23 Things You’ll Never Hear a Pro Photographer Say (by Missy Mwac)

Posted by:johanbotha on Sep - 19 - 2015 - Filed under: Photography -

Here’s a list of 23 things you’ll (probably) never hear coming out of a professional photographer’s mouth.


#1: I love it when clients re-edit my images and then share them on Facebook.

#2: No, no…by all means…you go ahead and pose yourself.

#3: Come on, weather… I need a bright sunny day and NO shade!

#4: I’m sorry you don’t like your new hair cut in these pictures; that’s totally my fault.

#5: Okay, clothing suggestions: you wear stripes; you wear polka dots; you wear a “Hello Kitty” shirt and you wear a suit.

#6: I wish I could edit this wedding forever.

#7: Are you nuts? Of course I can make a homemade meal for dinner, help with homework, give baths AND edit this mountain of images tonight. All before 8pm.

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How they got the shot with big, scary animals (by Lukas Pilz & Josh Sampiero)

Posted by:johanbotha on Sep - 19 - 2015 - Filed under: Photography -
Wanna get up close and personal with wild animals? See how the photographers got these crazy pics.

Adventure photography may sound like a dream job – and in many cases, it is. But it’s also hard work that takes daring, skill, and some unorthodox techniques. If you enjoyed our first ‘How they got the shot’ or this article on ‘animal selfies’, then you’ll surely enjoy the shots we’ve gathered below – and don’t miss the GoPro owl dance-off – or the shark.

Up close with lions

Photographer Chris McLennan didn’t get himself this close to these lions in Botswana – he sent in Car-L, a remote-controlled off-road vehicle you can see below.
That’s a good thing, too, because the pride of eight lions (you can see more in the background, if you look close) stalked and carried off the camera buggy like it was their prey. But once they realised it … Read on

5 Free Online Courses to Improve Your Photography (by Andrea Clegg)

Posted by:johanbotha on Dec - 9 - 2014 - Filed under: Photography -

MOOCs – or massive open online courses, offer free or low-cost access to top-notch courses taught by university professors and professionals. Whether you are just starting out or are a seasoned professional – you are sure to find information in the following five free courses to enhance your photography skills and knowledge.



1. Practice of Art 8 – University of California, Berkeley

course 1 12 4Practice of Art 8 is a series of twelve videotaped lectures by John S. McNamara offering an introduction to visual thinking. Especially relevant is Lecture #3, “Writing in Light”, which is all about photography. Technological advances and image interpretation are some of the topics covered in this lecture. Previous Art 8 student projects are also reviewed.

2. Introduction to Art: Concepts & Techniques – Pennsylvania State University

course 2 12 4This course, by Anna Divinsky, offers a hands-on introduction to art making for students without any previous art experience. Of particular interest is Week 4, ‘Stories Through the Lens’, which focuses on black and white portraiture photography. Keep an eye on this site to sign up for future course start dates or click on the link to download the free iTunes e-book which covers most of the course content.


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[Video] Watch This Incredible Timelapse and Drone Footage of Iceland (by Lee Morris)

Posted by:johanbotha on Dec - 9 - 2014 - Filed under: Photography,Video -

Patrick and I have been in Iceland for 2 weeks with Elia Locardi filming our next tutorial on landscape/travel photography. We brought a truck-load of gear with us but our favorite piece has been our DJI phantom quadcopter. Here’s a quick cut of our best drone footage in Iceland.

To film this we used a DJI Phantom 2 with Zenmuse H3-3D gimbal. For a video camera we used a GoPro Hero 4 Silver shot at 2.7k at 30fps and then slowed to 24fps in post. Slowing the footage down 20% gives it a slightly dreamy look and shooting at 2.7k and then downsampling to 1080p gives you super sharp video that you can zoom into if needed. I can hardly believe that none of this footage was… read on

Live on stage with, Bird & Bear at unWINEd.

