Les étoiles dans les yeux

Voici déjà un certain temps que je souhaitais refaire quelques portraits mais il me manquait un concept porteur dans le sens où photographier une jolie fille en soi est joli, sympathique, etc… mais que cela manque un peu de contenant si je peux m’exprimer ainsi. Ce qui finalement donne du plaisir est autant la conception que le résultat. Et sans commencer ici un débat philosophique, je crois que cette affirmation est vraie pour beaucoup de choses dans la vie.

Alors j’ai cherché un concept. C’est ainsi que, après un certain temps, mettre les étoiles dans le regard a surgi dans mon esprit. J’ai un peu recherché comment faire et très vite tout est clair dans mon esprit pour faire le shooting. Il neme restait plus qu’à demander à une de mes collègues de participer. L’idée lui plu et une semaine plus tard nous étions dans le studio pour ce TFP.

Le matériel : des lampes LED, un grillage pour les fixer et… c’est tout.

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Pour le fond, j’ai posé une plaque de plastique transparente que l’on utilise normalement comme un toit pour les cabanes ou les maisons de jardin. J’ai utilisé un flash rouge dans ce set up.

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Sur la photo ci-dessus, pas de flash. Les nuances bleues proviennent de la lumière ambiante du studio dont la chaleur est celle de la lumière du jour. Mes LED ayant une lumière de 32ooK (donc plus chaude), mon réglage calé sur celle-ci fait que la lumière du jour devient froide.

Voilà voilà…

(Wien, TFP, Juni 2016)



Who’s Got The Credit ?

Hi Gang!

This question might sound silly at first, but in some cases the answer is not so easy.

Let’s take this portrait of me as an example.


I did not press the shutter so, I did not take this picture. But still, I think I have the credit for this picture. The reason being is that I set up the light. Here an Elinchrom Portalite camera right. I decided to use  a reflector to get some rim light  on my right side (for it’s the left side of the face). I also selected the lens and the camera. And I edited the picture in Light Room. So basically, I made the picture, I did not take it.

But, shooting is also about catching the moment… So 90% of this shot is from me, 10% from my wife.

Now, if I was to sell this picture (I know guys, stop smiling : I know nobody is going to by my portrait), who should get the money and have the rights ? How do you make sure who gets the % of the credit? Not easy.

But let’s go even more deeper… and lets take an other example :



This picture was shot back in 2012 or so. Sophie, a very nice looking colleague accepted to be a model for this shooting. Alizee is a Make Up Artist who needed pictures for a championship in NYC. So we built a portfolio together : she was happy to have a photog for free, I was happy to have a model and Sophie was happy to have a nice picture for free.

The idea of the Ice Queen was mine (1-0). But all the look was hers (1-1). The background had to look as if the model was in an Iceberg and I came up with a working solution (2-1). A friend of mine helped me a lot to postprocess the picture. Not easy to tell who’s got the credit: she? me? Both ?… My friend? And shouldn’t the make up count for 3 points? What do you think?



It’s Yes It’s Me When I Shoot!

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Sometimes funny things happen during a shooting and this time, Mister Sun had decided to pay us a visit.

What you see is me shooting at a mirror. I stand in a sunbeam. Sunset has started. Behind me, my wife, under a Beauty Dish. I just think it’s cool.

more to come…

Things I have learned yesterday

My wife and I have decided to make a few shots in a totally different direction we use to do.

I call it, the “Emily Soto”. Stop. I don’t pretend to be as good as she is. What I mean by that is only the kind of dream-uish girls with flowers and kind of vintage victorian clothes. You get the idea (hopefully). Anyway, if you want to check on her gallery, click here.

She is a master of this style. Which is not what I am drawn to but it’s kind interesting and women seam to love that. So OK, let’S give it a try. I loaded my car and off we go. After a minute or two, my back let me remember I am 45 and it hurt. Not the best thing for a shoot. No position did help. The good thing about this is you have to be effective since you don’t want to suffer for nuts.

