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Hello. My name is Gerry, and I'm a photographer. This is my website.

guruI am a photographer. I’ve been clicking shutters since I was a young student back in ’93, when I had a Ricoh camera that was so busted, it only worked when you held it upside down. I specialise in people shots, fashion and glamour, beauty, that type of thing. But I’m a studio guru. My work in studio lighting is unparalleled. If you need a photographer who can do anything in a studio -fashion, editorial work, catalogue work, Call me, I’m your guy. If you need wedding photos… not so much. Check out my photos here.

I am a writer. I have written a plain English, easy to understand, no tech-jargon (and sometimes funny!) photography manual, called “From Snapshot to Hotshot”. It is quite literally the only photography manual you will ever need. Whether you are an absolute beginner, or a seasoned amateur wanting to go pro, this is the only book you need.  Get the book here.

I am a teacher. I teach mainly lighting, they call me “The Lightwhisperer”. I like that. Its kinda how I see myself. But I teach more than that. I also teach photography from the ground up. I teach Photoshop, I do one-on-one mentoring, as well as email mentoring. If you want to learn more about light, join my workshops here.

I am a blogger. My blog has all kinds of stuff in it, from philosophical musings (aren’t all writers just people trying to figure out life and existence on this spinning rock?), to galleries of shoots, to tons of useful information about light and photography (For instance, a three-part blog series on DIY solutions for small product photography for online shops, etc). Read my blog here.

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you enjoy my site and my services. If I can do anything to help you – either to get your photos done, or to help you do your own better,  I’m your man.

Gerry

My Photos

This is my photography. I hope you enjoy my work. If you want to see more risque work, please visit my "Nudes & Other Taboos" gallery. Warning: this gallery is not safe for work, for minors, or for the ideologically sensitive.

From Snapshot to Hotshot

The culmination of three years of work (or is that a lifetime?). Finally, my book is here. My intention with this book, From Snapshot to Hotshot, is to help you become a better photographer. Sixty lessons, from the very basics, to some advanced techniques, make this book a complete photography course in 236 pages. Whether you are just a hobbyist wanting to improve, or someone who are actually considering making the jump from amateur to professional, this is the book for you.

This is the book you wish you had when you first picked up a camera.

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I am proud to announce the release of my book, “From Snapshot to Hotshot”.

 

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This is the book I wish I had when I was a photography student.  From Snapshot to Hotshot teaches you everything you need to know in plain, conversational English without any tech jargon, and does not teach you any of the clutter you do not need to know.  Whether you have never picked up a camera in your life, or you are looking at how to better your photography for a few years now, this is the book for you.

 

 

Consisting of 60 practical lessons, spanning 236 pages, From Snapshot to Hotshot does not teach “tips and tricks” (apart from three instances at the back of the book as a bit of fun), this book teaches principles.  My intention of this book is to help you understand what photography is, how a camera works, how exposure works, and how to fully get to grips with your camera and the principles of photography, in order to get the image you want.

 

Chapter One is the very basics of photography, this is intended for people who are interested in photography, but never really handled a camera properly before, and do not really know what all the tools available to you are, or how they work.  This is bare-bones photography.

 

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After Chapter one, there is a brief interlude on how to choose your equipment.  How to choose a camera, and how to choose a lens.  Also, a brief chapter on brand wars, which can be summed up as “don’t get too hung up on brands”.

 

Chapter Two assumes you know the basic tools and how they work and how it influences your photography. In this chapter we put all the tools together, and we notice the interplay between the various settings and the tools available to you.

 

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Chapter Three goes into more advanced concepts.  this chapter deals with more intricate matters of photography and the supporting mediums, such as metering modes, how to expose properly, setting white balance with grey cards, and filters, to name but a few,  this chapter also deals with contracts and copyrights, as well as a section on “going pro”.

 

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Chapter Four is in my opinion, the best section of the book.  The first three chapters are about the technical nuts-and-bolts part of photography. Chapter Four is the philosophy of photography.  I’ve never seen this stuff handled in any photography book before.  This chapter helps you with your approach to photography, and what you can do to become a better photographer.  This will help you think about your photography, and how you can apply thought processes in the use of the technical stuff in order to truly go From Snapshot to Hotshot.

 

Chapter five is a little “bonus chapter” that did not fit in elsewhere in the book and shows a few techniques to add the final polish to your photos.

 

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Not convinced?  Check out what others had to say about my book and lessons.

 

The book is currently available as a 236-page PDF eBook, and is available for download, right here, right now!

 

A portion of the sales of this book will go towards suicide prevention.

 

(ISBN 978-0-620-68992-2)

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Workshops

The better your light, the better your photos. The better your photos, the better the story you tell. The better the story you tell, the deeper you touch people's hearts. Being able to create and bend light to your will is key to better photography. This is why I offer workshops.

