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This was 2015!

Hi everyone, 

it has become a bit quiet on my blog in the past year but life just seemed to pass by so quickly this year and even though I planned to post something several times, I never did in the end. So it is the last day of 2015 and here I am with my review of the past year. 2015 was a year of changes. It was good year but also full of worry, changes, wonderful moments, love and turbulent times. I met lots of wonderful new people and had some personal changes towards the end of the year. I am VERY excited for 2016 and cannot wait for the new year to start!

In January, I met my friend Michi from Michael Färber Photography for the first time and we had a killer shooting with our model Jessica on the coldest day of the year when it snowed from morning to evening. I got some really great photos (one of which, "The fluorescent light of day" turned out to be one of my most successful images so far!) but as a result of the terrible cold, I got super sick and even had to be in the hospital for almost a week. The way we suffer for art...

"The fluorescent light of day"

"The cold winter air"

"A winter wonder"

"Falling snowflakes"

In February I met my friend Anne from Anne Puhlmann Photography for a quick shooting but it was too cold to stay outside for long and we decided to rather have hot chocolate! 

"One day we will be stars"

February was also the start of my project "The Dreamers" which shows people in nature carrying around their dreams in water-filled balloons in which a water creature swims which connects somehow to them. Almost everything you see in the photo is real (except for the fish or other water creatures because that would be cruel) and I always talk to the model about which water creature they have a connection with. The model for my first photo "Dreams of a better life" was my former intern and good friend Andrés Sichel who you might remember from last year. 

"Dreams of a better life"

 close up of the balloon

close up of the balloon

In March, I had another shooting with Andrés - something I had wanted to do for a long time already! He put make-up on himself and turned himself into a very cool skeleton! I was so impressed at his skills! The rest of the month was spent with editing photos from shootings I had before. 

"Till death do us part"

In April, lots of great things happened!! Meetups, a huge art far and not to forget my gold medal...

A whole bunch of us (photographers as well as models) met in Stuttgart for a few hours of shooting and fun together! I got to meet lots of new people but also see some people again who I love dearly! It was a great day with lots of wonderful photos as a result! 

 "Woodland creature"

"Woodland creature"

"The magical gardens"

"Rebel"

"The hiding place"

"Spring Flower"

"Forest nymph"

"Tenderness"

"Sensitive soul"

"Little deer"

"What remains"

 A bunch of our group!

A bunch of our group!

At the meetup in Stuttgart I also met the wonderful and sweet Ponny from Seelenkind for the first time and we had another shooting still in April then. She is a really kind soul and great model and I am very sad that she moved to Hamburg in autumn. During the shooting, I took my second photo in my tree series and also my second photo for my project "The Dreamers"!

"Cherry Blossom"

"The Guardian"

"Lead the way"

 close up of the balloon 

close up of the balloon 

In April, I was furthermore contacted that my photo "The fluorescent light of day" had won one of the precious "Gold Medals of Excellence" at the world famous photo art contest Trierenberg Super Circuit! I was beyond excited to be one of the winners! 

"The fluorescent light of day"

The end of April and beginning of May was also the time for the well-known Urban Art Fair STROKE where I was exhibiting together with my artist colleagues Brigitte Yoshiko Pruchnow and Michaela Wühr. The fair was 5 days long and extremely busy! Thousands of people visited, talked to us and bought postcards and prints. It was super fun (and super stressful) and I had the best time! I was also lovingly supported by my boyfriend and my friends Lisa from LMK and her boyfriend Marius

 STROKE 2015 

STROKE 2015 

 Photos by Mariusz Becker

Photos by Mariusz Becker

While preparing for the STROKE 2015, I was contacted by the Süddeutsche Zeitung as one of a few artists exhibiting and asked to create a photo for them just for that occasion. It was very last minute and I found a model who was kind enough to model for me the next day. Alina was great but I wish there had been less sun on that day because I prefer to shoot on a cloudy day. Still, I am happy with the photos. 

"Searching for what is lost"

"Bringer of peace"

While Lisa was still here, I also asked her to model for me using my new prism! 

