I couple of snaps from during yesterdays demo day for Studio VZW. I was showing some possibilities for photographers who are looking for a continuous light solution.
Together with Luxillag I had several lights with me, the classic Dedolight DLH4 Tungsten lights, the DLED4 system, Felloni Tecpro and the  Daylight Panaura 5.

There was a lot of interest amongst the colleagues who were looking for an efficient and fast way of lighting various situations.

One of the most common, and justified questions when demonstrating continuous light is, ‘how much light do the produce?’
Typically the reply is that if you want to photograph lively subjects you might run into trouble with these relatively low powered lights as they are primarily  aimed at video work. Having said that, check out the shutter speed of image 5. Below. This was shot in the same ambient light as image 3. Illuminated with one Felloni 15˚ bi-colour LED panel and exposed for the lightest part of the subject. If you want to get creative with light and see how your light is working before you even make a photo, have a look at Dedolights.

1:  A daylight and gridded Panaura 5 just illuminating the floor in front of it. A lovely soft wrap of light.
1/2400 – F1.4 – ISO800

DSCF9089_dedo_900px2: The Panaura 5 using the book as a reflector to bounce some light up onto the face.
1/480 – F1.4 – ISO500

DSCF9094_dedo_900px3: Hands on experimenting by some of the members.

DSCF9076_dedo_900px4 Mixing some ambient and mixed Bi-colour LED Felloni
1/140 – F2.8 – ISO500

DSCF9074_dedo_900px5: Jane.
1/3800 – F2.5 – ISO800

DSCF9083_dedo_900pxThis last crazy shot if of me at the spectacular location we had for the day. Not often I’m in a church, even less at the front!;)
Thanks to Bert Stephani for making the snap. A friend and colleague who was demonstrating Elinchrom and off camera flash techniques for Servix

rob in church

One of the things I offer wedding clients is a boxed set of prints. Rather than a closed box of prints this option can be used to display the prints at all times. If you’re bored with one photo it can be swapped for any of the 11 other photos that are stored in the box.
The 15x15cm photos are printed on high quality paper and mounted on think white card.

  • Matt Fryer - Love em, still trying to find something comparable over here..

  • Rob Mitchell - why bother, when you can get the originals and the best from here? ;)

Capturing the memories of a wedding day is a pretty stressy event for a most photographers. We are given the honour of recording a special day in a couple’s life. Capturing the memories is one thing, presenting them is another.

Increasingly people are opting to make their own photo albums, something that up until recently was never heard of. In the analogue days, photos would be printed individually from the precious negatives and individually pasted into a large album. Digital imaging came along, rapid and cheap printing soon followed, more recently a host of consumer digital photo book suppliers started popping up. Anyone could design and make an album with free software, upload files to the supplier and within a week sit in the couch browsing a photo book.

I’ve always been proud to say that I print all my own photos, trim and mount them into hand-made photo albums. To make my albums a little fresher and cleaner, I don’t print lots of individual photos and then paste them, I carefully select photos and make layouts that cover a complete album page, print as one print and then paste into the album. With this technique I produce a finished album of 40x30cm, around 40 pages and weighs in at about 3kg. The final product represents a story of the full day, it takes a lot of time and passion to produce and is something I’m always proud to present to the couple.

To move even more into the digital trends of today I’ve been looking for a way of producing a digital photo album that offers all of the qualities I so cherish in my hand-made albums, plus a fresher feel, less delicate feel. These are qualities that no high-street or consumer digital book company can offer. I needed a specialist to print and custom make the albums.

The resulting album is finished in the same textured synthetic leather I use on my traditional albums and is even supplied in a hard linnen covered box. The main difference being, the pages are in fact constructed from photos, bonded back to back. the photos are full-bleed which means they run to the edge of every page, every page folds totally flat and each of the pages is protected with an invisible laminate. The result is the same 40x30cm page format with the additional advantage of being easier to handle than the traditional album, full 80cm wide layouts and no more protection sheets needed between pages.

So from my point of view, someone who is his own worst critic, these new products I offer are certainly not just another wedding album.

Included are some details of the finished album. Plus the full content of Jo & Hilde’s wedding album, in full “wide layout” glory.

It’s not my style to walk into a wedding day without meeting the couple beforehand. This time I did. I had no idea at all who they were, how old, where they lived or what to expect. There was only one known factor. The final location that would be used for their reception and party.

That says a bit for these people too, they had put total trust in me based purely on reputation and recommendation. A big chance but also a big honour.

What can I say.. we hit it off! a totally awesome couple and family to work for and with,  I was a guest at their wedding as well as the one entrusted with recording it for life.

Here’s just a selection from Aurélie and Stany’s wonderfully cold December day.

  • Martin - Prachtige foto’s! Complimenten van een collega trouwfotograaf.

  • Rob Mitchell - Thank you Martin, I appreciate the comment.

For the couple of days and for a few more, I have been and will be working on the last wedding album of 2009. I know a lot of photographers who are doing weddings and seem to bash out albums in one evening. I can’t figure how I can do that, these take a huge part of me to get the right images selected and presented in a fresh way each time.

My albums are the traditional photo-stuck-on-page type, but I use modern techniques to product and print the layouts. These albums are huge.. they can be seen on the stillmation/weddings site.  They weigh in at around 3kgs too.

Anyway, I’m done looking at photos for this evening, a little admin to catch up on and some research into new ventures. It’ll then be time to start the next day and it’s challenges.

Oh, I saw a preview of Daithi’s poster (see last entry) woo! Can’t wait to see that finished up and hanging everywhere.

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