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Fred Rodgers

TheFotobug.com

Photography Specialties: Macro and Close-up, HDR, Wildlife, Landscapes and Vistas, DLSR Videography

About: Fred has been an avid photographer from the day that he first picked up his grandfather’s Kodak 35mm and started capturing images near his home in Memphis, Tennessee. After high school, he was considering the study of photography but ended up pursuing horticulture as a career with a minor in mass communications. After a few years in the industry, he returned to school to become an educator in his chosen field. His camera was never far from his side. He compiled pictorial catalogs of different plant species and captured hundreds of images of the insects, plant diseases, and other plant problems to assist students in their horticultural studies. His love of nature was a key factor in his continued interest in landscape and later, wildlife photography. Fred has traveled throughout Florida to capture the unique beauty of its flora and fauna.

His experiences with film and cinematography in college led him to add videography to his skill set. He has worked on several educational projects that combined elements of photography and videography. As a result of these experiences, he spent 6 years teaching video production to middle school students in the Pinellas County School District. He returned to college to pursue an M.Ed. in Instructional Technology. He currently teaches network support and is the IT Department chair at Pinellas Technical College in Clearwater, Florida.

Fred has worked with Jim Caldwell as co-host of The Fotobug Podcast since 2009. He has been a workshop leader at the Black Hills Photo Shootout and assisted in the launching of the Tampa Bay Photo Shootout as well as being a workshop leader.

Upcoming Events

September 2017

Hidden Worlds – Nature Up Close

September 30 @ 7:00 am - 10:00 am MDT
Black Hills State University, 1200 University Blvd
Spearfish,SD57799United States
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Free 8 tickets left

Finding beauty in the littlest things, that is what Macro Photography is all about.  In this class you’ll learn how to capture great close up images, opening up a world of photography possibilities wherever you go.  This workshop will cover how to light, focus, and compose your macro images, as well as selecting the right gear and how to use it.

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October 2017

How to HDR – A Crash Course in High Dynamic Range Photography

October 1 @ 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm MDT
Black Hills State University, 1200 University Blvd
Spearfish,SD57799United States
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Free 15 tickets left

Type: Outdoor Photo Workshop The Cool Things You will See, Do, and Learn: HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography allows you to photograph a scene as your eyes see it, but which your camera cannot capture in one frame due to the high contrast in the scene.  However, HDR is not without its critics, and can be a complicated technique to master.  In this class we will teach you what HDR is, when it's the best option for a photograph, and the…

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September 2017

Mastering Your Macro Lighting

September 30 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm MDT
Black Hills State University, 1200 University Blvd
Spearfish,SD57799United States
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Free 18 tickets left

Type: Outdoor Photography Workshop The Cool Things You will See, Do, and Learn: Sure they don’t run or fly away from you, but creating beautiful photos of flowers and plants poses its own set of technical and artistic challenges.  Join us as we explore ways to capture your plants’ and flowers’ best side using existing light, speed-lite (flash), reflector and portable lighting. Come away from this workshop with a whole new light on plant photography! Activity Level: Low, a moderate amount of…

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October 2017

Waterfalls of Spearfish – Cascades in the Canyon

October 1 @ 6:30 am - 10:30 am MDT
Black Hills State University, 1200 University Blvd
Spearfish,SD57799United States
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Free 9 tickets left

Type: Outdoor Workshop The Cool Things You will See, Do, and Learn: The waterfalls of Spearfish Canyon make for some of the most iconic and stunning landscapes available in the Black Hills. We will photograph two of the three major waterfalls in the Canyon, Roughlock Falls and Spearfish Falls. Surrounded by fall color (cross your fingers!), these make for stunning subjects. Activity Level:  Moderate. Light hiking to photo locations on uneven terrain is necessary but car access is good to most locations.…

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