Meet the speakers: Carmen Dávila


Originally from Mexico City, Carmen studied photography in London, where she continued to master the technical and creative aspects of the art. Now based in Cape Town, she works as a freelance photographer specialising in commercial, fashion and beauty photography. Carmen is also a foodie and ever-keen to expand on her subject-matter, so invariably this has led to her shooting some delectable comestibles over the years.

Carmen has worked for clients such as Schwarzkopf, African Luxury Brands, Nando’s UK and Spier, and has exhibited her personal work in the Truman Brewery Gallery in Shoreditch (London), the Exposure Gallery, in Woodstock (Cape Town) and Union House in Gardens (Cape Town). 

Carmen’s obsession is light, and her mastery in controlling and capturing it with a camera is peerless. Her workshop on lighting techniques will contain everything from the basics of lighting to more advanced techniques to building your own basic lighting equipment for those shoestring-budget-shoots. The workshop is aimed at anyone who wants to improve their lighting and shooting techniques.

Carmen has very kindly stepped up to the plate and taken over Jeanne’s workshop “Upgrade your photos without spending a cent (including how to read & recreate a photo, post-processing basics)” She will be running this workshop together with her husband Vincent Riess who, rumour has it, is quite the PhotoShop boss! 

Check out Carmen’s portfolio here, one of her latest personal projects here and keep up to date with her latest projects on Facebook and Twitter.

And if the prospect of being taught by Carmen has not yet persuaded you to attend, have you seen our funky venue?  And have you heard that we will be auctioning off some truly amazing prizes in a charity auction to raise funds for the South African Guide-Dogs Association for the Blind, our chosen charity for 2014?  Want to buy a ticket? Click here to register now. See you at the Indaba!If you’d like a nifty Indaba badge to display in your sidebar please e-mail Colleen  and she will send you the code!

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