1. We started in Cuba or so it seemed. One delegate spotted this shop window and we were off. This shot was given a warm treatment in camera by selecting an 8000 K setting for the white balance. It was overcast and threatening to rain all morning so I resorted to creating Speedlight sun for nearly every shot. All the Speedlights were triggered with a Pocket Wizard for the whole day although an ST-E2 would have done the trick. We just happened to have more PW triggers with us than infra red triggers. I chose to keep the lighting ratio calm, although I encouraged the delegates to go as punchy as they wished by changing their aperture to taste.
Day one in Amsterdam was a cold shoot for our models Bas and Samantha. There was also a one day public holiday so the dynamic of the area we were shooting in was very different to my recce the day before. All our shots were taken within a 500m radius so there was no major walking required. Here is a mini selection of 23 of the pictures taken on workshop 1.
2. This simple natural light shot continued the Cuban theme.
3. The same pose as above but from a different angle gives bias to Samantha instead. This is one workshop where I encourage each photographer to really experiment. Throughout the day we were shooting from different angles and with different lenses so that we all ended up with interesting variations on each set up.
4. We were soon out of Cuba and on the streets of Amsterdam. You can see the tel tale shadow of my Speedlight sun on Samantha's face and shopping bag.
5. Here is a wider shot taken from further back. Notice the different editing style. Marko and I jointly edited these pictures and it is interesting for me to see what we came up with.
6. I then set up 2 Speedlights on stands and chose a punchy look for this 2 shot. My new 100mm lens barely came off my camera for the whole shoot. All bar 3 of the shots in this set were taken with it.
7. The same set up as in the picture above. I really like how I can just move in to take close shots without running out of close focus ability.
8. There's nothing like a splash of on camera flash to liven up a shoot session. Careful camera positioning and flash exposure compensation was required for this shot of Bas.
9. Samantha had her shot too. The blue in the background is a lie created in Photoshop.
10. Next it was time for drama lighting with a classic 2 point set up of bare faced Speedlights.
11. Bas and Samantha were getting used to each other now. They met for the first time just an hour before. 1 Speedlight high on a stand brought this shot to life. I pinched the framing idea from one of my delegates after spotting it on his camera.
12. My 'Passion On The Streets' workshops are known for the tighter more intimate pictures and by lunchtime these were on the cards.
13. A variation of crops and expressions seem endless with my 100mm lens.
14. Again I used the 100mm prime lens at f/2.8 to tell the story of our location in the Bokeh. There is just a hint of rim light on Samantha's face created by a Speedlight behind the tree.
15. That 100mm f/2.8 L lens is now officially my favourite lens. I could shoot on it exclusively. It's super sharp wide open and the out of focus areas are like Monets.
16. I next found a set of steps to show how I create vertically staggered poses. Note that all 4 eyes are in the same focal plane of my 100mm lens (by design not chance)
17. A straight shot taken by the steps with my 100mm lens.
18. Marko chose this treatment that could be used to sell a big canvas for the couples home (probably a bedroom or snooker room).
19. I chose to put Samantha above Bas for this shot on the steps.
20. Never under estimate the power of a good close up. Macro lenses are great for adults too not just for babies hands.
21. My afternoon sun was created with a single Speedlight on manual 1/2 power.
22. Overcast and dull light was transformed with a speedlight with a blue gel. We set our white balances to 10000 K - the limit provided by Canon.
23. The last frame of the day was a bit of fun with my Orbis. Marko used a bit of HDR treatment to give an edgy feel to Bas.
The pictures from workshop two will follow soon. Please feel free to leave comments.