Instagrammer of the week @matty.snaps

Everyone, meet Matthew Berti a 20 years old Instagrammer from the southernmost tip of Africa, Cape Town. Matthew specialises in a mixture of landscape, model and lifestyle photography to express the beauty of an unknown country such as South Africa. He got into photography as he felt that it was something he needed to do that was completely opposite to what he studied and has been photographing for about a year and a half.

How he got into photography is very interesting, here’s what he said,

“Once I was rejected from university I was searching for a car to buy on the internet and while I was searching for a cheap Landrover Defender I came across a video by my greatest inspiration Mr Ben Brown called "Landrover tow Surfing". After I watched his YouTube Video Blog I was hooked and I immediately applied for a one-year degree in Commercial Photography. After that, my friend Dean Tucker (@visualrev) introduced me to Instagram.”

Matthew best describes his style as a mixture of very vibrant colours with very dark contrasts in the shadows along with a folk/indie influence in how he take photos of his models.

Matthew’s Camera gear:

  • Canon 7D
  • Instax Mini Polaroid camera (It's really nostalgic and a great way to share memories)

Matthew’s favourite lens is the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens, which is great for portraits and landscapes because of the low aperture for sharper images. Matthew uses the VSCO app occasionally to edit his images.

“It's also really great because it sets your images out like an Instagram feed so I can see what works with my feeds colour scheme.” –Matthew Berti

Matthew best describes his inspiration as follows,

”The thrill of exploring places that not even locals know about as well as showing people that their country has more to offer than what they see. It's about documenting something that not many people have seen.”

Matthew is inspired by Andre Josselin, which is his favourite model photographer because of the candid photos he gets on a daily basis.

Follow his on Instagram