We are always excited when our team is expanded with talented individuals that share our passion for photography, and this time I am happy to present yet another addition to our family, Francois Malan. Francois was supposed to join our team last year, but he got very busy with his PhD and thus could not commit any time. This year things will change for Francois, as he will be contributing great articles for our readers to enjoy and learn from. He has already posted an article on using DX lenses on FX cameras and we are looking forward to seeing more great stuff. Please give a warm welcome to Francois!
I asked Francois to write a short bio about himself and here is what he sent me:
My name is Francois Malan. Born and raised in South Africa, I currently live in The Netherlands.
Just old enough to have experienced the last years of the 35mm film era, I initially started out with a love for capturing the natural beauty of the Cape region of South Africa.
The digital camera revolution saw me travelling with a camera, where I enjoyed several months in The United States, Western Europe and South-East Asia. Despite my inherent preference for a portable (compact) camera system I transitioned to a DSLR upon returning to South Africa. My enthusiasm was fueled by occasionally getting published in local newspapers for work ranging from automotive “spy photographs” to covering local forest fires and news events.
After I moved to The Netherlands in 2008, my ongoing passion for photography landed me assignments as event photographer – including live music, graduation ceremonies and conferences. This transition to indoor environments and the generally muted urban landscapes of The Netherlands opened up new possibilities and challenges. My recent work often needs to include portable and/or studio lights, and tends to focus on human interactions instead of the stark outdoor landscapes that started it all.
My fascination with the recorded image extends beyond the camera, and has guided my university and professional career. This includes computer vision and image processing, currently culminating with PhD study in medical image processing and visualization. From this perspective, I not only enjoy capturing moments on digital film, but also enjoy reporting on the technologies that make this possible.
Currently, I work as part-time freelance photographer while furthering my career as scientist and engineer.