AvatarDay 6

Barbara Hess announces the sixth of the annual AvatarDay events: a day in which she and a few helpers provide a day of free portrait photography for everyone to update their online profile photos.

AvatarDay 6

Portrait area at 500px.com

I like the website 500px.com as users there focus (ho ho) much more on quality images, rather than the volume approach of Flickr users. I have re-activated my account at 500px.com and am using it as a showcase of my best people photography.

Portrait area at 500px.com

Yannick’s lightbox

Wow. Two years. It’s taken me two whole years to get around to writing about the photos I took for Choo Choo in 2010-2011, which they used to accompany their superb self-produced video for the single We Go. The two photo shoots to produce these photos were a little…

Yannick’s lightbox

Keep It Simple workshop

The idea behind the workshop I ran in Zurich a few weeks ago was to get away from lugging around loads of lighting gear and heavy camera equipment. I hadn’t done an extensive portrait session with my Fujifilm X100 and I arranged this workshop…

Keep It Simple workshop

Selective lighting magic

What makes a picture is often the main subject. But a little attention to detail can also work wonders and turn a nice picture into a really nice picture. Walking in the park with friends last autumn, towards the end of a couple of hours shooting portraits, the lighter patches between the trees caught my eye. There were a few…

Selective lighting magic

Top of the world

Reknowned photographer Joe McNally ascends to the very top of the tallest man-made structure in the world… to say he’s been and to take some portraits while he’s there. Why just take a photo of the view when you can tell a story of the people that work there?…

Top of the world

Portraiture day at the MFO-Park

Our workshop day this past Sunday was a great success, after the rain passed away from the MFO Park in Oerlikon some ten minutes before we started! Blazing sunshine soon warmed the area and gave us plenty of light to work with, so the day was spent mainly working with a mixture of natural sunlight and flash illumination to fill…

Portraiture day at the MFO-Park

Ten more of the best

Following on from - and inspired by - the feedback I received from my aunt about what she felt to be ten of my best online portraits, my Mum sent me her list recently in comparison. I find the differences interesting and am only glad that so many of my images seem to be so…

Ten more of the best