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The focus of our Group is Travel and Landscape Photography... To share information and ideas, discuss locations and then of course photographic trips...

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Essential Guide to Landscape Photography...

Started by Danie Bester. Last reply by Georgina Galvin Apr 18, 2013. 1 Reply

I am proud to announce that the first of a series of articles I am writing on Landscape Photography has been published in PiX Magazine (April-May Ed). This month's edition is about choosing the right location and light. In the next issue, I will discuss Camera Gear, Settings and Creative Techniques you can use for Landscape Photography. If you're in anyway interested in Landscape Photography, make sure that you get the PiX Magazine. You can subscribe to PiX Magazine by hopping straight over to…Continue

Tags: pix-magazine, essential-guide-to-landscape-photography

Old Joe's Kaia...

Started by Danie Bester Jul 17, 2012. 0 Replies

Check out my slow shutter images of fast moving water on my personal website. These were shot during a photography weekend breakaway with some of the Photo Critic members...  Want to take part on such a breakaway. Then check out the link below for our next outing...…Continue

Tags: old-joe's-kaia, water-rapids, slow-shutter

Equipment for Landscape Photographers...

Started by Danie Bester. Last reply by Susan Pretorius Feb 14, 2012. 5 Replies

Iv'e had so many enquiries abou which equipment a Landscape photog should have taht I decided to post a summary of which equipemnt you should have to create Scenics / Landscapes. I will be posting a complete article on DPC at a later stage, so watch this space. In the meantime here's a summary, that will send your thoughts in the right direction. Also check out Trompie's article, "Camera…Continue

Tags: scenic-photography, landscape-photography

Inspirational Landscape Photography

Started by Heinrich van Schalkwyk. Last reply by Hennie Pretorius Jan 13, 2012. 4 Replies

For many of us (if not most), capturing that 'beautiful landscape' is the reason for us buying a camera and probably what got us interested in photography in the first place... But as you begin to understand what you are doing and discovering the true potential of photography, suddenly it appears to not be that simple! You have a small window of oppoprtunity to capture that perfect scene, you cannot always control the light, and sometimes the scene in front of you just doesn't seem to offer…Continue

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Comment by Danie Bester on July 7, 2011 at 14:03
Hi Bernard, sorry I only saw your comment now. I buy my stuff from B&H. Try Outdoor Photo as Harold Price suggested?
Comment by Harold Price on July 1, 2011 at 8:35

Hi Bernard.

Try Outdoorphoto they are based near Menlyn shopping mall Pretoria East, they should have one, they even have a web site,

Comment by Bernard Pieterse on July 1, 2011 at 8:10
Hi Danie. Where can buy a 77mm ND filter for 10-20mm sigma lens? The shops nearby only stock UV filters.
Comment by Renate Louw on June 14, 2011 at 12:21
Sjoe dit is baie mooi. 
Comment by Danie Bester on June 14, 2011 at 9:21
Jip. One can create wonderfully surreal abstracts with slow shutter speed and movement blur. Even when you are moving the camera and the subject remains stationary.
Comment by Danie Bester on May 17, 2011 at 15:03

Iv'e had so many enquiries abou which equipment a Landscape photog should have taht I decided to post a summary of which equipemnt you should have to create Scenics / Landscapes. I will be posting a complete article on DPC at a later stage, so watch this space. In the meantime here's a summary, that will send your thoughts in the right direction. Also check out Trompie's article, "Camera Equipment, A Buyer's Mini Guide"on DPC...




A heavy, sturdy, tripod with decent head (preferably a ball head or pistol grip) is essential! Never buy a tripod from Macro, Deon, Game... You have to look at buying



  • Ultra Wide Angle Lens, i.e. 10-22 for APS-C size sensors or 16-35 for Full Frame (The Sigma 10-20 is a great value for money lens for APS-C size). Ultra wide angle lenses makes elements look further apart and ideal to capture the whole scene and include as much foreground, middle and background elements one can get.
  • Standard Zoom (i.e. the normal 18-55mm lens will not let you down if you starting out)
  • Telephoto Zooms i.e 70-200, or 70-300 for tight crops and to make elements seems closer to each other. 
  • The all in one travel lens. If you want to travel light and have a one-in-all solution with you then don't look further than the super zooms i.e.18-200mm made by Canon, Nikon, Sigma. Tamron makes a brilliant 18-270mm lens, which has won many awards. The only real drawback one these super zoom lenses is that they have fairly small apertures, so make sure you buy one with an Image Stabilizer.
  • Special Effects Lenses. Special effect lenses allows for surreal, and dramatic scenes and should not be disregarded if you want to create wonderful, interesting images. Look at Diagonal Fisheye lenses, which bend the edges in for surreal images. What about the lensbaby, which keeps everything except the "Sweet Spot" out of focus.



Standard 2-in-one, or 5-in-one refelectors is essential in order to fill areas of shadows in the foreground. I even use my speedlight to "brighten up" elements in the foreground.



If you want to come out tops and create brilliant scenics, then you should never be without the following filters...

  • UV / Skylight. UV Filters take care of the UV. Skylight filters, even more so, and ideal to minimize haze effectively. Another standard filter, which often comes in handy, is the "Warm Up" filter, which introduce a warmer colour cast. However, shooting in RAW and using software like Photoshop and Lightroom, one can always warm up your image afterwards. 
  • Circular Polarizer. Takes care of glare and reflections and you need to turn it in order to create the effect you want. You cannot do without a polarizer when shooting foliage, water, rocks, really anything...
  • Neutral Density. The ND filter blocks out light and allows you to use longer shutter speeds. This is ideal for blurring movement of water and clouds. ND filters offer various intensities from 2 stops to 13 stops. Newer Gradient / Fader ND filters work like Circlular Polarizers and you need to turn it in order to decrease / increase the intensity of light. I just ordered a (Thin Mount) Vari-ND Variable Neutral Density Filter, which comes at a hefty price tag ($390USD). You can buy cheaper versions called ND Fader filters from Genus and Light Craft. 
  • ND Grad. ND Grads are graduated Neutral Density filters, of which the one half are coated and the other half bright. They are ideal to keep the foreground bright and background dark. 


  • Advice on buying filters. Remember that "screw on" filters are screwed on to the lens. If all your lenses does not have the same filter threads it is best to buy bigger filters and then buy "step down" rings for your smaller lenses. Otherwise buy the standard square type glass filters.



If you're serious about photography, you will obviously want to fine tune your RAW images afterwards. I mainly use three software suites..

  • Lightroom. For Digital Workflow
  • Photoshop. For Pixel Editing
  • Photomatix 4  > Create HDR image


2 outstanding software filters, that may be used as plugins for both Photoshop and Lightroom are..

  • Nik Silver Efex Pro
  • Nik Color Efex Pro (I mainly use the Tonal Contrast, Velvia 100 filters for my Landscapes)
Comment by Dijane Manten on May 16, 2011 at 11:59
Stunning shots
Comment by Danie Bester on May 13, 2011 at 21:31
Jip. The unusual perspectives makes one look a second time...
Comment by Glen Fouche' on May 13, 2011 at 20:06
Danie, the lens was worth waiting for. I think it opens a new world to what we can see. I really like the images.
Comment by Bernard Pieterse on April 27, 2011 at 13:53
Thanks Danie

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