Kingsday in the Netherlands

A lot of people have asked me how kingsday is celebrated.
To be honest for me it’s one of the coolest days of the year because it’s like a huge flea market, so you can hunt for hours for nice stuff for photoshoots, comics and much more. In essence most people sell the junk they bought last year 😀

This year our weather service warned for loads of rain and cold but in the end it was all very doable, except for some occasional wet moments. But I won’t bore you with more details, here is an album from some images I took with the Sony RX100, just to give you guys an impression about what it is 😀

Click on one of the images for the gallery view
To celebrate Kingsday we have a cool 25% discount on all my instructional videos which ends this weekend.
Surf to Direct video downloads and use the coupon “super” for the discount.

TIP on backgrounds

When I started out with model photography I used a lot of seamless backgrounds, and I think most of you do.
However the more I shot the more I grew bored with these backgrounds and I started using the studio walls and more and more and I was drawn to location work. Of course it’s not possible to work on great locations all the time, and let’s be realistic…. the background does have to have something interesting, being it structure, rawness (is that a word?), edginess (love that word, I always use it when I don’t know something else) and…. well you get the general idea, walls can be cool if they are cool.

At one point it dawned to me that if I couldn’t go to locations all the time why not get the locations in our studio, if you go through my portfolio you can actually see that a lot of my work is using models pretty much straight up or in front of walls. In our studio we actually painted all the walls in different themes and looks going from nice and dark to totally distressed with wallpaper hanging down and broken plaster. Sometimes people will actually comment on these walls and ask me when I’m gonna do some fixing up… until I tell them that those are sets and their response is “oh cool, I need that”… actually at that time I already earned my money for the workshop because in my opinion the biggest problem a lot of photographers struggle with is “seeing possibilities”. So if you see an old broken down wall don’t see it as something that has to go but see it as an photo oppertunity.

Our studio is pretty big and there is no wall in the studio that we can’t use as a backdrop, I always am stunned when I visit studios that are HUGE but have all the same color walls, it just doesn’t make sense for me, of course a shooting area for cars has to be one color, but there are also so many other walls, areas etc. that you can use and that are often left untouched, for me the studio is a working space and not an office (heck even my office has different themes, I hate plain walls I guess).

So what if you can’t do your walls like we can?
In essence all walls can be covered with wallpaper right?
So find some interesting wall paper like for example this :
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Roosmarijn Maart 29 2016 0340If you are not allowed to do this on the walls, make “small” (2.50×2.50 mtrs) panels and cover them.
But you can also paint those panels, in this case one of our interns did a tremendous job I think, and as you can see it REALLY spices things up, the image in front of it is already cool but the walls…. well they complete it, and it really also helps to enhance the styling.

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Indeed all the structure and blues you see is in the wall, we used a little bit of smoke to spice the set up, but the wall in combination with nadine her awesome styling makes the image complete.

But a lot more can be done.
Here are some examples of our walls in action 😀

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Now if you don’t have the options for panels, or wallpaper or…. there is always another option.
Lastolite is a brand you probably know right?
They have some amazing foldable backgrounds with great prints, and the fun thing is… they don’t take up any space and they look great in a photoshoot. I always have some with me when I teach on location (just in case).

Here are some samples from the Lastolites.

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Now if you think these are too expensive (man you are hard to convince :D)
You can always use a backdrop system and mount some plastic to it and play with that.

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Or use some curtains

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So the next time you grab your seamless…. try to do something more creative and start using the walls, areas of your studio etc.
OR….. well you also use seamless of course.

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Karina Feb 13 2016 Phase One workshop NY 0067If you want more in depth tips and tricks check out my book “Mastering the model shoot” it’s not just on models but also has extensive parts on styling, your studio etc.
Also check out my instructional videos via this website (see the left menu), and check out my videos on KelbyOne where you can also find one on building your own studio.

a CRAZY Macphun offer

MacPhun craziest offer ever….XXL
It’s no secret I love Macphun products… Over the last few years they have almost replaced all my other plugins, for example intensify is on almost 90% of my shots (to give it that extra pop), and I also love their BW convertor Tonality and there is LOADS more……but their new limited time bundle even makes me speechless….. If you don’t already own the creative suite, now is the time. Heck even if you don’t own a Mac buy it because you will get so much free stuff it’s crazy. Included for example is my FULL instructional video “Live in Boston”

Let’s see what’s in the XXL package : (if you order from here you also support our work)

Key Features:
700+ Editing tools, presets & filters
40+ Photo guides, e-books and videos
12 Powerful photo editing titles
1200+ Textures, presets, and Sample RAW files

$1871 in total Savings
Plus special discounts on photo related gear/products from some partners.


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Noiseless CK – photo editor by Macphun $60
Intensify CK – photo editor by Macphun $60
Tonality CK – photo editor by Macphun $70
Snapheal CK – photo editor by Macphun  $50
Focus CK – photo editor by Macphun $60
FX Photo Studio CK – photo editor by Macphun $30
Behind the Image – video guide by Ted Gore $65
The Posing Guide by Red Leaf Studios $60
The Lighting Guide by Red Leaf Studios $50
Africa with Athena – photo guide by Athena Carey $60
Live in Boston – photo guide by Frank Doorhof $40
E-Books collection by PhotoLesa (Lesa Snider) $30
OS X Video Guides from TheMacU $22
The Essentials of Street Photography $20
Video classes by Lesa Snider $50
The complete photography bundle by Mikko Lagerstedt $110
HDR tutorial video by Howard Snyder $60
Post processing techniques by Michael Breitung $18
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Creative Kit Walkthrough by Justin Noval $70
Light in Motion – photo guide by the Photographer’s Element $145
WIldflower photography – ebook by Steve Berardi $20
Easy DSLR Blue photo course by Ken Schults $67
Lightroom presets from $20
Shooting stars – e-book by Phil Hart $15
Fire & Sparks – photo guide by DYI Photography $10
City series: London – photo guide by DYI Photography $45
Complete Lightroom presets collection by Contrastly $99
Travel LR presets by $40
RAW Sample Files by Dmitry Sytnik $30
Creative Photography Textures collection $40

Circular Studio – software by Brain Fever Media $30
Crazy Talk 7 – software by Reallusion $30
Flame Painter 3 – software by Escape Motion $90
Resize Sense – software by VeprIT  $20
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3 Free Months of Skillshare membership $30
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Discount 93%

As you can see…. t’s a lot 😀 So order it today via you’ll love it (even if you don’t own a mac)

Kingsday super deal

Super deal with my instructional videos, 25% off on ALL videos.

Tomorrow it’s Kingsday in the Netherlands, a big holiday where people sell their stuff on the street and it’s a great day if you want good deals so I thought it would be a cool moment to also give an awesome deal to you guys, so we have a 25% discount on all my instructional videos.

Surf to and use the code “super” when checking out for the discount.

All my videos are jam-packed with tips, techniques etc.and I try to do something else on every video, so you won’t get any double material.

Plus…. you also support all the work we do with digital classroom and our video webpodcasts 😀

Enjoy our kings day for all our Dutch friends, and for the rest… well enjoy the discount 😀

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