Light, to use an analogy, is like a bag of flour. With flour, you can make cake, cookies, biscuits, rusks, doughnuts, pancakes, flapjacks, scones, and even roux for a gravy. But you cannot eat flour by itself. Many workshops will teach you recipes. They will teach you how to bake bread.

 

I do not believe in this philosophy. I will teach you how to cook. You will not walk out of my workshop with a recipe. You will leave having a complete and thorough understanding of light.

 

These are interactive workshops designed to enlighten participants in the fundamentals of light. The aim is to ensure that you walk out of this work shop with an understanding of light, how it works, and teach you the skills on how to control light.

 

This control will allow you to produce high quality images and ultimately realise your vision. You will walk out of this session a better photographer.

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There are two workshops left for 2016. My November workshop will be with the dynamic Idalize – or, as we like to call her, “Queen Ida”, and my December workshop will be with the beautiful Natalie.

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Workshops are R2,500 per person for a full day workshop. Contact me to make EFT arrangements.  Workshops are full day workshops, and includes lunch.

 

The November workshop is family friendly, ideal for juniors to learn the good habits before the bad habits sets in. The December workshop with Natalie is a nude workshop, and not suitable for minors.

 

Apart from lighting workshops, I also offer workshops on the basics of photography, one-on-one sessions, email mentoring, and along with Derek Whitton, courses on social media marketing for photographers.

 

I was really impressed with Gerry’s course. After a fairly quick and insightful explanation of the basic principles of light, we got straight into planning our shots and then shooting. He generated a really great atmosphere of teamwork, but still made individuals take decisions and see the consequences. It was a unique and innovative approach (I don’t want to spoil it so won’t explain much here!) that was different to any workshop I have attended. Highly recommend and I came out with a much better understanding of light.

– Phil Anderson

Gerry the ‘Lightwhisperer” Pelser
With what seemed to be knowledge I approached apprehensively , knowing what I knew about lighting and contextual photography .
Stop. Wait . The “lights” went on .
We started to speak about depth and perception and I was amazed at the lack of basic knowledge I had when lighting up my “subjects”. The basics were just not cutting it and once I opened my ears my eyes listened.
After spending only 10 minutes of in depth on hands working with Gerry I could already see the difference he had made to my work . I will never see the “light” the same the insight he has given me was priceless . I would highly recommend The Lightwhisperer to any tog beginner or advanced

– Ed Young,  Shoot You Photography

Gerry is not known as the “Light Whisperer” for nothing. Gerry lives and breathes light, it’s his obsession, and in this workshop, he has managed to make it mine as well. The workshop is different to what one has come to expect from workshops – no monkey see, monkey do, here! Be prepared to be challenged, to actually think about what you’re trying to achieve, and then going out and doing it. The most constructive days worth of learning I’ve ever had. But be warned, light is contagious…..and damn addictive!

Hannes Reinecke

Gerry’s a grumpy, impatient old bastard but he knows some sh*t about lighting so give him your money.
Only joking! Gerry is very possibly the most knowledgeable guy I know when it comes to creating beautiful, impactful lighting. He’s got an incredible talent that’s complemented by years of experience and countless hours spent “studying the masters”.
Gerry has a unique approach to learning and his workshops are fun, engaging and practical. You will leave equipped with the skills you need to create your own beautiful lighting, and also know how to fix common (and not-so-common) lighting problems with ease.
My own photography has taken giant leaps forward thanks to lighting and editing skills I’ve learned from Gerry. Anyone attending his workshops will be making a really worthwhile investment in their photography careers. Definitely highly recommended.

Matt Jackman

Gerry is an awesome mentor, he can be brutally honest, but his high expectations helped me to achieve more. His gripping guidance improved my photography skills… he helped me see the light

Dulaine Stander

 

 

 

 

Blog

 Writings, musings, tips, tricks, art, random thoughts... This is my blog, which I aim to be insightful and educational, and hopefully, sometimes funny.

 

About Me

Hi, my name is Gerry, and I'm a photographer.

_GPP0793_bwTaking photos is not just what I do, it’s what I am.

 

My photography is as essential to me well-being as breathing. I mainly take photos of people, and I primarily work in the studio. I’ve found out that I’m a good teacher, and I love helping others achieve their dreams in photography.

 

Away from the camera I enjoy cricket, cooking, drinking (good!) beer, and being lazy. I live with my wife, Andrea, in Johannesburg, South Africa. I have two dogs, Hungarian Pulis named Laszlo and Laika.  I’m also the proud owner of a stuffed hippopotamus named Felicity who loves cricket more than I do.  Don’t ask.  

 

My Influences

Join a band and you are asked “who are your influences”. But be a photographer, and ask “who are your influences” and most people will just gawp and say “I don’t know, I just like taking pretty pictures.”

 

Conversely, I know exactly who my influences are. Who inspires me to do what I do. The masters of the craft. These master-light shapers who have created images that has caused me to look at their pictures and say “wow, I wanna do that”.

 

This is my homage to these people I admire.