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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]

I started to experiment with eggs, and I must confess that it is a lot of fun to do. First I emptied the eggs with a syringe, cleaned them with warm water and let them dry. These empty shells were easy to manipulate. And I’m still making up my mind on what to do with them. Below you will find the first photos. More will follow when I have enough time to setup the mini studio.

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]

After the first experiments with smoke I thought it would be a logic step to also try fire. So while I still had my product table setup I placed some matches in front of my lens and was thinking about how to light them and make sure that I would release the shutter on the exact right moment. First I thought it would be a good idea to use a heavy duty laser. I was able get my hands on a 100mW green laser. But unfortunately it was not powerful enough. It would make the wood of the matchstick smoke but it would not actually light the match. So I had to use a lighter. Light the match, remove my hand with lighter from the scene, and press the shutter. Light setup was the same as with the smoke experiment, with the only difference that I bounced the light from the opposite side where the flash head with barn doors and grid was located on a small piece of white paper. So hard light to make sure we will see the smoke and a small diffuser to make sure we get some softer light on the match. Make sure you set the right shutters speed to sync with your flash and try to get a small diaphragm (f/22) so you get enough depth of focus (DOF). And then…. Just as with the smoke pictures. Shoot as much as you can and waste a lot of matches… enter the gallery here [Canon 5d, 70mm, f/22, studiolight, Grid + Barndoors]

As planned I tried to shoot smoke pictures. I created a gallery were you will find the first results. I definitely will try more often, to see if I can get a better quality. For now I am satisfied with the result but I wish I would be able to get the smoke a bit clearer. So I’m still looking for some incense that produces lighter smoke. For those who do not know how to make this kind of pictures: Use an incense stick to create smoke (smells nice as well while you work), and put some hard light from one side. Use a snoot or barn doors to keep the light from hitting the background. Use black paper as a background and start shooting. Due to the fact you can’t control the smoke you just shoot (you’ve got to love digital) a lot of shots and hope you are lucky. Make sure you use a small lens opening (large f number i.e. f/22) And set you shutter to the sync speed of your flash (differs from 1/60s to 1/200s). When you are done, import your photo in Photoshop (or similar program) and inverse the image ([CTRL+I]. If you are happy with the result you are done. If not you can play with the curves [CTRL+M] which can help you to make the smoke more clear. The images on this page were also rotated 180 degrees. (smoke travels up in most cases) Enjoy when you will try for yourself. [shot with Canon 5D, 24-70mm f/22, studio light]

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)]

Did some studio work with my baby daughter Nicki. Most was done with natural light from the left and a white paper background. When these shots were taken she was 6 weeks old. If you click on the thumbnail you will be taken to the gallery where you will find the other photo’s of this shoot. Luckely it was a warm day so it was not a problem to let the little one out in the open for a while, so she was calm and relaxed during the whole shoot. Actually the whole shoot did not take more then 10 minutes. It is important to make sure that you work fast. When you loose the baby’s attention it’s better to stop and try an other time [shot with Canon 5D, 24-70, f/2.8, 100 iso, daylight, mixed with softbox]