As wedding photographers we are by your side nearly every moment of your wedding day. Snapping away at your most intimate moments: your first glance at the person you plan to be with forever, your smile as you’re finally wed, and your initial step onto that dance floor.

The tricky part of any photograph taken for the purpose of capturing attention and making a sale is that it has to create a strong impression immediately. Product photography can be difficult to get just right, especially if your subject is something as seemingly mundane as a white bottle of lotion. Yet, many professional photographers somehow make that lotion bottle look like it is worth the price tag.

At weddings these days, everyone is taking pictures with their phones, and it’s getting harder and harder to compete for the attention of the bride and groom. If wedding photographers don’t get those key shots, however, they’ve failed at their jobs. So look at them when they’ve got the cameras up, not at the phones.

Photo booths are quite the thing at events these days. If done well they can be a genuine highlight of the day… if done badly they can be a disappointing waste of time and money! So how do we get it right? Having photo-boothed events that have left  guests in raptures, We know a thing or two about really making it work.

Our Services

Fotografiks prides itself on being versatile when it comes to photography. Using portable (strobist) lighting systems to get the best possible results at any locations. We have also developed a type of Photobooth system whereby your guest at your events can get a high quality print right there, this system has been used for many corporate events prints sizes vary from 4x6 to A4 size. At weddings we generally use two photographers and a lighting assistant and we shoot both formal and candid shots throughout the wedding. Ftografiks have also been awarded an annual contract with various Shoprite stores in the Cape Town region taking Father Xmas photos at certain stores. We have taken the liberty of training up young photographers  for this venture as well as employing the less fortunate for this venture.

Wedding/Event

As wedding photographers we are by your side nearly every moment of your wedding day. Snapping away at your most intimate moments: your first glance at the person you plan to be with forever, your smile as you’re finally wed, and your initial step onto that dance floor.

We will need your help. Especially when it comes to the timeline for the big day. Many times, the bride and groom assume the photographers just need 15 minutes for family photos, she says. But those family photos could easily take 30 minutes, because a family member is always missing. We need to make sure we have enough time, and that we’re not rushed and hectic.

At weddings these days, everyone is taking pictures with their phones, and it’s getting harder and harder to compete for the attention of the bride and groom. If wedding photographers don’t get those key shots, however, they’ve failed at their jobs. So look at them when they’ve got the cameras up, not at the phones.

Wedding photographers have to stay mentally and creatively sharp for a really long time. We deal with a multitude of challenges, including weather that can change in an instant and drastically affect lighting. We have to be skilled at adjusting quickly on the fly. The pressure is heightened because you have limited time to capture countless moments.

After the wedding the post processing has to be done, please note that these will take some time from days to weeks. We will need to go though hundreds of shots and then edit each one to make sure that you get the best possible product.


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Product Photography

The tricky part of any photograph taken for the purpose of capturing attention and making a sale is that it has to create a strong impression immediately. Product photography can be difficult to get just right, especially if your subject is something as seemingly mundane as a white bottle of lotion. Yet, many professional photographers somehow make that lotion bottle look like it is worth the price tag.

Product photography is a branch of commercial photography which is about accurately but attractively representing a product. The principal application of product photography is in product catalogues and brochures, with a proportion of product images also being used in advertising.

The challenges of product photography are generally:

  • To represent the product without distortion
  • To represent the product in good lighting, with soft shadows and no identifiable reflections
  • To photograph a range of products rapidly, one at a time, so that the shadows and light are consistent

Particularly difficult products to photograph include

  • Transparent products
  • Chrome and other highly-reflective products
  • Products which are white or black

For most types of product, the standard set up is a light tent big enough for the largest product in the range, an infinite cove, a micro lens, a tripod and studio strobe lights. Photo floods can be used instead of strobes, which makes visualising the shadows easier, although this is generally not a huge issue when using a light-tent.

For some types of product, such as jewellery, a textured cloth in a contrasting colour (green, for gold) is preferred. Some products also benefit from a dim reflection, which can be achieved by placing them on a black or white glossy tile, purchased from a building supplies or DIY store. In some cases, the commissioners of a catalogue will want a particular look which distinguishes them from competitors, such as using crumpled and then smoothed aluminium foil as the background.

 

Photo Booths

Photo booths are quite the thing at events these days. If done well they can be a genuine highlight of the day… if done badly they can be a disappointing waste of time and money! So how do we get it right?

Having photo-boothed events that have left  guests in raptures, We know a thing or two about really making it work. Here’s the lowdown:

  1. Choose an open booth

Closed booths are great for passport photos but not great for events. Open booths mean that everyone is in on the fun, lots of people can fit in one shot, positioning at your venue is easier and lighting tends to be a lot better too.

  1. Lead the way

Guests are more involved! And the booth is an easy way to create lots of snaps of you with all your guests.

  1. Position carefully

Put your booth somewhere out of the way and you won’t get many decent photos. We’ve found close to the dance floor with enough room for guests to get in and out  is the best place for maximum exposure.

  1. Flattering lighting and picture quality

Everyone gets dolled up for a wedding and your photobooth should show everyone off in their best light.

  1. Get creative with the backdrop

The cooler the backdrop, the more people want to be photographed in front of it. Striking prints, custom prints, a venue’s wall features, or floral arrangements are the bomb. We design Backdrops according to your budget.

  1. Choose props carefully

You need the right props to spark people’s imaginations. You can have a photographer for all the serious shots, so go a bit wild in your booth… custom speech bubbles are cool and chalk board signs allow your guests to get creative. 

  1. Choose a booth with an attendant

An attendant will encourage people into the booth and get them started. The booth should be easy to operate but it is handy to have someone around in case anything goes wrong.

  1. Instant prints

We print the images on high quality photo paper with high quality printers at your event.

  1. Include a guest book

A guest book for friends and family to stick their photos in and write messages in is a great addition to your photo booth.

  1. Slideshow/gallery options

A nice addition to having a photobooth at your wedding is to have all the photos from the booth appearing on a TV or projector somewhere at the venue. This gives people something to watch and chat about throughout the day.

Feel free to fill in these application forms online or download the PDF versions.

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