Today’s feature instructor is Fred Rodgers, who has been leading workshops¬†at¬†both the Black Hills and Tampa Bay Photo Shootouts for the past three years. ¬†He is also the co-host of “The Fotobug” podcast with Jim Caldwell. ¬†You could say the Tampa Bay Photo Shootout is all Fred’s fault, his connections with Pinellas Technical College (PTC) opened up the door for us to make having a Photo Shootout in our own backyard a reality.
Fred is¬†a professional educator, having taught¬†in a variety of fields¬†including¬†horticulture, information technology, network support, and ¬†video production. ¬†Currently he is the¬†IT Department chair at Pinellas Technical College in Clearwater.¬†As a photographer, Fred has traveled throughout Florida to capture the unique beauty of its flora and fauna. ¬†His specialties¬†include wildlife, landscapes, HDR, macro, videography and playing in dirt with green things.
He has co-hosted “The Fotobug” with Jim since 2009, which started originally as an audio only podcast. ¬†Despite having faces meant for radio ūüėČ , they took the podcast to full video, and the “Fotobug” has grown to a blog and web magazine reaching thousands of subscribers .
At the upcoming Tampa Bay Photo Shootout, he will be teaching HDR Done Right, Critter Close Ups: Frogs, Bugs, and Reptiles, Birds of Prey, and Flowers and Foliage. ¬†You can see more¬†of his work and his bio on the Photo Shootout site, as well as on the¬†www.thefotobug.com.