The month of October is significant for a few reasons. Mainly, its my birthday, and i believe, as is the case with many people, that age does not equate to spirit age. If you can connect with your inner child, cliched as it sounds, and remember how you used to enjoy life, in its simplest, purest form, you’ll never truly age. I’ve met people, young and old, who sometimes juxtapose completely in this regard.
The other reason, is Halloween. Even though we don’t celebrate it officially in south africa, its still a fun and exciting time. People enjoy being scared and its the perfect excuse to watch as many horror as possible, good and bad.
I haven’t really been involved in too many community projects or good will projects in general. I always thought of it as means for people with a guilty conscience to ease the burden. But of course, generalizing is one of the worst things you can do, next to assumption.
I had the opportunity to work on a shoot that focused on green peace and how we can promote it. It was a fashion shoot, where the fabrics were entirely “green friendly”, so to speak. In essence, you can be fashionable without leaving a big, nasty carbon footprint.
It was fun and i visited some beautiful locations, including the awe inspiring, God’s window. Do yourself a favor and google this place. Its located in the province of mpumalanga, south africa. I also came to the realization that i haven’t really seen much of what our country has to offer. A person rarely visits the sightseeing hotspots in the place they live.
Following are a few images from the shoot. These are only samples, as the shoot is still in process. I unfortunately couldn’t complete the entire shoot at the time, and the finale has been postponed. But i am very excited to see the final product. Hopefully, this will encourage and inspire people to do more for their community, even it if seems silly at times. Just remember, don’t do things because of guilt. Its never the right reason and almost always the wrong one.
I try to include some ideas as to the lighting setups i use. With this particular shoot, i used three light sources. The sun, a reflector and a beauty dish. Sometimes i used the sun as a backlight or sidelight, while using the beauty dish for the main and the reflector for fill.
Learn the basics, apply the basics, but be prepared for trial and error. The best way to learn is to do. Don’t expect perfect results and always be willing to make mistakes in order to better yourself as a photographer.