29 January 2014

Don’t let this happen AGAIN this year…


We all like to believe that men have good intentions, but we need to start being realistic with ourselves: men don’t care about Valentine’s Day as much as women do.

Choose your favourite product from our website, send your man a link to this blog post (he probably needs the hint), and let him surprise you with one of his favourite photos of you two. 

Special Offer:
If his purchase (or any purchase between 27 and 31 January) is over R900 and ordered before 12pm on Friday, 31 January he will receive a gift voucher to the value of 3 Faceblocks to use towards your next order. 



Quick Reminder:
All Valentine’s orders need to be placed by 5 January if you want them to arrive on time. If you miss this deadline, you can still purchase a gift voucher here. Delivery is free to all major centres if your order is over R300.


30 October 2013

The PHOTO & FILM EXPO 2013

Professional, Beginner or just a lover of photography?

 Do you fancy capturing the intimate moments of a wedding day or are you looking for adventure in the wild? Maybe you’d like to swim with sharks or play with light in the comfort of your own studio? Come and find your passion... and meet thousands more who understand you…

FREE WORKSHOPS covering almost all fields of photography!

Over 400 BRANDS to choose from, Gadgets that will excite you, amazing COMPETITIONS,
unbelievable SPECIALS & FREE WORKSHOPS!!!

What’s not to like!

PHOTO & FILM EXPO, 31 OCT. – 3 NOV. 2013 @ The Coca-Cola Dome, JHB.

R200 – Weekend Pass (4 Day Pass) Thursday 31 Oct. – Sunday 3 Nov. 2013
R80 P/Day per Adult & R40 (Pensioners + under 16’s)


Tickets available from webtickets.co.za or at the door.
For more information visit www.photofilmexpo.com

Find PrintWild on Facebook, Twitter  & Instagram to keep in touch with us while we're at the expo. Please don't forget to come and visit our stand, see what we can do, and say hello!




04 October 2013

PrintWild's updated its status... with a slick new site

Pssst we’ve got a secret we’d like to share with you…

PrintWild’s amazing team of designers and developers at WildWeb have been burning the midnight oil working on the new, improved, ultra-sexy PrintWild.co.za. It’s fresh, modern and has a ton of new and fun features. And today we’d like to share it with you, our most valued customers.



When the first PrintWild was built back in 2007, the internet was a very different place.  Facebook hadn’t really gained traction in South Africa, and Kulula had just launched their infamous lime site. Bright green was in vogue, and boy did we jump on that bandwagon!  But it worked, and people loved it.  We were the first fully online printing store in South Africa and that broke tremendous ground – our first customers loved the concept: an easy to use online company with great customer service, and the most incredible top-quality products.

As we grew, so did our passion for quality.  Our products are world-class, and our customers don’t mind telling us so. So we decided at the beginning of 2013 that our site needed to catch up and sing the same song.  Not just a fresh coat of paint, but an intelligent upgrade that showcases our personality, shows off our wonderful products, and makes ordering online simpler and faster.  And we’re opening it up for beta, with a goal to go live in a week or two.

Here are some of the features we’ve been working hard to bring to you:

  1. Rock solid new image upload system.  It’s robust, reliable and handles giant file uploads with ease. 
  2. We’re social.  Nowadays a lot of people have their photos online already, so we’ve integrated with the world’s top sites.  You can now select photos directly from your Facebook, Instagram, Flickr and Dropbox accounts.  It’s a massive undertaking that’s going to make ordering your favourite images easier than ever.
  3. Multiple images.  Upload or select as many images as you want, and we’ll batch upload them.  Each order will default to the last item you’ve created so you don’t have to re-choose each product if you’re ordering a series of Faceblocks for example.
  4. It’s mobile… well almost.  We’re now fully iPad compatible, so you can select images from your camera roll with the tap of a finger.  Plus we’ll be rolling out to all mobile phones in the next few weeks.
So give us a try!  Here’s the new site link: www.printwild.co.za/2013

And if you have any feedback, please let us know by tweeting @jonobobo or emailing him at jono@wildweb.co.za. This web genius is on the lookout for bugs, so if you find any, send them his way.

Kind regards,
The PrintWild Team

06 September 2013

Featured Artist of the Week: Chad Wright

We caught up with Chad Wright, Digital Gallery's Artist of the Week, here's what he had to say...


