I started using VSCO about a year ago for my wedding photography in Amsterdam and to be honest I struggled with them a lot. It took me a long time to learn how to use them effectively for my work. I was expecting a straight out of the box beautiful image kind of thing and couldn't explain why my images didn't look like others I had seen. Finally i saw a video of someone else's workflow and I had been on the right track all along with my experimentation. Its all in the contrast, blacks and colour sliders. Take the two images below for example from a loveshoot I did last week. Both images are using VSCO Kodak Ektar 100 Vibrant. The second image is horrible and dark and is what happened when i pressed the magic preset button. All I did to make it into the lovely moody first image was to increase the blacks and shadows, reduce the contrast and orange saturation. So that is a little insight into my workflow. I hope its of interest. Click the second image to see the full gallery. All images shot on the Sony A7rii
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Its been a busy year for business headshots and I've found that the X-T1 to be the perfect tool for the work. Its light and small and I only need one lens, the 56mm 1.2. I dont really need the wide aperture for business headshots as I soot mostly between F8 and F11. I use a Bowens Gemini 500R with an Octabox for the main light and a speedlight bounced off an adjacent wall or whatever there is around for fill. I do a bit of editing in photoshop including removing skin blemishes and a bit of dodging and burning to bring out the highlights and shadows but not much more. For the girls mostly I use a technique show in this video here to remove stray hair from the background. Depending on the skin of the individual I Might use a bit of frequency separation to blend some skin tone but not much. So here is a selection from the years work so far.
Great shoot yesterday with the awesome Thomas Janson who is off to Miami next momth to finish school in the entertainment world. Shot with the X-t1, 35mm and 56mm lenses using speedlite and a Bowens 500R studio flash. If anyone ants to know any more about my process for headshots drop me a line or send a comment in the box below.
Today I spent a couple of hours at All About Network in Amsterdam doing some headshots for them for their upcoming re-branding as QONTENT MATTERS. Here is the first of the selection. All images shot at 1/180 and F8. Its super easy to set up the camera for off camera flash using YN-622 wireless triggers. Just remember to set the screen view to EXP/WB preview off and Mechanical shutter only. I did have the studio strobe connected with a pc cable but the speedlite for the fill was wireless. If anyone has any questions about setting the camera up for flash photography please feel free to drop me a line or leave a comment below. Check back soon for an update.
Great shoot a couple of weeks ago with the awesome people at CitySavvy in Amsterdam. here are some images from the shoot.
A selection of shots from the shoot at Duggan Morris Architects Last week in London
Great new portrait sessions today with Ruud Vriese. Ruud spends his time analysing businesses and providing them with ways to work more effectively, both internally and externally. An expert in team training and coaching Ruud provides an invaluable service to businesses across the Netherlands that help them work better in the ever changing current market place. See www.teamsandmore.nl for more information on Ruud.
I like the photos a lot. Feel free to push them to the next big business magazine Ruud. ;-)