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

Fotobug Episode 317 - Ricketts Glen State Park Pennsylvania

July 17th, 2022

Continuing with the series of parks Jim recently visited in Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York - this podcast will feature Ricketts Glenn State Park in Pennsylvania. Ricketts Glen is located in Benton, Pennsylvania and features 22 waterfalls.  There are several hiking trails for a total of 7.2 miles, but the waterfalls can be reached via  a 3 mile trail.  Also, in central Pennsylvania the the Falling Waters house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright which is also worth a visit! 

The Black Hills Photo Shootout registration is now live at and the pre-workshop at Teddy Roosevelt Nation Park registration is available HERE!

Fotobug Episode 316 - Hocking Hills State Park Ohio

July 3rd, 2022

Recently Jim toured the northeast including Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio.  In each location he stopped at several state and local parks to photograph waterfalls.  The first in this series is Hocking Hills State Park located in Logan, Ohio.  There are 7 trails in the park, the longest is 3 miles and shortest are about 1/4 mile.  One trail is even wheelchair accessible.  The park is an incredible landscape including caves and lots of water falls!  

The Black Hills Photo Shootout registration is now live at and the pre-workshop at Teddy Roosevelt Nation Park registration is available HERE!

Fotobug Episode 315 - Conversation with Michaell Magrutsche

June 19th, 2022

Jim and Fred are proud to welcome Michaell Magrutsche to the podcast to discuss photography, art and just why we are interested!  Michaell is originally from Vienna and now lives in California.  He is an artist, filmmaker and photographer.  Please check out his web site at and from there you can also check out his podcast. 

The Black Hills Photo Shootout website for 2022 is now live - to register go to 

Fotobug Episode 314 - Platypod Products - eXtreme

June 5th, 2022

Jim was one of the early backers of the new Platypod eXtreme and was one of the first to receive it.  Platypod has been busy with the new Ergo and Eliite ball heads and now the improved Platypod eXtreme.  Jim and Fred show off the new ball heads as well as demonstrate the advantages of the newest Platypod.  In addition, they point out a couple things to be aware of when using the Platyballs!

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Fotobug Episode 313 - Compare GoPro Hero 8, Hero 9 and Hero 10

May 22nd, 2022

After Jim sent back his damaged GoPro Hero 7 for replacement, he received a Hero 9.  Since Fred already had a Hero 8, we decided it might be nice to do a side by side comparison of the Hero 8, 9 and 10!  So we checked out the image stabilization, the auto white balance as well as the night photo mode.  If you have additional information on any of these cameras, please leave your comments on our YouTube channel!

Fotobug Episode 312 - Hollywood Lark 150 review & tips

May 8th, 2022

Audio is as important as video for filmmakers and so microphones are an important tool.  Wireless microphones allow the video maker more flexibility with less restrictive movement. There are several good systems on the market and Jim and Fred check out the Hollyland Lark 150 and offer up some important tips to get the most of out this system.  Please share any tips you might have discovered if you use the Hollyland system.

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Fotobug Episode 311 - Platypod eXtreme with Skip Cohen

April 24th, 2022

Skip Cohen is the CMO of Platypod and agreed to come onto The Fotobug to talk about the new Kickstarter project for the Platypod eXtreme.  The eXtreme is the latest version of the Platypod with even more features that make it even easier to use!  The eXtreme is currently available on Kickstarter and will be starting to ship in late May.

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Fotobug Episode 310 - Galaxy Pixel 6 Pro Review

April 10th, 2022

Something a bit different!  Sometimes we don't always have our cameras with us, but we do have our smartphones.  Smartphone cameras are getting better and better with each new model and in this podcast review, Fred presents his thoughts on the new Google Pixel 6 Pro and the photographic capabilities of it's camera. 

While we are not advocating replacing your DSLR or mirrorless camera with a smartphone camera, smartphone cameras can be nice to have with you in a pinch.

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Fotobug Episode 309 - GoPro Hero10 Review

March 27th, 2022

In September 2021, GoPro released the new Hero10 Black.  Jim and Fred take a look at the new features of this latest action camera - is it worth buying or upgrading?  They also compare the camera to previous models and show off some footage captured with the new camera.

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Fotobug Episode 308 - San Blas Island with the Guna Yala

March 13th, 2022

The San Blas islands are located on the Caribbean side of Panama and are known as the Comarca de Guna Yala.  These islands are controlled by the Guna Yala indigenous people who gained their independence in 1925.  Our guide, Jesus Prestan talks about the revolution (which is celebrated the entire month of February) and the development of their flag.  Please note that some confuse the symbol with the Nazi swastika, but it is actually based on a Hindu symbol.  The islands are ideal for snorkeling!

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