Month: November 2017

2017 IT Personality of the Year

IT Web commissioned me to shoot the Cape Town nominees for this year’s award. It’s always a bit tough matching another photographer’s lighting for a national project, but this was an easier task somehow. There’s just something timeless about grey backgrounds and black & white.

Keeping it really, really simple with one small softbox to camera right did the trick. It’s all about positioning the lighting angle, the sitter and watching the distance from the subject to the background. Finally getting that bit of sparkle from the Baratang put the cherry on top. I’m afraid no tutorial can teach you how to connect with people. You either love human beings or you don’t.  People are unpredictable, products don’t talk back. Photograph your passion.

Cape Town Carnival 2017

Based loosely on Rio’s Carnival, the Cape Town Carnival is our very own African version. The 2017 Parade story began at the edge of the sea, emerging at the surface, plunging down to the depths and into the abyss. Floats varied from the Sun Godess to the Angler Fish.

Shooting on the street in amongst the performers and press gang at night was quite a challenging experience. Fortunately no lenses were dropped and I managed to stay upright on both feet while keeping focused on the fast moving flotillas.