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Portrait Shoot for a website - Day 18

Today I was on a photo assignment. One of my friends has asked me to photograph a portrait for a website. Hence we need a green back drop to make all but the person transparent. I made the green back drop out of 9 pieces af A3 sized paper (total cost $14). In Photoshop I will then erase the green back drop. More about this technique in another article - I'm currently improving my skills for this process in CS5.

Here you can see my home studio set-up:


I use two Elinchrom D-Lite flash units - one with a rim light softbox (200w) and one with a beauty dish with diffuser (400w). At some point I had even a SB-900 and a SB-600 included in the set-up and controlled through PocketWizards. In the camera hot shoe the remote tricker for both the Elinchrom flash units and the PocketWizards where mounted.

For this photo I removed the green back drop and used a platin colored back drop.


I'm satisfied with the light distribution. There are two catch lights in her eyes - one from the softbox and one from the beauty dish. I placed the beauty dish above her head to create shadows on one side of her face.

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X-Teams written by Deborah Ancona and Henrik Bresman raises an interesting question already on the front cover.
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Seach inside the book here

Architectural Cubism - Day 106

A new office building in the northern part of Copenhagen. I'm getting more into architectural photography and with CS6 it is easy to correct "falling lines" perspective errors. The outer walls are forming a moire pattern when photographed. Imaging how this would look if I used a Nikon D800E instead of my old Nikon D300 :-)

Equipment: Nikon D300 with AF Nikkor 20mm f/2.8.
Exposure: 1/1000 sec at f/7.1, 0EV, ISO 200

Leder & Kommunikation

I juli 2004, da jeg var nordisk direktør for Bang & Olufsen, skrev jeg et kapitel til bogen "Kommunikationens mange ansigter".  Efter et veloverstået strategiseminar i sidste uge med min ledergruppe hos Strålfors Information Logistics, hvor jeg er administrerende direktør, så kom jeg til at tænke på denne tekst og fik lyst til at bringe den her på min blog, da budskabet fortsat er af største betydning for at lykkes med en strategiimplementering.

Der er fire grundpiller i kommunikation: Det verbale, det kropslige, det aktionsorienterede og det usagte. Der er også fire arketyper af modtagere i en moderne virksomhed: Individet, gruppen, personalet og det ophøjede individ. Uanset kommunikationsform og modtager så husk direkte, tydelig og ærlig kommunikation.

Kravene til en leders kommunikationsevner på jobbet er øget betragteligt over de sidste 10 år. Og ”jobbet” er her ikke ment i en snæver betragtning, men mere præcist det kommunikationsunivers en leder opererer i under u…