"I only dream of you"

Two weeks after the STROKE Art Fair took place, I exhibited at another art fair - the ARTMUC 2015. It was also for a few days and lots of visitors came by, sometimes recognising me from the STROKE a couple of weeks before. 

 ARTMUC 2015

ARTMUC 2015

The rest of the month I spent with my boyfriend in Portugal where we had the best time! A well deserved break was much needed after the stress of two busy art fairs! 

 Sesimbra, May 2015

Sesimbra, May 2015

June came and so did Lisa from LMK! She only managed to be here for 22 hours in total but we took so many great photos in that short time! I am so grateful for her as a friend and model! We spent the first day in a park area outside of Munich and the second day at and in Starnberg lake.

"The Silence"

 "Marks on her skin"

"Marks on her skin"

 "Moonlight swimmer"

"Moonlight swimmer"

"A myriad of stars"

"Farewell to summer"

In July I met up with Lindsey for a shooting. I had asked her during the STROKE (where she was a visitor) if she would like to model for me some time and she said yes. 

"The magic within"

"Dreamcatcher"

Later in July I went to Saxony for the big meetup of photographers and models! I met so many wonderful people there and found lots of new great models! We spent four days there in a house at the beginning of a national park and I just had the best time! Among the people there were the photographers and models Mondmädchen, Esprit Confus, Elisabeth Mochner, Imaginarie, Mathilda Renoir, Greatbigwhale, Kettenkarussell, Ronja Malou, Paula Ohmann, Sturmideenkind, Atemlos Träumen, Marilla Muriel, VulpeculharSeelenkind and several more! 

I took lots of different photos there - several nudes among other things - and really liked finding a new field in photography which I enjoyed a lot! I still have so many photos from that meetup to edit which I will post in 2016 then. 

"I hunger for your touch"

"When the night came"

"The stars in your eyes"

"The Embrace"

"Wanderlust"

"The Wind Whisperer"

"Birdsong"

"Shelter"

"Washed ashore"

In August, I went to visit my friend Moritz from Moritz Aust Photography. I spent a few days there and Lisa from LMK also came by most of the time. We took photos together, experimented and took a day trip to Bamberg together. Since it was a very hot week, it was difficult to take photos during the day and I battled with the sun. I still have a few photos from that time to edit as well. 

"Ophelia"

"Fragments"

 Behind the scenes

Behind the scenes

Later in August Seelenkind and me organised a meetup in Munich to which lots of models and photographers came. Among them were Michael Färber Photography, Korbinian Vogt, Cate Red, Michelle September Photography, Lisa Anselm, Sandra Singh, Spiegellicht, Mimik PhotographyJoann Janin. We spent the day shooting in different locations around town and then had a wonderful BBQ by the river organised by Seelenkind and her boyfriend. It was such a lovely day with so many great friends and new people! Again, I still have got a ton of photos from that day!!

"Fine lines"

"Chasing rainbows"

"Asylum"

 Our meetup group

Our meetup group

In September several exhibitions took place - the yearly art exhibition in Bad Wörishofen where I already exhibited last year, the Art Week in Bad Wörishofen and the exhibition Pygmalion which took place in the APR rooms in a great location in Munich.   

 Bad Wörishofen 2015

Bad Wörishofen 2015

 Pygmalion exhibition 

Pygmalion exhibition 

I also had a very cool shooting with the very talented Jasmin Quan. We spent a few hours together in Munich and decided to shoot again and more elaborate some time but have not found time so far to repeat it. 

October came and with it the Gala Night of the Trierenberg Supercircuit! It took place in Linz, Austria and I went there with my boyfriend to collect my Gold Medal of Excellence! It was a fantastic night, much cooler than I could have imagined! Before the show, I had to fetch my medal and then I had to go on stage to answer a question about my art in front of all these people. There were so many great photos which they showed during the show on stage and all the winners had to go on stage. There were photographers from all over the world - from South Africa, Australia, Italy, China... it was a really great night! After the show there was a wonderful buffet and you had a chance to talk to the other photographers. One of our table neighbours and winners of the same medal as mine was the lovely Bella von Einsiedel who was there with her partner Anja. Together, they are BellAnjaPhotography. We got on so well and it was such a pleasure to get to know them! In addition to the gala night, here was also a huge exhibition of some of the winning photos and other photos chosen by the jury - 3 of my photos was exhibited which made me very happy!

