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Danie Nel Gallery

I’ve been mentioning my “Gallery” idea here and there, Tweeting it here and there, but it’s slowly coming to life. I’m working on creating a gallery section to my website, where you can see what I shoot to put up on a wall. It’ll lean toward my landscapy images, things that’s more decor and art orientated. However, here and there you’ll find something strange or weird. The most important part of this project is that I like it. I don’t care if it’s popular, really, I do this for kicks.  Anyways, here are a couple of tasters.All these images are open edition prints, available in various sizes. If interested, please enquire.I must say, I've not really gone out and said “I’m going to shoot images that’ll work well for decor”. I’ve only really taken pics of where I am. I don’t try and do say something with the images, or really even document, but more just… create and move on. I’ve never had an exhibition (solo) of my pictorial images, and I don’t really think they justify one either. …

Creative Corporate Portraiture SANLAM ITAR

On a number of occasions I have blogged on the importance of good corporate portrait work, and with my good friends at www.icsc.co.za we were able to do a really cool project for the IT division of Sanlam. For their annual report they wanted to showcase the executives doing what they do for fun, to be able to show another side of the top brass. AS this is an internal publication, a personal touch was needed and we were called upon to get images with some character, and fun. From a  insect photographer and bug enthusiast, to a MBA enthusiast (you get all types), someone who likes walking her dog, a Biggest Loser-contestant, traveller and mom. Locations included a number of shots at Sanlam HQ, Vasco da Gama FC, back-roads of Durbanville, Kenridge Dam, Plattekloof Planet Fitness, Bellville Golf Club, suburbs, etc etc. As I’ve said before, with a bit of effort you professional photo profile can be elevated from the mundane to something really special.Apart from doing the normal formal thi…

Bad News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/8676758.stm I just received terrible news from friends and clients, that Afriqiyah Airlines (the one that took me to Libya and who I did the work for) has had a crash in Tripoli. It flew from JHB last night and ended up crashing on the runway in Tripoli this morning, killing all aboard, although there is a rumour of a child surviving. I must say, before people start going haywire about local and African Airlines that I had no reason on my trip to suspect lower than expected standards and procedures. I haven’t confirmed whether anybody from their agency here was on board, but I’ll know in due time.Wow, I dearly hope this does not make people avoid Libya…, I found it to be a fab place, and a decent airline. My condolences to all who is affected and lost someone.You know what the biggest (strangest) thing is: I decided to wear my Afriqiyah Airlines T-shirt and cap today…, long before I found out about the accident.Herewith some pics from my flight …

Microstock Sites – Money For Photographers

People often ask me who I suggest in terms of micro-stock agencies, or who to supply their images to, if they want to make a buck on the side, so I put together this list. Yes, if you sign up through these I’ll get a couple of pennies every time you buy or sell, but that comes from the agent’s commission, not yours. I suggest you sign up for all of them, because you just can’t predict where your stuff will do well, but Shutterstock is definitely one of the first, and a close second is istock, but they’ve got pretty steep acceptance requirements. The rest are all pretty cool to get in with, you just sign up and sell. However, the most movement is on Shutterstock and istock, with Dreamstime and Fotolia short on their heels. Crestock, 123RF and BigStockPhoto are slower, but great for cutting your teeth and getting an online portfolio established.All the agencies work on a non-exclusive model (although exclusivity is available), where it allows you to upload the same image to different si…