Fotobug - Elusive Image Photography

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

Fotobug - Episode 229 -Photoshop Failures

March 3rd, 2019

In recent Photograph news, DJI is implementing a Geospatial Environment Online 2.0 system as a safety zone replacement for airports. ProGrade Digital has expanded beyond hardware with a digital recovery program. Three legged Thing is releasing a new L-bracket called "Ellie". A photographer found a Fujifilm digital camera that was dropped from Angels Landing in Zion National Park 4 years ago and is looking for the owner to return the SD card.  Watch the podcast for more details!


Sometimes even the digital professionals make serious errors when manipulating images with Photoshop.  Fred and Jim have found a few and share them on this episode of The Fotobug!  We hope none of our viewers make these obvious mistakes!  If you find any glaring errors in published images, please send them to us!

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Fotobug - Episode 110 - Nerotrigger laser style

August 10th, 2014

Welcome to podcast number 110!  Fred and Jim test out the laser triggering option on the Nerotrigger and attempt to capture falling jello into Fred's mouth.  Although we had a small problem with the Nerotrigger, we eventually corrected the issue and were able to proceed with our unusual quest!  The Nerotrigger can also trigger on other events and we will be testing additional features in future episodes.


In the photo news, Rohn Engh, author and advisor on stock photography, recently passed away, photographer Kris Boorman discovers a viral image isn't always a good thing, top Hollywood producers commit to purchasing film from Kodak, and there may be a new Canon 7d coming!  Also, we would like you to take our Facebook poll.  In 2012 a black macaque stole a camera from David Slater and now there is a copyright issue over Wikki Commons.  Who owns the copyright, or are the images public domain?  Let us know what you think!

There is still time to get in on the Maine Fall Colors, Moose and Black bear workshop.  Also registration is open for The Black Hills Shootout in South Dakota, but workshops are filling up fast.  We also have openings for the Julian Alps fall colors in Slovenia.  Go to for these and other workshops!

Chris Klapheke will be returning for our next podcast, number 111!

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Fotobug - Episode 103 - Timelapse & Light Painting

May 4th, 2014

Welcome to podccast # 103.  In the news, Bliss - the default image in Windows XP is probably the most viewed image ever created and the original photographer has been reveled and the location just north of San Francisco.  A new 4x5 camera has been released for only $149.  OK, it is a film pinhole camera, but will take regular lenses and even a poloroid back - if you can get the film! It is official now, cats and attractive women increase the popularity of images.  Tune in to learn more!

In today's podcast, Jim recorded a 20 hour timelapse of a monarch caterpillar as it forms it chrysalis.  Jim is also making his ebook on timelapse shooting available for free at  Jim also created a video tutorial on layer stacking in Photoshop for light painting images and we present that tutorial in this podcast.  You are free to share your light painting images with us and if you have questions, please email them to


There are some great workshops coming up.  Jim and Charles MacPherson for a complete nature photography weekend in Benezet Pennsylvania and details can be found at  Also, in late June, the Critter Closeup workshop in St. Petersburg, FL, in September is The Black Hills Shootout and in October, the Maine Moose workshop in Maine and Slovenia - fall colors in the Julian Alps.  Details on these workshops can be found at

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Fotobug, Elusive Image - Episode 27

June 6th, 2011

In Podcast # 27, Jim shares his recent trip to the Lake Wales ridge including Bok Tower, Spook Hill and the Lake Wales Ridge State Forest.  The Fotobug guys also discuss the Stefanie Gordon space shuttle image shot with her iPhone that has raised copyright questions, Twitpics and other services (Facebook?) retain the right to sell and distribute photos uploaded to their services, the new Sigma SD1 has been revealed, Drobo is giving away 100 Drobo backup units, Datacolor has introduced an app that allows the iPad and iPad2 to be color corrected, Nikon is suing Sigma for patent infringement, and Hasselblad has introduced a camera that effectively produces a 200MP image!

Listener Ted sent in a question as to how to curve text around an object in Photoshop and Jim demonstrates how easy it is!

The Shootout is back!  The Black Hills Photo Shootout in Rapid City, South Dakota that is!  Registration is now open and is only $150 for the weekend which includes 4 workshops/seminars.  The Shootout will be held in Rapid City from  September 30th - October 2nd and the featured speaker is David Stoecklein and several workshops will be given by our own Jason Hahn and his partner Les Vorhis.   Jim will be there to interview people for the Fotobug Vodcast, so come out and say hi and join in the fun!  to register - hurry, workshop space is limited and several have already sold out!