1) Why did you become a photographer?
I have a complete and utter love for the bush and all things wild. Getting to take my wildlife images back home to Johannesburg makes living in the city bearable.

2) What is your preferred kind of photography?
I am a wildlife and landscape photographer by profession but love sports photography as well.

3) Whose work has influenced you the most?
I would have to say Chad Cocking (since we share the same first name!), Morkel Erasmus and Marlon du Toit. All these guys are home grown and are the best in the business, in my opinion.
 
4) Your favourite image you have taken?
I love these three images- they speak volumes to me. All my images that I sell have a unique story behind them (that I pass on to clients who purchase my work) - that's why I choose to put the time and effort into editing some, and not others.
Seconds After The Chase by Chad Wright
- This cheetah was sitting next to a springbok which he had just taken down, still panting from the chase. We spent a good two hours with him before a storm rolled in and he disappeared into the nearby shrubs with his prize. Taken near Twee Rivieren rest camp, Kgalagadi Transfonteir Park.

Playful Hippos by Chad Wright
- We watched these hippos playing in a small dam whilst the sun set one winter's afternoon. The older of the two wouldn't give the little guy a break, chasing him around the dam continually biting his neck. I love the movement and detail in this image. Taken near Manyane rest camp, Pilanesberg National Park.

Aardwolf by Chad Wright
- This was the first time I had ever been able to snap an aardwolf in the wild. We followed him along a dusty road whilst he marked his territory over and over again, occasionally stopping to give us a look. Taken near the main gate at Mountain Zebra National Park.

5) What type of cameras do you shoot with?
My main body is a Canon 1Ds Mk II and my other body is a Canon 1D Mk II (more for bird and sport photography).

6) Favourite equipment to take along on a shoot?
I never leave home without my 300mm f2.8L lens. Since it isn't stabilized and weighs a ton when strapped to a 1D body, I recently purchased a Badger Gear "Ground Pod" and a sturdy ball head which sits on a beanbag on my car door.

7) What is the best time of the day to take shot?
Mornings, with out a doubt. Just remember your flask filled with strong coffee!

8) How do you educate yourself to take better photos?
I am currently in the process of getting my FGASA level 1 field guiding certificate to help me along with tracking wildlife and understanding the bush around me.

9) How do you feel about being in front of the camera?
I don't enjoy others taking pics of me, Claire and I normally wonder around a given location with a tri-pod and do it ourselves.

Chad and his girlfriend

10) What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos?
Don't pop into your favourite camera store "just to have a look around"! You don't need any more equipment!

11) What makes the good picture stand out from the average?
As much as composition, lighting, DOF, etc help make a good shot, if there is a good story behind the image and you can capture it you've got a winner in my opinion.

12) Is there anybody or anything you would love to photograph
The elephants and wild dogs of Mana Pools in Zimbabwe.

13) Complete the sentence: If you could be invisible for one day with your camera…
I'd wonder around the deepest part of Kruger to see what I could find.

If you'd like to see what Digital Gallery has been saying about Chad Wright all week, check out their Facebook page and join the conversation.

Here's how Chad Wright's "Impala Crossing" looks on our Premium Stretch Canvas:
 Browse through the rest of his photography here. Enjoy!

16 August 2013

Featured Artist of the Week: Heinrich van den Berg

PrintWild's sister company, Digital Gallery, has just launched a brand new campaign called "Featured Artist of the Week". To celebrate this excitement they are offering you 30% off all this week's featured artist's prints. Its a once-off, launch special. This week's featured artist is the incredible SA wildlife photographer, Heinrich van den Berg.

These are some of our favourite photo's of Heinrich's:
Colobus monkey

Giraffe black and white

Elephant charging

Hippo Yawning

Augrabies waterfall

We caught up with this week's most popular photographer and tried to get to know him a little bit better. Here's what we learnt:

1) Why did you become a photographer?
Photography has always been my passion. I am not very successful with anything that I am not passionate about, so I really didn't have a choice - I needed to become a photographer.

2) What is your preferred kind of photography?
I prefer to photograph anything that I really enjoy looking at or doing. I mostly end up photographing wildlife, nature and travel.

3) Whose work has influenced you the most?
Frans Lanting, Jim Brandenburg and Ansel Adams 

4) Your favourite image you have taken?

I like the hippo I photographed at Sabi Sands.

