013, Costa Rica in May and maybe the Amazon in July.  Keep an eye on for more information. 

Also, Jim will be conducting a course in DSLR video making in late July in Bushnell, Florida.  Keep watching for more information!

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Fotobug, Elusive Image - Episode 47

March 11th, 2012

Our special guest for Podcast #47 is our friend, Maxis Gamez!  We catch up with Maxis at Fort DeSoto and Maxis shares with us details about his workshops and shares a couple tips on photographing in fog with a Better Beamer Flash.  You can check out Maxis' workshops and subscribe to his newsletter at

In addition, Fred and Jim review the Beach Rolly Cart which we used on our recent trip to the Everglades with our friend, Chris Klapheke.  The Beach Rolly is available from, be sure to tell them you heard about it from The Fotobug!

In the news this week, we share a winning photojournalist image, more information on Olympus, the new Lightroom 4.0 is now available and Canon releases the 5D Mark III.  Sadly, the 3500 year old Cypress tree The Senator was burned down by an arsonist.

This is the final week to register for the Costa Rica workshop in May -  Also, be sure to visit our Facebook page and don't forget to rate us on iTunes!

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Fotobug, Elusive Image - Episode 45

February 12th, 2012

Welcome to podcast number 45 which features an interview with photographer Luka Esenko from Slovenia.  Luka shares some of his wonderful images from this region as well as gives tips and suggestions for photographers. Luka's blog can be found at and his main website is Check out his workshops!

In the news, Kodak announces they will no longer manufacture cameras, digital or film; two National Geographic videographers are killed in a helicopter crash in Australia; and more!

Please check out Jim's Creature's of Costa Rica photo workshop beginning May 5th ( and remember Tim Vollmer also has a special workshop in Iceland at the end of May for Fotobug subscribers.

Next time, Fred, Jim and Chris Klapheke will be heading to the Everglades and taping the podcast from there.  We will be featuring some new product reviews as well as good photo tips and introduction to the Everglades!

As always, we recommend subscribing to our podcast via iTunes, Zune, or one of the major podcast feeds.  Since this isn't streaming video, your computer may have problems playing it back here, depending upon your Internet connection.  Also, PLEASE take time to rate us on iTunes or your favorite podcast carrier - at least leave us a comment here and be sure to visit us on our Facebook page!   Finally, due to popular request, Fred and I are experimenting with doing the podcast on video instead of audio with title slides, please give us feedback on which you prefer!

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Fotobug, Elusive Image - Episode 44

January 29th, 2012

Welcome to Podcast #44 which features an interview with photographer Tim Vollmer all the way from Iceland! Tim shares his wonderful images of Icelandic animals and scenery and talks about his workshops. In addition, Tim has a special offer to the listeners of The Fotobug for a workshop in Iceland in late May! Go to for more information and to see more of Tim's incredible work! Be sure to let Tim know you heard him on The Fotobug!

In the news, Eastman Kodak has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, Adobe backs off on their new upgrade policy, and Apple approached Lytro for new possible camera ideas! Also, Eye-Fi challenges new proposed SD wireless standards and you won't want to miss the story on a copyright issue in the UK as well as a photographic image long term exposure that lasted one year!

Also, the dates for Jim's Costa Rica workshop have been set to begin Saturday May 5 - check for more details and to register for this photoworkshop to capture hummingbirds and the amazing resplendant quetzal. Also coming up, Jim and Fred will be doing a remote podcast from the Everglades in February and look for our friend Chris Klapheke to join us once again!

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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 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 33

August 28th, 2011

Welcome to podcast # 33!  Fred and Jim try something new - full video of the podcast, please give us your feedback as this format is just an experiment!

In this podcast, Jim shows some images from his recent photo tour in Mongolia.  In the news, Jim and Fred discuss Sony's new A77 mirrorless camera, the new 3D consortium to standardize 3D glasses technology for TVs, Samyang's new 24mm f/1.4mm lens, Heliotropic and Kenko have released new variable neutral density filters and even more!

In addition, Jim will be attending the Black Hills Shootout in South Dakota coming up the end of September through October 2nd.  Please come up and say 'Hi' if you plan to attend.  Also, Jim mentions that he is putting together a limited photo tour of Morocco for November 2012 - please write if you are interested, the group will be limited to only 3 more photographers.  Date and actual pricing TBD.

Let us know what you think of this vodcast format and coming up next time, a new invention for those using gimbal tripod mounts! You won't want to miss this!

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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 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.

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