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Portraits with Indirect Sunlight

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Runtime - length of the film: 10m36s
Language: english
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Summary:

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.
 

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
Language: english
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Summary:

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
Language: english
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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.

Car Shooting at Night

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Runtime - length of the film: 06m28s
Language: english
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What  a combination. Ben Jaworskyj, a very hot car and the capital city of Berlin. The night comes alive when Ben shows us how the location can make all the difference in the world. Keeping to his usual motto of more photography with as little effort or technique as possible, Nighttime in the big city with all the color and glamor is a great time to make exciting photos.

Ben delivers the goods and we get a great photo with not one, but two subjects one setting off the other in perfect harmony. We don't want to let our black cat out of the bag so do tune in, and see how easy these great results can be.

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.

Grey Filters in Landscape Photography

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Runtime - length of the film: 17m46s
Language: english
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Sedar Ugurlu is back on the coast of Portugal to help us understand the function and use of grey filters. He readily shares his own preferences and experience as to which filter types and why when making timed exposures.

Since his subject is typically landscapes he shows us two different types of neutral density filters An explanation in the way vendors mark their filters and how the markings translate to f-stops and exposure compensation and their relevant calculations is given a thorough treatment.

In his demonstration and application we see how to use the properties of the neutral density filter in combination with a standard grey filter. Which filters for which applications is discussed as well as what additional accessories might be useful, cable release,  exposure calculation apps, filter mounts etc.

If you've been wondering how to make breathtaking timed exposures with dramatic skies.and sculptured seascapes. You can start right here... grab your tripod...

Coached Shooting

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Runtime - length of the film: 24m02s
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We've seen Bert Stephani in action for many times, now his assistant takes over to show what he has learned. Bert guides him through different sets and steps in whenever advice is needed.

This workshop touches on a range of topics, from camera settings to working with a model. Assistant Laurent gets to work with an experienced model. However he realises that it's demanding to combine the essentials for a successful shooting.