karo – autumn

I prepared my strobes as always. I do not want the modes to wait for too long before I start shooting – it still takes some time when it starts. When Karo came in, I instantly know that I had to soften the light. What I prepared was way to hash. But I decided to start with the configuration I prepared to have some orientation. We tried several configurations and viewpoints, but nothing worked for what I wanted. Only after 2,5 hours and no more ideas in my mind that the light turned out to come close to what was needed. The black background turned to much smoother gray tone and the warm tone made it softer.

I used the X-T1 with the XF 56mm all the time. I was so concentrated, that I forgot to test or use other lenses. The peak of quality was at f8, no doubt. At f11 or even f16, it became worth. The sharpness became moody and the skin tones waxy. As I work very close with all the studio strobes I had to power it all down and take some more distance. Then I found the balance between light and aperture. Next time I will use neutral density filter to stay at f8 with some latitude on the Elinchrom strobes.

mirha – after dark

September is now over and the warm colors of a deep shining sun are quickly turning into a blue dark night. Now the early darkens allow me to go back in studio. It’s time to see if the new season will bring nice pictures out of the light. For Mirha it was the first time in studio with all the lights and reflectors, backgrounds and cameras. It is impressive to see how the expressions evolves during a shot. Even if the first images often already look good it takes a while before the expressions become much more interesting and natural.

As I already posted that I started to use the X-T1 and some strip-light in combination with octagons and beauty dishes. This time I did not switch lens and kept the XF 56mm f1.2 at f11 during almost the full shot. Finally I post processed all images in Lightroom 5 and some in NIK.

magic marine

First studio work with the fujifilm X-T1. In addition I wanted to test and play around with some film effects by NIK software. In fact I was standing in my studio and trying to find out what the light meter was telling me and what the X-T1 was doing with it. At one point I had to test on a real person. I was just dressed for the next sailing race and decided to use the deep black neoprene of my magic marine gear.

eupen bigband singers

I was a rainy Sunday morning far too early for big band lovers. The light was poor cloudy and still harsh. But jumping around all these good musicians did not perturb anybody. So for me it was a nice shooting day. Here a some images taken on stage from the EBB singers.

karo – bright lights

The studio has large windows and it was too lighten to work in front of black backgrounds. Technically it’s possible, but why not using the window light. So this white background in front of a large window was ideal for these high-key images.