Using backlighting and metering tip

Often light is coming from the front or the side, however it can be very interesting to use light from the back.
Now how do you meter something like this?
In fact it’s very simple.
An incident light meter will meter the light falling on the subject and give you the correct reading, if you put that value in your camera you’re subject will be properly lit. Now a lot of people tell you different things about light meters, ranging from “you don’t need one” to ….. well let’s put it this way a lot of confusion is caused.


Trust me when I tell you that a light meter is just a tool, it gives you a way to very quickly get a proper exposure and it’s not hard to use. As you can see in these examples I metered the front of the face of the models and put that exposure in the camera, the only light source used is an Elinchrom Ranger behind the model, so the “scatter light” actually lights the model and is metered. In a studio environment it will often (99.9%) means you’re metering towards the light source, but as you see with this setup I now actually metered towards the camera. Just remember that you hold the meter in front of the area you want to be correct and meter “the light” that is hitting THAT area, it can be the strobe straight on, but also scatter light or ambient light.


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Using reflections

One of the things that’s always a guarantee for a good shot (or an interesting shot) is using reflections.
Reflections can be seen in many surfaces, but also in water of course.
So when you’re shooting in a location where you see some pools of water make sure to figure out a way to use it in at least some of your shots.
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Workshop Enka results

For me all the workshops I do are special, but some…. well are a little bit more special.
A while ago a good friend of us brought the Enka factory to our attention, a large abandoned building that was still in relatively good state (and taken care off) but had loads of potential, and when I saw the location… wow I wanted to teach there, and I believe I was not the only one that wanted to shoot/learn there because the workshop was sold out faster than any workshop we ever arranged, after some deliberation with the owners we booked a second date on the 20th of August (for the Dutch people, if you want to be there there are now 2 seats left).


Today I show some of the results from the first workshop day.
Some results I will share next week as little tip blogposts.
And yes indeed these kind of shots are what you learn to do during the workshops I teach.


Models : Lenaa, Rosa and Chantal
Styling : Nadine
Team : Christa, Annewiek, Chaim, Bart

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Some more Denmark Part II

Today some more images from our trip through Denmark.
Oh and don’t worry I have no plans on giving up Fashion/modelphotography, I just also love to shoot some travel while we’re on the road.


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Some more Denmark

Today some random shots I took during a visit to a small fisher town while driving through Denmark.

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Webinar with X-Rite and MacPhun tonight

On August 12th from 5:30-6:30PM (our time) I will be teaching a webinar for X-Rite and MacPhun.
Registration is free of course.


The topic is working with the new MacPhun app/plugin Tonality pro, in my opinion one of the best black and white conversion programs out there. As with most of my webinars you will not just see me using the software but you will also see the way I shoot the images before the retouch part, in other words you are with me in the studio during a live shoot with loads of information about lighting, coaching the model etc.


After the live shoot you see me select the images, and most importantly hear why I select the images I select, and after this you will see the whole retouching process, these webinars are really a shoot from A-Z in essence.


So don’t miss it and surf to ….  for your free registration.


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Top of Denmark

One of the things I absolutely love to do when traveling is finding places that are a bit “weird” or different. And in Denmark we wanted to visit two of these sites, the first is a lighthouse that was captured by sand (later more on this) and one was the absolute top of Denmark called Skagen. This is where both the Skagerrak and Kattegat come together, this gives a very dangerous situation and this is why swimming is not allowed in this area.


When you arrive in the location there is a huge parking and a small tractor bringing you to the point…. we of course decided to walk, it was only 500mtrs…. well that must have been the longest 500 mtrs ever, but we are used to walking so it was more than doable but if you are a bit less fit make sure to take the tractor, walking through the sand is pretty heavy.


On the way to the destination you pass some old bunkers, which of course also are interesting to visit, but that’s not why we where here, but I of course had to take some quick snaps :D

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