Posted by:johanbotha on Dec - 4 - 2014 - Filed under: Canon,Photography -

1838 The first photograph of a human being (by Amanda Uren)

Posted by:johanbotha on Nov - 6 - 2014 - Filed under: Monochrome,Photography -

I have seized the light. I have arrested its flight.


Human (1)

The exposure time for the image was around seven minutes, and although the street would have been busy with traffic and pedestrians, it appears deserted. Everything moving was too fast to register on the plate.
The exception is the man at the lower-left who sat still long enough to appear in the photograph. The person cleaning his boots is also visible, although not as distinctly.
It has been speculated that instead of a shoeshine boy, the man stood at a a pump. However, comparison with another image taken by Daguerre of the same spot at noon reveals boxes used to hold brushes and polishes.
Like every Daguerreotype — the first publicly announced photographic process, and named after Daguerre — the photograph was a mirror image. Here is the image … read on 

[Video] Exclusive: Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR – first test (by Canon Australia)

Posted by:johanbotha on Sep - 30 - 2014 - Filed under: Canon,Video -

Sharper. Faster. Built for Action. Mark Horsburgh, Canon Master, puts the new Canon EOS 7D Mark II camera, to a live action sports photography test, in Queenstown, NZ.
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Extreme Weather and Your Camera: How to Get the Shot and Protect Your Gear (by Chris Therkildsen)

Posted by:johanbotha on Sep - 30 - 2014 - Filed under: Photography -

If all outdoor photographers only shot on mild days, photography as an art would be shockingly boring. The best outdoor photography brings nature to life by capturing its extremes. Unfortunately, cameras and equipment are sensitive to those extremes.

To create stunning outdoor photography, you’ll need to be prepared for the worst that nature can throw at you and your equipment.

Cold Weather and Your Gear

Below-freezing weather presents a variety of challenges to your equipment. If you can overcome those challenges, there is no other weather that can give your images the remote, quiet feeling of a blisteringly cold, snowy day. Take these steps to protect your gear in wintery weather:

  • Protect Your Batteries: Cold temperatures will drain batteries quickly. Make sure you have a set of fully charged batteries at the ready, and keep them in a pocket where your body heat will warm them. When you remove a spent battery from your camera, warming it back up will often bring it back to life.
  • Avoid Rapid Temperature Changes: Dashing from a warm building to the freezing outdoors to snag a shot is never a good idea. Temperature changes cause your lenses to expand and contract, which can cause moisture or an oil leak in the lens elements. Do what you can to gradually move your equipment to warmer or cooler areas. A well-insulated gear bag will let your equipment warm up or cool down slowly in all but the most extreme environments.
  • Don’t Change Your Lenses Outside: If it’s great shooting weather, it’s probably also snowy. Even if it’s not snowing, the interior of your camera will be a slightly warmer than the outdoor temperature. Opening your camera or removing a lens can let in stray snowflakes or condensation that will damage the image sensor, fog up mirrors and cause other issues.

Shooting in Hot Spots

There are three things problems that hot-weather photographers will need to deal with: temperature swings, overheating and condensation. As with cold weather photography, protect your gear by letting it adjust to the new temperature slowly. Avoid leaving your equipment in hot cars, as prolonged heat can damage film, image sensors and lenses.

You need breaks to cool down, and so does your camera. Image sensors and batteries will warm up as you use them. In extreme heat, these components can overheat quickly. Not only will it ruin your shoot, but it could cost you hundreds of dollars in repair and … read on.

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I was born somewhere, and over the last 43 years I have been trying to grow up. Along the way I went to a prestigious university, two times, where I learned about things. Then I stayed around in Cape Town, South Africa and did various things for different famous and important people. I ended up where I am now. A romantic anthropologist, a social media community manager, a web editor and an award-winning photographer. I have survived my chemical based darkroom, outlived silver based film and I am trying to continue doing stuff in binary code now. I love food and wine and remain a fulltime student of life as apparent from my diverse interests and training. I am always looking for a challenge to work with odd and inspiring creative people.