Entries from February 2010

Spring in Basel

A small collection of images I took on a spring trip to Basel in 2005 with friends from the Swiss blogging scene.

Diffused directional light

A technical explanation of how do make the light from a softbox more focused, whilst retaining the soft light through the use of a secondary light on very low power to fill in any unwanted shadows.

Eiger Run

A photo and video from the Eiger Run sledge route, between the mountain-top hamlet of Kleine Scheidegg and tourist centre at Grindelwald.

The Orphan Works Bill

You’ll notice that I’ve made two changes over the past couple of days regarding copyright marking and my privacy settings at Flickr. Firstly, all images which I post from now on will contain a visual copyright notice and a copyright definition in the (hidden) IPTC annotations. Secondly, no-one can download any of my photos from Flickr in higher resolution any more.

Helios 5 in 1

A technical review and explanation of the Helios 5 in 1 reflector/diffuser combination, which I added to my collection of equipment this week.

Sven

Sometimes, an image stands alone, with no need for description.

Just as day was dawning

Shot from near the train station in Spiez this morning, just as the first rays of sun found a way through the clouds to illuminate the town.

Open air studio

After trying out the lighting technique I mentioned yesterday, of a large diffused light source right above the subject, I wanted to apply the technique to an outdoor location. When we set up the shots under cover in Interlaken (but outside), the first problem was that there were no suitably white walls to hand. If you ever find yourself in this situation, there’s an easy solution: simply expose your shot for the person you’re photographing and then over-expose the background of the shot by at least three stops.

The eye of the beholder

I learned an important lesson in portrait photography last weekend: that of how ready the subject is to see themselves in an honest and detailed image, when they may be seeing themselves this way for the first time.

Portraits, Volume One

I’ve been meaning to get around to producing a regular magazine-type publication of my photography for some time now. Future issues are likely to contain a periodic review of an event, a portrait session or a trip away. The first issue is now online in the Permanent Tourist account at issuu.com and contains a selection… (Read More)