Upcoming Workshops

28th January 2010


A father and his son went out to take some scenic landscape photographs one day. After a while the boy suddenly became curious about the world around him. He asked his father, “How does a camera work?”

The father thought for a moment, then replied, “I don’t really know, son.” The boy returned to his contemplation, then turned back to his father, “Why do we sometimes have red-eyes on the photographs?” Once again the father replied, “Don’t really know, son.”

A little later the boy asked his father, “What is a pixel?” Again the father replied. “Don’t really know, son.” Worried he was going to annoy his father, he said, “Dad, do you mind me asking you all these questions?”
“Of course not son. How else are you ever going to learn anything?” replied his father.
On that note, here are some of our upcoming photographic workshops:      


“Don’t be Afraid of the Dark” Photographic Workshop

At the V&A Waterfront on Friday evening the 12th of February, and Simon’s Town on Friday the 5th of March 2010 from 18h00 till 21h00.

Let me show you how to take AWESOME photographs at night, without flash, using a long exposure. You will learn more about apertures and shutter speeds. What White Balance and ISO settings to use, as well as how to take photographs on your camera’s “B” setting to record car trail lights at night.

Rudi Fisch: “This workshop was very informative and I will enjoy my camera much more now, I enjoyed the variety of settings shown tonight”

Koos Fourie: “I have learned a lot of techniques tonight. Now I must just go and practise on my own. I enjoyed the ‘paint with light’ the most and will definitely recommend this workshop”

Only R180 per person, book NOW, limited space available.

“Paint with Light” Photographic Workshop
At the Taal Monument in Paarl on Saturday evening the 13th of February 2010

Learn how to Paint with light, and how to use Light Graffiti to create different effects. I will show you how to set up your camera, calculate the exposure, and how to have a whole lot of fun with your camera.

Robyn Clark: “It was amazing!! I learned sooo much and had lots of fun!! Must do it again!

Heidi Greer: “Excellent! I had lots of fun, and learnt lots. It was great to experiment”

 Only R180 per person, book NOW, limited space available. 

“Motion of the Ocean” Photographic Workshop
At Blouberg Strand on Friday evening the 19th of February and in Simon’s Town on Friday evening the 19th of March 2010.

Learn how to take STUNNING photographs, using a slow shutter speed, to capture the movement of the waves. This technique will help improve your landscape photographs tremendously. Learn how to take photographs on your camera’s shutter priority mode, and what shutter speed to use to create the perfect amount of blur. I will also show you what filters every serious photographer should have in his bag.

Suzy Digby-Smith: “Peter is a very good teacher, and takes time to explain further and doesn’t make you feel silly if you first didn’t understand”

Pete Spence: “I thoroughly enjoyed it and would like a follow up and do more...”

Liz O’Connell: “Thank you very much for the workshop yesterday. It was very useful to get the practical experience straight after the tuition. I had a lot of fun and look forward to coming to play on your next workshop”

Only R180 per person, book NOW, limited space available


Buildings and Architectural Photography

At Rhodes Memorial in Cape Town on Saturday morning, the 20th of February, and in Kalk Bay on Saturday the 20th of March.

Rhodes Memorial has 49 steps, representing the years of Cecil John Rhodes life. On this morning workshop I will show you the steps to take better photographs of buildings and architecture, and fortunately for us, it is less than 49!

Only R250 per person, including breakfast at the Rhodes Memorial Restaurant

“A Picture says a Thousand Words” Photographic Workshop for ESTATE AGENTS

At Cape Photographic Company’s premises in Capri, Noordhoek on Wednesday morning the 17th of February or the 21st of March 2010  

This workshop is especially designed for today’s Estate Agent, who not only has to sell houses, but also has to play “Photographer” in between. Learn how to take photographs that sells houses, with your own camera, whether it is a ‘happy snappy’ compact or a more professional SLR type camera. If your photographs look like this one above, please, please phone me NOW! Or, get a team together, and I will come to your premises.

Only R250 per person, including a certificate of completion from Cape Photographic Company


“Cape Peninsula” Photographic Workshop

At Whale View Manor in Simon’s Town on Saturday the 6th of February, and Sunday the 7th of March 2010.

Learn more about photography, and your camera in the beautiful scenic surrounds of the Cape Peninsula on this full day photographic workshop.

Only R990 per person, including breakfast at Whale View Manner, all transport for the day, afternoon tea/ coffee, and your Personal Photocoach on hand, ending the day with a viewing and critique session.

 “Taking better Pictures Breakfast Run”
In the beautiful Hex River Valley on Sunday the 21st of February and the 7th of March 2010.

Bring your motorbike, chuck your kit in the back of my ‘Landy’, and let me take you around the beautiful Hex River Valley on a Breakfast Run with a difference. You will learn how to take better photographs, and how to use your camera while enjoying a day out on your motorbike. Some of the most spectacular farms in the area have agreed to allow a few of us onto their private ground, in order to take photographs.
R850 per photographer, including breakfast


“Picture Perfect” Portrait Workshop
At Matroosberg Private Nature Reserve close to Ceres on the 10th and 11th of April 2010

On the Saturday morning lecture you will learn how to take better portrait pictures, what equipment is best, what lenses to use, and more about the art of portrait photography. Then you are on your own, because the afternoon session is practical. You and your family will have to pose for a photographer, and in return the photographer and his or her family will pose for you. That way you get to practise and get photographs for your portfolio- but you also get photos of your own family at the same time! Now that is what I call a win-win situation....

On Sunday morning we view and discuss the photographs taken, and there are some fantastic prizes to be won.

R180 per photographer, excluding accommodation

Contact Didi on 082 453 9841 or email: for reservations


One on one photographic courses are still available at R350 per session. This is the ideal way to learn how to use YOUR camera better. Courses are individual and tailored for your requirements, even if you only have a compact digital ‘Happy Snap’ camera.

New and Exciting Website

Cape Photographic Company’s new website has been launched! Please have a look and let me know what you think on
If you need a new website or your existing website redone, please contact Leigh on leigh@spiritofthewind or 082 452 5062 and website, she did a fantastic job on mine, and will do the same for you. 

The way I see it...

I am not sure where the famous and fabulous Afrikaans actor and TV personality Nataniel gets his wisdom from, but I tend to agree with him:

“Wees dankbaar vir wat jy het.
Wees lief vir jou gesin en familie.
Moenie toelaat dat jou brein muf nie.
Lewe terwyl jy nog lewe het.
Geniet die eenvoudige dinge. Die ‘image goed’ is n pot snot.
Eet wat jy wil. As jy gewig wil verloor vreet minder en k*k meer.
As jy moet oefening kry, ry n gewone fiets, gaan stap langs die see of in die veld- doen iets in die buitelug. Moet net nie in die strate op en af draf nie, dis ‘common’.
Wees windgat oor jou huis, dit behoort aan jou, die bank se moer.
Wees windgat oor jou kar, hy’s klaar betaal en f*k die wat in moerse karre ry en nie kan bekostig om ordentlik te braai nie
Lag dikwels, lag lank en lekker.”

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Keep those cameras snapping, till next time.

Peter Haarhoff       

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