Backstage at AvatarDay 4

Barbara Hess organized the fourth in an annual series of studio days for this afternoon in Bern, Switzerland, to which anyone could come along and get a free portrait photo taken for their online profile pages. I took my X100 along for the afternoon and took photos “behind the scenes”,…

Backstage at AvatarDay 4

Studio workshop

I ran the latest of my photographic workshops last weekend and chose (mainly because of the time of year) to hold it in the studio. Thanks to the ready availability of the studio space at Satzart in Bern, we were able to use the spacious room to cover basic introduction to the Elinchrom equipment and lighting in general,…

Studio workshop

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

We Go

Friends Choo Choo release their next music video, conceived and filmed by their bass player Yan.

We Go

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

Revenge

One of my favourite pictures of the year, which was shot at the end of a studio session a couple of weeks ago.

Revenge

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

Helios 5 in 1

A technical review and explanation of the Helios 5 in 1 reflector/diffuser combination, which I added to my collection of equipment this week.

Helios 5 in 1

Open air studio

After trying out the lighting technique I mentioned yesterday, of a large diffused light source right above the subject, I wanted to apply the technique to an outdoor location. When we set up the shots under cover in Interlaken (but outside), the first problem was that there were no suitably white walls to hand. If you ever find yourself in…

Open air studio

The eye of the beholder

I learned an important lesson in portrait photography last weekend: that of how ready the subject is to see themselves in an honest and detailed image, when they may be seeing themselves this way for the first time.

The eye of the beholder

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 improve your photographic…

Learning a lot, a little at a time

Yes

Yesterday evening, Jo agreed to be my wife. I am both the luckiest and happiest man alive.

Yes