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Showing posts from November, 2008

CEO at Webnow

We did a quick shoot at Webnow ( - the guys I use for my nifty newsletters, which you should be subscribing to, by the way - yesterday. Basically the brief was to shoot Jean-Pierre, the CEO, to get some imagery for general PR and media purposes. It's a funky, trendy company, so the images needed to reflect that. Now this just made me very aware again of the need of companies to get a decent profile of media friendly images together for their respective MD's, CEO's, Managers and all who will have some media exposure. I cringe every time I see a photo in a business magazine grabbed while at a party by a mate (because I wasn't looking at the camera, and it looks friendly),  or while making a speech of some sort (grabbed by the event photographer from below, showing podium, powerpoint presentation, and oh, a pic of some indiscernable figure, basked in all colours of light), or the latest fad: the company bought a nice new camera for these purposes and my s…

New Annie Leibovitz book

Celebrity (READ: I'm more famous than the people I photograph) photographer, Annie Leibovitz, has brought out a new book, discussing her behind-the-scenes workings and dealings, explaining a lot of stuff she felt, went through and got around. I haven't read it, but will hopefully be reading it soon.If you're interested:

Lighting Light

The other day we got a call to come and shoot some lamps at a company supplying lamps and interior decor items to some big retail chains. First catch: location, second catch: even background, third catch (my own gripe): lamps have to be lit, but in this case you can't see the power cord... Setting up. We had limited space, so 2 heads had to do the job. Visatecs with shoot-through and reflective brolly box. Jeremy inserting the magic in the lamp. Strobists, it shouldn't be too difficult for you to figure out. Jeremy placing the lamp, me in my default position for the day. Final raw shot. Half-day: 60 odd products. Not bad going.

Good Taste Shoot

I recently shot a article for Good Taste magazine, featuring Giorgio Nava of 95 Keerom fame. The plot of the whole affair is that a chef rocks up at the designated winemaker/punter's house, and needs to put together a dish or 2 with whatever he finds in the kitchen. It was good fun, but called for some shooting and thinking off the cuff, as it all needs to be shot as it happens.Go and view the images and article here: see the neat little video - although it's only about cooking, you can see my Speedlite and my figure in the back briefly!

A poem relating to photography

Through Gods eyesA photograph could be just that An image of the all incumbent nature of sense and emotionPasted together by colour and light A woman’s smile A Veteran’s wrinkles A child playing A funeralA treeBehind the lens lies a potent instrument a master’s eye much more vigilant It manipulates the palate and its artificial friend To draw the truth by it’s reluctant thread to the other endThe Sadness within happinessThe long journey towards maturityThe young soul’s vulnerability The farewell to flesh The vessel of timeA photograph could be just thatPasted in a book to fade and grow olderForgotten foreverOr something more mysterious and bolder ImmortalAn exhibition in the gallery of the BeholderBy: Nadine Potgieter

From a different era

I happened to come upon this little optical slave whilst shopping for some manual flashes. I was offered this Nissin Synchro-Eye Slave Unit for a mere R100 as a novelty throw-in with the SB-16 I was buying, which by the way, I overpaid by about R500 (it cost me R600...) .Compare this little thing with the Falcon Eyes (the ones I use) or even an upscale Hama for packaging and presentation. Its just not quite the same anymore!Oh, it works by the way. I think the resin body is ingenious as it lets light in from everywhere. The suction cup sucks and generally it's a neat little product that stood the test of time. It's small, real small, about half the size of a normal slave.I own a Nissin hammerhead flash, which seems new enough, but haven't been able to find any info on this little gizmo anywhere. Anybody?

Support this cause

A message from a muso friend of mine - please support his effort.It's finally here! I wrote a song of hope and peace with 11-time Emmy Award Winner Andy J Gundell and Grammy Award Winner Julie Gold.We're shooting for a World Record of 1000 000 'listens'.Be a part of it - Let's wrap this song around the world together.Visit on the BIG ROUND BUTTONSurf around the Khululeka [freedom] site.Listen and watch.If you love it, click 'SHARE' and forward to ALL of your friends. If you'd like to BUY the song, you are welcome to. ALL proceeds will go to the Desmond Tutu HIV foundation. Go for it! Lots of loveJames