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Graphic Design

A huge advantage for both the client and the graphic designer when developing a graphic design project is when the graphic designer is also the photographer.

All the examples below were designed by ALP and all the photographs utilized in the design layout were taken by ALP

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Forensics Photography

Police investigators world wide make use of Evidence Collection Kits (bags or boxes) to collect evidence from crime scenes, victims and perpetrators during the investigative process. South Africa has a good reputation for having a very high standard of these Evidence Collection Kits, especially for collecting DNA evidence.

ALP is actively involved in the development, design and training in the use of these kits for Police Crime Scene Investigators and Medical Examiners.

Over the years ALP has produced the Kit Design, Evidence Collection Kit User Guides, Brochures, Posters, Videos and Training Material For:

  • Manta Forensic, Division of Litha Health Care – South Africa
  • South African Police Services, Forensic Biology Unit (Crime Lab)
  • South African Police Services, Crime Scene Management Services
  • South African Police Services, Bomb Squad
  • World Health Organization (Rape Kit for Africa)
  • Namibian Police Force – Forensic Unit
  • Botswana Police Force – Forensic Unit
  • Forensic Crime Lab – South Africa

NOTE: Images below are recreated crime scenes images and we make use of actors and models with movie blood.

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Food Photography

Food photography is a still life specialization of commercial photography, aimed at producing attractive photographs of food for a variety of uses including in advertisements, magazines, packaging, menus or cookbooks. Professional food photography is a collaborative effort, usually involving an art director, a photographer, a food stylist, a prop stylist and their assistants.

The time and effort a stylist takes to carefully and artfully arrange the food, is the differences between the way the stylist presents it and the way a home cook or chef may. Visual know-how is also a requirement, as is the knowledge of how to translate the perception of taste, aroma and appeal that one gets from an actual dish, to a two-dimensional photograph.

ALP’s food photography ranges from small food setups to large cook books and catalogs for industrial food suppliers such as Bidvest Food Services

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Behind the Scenes

This is a behind-the-scene video that ALP compiled after a rather chaotic shoot for a client.

sand storm while at work from Alastair Lawson on Vimeo.

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Architectural photography is the photographing of buildings and similar structures that are both aesthetically pleasing and accurate representations of their subjects. Architectural photographers need to be skilled in the use of specialized techniques and equipment.

The fundimentals of architectural photography is the use of controlled perspective, with an emphasis on vertical lines that are non-converging (parallel). This is achieved by positioning the focal plane of the camera at so that it is perpendicular to the ground, regardless of the elevation of the camera eye. This result can be achieved by the use of view cameras, tilt/shift lenses, or post-processing.

Below are a few of the architectural pictures taken by ALP.

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New ALP Marketing Stratagy

With ALP spending about 70% of our time working on Forensic Awareness and Training, ALP is now targeting the Forensic community to our skill base.

As there are various facets to forensics, the new ALP marketing poster attempts to represent the Police, Crime Scene Investigators, Doctors and Forensic Services.

Conference posters for OCC

The prestigious SAPS Forensic Conference takes place every two years in Pretoria. OCC is a company based in Israel with a branch in Gauteng that specialize in bags with tamper seals such as money bags and in this case, Crime Scene Evidence Sealing Bags.

This year OCC will be exhibiting at the SAPS Forensic Conference and have asked ALP to photograph, design and have printed all their posters, banners and brochures for the show.

This wall poster is to be printed to almost 3m x 3m. Photographically, what makes this picture rather unusual is that to ensure a very high quality image, this picture was shot as 16 separate pictures and later stitched together.

Shoot with Ashly

As a mental and creative break from the serious task of Crime Scene Forensic work, Alastair took the day off to shoot with photographer/friend Alec Davies and the lovely Ashly, down by the river.

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