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Portraits with Indirect Sunlight

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Runtime - length of the film: 10m36s
Language: english
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Steven van Veen explains in his opening here you needn't search out an exotic location or chase the sun around the planet to find the best lighting situations. The point beings, less is more. 

Generally we let the light direction dictate our compositions. Steven shows us how indirect light is more even and plentiful enough to bring out pleasing flesh tones and softer edges without giving up on contrast. With the model Felicitas, he gives us three settings with all the detail regarding exposure settings and tips for model positioning too. This is one for the case book.. Look and Learn!!

Some Kind of Tablet Photography

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Related topics: Available Light | Composition | Still Life
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Runtime - length of the film: 05m50s
Language: english
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The Bubble Explosion

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Sometimes the wildest looking photos appear complicated... but it's just that .. an illusion. Michael Krone gave  us a demonstration how to use water color and soap on a surface to create such wild illusions. Here we use a Tablet or iPad displaying a picture as both our light source and subject.

Since the displayed image will be part of the final image we recommend the photo incorporates a pattern like wallpaper or such, but any picture with an interesting texture or form will be just fine.

So tune in here with Michael Krone to create your own cosmic array illusions or other eye-catching results.
 

Portfolio Buildup for Models and Photographers

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Runtime - length of the film: 14m04s
Language: english
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If photographers are new to the business and do not yet have a meaningful portfolio, it is sometimes difficult to get talented models. Or you have to take a lot of money to book professional shootings. But money may be a problem for some beginning photographers, or they'd rather invest in the equipment.
 
In this tutorial, Bert Stephani gives a practical tip, which always works where people are willing to exchange their services: A photographer supports a young model to build up their portfolio or to make the first few pictures - and in return he receives a shoot in which he can implement his own pictorial ideas.
 
Of course, in this win-win contract the photographic quality has to be right so that the model also wants to give her very best. Bert shows which pictures model agencies and clients would like to see and how they can be realized as quickly as possible, so that there is still time for the photographer's ideas.

The Bubble Explosion

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Runtime - length of the film: 6m00s
Language: english
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Michael Krone shows us a creative side to color and soap! With a little bit of dish washing soap and an eyedropper amazing things can be done! 

A glass surface and light and we're really getting into it!  Here in this video Michael Krone gives a little "fun at home".

With very little effort and materials you'll be making fabulously contoured light shapes and forms using soap bubbles and color.  One way to spend those bad weather winter days... being creative . So Tune-in!!

Bert on the Street 2

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Runtime - length of the film: 08m24s
Language: english
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Street photography can be performed actively or passively. Bert recommends to keep a low profile for beginners to capture authentic situations.

He reveals 3 tricks to not stand out as a photographer. Mind your behaviour and consider your options in technology that is actually available to everyone.

street photography benefits from lots of practice and the occasional lucky moment. Sooner or later decisive moments will find their way onto your sensor.

Bert on the Street 1

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Runtime - length of the film: 09m25s
Language: english
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Bert Stephani introduces you to the magic of street photography. Despite being an experienced photographer, being out on the street is always an exciting experience.

The appeal is to observe situations that you cannot direct. It takes a fair amount of luck to capture strangers in special constellations.

Bert recommends how to behave in the street to not draw attention to yourself. There's also gear especially suitable for street photography, while other is better left at home. He also shares advice on how to approach strangers.

Shooting Portraits During Midday

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Runtime - length of the film: 11m07s
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On location in the Provence (Southern France) Steven von Veen helps us master the light situations when the midday sun is high in the sky.

Many are forewarned not to shoot in these strong light situations. We get three valuable strategies to deal with the harsh lighting. The lovely Felicia helps demonstrate some posing techniques to exploit the strong light. The old adage "Where there is light there is shadow" is then demonstrated by using the available reflected light to produce excellent portraits. And finally using filtered shadows to create interesting patterns on the subject. The main message is don't let the harsh light keep you from making great pictures.

Use it to your advantage and let Steven von Veen show you how.

Key light from behind

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Runtime - length of the film: 08m38s
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Bert Stephani is not a photographer to stick to rules. He likes to innovate an experiment with the position of his key light, to achieve a special look.
 
A shaded spot in the outdoors is practical for decent portraits, but a little effort enables a very special look. Like every photographer Bert knows that you can accomplish very different results by only changing your lighting.
 
See how Bert makes use of his surroundings and settings to control his light. This is how he does portraits full of character.

Still Life Light Paintings

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Runtime - length of the film: 09m58s
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Photographing cars can be done on a large scale employing a lot of light and test shots to get the lines right.  Knowing how and where you will need the lights comes with experience. A good way to start though as Eberhard Schuy shows here; is working in scale,  Scale in this case, means a scale model classic car.

With a very unassuming portable LED lamp, we learn where and how to place the lighting to bring out all the important characteristics. Light placement with rapid trial and error.  The results are very admirable, and as we know, good is never good enough for Eberhard Schuy. There's always a little twist. He then plays variations on this theme  by employing the lamp in the photo itself. This is fun and easy to do. So check it out now!!

Changing the Direction of Natural Light

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Runtime - length of the film: 13m35s
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Changing Light Direction

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We paid a visit to Bert Stephani in Belgium. He stepped into the woods with his fellow speedlight. With it, he tries to change the direction of ambient light. This can be achieved with the right combination of given light sources.

Bert's model is lit by daylight which becomes softened by clouds and surroundings. As he takes pictures, he demonstrates how to use a flash to combine it with natural light. After all he desires a natural look that doesn't give away the use of a speedlight.