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Do not steal pictures online

  • March 31, 2015
Do not steal pictures online

Anyone who has any photographic or publishing experience, or for that matter, even a basic academic qualification, should know that "lifting" pictures from Google is essentially "stealing". Despite this, at our web design business we still frequently get requests to "just find a picture on Google". There is a perception that stealing pictures from the internet is just fine - because "everyone is doing it". We usually take the time to educate our clients around copyright. There are literally millions of pictures available at affordable stock agencies, so generally there is no excuse for using...

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Website & brand photography for Blue Collars

  • March 16, 2015
Website & brand photography for Blue Collars

Blue Collars, a “trades” services company which offers managed, audited, accredited and guaranteed plumbing, electrical, general maintenance and related services has just gone live with a new website www.bluecollars.co.za AJ Cotton Durban Photographer has been instrumental in the development of all brand images for the website and other marketing promotional channels. The first baseline image that was required for the company was a still-life image to represent the company's bundle of services. An appropriate stock photograph was identified, but it was missing representation of a key service...

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Entrepreneur of the Year – Stills and Video

  • September 8, 2014
Entrepreneur of the Year – Stills and Video

For the past few weeks we have been working on a large project travelling South Africa capturing stills images and video footage for the Sanlam / Business Partners Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. It was inspirational to meet the finalist entrepreneurs at their businesses all the way from Tzaneen to Cape Town. Then we put this video together to be viewed at the awards ceremony. Some inspirational stuff from the finalists for all of us who started a business . . . or perhaps for those who are thinking they would like to.

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Sandton night skyline for PCCW Global

  • July 3, 2014
Sandton night skyline for PCCW Global

Another interesting shoot this year has been a commission to provide a night skyline image of the Sandton CBD in Johannesburg for the international telecommunications company, PCCW Global. The image is a custom produced, one-of-a-kind stitched panorama comprising multiple individual files to provide a final 38mp image for pristine large-format printing quality. The final image was printed on a the back wall of the Johannesburg office boardroom primarily to serve as a backdrop for international video conference calls.

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Corporate portrait porfolio

  • April 10, 2014
Corporate portrait porfolio

We have just finalised our new corporate portrait portfolio based on both previous and some recent work. The full download is about 4mb and is in Adobe Acrobat format. That said, the gist of it is included in the images below.

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Wedding of Calvin and Tara

  • February 11, 2014
Wedding of Calvin and Tara

A little over a month ago Calvin and Tara tied the knot at the Crab Apple venue in the beautiful Dargle Valley in the Natal Midlands. The couple entrusted me to produce memorable creative and editorial-style wedding photographs for their special day. What a pleasure it was to be Calvin and Tara's wedding photographer. Some samples from the wedding feature below:

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Durban food photographer – portfolio

  • January 30, 2014
Durban food photographer – portfolio

We have just quoted on quite a large and exciting new project involving professional food photographer or food photography services in Durban. I realised that the Wordpress theme we are using courtesy of our related Durban web design company is not allowing right clicking and saving of images. So we rustled up a quick Adobe Acrobat Food Photography portfolio for the client . . .  and why not share it here: Durban Food Photographer Portfolio It was so interesting to see images from that fantastic cooking book project for Rupert and Sarah from McNabs a few years back!  

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Stephen Saad for the London Financial Times

  • November 17, 2013
Stephen Saad for the London Financial Times

I've always found photographing business leaders an inspiration. So I knew from the start that photographing Stephen Saad for the London Financial Times was going to be an exciting commission. For those that don't know, Stephen Saad is a co-founder of Aspen Pharmacare - a listed pharmaceutical company that punches well above its fighting weight. For the shoot, I teamed up with top-notch financial journalist, Andrew England, who covered the story for the "Times". The story, and accompanying photographs ran in "The Monday Interview" section of the UK paper and online.

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Fuji X100s – the ultimate walkabout stock camera?

  • November 12, 2013

I've been a fan of Fuji's higher-end cameras ever since I dumped a Nikon D70 for an end-of-line S3 Pro. Fuji's S3 Pro was based on an even older end-of-line Nikon film body and had some quirks that made it almost impossible to shoot in raw. Well, that's not true - the S3 could shoot three consecutive RAW files before the camera locked up and “buffered” for the better part of 30 seconds. I forgave the S3 Pro and used it as a primary camera long after it should have been replaced simply because it had the most amazing high dynamic range sensor that, to my eye, ran rings around more popular,...

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Iconic photos

  • November 10, 2013
Iconic photos

Despite being such a young “art”, photography has already notched up its fair share of masters. Someone has even taken the trouble to document a lot of their work on Wordpress blog with the title Iconic Photos . Each photograph is accompanied by explanatory text around the photographer and the situation the photograph was created in. For example, legendary portrait photographer Yousef Karsh is featured on the site with his picture of Sir Winston Churchill. The text explains how Karsh annoyed Churchill in order to capture the spirit of indigence and determination of World War Two's...

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