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The ultimate workshop November 21-22nd Emmeloord

I’ve been teaching workshops for a few years now, most workshops run for a full day and although very intense there is always so much more to learn, so most students visit the workshops several times. The reason for this is very simple, I never try to duplicate workshops, there are so many things you can do with lighting, location, styling, the models etc. that it would be a shame to teach the same workshop material over and over…..

 

For the one day workshops I have several themes, for example “working on location”, “working with artificial and available light”, “Duo shoots”, “Masks”, “Smoke”, “Retouching” etc. etc. all these topics are so broad that they are already difficult to jam into one day…. so last year the idea actually grew to do a multiple day workshop, however when I do something I always want to make sure that what I deliver is solid, there is no sense in doing a workshop in 2 days or 3 days that can be taught in one day by just talking faster…..

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So slowly the idea for the “multiple day workshop” grew and got more shape.
After the first trials the students actually came up with the name and called it “The Ultimate workshop” and I have to say I agree and use that name for these workshops.

 

In 2-3 days you will get so much information it will make your head spin, we are working as a small team (group size is always limited to max 10-12 people depending on the location) to create literally a multitude of different scenarios. The ultimate workshops are the best workshops I can teach, and I dare to say, probably the best on the market if you’re into model photography.

 

What can you expect?
Of course we work with our very best models during these workshops, so next to learning a lot you will also get a real portfolio boost. All workshops start with an Q&A session. In this session you can actually tell me what you want to learn and I will incorporate all these questions into the workshop ahead.

 

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Playing with the icelight

Recently we did a video for the Westcott Icelight.
Today some of the images I shot for the video, just as a small preview/teaser for the video (Annewiek is still working on it)

 

As you can see you can do some pretty intense lighting with the Icelight and the connected barndoors. It’s still a light source that I love to use to explain to people how light behaves and you can control it to do exactly what you want it to do, the Icelight is amazing for that (and it’s a pretty cool light to play with of course).

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A loaner Rickshaw

Some photoshoots are planned months in advance, some photoshoots just happen.
Recently we recorded a small video for the Westcott Icelight and the model for this video is Anna Matthea.
A few days before this session one of our neighbors told us he bought a Rickshaw and if we would be interested to do a photoshoot with it… well…. a Rickshaw… heck yeah of course why not, it’s not everyday we see one of those here. The only problem was “when”.

 

A long story short we decided to combine it with the video of the Icelight.
Of course I also shot some images with the Icelight in the Rickshaw but before that I did a small session with Anna Matthea using my Elinchrom strobes, in this case one deep octa 70cm with grid in the front and one open reflector in the back for the lens flare effect and rim light.

 

Model : Anna Matthea
Dresses : Sinister
Clothing : Nadine Stephan

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Results workshops Studio76 Eersel

Today some of the results from the workshops I did with Nadine at Studio76 in Eersel.
Some images you saw before in some tips by the way.

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Move around your light

One of the best tips I can give people is “move around your light”
Every time I show this very simple technique during workshops there is always a group of students that is literally totally surprised by the effects you can create by just moving around your model. What you are actually doing is the same as moving around your light source, but when you combine it with a wall against which the model is posing you can get some stunning effects very fast.

 

In this setup I’m using one strobe aimed at my model.
In the first shot you see it shot from the front.

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MacPhun presets market place

 

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Today MacPhun officially launches it’s marketplace for presets.
I love their plugins/apps and use for example Tonality Pro and Intensify pro on almost all my shots just to give it that little bit of extra pop OR to give it that perfect BW look.

 

I already created some presets for my favorite plugins which you can order via this link but MacPhun asked me to create 5 more unique ones for their market place, so I choose to create 5 more presets for Intensify which are not already in my own preset pack.

 

To celebrate the launch of their new market place we updated our MacPhun page on this site and added some of my favorite plugins/apps that I advise to you guys, please use the links on that page when ordering and also support my work. And of course your own by using these amazing plugins/apps.

Triggertrap review

Let me start of by saying I’m not really the kind of person that works from a tripod, but… as many of you probably recognize I’m always traveling with one and not using it, UNTILL that day you don’t travel with one… and you need it, that’s the story for me with tripods. It’s also the reason why at the moment I’m looking for a good carbon one…… well actually the reason is my Triggertrap, sounds weird right? until you read this review.

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I’ve been seeing very positive reviews on the Triggertrap all over the net so I was very curious to test one out myself, because I’m shooting Sony I was very happy to hear that Triggertrap actually had a version for both my A7r and A99 (well done Triggertrap), now don’t get me wrong I LOVE shooting Sony but one of the frustrations is that a lot of companies simply don’t have accessories for Sony, take for example Camranger, this is a product I’m very interested in and I’ve been bugging them for years now to support Sony, the answer is always…. “next time we see each other”… and that’s well…. still not working (great product by the way) so back on topic…. Triggertrap does have a Sony version, and as soon as I got them in I started testing.

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