Fuji X-T30 vs Canon M6 MKII

This is a side by side comparison between the Fuji X-T30 with the XF 18mm – 55mm f2.8 – f4 kit lens and the Canon M6 MKII with the EF-M 15mm – 45mm f3.5 – f6.3 kit lens. Images were taken at the same place, same time, same settings.


Types of lighting for photography

This video explains the 3 main types of lighting used for photography, video and cinema. An introductory overview of ambient, flash and continuous lighting, showing you live the effect it has on this footage while filming is in process.


Film Format and the “Full Frame”

Over the years I’ve had to opportunity to do my photography using both film and digital cameras. Occasionally the word “full frame” comes up which concept and size comes from the 35mm film camera and the frame it produced on film (36mmx24mm), which is in todays language the “full frame” sensor we speak about in 35mm digital photography.

With this in mind, I thought it would be great to show just how large this 35mm “full frame” is in comparison to the film I have used during my career as a photographer. You may have heard or even used a 4×5, which is the largest film I used while using Sinar F or Horseman 4×5 cameras. Also known as Large Format.

Another format using 120mm film is also known as Medium Format. This is a very versatile format using either a fixed camera which would be a larger version of the 35mm camera, or camera’s like the Hasselblad V or Mamiya RB 67, that have interchangeable film backs.

The most common formats using the 120mm film that has been used in commercial photography have been 6×7, 6×6 and 645 as seen below. Depending on which one you used will depend on how many frames you would get on one roll of film. A 6×7 would give you 10 frames, 6×6 would give you 12 frames and 645 would give you 15 frames per roll.

Some of these film backs were however made to fit onto a 4×5 camera and would give you a format of 6×12 as seen below.

The more famous 35mm film would come in three lengths, 12, 24 and 36 exposures and if you had a 12, that’s all you had, 12 photographs on one roll of film. That would be the same as shooting with a 6×6 medium format camera giving you 12 frames on one roll of film. Needless to say, 36 exposures on one roll was better that 12 when you have a lot to do. Some cameras like the Hasselblad XPan, would give the option of shooting a panorama by doubling the frame. This can be seen below along with the standard 35mm frame.

Film would be available as “negative” to use for prints and “positive” like the ones above, that need to be scanned, then digitized before retouching and going to print for magazines and advertising etc. Another use for “positive” film were slide shows where images are projected onto a screen or wall. Today however, we make use of programs like Keynote and PowerPoint and insert our digital photographs into these programs.

Photography has come a long way from film and continues to expand the digital horizon both in 35mm and medium format. The legacy of film has not lost its charm and many are using film for the first time, or out of nostalgia, or just because it is still one of the best ways to slow down the digital pace, think about the shot and create something beautiful in a non technological way.

Full frame 35mm digital photography has become the standard by which many photographers, be they professionals, students and amateurs live by. This is a format that will not be going away soon, but will continue to adapt itself whether as a DSLR or Mirrorless. Below are the different formats in perspective from 4×5 to 35mm. So next time you look at a 35mm camera, whether film or digital, remember the journey that has led to this powerful format.


Glamorous Living

Nestled on the slopes of Camps Bay, is one of Judith Hendry’s latest works of interior design. With a brief of glamorous living and a undertone of purple found in anemone, this renovation project has become a house that is stately yet comfortable. The use of a softer grey, creates an elegant style with colours blending in to form a tranquil setting. Wooden ceilings are a great design feature accentuating the space of each room that they are in. Metallic wallpaper forms the central focal point between the dinning room and kitchen where the staircase behind it, leads to the family room with a similar pattern on the scatter cushions. The lounge is made up of three areas for versatile living. The TV area, fireplace and the drinks area which is hidden behind sliding panels. The entertainment room is filled with images from great musicians on a mirrored wall, while on the other side of the room is the big screen for the cinema. For the guest room, Judith asked for one of my images of Cape Town at night, which was printed as a Dibond, and hangs seamlessly on the wall.


Here comes the sun

I was on set at Photo Hire shooting for Spree for “Here comes the sun,” the summer make up guide. Having the privilege of shooting in one of Cape Town’s great photo studios as well as having the use of  Broncolor lighting equipment, we had some great shots. I was really impressed with the clarity of light coming from the Broncolor Umbrella Para which we used as our main light source. We built two sets on either side of the studio to create the different lighting moods and swopped back and forth depending on the shots.

Thanks to a great team effort from beauty editor Gretha Swinnen and the rest of the crew, Shahnaz (make up), Nandi (hair) and our two models.


The Hamptons

When asked to go to The Hamptons, one naturally thinks of getting on an aeroplane and heading off to Long Island New York.  In this case however, interior designer Judith Hendry transformed an ordinary Sea Point apartment in the ideal Hamptons apartment, just across the road from the promenade. I love the way the space has been redesigned adding huge value to every part of the apartment. The colours and textures used in the decor provide a calm and peaceful place of comfort.

Make Five – Maak Vyf

I’ve been working on a few projects with food consultant Heleen Meyer and was asked to shoot her new book for her, Make Five. (Available in Afrikaans as Maak Vyf). This book has been amazing to shoot and for me personally it has been a book I’ve really enjoyed shooting. I must thank Heleen for what I have seen as one of the best briefs that I have received for a book project with Pinterest mood boards and constant updates on our shots.

We were able to have the mood boards open on one of our computer screens while seeing what we were shooting on the other, making comparisons to lighting, depth and backgrounds choices etc. While Heleen and her team were busy with prepping and styling, I would be fine tweaking the photography to get each one just right before the final shot was taken.

The book contains easy recipes where one ingredient is used in five different ways. From salads, to side dishes and meals and never forgetting dessert like the delicious rose-water panna cotta with roasted strawberries.

Make Five is available through Heleen’s website, at book stores nation wide (South Africa), and can also be purchased online. For a video preview of the book, click here.



For The Love Of Avocado

My son Joshua will tell you that one of his most favourite things to eat is an avocado. He simply loves avocado and can have one every day whether its scooped out of the skin with a teaspoon or on toast or in a salad, this is his choice fruit.

When having the chance to shoot avocado, it is always great to see how food editors, stylist and consultants make use of the avocado. So on this shoot with Heleen Meyer, I was exited to see what to do at home for the family. We shot various step by steps, one of which was of how to make your own guacamole which forms part of the Woolworths In-Store promotion presentations. Along with these images was a main image to be used on the Woolworths recipe cards.

Now that I have my set of recipe cards its time for me to stock up on avocado and make my own guacamole.