Every now and then I get the chance to give shooting workshops abroad. This time I was hosted by Keepsakes, both the European supplier of Couture Books and the German distributor of Jorgensen albums. I shared the teaching with the uber talented Martin Hogeboom. A super cool guy and a great photographer. Martin specialises in shooting commercial portraits and fashion. One day when I grow up I want to be like him.
1. Taken using direct sunlight through an open window. 100mm lens.
Here are 50 of my pictures of Jessica. Make up was by Gwen Vermolen Enjoy
2. Lit with a Lupo 1200 and shot through a contemporary glass chandelier using my 100mm lens
3. Lit with a Lupo and the reflection came from the glass dining table.
4. Lit with window light alone.
5. A cascade of body and hair leads the eye through the frame.
6. Lit with reflected sunlight from outside bounced through an open door.
7. Natural light and my white shirt as a reflector.
8. The were two bedrooms in the apartment to shoot in and we used them both. I lit Jessica with a Lupo 1200 as a kick light and window light as the key.
10. The Lupo once again provided the backlight.
11. Backlighting really brings pictures to life. I just used the Lupo and a couple of reflectors for the whole shoot.
13. Once we had woken Jessica up we shot into the metal roller shutter using just the Lupo as a key light.
14. Then Jessica and I had a pillow fight. Generating fun and breaking down barriers is an integral part of my shooting style.
15. Lighting was from a reflector outside the room.
16. Next we went off to my hotel suite. I lit this shot taken from the lounge with a Lupo in the bedroom area
17. Jessica's legs nicely framed in the sliding doors.
19. We went out onto the balcony for a long shot into the sun.
20. Lit with my magic water reflector and a Lupo. I set the white balance to 4000 Kelvin to give the blue cast.
21. A simple messy hair portrait lit with the lupo and my magic water reflector.
22. A Lupo as a key light and the sun from behind.
23. Sunlight on my bedroom floor coming through the net curtains as shown above.
24. A slash of light from the Lupo and a bit of light from a floor lamp to the right of the shot.
25. It's all about the lines.
26. On our way to lunch we used 'the hole'. A random architectural feature on the stairwell. I lit Jessica with the Lupo.
27. I love the lines in this frame.
28. A vision in white. Shot into the light with loads of increased exposure dialled in.
29. A light moment of fun creates a wonderful look.
30. After tea and cakes we went out into the sun. It was 30 degrees in Baden-Baden and it felt like summer for real. I was going to shoot a hedge shot but it was too prickly.
31. A small patch of daises provided a perfect spot for my shoot it bright session.
32. Open the lens until the camera screams and close it back one click. That's my exposure technique here.
33. An into the light shot with Jessica in full sun needed a bit of careful subject placement and exposure setting.
34. A little bit of Asia in Baden-Baden. The spa baths were the other side of the hedge and 6 of us were lurking. We didn't get arrested though.
35. Jessica in the jungle.
36. There were gasps from the delegates as I gave out my settings for this shot. It was at least +4 stops on what my Canon would have chosen. My 5D mk2 only has +/- 2 stops of compensation and that alone forces me to use manual exposure.
37. Off with the lens hood and in with the sun flare. It's like going back 35 years.
38. The last rays of sunlight striking the old Church. Moments later they were gone.
39. Another sun bathed wall. This shot was into the light this time.
40. Lines and curves
41. All the exterior shots were taken with my 100mm lens. It is great for the close ups too.
42. We lit the entrance to an underground car park with sunlight reflected from a silver Lastolite reflector.
43. The entrance to another underground car park had perfect dappled light.
44. An interesting green light box was the background here. The light was reflected sunlight.
45. A few abstract images always make an interesting addition to any album.
46. There was time for a few more shots on our way out of the car park. This was lit with naturally reflecting sunlight.
47. A sensitive close up of the beautiful Jessica.
48. We found a grotto and dialled down the exposure a couple of stops.
49. The light on the balustrade and hand rail caught my attention.
50. Jessica with horns. I love the sheen from the metal door. I'm not sure what is behind the door and we didn't feel the urge to find out.
There you have a small selection of my shots. Please feel free to comment. I’d particularly like some feedback from my delegates, German will be fine :)
I have some new Feminine Beauty workshops planned for the UK and some for Hamburg later this summer. Details to follow.