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The Cellphone Camera.. is upon us

See this interesting blog post: http://blog.chasejarvis.com/blog/2009/05/iphone-art-graces-cover-of-new-yorker.html from photographer, Chase Jarvis, who is a huge iphone camera fan. Interesting for a guy who spends his days shooting with R350 000 Hasselblad HD39 and R100 000 Nikon D3x cameras, and on occasion R500000 RED cameras and R100000 i-frame movie cameras. Well, my gear isn't cheap either, and I must say, I'm really getting into my Samsung i600's 1 mp camera! It has no real photo applications like the Apple iPhone, but just the simple rough and ready look of the images are inspiring enough. The cell-camera forces you to look at things differently, and as a commercial photographer, whose job it is by the very nature of commerce to please others, this allows me to capture the world like I see it. No commercial intent (because as commercial artists it's very hard to get away from this), no care, no worries about focus, resolution, output, color space or anything bu…

Image of the Week

Pierre van Heerden, at the studio, 15 Jan 2009.I only got around to working on this image this week, after it's been sitting in a folder, for 4 months. Pierre is a well-known face on stage in South Africa (Cats, Chicago among various other musicals and various plays), and commercials (Toyota, Absa, breakfast cereals, Volkswagen, and whatnot).I met Pierre through family about 9 years ago, while he was a drama student in Cape Town and selling braai systems on the side. Already he was an entertaining fellow, just having coffee with him turned out to be an interesting affair. So, for quite some time now I've been toying with the idea of doing a brief portrait shoot with him at the studio, as part of my continuing portrait project "Wax Lyrical/Profiler", started in 2001. (Watch my website - the whole collection will be going live soon!). I gave him a ring one day in January, and he just happened to be in Cape Town, for a show, and willing to pop in. He resides in Gauteng …

The Social Media Revolution

...has reached me a long time ago, but I've only recently really connected my business to it. Here are some places you'll find me:Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/danienelFacebook Group: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/group.php?gid=81726518268&ref=tsPlaxo: LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/danienelFlickr: http://www.flickr.com/people/25226507@N03/MyGenius:  http://www.mygenius.com/DanieNel.ProfileTo see a list of all the sites my music also appears on, go to: http://music.danienel.co.za/links.htmlNow, I have to admit, I don't always get to all of them, but through Twitter, my Facebook and Plaxo updates are regular. I get messages through email from these platforms. Also, on the blog, down on the right hand sight, is Google Friend Connect, the future of social media, which allows all websites to become social media sites. Become a friend there. So, see you soon on one of these!PS - why don't you just subscribe to the RSS feed of this site (also on the right her…

Gavin & Mai-Li

I met Gavin probably about 12 years ago. It was a brief meeting. He handed me a pink pack of Ernie Ball Slinky's (guitar strings, not contraceptives - I know it sounds like that) and I handed him lots of small change, no doubt. He was working at "Musical Paradise" and I was still a first year student. I recall then briefly meeting some of his band mates from his old band "Elephant Sun", and then through my years of frequenting musical stores seeing him at different places, most notably "Paul Bothers" and then later on, the store he opened with his late brother, "It's Music". At the latter store, where I often just dropped my guitar off like a novice, pretending not to know how to string it (hehe), Gavin would patiently string my guitar for me, so I could come back and simply pay, leave and play. Anyways, one day we got a 'chatting and well, what do you know, we start talking photography (he played for artists like Natti Simone, who I…

Introducing Philip

You know when you're interviewing someone (for those of you who have had this arduous task), and you just feel uncomfortable and like you can't get the guy out of the office quick enough? Almost like the interviewee is really just there to see what they can get OUT of you and your company, and really not what they'll be contributing to the organisation(Organisation sounds grand - I mean to say: contributing to me)? Like that door-to-door-salesman that just can take a hint? Well, Philip's interview was nothing like that.I was late for the interview (' suppose it's my prerogative) , and he waited patiently. From the moment go, as in seeing a guy patiently whiling away his time in the parking lot, I had a good feeling. He had no grandiose or inflated carry-ons about his skills, his experience or anything. His CV (lots of design and a stint in film school) fit the description well, and other than that he seemed very excited to be part of the make-up here (that'…

Image of the Week

I'm going to start posting some of the fav images I worked on in the week, or that was released in the week for publication. Surprisingly, for a commercial photographer, one of my favourite images of the past week is a wedding pic, from a mate of mine's wedding. Andries and Sunet got married in Porterville, where, on his parents' farm, we decided to do the bulk of our stylised images. The great thing about Swartland and other Karoo type landscapes is the blank canvas effect that happens when you put 2 people infront of the camera on this backdrop. They just jump out at you. However, I felt like I'd like to pump the shots up a bit, almost cinema-style, so I added quite a bit of artificial light onto the subjects (I flashed them, wow.). This allows you to create dramatic lighting and isolate them from the canvas background. More and more I'm studying film (ie movies) for lighting inspiration and a lot of my work, especially portrait work, is leaning towards that idea…