17 July 2024

Canon Photography Training Milnerton, Cape Town

Photography Training / Skills Development Milnerton, Cape Town and Cape Peninsula

Canon Photography Training Cape Town / Cape Peninsula
Fast Shutter Speed / Action Photography Training Woodbridge Island, Cape Town

Vernon Canon Photography Training Cape Town / Cape Peninsula

Private Canon EOS / EOS R Camera and Photography tutoring / training courses in Milnerton, Cape Town - or in the comfort of your home / garden anywhere in the Cape Peninsula.

Tailor-made (individual) learning programmes are prepared for specific Canon EOS / EOS R camera and photography requirements with the following objectives:
  • Individual Needs / Gear analysis
  • Canon EOS camera menus / settings
  • Exposure settings and options
  • Specific genre applications and skills development
  • Practical shooting sessions (where applicable)
  • Adobe Lightroom post-processing training
  • Ongoing support

Canon Camera / Lens Requirements
Any Canon EOS / EOS R body / lens combination is suitable for most of the training sessions. During initial contact I will determine the learner's current skills, Canon EOS system and other learning / photographic requirements. Many Canon PowerShot camera models are also suitable for creative photography skills development.

Butterfly Woodbridge Island Copyright Vernon Chalmers Photography
Small Butterfly Woodbridge Island - Canon EF 100-400mm Lens

Learning Photography from the comfort of your Own Cape Town Home / Garden More Information

Bird / Flower Photography Training Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden More Information
  
Photography Private Training Classes Milnerton, Cape Town
  • Introduction to Photography / Canon Cameras More 
  • Bird / Flower Photography Training Kirstenbosch More
  • Birds in Flight / Bird Photography Training More
  • Canon Speedlite Flash Photography Training More
  • Macro / Close-Up Photography More
  • Landscape / Long Exposure Photography More
  • Real Estate / Interior Decor Photography Training More

Training / demonstrations are done on the client's own Canon EOS bodies attached to various Canon EF / other brand lenses covering wide-angle to zoom focal lengths.

Photography Training Gift Voucher Options
Most photography training sessions are available as Birthday / Christmas Gift training voucher options with a one year validity period. More information

Private Canon Camera / Photography Training Cape Town
Canon EOS System / Menu  Setup and Training Cape Town

2024 Individual Photography Training Session Cost / Rates >>

From R800-00 per four hour session in Milnerton, Cape Town. Practical shooting sessions can be worked into the training. A typical training programme of three training sessions is R2 300-00.

This to be inclusive of up to 12 hours theory / settings training (inclusive: a three hours practical shoot around Woodbridge Island if required).

Canon EOS Cameras / Lenses / Speedlite Flash Training
All Canon EOS cameras from the EOS 1100D to advanced AF training on the Canon EOS 80D to 
Canon EOS-1D X Mark III. All Canon EOS R Cameras. All Canon EF / EF-S / RF / RF-S and other Canon-compatible brand lenses.  All Canon Speedlite flash units from Canon Speedlite 270EX to Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT (including Macro Ring Lite flash models).

Inaka Island Photography Chalmers Photography
Inaka Island Photography Canon EF 100-400mm f/4,5-6.6L IS II USM Lens

Advanced Canon EOS Autofocus Training (Canon EOS / EOS R)
For advanced Autofocus (AF) training have a look at the Birds in Flight Photography workshop options. Advanced AF training is available from the Canon EOS 7D Mark II / Canon EOS 5D Mark III / Canon EOS 5D Mark IV up to the Canon EOS 1-DX Mark II / III. Most Canon EOS R bodies (i.e. EOS R7, EOS R6, EOS R6 Mark II, EOS R5 and EOS R3) will have similar or more advanced Dual Pixel CMOS AF Systems. Contact me for more information about a specific Canon EOS / EOS R AF System.   

Cape Town Training Schedules / Availability
From Tuesdays - during the day / evening and / or over weekends.


