A few weeks ago Elinchrom lend me the new ELB to try out. Let me start by saying, I don’t get paid to talk or review these products. Nor would I want too. I’m a photographer that simply uses the best tools that are available to him. Getting too this brand just like a camera or a lens took many hours behind the computer and many more of trying out everything before choosing the one that fitted me. One of the main reasons this became Elinchrom is the Price/quality. The price they cost and the quality of light and build you get is pretty awesome and their softbox line! Hmm so good! There is a reason you see many photographers with other flash brands use the elinchrom Rotalux and LiteMotiv softbox range. …on the edge of your seat? Onwards»
Ive shot with Rosies Art before. She has an amazing style design style. She makes: Steampunk Clothing and Accesories. Steampunk is a subgenre of science fiction and fantasy. For the large part its inspired by 19th century industrial steam powered machinery. Its setting is a alternative history of the 19th century british victorian era, “wild west” or post apocalyptic. Its hard to explain because a lot of people have a spin or version on their idea on how it should be. And no one is really wrong. Read more on Wikipedia if you like to know more. Ive always kept a close eye on what she produces and one day she posted an awesome collection of “Feathered Headdresses”
I only recently got into the going to tradeshows / photo conventions. In 2014 I was invited by FotoFlits to do a demo on stage at Professional Imagine in Nijkerk. And this was the first time ive been to one of these “conventions”. ( wich is wierd because by this time i was a fulltime photographer for 4 years and had neverr gone too one. Because I never really knew what to do at a convention) Now i could continue to talk about and review the new Canon 7d mkSomething or the Nikon DSomthing or some fancy other new product… But there are other websites for that. What i want to share with you guys is the reason i go and you should too! That reason? Photographers Soul Food.
I met Viviane many years ago when we were added to a project together as photographer and stylist by a designer friend. The project never launched but we always kept in touch to see what each was doing. So at some point after we few years we both said: “Why don’t we ever shoot???” This started a 30 min brainstorm through Facebook chat. We both wanted something very stylized. She suggested something like a “holy mary”? Then I came in and suggest something darky holy mary. And the idea was born: “The Holy Sinister Mary”.
Some time ago I was contacted by fashion designer Saba Tark. She posted a casting call and was looking for a photographer to shoot her new clothing collection. I had been following her work and process for some time and I jumped right on that! I loved how the designs looked and when I heard the title to the collection “Nomads of the World”, I was sold! I couldn’t freaking wait to shoot it.
You know that feeling? That drive inside you that wants to do something? You really, really want to create something awesome, but it just won’t come out? Things just don’t move the way you want them to and things just aren’t going fast enough… Then when suddenly some time becomes available, you can’t seem to figure out where to begin or what project to pick up? And, on top of everything else, it always seems like you have a million things to do?
This might mean you’re stuck in a Creative Rut (for lack of a better term)! This is normal! (At least, that’s what I tell myself so that I’m not the only freak.) But how do we make the brain flow again and get everything moving? Here are a few things I do whenever I get that daunting feeling of running around in a loop and not getting things done:
One of my favorite things about being in the photography business: bringing (photography) friends over from all over the world to spread their knowledge and creativity with all of you!
Last week legend: Renee Robyn Photography paid a little visit to cold, rainy Holland to give a few workshops on compositing, texturing and high end beauty retouching and it was one for the books!
Shooting Test, TFP, Non-Commissioned and Charity
I have seen this pop up soo many times in Facebook groups and other photography communities and I wanted to demystify it a little bit. I wanted to know what exactly test, TFP, non commissioned and charity means and why one came to be. So I started researching this and I think no one really uses the right term. It’s a mush of everything together in one big pot. But this is what I’ve found searching online and asking fellow photographers.
Shooting the cover for the 100th issue of Zoom Magazine one of Hollands biggest Photography Magazines is freaking awesome! They contacted me because of my Fashion&Fine-Art background and thought I would know how to build a dress from 100th covers. They challenged me to build and shoot a dress made from all the past 100 issues, and it needed to be shot within a week. Who doesn’t like a challenge! So… Accepted! Phone rang:
I’ve taught a few lectures and workshops. In these, I refer to the people I look up to and other cool friends who are making awesome things. And I’ve heard this over and over again: “But I’m not as creative as them”. I’m not always sure what that means. So let’s nip that excuse in the butt. You say you’re not creative? I’m going to ask you something. And you’re going to get 5 seconds to think about it.