The DxO one and a new Sony camera :)
The sony I'll be testing with A mount glass and the amazing 28 and 50mm Leica R.
It's amazing what you can fit in our lowepro bags ;)
Rules. Don't we all just love them.....
I strongly beloved in the rules that are "true" like the inverse square law, angle of incident is angle of reflection etc.
But when you read certain fora and books there are so many rules that are (in my opinion) just invented to the higher glory of the one who posted them....
Take for example that "you should never light from below". I don't know who thought of that rule because if we look in real life light is literally coming from everywhere including sometimes from below.
Now as soon as you think about light like that "it can come from any location" you will see it's very liberating for your photography ;)
Take for example this shot from nadine. She is holding a Ledgo panel aimed upwards and looking at it.
So be creative with your light and don't always follow the rules just play with them.
For more tips and way more in depth techniques get my book "mastering the model shoot" or surf to www.frankdoorhof.com for instructional videos.
"What's the difference between a photo and a portrait?.....
A photo is something you take, a portrait is a collaboration"
So much wisdom walking those halls and the cool thing..... We/The instructors will take the time to look at your work and answer your questions.
So honored to be part of this and I can't wait to teach. Make sure to check out my classes and demos at the expo. And feel free to ask questions of course.
I'll be taking it with me during the trip to SF and PSW so expect more interesting shots during that trip.
These are some of the sights I see during what we call the "Unesco bike route" I bike, it's a roughly 25km bike ride (shortest version) and has some very cool stops (when the light is right).
Processed in DxO Optics.
Or what triggered your photography again to a new height?
For me I always have these periods where I love to shoot with old lenses on modern bodies. I especially love the look of my Leica r glass on the sony bodies. So when I shoot with those it always gets my creativity a bit more flowing.
I've also been testing some new gear recently and that also always triggers me.
I had a bit of an unfortunate photo shoot a few days ago where I was going to shoot two headshots in a row, and almost in the beginning of the gig my flash system failed on me. For some reason the main flash system refused to work, and I didn't bring enough continuous lights to replace it. I did struggle through the shoot with a backup speedlight but it was a nightmare. The results were passable, but not what I hoped. I may have to offer to shoot the talents again. I blame myself for the disaster of course but still, I've been growing less and less enthusiastic about flash photography in general.
That's not because I couldn't handle flashes, (I do have a flash meter and I use it, too), but because I'm just not too fond of it. Not my favourite cup of tea. I don't think even the pricey Broncolor set of my dreams would fix that feeling right now. It's not about the gear. I believe I may be a bit uninspired about regular stills and portrait photography in general. That may be just a passing phase but, since shooting portraits is neither my full time job nor my main passion, anyway, I have been thinking about not offering photo shoots any longer, and instead concentrating totally on motion pictures from now on. Be it a commercial or personal project.
I've been intending to upgrade my lighting gear soon-ish, anyway, so that incident, combined with some inspiring old movies have triggered the idea that instead of fixing or replacing the faulty flash system I'll probably go for continuous lights. I think I'll retire the dodgy old strobe set for good and only keep the light stands, and put some LED and halogen lights on them.
There are some obvious downsides to that plan, but the upside would be that I could use the one and the same lighting set for both stills and video. Less gear to worry about. I already got one large and one small high-CRI LED panel, along with some lower CRI ones but now I think I'll go full monty with continuous lights. Well, that's the current plan, anyway.
I may keep one or two speedlights in the closet, just in case, though, but as long as posed headshots and portraits are concerned, I think I'll find my inspiration in trying to replicate some old-school Hollywood-style lighting with era-appropriate (well, maybe not literally;), different kind of 'flashy' lighting style. :)
Suppose that is one form of being inspired, isn't it.
As for the legacy lenses, I find playing with those enjoyable, too. I find myself struggling not to buy all those seemingly "harmless" old goodies every now and then.
If you don't already own my book........ you can buy it at the PeachPit booth on the EXPO floor.
CU in Vegas.
We are now at over 5200 members.
And the fun thing?
Everyday they share a collection of awesome and inspiring work.
I started this group for everyone that is inspired by my book "Mastering the model shoot" or visited one of my workshops and I could only dream it would become this big.
The fun thing is that they members don't only show and share work, but often also tips, discussions and much more....
Thanks so very much for all the people out there posting in this group.
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