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Ardi Webber

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Ardi Webber (@nibsclick) is an award-winning Australian landscape photographer who has been featured by Canon Australia’s “No one Sees it Like You.” Ardi has been creating dramatic photographs for only a few years, but his imagery is stunning.

Ardi Webber, Landscape Photographer

Q: Where are you from? Where do you live now?

A: I live on the sunshine coast in Queensland, Australia and I’ve been here for a long time.

Q: What is your full-time profession?

A: Solar farm construction.

Q: How long have you been involved in photography?

A: A little less than three years now.

Q: How did you get into photography? Tell us the whole story...

A: I used to skateboard and bodyboard, and so I picked up a little digital camera and shot with my mates. A few years later, my interest picked back up and I was so inspired by what I was seeing on Facebook and Instagram and decided to give it a go for myself.

Q: What's in your camera bag right now?

A: Basically I’ve got my camera, 3 lenses… I use the same wide-angle for most of my shots, some Lume Cubes, and some filters. It’s a nice small pack

Long Exposure Photography

Q: Where does the Nibsclick come from?

A: Nibs is my nickname and I had to make a name for myself on Facebook/Instagram, so I just went with it.

Q: What connects you so strongly to the landscape? 

A: I love nature. I have always been going on walkabouts in the bush, my mum used to take me and my sister out, and I just love it. There aren’t massive mountains where I live, but everything else like the beach and waterfalls is so close, I love being amongst it.

Q: What inspires you to make your landscape photographs?

A: I just love being out there and if I can take something back with me, like a memory or a photo, something to look back at then it’s wonderful. I love being able to look back in a few years and spark my memory through photographs, being able to see and remember what happened on that day.

Q: How do you know when to balance the soft, dreaminess in some of your images and the power of the natural world you show in others?

A: With every shot, I take and go to edit/process, I look first and then think “how do I want to represent this photo?” In my images, waterfalls have very a dreamy, fantasy feeling – I think they look awesome like that. With waves, I try to keep the strength and clarity. It just depends on the day, and every shot is different.

Q: Do you have any advice for someone just starting out in photography?

A: Just take lots and lots of photos. Practice a lot. When I started, my first camera was a Canon 750D, and I think I took 750,000+ photos in the first four-five months. And don’t forget to have fun.

Q: What's your favorite quote or mantra?

A: Don’t take it too seriously. If photography becomes like a job and not fun, think about it again. Just have fun and do what you want to do. Do what makes you feel good.

Q: Can you describe how you made your favorite image with Lume Cube?

A: It was one of the first shots I tried when I got the Lume Cubes, and I used all four to light up a rock pool and got a long exposure with a nice sunset. I put the cubes in the pool to light it up and it was really handy to have since they’re waterproof, and it came out alright.

Lume Cube in Landscape Photography

Q: what have Lume Cube allowed you to do that you couldn't previously?

A: I just got a waterproof housing for my camera, a few months ago, and I’ve always wanted one since I started doing bodyboarding images. It’s great with the Lume Cubes because it’s been such a saving of money–instead of buying a flash and flash housing–the Lume Cubes do just as good a job in the water with waves. Where I need light, the Lume Cubes have been super handy and amazing, I can put them almost anywhere. I love them!

Q: Any special projects in the works that you can share with us? 

A: Yeah, I’m waiting to see if I can get a drone to mount for the Lume Cubes to go with my Mavic that I want to try out some ideas at night time and during some storms. Stay tuned for some lightning and cubes.

Q: Describe Lume Cube in 5 words or less.

A: Bloody awesome.