A not so good day to shoot but stunning results BTCD June 25 2018

Today it was time for the street workshop in Groningen with our model Sharon.

However sometimes things don’t go as planned, and today was one of those days, we planned a nice street shoot, but ended up having to improvise. However I think the results are still very nice.

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How to make the best of it…. Part I

Yesterday it was time for the workshop in Groningen.
We actually planned to walk on the street with our model Sharon (styling and makeup by Bianca) and shoot some cool fashion images on the street with strobes… but sometimes things don’t run as you want, and yesterday was one of those days…. it rained.

So we decided to start the workshop actually in a parking garage.
The cool thing about photography is that in essence you can make great images anywhere, even if you might thing it will never work.
We started out with some shots on the lower level and using the lighting they use to light up the parking garage.

After this we moved the whole set app 3 mtrs and used the curves of the parking garage to create a shot with some more depth.
By playing with the shutterspeed you can literally change the complete look of a set.
Remember that aperture is controlled/set by the strobe and the ambient light can be controlled by the shutter speed, meaning you can get a lot of different looks from the same location.


As you can see, two totally different looking shots just by changing the shutterspeed.

All shots were shot on the Sony A7RII with the Techart convertor and the Takamur 35mm lens (bought it for 5.00)
The second shot was done with a Takamur 55mm which I bought for 2.50 (but is worth a lot more).
Using these old lenses on the Sony really gives you some unique looks, add to this some processing with Alien Skin, or Lightroom/Capture One and I just love the looks.
Many thanks to cameraland.nl for lending me the Techart, make sure to order it from them when you’re in the Netherlands.

Feel free to show me your images that you shot in parking garages 🙂


This changed my life.

Which photographer changed your life and what was the best tip?

For me with modelphotography it was the crazy over the top work of david lachapelle. But without a doubt the most impact on my professional career was dean Collins. They way he taught was just next to none. Even now a days I can’t name any instructor that was so versatile and straight to the point with explaining things very simple.

On street photography the biggest impact was actually in my own friends (so honored to call him a friend) Jay maisel. One day at his house taught me more about street photography than years before. Best tip…. Find the stage and the players will come (Robert Doisneau) and to be open for anything and find “gesture”

So excited to hear your inspirations and what changed your vision.

Working with alternative lighting, much more fun than you expect

One of the things that you hear a lot is “I can’t do that because…..”
and now just fill in anything you like.
There is always and excuse why something doesn’t work.
My motto is slightly different….there is always something to make great images with.

Now of course I love using strobes, and we have quite a setup in our studio, if I may say 🙂
But in all honesty when I shoot without strobes I’m always feeling that little bit of extra motivation, now don’t get me wrong… I’m more than motivated when I shoot with strobes, but when you are limiting yourself…. well…. it’s just a bigger challenge let me put it that way.

Now I strongly believe that you can always make great images whatever you use, being it a smartphone, filmcamera, old DSLR of the newest Sony cameras (or Canon, Nikon, Fuji etc.) So that’s why I actually started the workshop “alternative lighting” a few months ago, and it was a huge success. People loved to see what they can do with the most simple lightsources like torches, tungsten bulbs, smartphone flashlights, lume cubes etc.

In fact I even made a complete video on the subject called “Mastering the model shoot : Any light will do” you can get that one here.

So today it was time for the workshop.
Now let’s see what we did with what.

First setup we kept really simple.
Just a simple torch.

Now of course you can also ask the model to hold the light.


Don’t ask me what this is….. I have no clue but it did also work.
Although there was very little light coming from it….. hold it very close to the model and it will work.

For the next setup it was time for the chandelier.
You can get these really cheap on second hand sites, and sometimes they are even gifted for free.
But you can have a lot of fun with them.

And of course….NEVER forget the lower angles.

Next up another chandelier and we decided to choose a lower pose.
Also more relaxed for the model.

Now this is nice…
But what about adding a small lumecube (on a selfie stick) for some extra light.
And add some smoke.
The cool thing about mixing lightsources is to NOT color match them, just play with those colors for some really cool effects.


And finally
Why not use two lume cubes as the whole lighting setup.
Both on selfie sticks, and one with a grid.
The lensflare makes the image for me 😀

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Thanks to Nadine for being the model and her awesome styling.

All images where shot with the Sony A7RIII with the Arttech convertor and vintage lenses. Including the Takamur 55mm and Takamur 35mm and Pentagon 50mm