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


Have a great day everyone!




What phone camera do you love to take photos with???

So simple question. What phone do you use for your day to day, and does it take good images? With things like Facebook, Instagram, and twitter to name a few taking over your daily life. There is a lot of reason to use your phone to capture some shots to share online instantly.

Can you take a professional looking image with a phone? These days the cameras on phones have got as many megapixels as a pro DSLR camera. So why cant you do the same quality work with a phone?

There's many things that a DSLR can do which a phone cant, like change lenses and add a artificial light on a stand but there may be ways around that... and this is what we want to try.

We will be doing a shoot with a dancer and a model, to try create great but also professional level images on a phone.. We may try a bunch of phones if possible. We will be trying to sync a off camera flash source, or continuous light which is easy. We will try some aftermarket cell phone lenses too and try mimic some camera shots.

We will be using Snapseed for the editing and processing, and use photoshop as we would a normal shoot to do both quick on location phone editing and then on a pc.

We would love to hear from you what phones we must try? Or one specific phone? Also let us know what you would use or what you have currently. Also share some shots of what you have done on a phone.

keep in touch



Durban We coming down for a lil visit. :D

Hey all.

It's been a while I know. Got a little preoccupied with working that I didn't take a moment to tell you all about it. As usual we are always busy trying to create and grow as artists, while maintaining life and paying the bills. So here we are.

Back to the topic at hand. We will be down in sunny, warm (well we hope) Durban. With JHB having such miserable weather it will be great to see some sun and waves.

You can catch me shooting at Sneaker Exchange Durban on Saturday most of the day, I'll be working along with Man Of Action Concepts to capture some stills and video of the event. It's always a great event. The best of sneaker heads, music, and the culture we all love. Please do come check it out and have some fun with us.

If you looking for tickets you can pick them up at Computicket online.

Sunday I will be around town doing a few Photoshoots with models and dancers, as well as some off time on the beach with my people. If you looking to work with me give me a shout via E-mail and let's plan something.

Going to be a awesome feeling to get out of JHB for 2 days, its been a year and a half since I've been away. So let's make it great.

Here's a few shots I took of the last sneaker exchange which was in Durban.

Enjoy. I hope to see you all there. Links to some pages you should check out below.




Sneaker Exchange facebook:   

@sxc_za on instagram

Optical Noise Photography Facebook

@opticalnoise on instagram

Man Of Action Concepts Facebook

@manofactionconcepts on instagram



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.

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See you all soon! Keep being awesome!



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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Optical Noise photography:


Craig Anderson (Foto_fotography) Assistant



Have a good day everyone!




Been a busy few days, I apologise for taking so long to post another blog, but here we are :D

I wanted to share these images that I shot last year with Danielle Van Rensburg and Ashley Pereira. Both Fitness athletes, and a loving couple. 

Danielle asked me to photograph them while they were still in comp form. So we set up a studio and location shoot session. I really enjoy working with athletes. Trying to show what they have been working so hard to achieve. 

I used a bunch of speedlights, both bare and with shoot through umbrellas to try and create harsh contrasting light to emphasise the physique.  Bare flashes used as kicker lights, and then the umbrella and softboxes was used as the key light and for fill.

You must definitely give them both a follow, show some love and get inspired. Links will be left below.

For now check out some of the photographs!

Gear we used for this shoot:

  • Canon 5d mk iii
  • Canon 50mm f1.8
  • Canon 85mm f1.8
  • Peak Design Slide strap.
  • Df 400 speedlights x 4
  • yongnuo speedlights x 2 yn500ex
  • Yongnuo 622c triggers
  • Kata Backpack
  • 2 lightstands
  • Shoot through umbrella, pop up octobox.


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Danielle and Ashley

Craig Anderson (Foto_fotography) Assistant


Have a good day everyone!



Courtneigh Sinead Jacobs /// I love this womans hair :D

hey everyone!

A few weeks ago I had a very impromptu photoshoot with the gorgeous Courtneigh Sinead Jacobs . Been meaning to photograph her for ages and we finally got to it!

Thing I love most about this woman is her HAIR! ITS GLORIOUS! but of course also her eyes! have a look you'l see.

We just went to the outdoor skatepark at Stoneridge mall, got permission to shoot and had at it. I wanted to test out the new Menik strobe that I bought from Cameralight SA. As iv said! i adore this flash!

Alot of it was shot using HSS (FP mode), with a 120cm octobox. one or 2 was shot with a speedlight as a hair light. Craig from Foto Fotography came through to help me out!

Heres a bunch of the images we shot. for more see our social media accounts listed below.

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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Please follow us all on social media:

Optical Noise photography:


Craig Anderson (Foto_fotography) Assistant


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!

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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!!


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.