Guest author in “Conversity Model”

Conversity Model, the book

A couple of months ago, Clo Willaerts decided to write a book about earning money with social media. Because she was working under a very tight time limit, she asked experts to write a piece related to social media in their area of expertise. That’s when Clo contacted me to write a piece on profile pictures.

In January I wrote a piece on the subject on my dutch counterpart of this blog. Now, I’ve translated this article so that you can read what I wrote in the book. You can find it under the title Profile pictures, an art.”.

I’ve read the book myself and although I’m quite adapt at social media myself, I still learned a lot from the book. If you want to buy the book, there are several options available, it’s in the bookstores since wednesday 16/03/2011 or you can find it at amazon.com. At amazon you can buy either the paper version or the kindle version.

More than you see

More than you see

This above photo is made as a concept for a contest organized by Nespresso. My girlfriend Sara wanted to participate in this contest and so we made this picture on a saturday evening in our living room. She won the contest by the way.

The technical side of this camera was not too hard, we just had to work out a way to loose highlights on the wall and the frame of the mirror. This because our living room consisted out of the all white walls and a white ceiling. I used 2 studio flashes, one with a softbox and one with a selfmade snoot.

MedeMerkers launch at Huis Happaert

[Event]MedeMerkers Launch

Last night MedeMerkers, a freshly started social media agency held their launch party at Huis Happaert. The very well organized evening was filled with a very nice presentation about social media in your company and some delicious fingerfood and drinks, all this in a magnificient location.

[Event]MedeMerkers Launch

[Event]MedeMerkers Launch

[Event]MedeMerkers Launch

[Event]MedeMerkers Launch

Mama is beautiful makeover

[PitsLamp-Portret] S. Oliver Make over for zappybaby.be

At the shop of S. Oliver there wasn’t only a makeover shoot of Libelle.be, but I also shot a makeover of a mother for zappybaby.be. The location was the same as the before, so we stayed in and around the shop of S. Oliver.

Daisy won a complete makeover with several outfits. Because she was alone, we had a bit more time to be creative during the shoot.

Some more results are shown here below but don’t forget to check out the full flickr-set

[PitsLamp-Portret] S. Oliver Make over for zappybaby.be

[PitsLamp-Portret] S. Oliver Make over for zappybaby.be

[PitsLamp-Portret] S. Oliver Make over for zappybaby.be

[PitsLamp-Portret] S. Oliver Make over for zappybaby.be

Makeover shoot Libelle.be

[PitsLamp-Portret] S. Oliver makeover for libelle.be

I already saw photos of makeovers for several woman’s magazines, but until now I got never asked to shoot one. So I was quite happy when Karen from Libelle contacted me to shoot a makeover session for S. Oliver in the store of S. Oliver Antwerp.

Everything had to be done pretty fast, because we only had 4 hours for choosing, styling, make-up and shooting of a whole family. So we stayed in and around the shop. Luckily S. Oliver stores are quite nice and the Meir in Antwerp is definitely a great background for photos, so I didn’t need too much setup to have a nice family shoot.

Some more of the results, to check out the whole set go to Flickr

[PitsLamp-Portret] S. Oliver Make over for libelle.be

[PitsLamp-Portret] S. Oliver Make over for libelle.be

[PitsLamp-Portret] S. Oliver Make over for libelle.be

[PitsLamp-Portret] S. Oliver Make over for libelle.be

Review Pirates of the cameras

When you take on the challenge of photographing with 3 different cameras, you encounter a couple of obstacles. So let me show you some of the problems I had to solve before shooting.

The first and most important one is how to shoot with 3 different cameras. I had to setup a system to switch out the cameras and see if everything was still working. It was a hassle, but with some pockets and shoulder straps, you can keep all cameras with you at all time.

The most challenging was figuring out how to sync my off camera flashes with the different cameras. Off course with the Pocket wizards I have, that was no problem for the 5D mk II. On the Samsung NX100 I had to switch a setting to have it trigger the pocketwizard without using the TTL. So that was not a real problem eiter. But how was I going to trigger the flashes with the Nokia N8. It has a flash so optical slaves was kind of a no brainer. But that gave me another problem, the flash in the n8 has a pre-flash, which triggered the flashes before the photo was made. Luckily my bowens Gemini 500R have a custom setting where you can set the number of pre flashes.

An other problem was that with the N8 you can’t use manual mode, so that you are not working with the same settings all the time. To solve this, I had to turn the exposure compensation all the way down. This gave me some more control over the final photo.

At last I also had to figure out a way to mount the n8 to a tripod. I does not have a tripod mount, so I used a bungee ball to attach it to the handle of my manfrotto head.

Overall the problems were quite easy to solve, but they required some preparations and extensive testing at home to circumvent all the above problems.

I will not shoot any work for clients with a cellphone, just because I can. It is just a lot easier to shoot with a pro DSLR. But my goal was to prove that you can’t use the excuse that you don’t have to appropriate equipment for making great photos.