 Collecting my medal before the show 

Collecting my medal before the show 

 The hall with the stage and tables

The hall with the stage and tables

 On Stage - I am the 5th from the left :)

On Stage - I am the 5th from the left :)

 Half of the photo exhibition 

Half of the photo exhibition 

 Bella and me with two of our exhibited photos

Bella and me with two of our exhibited photos

I also had a really great shooting with Daniel Riedl and Cate Red in that month. Daniel asked me to take photos of a model wearing a wig he had made. We discussed what we could do and where and I suggested Cate as a model. It was a really great experience to work together with those two! The first setup was his idea and the second one mine.

"The Offering"

"The lost dreams"

My former intern and friend Andrés Sichel also came back to Munich for a short time and even though we unfortunately didn't see each other often, we had one shooting together where he assisted me and did the hair and make-up of the model. It was a really fun shooting with him and my awesome model Lena who drove for a few hours to model for me that day! I have not edited all photos from that day yet but love the ones I posted so far! 

"Homeland"

"Dreamland"

At the end of the month, I exhibited at another art fair - the STROKE Ltd. in Munich! I shared a wall with my artist colleagues Brigitte Yoshiko Pruchnow and Michaela Wühr again but this time we also shared our concept. We created three group pieces which had a topic and color scheme each. One of us was alsways the creator of the middle piece and then the other two artists had to come up with fitting side pieces to complement the middle piece. I had my images printed on wood for the first time and the reaction was VERY positive! People loved it, esp. with the square one. My images are the first middle, second left and third right by the way. 

Our booth at STROKE Ltd.

Most of November was spent in South Africa with my boyfriend and his family. Family time was much needed and most enjoyed. And something really wonderful happened as well while we were there - we got engaged!! We will get married in 2016 - not quite sure if in Germany or in South Africa or both yet!

 De Hoop National Park, South Africa

De Hoop National Park, South Africa

 De Hoop National Park, South Africa

De Hoop National Park, South Africa

In December I was super happy to have the spontaneous opportunity to meet Rob Woodcox who was in Munich for 2 days! Laura Zalenga organised it and there were 8 of us who met up to hang out, explore Munich and its Christmas markets, check out Nymphenburg castle and have burgers. It was such a fun time!

"Your heartbeat matches my own"

 Enjoying mulled wine at a Xmas market in Munich

Enjoying mulled wine at a Xmas market in Munich

A few days later I left Munich for a meetup of meetup fun in Leipzig! I spent the night on the way at my photographer friend Lia from Liancary and then early the next morning we continued to Leipzig together. Our group took photos in Leipzig on Saturday and then in a studio on Sunday. I have not managed to edit more than the one photo from that meetup but I have a few left still. It was so great to see Esprit Confus, Mondmädchen, Jott, Vulpeculahr, Paula Ohmann, Mathilda Renoir, Hanna K. and Andreas again and get to meet Nora Scholz Photography, Victor Hamke, Martin Neuhof, Marwin, Lara Anouk and several others! 

"Your skin smells like the sea"

 About half our group having Vietnamese dinner in Leipzig

About half our group having Vietnamese dinner in Leipzig

So, this was my 2015. How was yours like? What did you create or experience? Let me know, I would love to hear from you!

Love,
Andrea

Lisbon & Sesimbra - a vacation in Portugal

Hi everyone, 

It's been a while and I wanted to give you a little update of what I have been up to lately! 

After participating in two huge art fairs here in Munich in April and May - the STROKE and the ARTMUC -  I was ready for a proper vacation so my boyfriend and me went to Portugal! We fell so in love with the country even though we have not seen so much yet. We stayed in Lisbon for a few days and then in Sesimbra - which is about 45 minutes away. 

