Hilarious video offers tips on how to photograph the coming Mayan Apocalypse


posted Friday, December 7, 2012 at 1:12 PM EDT


If you believe the Mayan end-of-the-world calendars -- and who doesn't? -- the apocalypse is right around the corner, on December 21st.

Sydney, Australia-based photographer Matt Granger, who goes by the handle "That Nikon Guy," thinks it might be even sooner than that though, and could quite possibly be happening today or tomorrow or whenever.

To help photographers prepare for this cataclysmic event, Granger's produced a humorous YouTube video (below), titled "How to Photograph the Apocalypse," with many important tips including his suggestion to use a weather-sealed camera with a high frame rate.

"With the acid rain and everything like that you want it to survive and you want to scare people off by making them think it's a machine gun," he says in the clip.

He also suggests bringing a long telephoto lens to the apocalypse so you can also "use it as a club," and employing a ND (Neutral Density) filter "in case there's a lot of fire... you want to be able to knock down your exposure."

"The end of the world is really a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity -- or a second- or third-time opportunity if you listen to all the predictions -- but there's gonna be some fantastic vistas that you just don't wanna miss," he says.

(A word of warning about the video: there is some salty, not-safe-for-work language.)