|Company Name:||Ace Photography|
Ken Mann is a dancing gardener with a passion for photography, his business ventures are varied including, a Ballroom, Latin American and Line Dancing studio, called JK Dance Studio, which Ken and Jayne (his lifetime partner) started in 1990, a landscaping and garden service business established in 1991 after he qualified in horticulture and then Ace Photography was born.
Three interests, three businesses with photography as his newest and most exciting venture.
“Photography has been a passionate hobby of mine since the age of about 10 after building a very rudimentary pinhole camera out of an old shoebox.” Ken says. “Needless to say the usefulness of this homemade camera left a lot to be desired but I was hooked. Budget restraints aside, a camera became a fixed companion through the years. In early 2000 with experience under the belt and the great advances and changes to photography, I switched to digital. This was a learning curve in its own but I embraced it and started Ace Photography in 2004. I also received a diploma in photography from “The Photography Institute.” My portfolio so far is made up of, family portraits, product photography, event photography, interior/exterior photography and the occasional wedding shoot. I have also done a fair amount of photo restoration. My camera of choice is a Canon 5D mkIII using mainly a Canon 24 to 105mm lens and a Tamron f2.8 70-200mm lens.”
In November 2004 he founded the Ballito Photo Club which he ran for 10 years before handing over to someone else. The club is still very strong today.
Ken has also been a member of the PPSA and the SAPP an was the KZN regional representitive for the SAPP from 2012 to 2020 and is still involved.
"Photography is the art of recording different shades of light, colour and texture while capturing the essence of your subject using your own composition and style, at the same time, having the knowledge to select the correct shutter speed, aperture, iso, white balance, depth of field and focus point of your creation and finally to have the skill to be able to get the best out of your image in post-production." - Ken Mann