Ben Kepka

New Zealand travel photographer based in London, UK. He was taking photos from a very young age in the backcountry of New Zealand before moving abroad. Since doing so he has taken workshops and tried to help get as many people into this art as possible. Featured in NZ Herald, Stuff.co.nz and many photography publications it's safe to say he loves his photography!

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Luminar 4 Review

Luminar 4 Review – Our Skylum Luminar Review (vs. Lightroom) While Photoshop and Lightroom have always been the go-to image editing programs for photographers, times are changing. Adobe’s costly subscription model has pushed photographers to look for other options, and Skylum has been quick to respond and create an impressive alternative – their flagship program, …

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How to load film

There’s nothing that compares to shooting on film if you want high-quality images with a cool, retro feel. Shooting 35mm film is a different experience altogether from taking photos with a digital camera. If you’d like to give film photography a go, first you’ll need to know how to load a film camera. Our step-by-step …

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Photolemur review

The way we edit photos is changing, and Photolemur is at the forefront of these exciting new changes. Using the latest AI technology and super-smart algorithms, this photo editing software takes care of the editing process for you. No longer do you need to fiddle around, making manual adjustments. Just one click and your image …

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Best lightroom alternative

Best lightroom alternative

Lightroom has long been the most popular photo editing software for photographers. It offers both powerful editing capabilities and a streamlined digital asset management system. However, Adobe Lightroom is now only available on a recurring subscription, making it a less affordable choice for many people. Amateurs and beginners in particular have been looking for replacements …

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Get Photography Books Free

Did you know that you can access a wide range of free photography books online? There’s something for everyone from beginners to pros. When it comes to photography, you never stop and developing your skills. Some of the best resources to turn to are photography ebooks! Whether you want to learn how to get started …

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Luminar Flex Review

Skylum has created some of the top image editing programs around right now, including Aurora HDR, Luminar 2019, Luminar 3, and the new Luminar 4. Luminar Flex is their new and streamlined plugin for use with Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, and Photos for macOS. We couldn’t wait to find out how Luminar Flex compares to the …

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Kodak gold 200 review

Kodak Gold 200 is a popular and affordable film that has been around since 1988. Although this consumer film is designed to be a budget option for shooting in natural light, both amateurs and pros like to shoot with this film. Use it in the right conditions, and you’ll get some spectacular photos. We’re a …

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Things to do in Pontresina Switzerland

Located in Graubunden, the easternmost and largest of Switzerland’s cantons, the town of Pontresina is a charm. This picturesque resort town with its excellent hotels is one of the most popular summer destinations in Switzerland. Nestled in the green lush valley of Engadine, Pontresina offers quintessential alpine views and hosts a laundry list of leisure …

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Creux Du Van

Spending time in Switzerland means that you are exposed to many different languages on a daily basis. I am currently living in the Swiss-German-speaking part of Switzerland. But on a daily basis I am exposed to French, Italian and, well, English. I invest most of my “language” time improving my German. This is now an intermediate Swiss-Germenglish. So to break the mold I have been travelling to both France and the French part of Switzerland to sharpen up my Bonjour. Tack on a good old fashioned kiwi smile and I think you have yourself a pretty nice sentence.

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The Best Film Scanner

When it comes to finding the best film scanner, your needs aren’t the same as someone else’s needs. It would be nice to find the be-all and end of film scanners, but the truth is that you’ll need to dig deep to figure out which scanner best suits your needs. Epson Perfection V370 Color Photo …

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Top 18 Things To Do In Lanzarote

As part of our travel series, we’ve visited some amazing places on this planet. From the castles in France, Snowdonia National Park and even White Island New Zealand. We try to provide you with some inspiration for your next journey and teach you how to do the same. Lanzarote is a great destination, whether you’re …

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DIY Instagram Filters for Lightroom

Learn how to create custom Instagram filters in Lightroom. By using lightroom we have the ability to create amazing custom filters to suit the look you love!

 

A Guide to Understanding Camera Modes

Using your camera in “Auto” mode will only ever yield snapshots. These will not have that “wow ” that every photographer strives to achieve. To gain full creative control of your DSLR camera you are going to have to wind that dial past “Auto”.

Ultimate Photography Backup Workflow for 2019

Over the years I have developed an ironclad three point back up strategy for my work that makes it very unlikely that I will lose any of my images. The goal of this strategy is to provide a low friction redundant backup system.

Things to do in Istanbul (Tips from the locals!)

Istanbul is a beautiful city.  The grand scenic shots can be absolutely breathtaking . When you step in and focus in on the macro details, you reveal a world of textures. A combination of exceptional light, people and history make Istanbul a must visit for any photographer.

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How to Take Long Exposure Photos

Long Exposures are an image that the human eye *cannot* see.  These capture the passing of time in one location. Different than the slice of time that photographs typically capture. Some examples of great subjects for long exposures are: flowing water, moving clouds, traffic at night, light painting and fireworks! So get thinking.

