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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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Kirstyn

Craig Anderson (Foto_fotography) Assistant

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Have a good day everyone!

cheers!

FITNESS, STRENGTH AND LOVE! /// SHOOT WITH DANIELLE AND ASHLEY

GREETINGS!

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

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Have a good day everyone!

cheers!

 

BEING ON POINTE /// PHOTOSHOOT WITH NATASHA HEUSER EHLERS

I have such a big admiration for dancers in general, but with ballet dancers. There's something incredibly powerful about how strong they are, about how poised and controlled their movements are, and the willingness to keep going over and over, especially when trying to get the shot during a photoshoot.

I had a chance to work with the ever so gorgeous Natasha, a ballet dancer based in JHB. We actually did 2 photoshoots within the span of a month, as her shoot was meant to be done in PTA with the iconic purple Jacaranda trees that we often see in South Africa, but due to a time issue that was delayed and we did her first shoot at Gold Reef City casino, which worked just as well. So during this talk you will see images from both her photoshoots. We hope you like them like we do :D :D :D!

I really enjoy working with this girl. When it comes with dancing we need to work hard to get my timing in sync with the dancers time. Plus make sure the flash is actually hitting the model and all the settings are correct. So we often doing the same jump a bunch of times to be sure it looks awesome, and mainly make sure the technique shown in the dance move is correct. So im glad dancers are willing to do it "one more time" like a hundred times HAHA.

With dance photography, to me its most important to get the timing right. With any dance style there is always correct technique. Your photo can look amazing, lights and colours are awesome, but if the technique is incorrect, then its a bad bad image, and most dancers wont like the shot nor show it to anyone. Toes being pointed, lines from legs looking right, hands and so on, all contributes to making a dance shot work. I often ask the dancer if this is right or not and can we redo it. As much as i know a lot about whats right n wrong, the dancers knows more. So ask!

ok now for gear and what we did to light the model.

With dancing we always shoot with very high shutter speeds. from 1/800th to about 1/2500th. You would be surprised to see how much motion blur you get on feet when they jump up and fling their legs  to position. So we used speedlights which are able to do HSS. We used 2 yongnuo yn500ex flashes mounted to one bracket and triggered wirelessly using a trigger. This allows the flash to sync over the usual 1/200th max sync speed.

For the bridge shoot We used a normal shoot through white umbrella to diffuse the light, but not too much to take away much of the distance from the flash. 

For the shoot with the Jacaranda trees we shot during 11am sunlight which is very bright, but luckily we were then easily able to use the high shutter speed along with the flash. We left the flashes bare, no umbrella this time. We just covered the flash head with wax paper which just diffused it a tiny bit, but maximised the distance the light would travel in bright sun.

Gear set:

  • Canon 5d mkiii
  • Canon 50mm f1.4
  • Canon16-35mm f2.8 L
  • 2x yongnuo yn500ex speedlights
  • yongnuo 622c triggers
  • light stand
  • wax paper
  • white shoot through umbrella
  • peak design slide strap
  • kata backpack

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Natasha

INSTAGRAM: click here  (@tashehl)

    Craig Anderson (Foto_fotography) Assistant

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    Heres some more photos! Until next time!

    cheers!


    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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    Courtneigh

    Craig Anderson (Foto_fotography) Assistant

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    Have a good day everyone!

    cheers!

    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

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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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    Peak design

    Photogadgets

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    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

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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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    Please also go check out my sponsors!

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

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


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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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