Friday, July 25, 2008

Photoshop Books Worth Reading

For the PS CS3 fans out there, this is a great book. My very intuitive wife bought me this book as a present, a month or so before upgrading to CS3. How she knew I was planning to upgrade, I'm not entirely sure, but anyway, I have it, and it's a great resource.

 

If you don't have a heck of a lot of time to study, but need a quick reference, as to how to achieve certain effects in CS3, CS3 colour corrections and workflow management, this is the one.

 

Another great, slightly more technical book on the topic of colour correction is:

With this one, you need to read the book cover to cover, and only then start referencing. It takes you through the whole colour management process, output settings and calibration of various imaging devices to get consistent results. In my opinion, the best book on the topic I've encountered.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Introduction to Jeremy Purèn

As promised, I will introduce the new face at Danie Nel Photography. Some of you might've met him already, while on a shoot, or a delivery, or tearing down the highway on the studio's yellow Vuka.

_MG_9244 lo-res He is pictured here while reflecting on a shoot recently. Jeremy's job description is digital asset manager/assistant photographer, but he does a heck of a lot more. The workflow at the studio has been streamlined, a day at the studio is less lonely, and generally we just have a load of fun. Oh, and my beverage intake has quadrupled.

Jeremy is a BA Arts graduate, with a penceant for stop-motion/stills-animation film-making, installations and generally BIG ideas. He has recently been featured on an episode of Headwrap  on SABC1 for a collaboration with a traditional Venda potter in Limpopo.

These days the sounds that permeat the studio are that of Fleetwood Mac, Electric Light Orchestra mixed with my own eclectic collecion of Van der Want/Letcher, Dave Matthews Band and also, us jamming on the guitar in the studio. Sometimes he'll grab the guit and knock out some open-tuning vibes while I hit the spoons, or I'll grab the guit and he'll tackle some form of percussion and loudly exclaim now and again in Afrikaans: "Mal!".

So it's all good fun these days. And lotsa hard work.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Update

I've not been very active on the blog lately, mainly because we've been fairly busy, I've contracted pleuritis (haven't missed a day of work) and had some extensive chiropractic treatment for a back I managed to mess up a bit while picking up a toolbox. Also, Jeremy and I have been getting the studio up to scratch, I've been training him in the ways of the DNP method, and and and.

I've promised to put up some piccies of the two of us at work, and Jeremy's been working on a short video compilation of our goings on, which includes shooting up the winelands, shooting the Mercedes S320 CDI at Propaganda Studios, stuffing our faces and drinking totally unbuyably expensive brandy at an Alchemy of Gold food and brandy pairing at Geisha Restaurant, etc etc. But I haven't gotten around to it. And I won't quite today, but soon!

So what am I up to now? Meeting clients at a coffeeshop, doing some shopping for the studio and then back to the studio for some retouching and then to home (half-day - doctor's orders).

Since appointing Jeremy as my digital asset manager/assistant photographer life at DNP Studio has been much more efficient, streamlined, filled with fun and honestly, better work. Having someone to carry the load of the usual business carry-ons (deliveries, retouching etc), enables me to really focus on my work, ideas and giving you even better final product.

Anyways, watch this space as we'll be posting behind-the-scenes images of our shoots shortly. Also, expect a formal introduction to the work and mind of Jeremy.