Canon Camera and Photography Training Cape Town
Canon EOS / Close-Up Lens Accessories Training Cape Town

Core Canon Camera / Photography  Learning Areas
  • Overview & Specific Canon Camera / Lens Settings
  • Exposure Settings for M / Av / Tv Modes
  • Autofocus / Manual Focus Options
  • General Photography / Lens Selection / Settings
  • Transition from JPG to RAW (Reasons why)
  • Landscape Photography / Settings / Filters
  • Close-Up / Macro Photography / Settings
  • Real Estate / Interior Décor Photography Settings
  • Speedlite Flash / Flash Modes / Flash Settings
  • Digital Image Management

Practical Photography / Application
  • Inter-relationship of ISO / Aperture / Shutter Speed
  • Aperture and Depth of Field demonstration
  • Low light / Long Exposure demonstration
  • Landscape sessions / Manual focusing
  • Speedlite Flash application / technique
  • Introduction to Post-Processing

Tailor-made Canon Camera / Photography training to be facilitated on specific requirements after a thorough needs-analysis with individual photographer / or small group.

Typical Learning Areas Agenda
  • General Photography Challenges / Fundamentals 
  • Exposure Overview (ISO / Aperture / Shutter Speed) 
  • Canon EOS 70D Menus / Settings (in relation to exposure) 
  • Camera / Lens Settings (in relation to application / genres) 
  • Lens Selection / Technique (in relation to application / genres) 
  • Introduction to Canon Flash / Low Light Photography

Above Learning Areas are facilitated over two sessions or more photography sessions of four hours+ each. Any additional practical photography sessions (if required) will be at an additional pro-rata cost.

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Fireworks Display Photography with Canon EOS 6D - Woodbridge Island / Cape Town
Fireworks Display Photography with Canon EOS 6D : Cape Town

Woodbridge Island / Milnerton Lighthouse before sunrise - Canon EOS 6D / 16-35mm Lens
Woodbridge Island : Canon EOS 6D / 16-35mm Lens


White-Breasted Cormorant in flight - Slow Shutter Speed Abstract Cape Town
Creative Photography : Slow Shutter Speed Abstract Application

Private Canon Camera / Photography Training Cape Town
Perched Pied Kingfisher : Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens

Canon Camera and Photography Private Tutoring Cape Town
Long Exposure Photography: Canon EOS 700D / Wide-Angle Lens


Private Canon Camera / Photography Training Cape Town
Birds in Flight : Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm lens


Colourpoint Persian : Canon EOS 6D / 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens - Image Copyright Vernon Chalmers
Persian Portrait : Canon EOS 6D / 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens

Private Canon Camera / Photography Training Cape Town
Fashion Photography Canon Speedlite flash : Canon EOS 6D @ 70mm

Long Exposure Photography with Canon EOS 6D - Woodbridge Island / Cape Town
Long Exposure Photography Canon EOS 6D : Milnerton

Private Canon Camera / Photography Training Cape Town
Close-Up & Macro Photography Cape Town  : Canon EOS 6D

Canon Camera and Photography Private Tutoring Cape Town
Panning / Slow Shutter Speed: Canon EOS 70D 70-300mm Lens

Long Exposure Photography Cape Town Canon EOS 6D Vernon Chalmers Photography
Long Exposure Photography Cape Town Canon EOS 6D @ f/16

Introducing the Canon EOS R1 and the Canon EOS R5 Mark II

Introducing the Canon EOS R1 and EOS R5 Mark II Cameras : Official Canon Video


Canon EOS R1 and Canon EOS R5 Mark II

On July 17th, Canon unveiled the new flagship for the R system – the Canon EOS R1 and the Canon EOS 5D Mark II Canon Europe Media Release

With its new imaging platform, Action Priority AF and countless new features, it is perfect for demanding sports and action photography and hybrid photo/video creatives. Canon Ambassador, Alex Grymanis, talks through his experience shooting the launch, and product specialist Tibor Szövetes explains the top features of this stunning new camera. In addition, the best just got better – the Canon EOS R5 Mark II with its new 45mp backside illuminated sensor, 8k 60p filmmaking capabilities and simultaneous photo and video modes is the go-to choice for those who want to master the moment.

