Frequently asked questions:

Photography

How much do you charge for x photos (usually under 10 photos)?

This is something I get quite a bit, especially when people hear what I ask for 40 photos. And the honest answer is, I generally don’t take less than 10 photos of someone. Now the main reason why is quite simple: it’s not cost effective for me.

Let’s decide to take a couple photos at the botanical gardens.

I have to drive all the way over there, pay for my entrance and then after a minute of taking 10 photos, I have to go again.

One of the things people tend to forget is, that 40 photos sound like way too many photos. It’s not that many, keep in mind that usually when I finish a 40-photo shoot, I tend to leave with about 100 photos.

Most are duplicates of the same theme, but in those 100 photos is usually the one which is worth its weight in gold.

Can we take photos at your studio?

Short answer, no not anymore.

Long Answer I don’t have a studio space anymore.

If you do need studio quality photos. I do have a mobile studio kit with lights, a backdrop and everything I tend to use for my corporate headshots.

 

Where do you usually take photos?

Usually, I like to take photos at the botanical gardens, as it’s an area I know and I know I will be able to get some great photos.

Areas in Bloemfontein is Navel Hill, the old firefighters building or the multitude of old buildings in the area.

I avoid Bloem CBD as well as taking photos of people posing in the streets with cards behind them for one important rule: safety first, photos second.

What equipment do you use in your photography?

My Photography kit consists of the following: with almost every shoot I do, I use a Canon 6D, with a Canon 7D as my backup camera.

The 6D is a workhorse of a camera and hasn’t let me down yet, but if the moment requires fast shutter speed, the 7D is great for that.

My lenses: The 24-70mm F2.8L is pretty much with me whenever I do anything, it’s a great versatile lens.

From portraits to group photos, it shines everywhere.

Then my favorite lens for portrait work, the Canon 100mm F2.8L Macro. Not a lens you would think would work for portrait work, but it shines, also it allows me to take up-close photos if I need it.

The Sigma 35mm 1.4 ART is currently the next favorite lens. When shooting wide open it allows a nice bokeh (the fancy name for background blur) and also a very good lens at low light, especially shooting at F1.4.

Then onto my Speed lights, I always used the Canon 430 EX II speed light for the longest time, as it was the only flash, I had that was compatible with my Gary Fong lightspere collapsible.

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