At a recent farewell to a dear mentor (Goodbye Dr. B. You were truly a leader of men.) in my early days in the Sandton Emergency Services, a lot of my old colleagues whom I’ve not seen in years asked me what I am doing now with myself! I left the service in ’97 after 8 years of some of the most tumultuous times in South Africa’s history and dangerous yet oddly rewarding work of my life. I always had my 35mm cameras at hand but they were not as easily taken into a township in the back of an Mfezi and D&P was pricey on my salary…so I have sadly very little in the way of photo’s of those days, some were destroyed in a flood a few years back.
So to get back to the point, when I said I do “event photography” I drew a bit of a blank stare from them. I admit they didn’t expect this considering I mostly post nature/scape/wildlife/birding shots on my Facebook Page. These are the subjects that draw more pleasure than a picture of bored conference attendees or staff right? However if done properly, professional event photography can also draw emotion and attention, and be a powerful tool or conveyor of ideas, product, promotions, launches, services and more. Here are a few samples of my work:
Gear I use: Bodies: Nikon D-SLR’s / Lenses: Nikon, Sigma, Tokina, Vivitar
Filters: Hoya UV & Polarizing / Flash: Nikon Speed-lights / Bag: Lowe Pro
Tripods & Heads: Manfrotto / Grips, Triggers, Timers, Batteries: Phottix
Editing Plug-in: Topaz Labs Noise Reduction, HDR, B&W Conversion & more!