Gelling lights for effect

Color gels are an amazing thing. They come in handy whenever you need to match lights with different color temperatures — which is great if you need absolute color accuracy — but they can also be a powerful creative tool. In fact, sometimes it’s nice to go full 180 degrees, throw color accuracy out the window and just do fun, crazy stuff. Continue reading

On shooting couples (migrated post)

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There are some people out there who specialize in this. I have a couple of friends who do it all the time, actually… But I had never tried it myself until a few months ago. I did it for fun and on two separate occasions. A couple (both of them really good friends of mine) who needed a portrait of them with their dog and another one who just wanted to have some fun and have some cool shots at the end of the day. Both were really quick — first one took about 15 minutes from start to finish, including setting up the lights and packing everything up and the second one took 90 minutes in total but we shot 3 different locations. Continue reading

Are photography projects ever finished?

I have a very busy mind and as a result, I’m always thinking about the next photography project. My brain keeps getting new and exciting ideas and I end up storing some of the old ones in the back of my mind.

As a consequence of this never-ending process, I start a lot of different projects all the time. Some of them end up printed, some go on my website and some others never really take off. And then there are some projects that start out promisingly but end up being relegated to second plan, on behalf of others. I usually add a small note at the end: “Ongoing project”; “Unfinished”.

But what exactly is a finished project? Is there such a thing? Continue reading