canon south africa

ALMOST GOT KICKED AGAIN /// PHOTOSHOOT WITH DONNALEIGH JONES

Hey cool people.

So a while back I worked with Donna again. We planned two different looks, in two locations. 

First we hit the botanical gardens by Emmerentia Dam, and as per usual, we almost got kicked out again.... We shall not discuss why, but lets just say they wanted us to grease the gears a lil.

Anyway we made a plan and we did the shoot as planned. 

First set up we used 3 speedlights inside one pop up umbrella softbox, which acted as a single light. The rest was natural light. 

Second location was merely a fire escape on the side of a building we walked up, funny enough we had less issue shooting here than in the public area of the gardens.

This was done using the same lighting.

please check out her social media links and follow for more from her

Gear we used for this shoot:

  • Canon 5d mk iii
  • Canon 50mm f1.4
  • Canon 70-200mm f2.8 mk i L IS
  • Peak Design Slide strap.
  • Df 400 speedlights x 3
  • Yongnuo 622c triggers
  • Kata Backpack
  • 1 lightstand
  • pop up octobox umbrella
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Donna

Craig Anderson (Foto_fotography) Assistant

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Have a good day everyone!

cheers!

MEET MY FRIEND KIRSTY /// PHOTOSHOOT WITH KIRSTYN LAYTON

Hey guys,

Wanted to take 5 mins to introduce you to a friend of mine I photograph quite a lot. She is always keen to come and play when I need to test something or try out new gear. Lots of love for this one.

Over time I have photographed her in many different looks, and she has become better each time. It has been a lot of fun seeing her grow as a model and a person. 

She is currently still studying at Wits, and working almost all the time, but to see more of what she gets up to please check out the links to her social media accounts in the links at the bottom of the post.

I just wanted to share a bunch of photographs, from various different shoots. I hope you all enjoy it!!

check it out :D

Gear we used for this shoot:

  • Canon 5d mk iii
  • Canon 50mm f1.8
  • Canon 85mm f1.8
  • Peak Design Slide strap.
  • Yongnuo yn500ex x2
  • Yongnuo 622c triggers
  • Kata Backpack
  • 1 lightstand
  • Pop up octobox umbrella

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Craig Anderson (Foto_fotography) Assistant

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Have a good day everyone!

cheers!

Hanging with lil Red in Maboneng JHB /// Photoshoot and BTS

Last year I had a lil meet with lil Red, and then we did a few photos of her too. We met up in Maboneng on a sunday, and joined in on the vibe at the market.

I have known her for quite a few years now, first as a dancer which I performed with and then now as a musician. She has been recording songs and performing for a while now, I'm sure you guys have seen her on social media and performing around SA. 

I adore the red hair! since I met her this was a iconic part of her, and then when I stared photography I knew I had to photograph her. It took us forever to link up, but we did and it rocked!

Anyway, i wanted to share some of the photos we took, share some of the gear I used and how i managed to get the shots.  Heres the just of it.

These photos were taken in mid day sun, which as photographers we know is terrible and unflattering light for models. We used strobists techniques, where we either had the model in the shade, or we backlit her with the sun, then we expose for the sky and fill in the shadows with flash. 

I always use 3 speedlights on one bracket, firing through a big pop up umbrella softbox as one light source. Sometimes a second flash for side fill but here we only used one light source.  I used all the speedlights on 1/2 power. This makes recycle time quicker and it doesn't destroy the bulbs. The 3 flashes make for a pretty powerful light. All these speedlights are very very cheap Chinese no name brand flashes. they called DF400 flashes.

full list of gear at the bottom of post.

Mr Craig was as always assisting with awesome lighting skills! his links at the bottom too. check him out

for now enjoy some images!

Behind the scenes video of the shoot shot by Karla Alberts

Gear we used for this shoot:

  • Canon 5d mk iii
  • Canon 50mm f1.4
  • Canon 100mm f2.8 L macro
  • Canon 85mm f1.8
  • Peak Design Slide strap.
  • Df 400 speedlights x 3
  • Yongnuo 622c triggers
  • Kata Backpack
  • 1 lightstands
  • 60cm - Pop up generic octobox softbox. 
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Lil red

Craig Anderson (Foto_fotography) Assistant

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Have a good day everyone!

cheers!

Carla Van Der Wath! Photoshoot and BTS

Hey all,

Just wanted to do a quick post and share some of my time shooting with The Gorgeous Carla Van Der Wath. Was shot  a month or so ago, I haven't had much time to post the blog about it is all. 

