Sun. Feb 25th, 2024

Exclusive Internet Traffic Magazine Coverage With Chad Witbooi

Chad has been a Photographer (remotely and in-person), Editor, and Re-toucher fortunate enough to have worked with multiple agencies, brands, and companies across the globe and considered one of the global pioneers of remote photography and an acting ambassador for CLOS App. After 8 years of working within the local South African market, he has worked with various companies remotely in Vietnam, Egypt, Dubai, and America. Chad is currently based in Gqeberha, South Africa but is available and willing to travel internationally. 

  • His main photography focus is the brand, fashion, and editorial portrait look-books. In 2018, he started his black & white studio company known as OOistudios (‘O I-studios’). Realizing the world is shifting towards an online market he always envisioned a virtual platform that would allow people to work remotely in RAW quality, factoring out travel expenses. FaceTime shooting allowed that but it was not usable and just felt like it was a photographer taking selfies of the subject or brand.

Until the 2020 breakout with the COVID-19 pandemic, Chad was still shooting in his backyard using his DSLR & iPhone XR. Alternatively, he adapted and started using FaceTime, and test shooting with agencies but was not obtaining the results agencies wanted. It was until the introduction of the CLOS APP by UNOPRODUCTION. And now with over 100 sets, taken using the app. Chad has been there from the start, and wants to see it be brought into markets: “My dream is to have a CLOS section in every fashion, brand, and runway imaginable. Think about it in a world we are moving virtually, I feel humans do not want to adapt to what they know.” According to Chad if it was not for CLOS App he would have given up on photography personally. But the passion remains, and he wants to connect with more photographers so they can start using the app.

Another aspect of his creativity is his dynamic directing workshops which he facilitates for other aspiring photographers and models. Chad has a sound understanding of a quick, effective way of working and the art of creating chemistry with models for agency testing. In 2020 he began shooting remotely across three continents remote-testing with various agencies. In 2021, he is currently still pursuing the remote shooting market due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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