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

 

 

Photography for Ansul – fire protection

18 August 2011 om 17:32 door Jürgen geplaatst in de categorie Uncategorized

I was contacted by Ansul Belgium to provide them with images that could be used for their annual report.  The wanted a whole range of images, from action shots to studio photographs of their products.

As a professional photographer specialising in corporate photography, you should be able to tackle a wide range of shots and situations whilst dealing with the most difficult lighting conditions.

Herewith a short overview of the “catch of the day”.

Ansul - fire protection.

Ansul - fire protection.

Ansul - fire protection.

Ansul - fire protection.

Ansul - fire protection.

Ansul - fire protection.

Ansul - fire protection.

Architectural photography – interior of a showroom

15 August 2011 om 15:53 door Jürgen geplaatst in de categorie Architecture,corporate photography,Photography

For an advertising agency from Eindhoven, Holland, I had to photograph the interior of a newly build showroom near Brussels.

The interior of the Mercedes Benz showroom has been exquisitly decorated by magnificent Philips lighting.  For their case study, Philips needed high quality visuals that shows all the aspects of the lighting of the showroom.

The images are made on a Nikon D3x with a 24mm tilt shift lens. All images are made on a sturdy Manfrotto tripod.

To be able to photograph in such a location is just a thrill.  All these fantastic cars in a rather fantastic setting is a real pleasure and a treat for a photographer.  Glad I was able to capture these images.

 

Interior photography of a showroom

 

Interior photography of a showroom

Interior photography of a showroom

Interior photography of a showroom

Personal drive – dynamic images for a dynamic duo

12 August 2011 om 16:42 door Jürgen geplaatst in de categorie advertising,corporate photography,Photography

Personal drive is a young and dynamic company run by two extremely healthy and friendly personal coaches, Ruth and Filip.

After they had seen the images I had made for Sporta, which you can see here, here, and here, they asked me if I could photograph the visuals for their website.

I teamed up with my stylist and make up artist Ans Brugmans for a shoot, which we set up in …. a gym!

I used about all my lights and equipment, going from a white seamless on a support system, my Elinchrom flashes as well as my Nikon SB900 flashes, all sorts of flags, gobo’s, snoots and gells …. but ultimately it was the willingnes of Ruth and Filip that made the images come alive!

All images are shot on a Nikon D3s with a variety of lenses.

All images have been photographed against a white seamless background, also the ones with a black background in the image.  Remember, if you don’t light your background, it goes black.  If you do light it, it goes white ….

This is the result, which can also be seen on www.personaldrive.be

Go check it out (and improve your health too!).

 

Personal drive.

Personal drive.

Personal drive.

Personal drive.

Portrait photography – profile photos for social media

2 August 2011 om 15:00 door Jürgen geplaatst in de categorie Flashlight,Photography,Portrait,Uncategorized

It comes to no surprise that choosing the right profile photo for social media – such as Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook – can be fairly important.

OK, it’s a different story for when you want to post something via a private Facebook account.  But that story changes a bit when you look for a profile photo to use for your company Facebook profile, your Twitter stream or – most important of all – your professional LinkedIn profile.

The people at INXCO were well aware of this and asked me to make portraits of their employees and specifically to use with social media.

INXCO is a young and dynamic company, active in the field of communication and innovation for companies.

They wanted tight headshots against a fairle dark background and the images needed to be used in a square format (which is the format of profile photos in social media).

All the images were made in their kitchen, against a grey wall.  I used two different lighting setups by using Nikon SB900 Speedlights and Nikon’s CLS system.  As for the camera, I used the Nikon D3s with an 85mm Tilt Shift lens (manual focus).  All images are cropped in the square format, but I left one image in it’s original format in order to see how it also could be used for other purposes (print media, etc …).

