Having Fun During Lockdown

These are crazy times! Here in the United States we are sheltering in place to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. For some of us that means a LOT […]

Written By Rob Knight

On April 24, 2020

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These are crazy times! Here in the United States we are sheltering in place to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. For some of us that means a LOT more quality time with our families. My 6yr old daughter has been working on her song writing and really stepping up her art game. There are signs all over the house for various performances she has scheduled and for the organizations she is creating. Mostly involving fairies and/or princesses.My son is 8 years old. He spends most of his time begging to play games on his tablet. I am a big believer in limiting screen time, so there is usually more begging than playing. I’ve been able to interest him in a Nerf battle now and then. The unpredictable trajectory of a Nerf dart basically eliminates any advantage I may have in these skirmishes, so feeling don’t get hurt too often.

Oddly enough I’ve been busier these past few weeks than I usually am when I’m not on the road. I’ve been creating a series of webinars for Wildside Nature Tours that has proven to be a lot of fun. Since I don’t have the opportunity to teach in person, it is a big relief to still be able to offer classes and training. I am on two panels and teaching a webinar for the Out Of Chicago Live conference this weekend. The Out of Chicago conferences are always a good time, and the online version looks like it will be more of the same.

Photography wise I’ve been doing a lot of editing. I’m still catching up on the thousands of images I made in January and February during photo workshops in Costa Rica and Peru. It’s nice not to feel rushed to do the processing. I have also been creating custom profiles for my cameras and I have been amazed by the difference it makes when you get your cameras running at their most efficient. I did a webinar with my friend Eddie Tapp about camera profiles using the Color Checker Passport, if you would like to check that out.

I’ve gotten out to do a little bit of macro photography. I have finally had the chance to try out the MagMod flash modifiers for macro shooting. I was so pleased by the results that I created a free webinar about it that will be online next week. Thanks to Allen’s Camera for sponsoring the event so I can offer it for free!

How about you? How are you doing? How are you making the best of these trying times? Stay safe out there!


  1. Al w

    Hi Rob, ran across your videos on digiscoping that were done a few years ago. I just retired and slowly getting equipment needed for didigiscoping. Are you still digiscoping,has anything changed as far as the equipment your using? Seems like a lot of people are using Lumix,is that still the best camera brand to use? Right now I have a Nikon D90 but is not set up for digiscoping . I just purchased the Swarovski 95 mm scope with straight eyepiece,PHT fluid head, planning to get Monfrotto tripod as soon as the get them in. Which camera would you recommend, would Nikon D90 do the job? Just want to make sure before I spend any more money. Thanks, enjoy your work.

    • Rob Knight

      Hi Al, I haven’t done any digiscoping since we got long telephoto lenses for the micro 4/3 system. It is certainly possible to get great shots with a scope and a camera, but it is much more efficient to use an auto-focus camera lens. I’m sure your D90 will do a fine job with the scope. Just be patient and understand that digiscoping takes a LOT of practice.


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