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Hello to the people who read and follow my bloggging adventures. Yes I know there are three g’s but that’s how it felt at that moment! Firstly I’d like to apologize for the few posts lately, just some of my clients prefer privacy to being blogged so no new photos from weddings, but maybe I can persuade them so that I can post “non people” related photos πŸ™‚ I am also experiencing a very quiet season and it has given me loads of time to reflect and rethink my position in the industry. So many young new guys with incredible talent sprouting up everywhere, it’s hard to compete when budgets are tight and talent is overflowing. I have been doing this for over 10 years so I have proven that I have staying power and you know even Madonna has to reinvent herself from time to time to stay on top, so I guess this is my challenge now, to reinvent and relaunch, seems like such an odd experience to go through after a long career but it might be a very good thing!

Branding has become such an important part of any business model, branding and aggressive marketing. I used toΒ  think that was showing up at someones door with a couple of tough guys from a mobster movie! I still have loads to learn when it comes to business, as an artist it’s not a natural strong point for me and I think a lot of people who become successful quickly have a strong established sense of what business is all about. Artists could not be bothered, but I sometimes wonder if that wasn’t a turning point for myself. When I started concentrating on business instead of just being an artist I could have subconsciously changed how I was perceived, I don’t know, just a thought. What do you think?

  • April 2, 2012 - 11:27

    balklΓ€nningar - Cool pictures…….

  • March 9, 2012 - 09:17

    tabitha - Wow! That animated picture is AMAZING! Really really well done πŸ™‚

  • March 9, 2012 - 09:16

    Tabitha - Wow, that is so, so, so cool! (The animated picture!!). Well Done!

These two shots were taken right after another, the one is without flash and the other with flash. I have to adjust exposure for the no flash photo cause it was just too dark being shot at the same settings and all. Beauty dish on the profoto flash. 1/8000th at f2.8, ISO 200

There has been many debates on what is better and there is still no clear answer. Some people love available light and other love flash for me, I love being able to use any of the two when I need to. With flash you can create surreal looking images, without flash you capture the real moment.

So which do you prefer?

FLASH?

carla besterOR NO FLASH?

carla bester

  • March 9, 2012 - 12:50

    tabitha - for this shot, I really love the one without flash. But it must be awesome to have full control to choose at all times!

  • February 29, 2012 - 11:58

    Mandy - Luv the non-flash pic! So natural!!

My recent workshop went extremely well and it was a huge success. I have had some amazing feedback and it makes me really glad to know that I was able to rely difficult flash technology in one day. We had a great location, amazing dresses and a gorgeous model which just all added up for some amazing images.

I just want to take a moment to extend my gratitude to the following people:
Hendre Louw at Sunshine Co. for supplying us with the amazing Profoto Gear
Marietjie Hurter for the fabulous makeup and hair
Sven from Molenvliet Estate
Michelle and Robyn from Robyn Roberts Bridal and Evening Wear Design
and Carla Bester our model for the day.

Here are just some more of the images from the day.

There is also a video on youtube that you can watch, just click here!

  • March 1, 2012 - 00:28

    claire gunn - Beautiful pictures Eric. So inspiring. I really hope to be able to attend your next workshop>

  • February 23, 2012 - 12:09

    nastassja harvey - awesome workshop, stunning images, en een ongelooflike mooi model πŸ™‚

Bookings are now officially open for my lighting workshop. This workshop will focus on using studio quality flash equipment out in the “field”. Focusing primarily on battery packs that are portable but also very powerful. I will also divulge a trade secret, how to shoot with studio flash equipment and have a sync speed of up to 1/8000th of a second! Which will allow you to shoot at f2.8 or bigger.

ANNOUNCED! Price reduction on my workshop, from R2800 to R2000!

Workshop outline for the 16th of February 2012:

  • Portable battery pack flash equipment – Profoto Acute B 600R
  • Bare bulb, umbrella, beauty dish and softbox use
  • You will need your own camera gear
  • Lunch, drinks, coffee, water and other snacks will be provided throughout the day
  • Pocketwizard FlexTT 5 units, limited number will be on hand for use
  • Being able to shoot anytime of the day
  • Working quickly with light powerful gear
  • Getting low depth of field shots in studio for beautiful portraits
  • Providing a better quality product to your clients
  • Broadening your skill set

 

Space is limited so jump quickly to secure your place! We will be hosted by the amazingly gorgeous Molenvliet venue in Stellenbosch. Lighting gear sponsored with the compliments of Profoto SA.

Date: 16 February 2012, Arrival at 9h30 to start at 10h00, finishing off around 19h00

Cost of the course is R2800.00 Β  NOW R2000!

Please download this form and fax or email back to me!