Jim also reveals the first photos of the Fotobug Skycam Tricopter which made it's first (though brief!) maiden flight but stay tuned for more!

Finally, The Photo Caption Contest is over and we want to thank everyone who took time to enter.  The winners will be announced on the Fotobug Facebook page and in the next podcast.  Each winner will receive an Op/tech Rainsleeve set for their cameras courtesy of Outdoor Photo Gear - .  Stay tuned for more contests and giveaways!

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Fotobug, Elusive Image - Episode 26

May 22nd, 2011

There is still time to enter the spring Photo Caption Contest!  Just enter your best caption for the contest photo for a chance to win Op/Tech rain gear for your camera from Outdoor Photo Gear.  The image can be found at the Fotobug Fan page on Facebook.  In episode 26, Jim and Fred discuss the future of the Photo Marketing Association (PMA) as well as Seagate's new 500Gb hard drive for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch and also the Neat Image noise reduction plugin update.  Also, Jim gives an update on the Skycam tricopter he has been building.

 Jim presents video of his recent trip to Blue Cypress Lake to photograph Osprey with Jason Hahn.

Remember to check out the new photogear at and upcoming workshops/trips at

Coming up are more interviews including Chas Glatzer and lots more!

The Photo Caption Contest ends on May 31st, so be sure to get your entry in either by posting at the Fotobug Fan Page on Facebook, or send an email with your caption to   There be prizes!!

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Fotobug, Elusive Image - Episode 16

January 2nd, 2011

Welcome to the final podcast of 2010 featuring an interview with Al and Fabiola Forns located in SE Florida.  Al and Fabs show off some of their recent photographs and travels to New Brunswick photographing puffins and northern gannets.  Please check out their website at and their blog at

We wish each and every one of you a very successful and happy new year and thank you for subscribing and listening to our podcast.  We have more plans for additional interviews and training for 2011, so please stay tuned!  We also would like your input and feedback - please feel free to send us questions and let us know what you would like for us to cover.  You may email me at or better yet, come out and visit our Facebook Fan page!

I apologize to Mike Moats that we ran out of time, but his interview will be in our next podcast - the first of 2011!  You are going to be amazed by his macro photos!

Thank you to all the  wonderful photographers and friends who helped us and for everyone who took time to view our podcast!  More to come and we look forward to 2011 and our first podcast of the year will feature a retrospective view of 2010.   Also, first views of the Fotobug aerial photography tricopter!

I will also be publishing the results of our HDR shootout on the Fotobug Facebook Fan page!

Please note - I recommend you subscribe via iTunes, Miro or Zune.  To view the podcast here, please be patient, it could take several minutes to begin to play!

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Fotobug, Elusive Image - Episode 12

November 3rd, 2010

Welcome to Episode 12.  The Fotobug guys begin their new series on the HDR shootout which will involve comparing four different HDR software packages: Photoshop CS5, Photomatix, HDR Expose, and HDR Efex.  The first contender is Adobe Photoshop CS5.  the "rules" are to process a 3 image HDR sequence as quickly as possible and as realistic as possible.  A second sequence will test the programs' ability to handle ghosting.  The final images will be posted at on the Fotobug Facebook page along with the Good, the Bad and the Ugly!!

The guys also discuss the Eye-Fi wireless SDHC card and the world's largest light painting - the entire city of Toledo, Spain!

Check out the October issue of Outdoor Photographer Magazine for a nice five page spread on Chris Klapheke's photography.  The Fotobug is now an affiliate for Chris' company, Outdoor Photo Gear and be sure to tell them that the Fotobug sent you!

Finally, we have adopted a little Carolina Wren we call CW.  Check out the video clip as he comes in every night and stays for the recording of our podcast!

Upcoming interviews with Rick Sammon, possibly Art Wolfe, Al and Fabiola Forns and a lot more, so I recommend you subscribe.  Next time we will be checking out Photomatix as part of our HDR shootout.  Be sure to 'like' our new Facebook Fan page!  Finally - make sure you check the end of the podcast for an amusing outtake from the shootout video!

Check for a special sale on November 5th, 6th and 7th!  Here is a link to the show specials - and shipping is FREE!

