For some time now I’ve employed the services of a small but very motivated team of testers. They help me whenever I have new gear to test, giving me good feedback on the findings from their unique perspective. The last issue of SHOOT gave them the chance to get their very over cover shot and they jumped at the chance.
I’d written an article for this issue to suggest that simple desktop photography can be done at home with some very modest setups. Big expensive equipment is nice to have but there are often things around the house that will allow a photographer to get good results.

Below are images of the cover and of the ‘behind the scenes’

So here’s the cover.

And here is the ‘behind the scenes’ shot. Made with a Nikon CoolpixA, hand held under the D800E.
The only lighting in the shot is provided by 2 inexpensive low voltage LED strips from IKEA and The Test Team are standing on 2 planks of laminate flooring. All sitting on my kitchen table.

I have been pretty active in the world of business aviation photography recently so I thought it a good idea to bring some parts of that together into a small showreel video.
Virtual tours, videos, time-lapse, stop motion and photography. Lot of aspects of my job focused on one target group.

One of the bits I love about my job is the fact I get to meet a lot of people. These events organised by brewery De Koninck are no exception. In the last couple of weeks I’ve covered 2 events for them in Antwerp. A family picnic in the park and a 2nd hand bicycle market with a street picnic. Both events had a good turn out of people enjoying themselves, and the day.

The picnic in the park took place in the city park right opposite the brewery. People could pre-book a picnic basket to enjoy with friends and family. Of course, there was plenty of De Koninck on tap too. Live music, good food, beer and fabulous weather. A pretty good way to spend your Sunday lunchtime. No?

This weekend was the 2nd hand bicycle market in Antwerp. Organised by a popular 2nd hand sales website, and supported by De Koninck and Velodome. Again a good turnout of people who wanted to sell their old bikes and people looking for a good deal on a 2nd hand bike.  This was all coupled with the fact that Sunday the 15th Sept was ‘car free day’ in Antwerp city centre. All cars were banned, leaving the roads to pedestrians, cyclists, horse drawn carriages and of course public transport. There were also a couple of picnic baskets handed out to locals who could set up their own street picnic with their neighbours. The 2 basket winners I met were having a lot of fun enjoying a rather nicely filled basket of food and drinks. Not just beer, I should add!

Part of meeting so many people on these jobs is hearing what they have to say about the events. All I heard is praise for the organisation and that these sorts of things should happen more. Seeing people from all walks of life just get together and enjoy the day in their own way is marvellous.

On the 22nd of Sept. it’s Ghent’s turn to have the Bollekespicknick’ in town. Fingers crossed that the weather plays along. Give a wave if you are there.


Some of the bike market photos.

Some of the Antwerp picnic in the park photos.


I’ve been asked a few times how and where I made the cover shot for the 1st edition of Belgian Beer & Food.
I thought a quick post to explain how simple it was wouldn’t be a bad idea.

The shot was made at Moeder Lambic Fontainas in Brussels. A very cool bar where there is of course, a very cool selection of beers on tap. We’d gone there for a to interview one Jean, one of the owners. I shot the atmosphere photos as Alan was interviewing Jean and I immediately realised  we had a cover shot somewhere here. A very sunny day and the light was beaming through the open door. This was an ideal backlight for a beer glass shot but the light wasn’t getting where I wanted it.
I had a Dedolight DLH4 and a DP2 projector fitting with me so quickly set that up so I could illuminate the rear of the glass as accurately and as much as I wanted. The DP2 projector unit has shutter blades in it that can precisely control the light beam so there is no spill around the target. As I was shooting a nice amber beer, the tungsten DLH4 lamp didn’t even need colour correction.

As simple as that.
A very fast shot, seen, setup and made in just a few minutes.

I’ll be demonstrating the Dedolight system at Luxillag in Brussels on the 30th Sept. If you’re interested in seeing how it all works and how you can use it in your work, give Aileen a shout at Luxillag or have a look on their Facebook page for details.

A quick sketch of the setup and situation.
Brick walls, dark furniture and floor. The windows and door are bringing in a lot of light but not quite where I wanted.
I could have used a reflection panel, but then I’d have to be very careful for reflected light spill.
The Dedolight with DP2 allows for very accurate light placement.

The base shot, as it was.The final cover.