Expedition Central America

I have a friend that runs a company called Enzoology Education. You might have heard of the company’s innovative elementary and middle school instruction program Exploration Nation on Ellen, Today, NBC News, Scientific American or Time Magazine. I've done some shoots for them in the past, and always look forward to the next project with them. Enzoology is a social enterprise that creates inspiring science instruction featuring real kids doing real science research. The program’s hosts do some pretty big things but now, in partnership with, EARTH University, Rio Indio Lodge, Bushmaster Survival School and others, they are doing something global in scale that will have real impact on kids everywhere. Check out this video:

In April of 2013, a team of kids, Special Forces veterans and surgeons will travel from around the world to San Jose, Costa Rica to begin a 14 day scientific expedition through the jungle that will culminate in setting up a surgical clinic for the Rama indians in Nicaragua.

During this 14 day expedition, Enzoology will produce a series of lesson programs that illustrate the message to our future innovators that:

Science and innovation is the tide that lifts all boats

 Here’s how you can help: 

1. Go to to contribute to this cause. You’ll get great rewards ranging from a lifetime subscription to Exploration Nation for you and a school of your choosing to actually going on the expedition with the team. Or how about seven days of Spec Ops survival training in the jungle?

2. Next, please send this message to your friends. 

3. Finally, get the message out on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, etc. Hash tag include: #TeamXN #STEM

I've been following the progress of Pete and his team since they started on this project last year. If you can contribute in some way, please consider it!

Google Plus and a New Venture

Yes, it's been a little barren here on the Dogblog. I would chalk it up to the intense Texas heat which has forced all of us to retreat to the coolest parts of our homes for the last few months. Only now are we starting to emerge and go outside. First off, if you haven't yet signed up for Google Plus, I highly suggest you do so. It has been exploding since its introduction a few months ago, especially in the area of photography. The work being posted up there daily is incredible! You can find my profile directly at

Google Plus has this unique feature called a 'hangout'. It's a group video chat, and it also has become quite popular. You'll find hangouts covering all sorts of topics. It's a great way to meet new friends.

Using hangouts, myself and photographer Dustin Meyer have launched a new venture: Photog.TV. The idea is really simple: we host and record hangouts weekly covering photography. We talk about photo news, have interviews, show tips that we've come across, etc. I think of it as a social podcast. The format and schedule are set, but the guests are random (it's whoever joins the hangout) and the discussion can go anywhere.

So far, we've had 4 episodes. We've talked about the current state of photography, the legacy of Steve Jobs, working with clients, and tips/tricks for getting maximum engagement on your blog (Dustin hosted that last one, as I'm in no condition to pontificate on blog engagement lately).

We've also had some great guests join in: RC Concepcion and Pete Collins from NAPP, Trey Ratcliff, and even super-famous (about to be famous-er) G+ singer Daria Musk.

When you get a moment, head on over to Photog.TV, watch some of the episodes, and let us know what you think. If you want to be part of an episode, head over to Google Plus and circle myself and Dustin. We record it live on Google Plus every Thursday at 12PM CST. We've have some cool ideas of where this could go.


Austin Man Magazine Launch Party

Last night was the launch party for Austin Man Magazine. I had the honor of photographing Roy Spence for the cover of the first issue, and it was a blast. You can check out the spreads below, but let's start with a short behind-the-scenes video from the shoot:

The ATX Man team asked me to provide a quick bio for this issue's contributor section:

Last night was the launch party in downtown Austin. It was great to see everyone together again who had worked on the magazine, as well as past cover women from Austin Woman Magazine. Here are some point-and-shoot shots from the event, starting with me and Roy:

Here's Christopher Garvey, the co-founder and publisher.

On the left is Deborah Hamilton-Lynne, the executive editor, and Jenny Lin, who handled all the makeup at the shoot.

Ketan Patel, the Art Director, and Michelle Valles, who was the cover woman we photographed for Austin Woman Magazine back in July 2010.

I am really excited for Austin Man Magazine and their brand new launch! I hope to do more shoots with them in the future. A big shout out to everyone who was part of the shoot, including Jenny Lin, Eric Kotara, Dave McLaughlin, Deb Hamilton-Lynne, Christopher Garvey, plus Roy and the great people at GSD&M.

WPPI Wrap-Up

I had a great time at WPPI this year. Hung out a lot with old friends, met some new ones, did a little networking, and managed not to completely lose my shirt on the Blazing 7s machine (the trick is to find the machines that haven't hit their progressive jackpot in a while). If you made it out this year and attended my master class, thank you! The class was split between location lighting and shooting/creating composites. Here are a couple of shots taken by my good friend (and excellent photographer), Christian Sangree:

Heyyyyyy Macarana:

WPPI Is Almost Here

I am pretty excited as WPPI is right around the corner! My presentation is almost complete. I'll be talking about shoot planning, location lighting, post production in Photoshop, plus tools and techniques for composite work. We'll also have some coupons/giveaways from Triple Scoop Music, Totally Rad Actions, White House Custom Color, and Asukabook. I'm looking forward to a fun two hours! If you plan on attending WPPI this year and would like to say hello, catch me on twitter at @ericdoggett. For you Austin photogs, we'll be doing a breakfast on one of the days as well.

I'll be having a small product announcement before WPPI starts, so be sure to check back before then!