JOBY Instagram Spotlight | featuring @boomeister_ru

This month we’re featuring Hugh Roberts. Hugh originally caught our attention with his mystical slow shutter images, and we became captivated by how he saw his hometown – Cape Town, South Africa. Check out Hugh’s feed and get ready for some jawdropping images that will inspire you to get out and explore!

Hugh Roberts  |  Age: 36  |  @boomeister_ru  |

Cape Town, South Africa

What gear do you use?

MOBILE: iPhone 6 Plus

CAMERAS: Canon EOS 700D with 18-55mm and 55-250mm lenses.

ACCESSORIES: Canon Speedlite 430EXII Flash, Manfrotto 055XPROB, JOBY Gorillapod Focus with Ballhead X, JOBY Pro Sling Strap, JOBY Ultrafit hand strap with Ultraplate, JOBY DSLR Wrist Strap, JOBY GorillaPod Hybrid, JOBY Flash Clamp & Locking Arm, JOBY Action Grip, HTC oneX, JOBY GorillaPod Original with Griptight XL, JOBY Handgrip with Ultraplate 208, JOBY Suction Cup with GorillaPod arm & Griptight, JOBY Gorilla Torch Flare 125, JOBY Hub & Action Adapters. All in my Lowepro Protactic 450 AW!


When did you start taking photos?

I always enjoyed photography & got my first camera, a compact Samsung ES11 in December 2009; but I think I got hooked in 2010 on a vacation Overseas. With the rise of smartphones, apps & digital media platforms revolutionized the experience for me.


Why did you start taking photos?

Photography is a great way to get out with mates to explore new places & old spaces, with the bonus of being able to capture the moment & share the experience.


When did you join Instagram and why did you join?

I first joined Instagram in 2012 but have since restarted my profile on the 6 March 2014. My reason for joining Instagram was thanks to a recommendation from some Twitter buddies that saw my passion for photography.

What is your favorite image you’ve posted to Instagram and why?

Hard to decide on an ultimate favorite image. This specific favorite is special as it took a few attempts with the subject in the shot shuffling around. Until what seemed like she found something intriguing on her camera roll which was  my chance to get the shot. This shot was taken with my DSLR mounted on my Joby Gorillapod SLR Zoom.


What do you use the most, DSLR or Smartphone?

It’s a mix as it’s ever evolving..

Are there any photo apps you recommend?

Lightroom, iPhone editor, Snapseed, Camera+, Vscocam, Avgnitecam, Instagram editor, Hyperlapse & Lapse It.


Are you a professional photographer or hobbyist?

Currently a hobbyist but keen to explore the possibilities of where it takes me.

Do you attend or have you attended photography workshops, classes etc?

I have attended a few workshops in the past & do try attend what’s available & possible on the photography scene. Most I’ve learnt has been through interacting with like minded folk.


What’s your day job?

I am a sales representative for a wholesale importer in the Plumbing & Engineering industry.


Do you carry a camera daily? Which one?

Most days I have DSLR with me & my iPhone is always within reach.


Which fellow instagrammer do you admire the most?

Thats a tough call, as I admire many instagrammers. One that does stand out is @sendingstache because of his visual feed and his sense of humor in his captions.


Any advice to those staring out?

If you want to succeed then you first need to believe in yourself. Get out and explore & don’t be shy to experiment.  ‘You don’t take a photograph you make it.’ ~ Ansel Adams




Zach Settewongse

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