Workshop Pin-Up 40/50

Workshop Pin-up 40/50

On Friday July 4th Fotoflits organized the much anticipated workshop ‘Pin-up Photography’ with Richard Terborgh and Peter van Heulen. With these two photographers it promised to be an instructive and yet relaxed event. It is kind of strange to toot your own horn, but participants have been telling me this so often I take it as a compliment. With pin-up photography you have a large range of possibilities. For this reason you need an excellent model, along with the right kind of clothing and accessories. Daisy Versluis is our usual Pin-up Model, whose make-up is done by our in-house stylist and visamake-up artist Desiree Klink Logeman. Without proper make-up and stylefull clothing the shoot is doomed to fail. Many beginning photographers allow the models to do their own make up, thinking that is sufficient and save the extra expenses from hiring a make-up artist, but that’s non-sense – a good make-up artist is worth every penny. Clothing is usually rented, whereas the accessories for this particular shoot were provided by Lex Wijermans. I myself still have some original items from that period; though I’m not that old…

Richard Terborg

Richard Terborg

The workshop further discussed the various kinds of light modifiers. Lots of people think any softbox is the same as the next, but by looking at the many examples it becomes clear that there are huge differences among the types. And so participants learn how to work with contrast lighting, or with low-light conditions. For example, using an Elinchrom ELC 1000 you can reduce the light source to 7 Watts, meaning you can use flashlight by candlelight. The workshop also touches upon the different types of flash units. It is very satisfying to see how, at the end of the worksop, participants start having doubts about B-brand flash units like Linkstar, Falconeyes and similar  rubbish. After the morning session, participants are able to meter properly, and know how to choose from the different reflectors and soft boxes. Traditionally, Fotoflits provides us with a delicious lunch, actually too much to be able to continue working. Once again, Desiree Klink Logeman did her utmost best and transformed Daisy Versluis into a true Pin-up model. With the practice sessions, participants learn through trial and error about the kind of effects that can be created with the various lightmodifiers with regard to the model and the pose. The most challenging part of the workshop is to instruct the participants, by using proper metering, how to foresee what their picture will look like in terms of lighting. If one knows how to meter and can tell how lighting will impact the picture, then one can work the camera settings quickly and efficiently and the actual shoot can start. In this regard, Richard and Peter are very much tuned in to one another. The workshop extensively discusses both the technical aspects, as well as the creative angle. The nicest thing about this kind of workshop is that nothing has been determined in advance, other than the model and the kind of photo shoot. The set itself is constructed together with the workshop participants, with often surprisingly creative results. This is in stark contrast to other workshops, it is the photographer who selects the pose and the lighting after which the students then can then take a few quick pictures.

Daisy van Sluijs en Richard Terborgh,

Daisy van Sluijs en Richard Terborgh,

Or worse, workshops with “one-trick ponies”; photographers who always do the same thing, just because it’s the only thing they know very well. participants are expected to only applaud whatever the photographer is doing, and are allowed to take shots themselves only every now and then. No, that’s not the way we go about our workshops. We find it more challenging to work together with the participants and come up with creative ideas, and allow to take their own pictures, within the limits of the model of course.

Pin-up old school, fotografie Peter van Heulen

Pin-up old school, fotografie Peter van Heulen

Flash photography is an art in itself, as is the way you interact with the model – how to direct the model into the poses and talking them through your ideas and examples. How to demonstrate the actual poses and how to communicate with your model during the shoot.These are all important matters that determine the success of the photo session.

In the old days, pin-up photos were contrasted quite starkly, which rendered a rather harsh effect, mainly because the photographers used reflectors and beauty dishes. We took it one step further and used a Maxispot and a beauty dish together. Later on we added some hairlights and accent lights to create more of an ambience in the pictures. All in all, the 4 July workshop flew by, and in the end everyone was full of praises about the Pin-up Workshop. The instruments we used are interalia.:

Color Checker, foto Irina Burak

Color Checker, foto Irina Burak

Gossen Digysky, Elinchrom ELC 1000 en 500, Elinchrom BRX 500, Maxispot, Rotalux Deep Octa 135, Rotalux Octa 175, Softlight Reflector Zilver 44 cm,Background Reflector, Grid reflector met grid, Snoot, Zoom Spot, Adobe Lightroom, Thethered shooting, Nikon, Canon