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.




11 July 2013

Kim Gray Uses PrintWild

Kim Gray ordered several PrintWild products a few months ago and shared it with her readers on her d├ęcor, fashion, beauty and travel blog. She used some of the products for her guest bedroom make-over - read this post in her Design Series here.

We love what she's done with the room, and it just proves what a little paint, scatter cushions, some exceptional prints and a whole lot of inspiration can do!

Kim Gray's guest bedroom

Kim ordered the A2 Ballyhoo Prints of her trip to Morocco. They look great!

This is what Kim had to say about us:
Print Wild offers a fabulous service! Upload your favourite images and have them printed, framed, blown up on canvas, as sticky wall stickers and more! They arrived really well wrapped and protected. I love not having to get into the car! So framing forward with Print Wild!

Keen to redo your bedroom or lounge? Give us a call or email us and we can always give you some advice about what products will best suit you room.

03 July 2013

Shop Fitting with PrintWild

PrintWild makes shop fitting and office space design simple. Here are few ways that you can use PrintWild to help fill your empty spaces with images that you love.

Complete a wall with a box set of Mounted Photo Prints, use a mismatch of frames and print styles and create a feature on your wall using Bamboo Box Frames, Ballyhoo Frames and Contemporary White Frames.




 

 Have a look how Sappi used our Acrylic Prints and Canvas Prints to decorate their office space:





26 June 2013

South African Art & Photography

At PrintWild we are continually striving to empower the industry, and have thus created a platform for local photographers and artists to showcase their talent and their work. This platform is called Digital Gallery.

Click here to view Citiscapes by Peter Delaney

This division of PrintWild was launched at the Photo and Film Expo 8 months ago and has grown tremendously. Digital Gallery exhibits some of South Africa's top artists and photographers' work and uses PrintWild's proud history of exceptional online printing to deliver these works of art straight to your door, ready to hang.

From next month, PrintWild and Digital Gallery photographers and artists are coming together to help create an easy and affordable method of decorating your home or work space. We will be showcasing one photographer/artist a week, discounting all their products. The featured artist’s special will run for one month.

Click here to view Nudes by Gareth Williams-Wynn

The Digital Gallery newsletter will be sent out once a week to all of our PrintWild subscribers. To subscribe to the Digital Gallery mailing list, click here.

If you are an interior decorator or interested in improving your home, this is an offer you will not want to miss.

21 June 2013

Calculating The Aspect Ratio Of Your Image

Every now and again, PrintWild receives a query regarding the size and aspect of an image. In the last week, a client sent us this question:

The website requires me to select a size/dimensions for the print. I have an idea of the size I am looking for (say 1m in height..). However, I am not sure which of the size options to select as I do not want the image to be distorted and am not sure how to scale the image. How should I proceed?

 For those of you who are struggling with the same question and have been putting off ordering a custom size print, the image below will help you understand how to work out the corresponding height or width of any photo if you need to change the size...

Here's an example: If you want the width of this 14cm image to be 16.5cm, draw a diagonal line from corner to corner of your image (just like the red line in the image). The height will be where the blue lines meet, in this case 11.8cm.


Now that you understand the concept, there's a mathematical formula to help you work out how to do this (without drawing all over your image and taking the time to find the nearest millimetre).

Current height ÷ current width × desired width = desired height.
10 ÷ 14 × 16.5 = 11.8 cm
  
If you need to figure out the desired width, just switch height and width around.

 
GOOD LUCK!

For those of you who are interested in the mathematics of Focal Length and Cropping, click here.

14 June 2013

Our Fathers' Day Photo Competition

For the last month PrintWild has been running a Facebook competition asking followers to submit pictures of their Dads in action - either playing with his kids, fishing, in his element at the braai, enjoying a good game of rugby - doing what he loves.

A R500 PrintWild gift voucher was up for grabs to use towards any photo print of their choice.

