Port Elizabeth, South Africa
I am a talented Photographer with over 5 years of experience in providing specialized digital photographic and routine conventional services. Profound technical expertise and creativity at producing and preserving images that paint a picture, tell a story, and record an event.
o Excellent broad knowledge of photographic processes, methods and new technologies.
o Strong knowledge and ability to use a variety of photographic and video equipment, including large format, medium format and 35mm film cameras, electronic strobe and continuous lighting.
o Ability to clean, care for and store photographic equipment and lenses in accordance with accepted practices and policies.
o Ability to project live video feeds from video camera to data projector or any other presentation.
o Two year training working in darkroom at NMMU University.
o Proven ability to complete photographic assignments using digital and film cameras.
o Able to work on Macintosh and Windows operating systems to produce digital images of gallery standards
o Sound ability to judge and correct digital prints and proofs for color, contrast and density when compared to original objects or transparencies and to use computer accessories and techniques to modify color, color balance and contrast of photographic images.
o Demonstrated ability to organize time and schedules efficiently.
o Excellent team player: flexible and able to work independently and collaboratively.
o Part of a team, teaching students about the ins and outs of television lighting and on air presenting. These classes are given to students weeknights for two hours.
Other Technical Skills
1 I am able to work with Nikon, Canon and Olympus cameras
2 I can maintain and setup Hensel, Ellinchrom Bowens aw well as pro foto lights and achieve various lighting techniques with this equipment.
3 I can work on Photoshop, Bridge, Aperture, Lightroom, Indesign, Adobe Premium, Pinnacle, After Effects and basic MSOffice programs
4 I have worked as a manager at Paxton Hotel as a Night Auditor were I acquired managerial skills, and the ability to work with customers with proper business etiquette
5 I have skill in stage setups and carpentry work, also working with big lighting equipment for concerts. This experience I gained working for Magnetic Storm
6 I have deigned and published over three websites via Wordpress. (http:// www.riaanphotography.com ) http:// www.grassrootsrugby.co.za (http:// www.estiaanphotography.com )
7 Great skill in website marketing via various social and photographic media networks.
o I am able to speak English and Afrikaans fluently; I have gained a adequate vocabulary in Xhosa so that I can hold a general conversation.
o I went on a photographic job to the Democratic Republic of Congo for Global Photo Associates in New York, were I went with crew from SuperSport and video freelancers that have done work for Carte Blanche and National Geographic.
o I have attended seminars on Human Resources and working with victims of HIV/AIDS
1 NMMU, Port Elizabeth - Photography, N-Dip 2010
2 Andrew Rabie, Port Elizabeth, Matric 2005: Afrikaans first language, English first language, Geography, Biology, Business Economics and Art
My National Diploma course has concentrated on teaching studio lighting setups for portraiture, still life, automotive photography and in studio fashion shoots, visual communication, semiotics, digital retouching, Wordpress websites, book publishing, internet marketing, printing processes, professional practice that concentrates on setting up one’s own business plan, creating business cards, copyright laws, invoicing, setting up quotes etc, editorial and advertorial work. The photography course that I took with NMMU also allowed us to go into two own choice subjects. I chose documentary photography and editorial photography.
1 I have been apart of the Missionvale exhibition were seven of my works were displayed
2 My photographs was given to the Vice Chancelor of NMMU university
3 My work has been in My Week magazine
4 Exhibited work along with Gerhardt Coetzee and Shanna Paxton
5 Did photo shoot for Foxtel Australia
6 Work is Part of NMMU Missionvale Campus Permanent collection
7 Featured In Sharp Magazine
8 Official photographer for Nelson Mandela Metropolitan magazine Ubuntu February 2011 – March 2011
9 Designed and published two photography books
10 Videographer for Northen Arts Fesitval, NMMU, Unququ Anti Crime Orinization
Published Numerous Wordpress Websites
Night Auditor – Paxton Hotel – Humewood, Port Elizabeth
As a night auditor my responsibilities were to manage the hotel after office hours. This would include receiving tour groups, arranging flights, running end of day, barman cash ups, auditing of day on Excel and the basic hospitality work.
Cocktail Barman – Marine Hotel – Summerstrand Port Elizabeth
Rigger – Magnetic Storm – Port Elizabeth
Lighting technician - Work@ Play productions 2010 - 2011
Cameraman - Gavin Gouws Video Productions, Focal Point media, Ndp video Productions and Heavy Petal Productions
Head Photographer- Ubuntu magazine February 2011 – March 2011
Assistant- Harry De Zitter
I am humorous, hard working and dedicated to what I do, I enjoy spending my time cooking reading quite a lot, playing guitar, swimming, playing squash, drawing, and spending a lot of time on the Internet.
References are available on request.
Harry de Zitter