Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Bezuidenhout's

I did a really fun family shoot on the beach last weekend for a lovely family that live in different parts of the country and got together especially for the shoot. There were a twin brother and sister of 23, another sister of 20 and the youngest sister of 15. The parents live in Sedgefield.




 

You get what you pay for

There have been several articles and discussions lately on various photography forums and group pages about what a photographer should charge for their services.

I get 3 or 4 emails daily direct from my website enquiring about the costs of shoots and only about 10% of these actually result in a shoot. I have had feedback from a few prospective clients that they had gone for a cheaper package.
A few of these prospective clients had also in the meantime added me as a friend on Facebook and therefore I also got to see the results of some of the "cheaper packages". I make a point of never running other photographers work down as we all had to start somewhere and I cringe when I look at some of my earlier work, but I have to say that there are some really nasty "photographers" out there with really poor quality results. Hence the title of this post. When I see the results of some of their shoots, my 1st thought is that I hope that at least they got the shoot for free and did not part with any cash for these shoddy images. However, this is not the only factor. The client also invested time and money in preparing for and going to the shoot, only to be dissapointed with less than lovely images.

Now it is definitley not just having good equipment that makes for a good photographer BUT the photographer that spends R8000.00 on a camera with 2 kit lenses from Makro/Walmart is just not going to be able to produce the same results that I can with my R80,000.00 investment in photographic, computer equipment and editing software.

Again, on a last note "Buyer beware, you will probably get exactly what you pay for".

Monday, December 12, 2011

Artistic Nude Shoot

Last week I did an Artistic and Implied nude shoot for a model.
 Here are a few images.




Friday, December 9, 2011

Emke

After I had arranged the previous shoot with Ashley and Dinita, I was approached by another model, Emke, asking if I still needed a model as she really wanted to do a shoot. After looking at her portfolio, you can easily see why I told her to come along for a shoot as well..




Lighting workshop

Last week I was approached by a friend photographer who wanted to buy a studio lighting setup and wanted to see how the lights worked. I put a post on a Facebook page asking for models to volunteer to help out with a shoot and got these 2 lovely girls. Dinita who I had shot a short while ago and her friend Ashley.










Saturday, November 19, 2011

Yonela

My Friend and fellow Photographer, Freda, asked me to come and help her out with a model shoot yesterday as she was having a problem with her flash trigger. We got it sorted out and here are a few images that I took.




Monday, November 7, 2011

Black+White, Sepia and other Effetcts

I have found that the special effects versions of the photo's that I do for every client have become more and more popular.

I have presets in Photoshop Lightroom, some dowloaded and some designed by me, with a variety of Black and White, Different Sepia's, Antique and various others that I use to convert the original colour images. 

Different skin types and tones react differently with some of these presets and I always have to experiment a bit with each different clients images to see what suits them best.







Saturday, October 22, 2011

New studio backdrop and stand.

In order to create a bit more space in my studio at home, I have obtained a new backdrop stand and 3 meter wide grey paper backdrop.

This also helps with the editing as I now do not have to spend hours photoshopping creases out of my white nylon backdrop that I used in the past.

I did a test shoot yesterday and below are some images of the new setup and the shoot.




Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Mini Outdoor Shoots

I get 5 or 6 emails per week on average, originating  from my website, enquiring about having only a few photo's taken and not a full shoot.
In an earlier post I displayed an image of my studio at home, which is going to be upgraded with a new backdrop stand and backdrops within the next day or two. This setup takes me about an hour and a half to setup and pack away again after the shoot. It is therefore not worth all this to do just a few photos.

I have decided to offer outdoor mini shoots, at a very reasonable cost with 20+ images on a CD. These will be done down at Blaauwbergstrand. Clients will also still get a Black + White/Sepia version of each image and a reduced size file of all images as well on their CD. You will get a few images with the beach and sea in the background as well as a few portraits with nicely textured walls as a backdrop. 

Here are a few examples of what to expect.





Monday, October 10, 2011

"Ink and Iron" Day

Last Saturday Colleen, Me and 2 other friends went through to an "Ink and Iron" day. All about tattoo's, old cars and bikes.

I took Colleens camera with an "all purpose" walkaround lens, a Sigma 18-200 OS. Not the greatest quality lens but a fantasic range for this sort of event.


Some images from the day -

The nicest tattoo I saw



Colleen asked this young lady if I could take her photo
 Candid shot of a pretty girl
 Impressive Ink

Friday, October 7, 2011

1st Week in October Shoots

I have had a busy but varied week this week. 2 shoots down on the beach and 1 studio shoot.

The beach shoots consisted of one family shoot for a young couple and their 1 year old daughter,whose birthday it was. The other was for a UCT student and her younger brother to get photo's for a Xmas present for their parents.

The studio shoot was in a friends studio in Sunset Beach for an alternative/goth model that I have done a shoot with before. Very different but good fun.

Below are 2 images from each shoot.






Saturday, October 1, 2011

Monday, September 26, 2011

Pinup Shoot.

Last week I did a shoot for an "Alternative" type model, Jade. She wanted a pinup style shoot with a few boudoir type images.




Friday, September 23, 2011

Birthday Shoot for Joy - Lover of Horses

Last week I was contacted by a client who wanted to give her very shy and introverted younger sister a photo shoot for a birthday present. The shoot would take place at the Pearl Valley Golf Estate, Equestrian Centre as the sister's life revolves around horses.

I spoke to Equine Photographer Supremo, Tracey Robertson who gave me a few tips about photographing horses. I used to ride when I was a teenager, so also have a feel for horses and am very comfortable around them.

In view of Joy's shyness, I decided that it would not be comfortable for her to do conventional poses but rather to just try and capture natural and candid shots of her interacting with the horses at the Centre. The results were very rewarding.




 

Black Shouldered Kite

Black Shouldered Kite
Taken with Sigma 150-500 OS lens

Lioness

Lioness
Addo Elephant Park, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Caracal

Caracal
AKA "Rooikat". Addo Elephant Park, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Winter Surfer

Winter Surfer
Table View, Cape Town, South Africa

Eric Harley leading off.

Eric Harley leading off.
Barrier Buttress, Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa