Growing up in a creative family with a father as an architect and a grandfather running a photo store gave me an early start with photography.
With good photo equipment within easy reach I started to learn about picture composition and different photo techniques.
My first camera was an semi-automatic Konica FS-1.I like the shape of the camera and to see the new generation mirror less cameras from Sony and Panasonic gives me some nice flash backs.
Canon 5D Mark IV, a handy and small "full frame" camera.
My work horse
Canon 5D Mark IV, a handy and small "full frame" camera. I started out shooting with Canon when the digital era started, and 20 years later I'm still shooting with Canon :)
Today I'm shooting on a Canon 5D Mark IV and I like it allot! I find the ability to work with traditional photography and being able to shift over to video doing some b-role video sequences really handy.
Master Manual Mode
Understanding the role of ISO, Shutter Speed and Aperture and how they interact with each other can help you create unique effects in different situations and getting the exposure right.
ISO - It is key in every situation to try and keep the ISO value as low as you possible can to avoid noise in your images.
Aperture - With the Aperture and/or the f-stop you control the amount of light that reaches the sensor and the depth of field in the picture.
You can decide if you want to have infinity Depth of Field or if you want to blur out the foreground and the background to bring all attention to a certain object or person. Aperture values from 2.8 down to1.2 really brings out the object and blur out the foreground and the background.
In the old days value "1" was equivalent to the same amount of light that your eye perceived. Higher values then reduce the amount of light that reaches the sensor.
Shutter Speed - The time value sets the amount of light that reaches the sensor and how much motion blur you would like to have in the picture.
The longer time value brings out more motion blur and brings in more light to the sensor.The shorter time value brings more sharpness to the picture.
The longer time value brings more light to the sensor and needs to be compensated with lower aperture value and/or lower ISO value.
Balance - Now you understand the interaction between the three and how they function together to get the right exposure.