Filmmaker and director, Ant Rubinstein, talks through what it was like to create with the camera, and product specialist, Aron Randhawa, goes in-depth on why this is the ultimate tool for hybrid content makers. And finally, we took a look at the wider R system – the new Canon EOS C400 for pro-filmmakers, the RF-S 3.9mm F3. 5 STM Dual Fisheye APS-C VR lens and new hybrid RF 35mm F1.4L VCM lens. (Source: Canon Europe)

Canon EOS R1: https://canon.sm/4f6sRxy

Canon EOS R5 Mark II: https://canon.sm/3LogajZ

Video Contents
  • Canon EOS R System Recap
  • Canon EOS R1 Intro
  • Canon EOS R1 Tech Run Through
  • Canon Alexandros Grymanis on the EOS R1
  • Canon EOS R5 Mark II Intro
  • Cabob EOS R5 Mark II Tech Run Through
  • Anthony Rubinstein on the Canon EOS R5 Mark II
  • Canon EOS C400
  • Canon RF-S 3.9mm F3.5 STM Dual Fisheye Intro
  • Canon RF-S 3.9mm F3.5 STM Dual Fisheye Film

11 July 2024

Peregrine falcon outside my Window

Returning Peregrine Falcon to Milnerton, Woodbridge Island

Peregrine falcon sleeping in my Window

For many, this image, may not hold any real significance, but for the observant of 'my' (any) Peregrine falcon, this is a worthwhile silhouette.

During the past week, my closest neighbour, the Peregrine falcon, 'came home’, to his bathroom window preference, much earlier than usual. Can’t fault him, he also departed much later in the morning, 08:45+ vs. 05:30 lately.

Can’t blame him... here in Cape Town - with the current winter weather. He's been 'sleeping-in' for a few mornings lately. First time ever...

What he did manage to achieve (constantly) was a nightly state of ‘Load Shedding’ around him (ito my own living arrangements). It’s ‘lights-out’ when he is here – and that is about every night. The fridge light is (the) maximum light…

Peregrine falcon with Canon EOS 70D / EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM lens @ f/2.8 in Manual Mode (way past sunset during this week).

Arnhem, Milnerton, Cape Town. (12 Floors above Loxton Road)

The Peregrine Falcon: Fastest Bird in the World

Peregrine Falcon with Catch Outside My Window

Returning Peregrine Falcon to Milnerton, Woodbridge Island

The Pedigree Falcon, one or the Top Flying Birds in the World

01 July 2024

Canon Long Exposure | Night Photography Setup & Tips

Learning Canon Long Exposure / Night Photography Skills Development

Canon Long Exposure / Night Photography Setup & Tips
Fireworks Long Exposure Photography : Canon EOS 6D Bulb Mode

Using Canon EOS 6D for Bulb Mode | Long Exposure Photography >>

Canon EOS 6D Night Photography 2024 Samples in Av and Bulb Mode Woodbridge Island >> 

Long Exposure Photography with CTPS at Milnerton Beach

Long Exposure Photography | Fireworks Photography Setup / Tips
Longer shutter speeds / long exposures are most often applied when shooting i.e. after sunset, night photography and / or fireworks. The photographer will use longer shutter speeds to capture a low / fading / after-sunset or a night / or fireworks composition - all of which could provide for some really dramatic exposure effects. I personally use long exposure photography mostly for night photography (after sunset / before sunrise - as I like to call it, the Blue Hours) and firework displays.

Long exposures (during daylight) are also achievable with the use of filters (see section on ND filters).

Not just for DSLR Cameras
Long exposure photography is not limited to DSLR cameras only, but will indeed be possible with some compact / bridge cameras (ie. the Canon PowerShot G and SX Series) and should be tried. Even with shutter speed limitations of 15 seconds on many of the Canon SX-series compact cameras.


Some compact cameras have very short shutter open / close times while others can do exposures up to 15 to 30 seconds - more than enough to experiment with (eve for fireworks Photograph). 

Canon Long Exposure / Night Photography Setup & Tips
Canon EOS 6D / 16-35mm Lens : Milnerton Beach, Cape Town

Av Mode Preference (for controlling aperture)
Creating long exposures for my 'Table Mountain After Sunset / Sea Point Seascapes " shots I generally use Av Mode (Aperture Value) on the mode dial (also called Aperture priority mode). Av Mode provides user control over lens aperture size ie. f/11 or f/16, but the camera will select the most appropriate shutter speed (ie. 1 or 10 seconds). You can also use Manual Mode (you control Aperture / Shutter speed / ISO) or Time Value Mode or Tv Mode on the mode dial (you control shutter speed and the camera decide on the aperture ie. f/11 or f/16).