If you want to get a little impression of what it was like there, I hope you enjoy these photos!

All the best, 
Andrea :)

 The high narrow dark building is the Santa Just Lift which was designed by Raul Mesnier de Ponsard, a student of Gustav Eiffel!

The high narrow dark building is the Santa Just Lift which was designed by Raul Mesnier de Ponsard, a student of Gustav Eiffel!

 Santa Just Lift

Santa Just Lift

 The Tejo River and the 25 de Abril bridge in the background

The Tejo River and the 25 de Abril bridge in the background

 Staying hydrated in the heat

Staying hydrated in the heat

 Preparation in Alfama for the feast of St. Anthony days

Preparation in Alfama for the feast of St. Anthony days

 One of the beautiful houses in Alfama, Lisbon

One of the beautiful houses in Alfama, Lisbon

 Alfama, Lisbon

Alfama, Lisbon

  Alfama, Lisbon

Alfama, Lisbon

 The famous tram 28 - taken from our apartment kitchen window :)

The famous tram 28 - taken from our apartment kitchen window :)

  Alfama, Lisbon

Alfama, Lisbon

 One of the yummy Pasteis de Nata!

One of the yummy Pasteis de Nata!

 Pineapple & Mint Juice and a Cappuccino at a lovely vegan café in Alfama, Lisbon

Pineapple & Mint Juice and a Cappuccino at a lovely vegan café in Alfama, Lisbon

 The Tower of Belém

The Tower of Belém

 Some of the many tasty pastries and tarts we tried 

Some of the many tasty pastries and tarts we tried 

 The view from our flat in Sesimbra

The view from our flat in Sesimbra

 First time at the beach this year!

First time at the beach this year!

 Watermelon Ice Cream! 

Watermelon Ice Cream! 

 Sesimbra's picturesque beauty

Sesimbra's picturesque beauty

 We ate fish every day in one of the wonderful little fish restaurants :)

We ate fish every day in one of the wonderful little fish restaurants :)

 Sesimbra's alleys

Sesimbra's alleys

 The entrance to Sesimbra's Moorish castle

The entrance to Sesimbra's Moorish castle

 The castle is merely ruins now...

The castle is merely ruins now...

 ...but we loved it up there!

...but we loved it up there!

 I wished I had had a model with me there!

I wished I had had a model with me there!

 There is also a church and a cemetery up there

There is also a church and a cemetery up there

 Sesimbra from above

Sesimbra from above

 Azoia

Azoia

 Santuário de Nossa Senhora de Cabo Espichel

Santuário de Nossa Senhora de Cabo Espichel

  Santuário de Nossa Senhora de Cabo Espichel

Santuário de Nossa Senhora de Cabo Espichel

  Santuário de Nossa Senhora de Cabo Espichel

Santuário de Nossa Senhora de Cabo Espichel

 One of my favourite things to eat there - Bolo de Aroz - similar to a muffin but made of rice flour!

One of my favourite things to eat there - Bolo de Aroz - similar to a muffin but made of rice flour!

 Capela da Memória

Capela da Memória

 The Lighthouse of Cabo Espichel

The Lighthouse of Cabo Espichel

 I loved the wild beauty of the landscape there!

I loved the wild beauty of the landscape there!

Flightless Bird

Hi everyone, 

I have been very busy lately but I still wanted to show you a series of photos I only edited today. These were taken during the wonderful and productive meetup recently during which I also took the series "Tales of Fog and Fairies"

Thank you to the beautiful Mimi for letting me put coal on her face and for being a wonderful model. <3

Hope you like them as much as I do. 

All the best, 
Andrea

P.S. The second photo is also on my Flickr stream now. 

 

This was BASSart 2014...

Hi everyone, 

Last Friday and Saturday it was finally time for BASSart Festival 2014 to take place!!