I took 3 cameras to see if there are differences. A nikon DF, a Fuji EX1 and a Sony Alpha700. And yes there are and will be a subject of a future post. We made 2 setups. The one below was shot with a Nikon Dƒ, 70-200mm 2,8G, S1/125 ƒ5, ISO 100. It’s lighted by 3 strobes.

  1. My Keylight is a beautydish. I now think a big SB would have been more appropriate. It aims down at her at a 45° angle.
  2. My backlight is 1/3 of my key light. It’s a bare head of my quadra, B plug. It’s gelled with a CTO.
  3. My third light is a fill. It’s 40cm above the ground aiming straight at a silver reflector

I made just on measurement with my light-meter and I was done and ready to shoot.

woman with flowers in her hair sitting on a chair

My postproduction is only about the skin + background smoothing. No vignette or any kind of other adjustments. I hope this kind of picture will interest new models based in Vienna who want to build their portfolio for free (TFP).

Have a nice Sunday, more to come…


It’s Miss K Again !

Oh man, I d’love to have more time to shoot and edit my pictures. my head is so full of ideas and I am afraid of them will be kept inside and never be on prints…

Torn between family and job, I took me ages to edit selected pictures of Miss K. I played a lot with Analog Efex Pro. Miss K and I had this TFP-Shooting in my rented studio in Vienna for 6 or 7 months back from now… Wow! Time flies.

I hope you enjoy and if you have any question in regard Analog Efex Pro, let me know.

Have a nice Weekend !

Miss K

Miss K

Miss K

Miss K

More to come…

2 Tips To Notice When It’s Time To Move On!

Hi everyone!

Today’s blog isn’t about technique. It’s not about how you can set up lights. Not about the gears or tips in photoshop. Today’s blog is about facing the truth about your talent or, better said, your lake of it.

Oh yes, I can remember how things were when I started to shoot as a hobby photog’. It sucked. I did not see it and I was proud of myself. And my dear friends, very nice guys, told me what I so obviously wanted to hear : “Man you’re good!!”. So I kept on. And there is nothing wrong with keeping on moving further in order to reach the next level.

But, at the same time, there are signals you should learn if you don’t want to experience avoidable situations. One of them, and this is dedicated to the ones who shoot people, is to learn when it’s time to move on or to wrap up.

While you learn, as a newbie, you are not-self confident, you control gears, light, background… and indeed you have to and then you have to drive your subject, to direct she/him. Not an easy thing at first and you get stressed. And I guess you need failures to learn what to do and how to fix the problem encountered.

As long as you are alone on the set, keep going practicing. But don’t forget you have wife/man who is baby-sitting and maybe waiting for you since you are back from business trip and he/she would love to share time with you. My strategy is to shoot my family, photographically I mean. But then, you have less time to get ready : your partner isn’t interested in ISO, ƒ-stops or whatever. They are just trying to be nice. But if you are like this :

“euhh, wait… Hum, yes, maybe your head, nooo… it was better before. Yes it’s good now, but why do you wear this (cheap) dress? would you mind being… Ho, the pic is shitty. Maybe this (cheap) dress was not so bad, could you….?…”

Then your dear partner gets bored. So, here is my 2 tips:

    If it’s a test shooting so to say, keep it short. One setup = one shooting. Set everything before, and then shoot only 30 minutes. And then, spend time with your relatives. The positive thing is that she/he will then accept to remodel because he/she knows you will be quick and you know when to stop.
    But sometimes we are so passionate that we don’t see the signal. So when you see your partner having a look like the one below, it’s time call the dogs because the hunt is over! Accept it, get mad (but don’t show it), wrap up and/or move on.

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This was the last shot of the test-shots. I noticed she is getting bored and that she wanders “Oh man, how long will take him before we start??? I want to watch “Sex in the City” on time…” So I said “Hey sweetheart, we are good now, get dressed!” Of course I was not. But I could make some changes on the way and I managed great shots I won’t upload here because they are not safe for work! 🙂

more to come…


I am not the guy crazy about flowers but so is my wife !

A nice portrait of her is to shoot her with things that have a connection to her.  In her case flowers.

