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Articles Tagged with: car commercials

Mercedes-Benz C-Class / shot for Highlife, British Airways inflight magazine

{commercial / editorial} We loved driving and shooting the new Mercedes-Benz C-class for the latest High Life, the British Airways inflight magazine. Pick up a copy on-board or in an airport lounge. It’s a top notch mag!


Subaru XV / shot for Subaru Southern Africa / Cape Town, South Africa

{automotive} A fun lifestyle/car shoot for Subaru. We really enjoyed shooting and driving the Subaru XV earlier this year. What a slick cat! Thank you Subaru Southern Africa! DNA


TechPro Safari’s new 4×4 Toyota Land Cruisers / Namibia

{commercial} TechPro Safari flew us in to Namibia to shoot their new fleet of amazing Toyota Land Cruisers. We were accompanied by the two owners of the company and a tour guide. What a privilege and what fun! We came back with amazing photos and even better memories. We love Nam!


ISUZU KB300 / shot for ISUZU Motors South Africa / Namibia

{commercial} Two weeks ago we were road tripping through Namibia, this time for fun and games with a bit of work in between. Thank you so much ISUZU South Africa for making the ride effortless for us. Our trusty KB300 was gripping all the way!


ISUZU MU-X / shot for ISUZU Motors South Africa / Port Elizabeth, South Africa

{commercial} We popped down to Port Elizabeth again for a quick shoot of the ISUZU MU-X. Nice locations, cool company and awesome weather were on our side. Thanks ISUZU for the opportunity!


Mercedes-Benz Passenger Cars Calendar 2018 / shot in Spain

{automotive} In July we got a call from Mercedes-Benz Germany. They told us that they love our natural style of taking photos and they would love for us to be part of the international 2018 Mercedes-Benz passenger cars calendar.

Five other car photographers from all around the world were selected for this collaboration. Each photographer got a country and a car. We got the GLC and Spain. We decided to go up country to the lesser traveled north and east. Our main spot was Bardenas Reales, a semi-desert natural region.

We are super honoured to have been part of this, it was definitely a 2017 highlight.

You can buy the calendar here.

Have a look at the photographs used and some behind-the-scenes shots.

“The Mercedes-Benz 2018 passenger car calendar takes you for a ride with the new EQ Power vehicles. Look forward to the fascinating trip with #MBSocialCar photographers and allow yourself to become inspired for 12 entire months.”


Article for digital-photography-school.com

{featured} ‘7 Tips for Taking Better Photographs of Cars’  is the second article I (Desmond) wrote for digital-photography-school.com. Digital Photography School is a great online source to improve your photography and editing skills. In 2011 I wrote a post about street photography, have a look over here. Thanks for this opportunity. Have a rad week, dna – Desmond

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Cars of 2013

{automotive} What a year we had! Toni and I had so much fun shooting cars and people all over the world!  Here are some of our favourite car photos taken in 2013, enjoy. Thanks to everyone for all the opportunities and support! Happy new year! May it be more than awesome.

dna – Desmond

P.S. Our favorite wedding and people moments of the past season are over here.

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Photographer of the year {SAGMJ}

The SAGMJ (South African Guild of Motoring Journalists) Motoring Journalist and Photographer of the Year competition 2013 took place in June and this was the first year I (Desmond) entered and I’m stoked to say that I came second!! I could only enter twelve photos, nine of the twelve photos must have been published in a magazine/newspaper in 2012 and for the other three I could enter any photo of my choice. Below you can see the pictures I entered. Seagram Pearce came first, congratulations! Also, Angus Thompson, editor of TopCar, won SAGMJ Editor of the Year award and Aaron Borrill, also from TopCar, was highly commended in the motoring magazine division. Congrats guys!

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TopCar New and old Beetle copy

December 2011 GQ

Extended cab karoo pano Isuzu

Double cab wayer splash Isuzu

Focus ST03 InRat

Volvo V40 InRat Norway

Volvo V40 bridge Norway InRat

BMW GrandCoupe TopCar

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Porsche GQ March 2012


ISUZU KB 2013 campaign – Western Cape, South Africa

Since December 2012, here and there we’ve posted a couple of on-shoot pictures via instagram and Facebook, now we can finally show you the end-product. For several weeks we shot (& edited) on location and in studio the new ISUZU KB’s for magazine ads, brochures, website, billboards etc.. An awesome experience, traveling in the Western Cape while shooting great cars. Go to your local ISUZU dealer to get a brochure, a product we’re very proud of. Thank you Manni and Gerald for all your help!

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Below you can see a 3 D interior tour of one of the cars.


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