September « 2011 « Jurgen Doom

Portrait photos for profile image on social media

8 September 2011 om 10:06 door Jürgen geplaatst in de categorie Camera,Flashlight,fotografie,photographer,Photography,Portrait,strobist,Studio

I have recently written a blog post about the quality of profile photographs for LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.  You can find it here.

Recently I was contacted via the contact page of my website by …. my spouse! She asked me if she could make an appointment for a portrait session in order to get photographs for social media.  Since my wife has access to my calender, she proposed a day and time I was available.  So there was no possible escape for me … !  Photographing people who are close to you is even more difficult than photographing people who are not in your circle of relatives and friends …

Nonetheless, herewith a selection of images, shot on Nikon D3, 85mm 1.4 at f/4, 1/250.  I used 3 flashes (Nikon SB900) using Nikon’s CLS system.


Portrait and profile photograph for social network sites
Portrait and profile photo for social media
Portrait and profile photo for social media


From workshop model to cover girl – it’s just a small flash away …

6 September 2011 om 10:57 door Jürgen geplaatst in de categorie cover,fashion,fashion photography,Flashlight,fotografie,photographer,Photography,strobist,workshop,workshop fotografie

From model to cover, it sounds just like the title of a new workshop.  Well, it was during a Strobist workshop – a workshop on flash photography with small, portably reportage flashes – that this image was created.

After the participants had asked me a lot about how to get a white background white, or how to get it black, I asked our model Shauni if she could pose for me for a few minutes.

I had placed 2 small flashes – Nikon SB900 – on either side of Shauni, using umbrellas and triggered boths flashes with Nikons CLS-system.  The only thing I added to the creative mix was a silver reflector to throw the light back at Shauni, in order to create soft, beautiful light (which she deserves).

The result is as can be seen on the cover of Shoot magazine. In this particular issue, which is on-sale in Belgium from now on, I have written an article – together with Piet Van den Eynde, colleague and partner in crime for the flash workshops – about the Nikon CLS – system.

Anyhow, this is the result as it appears on the cover of the magazine.


Cover for Shoot magazine, shot during a workshop on flash photography


And that’s how a model for a workshop can end up as a model of the cover of a photography magazine.  Thanks Shauni!


Model photography at Calumet workshop for Strobists.

1 September 2011 om 15:33 door Jürgen geplaatst in de categorie Flashlight,Photography,workshop fotografie

I was asked to host a series of strobist workshop at the recent Calumet “Test the very best” day near Ghent some time in June.

The 3 workshops I hosted were “strobist for beginners”, strobist for users” and “strobist for pro’s”.  For each and every workshop I had a model which I could use to photograph in order to show some lighting techniques.

During the last workshop (Strobist for pro’s) I had model Louise.  I asked Louise to pose “indoor”, in an industrial setting (some sort of glass house), where I demonstrated a technique whereby one uses 3 off-camera flashes in conjunction with color gels.

In this case I used Nikon’s SB900′s in Nikon’s CLS-system.  Louise was lit by a Calumet striplight (key light).  In the back one notices the second speedlight – which, in the final image, looks like a lightbulb.  Indeed, it was gelled to give it some warmth.  A third flash was used to lit the background behind Louise.

This is the final result (both in color and black and white)


strobist workshop for Calumet

workshop for Strobists at Calumet


I also took a photograph of Louise without the flash in the back visible in the frame.



Calumet workshop for strobists


And lastly I had some time to play around with the white balans settings, which creates a completely different color scheme ….



Calumet strobist workshop