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27/05/2016

Be serious about your LinkedIN profile photo


I use LinkedIN - the business world's social media - every day. And 8 out of 10 times a profile is accompanied by a very bad "selfie" taken with a bad mobile phone camera. Funny selfies or snapshots belong to Facebook. If you are serious about your professional life and LinkedIN profile then you not only curate the text but also go for a professional profile portrait - as you would look to a job interview or at a meeting with a big client.

Inger Marie Jensen - who I know from my tenue at Copenhagen Business School where we both has been involved in the Executive MBA-program, asked my to "do a proper business portrait".

The lighting set-up is simple: Using an Elinchrome D-Lite-it 2/4 To Go Kit I mounted a beauty dish as main/key light and a rectangular soft box to lighten the back drop from left to right adding a light fall off to her left side and creating a soft gradient. Equipment wise I used a Nikon D810/MB-D12 and a Sigma AF 70-200mm f/2.8. The back drop is toned  "platinum". Camera and lens was attached to a Joby Sling Strap - otherwise my back who hurt for several days hurling around this equipment.

She looks very trustworthy :-)

23/01/2016

Three beautiful girls


Family portrait for mother-father and grand parents. Shot at my home studio in Hørsholm. Give me a call or an email if you need a portrait done - either for personal use or as a gift.

Photographer to watch


Portrait photography is my big passion. I still have a lot to learn from other photographer. so I'm always on the look for inspiration among fellow photographers - amateurs as professionals.

I got a new follower on Twitter. That is always nice :-) His name is Aaron Anderson. I went straight to his portfolio and was blown away, Just my style og superb handling of light and retouching.

Aaron Andersen blog
Aaron Andersen portfolio

03/01/2016

Check Point Charlie - fotograferet med DxO One


Det er bidende koldt i Berlin. Datoen er den 2. januar 2016 og jeg tilbringer et par dage her for at lade op til de mange udfordringer i det nye år vil byde på. Jeg har besøgt Berlin et par gange tidligere, men aldrig set Check Point Charlie, så dette var et af mine første mål.

Med mig bringer jeg ikke alt det tunge og avancerede Nikon DSLR udstyr - men blot min iPhone og det nye DxO One kamera, der monteres på iPhone.



DxO er mest kendt for deres omfattende test af objektiver og kameraer. Men nu har de lavet deres eget kamera specifikt til iPhone! Kvaliteten er meget høj og størrelsen meget kompakt, som du kan se på billedet ovenfor. Nu har iPhone jo selv et udemærket kamera - så hvorfor sætte et ekstern kamera til din iPhone? Det er der flere årsager til som alle har med billedkvalitet at gøre. DxO One kameraet er udstyret med en 1-tomme sensor fra Sony på 20.2 MP samt et 32mm-svarende f/1.8 objektiv med en 6-bladet blænde. Vægten er kun 108 gram og højden kun 6.7 cm. DxO One er dermes verdens minste kamera med en 1-tomme sensor!

Så hardware delen er meget lovende. Men det er også det medfølgende DxO App, som hentes når du tilslutter kameraet, der gør forskellen. Med DxO One kan du fotografere i RAW format, hvilke er en kæmpe fordel, når billedet skal efterbehandles. DxO har endda udviklet deres eget multi-shot SuperRaw format, der øget kameraets ISO-ydelse, som fra starten er sat til imponereden ISO 51.200.
Foto redigering er foretaget i Photoshop PS Express, som kan hentes gratis til diverse mobil OS.

Der er generelt ikke behov for at tilføje skarpheden i efterbehandlingen, og ligeledes er det meget sjældent at jeg reducerer støj - selv ved høj ISO værdi, idet billedmaterialet fra DxO bare er godt.

Betjeningen af DxO One foregår via iPhones skærm etfer du har startet om DxO app'en. Betjeningen er intuitiv og du har generelt de samme muligheder, som på et DSLR kamera!

DxO One skyder selvfølgelig også video.



Selvom der var mange mennesker så var det en stærk oplevelse - især fordi hele perioden fra murens oprettelse i 1961 til nedrivningen i 1989 er meget flot beskrevet visuelt og med tekst på store plancer og via en video udstilling.


Jeg kan klart anbefale DxO One som det kamera du bare mangler, når du alligevel går rundt og fotograferer med iPhone. Men det er også et seriøst alternativt til at købe et DSLR eller semi-professionelle kompakt kameraer fra f.eks. Nikon, Canon, Sony, Fujfilm etc.

27/06/2015

MÆND


Portrætfotografering er en af mine fotografiske interesser. Derfor var det ned spænding, at jeg på Lousiana købte fotobogen "MÆND" med portrætter taget af fotografen Robin Skjoldborg.

Magen til unik samling af intense mandlige portrætter skal man lede længe efter. Meget inspirerende. Billeder af musikere og skuespillere er ligeledes ledsaget at interessant tekster.

Robin mestre det intense og dragende element i sine portrætter. Man har svært ved at slippe billedet.

Bravo - en dansk fotobog, som alle portrætfotografer bør unde dig selv som inspirationskilde.

01/06/2015

Photo assignment: Gro Coaching


Coaching is a very personal interaction between two people - the trusted adviser and the answer seeking person, who need guidance.

This assignment was a series of photos to be used on a company webpage. Gro Coaching is advising teenagers and hence the photos has to signal a calm, relaxed and easy environment.

The gross photo collection was app. 250 photos. My first sorting reduced this to 218 photos. The client selected 18 for the final delivery. My task was not to crop - just to do basic adjustments and exposure corrections.



I used a Nikon D800 with two SB-910, soft box on one flash (direct light) and the built-in diffuser on the second flash (indirect light to the wall). Both flash was controlled by PocketWizard Flex TT + MiniTT1 + AC3.


17/02/2015

Photo assignment: GTS Nordic



Working as a professional photographer is rewarding. Not two work situations are alike, and you get to meet interesting people. :-)

Recently I was asked to shoot both some pack shots (various "dead" objects) and a male model in various work situations in the office of the company - GTS Nordic - who is a service provider of employment and payroll solutions. They help both Danish and international companies and expats with compliance when having temporary work in Denmark.



I faced two challenges - the lighting set-up and the 16:9 format often used for modern webpages.

For the lighting set-up I used two Elinchrome compact flash units and some soft boxes:
  • Elinchrome D-Lite-it 2/4 To Go Kit + ELS Transmitter
  • Elinchrom Portalight Softbox
  • Elinchrom EL-Strip 33 x 175 cm
My Nikon D800 is set to M-mode and exposure is set to ISO 100, 1/60 - 1/80 sec and somewhere between f/7.1 - f/16. It is all about trying to place the light in various angles to the subject to achieve the desired light effect. My main task was to get the light correct on the skin of the model, and an even light on the pack shots, where the shot of the rocket also need some nice reflections.



The I had to frame the picture so as to leave enough free space around the model enabling a cropped 16:9 photo.

Above three photos are only a small subset of the final images that where delivered to the client. Post production was not done by me. Please visit the webpage of GTS Nordic and see how the photos turned out and how they have chosen to apply them. I'm satisfied with the result.

27/12/2014

Morning impressions from "Dyrehaven", Copenhagen

Winter has finally arrived in Denmark, and the sun rose at 8.39 today. So I grabbed my trusted Nikon D800 and mounted the new Sigma AF 24-105mm f/4 ART and went to "Dyrehaven" - a public park and animal reservat - north of Copenhagen for some - hopefully - beautiful winter morning photographs.

You be my judge.