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Photographing groups

Tips on lighting, herding and photographing groups of people when time is limited.

Portraits on location

2012 is the year in which I’m going to try and catch up on an inordinate amount of photos which have never seen the light of day. I have no idea yet how I’m going to get them all online in a manageable form, but I’ve taken the first step by adding another new gallery… (Read More)

Studio workshop

I ran the latest of my photographic workshops last weekend and chose (mainly because of the time of year) to hold it in the studio. Thanks to the ready availability of the studio space at Satzart in Bern, we were able to use the spacious room to cover basic introduction to the Elinchrom equipment and… (Read More)

Standards-based, cross-platform web development is the future

If you’re a web developer, checking that you use the standards of the web and valid code will make your life infinitely easier. By planning now for a standards-based future and focusing on HTML5 and its associated technologies, you’ll be building for the future: not just saving yourself time, but also making sure that the work you do can be completed efficiently and with less fuss. As any developer knows, this is the most valuable aspect of any plan for the future in their eyes.

Walimex octagon softbox for compact flash

Details of a new 60cm Walimex softbox I’ve bought for use with my compact flash guns.

First lighting workshops completed

I’ve carried out the first of my photographic lighting workshops for 2011 and there are still places available for the next one in Zurich in June.

Into the world of TTL

With the money I’ve put aside for new camera gear, a new, reliable, fully automated flash gun was high on my “wants” list, not least because I receive a slowly increasing number of requests to take portrait photographs and cover events.

Niels and the Showgirl

An unplanned shot, taken of volunteer Niels for the One Frame Movie set of photographs I was working on a few weeks back.

Storm Approaching

This is a rapidly conceived and executed shot, as a big storm headed in from the Simmen valley from western Switzerland. I saw the distant clouds being illuminated by lightning (which accounts for the varied colouring in the clouds) so I grabbed a tripod and framed my shot from our living room window, setting exposure… (Read More)

Inexpensive still-life photography

View this image larger at Flickr » This Lladró statue, designed by Francisco Català, was a gift from my parents and fits well with my photographic tendencies. It is also a great test piece for studio photography, so when I was looking to test flash technique this evening (in particular, soft lighting) it was immediately… (Read More)