The portret project : the pinball repair guy

Today another shot in my “The portrait project” series.
Todays portrait is from the Pinball repair guy.
In fact this shot almost wasn’t made.
The idea was to shoot him while he was working on the boards, and to test everything I shot a quick 3-4 images, quickly however he found out that the problem was the power board of the pinball machine and that meant…. power off, so more shiny lights… lucky I got my shot (although it could have been much better).


Lighting is one Lume Cube from the side up.
Camera : Sony A7RII and Sigma 35mm f1.4 Art


Portrait project : Klaas Jelmer

In my on going series “The portrait project” today some images from a fellow photographer Klaas Jelmer.
Shot in the studio with the Sony A7RII and Sigma 35mm 1.4
Light source the Lume Cube



The portrait Project : our interns

Today in the Portrait project meet our interns.

This is Stephie and Afra.
Both ladies are doing their internship in our studio.

Both images were shot with the Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art on the Sony A7RII and lit by using the Lume Cube slightly behind Afra and slightly in front of Stephie.

Portrait project  1  - September 06 2016-12_DxO

A new project called “the portrait project”

Often people ask me “What do I really need for a portrait?”….
Well in all honesty… everything you have, or in other words….. whatever you have with you.

In essence a portrait can be shot with natural light, the light from a candle, your iPhone (light), the iPhone (screen), a Lume cube, small flash, big flash, reflectors, a white wall acting as a reflector… the list goes on and on.

A few days ago I got a Lume cube to test out and this actually triggered the idea for this project.
I LOVE shooting people, and in the studio that’s easy and I have total control, so the idea started to grow to do it slightly differently. I have given myself the assignment (and don’t worry it’s not going to be a 365 day project) to shoot portraits with minimalistic means, so no fancy lighting, no models, no professional help etc. just me and someone…. and that someone can be anyone.

The coming weeks/months I will be shooting random people this can be friends, people on the streets, students, interns (and maybe a selfie) with one main theme, minimalistic light, there is no real theme the only thing is to use as little as possible and create something.

But of course there has to be some rules, so there we go.

  1. No pro’s
    ok that’s clear, so no professional models, unless I shoot them without them posing.
  2. No expensive gear
    I will be allowed to shoot with everything I have with me plus a Lume Cube and in case of emergency a speed light, camera wise I will be using my iPhone, RX100 and A7RII (ok not a cheap camera, but the challenge is aimed at the lighting and the people I shoot)
  3. No Photoshop
    oops… well ok, Lightroom and DxO Optics11 will be my main editing tools, I am allowed to use Ps to take out some real annoying things but that’s it, the images should be retouched in less than a minute.
  4. No styling or makeup
    IF I shoot a model it should be as they are, so in between scenes, not in styling, not in makeup etc.
    There is a loophole here…. if I shoot someone that looks interesting on the street etc. this is of course not something we add, so that’s allowed.

Why do I mention the rules?
Well maybe you like to take the challenge too 😀

The main challenge will be to create something cool and interesting with maybe some story telling elements without taking 10 minutes or more to set everything up, it will be a quick portret so to say.

You can follow the challenge on the blog of course, but also via my social media stream, with every shot I take I will also quickly explain what I did and who I shot.


Wish me luck…..


And let’s also kick off with the first shot in the series.
This is Annewiek (as you might know already)
Annewiek always does a lot of the filming during our videos/trips/workshops etc. So it was immediately clear I wanted to shoot her like that (in action). Lighting was done with the Lume Cube behind Annewiek and of course the available light in the studio.Portrait project Annewiek   2  - September 06 2016-12_DxO