#FromMyBackPack Video Series

I haven’t written anything in over a year, I’m more than just rusty, anyways…

#FromMyBackPack is something I thought about when I was in Doha International Airport. Which is a way to document a journey through an over the shoulder shot. Of course you need someone else to do that for you, but I travel solo. I’ve seen Griffin Hammond video once that he did it and here is how.

I did it differently, I just put the GoPro on top of a monopod, and that monopod in my side pocket of my backpack and I got this.

I thought it would be cool for photos, and I decided to document the interesting points of the trip using this style. At the same time record few videos with it and my DSLR, and maybe come up with something when I’m done with the trip.

That something became the #FromMyBackPack Series, 5 Episodes of each city I’ve been starting from Doha -> Berlin -> Paris -> Lisbon -> Brussels & Antwerp.

Here are the episodes, enjoy the show, and please leave me your feedback on YouTube

Episode 1 : Doha
Episode 2 : Berlin
Episode 3 : Paris
Episode 4 : Lisbon
Episode 5 : Brussels & Antwerp

The Hardest Part Of Traveling No One Talks About

Great Article, says a lot of things I felt many times

Thought Catalog

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You see the world, try new things, meet new people, fall in love, visit amazing places, learn about other cultures – then it’s all over. People always talk about leaving, but what about coming home?

We talk about the hard parts while we’re away – finding jobs, making real friends, staying safe, learning social norms, misreading people you think you can trust – but these are all parts you get through. All of these lows are erased by the complete highs you experience. The goodbyes are difficult but you know they are coming, especially when you take the final step of purchasing your plane ticket home. All of these sad goodbyes are bolstered by the reunion with your family and friends you have pictured in your head since leaving in the first place.

Then you return home, have your reunions, spend your first two…

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Doha after the rain

Here are some shots of Doha, Qatar after it rained for over 10 hours. Check the Doha Album on flickr.

Mirrored in the rain

Stop! or not.

Remembering the brutality of SCAF’s army

In the honor of a woman who may have been uncovered from cloths, yet she uncovered all masks on all the killers in the SCAF‘s army. She has been truly an inspiration for millions. To you, set el banat.

All photos of the Occupy Cabinet clashes can be found here.

It’s been almost a year, since I’ve seen and photographed how sick my country’s army can be, against peaceful protesters, just because it’s their orders. I hate that word “Orders”. Millions have been killed because of it.

It’s been a year, remembering another sad event. The army is killing the people, again.

The fight is in mohammed mahmoud street between the protesters and the police in its second day. The tear gas smell was strong, people are very upset of the police’s brutality, every one is looking at that street, while the army is preparing for its next move. It’s dirty move, sneaking up to the protesters from the side, they won’t see it coming, they won’t know what hit’em. Which is what exactly happened.

That sneaky attack caught the protesters by surprise, it attacked the back line, which had many people who most probably didn’t want to join the fight inside mohammed mahmoud. It caused a lot of panic, fear, which empowered them, even though the soldiers were fewer in numbers, and they only had sticks! But as I said, those people didn’t want blood at the first place. But they were dragged for yet another fight.

The Egyptian Army beating people in #Tahrir

Army Soldiers attacking protesters who were trapped in a bottle neck near Mohammed Mahmoud St.

Less than a month later. Protesters are still angry, beaten up, many of them got injured, lost their eyes, or their friends lost their lives. They want reforms, they need change, but they get another fight with the army instead.

Protesters were at a street in downtown cairo, between the cabinet’s building and the parliament building, while the candidates are actually running their campaigns. one night of the few weeks old sit-in, army had enough of them. So they kidnapped a teenages from the sit-in and sent him back after torturing him, injuring him severely.

It was getting intense, and the protesters were very angry, and suddenly the army starting throwing rocks at the protesters, who had nothing to use as cover, and nothing to throw back or a way to defend themselves. One sad moment, that protesters had memorial coffins for the martyrs who just died less than a month ago, and those coffins where used as protection.

