Fotobug - Elusive Image Photography

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

Fotobug Episode 280 - Honeymoon Island State Park

February 14th, 2021

In our continuing series of places for nature photography in Florida, Jim and Fred go to Honeymoon Island State ParkHoneymoon Island is located of the coast of Dunedin, Florida on the west coast of Florida in the Tampa Bay area.  The park has nesting eagles and great horned owls in addition to armadillos, gopher tortoises, ospreys, and even an occasional rattlesnake!  But don't let that stop you - often voted as the top state park in Florida, well worth visiting!

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Fotobug Episode 279 - Conversation with Rick Sammon

January 31st, 2021

Fred and Jim are delighted to have back Rick Sammon!  Nearly a year ago, Rick started a Facebook group, Photo Therapy - we highly recommend you join.  We talk to Rick about the importance of staying motivated and trying new things, even in the trying times we are in right now.  Rick also shares information about his latest books and we even discuss music!  Check out Rick's website at!

In recent photo news, Paravision AI ordered to delete face recognition software derived from user pictures without permission. Costco is closing all in store photo facilities in February. Sony reveals their latest camera and lots more!  Watch the podcast for more details. 

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Fotobug Podcast 278 - Cape Coral’s Burrowing Owls

January 17th, 2021

2021 is finally here, the vaccine is coming (eventually!) and Fred and Jim decided to take to the road for a socially distance shutter fest.  So, they headed on down to Cape Coral, Florida to photograph the little burrowing owls.  Cape Coral has one of the densest populations of burrowing owls in the country.  Although January is not an ideal time to see and photograph them.  If you wish to try your luck (best in the Spring!), go to the main Cape Coral library to start.  There are a number of nests right next to the library.  Then begin to drive through the local neighbor hoods and look for pvc pipes and wooden T-perches that mark the nests.  Do no block the roads, approach the birds or trespass on private property!  Check out the podcast for more information!

In recent photo news, a new program called Dall-E can take a text file and recreate images!  The EU has passed a new set of drone rules to make it easier for travelers to use their drones and Sony has announced a new drone.   If you are still using Adobe Flash, as of December 31 - Adobe will no longer support and they recommend you uninstall it from your computer.

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Fotobug Episode 277 - Better Audio for Video

January 3rd, 2021

Our first podcast of 2021!  Happy New Year!

Recording video with your DSLR or mirrorless camera requires decent audio as well!  Jim and Fred go over equipment you can use to record better audio for your video recordings.  The built-in microphones are OK, but won't record the best audio and your listener/viewers expect decent audio!

Lots of news to share - remote ID for drones, DJI is on the USA blacklist, a person accidentally records the world's longest exposure with a pinhole camera and lots more in the podcast!

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Fotobug Episode 276 - Conversation with photographer Angela Percival

December 20th, 2020

We are honored to feature Angela Percival, a photographer National Geographic called one of the top 9 photographers you should know about! Angela has gone on adventures most of us only watch in movies or read about.  She has climbed mountains in Greenland and Nepal and photographed in freezing sub zero winter conditions.  After watch this episode, be sure to check out Angela's website at !

As we round up the end of 2020, most of the news centers around postponed or cancelled photography events.  This is our last episode for 2020 and we are looking forward to a hopefully better 2021 when we can begin our travel adventures again and continue to get more shutter time!  For your New Year's resolution, please go and subscribe to The Fotobug YouTube channel for more photography goodness - !

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year from The Fotobug guys!  

Fotobug Episode 275 -Video Techniques

December 6th, 2020

Jim and Fred open up the vault and pull out an episode from Podcast 161 a couple years back on shooting video and techniques with your "still" camera.  Video is now a part of our cameras and since we pay for it, it is a good idea to learn how to properly capture video! 

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Fotobug Episode 274 - Flash Photography made Simple!

November 22nd, 2020

Many of our viewers have asked about how to improve portraits using a single flash unit.  So we are proud and happy to present a simplified approach to get you started, even if you are just using the built-in flash unit on your camera.  Please share your flash portraits on The Fotobug Facebook page and don't hesitate to send us your comments and questions!

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Fotobug Episode 273 - Using Tablets as Secondary Monitors

November 8th, 2020

Often overlooked, a decent tablet can be a valuable addition to the photographer's tool kit.  Fred and Jim share their experiences not only using a tablet for editing or capturing photos, but how to use a tablet as a secondary monitor, especially when traveling with a laptop!  Jim just purchased a new iPad Pro 11" and Fred uses an Amazon Fire tablet.

In recent news, researchers have created a camera that can record up to 70 trillion frames per second, Canon has an industrial camera that can record up to ISO 4.5 million.  Canon mirrorless sales have surpassed Sony in Japan and Zeiss has released a $6,000 camera that has Lightroom built in.  Even more in the podcast!

Fotobug -Episode 272 - Fotobug Snapshots

October 25th, 2020

Podcast 272 is a little different - first of all - this is The Fotobug Halloween special and we have a little fun with it!  Jim and Fred also start a new segment called "Fotobug Snapshots" which are shorter segments to respond to questions about photography that have been received through Facebook or YouTube.  The first two concern shooting macros of potted plants or flower displays indoors and how to "freeze" the wings of birds such as hummingbirds.

In addition, Jim and Fred talk about the latest photographic news and discuss the recent AdobeMax virtual event and new releases.

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Fotobug - Episode 271 - Conversation with photographer Essdras Suarez

October 11th, 2020

Essdras Suarez is a former photo journalist and two time Pulitzer prize award winner for his photography.  Jim has been fortunate to travel with Essdras to Cuba and Cuenca, Ecuador.  Essdras is now leading workshops (when Covid is no longer a deterrent)  and is teaching photography.  Jim and Fred sit down virtually and discuss photography with Essdras.  We highly recommend you check out his website at and consider his future trips, workshops and portfolio reviews as well as online training!  Essdras is also affiliated with EMS Photo Adventures -  and his photo education website,


In recent photo news,  Astro Pad has launched a Kickstarter project which will turn your iPad into a secondary wireless display for your PC. Atomos has launched Connect, a $79 tiny USB card that will convert 4k video to 1080p so you can use DSLRs or video cameras as webcams. Facebook now permits creators to remove reposted images on Facebook and Instagram. Disk Drill is a new recovery program that claims to recover 96% to 99% of images and videos from corrupt drives or cards.  Freefly Systems has announced a new commercial drone that can carry a payload of up to 3 pounds.

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