I'm not a gear guy. I own one camera and one lens. I don't love gadgets for their own sake. I like a hammer for it allows me to hit a nail into a wall. The past months I have been spending lots a time and thoughts with assembling my first set of flash lights, light modifiers, light stands and all the other stuff needed to do proper flash light photography.
My main interest are studio & environmental portraits. Having gear which is portable is important to me. I can admit that for the most time of my photographic life I really disliked flash photography. When asked, I tend to classify myself as an available light photographer. I didn’t think twice about the fact that flash light is available light just like any other form of light capable of being recorded by my camera.
I have fallen in love with creating great portraits with artificial light and a minimum of gear. I want to be able to make great portraits in unfavourable surroundings. No excuses that I don’t have a proper studio or those ProFoto studio flashes. I want to create great portraits with a couple of €60 Yongnuo speedlights in any room or corridor or basement.
A human being in front of a blank white or black background. This set-up is the ultimate test of how skilled one is in building up, controlling and extracting something worthwhile and lasting from a persons exterior and visual character.
I have been testing my skills on friends and family. As a long time street shooter who loves taking unposed people shots, this is an entirely different ball game to me. Doing studio portraits means asking your subject to move their head a tiny bit more to the left and pushing their chin a millimetre forward. In street photography I'm faced with tons of clutter which I’m challenged to include or exclude in my frame. In studio photography I’m faced with a blank canvas confronting me with my seemingly limited imagination.