Established in 2003 by Chris Herzfeld, Camlight Productions is a unique photography/cinematography business that provides photography, cinematography and lighting services.
After winning the inaugural Kodak Nikon Supershot Award in 1984, Chris embarked on a career as a lighting cameraman. He has worked with Channel 10 and 7 in South Australia on a wide range of programs from lifestyle shows to documentaries. He has also worked on a number of commercials, film clips and news services as both a cameraman and lighting director for many local, interstate and international production companies.
He works extensively in the arts and in particular throughout the Australian dance industry as a photographer & a cinematographer. Clients have included Australian Dance Theatre, Expressions Dance Company, State Theatre Company of South Australia, Restless Dance, Country Arts SA and Brink Productions. Camlight Productions also supports many emerging choreographers such as Erin Fowler, Lewis Major.
Chris has won a number of awards for his dance photography in the International Loupe and the AIPP photography awards. He has also won a number of Australian Cinematographer Society awards, including two gold awards in 2005 for the Channel 7 News promo campaign and two gold awards in 2006 for the Australian Dance Theatre television campaign for Devolution.
Chris’s images are a fusion of fashion and dance. Drawing on the distinctive range of movement and shapes of dance in combination with the more traditional modelling poses, the image embodies a sense of drama, poise and style. This unique style creates images that have a sense of narrative within them. Chris likes to leave it to the viewer to use their imagination to create that story. In a world where digital manipulation and compositing are common place in photography Chris's approach is more classical, with an emphasis on lighting, colours and composition with the look of minimal post production processing. His images take on a 3D appearance so the viewer feels as if they are present in the location watching the action happen before their eyes.
All his dance images are “real in camera” - he doesn’t use harnesses, ropes, trampolines, motor winders or Photoshop cut and pasting to manipulate the dancers in his images. The dancers jump and one image is taken with usually no more than 4 to 6 attempts at the moment by the dancer.