Light from the side can be incredibly powerful.
Here, during the small flash workshop, I used a bare strobe to light Nadine, by using the zoom function you can tailor the light beam hitting the model just the way you like it.
Light from the side can be incredibly powerful.
For the next set me moved into the little chapel.
This place was very hard to shoot in, loads of risk factors and windows on the side, as you can see I’m actually using a mix of ambient light through the windows as accent lights and positioned myself so that the windows were blocked by Nadine in some of the shots for maximum effect.
The risk factor in this chapel was a bit higher than in the other locations for a very simple reason, everything was tight.
In the whole museum we were shooting in locations with irreplaceable items, if we broke something…. well there is no price to put on it because…. well it can’t be replaced, meaning we would have to call in one of the museum employees every time we wanted to move something or wanted to check if it was ok if we touched something, they were incredibly relaxed about it and were great helps, but always remember when shooting in locations like this (if you ever do) you are a guest and be VERY VERY careful.
In the end I decided to go for a serie of different looks.
We started with natural light only.
And as always sometimes I have trouble choosing between BW and color.
Today part II from the workshop at Cannenburch with Nadine.
This weekend I taught a workshop in a very special location.
I always love doing workshops on location but sometimes you get the chance to do something that is really unique and this weekend that was one of those days.
A while ago we said we wanted to start doing workshops in special locations, studio workshops are of course also very cool but shooting on locations is a whole different ballgame. A few of my friends ran with the idea and contacted Cannenburch, a museum in the Netherlands, to be honest we thought it would never be possible to shoot there, but why not try right? and much to our delight they were up for it, it was never done before like this they told us and we had to be under guidance of the museum itself, in exchange for that we were allowed to shoot wherever we wanted and we were allowed to remove the alarms, use flash and even use the sets, well….. you don’t have to say that twice of course. So we started the registration of the workshop, now my location workshops are most of the time sold out but this was a new record… within 20 minutes after putting it online we were actually booked solid.
So today I can share the first series of results from this very special workshop with Nadine as model and stylist.
The first setup was outside the museum.
In fact in these 3 shots you can see my motto, always shoot double or triple setups if you can.
The first is with natural light, the second with one strobe and the third is actually with 2 strobes. This way you can deliver different looks to the client so they will always find something they like.
During our stay in Las Vegas for PhotoshopWorld we filmed a new class for KelbyOne in the series : The inspiration series.
It’s an 1 hour class in which I tell you everything that drives me in my work (and personal life).
You can find the class here :
Often people ask me what to look for when shooting models with shadows.
The answer is very simple “make sure that the shadow is part of the story”
In other words I don’t want a big blob of a shadow behind my model but a nicely featured shadow that actually also plays a role in the shot, or in again other words, the shadow is a vital part of the shot.
So how can you “train” this.
Start to experiment with some silhouettes and learn what a model can do, by moving her arms away from her body she creates a certain look, when everything is connected to the body she creates just a big black “blob”.
In this shot I used a white background with a small strobe with grid and nothing in the front.
I asked Nadine to create several dramatic poses and especially play with the position of her arms and keep her head/face in profile so you can see that she is a real person.
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…..
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.