The winner has been announced... Congratulations Sue Carruthers! This is the photo she submitted: 

  

We had so many stunning entries, it would be a waste not to show a handful of them:

From: Adele Klusener

From: Glynis Eggleton

  
From: Petina Ingle

  
From: Chantelle Flores

From: Retha Groenewald

Thank you to all of our entrants for their beautiful photos! Wishing you all a very happy Fathers' Day.

To find out more about our future competitions or specials, please find us on Facebook and Twitter, or visit our website.

04 June 2013

The World of Colour Correction - One of the most intricate and complicated worlds to live in

After a rather long sabbatical, PrintWild is back in action and ready to take the blogging world by storm!

Paul (Snr) Changuion wrote this article on his experience over the last few weeks with colour correction:

"Having spent many years correcting and printing colour images, the past two weeks have been really interesting. Colour management is a huge subject and would take volumes to explain fully.

Three weeks ago I went for a a simple eye check up with Ophthalmologist Dr Malcolm Carey of Ballito. 

The bottom line was that I had lens replacements in both my eyes.  After the first implant (in my left eye) I noticed the new lens was about 40% sharper than it was through my year-old prescription specs.  More surprising was that my left eye seemed to see about 5% bluer than the untreated eye.  After a day or so the colours seen by both eyes were once again in agreement.  Another anomaly was that all colours appeared more saturated.  Finally this Tuesday the right eye lens was replaced, which produced the same colour cast as the left eye in the first 24 hours and by Wednesday evening my sight was amazingly sharp and comfortable.

This fascinating experience prompted me to ask Dr Carey a few questions:

Question 1:  What colour lenses did you put into my eyes?
Answer:  The implant lenses apparently do have a yellowish filter, to protect the retina from mostly invisible blue and ultraviolet rays.

Question 2:  Does the brain compensate for colour cast in light sources? For example,  I once spent some time in a green Porta Loo when following the Umzinduzi Canoe Marathon and when I eventually emerged, everything seemed, for a while, to have a magenta colour cast.  Another example was driving a car with the top section of the windscreen having a green anti-glare tint.  This had the same effect.  For a while after that, having left the car, the blue sky had a magenta cast.
Answer:  This was because the brain had in the false light conditions compensated for the colour cast produced by the green.  The green sensitive photoreceptors (cones) had increased activity in a green environment and then a degree of photoreceptor “exhaustion” had occurred. This led to an under representation of green once in natural environment. (One should always minimise time in portaloos for obvious reasons!!!)


Question 3:  Is there a method to test an individual’s colour sensitivity?
Answer:  The most sensitive  test  is called “Farnsworth-Munsell”.  It’s time consuming and would be expensive to run, but would give one a clear summary of an individual’s colour perception, or in our terminology, our very own colour profile/gamut.  The results would produce a graph very much like the colour gamut produced when profiling a printing paper.

Question 4:  How varied does colour appear to different people? 
Answer:  Generally, on average, women are more sensitive to colour variations than men are. (Men are more likely to have a degree of colour blindness which can vary from mild to complete - this is usually RED- GREEN. Female colour blindness is less common but when present, is usually more severe).  Dr Carey did not have any survey statistics available, but said a rough estimate would be that only 30% of people could differentiate finite colour casts. 

This begs the question:  How do we judge the colour in images when editing them for print?

The starting point would be to use a good IPS  (In-Plane Switching) monitor. Your monitor should be calibrated with a monitor calibrator, i.e. a Spyder Display Calibrator.

As explained in a very informative article: “IPS displays were designed to improve on the flaws of LCD technology, primarily in regards to the poor viewing angles and colour reproduction. They do this by simply altering the direction of the pixels within the display (parallel instead of perpendicular pixels). Of course, it really isn’t that simple and neither is explaining it. So let’s just leave it at that ;)”

Below an IPS display remains stable when viewing from an angle, as opposed to the next illustration of an LCD display viewed from an angle:

Below an LCD display – An LCD display viewed from an angle creates problems because the tones varie from one side to the other:


And finally, below are two images that show the difference in colour on screen and in print:"


Thank you so much for the insightful article, Paul!