Low ISO's for minimizing noise and don't forget the tripod
For night photography it is recommended to set your camera to ISO 100 or ISO 200 for minimizing unwanted digital noise. Due to the longer exposure time generated by the camera it will be required to use a sturdy tripod for preventing unnecessary camera movements. A quality tripod is always a good investment - do the necessary research and get the best you can afford. I currently use a Manfrotto 190X MK190X3-3W (804RC2 pan/tilt head) for all my night / landscape photography requirements.


After Sunset / Night Photography Setup & Tips (Using Av Mode)
Milnerton Lighthouse after sunset (light trails) : From Arnhem, Milnerton

Shutter speed
There is also 'Bulb mode' an extended shutter speed mode selection available in Manual or Tv mode (not in Av mode) - meaning there is a manual time-setting which you can control the shutter for opening and closing for up to a few hours if you want (will require external power supply). In Canon (some EOS model inTv or M Mode) just dial past the 30 seconds general 'limit'. Think star trails - exposure time of +- 30 minutes and longer. Or if you want exact shutter time control when shooting fireworks (say 3 to 8 seconds, but you control it). On the enthusiast and professional EOS DSLR's Bulb mode is a separate exposure function on the mode dial and of great assistance for long exposure photography
.

For many Long Exposure (Night Photograph) images Av mode is sufficient for shooting with apertures between f/11 - f/22 (these apertures will provide enough depth of field (DOF) / back to front sharpness across the entire frame - and is based on general landscape photography apertures). 


NoteThe camera will automatically assign a longer shutter time as the light fade and / or as I adjust the aperture to a larger f/(stop) value (ie. from f/11 to f/16 to let even less light onto the camera's image sensor).

Shutter Speed limitation in Av / Tv / Manual Mode
Most DSLR's, certainly Canon APS-C and Full Frame bodies are limited to 30 seconds exposure time (in all shooting modes), In most cases this is long enough, but for manual shutter speed / exposure control it is recommended to use Bulb Mode with a cable or remote release. Long Exposure / 30 seconds auto-shutter release in Av Mode. Canon EOS 6D Demo>>


Canon Long Exposure / Night Photography Setup & Tips - Image Copyright Vernon Chalmers
20 Seconds Exposure Photography - Sea Point Cape Town

Bulb Mode

Most modern DSLR's will have a separate Bulb Mode (on the Mode Dial). By using Bulb Mode the photographer can specify a predetermined exposure time / shutter speed by manually controlling the shutter speed or by using a cable or remote release.


I use the the Canon RS-80N3 Cable Remote Cable Release Switch for allowing manual opening and closing control of the shutter release time. Bulb Mode is an important functionality for using for Fireworks Photography for capturing various exposure times during the duration of a fireworks display. Canon EOS 6D Bulb Mode>>

Capturing / Shooting Fireworks

Long Exposure / Fireworks Photography Setup & Tips
Fireworks Long Exposure Photography  Bulb Mode : Over Table Bay

For the photo on the right  - Fireworks with a Zoom Lens - I used a Canon EOS 700D and EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens with the following settings: Bulb Mode ISO 100, Aperture f/8. Manual focus with Remote Shutter Release (Bulb) and Manfrotto Compact Tripod (+- 1 kilometer from the fireworks show).


More Fireworks
  • Fireworks V&A Waterfront Cape Town 2014 >>
  • Fireworks V&A Waterfront Cape Town 2015 >>
  • Fireworks V&A Waterfront Cape Town 2016 >>

Fireworks with a Compact Camera (using the Fireworks Scene Mode)
Many compacts, such as the Canon Powershot series cameras (ie. SX40 HS / SX50 HS / SX60 HS) will offer a Fireworks Scene Mode - an automatic mode for controlling the required fireworks / scene exposure. 

Remote Control
The Canon RC-6 Wireless Remote Control (optional) accessory is a very cost-effective solution that I use for most of my long exposure photography (paired with Canon EOS 700D / EOS 70D / EOS 6D and various lenses). There are various other compatible wired / wireless remote controls on the market. Lately I prefer the Canon RS-80N3 Cable Remote Cable Release (for timing accuracy).

