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My weekly wander and wonder through Stirling Street was rewarded with the Wandrd backpack. It instantly attracted me with the fact that there is a variety of colours on offer. Black, dark green, and the blue you see here. Colour is a little thing for some but it can make all the difference in the attraction that a bag or garment has. But this pack actually has more to it that you'd think: You can see the outer surface with the long laptop slot - weather sealed. The two handles on the top are magnetically closed so you can heave it about easily. Watch the big hook on the top. It slides out of a loop to let the top expand to a clothing and general packing area. The straps are big, padded, and contoured - with an adjustable breast band. It has tape loops to carry pens, Pokemon figures, and percussion grenades. Be careful which one you pull free at any particular time. Note the little personal document pouch there closest to your person for security. Inside there is a...

A small apology to the readers  - you have been forced to read the back of the cornflakes box at breakfast instead of this column for the last four days. I'm lying in a hospital bed with my leg propped up and have just now got my hands on an iPad to start broadcasting again. I hope that next week is better, but keep reading as we have a number of columns in storage. Now on we go...

The pocket is calling. That wonderful invention that carries money, keys, handkerchief, and lint. The stylish sometimes avoid them in the hopes of appearing slimmer and sleeker - but pay the price in having to carry ever larger bags to hold the tools of modern life. The pluggers amongst us know the vlue of good pockets everywhere - trousers, skirts, and especially coats and jackets. These are places in which you can keep your camera. Now some readers of this column will instantly think of mobile phones - they can be used as cameras as well as fetching Ubers, pizzas and Pokemon. Some do make quite fetching images, but the ergonomics of them as the picture is being taken can be atrocious. And the principle of a good big'un beating a good little 'un still applies. The trick for the travelling photographer is to find the compromise point between a number of factors: a. Size of pocket vs size of camera. b. Quality of image needed at the end. c. Type of image that will be sought - in terms of framing and exposure. d....

No, it's not a dinner menu. It's news of a great opportunity for landscape and wildlife photographers next year - it's one of the kickers in a unique photo tour for 2019. Dennis Glennon Photography is the firm running the tour under the name Iconic Imagery. Instead of the usual round of African game parks or Alaskan grizzly bears, this tour offers...

Sometimes I go into Camera Electronic and ask what's new - and sometimes they tell me. So far it has not taught me a lesson, because I keep on asking. New is not necessarily good or bad - it is just new. A fresh page in the big book of photography - a book that we get to write ourselves. In some cases I end up wishing the pages had been stuck together. Like today. I discussed a question of professional responsibility with one of the staff members - a person who is very responsible indeed. I was sympathetic because I remember being in a responsible position for forty years myself, and it frequently was a pain. Not on account of what I could or would do, but on what other parties wanted to stick onto me. I had a statutory board and a coroner at the top of the professional mountain, looking down at me, and it was no fun. A bit different in business, as there was generally only the final line of money to deal with - money desired, lost,...

I'll confess to a degree of longing to be an artist*. The heading image pleases me in a sort of impressionistic fashion, even though it was crafted with one press of a the shutter button on the Sony DSC-HX400V. The fact that I was at the top of the Wireless Hill observation tower and the camera was on full tele and stabiliser mode is  beside the point - it looks good. indeed the fact that it is as defined as it is speaks volumes. It looks as though the Zeiss plate on the side of the lens housing and the vaunted stabiliser system might be more than just advertising - look at the detail on the bird shot in the other direction. 500 yards if it was an inch, and no tripod. I do admit to rifleman's breath control, but the rest of it is down to the Sony circuits and the Zeiss glass. Birdtographers, please note. Architecture shooters, as well. The LCD screen was a godsend to shoot upwards like this. Tip 'o the week for LCD screens outdoors is to...