Free lensing.

One of the new techniques I've learned from Sam's workshop is free lensing. With this technique you dismount the lens from the camera, shooting from live view on the camera. By changing the distance of body/lens and tilt/shift the lens, the direction of the depth-of-field is slanted instead of in a straight line of the lens. This way some details in the photo can be preserved, otherwise they would have been blurred.

This same effect can be achieved with a tilt/shift lens, but the advantage of free lensing is the total freedom and you can make use of the light leaks for more creative photos. Have a look at some examples.

Quite soon after the workshop I've found a really nice vintage Mamiya Sekor 50mm f/2.0, which turned out to be a really good lens for free lensing.

The Epic Workshop by Sam Hurd

It's so good to have people that inspire you and for me one of those people in photography is Sam Hurd. Sam Hurd is a professional wedding and editorial photographer based in the Washington DC area. He photographs 40+ weddings a year, press events, commercial portraiture, and regularly hosts workshops in his Baltimore MD studio and around the world. Few weeks back he visited our little country and hosted a workshop in Amsterdam.

It was a good day, lots of content. Sam talked with us just about any subject. Techniques like free lensing and working with prisms, workflows, clients, business, etc. 

Here's a small overview of the workshop. More details on the things I've learned soon.

Let's just call it.. soul-searching

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Yesterday I bought this crazy-cool Mamiya 645s. It's a medium format analogue camera with a type 120 film insert. I got it along with the standard 80mm 2.8 Sekor lens.

But enough of the technical stuff. The reason I bought an analogue camera in this digital area is to get inspiration from the image styles of film. And besides from the huge fun-factor it's nice to get back to the essentials. 
It's like taking a step back in order to move forward, or let just call it.. soul-searching :)


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Backstage: music video for Cooper

Man.. these guys are fun to work with! I'm working on a new music video for the band Cooper. Doing the editing as we speak, but in the meantime I would like to show an impression of behind the scenes. 

All photos by Emmily B. -

To be continued!