Posts about Strobist

Strobist” is a term coined by American photographer David Hobby, who was one of the first bloggers to hit the mainstream and help his readers learn more about the use of artificial lighting techniques on a budget. I first became interested in the subject in 2008, after a lifetime of being fairly incompetent at using on-camera flash and hence avoiding its use whenever possible.

Since beginning to learn more about the techniques involved, I quickly gained new friends with similar interests in the Swiss photographic community. Interest gained pace remarkably quickly in Switzerland, in line with the rest of the photographic world. Since 2008, I’ve been organizing semi-regular practical days and workshops, both on location and in the studio, at which I not only experiment myself with technique, but also help other, less experienced photographers to improve their own photographs.

(Note: David kindly gave me permission to use the term “Swiss Strobist” for the Swiss community which practices this technique. Our group has nothing to do with David or his business.)

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Environmental portrait workshop with PICZ.ch

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.

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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 […]

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Learning how to light

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.

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Free lighting and portraiture day

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.

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Studio training course in Bern

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 […]

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Inspiration: Gregory Crewdson

Inspiration: Gregory Crewdson

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 his […]

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Portraiture and Lighting course in Zurich

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.

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Swiss Strobist – the next level

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 Cactus trigger or PocketWizard, but who have only covered the basics in Strobist photography and now want to know what to do with this comparatively new technical know-how.

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The end of the search: the Nikon D7000

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.

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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.

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Habi and Nina in the studio

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.

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VW Golf 1.9 TDI 2002

Four-wheeled tripod

Jo and I take our new VW Golf for a test run in the Swiss alps, visiting the Diemtigtal valley for the first time.

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Out of the blue

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.

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Strobism isn’t everything

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.

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Studio fun

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.

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