We went for a walk with the idea to take some flowers back home. I could not resist to make shot. It’s so her ! And what a nice background.
As a photog shooting for fun, I always look models for TFP in Vienna. And whenI don’t shoot TFP, I shoot my friends and relatives !

(shot with a NIKON D80, light is metered by the camera on her face, process in CC for the skin and tinting in NIK Analog Efex Pro 2)

Have a nice weekend !

more to come…

Use One Light and Play With It

Miss BlueI love classics. I love them because they are good and survive the filter of time. Which is why the become classics.

They may get out of fashion, but they never disappear. When I shout women, I love to use a big light source because it’s soft and and wraps the subject perfectly well. And still, you can easily create contrasts like on the picture above: Just place a huge softbox at 9 o’clock (you are at 6), grab a reflector and place it at 3 and you’re done.

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Almost the same setup : the main light, this time is set at 8 o’clock !

This second shot was some kind of tricky to shoot. Tricky in the sense that the gold reflector was just a few centimeters away from her shoulder. Note how the reflection on her neck is stronger.

My TIP :  Learn to use one light, to talk to it, to modify it, to reflect it, to move it… Just play with it and enjoy the results. Frank Doorhof (www.frankdoorhof.com) who is a fashion photographer and Kelbyone trainer always says it : if you want to do it with 2 lights, do it with one… ! I always do it in my TFP Shoots I do mainly in Vienna.

Here an interesting link : http://www.frankdoorhof.com/site/tag/one-light/

More to come…




Self critics of my shooting

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Even when you are, like me, Just A Guy With A Cam, meaning by that, that you don’t shoot for a living, having a shooting the day after causes stress. I guess pros stress because they must provide results, pictures their clients will love and at the end of the day, this why they get hired. For someone like me, it’s different: I don’t have to perform. But as I LOVE shooting, making a nice looking picture, I take it very seriously. My stress is : I hire a model, I rent a studio, I hire a MUA. My shooting, before I even press the shutter is already costing me at least 150/200 EUR.

Out of Cam / Blog

Well, nothing will answer the pro. Well 200 EUR for fun, it’s not nothing for a guy who has also bills to pay, the shooting adds some on the top of them.

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Anyway, thursday was the D-Day. And the day before the model and I, we started to think about dresses and make-up. I already had made the decision to shoot only with one light. The reason is that I think it is the best way to understand light and to learn how to get the most of it. You have to learn to play with things like reflectors, up light, back light, low/high, close/far, which forces you to question yourself.

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I am quite happy with the results, but I have learned a lot, again. And I have decided to share my thoughts and I have taken out of my failures / mistakes.

I also will add shots straight from the cam, with no retouching.

1) I wanted to shoot with my old good buddy, my trusty D700. And my SONY. This is when I have realized they the hotshot is not compatible with my triggers… (My SONY is a gift and I haven’t shot in studio before). So I did take a cable.
But here is the thing : I simply forgot to take my Nikon. Don’t ask me why. I just did, and I don’t like to shoot when I don’t know how to set the cam. I have spent 30 minutes to master the AF which was set to focus any time on anything. Well, humm… This is when I have decided to instaure a new rule : each shooting will have a checklist.

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2) Batteries. Yes, yes… You got it. Luckily they were some available at the studio.
And this leads me to the second learn effect: Instead of having a lot of stuff to pack, I should have a tool case with all the things I need for shoot already in it. Next time, when I go to the studio, I will just have to take it and I have all what I need. I have bought it yesterday and I already used it today.  I even bought a second one designed for fragile things. Here go in my Quadra and my 2 A-Heads. 2 cases, done!

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I shot with a SONY a700 + Sync cable at ISO 200 with a 70-200 f/4-5,6
I meter the light with a light meter aiming at the light source according to Frank Doorhof.

First Picture with Analog Efex Pro 2

Miss K

I love this plugging!

This was shot in Vienna, at the ERSIEES Studio during a TFP-Shoot.
It’s so easy to navigate, to play around… This shot was well lighted (thank you Frank Doorhof for the videos about the light meter), there is no retouching on her, only a styling with AEP2 which was done in 5 minutes.
Again, if you want to have it click H E R E to read how to download it.

More to come…