optical noise

Time for something new!!! Youtube channel coming soon :D

SO we have been thinking about doing this for a while now. VIDEOS!

Iv had some people ask how we do certain shots and what gear we use. So we want to make a small youtube channel for this.

It will be everything photography. Behind the scenes from some photo shoots, tutorials on lighting and camera tricks, tutorials on retouching, and then maybe some gear reviews showcasing what we use and how we utilize it all. If you guys want we might do interviews with some local photographers too.

We are all quite excited about it. If you want to get involved please get in touch with us on social media. Join in on shoots, assist and learn a little.

Below is the intro for the videos coming soon, and also a lil teaser for you now. It was edited by Karla Alberts, who does most of my behind the scenes work. Please check her out too online

Please enjoy!


Social media links:

Optical Noise Photography

instagram and titter @opticalnoise


Karla alberts

instagram @karlaq777

See you all soon!


RADA Unearthed and Balcony TV! BTS coming Soon

So I recently worked with RADA Unearthed again. I took some behind the scenes photos for them during their filming with Balcony TV.  This was filmed at Randlords. Amazing view!

We will put them up here on the blog this week for you all to look at. Full write up as well.

rada bts.jpg

See you all soon! Keep being awesome!



Hey guys,

I know this shoot was quite a while back, but I want to give a lot of my past shoots a chance to be written about, so heres one of my favourites, and it was a very simple but awesome one.

I have known Kim a long time, we have done many photoshoots over the time but all just fashion and portraits. This time she did some boudoir / lingerie shots, and one of two simple ones which I used to create some graphic art images on photoshop.

The set ups were all done with very inexpensive speedlights. Either using them to back light the model or light her from the front. I wanted to create more dramatic light with backlighting her.

Mos of the time the Speedlights were bare, and here and there I used a normal shoot through umbrella. I did  most of the shots using my 50mm lens. The rest was with my 16-35mm to get wider shots.

Im sure you will be seeing a lot more coming from this gorgeous woman. Please follow her on the links Below to keep up to date with what shes going to be getting up to. Show some love.

Gear we used for this shoot:

  • Canon 5d mk iii
  • Canon 50mm f1.4
  • Canon 16-35mm f2.8 L
  • Peak Design Slide strap.
  • Df 400 speedlights x 2
  • Yongnuo 622c triggers
  • Kata Backpack
  • 1 lightstand


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Craig Anderson (Foto_fotography) Assistant


Have a good day everyone!


A day at Tuks with gorgeous Charnè Marais // photoshoot in PTA

Hey guys! 

quick post today! wanted to share some images we took a long while back at the University of Pretoria AKA TUKS. This shoot was quite a while ago but I never did a blog about it so thought let me quickly share these.

We  got Charnè Marias to come through and model for us. This girl is always gorgeous as ever, and she models effortlessly. A real pleasure to work with, and im sure that it shows in the images! She is currently not on social media much, but if shes ever back on I will add links to her accounts for you guys to follow!

Who doesnt like beautiful tattoo covered woman??? exactly! 

We only did one outfit due to time, we might do another shoot with her for a online glamour magazine soon, we will definitely share this with you guys too. 

please enjoy

Gear we used for this shoot:

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


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Craig Anderson (Foto_fotography) Assistant


Have a good day everyone!


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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Naomi Das

Liam Worthington


Have a good day everyone!


Introducing Miss Callyne Benting /// The Clumsy Stylist ///

Hey Guys! 

Hope you are all ready for a really productive week !

I just want to do a quick post to introduce you all to miss Callyne Benting. She is going to be our new stylist for shoots. She will be in charge of sourcing clothing and accessories for bigger photoshoots, and making sure everything is looking right on set. 

We are very excited to have her working with us on everything coming up from now! We will be shooting a set this week. Which she will be styling. Look out for that coming later on this week.

This week we will have Callyne post a lil introduction on my blog, so you can get to know her a little bit.  Keep an eye out!

Please follow her and us on our social media accounts to keep updated on what we up to.

Optical Noise Photography

The Clumsy Stylist

Heres a few more images from her quick test shoot that we did for her !

talk soon everyone! enjoy

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


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


Assisted by Craig Anderson (foto fotography)

Videography By Karla alberts (youtube channel)


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)


My sponsors:

Peak design



As always thanks for reading!!! 

talk soon guys!

heres a few more shots! enjoy

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


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


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.


  • 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


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! 


And then remember to check out all our social media!


INSTAGRAM   - @opticalnoise

TWITTER   - @opticalnoise


I was assisted by Craig Anderson from Foto photography.

Make up was done by Rene Viljoen.


Please also go check out my sponsors!

Peak Design - https://www.facebook.com/peakdesignltd

Photogadgets SA - https://www.facebook.com/photogadgets


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


welcome back !! 2016 !! Dance Photography first up

hey all you awesome peolpe.

I have been a bit busy but im back to post a few things this wek.

I would like to welcome everyone into 2016, and i hope to create great memories and art with alot more of your his year !

i have a bunch of cool things happening, and I have changed a bunch of my gear so im shooting a lil different.

First off, I shot with a few dancers the past few weeks. 

Alex Smith from artistic intelligence crew in south africa was first. I shot this using natural light and some speedlights. 

  • my canon 5dmkiii
  • Canon 50mm f1.4
  • Df 400 speedlights.
  • and one pop up octobox.

Here is a behind the scenes clip we took which was for instagram hence why its 15 seconds. filmed by the awesome Karla Alberts!


I wont share them all but if you keen to see more remmeber to check our instagram @opticalnoise and facebook account for more


Hope you guys like them. 

please check out my sponsors too

will post more work a lil later.