Attended the Photo and Film Expo

NOTE: I discovered with some dismay that the twitter pics that are supposed to display with the tweets I did during the day at the various workshops, are not being displayed. Something is wrong with the embedded code that Twitter provides, and so there are no pics connected to those tweets in this blog post. If you would like to see the presenters, then click on the date links with each of the embedded tweets below.


I attended the Photo and Film Expo at the Coca-Cola Dome today. It is promoted as the largest photographic event in Africa! Well, it didn’t disappoint.

I arrived there at around 09:15 this morning and I only left at 17:05 this afternoon. That is 5:05PM! There are many stalls from all kinds of photographic style companies, such as Nikon, Canon (represented by Digital Experience) and Sony (I am a Sony man myself).

One of the things that I discovered today (which is important to me), is that there is someone who rents out Sony equipment. We all know of places to rent Nikon and Canon equipment, yet I didn’t know of any place to rent Sony equipment. I found such a man in Robbie Aspeling. You can find his Sony Rentals at his site (RA Photography). Once there, just click on the Sony Rentals link in the site menu.

I also attended 5 workshops at the expo.

The first workshop I attended was by a lovely young lady named Tanja. You can find more about her at her website, AstroTanja! Her workshop was very informative.

The second one was presented by Guts (Gerhard) Swanepoel. Guts is indeed a funny man. His workshop was in afrikaans, and he had people laughing right through his talk.

The third was by Robbie Aspeling himself. His workshop was on bird photography.

Fourth, Craig Kolesky did a workshop called Still to Motion, on using your DSLR to take photos and video of adventure sports.

Lastly, at 16:00 I attended a workshop on action photography by Jacques Marais.

Due to the genre of photography I enjoy the most currently, I liked the workshops by Guts Swanepoel, Robbie Aspeling and Jacques Marais the most.

The expo still continues tomorrow and Sunday (2-3 Oct). The entry fee per day is R80 for an adult, and R40 for pensioners and under 16’s. So, if you can at all, visit the expo this weekend!

BTW, I did not take the pics in here with my camera, but with my phone. Not good quality, I know!

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