25 May 2012

Get to know my speed light (2)

There are a lot of photos that have that typical flash lit mark on them. It happened to me too and therefor i was never very happy to use my flash. I learned how to work around it, but still i was eager to know how to use the speed light correctly. Because really, it has potential!
The image above almost looks as if i went into a professional studio. In reality it was "just" a white wall, with a nice ceiling which i used to bounce my flash onto. And yes, the good looking model brought in just the right touch for a beautiful photo.
And this image is shot at a nice and bright Friday morning in sunny Madrid. Really!
I find it very interesting learning more about speed lights. Sure hope to share some more of my learning curve.

18 May 2012

Get to know my speed light (1)

Right after finishing my Professional Photography classes at EFTI i started a intensive course on how to use your speed lights (off camera flashes). As i normally tend to get the best out of the available light, using a flash has not been my favorite way of shooting. This might change though after this class...
Both of these photos have been shot at full daylight (within the time frame of 10 to 12 in the morning) and with use of one or several speed lights.
This last photo really was a result of great teamwork. There was one person holding a speed light for the kicker light seen at the left of the photo, another holding another speed light that was bounced back towards the model by a reflector - hold by another person and last but not least another person in the back holding a speed light covered with a blue filter, creating that blue-ish, night like atmosphere.

Remember, both photos have been shot at a bright and sunny morning.
I see some potential in these speed lights.
Soon i will show you some examples of the male model that was present that same morning.

For those who aren't able to attend EFTI classes, you might be interested in the Creative Live class on SpeedLights 101 with Mark Wallace.

11 May 2012


Lots of roses are showing their best these days. Big rosebuds and even more impressive flowers. We inherited several roses in our garden, but even in the public gardens i can easily find those highly romantic flowers.

I could go on for days to capture all these beauties around town. However studies and other photo ideas are waiting to be explored. See you around soon!

04 May 2012

Paris in Madrid

One day browsing through Pinterest i came across an interesting image with a girl and a bicycle. I pinned it onto my photography inspiration board. For inspiration, and then one day i saw this bridge in Madrid and remembered my good looking friend has a cute bike herself.

femme fatale...

Lucky me, she always in for a fun photo shoot. So one afternoon i loaded my car with flowers, clothing and some vintage suitcases and headed to her place. Ready to recreate a bit of Paris in the middle of Madrid.

Pretty in Paris...

She got dressed, we took the bike and all the props and headed to this old bridge that was near to her home. Although it doesn't look crowded we did have to work around quit a lot of people enjoying their afternoon walk.

Marvelous in Madrid...

Days (and shoots) like these really make my day! I am sure i will be coming back to this place. It has so much potential for lovely images. Do you know of a special place that could really rock your pictures? Go there, bring some props and have lots of fun!