Fotobug - Elusive Image Photography

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

Fotobug Episode 303 - Interview with Erik Kuna

January 2nd, 2022

Erik Kuna is a photographer and trainer for Kelbyone who specializes in NASA, SpaceX and Blue Origin rocket launches as well as aviation and night sky photography.  Fred and Jim sit down with Erik at Kelbyone studios and discuss his wonderful photography and Erik shares suggestions for photographers interested in space photography as well as night skies!  This is one interview you don't want to miss.

Fotobug Episode 302 - Last Minute Photo GIfts

December 19th, 2021

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Fred and Jim just completed a Photo Walk at Fort DeSoto sponsored by Skylum Software!  Thank you to Robert Vanelli and everyone from Skylum for making this happen and to all those who showed up on a foggy morning!

This is the last Fotobug Podcast of 2021!  To finish the year, Jim and Fred share some gift ideas, for yourself or for another photographer friend or family member!  Stay safe and be sure to tune in next year!

Fotobug Episode 301 - Review Luna Display

December 5th, 2021

The Luna Display was a Kickstarter project from Astropad and currently sells for $129 - .  Jim was a backer of the project and presents a review of the Luna Display HDMI verision for the PC.  The Luna Display comes in two versions, one for the HDMI port and another for the USB-C port, so be sure to purchase the one that will work best on your PC or Mac.   For the upcoming Holiday this might make a nice present for the photographer who uses a laptop!  It will extend the laptop display to an iPad!

Coming up on December 10th, Skylum Software is sponsoring a Photo Walk at Fort De Soto park in St. Petersburg, FL with Jim and Fred.  There will be prizes and free versions of Luminar AI for those who register.  CLICK HERE to register and get your free software!  Hope to see you there!

Fotobug Episode 300 - Breakthrough Photography Filters

November 21st, 2021

Yes, this is The Fotobug 300th episode!  So, Fred and Jim decided to celebrate and pull a piece from the vault from a couple years back.  Breakthrough Photography filters are still available and they have even more to offer than when this episode first aired.  These filters have a life time warranty and are very color neutral, so are excellent to use for long daytime exposures.  Have a happy holiday!  Don't forget to subscribe to The Fotobug YouTube channel!

Fotobug Episode 299 - 1880 Town movie

November 7th, 2021

Fred and Jim recently returned from North and South Dakota conducting workshops for The Black Hills Photo Shootout.  In South Dakota, The Fotobug guys were asked to demonstrate DSLR and mirrorless video capabilities by making a movie at 1880 Town.  We are proud to present the movie "Time Lapse" here for the first time!  We are quite proud of the finished product in view of the fact we only had 3 hours to film most of the 1880 scenes!  We want to thank all those who helped and Tony Dutoit for agreeing to act as the town sheriff.  If you would like to learn more about our production techniques, let us know!  The video is also available on The Fotobug Youtube channel at

In the news we talked about a March 2021 discounted photo trip to India from EMS Photo Tours led by Pulitzer Prize winning photographer, Essdras Suarez.  For more information go to

Fotobug Episode 298 - Highlights Black Hills Photo Shootout 2021

October 24th, 2021

Jim and Fred once again headed to South Dakota for the annual Black Hills Photo Shootout.  In addition, they stopped in Louisville Ky to visit Mike Mathews and Chris Klapheke and even had dinner with Adam Jones. Be sure to save the date for the last week of September next year for BHPS 2022!

Be sure to subscribe the The Fotobug YouTube channel to see the western scifi film Jim and Fred photographed at 1880 town in South Dakota!

Fotobug Episode 297 - First Look: Platyball

October 10th, 2021

Platypod is coming out with a new and unique design for a ball head that is pure genius!  Funded via Kickstarter, there are two models, the Elite and the Ergo.  While Jim was an early backer of the project, due to Covid and supply chain issues, the final release of both units was delayed, but Skip Cohen, marketing VP for Platypod, loaned out two pre-production units.  This is an early look at the two ball heads.  The final versions should be available to the public after the first of the year!

Fotobug Episode 296 - Platypod Ultra Review

September 26th, 2021

Fred and Jim are currently on their way to North and South Dakota to conduct photo workshops for the Black Hills Photo Shootout.  So, they decided to pull from The Fotobug vault a review of the Platypod Ultra that they conducted back in 2017 - but still relevant today!  Hope to see some of you in the Dakotas!

Fotobug Episode 295 - Travel Tips

September 12th, 2021

Fred and Jim will be heading out shortly to conduct workshops in North and South Dakota and decided to share some of their travel tips with their viewers.  Jim does a lot of foreign travel and hopefully once Covid restrictions are lifted, both guys will be traveling more and we hope you will too!  So, check their tips out and be sure to share some of yours!

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Fotobug Episode 294 - Dew Drops and Macro

August 29th, 2021

One way to embellish your macro photos of plants, flowers and cobwebs are by adding a few water drops like morning dew.  It is easy to "dew" (do?!) - just carry a little spray bottle with a mix of glycerin and water with you.  Both are inexpensive and then you will always have a little dew or rain drops in your pocket to enhance your plant photography!

Registration for the Black Hills Photo Shootout is now available and the workshops are filling up fast!  Go to now to sign up! Also check out the Dakota Adventure the week before at Teddy Roosevelt National Park.  Hope to see you there!

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