Giant soft boxes. Parabolic umbrellas that look like radar stations. Reflectors equaling the size of tea clipper top-sails from a time when photography was young and nothing but alchemy - or even blasphemy. Size does matter when it comes to light formers - so they say.Read More
One common thing I witness whenever I try to be of some of kind assitance to enthusiasts is that they rarely or even never change their angle in relation to their subject. Maybe that's because of nowadays popularity - and quality - of zoom lenses or the unfamiliarity with external lighting on the set. But that's quite easy to change, and it does comes for free - all you have to do is move your feet
Dark skies - once quite common in the heavily industrialized Ruhr valley. Like the smog in London back then, but minus the fog and the good manners. But nowadays, the so-called "Ruhrgebiet" is busy becoming a post-industrial society, turning coking plants into museum pieces and steel mills into local recreations areas. Which is good for the environment, but a bit of a problem if you are looking for some dramatic sky as you can't count on the industry anymore for some serious clouds.
ove to play with light. And I tend to be on the right side of the histogram - the bright side that is. Where pixels blink in joy. Which means that I usually disregard the factor that shadow shapes the form - an object, face or body. But I couldn't care less. In particular when I am shooting women. Shadow is supposed to make something interesting. Sure thing. But then again, as Tonino Delli Colli once said: "How can you dare to hide something so wonderful in the shadows?"Read More
Strobes. Grew up with them. Metz CT 45. Once the gold standard for the pressmen. Reliable and powerful. Now long forgotten. But since then I can't live without strobes. It's a habit. An addiction. Fortunately, its an addiction that you can switch off at any time.
Sometimes you need to work fast. Like in fast as lightning. And it's not your individual skills you need to rely on when shooting under pressure – it’s the model in front of your camera that will save the day. So, concentrate on your subject, pump up the volume and let's have a quick dance