I have uploaded a few portraits of Nickita our daughter.
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Have been playing around with Adobe Photoshop to get a new look and feel for my next project. And am still not convinced what road to follow.
Feel free to let me know what you like best. Color or the old fashion Black and White? Just leave a comment.
Click on the photos to see more (I also included the originals so you see what was changed)
[Canon G12, with flash]
A year has passed and I thought it would be fun to re-shoot a studio session I did with Nickita, my daughter, a year ago. Unfortunately we were not able to let her wear the same dress (little girls grow fast), but at least I was able to use the same props.
The biggest difference I noticed was the fact that she was more aware of what we were doing. At moments this resulted in her playing a role as she was acting. Another side effect was that it was even harder to keep her attention. There were moments she wanted to walk away to start playing with her toys. So we had to dose the amount of time we were actually shooting.
With a little help of mom we managed to get the required shot (for her birthday card). Below there are a few more shot made during the shoot. If you want to see more just click on one of the photos to go to the gallery.
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Did a new studio shoot last weekend with Mick. And again, learned a few new things about shooting kids. Had to do a lot of retouching due to the fact that I used the small background paper. My initial thought was – small kid, small background, but a little 3 months old will not listen to any directions, so you need to have enough room to play in. Ergo, a bigger background would have given me more playground. And will prevent a lot of Photoshop work afterwards.
Another lesson learned was that I need more time. As soon as the little rascal decides that it is enough, you have to listen. And a curious Nickita to my side wasn’t a good idea either. All that Mick did, was observing Nicki and he did not pay any attention to the camera. So we already talked about a new date for a more relaxed photo shoot. And this will take place at Mick’s house, so if he decides that it is enough and he gets tired, this won’t be a problem. Overall I am more then happy with the results. So I placed a few examples in the gallery.
[Canon 5D, 24-70mm, Soft box, Standard flash head, silver reflector]
Shooting kids in the studio, always a challenge. But what a fun job to do. For both me as for my daughter Nicki.
This weekend I decided to do another shoot with Nicki. I had this idea of a High-key photo shoot combined with flowers. So for the preparation we went shopping for a nice white dress and some artificial flowers. I had the idea to use roses and thought it was to risky to use real roses because of the thorns. So we went for fake flowers.
Set up the studio with a white background, a soft box, a standard flash, and a hand held reflector. First we did some test shoots so Nicki could adjust to this new environment that suddenly appeared in her living room.
The moment she was comfortable in the new environment we dressed her up and let her play with the props. And what a fun that was.
After a while she understood that she could smell the flowers, or at least she could act that she was smelling them and we could even direct her into the right position (all I used was a small background (1,25 meters wide)) The moment she started to loose interest we gave her a new flower to play with and this worked really well.
Ad the end we even introduced a whole lot of fake pedals to play with. Or should I say to throw with. That was the moment the fun for her really kicked in.
Some tech info:
All photos were shot with my Canon 5D, 24-70mm USM L, on 200ISO. I had to do a lot of polishing in Photoshop due to the fact that the background was very small. And as a final touch I used Scott Kelby’s 7-point system to enhance the
An annual tradition is to create our own personal christmas card, we always used our cat as main character, but since our daughter was born, she is the new main character. We made two variations. A small version that will be send via analog mail, and a large version that will be ditributed electronically. The first version is a clean version without text balloons. And the second version with text balloons.
So a merry christmas and a happy new year to you all.
Some time passed, but I dusted of my Canon 5D and went on a little trip with my daughter Nickita. We had a lot of fun playing tag.
I used Silver Efex Pro from Nik Software to transform the photo so black and white and to mimic an Ilford HP5 400 iso. I love the film grain setting in Silver Efex. Brings back old memories.
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Last week I did some editing on old photo’s of Nicki, and I decided to combine them in a collection on the site. (Click here to see the collection.) I did not much editing, just transformed them to black and white with Adobe Lightroom. For some I used the Silver Efex Pro from Nik Software
Beautiful weather, nice flowers, great smell, lovely little lady. The perfect setting to get the camera out of the case and start shooting. These are just the raw shots, so they needs some rework, but at the moment I lack the time to do so. Will be updated soon.
Click here to see the rest of the gallery
[Canon 5d, 24-70mm f/2.8, flash polarization filter]
Still many ideas, but again, not enough time. While I was working on an idea for which I had setup all the gear, I used the opportunity to shoot some new shots of Nicki our daughter.
I arranged a black background on the studio table and used two soft boxes. One placed on the right side, and the other placed in the front, high above. On the left side there is a window that produced a bit light from outside.
It was a tough job due to the fact that the little lady moves around a lot more compared to a few months ago, and by placing the whole set on the studio table it was a bit risky. But at the end we managed. But the next time I will ask someone to assist with the little lady.
I chose to make the images mono-tone (sepia) in Photoshop after I made them black and white, just because I think it adds more to the whole atmosphere. But that is a matter of taste.
Click here to go to the gallery.
[Canon 5D, 28-70mm f/2.8, 2 soft boxes]
Not long ago I came to the idea to make a Christmas-card which involved our little baby girl. But before I would end up with the standard card, like a portrait with Christmas hat, or baby wrapped up as a present. I decided to try something else. I have been playing around with scale models. You know the little figures that are used on the model train tracks. And I came to the idea to create a Christmas cartoon. A little story that involves our little girl, Santa Claus, and little fairies.
How was it done? I set up a product table and my studio lights. Did some test shoots with just the scale models. And then we placed Nicki (our daughter) on a sheep skin on the table. By now she is getting used to the lights and starts smiling as soon as she sees the camera.
The little fairy was hanging on elastic invisible magic thread. This is something you can buy at any magic supply shop. And it is better than nylon fishing thread because it is elastic. So when something (or some little baby) pulls it, it won’t break.
Light was one single soft box and for the background I used a piece of black background paper which was taped to the table and the wall.
No photoshops edits or any other manipulations were needed. What you see is what you get….
Here are the first shots that involved the fairies. I thought the title was a perfect match.
[shot with Canon 5D, 24-70mm f18, studio light (softbox)]