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My work with gorgeous miss Anitasha Smith ll Fresh face winner of Top Model SA

Good morning everyone,

I recently worked with the ever so gorgeous miss Anitasha Smith. She recently won Miss Fresh Face at Top Model SA. So I thought it was only a fitting time to do a update shoot. We focused on doing some swimwear shots, which we shot using both natural light and Artificial flash.

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I really enjoyed it all, and the shots really worked well. I don't often shoot without flash, but I did a whole bunch natural light this time around.

We shot using my Canon 5d mk iii, and the Canon 135mm f2. We also used the Canon 50mm f1.4 for a bunch of the shots. The flash we used was the menik fn 600, with a 120cm octobox. Natural light we used a big reflector to both reflect light and soften light using it as a scrim.

We will have a behind the scenes video up soon too. For now please enjoy some of the shots. If you want to check out more from her or us please follow all the social media links below.

Anitasha Smith

OPTICAL NOISE PHOTOGRAPHY

Have a great day everyone!

 

 

 

My shoot with the talented miss Micci T!! :D

Hey everyone.

So I recently got to work alongside this incredibly talented dancer, miss Micaela Todd.

Over the past few years I have photographed many dance shows and competitions, in which I have seen her dance many times. So to finally get to shoot some professional images of her with lighting and a great location was really fun.

Here is my favourite one :D

We took these shots at the Centurion Golf Estate at sunset. Really worked like a dream, and these are some of my favourite dance photographs to add to my portfolio. 

Dance photoshoots always take a little bit of patience and a good connection with the model. Getting timing right during a jump is key. Making sure the technique portrayed in the shot is correct. All the while trying to make sure the shot is sharp and that you have the settings right. Michaela did her part perfectly. 

Its always great fun for me to work with dancers. They are always willing to do the shots just one more time, which means we going to do this at least another 5 times... but it works.

I took along my usual set up of gear, Canon body and lenses, Yongnuo triggers, and my Menik fn 600 flash which i use for all my work now. Seriously need another one ! I also had the Olympus OM-D E-M5 mk ii which the cool people at Olympus South Africa allowed me to play with for a few weeks. Along with some killer and beautifully crafted lenses, which I used on all the portraits of her. 

Anyways on to the images. please look, enjoy, and let me know what you think. We love hearing from you. 

All the info to our gear used and all the people involved is below.

Full list of gear we used for this shoot:

  • Canon 5d mk iii
  • Canon 50mm f1.4
  • Canon 85mm f1.8
  • Menik fn-600 strobe (battery powered) from cameralight SA-- Link to flash
  • Peak Design Slide strap.
  • Yongnuo 622c triggers
  • Logitek backpack
  • 2 lightstands
  • 120cm octobox bowens mount.

Also For the portraits:

  • Olympus OM-D E-M5 mk ii
  • Olympus 45mm f1.8
  • Olympus 40-300mm f2.8

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Optical Noise photography:

Micaela Todd (Dancer)

Olympus SA

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Have a good day everyone!

cheers!

Catching up with miss Das /// Naomi Das ///

Hey everyone,

Wanted to share my last shoot with the ever so beautiful miss Naomi Das. We have done a bunch of shoots with her over the past and heres one more :) 

If you guys know this woman you know she always being fire. EFC ring girl, featured in maxim a bunch of times and in a lot of music videos, only to mention a few.

I also shot with a friend of hers the same day, Liam Worthington, his shots are also listed in the shots below.

hope you guys dig it. Gear used is all listed at the bottom of the post. enjoy.

Heres a short behind the scenes video that Karla alberts shot for us on the day. its only 15 seconds as its just a instagram promo video

Gear we used for this shoot:

  • Canon 5d mk iii
  • Canon 50mm f1.4
  • Canon 70-200mm f2.8 mk i L IS
  • Menik fn-600 strobe (battery powered) from cameralight SA-- Link to flash
  • Peak Design Slide strap.
  • Df 400 speedlights.
  • Yongnuo 622c triggers
  • Kata Backpack
  • 2 lightstands
  • 120cm octobox bowens mount.

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Optical Noise photography:

Naomi Das

Liam Worthington

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Have a good day everyone!

cheers!

Bboy shoot(Quaid & Teji) /// Menik FN-600 strobe test!

Hey awesome people!

A few weeks ago I set up a test shoot with two Bboys in Johannesburg. Quaid Jones and Teji Bola. We did the shoot in Rosebank. Shot in the roads round the mall. Really had a good time out with these guys. 

Dancing has been such a huge part of my life over the past almost 13 years, so working with dancers will forever be a passion for me. This also makes it a lil easier for me to understand the dance moves, and the anticipate the timing to get a photo which best portrays the movement! SO all i needed is gear which can do what i need! AND I FOUND AN AWESOME FLASH!! A Menik FN-600 strobe! 

I bought this flash from Camera light SA, through the online store. In the past I Have been using speedlights for everything, and i still do. Speedlights have awesome uses. They are easy to use and actually produce awesome power. I have been using Yongnuo 500ex flashes which has HSS features which is needed for shooting dancers at high speed.

Now the problem came cause we struggled to make the flash travel far enough. So we would mount 2 or 3 speedlights to one and use them all at 1/2 or .1/1 power. This however kills the batteries and only worked so much.

SO i invested in this strobe! AND ITS INSANE!

I so far have never needed to use the flash at full or half powered. The flash travels very far even with HSS turned on. I LOVE this flash. 

I still use speedlights for fill and kicker lights. The flash uses Bowens mount diffusers. Which allows me to use giant softboxes and thats awesome!

So for this shoot we used the light bare with just the reflector dish attached. Most shots were taken with 1/8 and 1/16th power. and was still too bright. 

heres some of the photos:

Heres a short Instagram promo video we did, check it out :D

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Heres all the gear used at the shoot:

  • Canon 5D mkiii
  • Canon 50mm f1.8
  • Menik FN-600 strobe
  • Yongnuo 622c triggers
  • Kata backpack
  • Slide strap from peak design

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Assisted by Craig Anderson (foto fotography)

Videography By Karla alberts (youtube channel)

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The menik flash is available directly from Cameralight. please use me as a reference! :D

Direct link to flash /// click here

Cameralight SA (facebook)  ///   (online store)

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My sponsors:

Peak design

Photogadgets

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As always thanks for reading!!! 

talk soon guys!

heres a few more shots! enjoy