Photographer FAQ


 

GENERAL:

Where did you study?
Stellenbosch Academy

Which photographers do you admire?
Benjamin von Wong, Kirsty Mitchell, Emily Soto, Amanda Diaz, Zhang Jingna / zemotion, Mario Testino, Rankin, Annie Leibovitz, Petra van Raaij,
Patrick Demarchilier, Miss Aniela, Ellen von Unwerth, Bella Kotak

Is your hair really pink?
Yes.


TECHNICAL:

Do you shoot Canon or Nikon?
Canon.

What’s in your bag?
CAMERAS AND LENSES:
Canon 5D Mark II
Canon 24-70mm f2.8 L
Canon 70 – 200mm f2.8 L

LIGHTING:
Canon 580 EX II Speedlight
Canon 430 EX II Speedlight
Phottix Umbrella and Deep Octa
Collapsible reflector x 2
Phottix Strato II Wireless Flash Triggers
Rogue Speedlight colour gels

Which software do you edit your images with and how?
I have optimised my workflow around my tried and tested favourites: Adobe Bridge and Adobe PhotoshopPhotoshop will always be my go-to because of the labour-intensive and precise, detailed retouching work I do so I prefer not to have unnecessary steps in-between the initial review process and the final product.

Do you prefer location or studio?
I am trained and competent in both, but I must admit that a good location just adds so much to a photograph. Working on location lends itself to endless possibilities concept-wise and therefore suits my style best, but I do love the technical aspects of working in studio as well.

Who built your website?
The awesome folks over at Digital Presence SA!


CONCEPTUAL:

How do you find locations and collaborators?
I am super lucky to live in the Cape Town area where there are mountains, beaches, fancy hotels, rolling landscapes and so much more within just minutes from each other – it certainly does make a world of difference to have such fantastically varied options to choose from right on my doorstep! Additionally, I often come across something interesting by accident that I either build something around right away or I “file” in the back of my head for later use.

Generally, the same goes for collaborators: if there is something very specific I need for a shoot, I will hunt around until I find the perfect match to work with or otherwise, I will save a good find for when I can use it. It’s a very unique process that’s difficult to verbalise, but I’ve found that I become better at it with practice!

Where do your shoot ideas come from?
I have an abstract and rather grandiose way of thinking, which sometimes translate well into photo shoots and sometimes not. More often than not, I need to chisel them a bit until they’re a workable concept, but I enjoy letting the shoots evolve and take their own course as they’ve proven over and over to have a mind of their own.

My concept work is generally inspired by things I love – movies, mythology, superheroes, comic books, fashion, you name it. These are things I’ve grown up loving since childhood and I love paying homage to them through my concept work: there’s truth to shooting what you know!


WORKSHOPS:

I do not offer workshops at this moment, but I am available for one-on-one mentoring sessions and as a guest speaker for expos and art students. Contact grethe@grethephoto.com for more information.