Here are some shots of Doha, Qatar after it rained for over 10 hours. Check the Doha Album on flickr.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”
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.
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.
UPDATE: Newer versions of Cameras are added to this post.
If you are reading this then you want to buy a DSLR. Here is how you would choose one.
I don’t like Nikons, so I’ll only talk about Canons.
Few things to consider while buying a DSLR, and they are,
- Your budget,
- Why do you want to use it, some features you may or may not need in the camera
- The toys (lenses and accessories)
First, budget, how much are you willing to spend on a DSLR. Below I’m talking about new cameras, you can always get a used one for a good deal.
If you want to spend $500 or less, then you can get a Canon 1100D, it’s a simple stater camera, with enough features to do the job.
if you want to spend more than $500, then we should talk more about why do you need it and if you care about some features.
Will you use it for video? I guess having a camera with adjustable screen would be a plus. You have two options, one is more expensive than the other, both with adjustable screens. A $700+ Canon 700D (Older version is Canon 600D) and the Canon 70D (Older version is Canon 60D) which is more powerful, a bit bigger DSLR that costs over $900. Both camera are great and they are great with photography as well. You can see the comparisons here
- 70D vs 60D
- 700D vs 600D
- 60D vs 600D (Older Versions Comparison)
- 70D vs 700D (Newer Versions Comparisons)
Only photography? then maybe the adjustable screen wouldn’t matter. The options are much more, and we will start from the least expensive to the most.
Now those were the less than $1000 DSLRs. The next category is over $1000. If money is not a problem and you want something for a specific reason with the best quality then those are for you.
If shutter speed is essential and you want to take many photos in a short amount of time, for events like sports, then the Canon 7D is the best option for you. It was over $1500 and now it’s around $1000 or less. The newer version was released late 2014, Canon 7D MK II which costs around $2000.
If you’re into Astronomy and taking pictures of our lovely galaxy, then you would want to get the $1500 Canon 6Da and spend way more than that on the lenses you want.
Now, here is the best camera group and photographers dream, the Canon 5D. There are three main types of the 5D, The Mark I, Mark II and Mark III. The Mark III is the latest. I don’t think you can find a new Mark I these days, you can go old school on a $500 budget with this beast, but it’s worth mentioning that it doesn’t have video.
The two other marks are amazing, they start from $2000 and go up to $3000 or more. Here is a comparison between those two giants.
They recently published two other giants, and this time, i’m talking 51 megapixels type of giants.
And if you really want the best and you are very rich and maybe want to show off, you can get one of many versions of the Canon 1D, any mark wouldn’t really matter (If you can afford this, go get a Leica or something)
That’s basically it, there are many other cameras, I just mentioned the most common ones and easy to buy, use, find lenses for it and fix it if needed.
These are collection of photos I took trying to capture a portrait of each one of them.
I don’t take the photo right away, I wait till the person is in his normal look, I try to make it less fake and hope it works. Everyone of them touched my life some how, in a small or big way. Some of them I never saw again, some I saw again by chance and remembered them and some are my friends.
Every photo is close to my heart.
These are just some of the portraits I took, many of them in the flickr page. Every one of them is also special to me, this was just a sample.
More portraits can be found here.