 

portretfoto voor profielfoto's op sociale media
Portrait photograph for social media

 

portretfoto voor profielfoto's op sociale media
Portrait photograph for social media
portretfoto voor profielfoto's op sociale media
Portrait photograph for social media

 

portretfoto voor profielfoto's op sociale media
Portrait photograph for social media
portretfoto voor profielfoto's op sociale media
Portrait photograph for social media
portretfoto voor profielfoto's op sociale media
Portrait photograph for social media

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Real estate photographer in Belgium – a rare breed

2 May 2011 om 19:58 door Jürgen geplaatst in de categorie real estate photographer,real estate photography,Uncategorized

Real estate photographer in Belgium

As a real estate photographer in Belgium, I’m more often than not surprised at the appalling quality of photography on websites of real estate agents.  Here, in Belgium, most people are not interested in having their property photographed when they put it up for sale.  With a digital point and shoot you can do this yourself.

That, to me, is a rather strange approach.  When one looks at the budget that companies spend to advertise their goods, such as cereals, fine garments, canned fizz or any other consumable good, it is rather odd that people put their most valuable good for sale with images that try to scare you away from it, rather than have you come over to look at it in order to buy it.  But that’s just me, I guess.

However, there are clever people who see the value in good real estate photography.  Solicitor De Jonghe in Ostend, for example, who contacted me in order to photographer an Irish pub in Ostend (Celtic Ireland).  In a previous post I showed how I photographed the interior of the Irish pub.  But there are also hotel rooms part of the pub which needed to be photographed.

In architectural photography I will mostly all the time use my 24mm tilt-shift lens, a perspective control lens.  In fact, by using such a lens, one can control the verticals in an image so that vertical remain vertical (as it should do in architectture).

However, there are a few cases in which you need to look for an alternative plan, which was the case in the first hotel room we visited.  Due to the tight space, I was forced to using a 14-24mm lens to photograph the room from the angle I wanted.

 

vastgoedfotografie
real estate photography

 

In addition to that I had to use a couple of Nikon SB900 speedlights, in order to lighten up the room and control the shadow areas in the image.

 

vastgoedfotografie
real estate photography

 

By using speedlights you can create a warm atmosphere in the room.  This is how the horizontal setup looked without flash …

 

vastgoedfotografie
real estate photography

 

… and this is how it looked with the use of a few speedlights.

 

vastgoedfotografie
real estate photography

 

Hotel rooms generally have bathrooms.  Nesxt image is the image provided by the hotel ….

 

euh, een badkamer ...
a bathroom, I think

I have no idea what they wanted to accomplish with the previous photography, but attracting a huge crowd certainly wasn’t one of the possibilities.  So I re photographed the bathroom from a slightly different angle, including the sun peeping through the window.

 

vastgoedfotografie
real estate photography

By using a few flash lights in order to control the contrast, I lightened up this bathroom as follows

 

vastgoedfotografie
real estate photography

The flare, created by the sun shining straight into the lens, is something I personally didn’t object to in this image.

Shot vertically, this is what it looked like.

 

vastgoedfotografie
real estate photography

Lastly, we photographed the room from a totally different perspective.

 

vastgoedfotografie
real estate photography

By using flashlight we were able to create that warm atmosphere we’re after.

 

vastgoedfotografie
vastgoedfotografie

 

Lastly, there was a second room which needed to be photographed.  In this one, I used 3 speedlights.

 

vastgoedfotografie
real estate photography

In brief, I think that, by using a professional photographer, one is able to lift the feel of a place and certainly attract a clientèle that might not have come if the place was photographed in what I would call “the belgian way”.

 

Real estate photographer in Belgium.

It’s a tough life for any real estate photographer in Belgium.  Have you ever checked the photography on a Belgian real estate website already?  Apalling, to say the least.  That’s because people in Belgium don’t understand the importance of marketing and the power of images and photography.  The general idea in Belgium is that you’d rather do it yourself and not spend any money on it.  Consequently, the photography on the websites doesn’t show the full potential of the place you’re trying to sell, so you’re not getting the attention the place deserves and in doing so, you potentially loose a lot of money on the sale afterwards (which would make up for the cost of a photographer).  Why people do this really beats me.  I’ve written it down in this blogpost, where one sees the “before” and “after” of a house that went up for sale at at much higher price than initially planned – and was consequently sold at that price because it drew a large crowd of people coming to have a look at it.