Remote Canon EOS / PowerShot Shooting via Android / iOS App
Another option to shoot with a remote Android / iOS App (should the camera have WiFi / NFC functionality). This will work well for Night Photography for i.e. a landscape scene, but is not very effective to simulate Bulb Mode for .i.e. Fireworks Photography.

How do I set my Canon camera for Long Exposure Photography?

My Camera / Lens settings for Night Photography using Av Mode (Architecture / Landscapes / Seascapes)

Camera

  • Canon body: EOS 6D (Any DSLR / Mirrorless should be fine)
  • Aperture Priority / Av Mode
  • Aperture: f/11 - f/16 (controlled by the photographer)
  • ISO 100 - 200  (Not auto-ISO)
  • Shutter Speed: Up to 30 seconds (camera controlled)
  • Switch Long Exposure Noise Reduction off 
  • Set remote timer on / use remote control (optional)
  • Set camera to Live View (to view everything on the LCD screen)
  • Canon RS-80N3 Cable Remote Switch
  • Manfrotto Tripod 190X MK190X3-3W

Lens

  • Preferred lenses: Canon EF 24-70mm lens / Canon EF 16-35mm lens
  • Zoom in / out until satisfied with whats in the frame
  • Turn Image Stabilization off (if an IS lens)- Turn Auto-Focus (AF) off
  • Hyperfocal Distance calculation / estimation 'rule of thumb'


My Camera / Lens settings for Night Photography / Fireworks using Bulb Mode

Camera

  • Canon body: EOS 6D (Any DSLR / Mirrorless should be fine)
  • Bulb Mode (as a Manual Mode setting)
  • Aperture: f/8 - f/16 (controlled by the photographer)
  • ISO 100 - 200  (Not auto-ISO)
  • Shutter Speed: 1 sec - a few minutes (controlled by the photographer)
  • Switch Long Exposure Noise Reduction off 
  • Set remote timer on / use remote control (optional)
  • Set camera to Live View (to view everything on the LCD screen)
  • Canon RS-80N3 Cable Remote Switch
  • Manfrotto Tripod 190X MK190X3-3W

Lens

  • Preferred lenses: Canon EF 24-70mm lens / EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM lens
  • Zoom in / out until satisfied with perspective / framing
  • Turn Image Stabilization off (if an IS lens)- Turn Auto-Focus (AF) off 
  • Hyperfocal Distance calculation / estimation 'rule of fhumb'

Manual Focus in Live View Mode

Canon Long Exposure / Night Photography Setup & Tips
Canon EOS 6D Manual Focus ISO 100 / f/16 20 seconds Milnerton Lagoon

Check that your subject foreground and background is in focus (for deep Depth of Field / small aperture sharpness) by adjusting the zoom on barrel of lens / or zoom ring in front (this will be camera and lens-dependent). Use Hyperfocal Distance measuring (or the Hyperfocal Distance 'rule of thumb' estimation.

I generally magnify the scene in the LCD screen and fine-tune the midpoint to background until satisfied with focus.

Camera Shake / Steadiness
The camera will take between 2 to 15 seconds or longer to complete the exposure and therefore the complete camera system should not be moved / touched. Even a slight breeze will influence the final image ito possible blurriness or unsharp image quality.

Using long shutter release times towards a second or longer will, without doubt, increase camera shake. A sturdy tripod will assist in keeping the camera absolute as still as possible. I use the Canon Remote Shutter Release to fire the shutter - assists with not touching the camera. My tripod of choice: Manfrotto Tripod 190X MK190X3-3W

Canon Long Exposure / Night Photography Setup & Tips
Canon EOS 700D  Manual Focus ISO 100 f/16 30 seconds : Milnerton Beach

When the sun is setting fast...

I generally wait until after the sun is behind the horizon and start a few tests by just pressing the shutter half-way to see what shutter speed the camera will provide. So I wait for 4 to 5 seconds before I press the remote release for the camera to start the exposure. Camera will process the photo and you will be able to see result in Live View / on the LCD.

As it get darker the camera will meter less available light and automatically increase the shutter speed to 5 then 6 and more seconds sometimes beyond 30 seconds - all of these exposure times will lead to camera shake if not on tripod. The Tripod counters this and provides for blur-free and noise-free images.

