For some time, I am using this super simple but effective setup for indoor portraits with window lighting. All that is needed — apart from a model and a camera — is a window and a big piece of black cloth. From time to time, I turn any room in our house into a “window light studio” using these items. I simply drape the cloth over a door to serve as a background. The cloth I use is a piece of black fleece, which is great because of its matte, non-reflective, surface. It is als
I was intrigued by this funny posture of my oldest daughter the other day. So I rushed into the house to get my camera and asked her to repeat it. She didn’t understand what I meant, however, so I tried to mimic it, which was not so easy with my less than flexible arms. At some point, she understood and I took a few shots. My favorite is the one below. I like the “dreamy” pose, with the slightly tilted head and the arms forming a sort of frame around the pattern of her dress.
Just wanted to quickly share some further explorations with the Sony A7III and Sigma 35mm F1.4 Art lens. As I explained in my previous post, I love the ability of a full-frame setup like this to isolate the subject from the background (and foreground, in some cases). The subject sometimes just seems to float over the background because of the strong but smooth sharpness fall-off. The samples below are from a recent trip to Zeeland, a beautiful coastal province in the Netherla
So Fujifilm decided not to develop the long expected 33mm F1 lens, which I wrote about in a previous post. Although I regret that decision, I definitely understand it. This lens was obviously going to be a big, heavy, and expensive behemoth. It would probably have put off many Fuji users, who primarily opted for the Fuji X system because of its compact size. Instead of the 33mm, Fuji is now developing a 50mm F1 lens, which is going to be around a third smaller and lighter. Ot
If there is one aspect of photography that I find particularly challenging, then it is color. Color is familiar and confusing at the same time. It is familiar because it is omnipresent in daily life and it is confusing because it is hard to describe in plain language. Yet, it has only three rather straightforward dimensions: hue, saturation, and lightness, often abbreviated as “HSL”. Combinations of these three are endless, however, not to mention the plethora of other settin
Once you have bought into a system, the grass tends to be greener on the other side of the fence. I have bought into the Fuji X system. Fuji X means APS-C sensor. APS-C sensor means less shallow depth of field (DOF) wide open than “full frame” (FF), given the same aperture, field of view (FOV), and composition. Less shallow DOF means less separation between subject and background and, as a result, less “3D pop” effect. I only noticed that I’m a sucker for this pop effect afte
I have taken the plunge: Just purchased the stand-alone version of Capture One Pro 10. I must admit that I had some last-minute doubts, especially about the costs. Don’t fool yourself: If you choose Capture One stand-alone over Lightroom subscription, you probably won’t pay less if you calculate the costs per month, at least not for the first couple of years (and now I don’t even take upgrades into account). Standard pricing of Capture One is €279 without VAT. I found a good
I’m currently experimenting with the trial version of Capture One Pro 10 because of Adobe’s announcement to make Lightroom only available through subscription. It’s not the subscription per se that holds me back from continuing with Lightroom. After all, costs per month won’t be much lower with Capture One, regarding the relatively high price of the stand-alone version and upgrades. It’s more the idea that Adobe wants my photos on their servers (there are too many speed and b