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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 […]

Photographing in the snow can be very difficult for some people, while this is not necessary. With a few simple pointers you will improve your snow photos. First you must be aware that snow is white and reflects a lot of light. To correct this you need to tell your camera to overexpose. You need to experiment to find the right setting, in my own experience it differs between 1/3 stop to 1 1/3 stops. It all depends on the total picture. There are more than enough resources on the web that will explain how to deal with this. For now I want emphasize that there is another technique that can help a lot to improve your photos in a snowy situation; HDR High Dynamic Range images. When you shoot in RAW (as you always should do) you can make two copies with different exposure settings of one photo. So you make a -1 stop and a +1 stop version of the original. Together with the original you can use these copies to create a HDR via Adobe Photoshop or Photomatix (there are other programs that will work as well, but I do not have any experience with these). Make sure that you don’t go over the top with your HDR settings, just some subtle extra definition in your shadows and you whites should do the trick. I have included an example. On the left you see the HDR version and on the right the original RAW 0 stop version. The HDR version has more detail in the snow areas without losing too much contrast and brightness.

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.

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]

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)]