Nevertheless, there are still people who see the value in real estate photography.  Notary/solicitor De Jonghe from Ostend contacted me in order to photograph an Irish Pub with hotel right in the heart of the city.  So I went down to the “Celtic Ireland” in the Langestraat in Ostend to photograph the interior of the pub and the hotel.

Amongst the most important parts of a pub the counter for sure is one.  In this Irish pub the counter was a beautiful but humongous one that had to be lit in a professional way.

So, by just using available light, this is what showed up on my screen – an underexposed image with a few spots of light.

vastgoedfotografie
vastgoedfotografie

By adapting my shutter speed I tried to draw-in more available light in order to establish my basic exposure.

vastgoedfotografie
vastgoedfotografie

Lastly, I placed a few flashes (type Nikon SB900 speedlights), in order to open up the dark areas in the scene, thereby creating a warm atmosphere.

vastgoedfotografie
vastgoedfotografie

The same technique was used to light a part of the pub with very little available light.  The first (mainly backlit) shot shows a rather dull image.

vastgoedfotografie
vastgoedfotografie

But with the use of carefully placed speedlights (there are 4 in this particular image) you can create a much more interesting photograph.

vastgoedfotografie
vastgoedfotografie

All the above images have been made and post-processed without the use of Photoshop.  But sometimes it just is too difficult to get the image right in one shot, especially when you’re working within time constraints and with limitations of gear. I usually carry about 4 to 5 flashes around, but for this particular shot it would have been very time consuming and technically not so easy to create the image in-camera.  So I opted for the photoshop route. That meant that I had to shoot the overhead stained glass – which was much brighter than the interiour – seperately from the interor and then ultimately combine both images in photoshop to create the final image.

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vastgoedfotografie
vastgoedfotografie
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vastgoedfotografie – finale foto

Lastly, I’m posting a few extra shots of the interior.  If you’re interested, the place is up for sale and will be sold on the first of June 2011 in Ostend.

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vastgoedfotografie
vastgoedfotografie
vastgoedfotografie
vastgoedfotografie
vastgoedfotografie
vastgoedfotografie
vastgoedfotografie
vastgoedfotografie
vastgoedfotografie

Al images are made with Nikon D3s and a Nikon 24mm PC (Tilt-Shift) lens.  The flashes (Nikon SB900) are used through the Nikon CLS system.

In a next blog post I will show the hotel rooms.

Fashion photography for Sonja Sonneville

7 April 2011 om 11:35 door Jürgen geplaatst in de categorie corporate photography,fashion,fashion photography,fotografie,photographer,Photography

Sonja Sonneville is a trendy fashion store in the vicinity of Leuven (Holsbeek).

Twice a year they need to have the new collection photographed (summer and winter).  So, a while ago – on a wet and windy autumn day – we photographed their new summer collection, which is now available in the shop.  So with summer approaching, it might be a good idea to go and have a look at their stunning collection.

We photographed the summer collection on location, in their shop.  In order to do so we created  a studio, complete with seemless white background, Elinchrom studio lights with beauty dish and striplights as well as small reportage flashes (type Nikon SB 900).  Ans Brugmans was our make-up artist and the model of the day was Carla Sonneville.

The images were needed primarily for their website and small catalog that they publish.  The images didn’t need to be cut out of the background, as the layout guy of the catalog would introduce backgrounds and colors himself.

You can see the images on their website here. And here are some of the 30 odd silhouettes that we photographed during the day ….

modefotografie sonja sonneville
modefotografie sonja sonneville
modefotografie sonja sonnevill
modefotografie sonja sonneville
modefotografie sonja sonnevill
modefotografie sonja sonneville
modefotografie sonja sonnevill
modefotografie sonja sonneville
modefotografie sonja sonneville
modefotografie sonja sonneville
modefotografie sonja sonneville
modefotografie sonja sonneville
modefotografie sonja sonneville
modefotografie sonja sonneville
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