2 protesters were taking cover from the rocks that were thrown on them by Army

Two protesters taking cover in memorial coffins from the rocks that were being thrown on them by army soldiers

The fights keeps going till the morning, Army inside the parliament building, throwing rocks and whatever they find inside the building at the protesters outside, from a 9 stores building.

Getting the use of many “civilians” on the ground as their troops, and they are doing what they can from above.

While there is a sign that says “Democracy is giving the Power to the people”. And the army is just proving that they don’t care, they will kill the people if they have to. They don’t mind pissing on them.

Army Soldier with a dirty gesture on top the Parliament building

Army Soldier didn’t hesitate to show his “private parts” to the crowd to insult them. This is the SCAF’s army.

One more time, the army sneaks in to the ground, this time with support from the parliament building, soldiers throwing rocks and chairs from the building at the prosters. One hit, and you are most probably gone. This time, the soldiers are angry, and they run after protesters. The anger is huge, as if they are fighting their worst enemy and they finally have a chance to kill them.

Army Raids Tahrir

Running to capture their worst enemy.

They ran after us, one of them tried to capture me, but I got saved by another protester. They were brutal, whoever they capture is instantly tortured, not even arrested, just beaten up, with anyone who’s around, it could take 5- 10 soldiers to take rounds on getting their energy and anger on you, with sticks, or kicks or punchs.

The officers were masked! for the first time, since we photographers exposed many police or army officers who took part of many violations. Instead of stopping them, they decided to cover their face. And make more crimes.

Army Officer points a gun at a fallen protester

Army Soldier terrorizing peaceful protester and aiming his gun at him before beating him! He didn’t eventually shoot him.

There was no tear gas, no smoke, it was very early in the morning, you can see clearly. They can see clearly. They have guns, and we have cameras. They shoot, and so do we.

They have gone rogue ! They are attacking anything that moves. A Taxi passing by the square, after the army’s crackdown was attacked by the soldiers. All of them – 30 soldiers or more – attacking one car, driven by one man, for no reason! Are they crazy?

Army Soldiers attacking a taxi passing by

Attacking the Taxi

Taxi got attacked by Army Soldiers

The taxi running away from the mob

Protest like Egyptians

Protest like Egyptians, with arms wide open

The army is heading for chaos, and we are watching and completely amazed by what’s going on.

Time to resist, with all possible ways. People won’t give up now. Almost a year after the revolution, how in the world would they give up?

The people fought back, to stand their ground, they fought back with arms wide open. Welcoming Heaven, as they believe who dies now, is a martyr, and will follow the jan25 martyrs to heaven. No one holds back. It’s time to win this fight.

Bullets and blood

They mix quite well

The army thought it’s time to kill us. They started using live ammunition. Killing peaceful protesters. Killing a dream, a young man who had a hope and a dream for a better country, killing a young man who maybe could’ve been one of the country’s next geniuses. Maybe that young man with this amount of passion, could’ve solved the country’s economical problems. Why give them a chance? instead, kill them.

And that’s exactly what they did. Very late at night, right before dusk, you can hear gunshots. We were only tens of protesters, but many have been shot. Live ammo, shooting to kill, in the head, stomach and who was lucky, got shot in the leg.

That’s the army that is supposed to protect the country, killing their own people.

SCAF has brainwashed their soldiers, and now they think they are fighting “The Enemy” not knowing that the actual enemy has never been happier after seeing this.

They SCAF’s army has terrorized peaceful Egyptian, they injured dozens, killed over 40 people in a month, with the help of the police!

We will never forget, we will never forgive.

The blood of the martyr who got shot in the head

Blood of a fellow Egyptian. People tried to save him and got him to the hospital. but he didn’t make it

The Martyr | الشهيد

The Martyr

How to get your photography seen by thousands

Canon EOS 5D Mark II DSLR

Canon EOS 5D Mark II DSLR (Photo credit: camknows)

You are a photographer and you took a picture, it looks great, in your head you will have hundreds maybe thousands of views, but you end up having few? You must be doing something wrong! Your photo is fine, the problem is not with your photography, the problem is how you market it.