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Fotobug, Elusive Image - Episode 11

October 17th, 2010

The Fotobug first annual Halloween special featuring special guests, Tim Grey and Chris Klapheke and assisted by Jason Hahn! Additional news about Microsoft and Adobe secret meeting, Hoya and the Pentax acquisition and even a money making tip for this holiday season.

Special thanks to Tim Grey and Chris Klapheke for sitting down and doing an interview after their busy schedule in St. Augustine.

Be sure to subscribe to Tim's newsletter, Ask Tim Grey,  and check out the Digital Darkroom Quarterly -

Chris Klapheke owns and runs Outdoor Photo Gear so be sure to check out his site which specializes in products for nature photographers:

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Still time to get in on Outdoor Photoworkshop's Into the Everglades workshop for November - don't wait! -

Please come and check out the Fotobug Facebook Fan page!  We really hope you "like" it and will become a fan and join in the discussions to come!  We also established a new website - which will be a portal to our podcasts, news, reviews, and links to our recommendations, workshops, etc.   Let us know what you would like to see.

Please take time to rate us in iTunes, Zune, Podbean, or your podcast feed service!  Thanks and stay tuned for an interview with Rick Sammon and followup interview with Jeff Donald, our HDR shootout and a whole lot more!

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Fotobug, Elusive Image - Episode 8

September 8th, 2010

(Please note this is Episode 8 despite the error on the opening title which indicates episode 7  - my apologies!) More news, reviews, interviews and how-tos from the Fotobug guys.  Thank you for subscribing and please remember to leave feedback and email your questions to  More photo workshops coming up from Outdoor Photo Workshops including Into the Everglades November 12 -14, Cowboy Winter in Wyoming, February 10-15, and Costa RIca Coast to Coast March 12-20.  Go to for more information and to register.

Unified Color has released 32 Float plugin for Adobe Photoshop which allows unprecedented 32 bit image editing tools for Photoshop.  More information to come!

Tamron is giving away 60 lenses in 60 days - simply sign up for their newsletter to register - .  If you already receive their newsletter, then you are already registered!

Interview with photographer Jeff Donald who led the Scott Kelby Photowalk in Palm Harbor, Florida and has organized several Meet-up groups in the Tampa Bay area in addition to being a photo instructor and even a former videographer.  Jeff discusses his upcoming workshops and Photo tour to Africa and discusses additional topics of interest to photographers.

Jeff Donald's Meet-up group website -  - You may wish to search and find a photo meet-up group in your area!

Coming up: Interview with storm photographer, Mike Pendergast, HDR shootup between Photoshop Cs5, Photomatix and HDR Expose, extreme test of DeNoise 5.0, and more how-to videos including Jason Hahn's video on wading techniques for photographers.  In October we will be featuring interviews with Tim Grey and Rick Sammon!

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Fotobug, Elusive Image - Episode 7

August 21st, 2010

Welcome to our seventh podcast.  Fred and Jim answer questions from reader's email and discuss more photography related news, such as the recently found "Ansel Adams negatives", the Obama portrait lawsuits and more.  Also discussed, and we would like your input, should we establish a Fotobug social media page on Facebook as well as Flickr or Smugmug.  If so, which ones?  Please let us know!  We would also like to do contests and have give-away events.  We would also eventually like to seperate the training videos, interviews, etc. and have a page where you can watch high quality versions.

Please notice on the right side menu listing on the webpage, that we are now including links mentioned in the podcast as well as within the text presented here.  In addition, there is a link to our discounts and shopping sites. If you purchase from these links we receive a small gratuity from each sale which helps us keep the podcast coming!  Thank you in advance for your support!

I apologize once again to Jeff Donald who was to be featured in this episode, but we simply ran out of time and Jeff will be the very first feature on our next podcast!  Thanks for understanding!  Also coming up, an interview with storm chaser and photographer, Mike Pendergast.  In October, I will be featuring an interview with Tim Grey and Rick Sammon!  Keep listening!

Jim presents a video session on creating time-lapse videos with virtually any digital camera, easily and inexpensively.  Fred presents a review of the Seagate Dockstar and PogoPlug for sharing images and videos from your own PC.  We have a lot more planned for upcoming netcasts on DSLR videomaking, Star Trails, Kayak/Canoe photography, and more.


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