I was sharing my booth with my talented artist friend Brigitte Yoshiko Pruchnow who does wonderful paintings and whose work I love! Friday was a bit more quiet still but Saturday lots of visitors came and enjoyed all the wonderful things BASSart had to offer - there was lots of different kinds of music in different places to dance to and enjoy, you could watch dance contests and movies, have a drink with friends, watch the skaters do crazy tricks or enjoy great food.

I was there both nights until late, talking to visitors and my artist friends as well as making paper poppies for an upcoming shoot together with my great assistant Andreas Sichel (who also took these photos here). 

Thank you to everyone who came and made our night awesome!! 

Best, 
Andrea

 Making paper poppies all night long... :D

Making paper poppies all night long... :D

Tales of Fog and Fairies

Hi everyone, 

I spent the last 3 days at a meetup with 13 wonderful photographers in a tiny village 5 hours from Munich where we were surrounded by fields and forests. On the second day, we woke up to fog in the fields by our house and it stayed with us all day. I went out with the beautiful Hanna König early in the morning and shot this series "Tales of Fog and Fairies". I posted one of them on Flickr as well but wanted to show you more of the series. 

Hope you like the photos as much as I do! 

Best,
Andrea

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Visual Stories @ Kunst in Sendling

Hi everyone, 

Last weekend I spent most of of my time at my exhibition "Visual Stories". The exhibition was part of the art event Kunst in Sendling which was taking place over the weekend.

About 100 artists were participating in the 3-day event in Munich and my exhibition was also part of it. I was helped by my current intern Andreas Sichel who also took all of the photos in this blog post since I was busy talking to people and giving little tours through the exhibition. 

On Day 1 about 90 visitors came to the exhibition and I had lots of really nice conversations. I particularly loved hearing which photo is the favourite of my visitors and why they love that particular one the most. I also gave lots of smaller and larger tours which I absolutely doing. 

 Day 1 - one of my first guests was my wonderful fellow photographer friend Anna Heimkreiter

Day 1 - one of my first guests was my wonderful fellow photographer friend Anna Heimkreiter

 It's always fun watching visitors trying to figure out which direction of the the photo would also work

It's always fun watching visitors trying to figure out which direction of the the photo would also work

 Explaining my art&nbsp;

Explaining my art 

 Lots of visitors!

Lots of visitors!

 Explaining "Surrendering"

Explaining "Surrendering"

 Sarah from Munich Artists taking my photo for their instagram

Sarah from Munich Artists taking my photo for their instagram

 My big help and current intern Andreas Sichel and me at the exhibition&nbsp;

My big help and current intern Andreas Sichel and me at the exhibition 

 Reading my book "Visual Stories" - a limited version of which is also for sale for 90€

Reading my book "Visual Stories" - a limited version of which is also for sale for 90€

 Giving one of my tours and explaining my art

Giving one of my tours and explaining my art

  Giving one of my tours and explaining my art

Giving one of my tours and explaining my art

Day 2 brought about 100 people to the exhibition and again, there were lots of great conversations and interested visitors. I gave many smaller tours and a large tour to a group of 18 people which was great! I also got lots of good feedback on my art. 

I cannot wait for my next solo exhibition!

Thank you everyone who came! If you did not make it this past weekend, the exhibition is still on until 7 November from 9 am - 9 pm during the week and on the weekends if there are courses in the house. 

All the best, 
Andrea

 More visitors on Day 2!

More visitors on Day 2!

 Looking very closely!

Looking very closely!

 My largest group to give a tour to

My largest group to give a tour to

  My largest group to give a tour to

My largest group to give a tour to

 Explaining "The Ascension"&nbsp; and the idea behind it

Explaining "The Ascension" and the idea behind it

 Explaining "It's all so far away" and the idea behind it

Explaining "It's all so far away" and the idea behind it

 "In the early morning hours"

"In the early morning hours"

 Another admirer of "The Tea Party"

Another admirer of "The Tea Party"

  Reading my book "Visual Stories" - a limited version of which is also for sale for 90€

Reading my book "Visual Stories" - a limited version of which is also for sale for 90€

Water and Light

Hi everyone, 

As promised yesterday in my blog post about underwater photography, here is a selection of photos from my first underwater shooting two days ago! I wanted to show you different things here - finer details as well as wider angle photos. 