 

  • February 24, 2012 - 11:28

    Sherene - Eric if you are ever doing a workshop in Pretoria please let me know.

  • February 1, 2012 - 11:46

    Eric - Hi Leone, if there are enough interested people I could swing that way..

  • January 31, 2012 - 21:14

    leone - any chance that you might come to PTA any time soon?

  • January 30, 2012 - 09:55

    Andre du Plessis - Hi Eric. we would like to attend the workshop as previously indicated. it will be my wife and i from Bloemfontein.

    please send a quote and booking form.

    Thank you

    Andre du Plessis

  • January 28, 2012 - 00:33

    Eric - Thanks, updated! 16 Feb 2012

  • January 27, 2012 - 20:08

    Nicole - Hi Eric, sounds epic – what date is the course please?

It was a glorious day in Elgin at South Hill wine estate. People came to celebrate a wedding, they came they saw and they partied! Ooi!

Sebastine Pepler did her makeup.

Nastassja Harvey assisted me.

  • February 18, 2012 - 19:53

    Eric - Thank you Lauren πŸ™‚

  • February 16, 2012 - 12:58

    Lauren Kriedemann - wow eric beautiful work. i haven’t been on your site for a while but i am loving it well done x

  • January 20, 2012 - 00:58

    Kat de Sarigny - These photos are incredible! I am in awe! I especially love the reception photos – wow! You are inspiring Eric!!

  • January 18, 2012 - 18:45

    mary - An amazing setting and beautiful,happy wedding captured with stunning photography x

  • January 18, 2012 - 10:50

    Tania Grimbeek - WOW Mercia – ek moes nou 2 keer kyk om seker te maak dis jy! JY lyk AMAZING!!! BAIE BAIE geluk met die troue! x

  • January 16, 2012 - 14:29

    Cecile - Stem saam Merc, en dan kan hy nog lekker party ook! πŸ™‚

  • January 16, 2012 - 12:39

    Eric - Plesier Mercia! Baie dankie en ek bly jy hou so baie daarvan!

  • January 15, 2012 - 11:27

    Mercia - most beautiful pics Eric! you are a BRILLIANT photographer we are so lucky. you captured the whole day, your pictures tells a story! ooi!

  • January 14, 2012 - 11:43

    Mercia - wowwee, Eric these are magnificent! we were so lucky to have someone as good as you to capture the day as perfect as you have. we love every pic and cant wait for the rest. Thank you once again.

  • January 14, 2012 - 00:19

    Eric - ek voel baie special, baie dankie πŸ™‚

  • January 13, 2012 - 22:49

    Jean-Pierre Uys - This is an amazing wedding and brilliantly captured by Eric, these photos are world class, on parr with the Jonas Petersons and the rest!

  • January 13, 2012 - 18:26

    nastassja harvey - die maan het so awesome saam gespeel πŸ™‚ regtig ongeloflike fotos eric! (vrek mal oor die tilt shift!)

Windy? That is a bit of an understatement, the wind was gusting at around 200mph! But we endured and we braved the mighty winds that the Cape is famous for and we conquered! It was fun shooting and meeting you guys, enjoy South Africa!

  • February 18, 2012 - 19:53

    Eric - Thank you Rian, can you remember how windy it was? Doesn’t look like it on the photos πŸ™‚ Also, Cape Town council has gone beserk with their permit issues, if we had to shoot their today we would have been chased away, they now require photographers to have a permit and public liability insurance, my guess is this is gonna have a negative impact on tourism, the not so friendly film city.

    Thanks Lauren!

  • February 16, 2012 - 13:05

    Lauren Kriedemann - So beautiful eric !

  • February 16, 2012 - 09:08

    Rian - Such an amazing experience. The photos are fantastic. Thank you!

  • January 6, 2012 - 15:18

    Taryn Ward - Love that first shot with the tilt shift lens πŸ˜€

  • January 4, 2012 - 22:08

    nastassja harvey - sjoe dis gorgeous… die tilt shift is to die for.

  • January 4, 2012 - 10:14

    Jean-Pierre Uys - Epic shoot!

A Jewish wedding isn’t really a wedding, it’s more of a celebration with loads of fun and awesome dancing! I just could not wait to get some pics out onto my blog, hope you enjoy. (These are more of an off-beat look at it) I was the second photographer on this wedding, main photographer was my brother, will link to his post once he has it up and going.

Yes I know, this might be Bono from his earlier years.

This photo above is what I deem to be a bum-shot. the angle and way my camera dangles from my shoulder sometimes results in a bum-shot (the vertical shutter gets released accidentally by my bum) sometimes with an interesting effect..

Nicole Rich assisted me.

Venue: The awesome Molenvliet in Stellenbosch

  • January 8, 2012 - 07:49

    Annemari - Awesome awesome images!

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