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Jakarta's traffic gridlock disaster

Once I watched Jeremy Clarkson of BBC's Top Gear complain about traffic jam in London. I can't imagine what would he say if he visits Jakarta and drives around the city. 

With an area of 4,383.53 square kilometres (1,692.49 sq mi) and a population well over 28 million, Jakarta has 11 million motorcycles, 3 million cars and 500 thousand buses and trucks as per this year. 

While there are a lack of roads, most of the existing ones are potholed beyond repair, with millions of people driving over it every day, some without a driving license and constantly disobeying traffic rules under the watchful eye of helpless policemen, greatly outnumbered. 

Come and experience all this your self and I'm sure even Jeremy Clarkson will find it speechlessly memorable.

The Dayak Benuaq tribe

Benuaq Dayak tribes can be found in the area around the River Kedang Pahu in the interior of East Kalimantan and in the lake Jempang. If you like to visit them it will be a one night journey with Long slow house boat and continue with 6 hours small canoe ride to reach their village. They will welcome you with their amazing performances. Lately this tribes have a lot difficulties. Among them its about other tribe culture threat but the worst lately their land was converted into palm oil plantation. Maybe in years to come they will vanish.


Photography Course for beginners at Jakarta


Smile Photography Course for beginners at Jakarta



If you are thinking of getting to know more about basic photography
without having to have all sorts of expensive equipment.

Join our Photography Class for beginners, where we show 
you that you can have fun with one simple camera and 
make the most out of your pictures! 

This class is meant for those who are interested in pursuing photography as a hobby.


Schedule : Any day of your choosing (including weekend)

Location : to be determined by the client

Time : 10.00 - 15.00
(including one hour break from 12.00 to 13.00)

Rp. 2.500.000,- per person for 1 person
Rp. 1.250.000,- per person - minimum 3 persons
Rp.    800.000,- per person - minimum 5 persons
Rp.    600.000,- per person - minimum 8 persons (max 10 person)

(Classes are taught in either Indonesian or English depending
 on the preference of the client)

Course Structure:

- Introduction to Basic Photography

- Understanding your camera

- Simple non-tedious tricks on taking better photos

- Basic Photography Presentation and Tips on how to use them

What to bring: 

Your own camera - any type of camera is welcome, even digital pocket camera


Who is Greg? 


Greg has been a professional photographer since 1991.

Additionally, he has been working as a photographer
instructor for the International Community Activity Center (ICAC) 
in Kemang and other places in Jakarta since 1994. 

Greg has held a photography exhibition at Singapore, Cambodia, Jakarta and Timika, where his work of art has been featured at the Freeport Indonesia Gallery. 

Till this day, he has remained consistent with his passion in photography, and continues to work with national and international companies and organisations throughout the world.

For more information, email : gregntrees@mac.com

7 Steps of Panning Photography-How to do it?


How to do it?

01
Select a slower shutter speed than you normally would. 
Start with 1/60 and play around with slower one too
on 1/30, 1/15 and 1/8 second

02
Stand in a place where your view to the object will not be blocked by anything.
Also choose the background of your shot. While it will be blurred if there
are distracting shapes or colours.

03
As the subject approaches track it smoothly with your camera.
You need extra support for your camera to stand still
use a monopod or tripod with a swivelling head.

04
Place yourself up so that you’re parallel to the path of your object

05
If you have a camera with automatic focus tracking
you can let the camera do the focussing for you by half pressing the shutter button

06
If your camera doesn’t have fast enough auto focussing
you’ll need to pre-focus your camera upon the spot that you’ll end up releasing the shutter.

07
Once you’ve released the shutter (do it as gently as possible to reduce camera shake)
continue to pan with the subject, even after you’ve heard the shot is complete.
This smooth follow through will ensure the motion blur is smooth from start to finish in your shot.

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