It's been a while now since I've led a photo workshop. But Pascal from the Photo International Club Zurich asked nicely earlier in the year and so we found a weekend which would work out for us both.
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…
Having been in the position of a new student, and wanting desperately to improve my technique, it makes me truly happy when I can pass on some knowledge to another photographer.
Thanks to all of those who toook part in a Doodle survey, the dates have now been set for the first of the on-location lighting and portraiture days here in Switzerland.
After a break of almost two years, and a handful of small lighting courses both on location and in the studio, I've decided to organize another free day of photography and learning in the style of the Swiss Strobist days.
I ran a course earlier in the year on the subject of portraiture and lighting, which was very well received by the attendees and which I really enjoyed organizing. I’ve been planning to run a similar photo course for a while now, and have decided that the next event will take place on the weekend of the 3rd or 4th…
Whilst presenting my One Frame Movie photos at the Open Show in Lausanne this week, I mentioned Gregory Crewdson. I first became aware of his work in 2008 via David Hobby’s blog and have admired his process ever since. He’s technically more of a film director than a photographer, albeit that the result of…
My all-day coaching session on 11th June 2011 took place in the grounds of the ETH at Hönggerberg in Zurich. I've used this location several times before thanks to the size and variety of potential areas in which to take photos; from modern architectural detail to green lawns and trees.
Details of a new 60cm Walimex softbox I've bought for use with my compact flash guns.
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.
I'm happy to announce that starting in June, I'll be taking the Swisss Strobist workshops to the next level. Moving away from the previous days with large groups of attendees, I'll be leading affordable half- and one day courses both on location and in the studio. Each course is specially prepared for photographers who have learned how to use a…
After spending around three months considering my requirements and comparing many other cameras and solutions, I have chosen the Nikon D7000. Apart from where otherwise mentioned, all photos and video sequences in this article were taken with the new D7000 during my first outings with it.
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.
One of the reasons I organize photographic meetup days is so that I can learn new techniques and use equipment that I might not have encountered before.
Jo and I take our new VW Golf for a test run in the Swiss alps, visiting the Diemtigtal valley for the first time.
Jo posed for me in the stairwell to an underground car park during last Sunday's Swiss Strobist practical day, whilst I fiddled with the camera white balance to create an unusual effect.
I've learned a lot about artificial lighting over the past few years and invested a great deal of time to hone my skill. However, I feel that it's time to put the equipment to one side for a while and focus on using more natural light.
Photos from my day in the studio with the Swiss Strobist group.
I return to the studio this weekend, to use full studio lighting for the first time in many years and share experience and ideas with a number of colleagues from the Swiss Strobist group.
Second image from a shoot in Bern, inspired by 1980 classic horror film "The Shining".