strobism

Swiss Strobist: workshop number 1 for 2009

Planning has begun for the first Swiss Strobist workshop of 2009: please find out all about it, let us know when you’ll be able to make it, and sign up now.

Swiss Strobist – new website and newsletter

To plan Strobist days for 2009 and to re-invigorate interest in the subject and community, we’ve launched a new blog and email newsletter. Pop over and check it out, join in and send me any information you have which we can use on the site, from tips and equipment to ideas for pictures and locations.… (Read More)

One of those laptop shots

A work colleague, backlit by the sun coming in through the window, flash laid on keyboard and bounced from laptop screen at 1/8 power to give f 2.8 at ISO 100. Fill-in flash from camera right at 1/1 power (losing 2 stops due to diffusion). And a little bit of dark vignette added during post-processing… (Read More)

Manuel and Karolina

Taking portraits is always a great opportunity and I enjoyed taking photos of Manuel and his wife Carolina this past weekend.

Kate’s Visit

Loads of lovely photos online from when my friend Kate was visiting us in Switzerland.

Swiss Strobist meetup on 21st September

We’re planning a day/afternoon of photography on the ETH Campus at Hönggerberg in Zürich, on Sunday 21st September. We’re planning on separating into a couple of groups, with one or more experienced strobist photographer/s with a group of people eager to learn. We’ll set up a couple of shots, explain the lighting setup and then… (Read More)

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)

Ilona in Wollishofen

A friend who will be moving away in the not-too-distant future. I wanted to take a “proper” portrait before she leaves and shot this portrait in a graffiti-ed children’s playground in Wollishofen, after we all visited our friend Nick Yoon’s exhibition. I wanted to separate Ilona from the background, which was fairly evenly lit by… (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)

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Learning a lot, a little at a time

This is a short (ten minute) outtake from David Hobby‘s workshop DVD set, which is on sale for US$139. The price seems steep for “just” a DVD, but reconsider: what you’re actually getting isn’t just a film, but an in-depth tutorial over eight DVDs (over ten hours of content) which has the potential to seriously… (Read More)