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Photo Writing is the web version of the Photo Writing mini-magazine produced by Limephoto and Emil von Maltitz since 2010. As of 2015 it is now completely online. Feel free to browse through the articles and please leave comments in the comments section if you would like to engage with us.

Friday, November 29, 2013

The Importance of Frame


Last year I wrote about the ability to see inside the frame - the fact that “the photograph has edges, the world has not” (Stephen Shore -The Nature of Photographs: 1998). Of course saying this is easy whereas putting this into practice takes a little more skill. The problem is that as photographers start out they tend to be more concerned with the content and how much they can fit into the scene. As they grow more experienced the realisation dawns that less is more and the concern shifts to how little should be included in the scene.

The key word above is inclusion. Angela Farris Belt in her book, ‘The Elements of Photography’ explains that “even those photographers who know the basic rules of two-dimensional composition don’t necessarily understand how to apply those rules toward orchestrating content within a photographic frame” (6:2008). I dislike the use of the word ‘rules’, but essentially photographers end up ignoring one of the defining characteristics of the photograph, the fact that the image is an encapsulated reality within the boundaries of the photographic frame.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Lightroom Bootcamp - 7th December 2013

The Lightroom workshop is an intensive one day course on how to use Lightroom. We concentrate on the Library and Develop Modes so that digital asset management and RAW conversion can be effectively utilized.

The workshop will take place at Iphiti College in Gillits (same location as the Introduction to Digital Photography courses). Students are required to bring a laptop with Lightroom so that they can follow along with hands-on examples. Please also bring a packed lunch.

Time: 8:30am 7th December 2013
Cost R1100 per photographer (limited to 6 photographers)

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Dead Vlei Finale - Part 4 of the Namibia Landscape Workshop Recce.



It has to be one of the bucket list items for photographers from around the world. It ranks there with Antarctica, the Okavango Delta, Torres del Paine and Death Valley among others. It's instantly recognizable from screen-savers splashed across both Microsoft and Apple computers around the globe, and it was our last location. What a finale! Sossusvlei and the incredible tree skeletons of the Dead Vlei. 

Saturday, November 16, 2013

A Sho't Left to the Great White Place - Part 3.5 of the NamibiaLandscape Workshop Recce



We're here, so why not? Etosha Game Reserve in the north of Namibia is one of world's most famous natural reserves. Its enormous pan and surrounding arid lands are home to thousands of animals and some of the most startling photographic opportunities to to be had. Although we are in Namibia to recce for next year's landscape workshop, it seemed silly not to also take a look at Etosha. So, although the reserve won't be included in the 2014 workshop, it is an option for photographers to continue to after the workshop (which can be organized through Tailor Made Safaris as an addition to the workshop). 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Fiery Monolith - Part 3 of the Namibia Workshop Recce


Towards the west of Namibia's Kalahari, in the region that settles itself as the Nama Karoo but is spitting distance from the Skeleton Coast, is the Spitzkoppe. Rising some 600m from the flattest of landscapes, this incredible engorging of orange colored granite is like a giant beacon visible from dozens of miles away. It's immense folds of rock contort and wave around the pinnacle that is the Spitzkoppe itself, creating a Mountain that would not be out of place in a Martian Landscape. Meanwhile the heat of the dessert bakes the rock face so that moving over it is like walking across a massive stove top, searing your body if you dare to spend too long in the sun. 

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Through the Desert to A Ghost Town - Part 2 of the Namibia Workshop Recce


Leaving the surreal landscape of the Quiver Tree Forest we cut across the southern end of Namibia towards the coastal town of Luderitz. The landscape only gets more surreal as you journey along the B4 highway. Dolerite capped hills disappear and you find long avenues of short grassed sandstone hills that March along the side of the highway, forming a huge geologic avenue of sorts. The very occasional farmhouse stands out starkly against this semi-desert landscape. An oasis of humanity in a sea of emptiness. 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

From The Ocean to The Quiver Trees - Part 1 of the Namibia Landscape Workshop Recce


Namibia is a long way to travel if you want to start on the Indian Ocean. 2 days driving, not all of which was uneventful, and ..... kilometers from Durban to Keetmanshoop with a short stop in Bloemfontein on route. Clouded skies rapidly made way to limitless blue skies over a burnt horizon. Miles and miles of scrub and dust make for a harsh beauty in the dry landscape.