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.