We were lucky enough to welcome internationally renown photographer, Dany Eid, to join us for an unique 2-Day Cityscapes Workshop recently. Tickets sold out quicker than ever before, and everyone who joined in on this experience was overwhelmed by his insightful teachings on capturing a city from above – in this case, our beautiful Cape Town, from atop Signal Hill.
Despite a very busy schedule, Eid was able to answer some questions – Enjoy them below:
When did you first think of becoming a photographer?
If I remember correctly I started my passion for photography back when I lived in Egypt, this was 2003/2004. Back then I had a job in the purchasing business. I left Egypt & moved to Saudi, where I started focusing more on what has started as a hobby. In 2013 I moved to Dubai & decided to leave my white-collar job & become a professional photographer. I pursued my dream & my passion for photography became my job.
Through your workshops you are able to transfer priceless knowledge gained through years of experience, what compels you to share your insights with fellow photography enthusiasts?
I’m a self-thought photographer. I didn’t study photography in an academic way, but I followed, read & watched all possible tutorials that I came across. I enjoy sharing my knowledge with others & encourage others to invest in their hobby & nourish their dreams. I don’t really teach photography during my workshops, but I share what I’ve learned & my experience to those who have the talent of photography. A photographer is not anyone who holds a camera & snaps a picture but in the first place a photographer is someone whose eyes see a composition & accordingly he / she decides to shoot it.
What is your favourite photography accessory, other than your camera?
It’s hard to say what is my favorite accessory. Well my lenses are the most favorite. But if you ask me, what is the most important accessory, I would say that when I pack my photography equipment starting from a little crew to my tripod & everything else in between is important. It’s a chain reaction, you need the tinniest accessory as much as you need the biggest.
If you had to choose one lens which one would it be and why?
Zeiss Milvus 15mm, with the lens I shoot 50% of my image as I prefer the ultra-wide lens, bearing in mind that I’m a cityscape & landscape photographer in the first place.
What lighting equipment do you take on a shoot?
I follow natural light & rely on it, when I do outdoor photography, which again is 90% of my photography.
Can you describe how and when you use flash, video light, reflectors and natural light during a shoot?
I never use flash unless I’m shooting indoors or in a studio & in this case I use Profoto lighting, otherwise when shooting outside I use the nature light & make it decide how & where from I will shoot.
What is your favourite computer/editing accessory, other than your computer?
Wacom tablet & if you are referring to a program, tan I would go for Adobe Photoshop. My dream computer to use while working on my images is to customize my own PC & to have a calibrated monitor. Currently I’m using a Mac Pro.
How important is Photoshop in your final images?
As a photographer you have to use Photoshop for your post production. Let alone, cleaning an image, working on the sharpness or the color & using certain techniques for example digital blending & merging images.
Which photographers inspires you?
Ansel Adams from the old generation of photographers & from the new generation Marc Adamus.
Which website/s and/or blog/s do you visit often?
500px a platform full of creative work & it gives you a chance to receive feedback & ratings for your own work. I also like Instagram & Facebook, if we are talking about social media platforms.
How do you market your photography?
Social media (Instagram. Facebook), my own website, photography platforms (500px) & being a Zeiss ambassador I get the chance to feature my images & get included in their blog posts.
Is there anybody or anything you would love to photograph?
The nature in Patagonia
What advice do you have for somebody who wants to pursue photography?
Pursue your dream, don’t stop reading, watching & following photography blogs & photographers, attend workshops & above all specialize & decide what genre of photography represents you. Photography is about trial & error, so never give up & shoot again & again. Last but not least if you become famous stay down to earth.
Can you tell us what the true basis of your inspiration is?
Being surrounded by nature & hearing the silence of nature far from the life in the city.
Is there anything you would have done differently during your photographic career?
I’m totally convinced of the decisions I took & the path I walked was the right one. My ambition has no limits & I don’t wish I would have done anything differently.
If you could be invisible for one day with your camera…
To be on a spaceship & shoot from the space!