Cameras and Hands 04


This image required a little bit of preparation. I used a white card board as background which I put on the ground. Then I used a small strobe which I laid on the cardboard at around 12 o’clock outside the picture frame. Then I put a “gobo” between the strobe and and camera to block out all unnecessary light that would give me a “silhouette effect” of my subject. Then I used a second strobe with a honeycomb filter to illuminate the camera and the trigger finger. At the end I converted the image to black and white. 

Enjoy and happy photographing!

Cameras and Hands 03


I used two strobe lights to create this image. The first strobe light I raises up and pointed to the ceiling to get a white background. Then I put a silver reflector to the ground and pointed the second strobe down to reflect the light from the bottom straight up. The I focused the camera at about 1.5 meters, using f.8 and setting the timer to ten seconds.  Then I mounted the camera on a tripod on top of the silver reflector. Now I took the second camera and pretended to photograph.

Enjoy and be creative with your photography! 

Cameras and Hands 01

The camera is your tool to create images. Ansel Adams even wrote a book about the camera. People create and destroy with their hands. During this week I want to create images that reflect on my cameras and  hands. 


This is my first digital camera. I bought this Agfa ePhoto 1280 camera in 1997 for $700. If I was lucky I got 15 images out of a set of four AA batteries and the shutter lag was horrible, but it opened up my mind to digital photography.

Shadows 05


In this image the original subject is not visible anymore. The viewer wonders what he he/she sees. Shadows can have the aspect of being mysterious and therefore interesting. In this case the subject is an orange with two leaves still attached to it.

I hope you enjoyed this exercise and come up with your own images. It would be nice if you would shre them with me. my email is

Shadows 04


This image was shot pretty much at the same spot than yesterday’s image. If you compare the two pictures you can clearly see the difference in the quality of the light. Today’s image has a lot harsher light. The shadows are sharp. This is the light that you don’t want to use when photographing people, especially faces, because the eyes are in deep shadows.  If you on the other side want these shadows this light is ideal.

It is of the utmost importance for every photographer to evaluate the quality of the light. The light will determine what kind of image you will get!

Enjoy and happy photographing!

Shadows 03


Despite the fact that I shot this image at around 10:00 AM the form of the leaf cannot be recognized in the shadow. Here the shadow function is an supporting role. It gives the image the feeling of depth in combination with the large negative out of focus space. Consider the image for a moment without the shadow. It would not look good at all. I always look at shadows when I create an image and what kind of role it plays.

Enjoy and happy photographing! 

Shadows 02


I used a small doll chair as my subject. In order to get this image I moved the chair closer to the background and I put camera and light source further apart. The light source is on the left and the camera on the right at about a 45 degree angle.

Enjoy and happy experimenting and photographing!

Shadows 01

This weeks exercise is about shadows. You can get up early in the morning on a sunny day and find all kinds of shadows outside your home. You can also do this exercise inside your home where you need a little bit of preparation.


To create this image I used a projector as my light source. The background is a simple white sheet. I used a portrait stool on which I put a black card board on which I put the red candle. In order to get the smoke I had to blow the candle a little bit shortly before the exposure.

Enjoy and as always have fun with this exercise!