5) Favourite equipment to take along on a shoot?
I don't really have a favourite piece of equipment. Although I find myself shooting very often with my 70-200mm f2,8 and my 300mm f2,8 lenses.

6) What is the best time of the day to take shot?
I like photographing in dull light, being it early morning, late afternoon or before sunrise or after sunset. I also really enjoy photographing in bright overcast conditions.

7) How do you educate yourself to take better photos?
I practice. If you are obsessive enough about photography you find yourself finding inspiration everywhere around you. I believe that one is the most creative if you don't measure yourself with other photographers, although it does help to look at the work of the masters. National Geographic is a wonderful magazine to get original ideas for useful photography.

8) How do you feel about being in front of the camera?
Don't like it.

Here's a pic of Heinrich van den Berg in action

9) What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos?
I wish I started photographing with the best possible lenses and equipment.

10) What makes the good picture stand out from the average?
Originality. These days where everybody can take the standard cliche photograph, you have to be able to stand out. And the only way to do it is to be original and take chances.

11) Is there anybody or anything you would love to photograph?
I'd love to go to the Galapagos Islands. And South Georgia.

12) Complete the sentence:
If you could be invisible for one day with your camera, I would like to photograph a leopard in a tree from right next to it.

     Leopards

You have until 22 August 2013 to purchase Heinrich van den Berg's images from Digital Gallery for the discounted price.

Digital Gallery has just launched a Facebook page, follow them here.

24 July 2013

Faceblocks: Print Your Social Media Images

Update: since we launched the new site, you can easily connect to Facebook, Instagram, Flickr and Dropbox and select your images directly within our upload window!

Calling all Social Media lovers... We are so proud to announce our brand new product, Faceblocks! Our prices are highly competitive at R45 for a professional print.

Your best photos have been taken with your phone, been shared on Facebook, or filtered and turned into art on Instagram. But they’re stuck on your phone or devices right? Now you can turn them into printed works of creative art for your home.

PrintWild lets you conveniently order your favourite social media pics as Faceblocks. Each Faceblock image is professionally cropped into 150mm x 150 mm squares and printed on high quality board, finished with a protective coating. They are delivered to your door, ready to mount onto your wall.

We recommend printing these products in batches, mounted next to each other. Create your own Faceblock photo wall at home with your awesome social media images, just like this:

This is the style that PrintWild recommends

























A collection of Instagram images turned in Faceblocks


 What will my products look like?




But how do I upload my image to PrintWild from Facebook, Twitter or Instagram?
  1. You can easily transfer photos from your phone to your computer using the USB device that your phone came with. Your computer treats your cellphone like a digital camera or file system. 
  2. Find the file(s) you are looking for and copy the image to your computer, ready to load onto the PrintWild website.
  3. If you want to save your photo from Facebook, right click on the photo and Save Image As, like this: 
 
     4.  And upload to the PrintWild site. If you're uploading a rectangular image, we will crop it for you.             Here's what your page should look like:



Are you keen to get a free sample product? 
Tweet about it! Each person who follows us and tweets (or retweets) about this product will get a free voucher to the value of one Faceblock! This offer is valid until Monday, 29 July 2013.

23 July 2013

In Support of NSRI

Andrew Aveley is a photographer, lecturer, Wild EYE photographic host and conservationist. He has been actively involved with NSRI and was situated at Station 12 in Knysna for 10 years.

In his support for the National Sea Rescue Institute, Andrew has done a brilliant job of capturing the National Sea Rescue Institute in action and is selling his images to support the cause. Below are a sample of images from the collection - you can find the rest on Digital Gallery. Click on the image should you wish to purchase it.

Europa 10 by Andrew Aveley

  SAS M-1499 Umkomaas by Andrew Aveley


Jaytee III by Andrew Aveley

SAS M-1499 Umkomaas by Andrew Aveley

Proceeds from each sale will be donated to NSRI. Each print will be numbered and will carry the official NSRI watermark. Andrew will mail you a certificate of authenticity that will contain all the details of the image and/or moment it was captured. This offer is available until the end of September 2013.

Oosterschelde by Andrew Aveley
 
Oosterschelde 5 by Andrew Aveley

Europa 8 by Andrew Aveley

Read Andrew Aveley's blog post about why he's making this donation to NSRI.

PrintWild recommends printing Andrew Aveley's photo's on the Contemporary white frame. Here's a example of how these prints will look in your home.