Aviation Photographer - Justin de Reuck
Justin de Reuck
Your business name:
Justin de Reuck – Aviation Photographer
Tell us a bit about your business:
I shoot primarily in the aviation industry with a specialty on air to air images. That is shooting aircraft in flight from one aircraft to another. I have clients locally as well as in Europe.
How long have you worked as a photographer?
Professionally in aviation – Since 2006
Do you feel it was an instant success or did it take a while to find its feet?
It took a long while, loads of trial and error, building a name and a reputation and learning how to shoot air to air when the opportunities didn’t come along often back then.
If any, what kind of jobs did you have before your career took off?
I studied Electrical Engineering up to N4 and am a qualified Construction and Installation Electrician.
Do you feel that you chose your "passion," or did it choose you?
I chose this…aviation has been in my blood since I was 6
What made you decide to follow a creative career choice (though possibly risky) rather than something more stable?
It’s about what you love to do. I have interests in other businesses just to make sure I have an income as aviation shoots don’t present themselves daily. But all in all, I choose this above all else as there’s nothing quite like loving what you do.
Have you ever doubted your talent? If so, how did you work through your doubt?
Oh…Often. Sometimes the client asks for a particular shot and I start to worry that I might not be able to pull it off, we’ll get into the air and the shot is not working the way I had envisaged it. I then take a breather, slow down and think about how we can get it to work. I think every photographer when faced with a challenge doubts his talent at some point, the real test of one’s talent though is pushing through and finding a way to take on the challenge and make it work.
What is your favourite accomplishment?
I’d have to say being asked to shoot Iron Maiden’s Ed Force One Boeing 747 over Table Mountain comes to mind but flying an aerobatic formation photo sortie with the South African Air Force Silver Falcons certainly ranks as my favourite.
Tell us about any workshops you may offer:
I‘m a partner in a photo school called Shutterbugs, where we offer Basic Photography courses and Lightroom workshops. I haven’t yet put together an air to air workshop but am working on it. The problem is it would be massively expensive and seats would be very limited.
Where should Working Creatives get more info on workshops / your offerings? www.shutterbugs.co.za
What is your favourite lens and why?
My favourite lens is my Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS USM. Why? It is razor sharp, has great prime focal length so it’s very versatile. That said, my go to lens for air to air work is my Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM ll. The 5 stop image stabiliser, pin sharp images and the great focal length make it my number one choice for air to air shoots
Are you working on any out of the ordinary projects at the moment?
Yes. I have a Swiss client that I’m working with to put together a photoshoot over the Namib desert and along the Skeleton coast with one of their aircraft. I’m also currently working on a book.
JUST FOR FUN
What is playing in your CD player/iPod right now?
Perfect by Ed Sheeran
What’s your favourite ’90s song?
Weather With You by Crowded House
What do you think about when you’re alone in your car?
That’s a hard to pinpoint…. My mind is constantly working and or daydreaming and sometimes just singing out loud.
What were you like in high school?
I worked fairly hard at my school work, tried to impress, wasn’t great at sports but did play First Team Hockey and when it came to studying, well let’s just say I did what I had to.
Knowing what you know now, what would you tell your high school self?
Invest in Google and Facebook, even though you have no idea what they are now…one day you will. 😊