• For every two steps back we take in lost travel convenience due to the latest new security regulations sometimes we can take a step forward. The newly arrived “Checkpoint Friendly” laptop briefcases are an example of that. I’ve been using the Skooba/Tenba Checkthrough Laptop Roller Case and it is definitely a stress reliever when going through crowded checkpoints with my vitally important (to me at least) laptop. Read on for our review and some of my favorite “insider” travel tips…

  • If you’ve become worried about our food after watching Food, Inc. or reading Michael Pollan, or our planet after watching An Inconvenient Truth or the natural disaster du jour on the evening news, then like me you might have thought you had your biohazard bases covered. After accounting for these looming issues I was happy to relegate the risks of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to the dusty corner where I pile up my back issues of National Geographic and Scientific American…

    Intervention: Confronting the Real Risks of Genetic Engineering and Life on a Biotech Planet

  • In addition to all the great songbird photography we had during our Texas Hill Country photo safari we had a special treat when John Karger of Last Chance Forever, a raptor rehabilitation foundation, brought four magnificent animals to pose and even fly for us. As my friend know I’m very careful about any photography of captive animals. It’s easy for them to be mis-treated or bred for photography once money is involved. But Last Chance Forever works strictly with raptors they are trying to rehabilitate after some accident or mis-treatment (usually unintentional) by a well-meaning “pet” owner...

  • Regular readers know that I enjoy both HDR and black and white photography. So when our hosts at our recent Hill Country Photo Safari, Sharron and Larry Jay of BCNA, rolled out their fully restored antique chuckwagon I couldn’t resist combining them. To enhance the overall effect rather than use sunlight we lit the wagon with flashlights. Everyone had a lot of fun and got some great shots, but capturing the raw images only started my fun.

  • The much awaited and promoted Adobe Photoshop CS5 is now available for purchase and for trial download. The first feature I was anxious to try out is the “tourist remover” tool, which allows you to replace a selected area or object with a “content aware” fill pattern which is automatically created from other similar areas of the image.

  • It’s easy when photographing or viewing wildlife to want to see “the next species” or “something different.” But many and maybe most great wildlife photographs are the result not just of careful planning and competent execution, but also of repeating the process enough times until everything clicks. Adam Felde and I were in the raptor blind at the Martin’s Javelina Refuge on my Rio Grande Valley Photo Safari last week when exactly that happened for us.

  • We’re pleased to announce the availability of DigitalPro 6 for Windows, the first and only Digital Asset Management (DAM) software designed entirely by and for photographers. For nearly a decade thousands of pro and enthusiast digital shooters have used DigitalPro to review, organize and catalog their images.

    With the release of DigitalPro 6, Pro Shooters LLC once again breaks new ground with industry-leading features including integrated image validation and safe backup, background multi-threaded captioning, image stacks, support for HDR and Panorama image editing and up to six different user selectable editors. It is also faster than ever and includes support for media file management and thumbnailing as well as a full implementation of both IPTC and XMP standards for image files….

  • When a pro photographer is paid to shoot a product or model in a studio they are judged by their results—which makes perfect sense because they have control of nearly all the variables involved. Barring a natural disaster or a series of unforseeable equipment failures they should be able to deliver the goods. But applying the same expectations to wildlife and even other kinds of action photography is a recipe for disappointment…