Here are few tips, I used and it got me over half a million views on my photography.

Caption

Caption, Caption, Caption. I can’t stress enough on how this is the most important aspect in publishing your photos. Captions complete the story. Caption to photography, is like sound to film, essential. So what do you write? Simple, don’t state the obvious. if it’s a bird, don’t just say, “A bird” , you will get a “Duh!!” Rise up to the intelligence of your audience.
Write something in context but adds emotions, completes the scene, add a feeling to the photo. Use sarcasm, innuendo, or quotes. Be artistic and make it short.

Do and don’t for captions

Sharable Material

If you use flickr, there is an option to allow your photos to be sharable in your settings. This way the sharing options on top of the photos are activated. It helps your photos to be shared in just one click.

if you use other platforms, make sure your content is sharable in one click, 2 at most, and make the option visible.

Photography Groups

This is mainly for flickr users, share your photos on groups, find a group that interests you. If you do portraits , then find portraits groups, or if you do politics, find that. When you do, look at the photos, learn from them and share yours. You will get many feedback and views.

Social Media

You are sharing your stuff now, you’ve done all this, have a great photo with a great caption, over doing the sharing can ruin it though. Here is how I’d do it (how I actually do it, this was a secrete)

First thing is Time. When do you share your photography? There are different studies suggest different timing of the day that would cause you the highest exposure. I personally seen that the timing from 6-9 PM is the best. However the audience from 1-4 are totally different people. So my advice is share your stuff twice.

Twitter

Everyone uses hashtags for twitter, to reach more audience, but does that really work? I personally believe hashtags are made so your followers or whoever sees the tweet knows what it’s talking about. So if a tweet has 10 hashtags, WTF is it talking about?
Pointing that out, what I do is use #Photography hashtag, so people know it’s a photography related tweet, then if needed one more about the photo it self, #Egypt , #Tahrir , #Portrait , etc.
I use the same caption as the tweet it self. However, sometimes you need to reshare the same photo (if you really like it) and sharing it in the same exact tweet is kinda silly, and people might ignore it. So I reshare it with different caption, and maybe different hashtag.

Facebook

Well, the only bad part is, if you just share a link, the chances that people click on it is at its minimal. You can always do that, but the better way is, share your best photo of the new photoset you just uploaded, then add in that photo’s description, to see more photos, go here : “Link to your photoset/portfolio”

reddit

You may or may not know this website, but it’s brilliant. People share a lot of things on it, and your stuff is any good ( or funny ) it could get viral. Share your stuff there, they have some kind of subjects, so add yours under photography unless you think it should be under another classification.
Don’t spam them, cause they hate that (been there) share other people’s stuff too. Share that riddit link on your other social media, the more thumbs up, the more views you get.

Blog

Having a blog is great for your professional life. You can add your experience, or your photos with stories about them.
If you’re using flickr, you can reshare your photos from flickr on your blog, by clicking on share on flickr, coping the html code (choose the size first below, medium is good) then add that to your “text” in your blog. This way when someone clicks on the photo, it actually goes to your flickr, so it gets more views.

The other way to do it, is to upload the photo to your blog and make it a link that goes to your portfloio.
Share and reshare your post with different lines on social media as well.

Share your photography to your friends, who are influential. Ask for feedback, and don’t spam them or your timeline.
The most important thing is, you shoot for the love of photography, not for fame, views or anything, those things will come later.
And if you’re doing it for the money, you should sell your camera then, that will get you money.

Rain

It rained in Qatar, In the start of December. Rain is always beautiful…. Welcome back Winter.

Rain, Rain

Rain, Welcome back, Winter

Rain has a weird mix of happiness and sorrow. Can’t describe it, but it always brings back different memories.

Rain, Rain

Rain, and its memories