Carla gave me a shout the Sunday morning saying she had a issue with her other booking and needs photos done the same day. So i had a gap and we met up at Newscafe Bedfordview to do the shoot. The guys at News cafe were kind enough to give us the space to work in for the afternoon.  Was a pretty awesome shoot!

Carla is busy being signed into an agency. We will keep you updated on what she gets up to. Super keen to work with this girl again! super talented!

For the first scene we set up on the balcony. Shot out over the road. Some summer vibe shots. We  used one light with a big pop up octo umbrella softbox. 3 speedlights inside all at 1/2 power.

heres a few examples

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Second Scene we set up inside for a bunch of fashion shots, and of course some portraits. Which is always my favourite! For this we used the same softbox set up. Plus we added in a 60x90cm softbox for fill light. 1/2 power. one speedlight inside.

Heres a few examples

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Lastly we set up for a few beauty shots which we were not planning. So didn't have a backdrop for this. So we used the large pop up softbox behind Carla which fired light from behind her into lens and lit up the diffuser which made a nice white backdrop. Then we used the 60x90 softbox as a key light.

Lastly heres a quick instagram promo video we did for the shoot with some behind the scenes shots! Filmed and edited by the amazing Karla Alberts who does all our video for shoots. If you need to get in touch with her just drop us a email.

GEAR FOR THE DAY:

  • CANON 5D MK iii
  • CANON 50MM F1.4
  • CANON 85MM F1.8
  • 5 Speedlights in total (df 400 speedlights)
  • Yongnuo 622c triggers
  • pop up octo softbox
  • 60x90 softbox
  • 2 light stands
  • hoya nd4 and nd2 filters
  • peak design glide strap
  • kata backpack

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Thats about it!!! I hope you guys liked the shots. If you would like to see some more please follow Carla on instagram and show her some love! 

@carlavdwath

And then remember to check out all our social media!

FACEBOOK   

INSTAGRAM   - @opticalnoise

TWITTER   - @opticalnoise

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I was assisted by Craig Anderson from Foto photography.

Make up was done by Rene Viljoen.

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Awesome! Chat again soon :D We have some cool stuff to share with you soon! and more blog posts coming this week!!

cheers.



Cell phone photography (Iphone 4S)

Hey guys, heres another one for you. 

I have now and then taken out my phone and attempted to take decent shots with it. I never really used my phone to try take decent shots, it was always snap shots of things that I need to show people, never as a photography tool.

Coming from using only DSLR cameras I always found it very annoying to just push on button and having like no control. I know that new phones come with a bit more control like ISO, and aperture. Some do let you control shutter speeds as well. Nothing worse than being out at night and you try take a photo which has camera shake from slow shutter speeds. 

I own a iPhone 4S, which has a 8mp camera which does ok in good light, but it has zero control. you can do compensation for exposure and you can kinda choose a focus area. 

Then after some research I found an app called VSCO cam, which is available on any platform, but is best for IOS on apple. It basically allows you to access everything, shutter speed, iso, spot focus point and more. no aperture though.

so iv started to play with it now and then. i havent done alot of models but i will do more when I get a new phone. but for now have a look through what i have done. I might be getting a diff phone soon so I wanted to do this post of all my iphone 4s images first. 

I also bought a generic macro and fisheye clip on lens which helps being creative too. info on pics

also i now use Snapseed. and app which lets you edit like you would on photoshop, allows control of tones, and even dodging and burning which is very popular with retouching.

I also did one shot on a samsung note2 for fun.

have a look at this shot I did of Monique linder and a bts shot taken by my friend Tshepo which shows you what we did.  

shot using iphone 4s and car reflector for fill. edited on photoshop

shot using iphone 4s and car reflector for fill. edited on photoshop

Bts of my the above shot,  thanks to Tshepo for this. have a look at her work here   https://www.facebook.com/ciyaphotography

Bts of my the above shot,  thanks to Tshepo for this. have a look at her work here 

https://www.facebook.com/ciyaphotography

Anyway have a look through the images below. they are all saved from my instagram so if you would like to follow my work please check my account. search @opticalnoise and here is the link https://instagram.com/opticalnoise/

I will be using a bunch of different phones, either from sponsors or from friends. Its alot of fun testing out a bunch of different things on different gear. Want to give it  shot on all of them and im busy confirming a permanent cell phone sponsor , which i will promote through my work, once confirmed I will tell you all about it.

share your images with me I would love to see them. you can tag me in them on instagram :D

much love

rob

This is the shot i did with the samsung note 2. with a clip on macro lens

This is the shot i did with the samsung note 2. with a clip on macro lens


macro lens attached 

macro lens attached 

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