7 Must have Camera Accessories

You can learn so much from the masters of the art. I began to understand more by learning more from modern photographers and videographers such as Ben Long, Karl Taylor, Jeff Cable, Phillip Bloom and Vincent Laforet. As I started to dissect their images and films I began to realise, the camera doesn’t really matter. There are …

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White Island – New Zealand

If you have never spent the holiday season in the Southern hemisphere then you are missing out! While a white Christmas and cold New Years are fantastic, but, there is something magical about swimming in the ocean and exploring offshore islands, especially on New Year’s Eve! On this day we made our way to White …

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Best 35mm Film Camera

Technology is moving so fast that it is a difficult (and costly) exercise to keep up with all the latest gear. A lot of photographers fall folly to the belief that new gear will make them a better photographer. Often times some of the most expensive camera gear in the world sits in closets, rarely …

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How to Make Money with Photography

Let’s face it photography is an expensive hobby. Learn how to sell photography and how to make money from photography with this article for beginners. 

Best Street Photography Camera 2019 (The Fuji LineUp!)

I genuinely believe that I have purchased the best price to performance fuji system for street photography available on the market. Should I change my mind in a matter of months, it won’t cost me a cent. This article is a summary of the criteria and research I conducted before purchasing my latest street photography camera. The results from my first street photography shoots are also included with a full review to come.

How to Critique a Photograph

In order to improve your photography, you need to become your own worst critic. The easiest way to become a great photographer is to only share your best work. But how do you identify your best work?

Make a Raspberry Pi Time-lapse Camera

What if I told you that for around $50 you could construct a fully remote timelapse rig using a raspberry pi, a camera module and (optionally) a battery pack. Learn how to make your own automated timelapse rig by following these steps!

35mm Slide Film Guide

In a world where your smartphone can crank out perfectly lit photos at 12 megapixels in cascades of HDR bursts, shooting film might make you feel like a caveman (or cave lady). I totally get it! I’m not one to throw out a good iPhone shot #Instaiphone #instaapple #iOs. Before we roll if you are …

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Upload Photos from DSLR to Instagram 2019

Instagram is becoming more and more of an artist’s platform than a daily life sharing platform. When you search through Instagram, the quality of photos they are improving all the time. If you aren’t up with the game you will be left behind. This of course excludes celebrities who can pretty much do whatever they like and get rewarded for it.

How to Develop Film at Home

Developing film is easy. In this article, I will show you how you can develop film at home. Specifically, we will develop Kodak Tri-X 400 film using Ilford Ilfosol 3 developer. You should be able to get started with a basic kit for around £70. Enough preamble, here is the process. We have a lot …

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Nikon FM2 Review (with lots of test photos!)

To rekindle my love of photography I set out to explore Broadstairs, UK with a Nikon FM2. Inside you will find a travel video, Broadstairs guide and a review with shots from the Nikon FM2.

Travel Photography Tutorial In London UK

Street photography tutorial from London UK. Professional photography tips and a guided tour video from one of the most picturesque cities in the world. Get out there and take more photos guys!

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Things to Do in Nazaré Portugal

Before we get started, we have other guides on Switzerland and Chernobyl that you might find helpful. If you’re thinking of heading to Europe then those are must-see destinations! We have amazing high quality content here. Now, on with the show with Things to do in Nazare, Portugal. Video from Nazare One of the most popular seaside …

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Fishing in Snowdonia | A Photo Essay

Road trip time. Adrian, Janis and Myself organised a weekend away fishing in the North-West of Wales. What is best described as an Instagrammers paradise! We explored: fields, forests, rivers, lakes and abandoned buildings. A weekend to remember. Here are a few of the snaps from my big camera the video will follow closely behind.

The Druid – Photo Essay from Brecon Beacons

We travelled to Brecon Beacons, a national park in Wales. Here we camped overnight and met a druid. We planned and put together a series of photos that I am pretty proud to call my own.

London Pride: Proud to be a Londoner

The 2017 Pride in London Parade, which took place on Saturday 8 July. See a photographic essay of the experience within the crowd of 1 million people here. 

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8 Architectural Photography Tips

Trying to improve your Architectural photography? So am I. Over the past few months I have been working really hard to develop a workflow that produces consistent results. Here it is.

The Shacklewell Arms – All Day Party

One of my favorite bars and live music venues: The Shacklewell Arms put on an all day party. Running from 4 pm till 10 pm with Kagoule, MOHIT, Husky Loops, Venture Lows and more putting on stellar performances it was well worth the visit. Add to this it was full of some of the nicest people I’ve ever met!

Learn how to use Lightroom, FAST!

Learn how I quickly organise, rate and edit photos in lightroom. If you follow this tutorial you should be able to complete 1000 photos in under an hour.

How Camera Filters Work – Chiemsee, Germany

In this episode, I head to Chiemsee in Bavaria – Germany. I teach you how photography filters work, what are the essential photography filters and how to use them. As an added bonus it turned out to be the best sunrise of my life. Sometimes getting up early really is worth it!

Visuals from the Lewes Bonfire Night – UK

My experience at the Lewes bonfire night in the UK November 5th 2016. We travelled from London to experience the evening. If you like casual EDM music and fire then this video is for you 😉

Walking Kaiser Mountains, Austria

One of the top unknown travel photography destinations: the Kaiser Mountains in Austria. This place is a must visit, especially if you have the opportunity in autumn!

Exploring the Jurassic Coast with Avis

In this episode I teamed up with Avis to take one of their DS5 line on a tour of the UK. We visited the Jurassic Coast, Weymouth, Portland and Stonehenge over a weekend of intense travel photography.

URBEX Photography from Poland

I travel to Tomaszow in Poland and headed to an abandoned factory for some Urban Exploration. Some fantastic URBEX photography tips came out of it.

POV Street Photography: London BREXIT Protest

I take you on a guided street photography trip during one of the largest post BREXIT protest in London UK. Over 50,000 people attended the protest. See the POV photography as I move through the crowd interacting with people. I hope you enjoy the video as much as I enjoyed making it.

Do your best work alone?

Reviewing your work is a key contributor to your progression. I have always heard: _”to know where you are going you need to understand where you have come from”_. It is interesting to watch your skills evolve over time. Doing this got me thinking about the way I shoot.

Minerve, France: 140 People Got Burned Alive

Minerve France is an amazing town built high atop the cliffs. It only has one point of access from the rear and recently, a spectacular bridge. Rich with history it’s most famous tale comes in 1210 where 140 Cathars refused to give up their faith and were burned alive! Come and check it out!

Breathtaking Drone Footage from Canet, France

The plan for the trip includes a visit to the Mediterranean sea, the cities of Narbonne and Toulouse and at least 2 castles. The first day below comprises of the trip from London to Canet (outside Narbonne). From here the adventures are on! Check it out.

Can you fly a drone in London?

So I resisted for long enough. It was time to spice up these travel photography vlogs with some other angles. I would like to welcome “buzZy” to the family. In this video we are taking buzZy for is first flight in the city. In all seriousness there are a lot of rules regarding what you can and can’t do when flying in the centre of London.

Behind the Scenes – Photography tips from San Francisco

I managed to get a portfolio shot while in San Francisco. Seeing the Golden Gate bridge has always been a dream of mine since I was young. This day of photography centred around the bridge and I couldn’t be happier that I was able to walk away with a fantastic photo. Check out the video!

Dawn Travel Photography Vlog – Frozen in Yosemite

After a frozen start to the morning I headed for some landscape photography in and around the outskirts of Yosemite national park. Early mornings are sometimes difficult but you soon forget the lack of sleep and only remember the highlights. Check out the video here!

A Rockslide in Yosemite Valley !?

Today I was in the news! There was a rockslide in Yosemite national park. It greatly changed how I spent my day. This is my story! Watch the video and see the shots here….

A call for help with a personal project.

I found that shooting with the handheld flash was becoming somewhat of a challenge. Some of the photos came back fantastic. While others would come back with parts of the image unexposed. Help me uncover what is causing this issue!

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Why Shoot Film (7 Reasons to Shoot Film)

Shooting film will make you a better photographer. This article outlines Steve Bloom’s tips to becoming a better photographer and how each of them can be achieved by taking up film photography.

How To Use Manual Focus

There are basically two ways in which to manually focus your your camera. It largely depends on what you are taking photos of as to what method you use. Learning how to manually focus a lens will make you a better photographer. It’s as simple as that. It forces you to think about your subject, frame it and then build your image around it. Also, when you are unable to use autofocus you will be able to default to your manual skills!

Nikon FM2 and Self Developing Film!

I would like to take a few minutes today to welcome a new addition to the family. Her name is Nikky. She is my first Nikon camera. It took a lot of research and time watching ebay auctions till I found the right one for me. But when she arrived yesterday (from Japan) we realised it was worth the wait.

To get technical she is a Nikon FM2n. A fully manual interchangeable lens 35mm SLR camera. Born somewhere between 1984 and 1989, we are about the same age. She has an inbuilt meter that is highly accurate. This is the only electronic component that I look for in a film camera.

One of The Largest Private Camera Collections In The World

Come along and visit one of the largest private camera collections in the world with me. With over 4500 cameras in his collection Colin is spoiled for choice when heading out to take photos. So here are some of the shots I took of his collection and if you like cameras you will love this tour.

 

POV Street Photography from London

Capturing moments with the people of London is one of my passions. For the first 6 months I spent every Sunday at the Brick Lane market, photographing people. I mounted my small vlogging camera on top of my primary camera. Here is my Journey. Don’t forget to subscribe for more of my videos.

Photography Tips for Iceland

The video inside is a few of the photography tips I recorded while in Iceland. Hopefully you find them helpful! Check it out.

 

How to photograph fireworks

We have all seen our fair share of blurry smartphone photos that vaguely look like fireworks. Smartphone cameras are getting better, but they are *still* no match for an actual camera and a bit of knowledge. The aim of this article is to help you take technically better and more interesting photos of fireworks.

Learn about Exposure – Photography Tips

Exposure is the _most_ fundamental concept to wrap your head around in photography. Each photograph is an individual  exposure (excluding double exposures) comprised of three components: aperture, iso and shutter speed.

Pontresina, Switzerland

Only 120 years ago the glacier we hiked to extended 2km further down the valley. I think I found the problem lying at the top of the mountain…