I generally take about 20 shots between 5 and 30 to 40 seconds.


Using ND Filters for Longer Exposures (for longer exposures during the day)
Sea Point Cape Town  ND64 Filter .5 seconds : Sea Point Cape Town

Using ND Filters for Longer Daytime Exposures
Its also possible to use Neutral Density (ND) filters for reducing light entering the lens / camera (during daylight shooting). There are different screw-in or slot-in type filters each with different optical densities / f-stop reductions ie ND2 = 1 stop of light, ND16 = 4 stops of light and ND64 = 6 stops of light. 

I personally use a Hoya 77mm Pro ND64 Filter for capturing longer day time exposures with a Canon EOS 6D / EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Ultra-Wide lens. The image on right was captured with the Hoya filter (for creating silky-looking water during daylight - quite a while before sunset).

Av Mode (Canon EOS 6D):
  • ISO 100 - 200
  • Aperture f/16
  • Shutter Speed +- .5 second 
  • Focal length +- 25mm 
  • Manfrotto Tripod

Shooting the moon: Canon Long Exposure / Night Photography Setup & Tips
 Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Original Post  Arnhem, Milnerton

Photographing the moon with a compact camera tips
Shooting the moon tends to be be very popular for DSLR and compact camera photographers when they're starting out and / or testing the sharpness of their lenses.

The adjacent moon capture was created with a non-DSLR Canon PowerShot SX40 HS super-zoom compact (Milnerton, Cape Town) with the following settings (with no post-processing):

Av Mode:

  • ISO 200 
  • Aperture f/8 
  • Shutter Speed +- 1 second 
  • Focal length +- 2200mm 
  • Manfrotto Tripod 

My Go-To Settings for Night Photography

  • Canon EOS DSLR body (APS-C or Full Frame) 
  • Canon EF Ultra-Wide / Wide / Telephoto Lens (between 16-300mm) 
  • RAW / In-camera noise reduction turned off 
  • LCD / Live View for focusing (not OVF) 
  • Manual Focus / Image Stabilization off 
  • ISO 100-200 
  • Aperture f/8 - f/16 
  • Shutter Speed +1-30 Seconds (or Bulb mode) 
  • Remote release or 2-Second Self-Timer 
  • Manfrotto 190 Tripod

Long Exposure | Night Photography

"Long exposure in night photography is a technique used to capture images in low-light conditions by keeping the camera's shutter open for an extended period. This method allows more light to hit the camera's sensor, resulting in brighter and more detailed photos in dark environments.

When using long exposure for night photography, here are some key points to consider:

1. Stability: Use a tripod to keep the camera steady during the long exposure. This helps prevent blur caused by hand movement.

2. Shutter Speed: Longer exposure times, typically ranging from a few seconds to several minutes, are used to gather enough light in low-light situations. Experiment with different shutter speeds to achieve the desired effect.

3. Aperture:  A wide aperture (lower f-stop number) allows more light to enter the lens, aiding in capturing brighter images.

4. ISO:  While a higher ISO setting makes the camera more light-sensitive, it can introduce more digital noise. Try to find a balance between ISO, aperture, and shutter speed to get the best results.

5. Remote Shutter Release or Timer: To avoid camera shake when triggering the shutter, use a remote shutter release or the camera's built-in timer to start the exposure.

6. Composition:  Pay attention to composition and framing. Since the exposure time is longer, ensure that the elements in the frame will work well together for the duration of the exposure.

7. Experimentation: Long exposure photography is an art that often involves experimentation and practice. Don't hesitate to try different settings and compositions to achieve the desired result.

Subjects that work well for long exposure night photography include cityscapes with moving cars, star trails, light trails, or serene landscapes under moonlight.

Remember, the settings you use will depend on the specific conditions you're shooting in, so there's no one-size-fits-all approach. Practice and experimentation will help you hone your skills and achieve the desired effects in your night photography." (Source: ChatGPT 2023)

Below are various captures from Fireworks / Ferris Wheel / various long exposure captures all required shutter speeds of 8 - 30 seconds.

