Hello. My name is Gerry, and I'm a photographer. This is my website.
I 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.
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.
This is a small selection of my best work. For a more complete gallery, please check out my Portfolio page.
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.
I am proud to announce the release of my book, “From Snapshot to Hotshot”.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
Writings, musings, tips, tricks, art, random thoughts... This is my blog, which I aim to be insightful and educational, and hopefully, sometimes funny. Get the full list here.
Hi, my name is Gerry, and I'm a photographer.
Taking 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.
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”.