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Neil van Niekerk
Works at One Perfect Moment - wedding photography
Lives in Wayne, NJ, USA
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http://neilvn.com/tangents/about/books/

books on flash photography and photographic lighting
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Feminine Portraiture / Boudoir Photography workshop - May 31, 2015 I'm pretty chuffed about this - teaming up with Genine Gullickson, one of the best boudoir photographers I know, we'll be presenting an all-day workshop in Feminine Portraiture and Boudoir Photography. The workshop will be held in Genine's studio in Schenectady, NY. And if like me,…
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video clip: behind the scenes - Profoto B2 review photo shoot For the review: Profoto B2 Off-Camera Flash, I had Erik Colonese shoot a behind-the-scenes video clip while I photographed Anelisa. It's a fairly long clip because we decided to keep in a lot of my dialogue with Anelisa as I direct her. The video clip also…
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Great video. I enjoy your explanations very much. 
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flash photography: applying the Sunny 16 rule and the flash Guide Number In essence, if you know the GN of your flash, then you could use (bare) off-camera flash to match the sunlight, without even metering! There is a super-useful shortcut built into those two simple values: Sunny 16, and the Guide Number. Now, I…
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Photoshop tutorial: create a Photoshop action to add texture overlays guest post by Adrian, at Five Star Studios wedding photographer, Mackay, Queensland in Australia   Neil’s post on applying a texture to the background, made me think of the things I do to give photos ‘that special look’ and when I told Neil about it, he kindly…
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photography tip: available light portraits - finding that sweet spot of light A regular theme on Tangents, is using interesting found light sources while shooting portraits on location. For example: using sunlight reflected off a traffic sign. With this straight-forward portrait of Irene, a photographer friend in New York, I want to show a neat little trick here…
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dramatic studio lighting: using the beauty dish as a single light source I love the forgiving nature of large light modifiers - you don't have such precision with a huge softbox as you do with a smaller, more contrasty light modifier.  But you also have less opportunity for dramatic light, as you do with smaller light…
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review: Profoto B2 Off-Camera Flash - photo shoot Over the years I have used a variety of off-camera lights on location shoots and at weddings, and have worked my way up from Dynalite and Quantum flashes (and speedlights), to the Profoto B1. The Profoto B1 (vendor) has made such a difference for me in the…
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portrait photography - allowing influences to inspire your own style I keep a folder of Inspiration images to which I often add interesting photos shot by other photographers. This serves as an ideas folder. There are hundreds upon hundreds of images. I add to this Inspiration folder, and I also discard images over time as my own style…
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New on the Tangents blog: 

I would like to hear your story, and see your favorite or breakthrough portrait photograph. Post it to the comments on the blog.

It need not be perfect. It just needs to be important to you.
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portrait photography - show us a favorite or break-through photograph This photograph remains one of my favorites. It was taken circa early 90's during a studio shoot-out arranged by a camera club (CCJ) I belonged to in Jo'burg. In this photo, the models are waiting for their turn to be photographed in a studio setup, using studio lighting,…
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photography - inspiration; overcoming fears & maintaining momentum It was high time that I updated my bio photo on my websites and profile photos. I wanted something casual, yet with a certain gravity. While at WPPI last week in Las Vegas, I was surrounded by photographers. I asked ... well, prodded and pushed my friend Annie Sullivan…
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in-camera special effects with gobo projection I still have this old-school preference for effects done in-camera and effects achieved with interesting lighting, over effects achieved nearly entirely through digital manipulation. Absolutely no disrespect to digital artists who create astonishing work. However, my jaw drops when I look at the sheer scale of the work of a…
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this is very interesting indeed +Neil van Niekerk
I only saw the +Damien Lovegrove system but for me that I'm just trying to learn to try to get started, studio-lights are very expensive...
and this can be a projection solution for a starter 
btw I thought many times about using lcd / video projectors (like 2000 ansi lumens) with the same goal... and nowadays they are so small that they may can be adapted to light-stands
 
what I was not so sure is about the flexibility the system (I mean, this tool light-blaster) with the types of media you can use. can you tell how many media adapters come with? like, cardboard, slide frame, etc?

I wonder if printed transparencies in both laser / ink-jet printers will work better than the slides

other question I would like to make is if you use the same ttl method or this way you prefer manual (I'm also thinking that should be easier with video projectors even if you opt for a moving / video / action or random pattern projection  
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I’m a photographer based in Wayne, NJ, specializing in portrait, wedding and boudoir photography.

I also maintain a very active website for photographers. I teach workshops and seminars on photography. I have written two books on flash photography, of which one has been translated into Polish and Portuguese. This probably means I can describe myself now as being ‘internationally renowned’. I’ll take it. It sounds good.

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I've used their services numerous times in the past few years. No hiccups, and always prompt. This time however, someone at Airpark Parking in Newark stole my 64 Gb iPod Touch out of the console of my car. (I'm still waiting for response from their management.)
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reviewed a year ago
I love their food. Some of the best Indian food I've ever had, anywhere. Their Lamb Rogan Josh is a Friday-night take-out regular tradition for us.
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reviewed a year ago
I often stop by at Unique to buy or rent gear. (It does help that the store is but a few miles from my house.) I've always been treated in a friendly and helpful manner by any of the staff. I also like that even the owner, Matthew can regularly be found on the showroom floor and is very approachable. Unique's prices are also competitive for the NJ / NY area, and they have a great range of gear on display and in stock. Oh, and have I mentioned that they rent out gear over the counter!? Pick up what you need - you don't have to wait for one of the large rental places to ship something out to you.
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They've always had a professional business they run there. No complaints whatsoever. From the very first time when I went to buy a car, everyone there treated me with courtesy - from the lady at the front desk to the salesperson. (You'd think this would be an automatic thing, but my experience with other car dealerships like the local Nissan dealer and the Dodge dealership, would say otherwise.) Whenever I've had my car in for a service, I've always been taken care of fairly promptly.
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Quality: ExcellentAppeal: ExcellentService: Excellent
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