(Click to Enlarge / Slideshow)
Canon EOS 6D / EF 16-35mm Lens f/16 / ISO 200 / 53 seconds
Canon EOS 6D / EF 16-35mm Lens f/16 / ISO 200 / 53 seconds

Long Exposure / Night Photography Setup & Tips Milnerton Lagoon Woodbridge Island Cape Town
Canon EOS 6D / EF 16-35mm Lens f/16 / ISO 100 / 30 seconds 

Long Exposure / Night Photography Setup & Tips Milnerton Lagoon Woodbridge Island Cape Town
Canon EOS 6D / EF 16-35mm Lens f/16 / ISO 100 / 20 seconds 

Long Exposure / Night Photography Setup & Tips Milnerton Lagoon Woodbridge Island Cape Town
Canon EOS 6D / EF 16-35mm Lens f/16 / ISO 100 / 20 seconds 

Long Exposure / Night Photography Setup & Tips Milnerton Lagoon Woodbridge Island Cape Town
Canon EF-S 18-135mm IS STM Lens f/16 / ISO 100 8 seconds

Long Exposure / Night Photography Setup & Tips Milnerton Lagoon Woodbridge Island Cape Town
Canon EF-S 18-135mm IS STM Lens f/16 / ISO 100 10 seconds

Long Exposure / Night Photography Setup & Tips Fireworks From Woodbridge Island Cape Town
Canon EF-S 18-135mm IS STM Lens f/11 ISO 100 8 seconds

Long Exposure / Night Photography Setup & Tips V&A Waterfront Cape Town
Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Lens f/4.5 ISO 800 (handheld)

Long Exposure / Night Photography Setup & Tips V&A Waterfront Cape Town
Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Lens f/18 ISO 100 30 seconds

Canon Long Exposure / Night Photography Setup & Tips Cape Town
Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Lens f/18 ISO 100 20 seconds

Canon Long Exposure / Night Photography Setup & Tips Cape Town
Canon PowerShot SX40 HS f/8 ISO 100 15 seconds

Photography Training: Introduction to the Exposure Triangle - ISO / Aperture / Shutter Speed View

Photography Competitions South Africa 2024

Photo Competitions and Awards South Africa 2024 / 2025

Photo Competitions and Awards South Africa 2024

Photography Competitions South Africa 2024 

Listing of the latest Photography Competitions and Awards (for Landscape, Macro, Nature, Wildlife and Travel etc.) on some of the most well-known South African companies / magazines / newspapers / NGO websites offering photography competitions in South Africa.

Please note: Some of these South African online photography competitions / contests are once-off competitions: read more on the listed websites for updated 2024 / 2025 competitions. Some of the current photo / photography competitions may have expired. Contact the photography competition organisers about any future competitions. 

Photographic Society of South Africa (PSSA): Photography Competitions
PSSA affiliated Photography Clubs should offer monthly photography competitions. Herewith a link to the alphabetical listing of current PSSA Clubs / Contact Detail PSSA Clubs >>

International Photography Awards, Contests and Competitions 2024 /2025

Tips for Entering Photo Competitions / How to Win in Photo Competitions
View the section on Tips for Entering a Photo / Photography Competition or Contest below the Photo contest / Competition listing.

What Photography Judes Evaluate in Photo Competitions >>

Important before entering any Photography Competition / Contest
Please read the Terms and Conditions and fully understand what happens to the Copyright / Ownership of your image(s) after submission to / and publication of your images into their online galleries (and what happens to your image(s) after closing dates). If you're not sure contact the organisers / sponsors before submission.

Adding your Photo / Photography Competition (South Africa only) to this list
Please Contact Me direct for discussing / adding your Photography Competition (South Africa only).

NB: Please check all Photo / Photography Competition Closing Dates

NB: Some websites may not have an active Photo / Photography Competition currently

Photography / Photo Competitions South Africa 2024 / 2025

Africa Photo Awards

African Odyssey Competition
African Odyssey Competition

BirdLife South Africa Photography Competition 2024
PDF Download: BirdLife South Africa Photography Competition 2024
Canon Redline Challenge - For Amateur Photographers
Canon Redline Challenge

Cape Town Photographic Society - Monthly Photography Competitions

Cederberg Adventure Photo Contest 2024
Photo Contest

Getaway Photography / Gallery Competition
Getaway Gallery Competition

Hunters of Light (sponsored by Canon)
Photo Competitions

How Cute is Your Pet : Enter Monthly Photo Competitions

International Photography Competitions 2024
International Photography Competitions

