Afrika Burn, Dust Storms and the Outex

Last week I published my favorite photos from my Afrika Burn experience. I also asked the question: “Who wouldn’t want to go to a giant dress up party where people ride unicorns and dance under a blanket of Karoo stars?” Afrika Burn is absolutely magical, there is no question about that, but even though you are encouraged to don your tiara’s, it is not a place for princesses.

The desert is an incredibly hostile environment. Boiling hot in the day, and extremely cold at night. There is no electricity or running water, and if you are a bit iffy about camping, porta loos or long drops, and insist on a 5 star ablutions and bidets, then Afrika Burn might not be for you!

From a photography point of view the desert is dust central, which is not exactly an ideal environment for a camera, especially expensive professional cameras like a Nikon D4. I was really worried about taking my gear to Afrika Burn as I rely on my camera for income!

I found a great solution though, which I will share with you.

I have always wanted to start working underwater with my camera, and so I did a shoot with Ilse Moore a while back. Ilse is without a doubt South Africa’s top underwater portrait and art photographer, and suggested I check out the Outex system. Not only does an outex allow one to take a camera underwater, it is a brilliant protective system which really gives a photographer the freedom to shoot in conditions that wouldn’t normally be OK for a camera. I contacted Patrick from Outex South Africa, and after a few good chats we decided that we would start working together! And the next thing you know we were fitting my new outex system and I was driving off for the desert!

I got a lot of curious  looks at my “camera condom” whilst shooting at Afrika Burn. But when that dust storm hit, I was smiling! I could go out and shoot, and feel very comfortable in the knowledge that my gear was safely protected.

When I returned home from our trip,I found dust in every crevice of every single thing I took, except for my camera!!! I felt very glad I worked with the Outex the whole time I was in the Karoo!!!

Huge thanks to Patrick for sorting me out so quickly and professionally! Click to like his facebook page here

Below you will find a pic of my Nikon D4 in it’s Outex House and a pic of me shooting at Afrika Burn. Thanks to Riaan for the pic!


  1. Patrick Benade on May 20, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Awesome Jacki, that dust storm looks pretty hectic! Thank you for the great review and to Ilse for the recommendation. Looking forward to seeing some more magic from you soon….

  2. Ilse Moore on May 20, 2014 at 11:52 am

    Well, how else with a pair of superstars like yourselves!! xxx

  3. Debby on May 20, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Stunning Jacki, yes it is a weird looking thing, gorgeous photos as always. xxxx

  4. peter russell on May 20, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    ugliest waterhousing i have ever seen , but i guess if it does the job ….

  5. jezebel on May 20, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Thanks for this blog post. Besides beautiful images, the info is really helpful. And it’s so nice to come across another Nikon user.

  6. Karen O on May 20, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    Stunning. And a big thank-you for the gift of your photography. Finally found a shot by someone else of our palm tree. 🙂 I want to go back there in an instant! But we will never ever be the same again. It’s hard to explain what that Dust and Afrikaburn has in store for you. It is a magical place that somehow makes more sense than the “normal” world. Thank-you for all the inspiration the Outex advice. 🙂 mwaa!! XX

  7. Brother Ty on June 2, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Holy smokes your shit is dialled!! Like for realz!

  8. Dillon Kin on June 10, 2014 at 7:49 am

    Jacki, wow! These are really great. It feels like I’m there from just looking at your photos. I love the composition in each of these and the colours are great. I’ll definitely have to go next year.


    That camera “condom” is epic! I would get one for my 5D if I take it with.

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