The above ones are all from the second set we shot underwater! Then we went down a third time and tried different camera settings...

I also asked Anne to take photos of me with my camera in the case but the camera did not seem to like her so much so unfortunately only two photos worked out. 

Have I mentioned that I love being in the water so much? I must have mermaid genes...

So to save the best thing for last...these two are my favourite ones so far! 

"You call me out upon the waters"

I hope you like them! I have two more series from this day that I will post soon!

Love, 
Andrea

P.S. If you want to see a better version of "You call me out upon the waters", go here

The beauty of forgotten places

Hi everyone, 

Last fall I was blessed to be a part of the Mountainstreet Meetup - a meetup of 20+ talented young photographers in Hesse, Germany. We went to many wonderful locations but the two locations that touched me deeply were the two abandoned housed we took photos in. While you may have seen the photos of people I took in the houses in my "Abandoned Places" gallery, I also took photos of the location itself. I wanted to capture the beauty as long as it is still there, before it finally falls into decay. 

I was shooting analogue with my Praktica film camera as well as digital with my Nikon DSLR. 

I hope you like them. 

All the best, 
Andrea

 Kitchen - Film

Kitchen - Film

 Living Room - Film

Living Room - Film

 Living Room - Film&nbsp;

Living Room - Film 

 Passage - Film&nbsp;

Passage - Film 

 Bedroom - Film&nbsp;

Bedroom - Film 

 Living Room - Film&nbsp;

Living Room - Film 

 Living Room - Film&nbsp;

Living Room - Film 

 Chemistry Room - Film&nbsp;

Chemistry Room - Film 

 Chemistry Room - Film&nbsp;

Chemistry Room - Film 

 Kitchen - Digital&nbsp;

Kitchen - Digital 

 At an abandoned pool - Digital&nbsp;

At an abandoned pool - Digital 

 Overgrown window - Digital

Overgrown window - Digital

 Ivy - Digital&nbsp;

Ivy - Digital 

 Drops of Light on the floor - Digital&nbsp;

Drops of Light on the floor - Digital 

How to focus properly

Hi everyone, 

I hope you enjoyed my blog post about remote controls yesterday! Which remote do you use to take your photos?

Today I want to tell you a few things about how to focus properly when taking self portraits. For a long time I had huge problems with focusing properly because nobody told me how to do it! Of course it is easy enough when you are close to the camera but hey, what about when you are a few metres away? How do you make sure that you are going to be in focus and your photos will not turn out blurry?

I use three different approaches for focusing when taking self portraits and will go through all three of them in detail. 

1) Back-Focusing

You decide on a location and set up your camera / tripod at an angle that you think looks good. You decide on where you will position yourself later - I normally figure that out by using the live mode on the camera because it makes it easier to imagine how the photo will look later with you in it. Then you take your camera off the tripod and go to that position. You focus ON the tripod (see photo below), take a photo to make sure the tripod really is in focus and lock the focus. What is very important now is to mark the spot where you are standing so you will remember where to go to again after you put the camera back on the tripod! I usually take my yellow bag with me because it is bright and I will not miss the spot when I go back. But you can easily also use a branch or just make marks on the ground with your feet. Then you go back to the tripod and attach the camera again. Make sure you don't move the tripod when attaching the camera!

 Focusing on your tripod&nbsp;

Focusing on your tripod 

Most of the time, I still take a test shot (see below - can you spot my yellow bag? :) ) to see if everything is ok. All the photos you see are from when I set up my shoot for my photo "The stars that are out of reach" for which I will post an editing explanation soon as well. 

If you want to expand your photo afterwards, you can do that easily because your focus is locked and you just have to move around your camera on the tripod (that is, if you have a ball-head). 

 Test photo for "The stars that are out of reach"&nbsp;

Test photo for "The stars that are out of reach" 

2) Focusing "using" a friend or your partner

I used to never do that when I did my 365 and only started using this method last year. I never had anyone I wanted with me when taking self portraits but my boyfriend has become very valuable to me in this regard (and it is lovely having him with me when I go shooting). 