Largest Photo Competition in Africa 2024
Photo Competition Africa

Kgalagadi Wildlife Photo Competition
Kgalagadi Wildlife Photo Competition

Neem Beter Fotos Kompetisie - Weg Tydskrif
Neem Beter Fotos Kompetisie 

Nikon Photography Contests / Competitions
Nikon Photo Contests

ORMS Photography Competitions

Pangolin Photo Challenge
Pangolin Photo Challenge

Photogenic Competitions South Africa - Facebook Group

Photo Competition South Africa - Free to Enter Contests 
Photo Competition South Africa

Photography Competition (Different Categories) PhotographingSA
Photography Competitions

Photo Freedom Competitions

SA Hunters and Game Conservation Association
Photography Competitions

Sunday Times / Sowetan Jägermeister Photo Competition
Jägermeister Photo Competition

The Essence of Vergelegen Photography Contest
Vergelegen Photography Contest

The South African Mobile Photography Awards
Veld & Flora Best Shot Photo Competition
Botanical Society Photo Competition

Visual Arts Network of South Africa - VANSA Competitions
VANSA Competitions

Wiki Science South Africa
Scientific Photo Contest

Wilderness Safaris Photo Competition
Photo Competition

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How to Win a Photography Competition? (In South Africa 2024 / 2025)

"Winning a photography competition requires a combination of technical skill, artistic vision, and effective presentation. Here are some tips to increase your chances of winning:

1. Understand the Theme: Read and understand the competition's theme or guidelines thoroughly. Your submission should align with the theme and convey the intended message.

2. Create a Strong Composition:
- Rule of Thirds: Position the main subject along the intersecting lines of the rule of thirds grid to create a balanced and visually appealing composition.
- Leading Lines: Use natural or architectural lines to lead the viewer's eye toward the subject.
- Framing: Use elements in the environment to frame your subject and add depth to the photo.

3. Capture Emotion and Storytelling: A winning photograph often tells a story or evokes strong emotions. Capture candid moments, unique expressions, or scenes that communicate a narrative.

4. Focus on Lighting:
- Golden Hour: Shoot during the golden hours, shortly after sunrise or before sunset, when the light is soft and warm.
- Avoid Harsh Light: Harsh midday light can cast unflattering shadows. Overcast days provide diffused light that's great for portraits and landscapes.

5. Technical Excellence:
- Sharpness: Ensure your subject is in focus and sharp. Use the appropriate aperture settings for your desired depth of field.
- Exposure: Maintain proper exposure by balancing the aperture, shutter speed, and ISO settings. Use exposure compensation if needed.
- Color and White Balance: Ensure accurate colors by setting the proper white balance based on the lighting conditions.

6. Show Originality: Stand out by offering a unique perspective or a creative interpretation of the theme. Avoid clichés and aim for fresh, innovative ideas.

7. Post-Processing: Enhance your photos using post-processing software, but avoid overdoing it. Subtle adjustments in contrast, saturation, and sharpness can make your photo pop without looking unnatural.

8. Technical Requirements: Ensure your photo meets the competition's technical requirements for resolution, file format, and size.

9. Attention to Detail: Pay attention to small details like distracting elements, clutter, and unwanted objects in the frame.

10. Judges' Perspective: Try to anticipate what the judges might look for in a winning photo. Research their previous work and preferences if possible.

11. Submit a Cohesive Portfolio: If the competition involves submitting multiple photos, create a portfolio that demonstrates your range, skills, and consistency.

12. Practice and Feedback: Practice regularly and seek constructive feedback from peers or mentors to refine your skills and improve your work.

13. Presentation and Title: Choose a compelling title that complements your photo and enhances its storytelling. Present your work professionally.

14. Tell Your Story: If the competition allows, provide a brief description of your photo and the story behind it. This can add depth and context to your submission.

15. Stay True to Yourself: While it's important to consider judges' preferences, stay true to your style and vision. Authenticity can make your work stand out.

Remember that winning a competition is not solely about the outcome but also about the learning experience and growth that come from participating." (ChatGPT 2023)


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