One light, outside

Today just one simple portrait which I really like.
Shot during a workshop last week with Manon, the light source is a Quadra from Elinchrom with nothing on it, just the dish.

Manon Juli 5 2014 (13 of 153)_DxO

Some images from Manon with the ice light

During a workshop last week I’ve played a bit more with the Westcott Ice Light, I will post a review online soon of this light source, today just a few images.

Manon Juli 5 2014 (34 of 153)_DxO

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Just some portraits

Some images shot during test sessions last week.
These sessions we do with models that we think can be interesting for our work, in a test session we actually run through some standard lighting setups just to see how the models behave in front of the camera and how creative they are, most of the time 1 out of 10 models we do these sessions with stay with us in the workshops or other assignments.

Hennie  Juli 1 2014 565

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Some new images from male models

Today I share some images from sessions we did with some of the male finalists from our competition “Poldermodel 2014″.
Today I introduce Ian and Daniel.


Ian  Juli 1 2014 594

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Working with portrait or landscape mode

Composition is one of the things that is always very important in a shoot, but what is the perfect composition?
Well to be honest… there is no perfect composition.
Of course there are those “rules” like the rule of thirds but let’s be honest they just give you a “this will work” general rule of tumb, but it’s often not the most interesting shot possible. In my opinion it’s incredibly important to play with the way you shoot.


Take for example these two shots.
One is shot in the so called portrait mode.
It draws all the attention to the model and to be honest it looks pretty nice.

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However as soon as you change to landscape mode for me the whole image gets way more interesting.

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Shooting through materials….

One of the things I absolutely love to do is using materials to control my lights in ways that are not “standard”.
You can of course use a metal sheet with holes to create some nice patterns, however if you make the holes “small” enough you can use it to place the model behind it and the reflection of the material will actually bounce back to the model.


In this case I used one strobe with a red gel and one standard strobe just for fill in.
Model : Lenaa.

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Mixing strobes with tungsten

There will be that moment where you have to mix two different light sources in a scene.
Now normally it’s common to gel the strobes to match the color temperature of the other light source, but sometimes it can be very interesting to keep the color temperature different.


In this shot (shot during a glamour workshop) I shot our model Lenaa on the chair and lit her with the 70cm deep octa and a custom grid from Honeycombgrids the tungsten lights on the back are in fact 100W bulbs. I made sure that the light sources didn’t really “overlap” but that the tungsten had free play on the background, this way the tungsten lights look really nice and warm and it gives a nice glow to the background. The suitcases gives the shot some extra dimension.


When shooting something like this, do make sure that you put the strobes on the LOWEST possible power setting, this way you can actually see the tungsten lights. If you meter everything on 1/125 you can still open up more to let in more of the tungsten bulbs (1/60 or even 1/30). Always remember that the aperture in these cases control the strobe and the shutter speed the tungsten lights.

Lenaa Juni 20 2014 38 1

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