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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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

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 of the 3rd or 4th…

Studio training course in Bern

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…

Inspiration: Gregory Crewdson

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…

Swiss Strobist – the next level

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.

Into the world of TTL

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.

Out of the blue

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.

Studio fun