So after you decide on your location and set up your camera / tripod, you ask whoever is accompanying you to a shoot to stand in the spot you later want yourself to be. Then you focus on that person, take a photo to check the focus is spot, lock the focus and you are ready to take your photos. Do not forget to ask your friend to mark the spot where they are standing (or mark it yourself while they are still there) so you will know where to go to afterwards! Again, if you want to expand your photo afterwards, you can do that easily because your focus is locked and you just have to move around your camera on the tripod. 

 This is my boyfriend pretending to be me on a test shot that I took after I looked the focus ;)

This is my boyfriend pretending to be me on a test shot that I took after I looked the focus ;)

3) "Blind" Focusing

I use this method when there is no way that I can focus using a friend or using back-focusing. For example when I take a close photo of my hands holding something, or even sometimes when I just have a few moments to take a photo and do not want to "waste time" using back-focusing. It can work really well so there is not always the need to focus using method 1) or 2). However, if you want to be completely sure that you will be in focus, I suggest you use those methods. 

What I mean with "blind" focusing, is that after setting up your camera / tripod and deciding where you will be in the photo, you move the focal point on your camera to that spot, go to where you think the focus will hit and take a test shot using your remote. Then you mark the spot using one of the methods explained in the part about back-focusing, go back to your camera and check if you are in focus. If you are in focus - and chances are quite good that you will be - you lock the focus and you are ready to take your photos. 

 Test photo for "A heavy load" - in this case the focus was spot on despite not using back-focusing&nbsp;

Test photo for "A heavy load" - in this case the focus was spot on despite not using back-focusing 

If you are not sure what I mean when I say "lock the focus", here is a quick explanation: 

On the side of every lens, there is a switch where you can quickly switch between Manual and Manual/Automatic Focus. This is the way it looks on a Nikon lens but it looks almost identical on a Canon lens. Once you have set the focus the way you want to, e.g. by using back-focusing, you switch to "M" and leave it like that until you are completely done taking your photos. 

lens-2.jpg

I hope this helped you guys, feel free to ask if you have any questions! 

All the best, 
Andrea

Which remote control works for you?

Hi everyone, 

I hope you had a nice weekend? Did any of you take any great photos you are interested in sharing? :)

Recently I was asked by a contact of mine on Facebook if I could give a little more information about the remote control I use and how i set up and focus when taking self portraits. I answered her question but since most of you are not necessarily connected with my private Facebook account, I thought it is a good theme for my next blog post. Today, I will cover my experience with remote controls and tomorrow I will explain to you how to focus when taking self portraits. 

With regard to remote controls, I can only let you know about my experience with ones that work with Nikon since I shoot with a Nikon DSLR. I am sure there are similar ones that work with Canon though - in the case of my current remote there is a version for Canon as well. 

Nikon Remote-2.jpg

For the first two years, I used this Nikon remote. As you can see it is small, rather cheap and comes with a little bag that you can also attach to your camera strap. If you take a self portrait, you can quickly hide it (I normally stuffed it in my pocket or bra or down my dress). You can also drop it if you are shooting on soft ground but I often had a problem finding it again afterwards because it is really not very big. Actually, I had a thing about misplacing this particular remote several times in my apartment... I always liked working with this remote BUT I found it a bit limiting after a while because the range for triggering the shutter is only 5 metres and I found that you have to really stand in front of the camera in order for it to work. Once your angle is not straight or you are not at least pointing straight towards the camera, it often would not work for me. 

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For the last two years I have used the Hähnel Combi TF Remote Control. I can whole-heartedly recommend this one, I have been more than happy with it. This wireless remote is available for Nikon, Canon, Olympus and Panasonic cameras. It is a different approach than a remote control like the one I had before because you have two pieces. One that you attach to the top of your camera in the hot shoe and connect with the camera via a cable, and one that you then hold in your hand. The range for this remote control is up to 100m which can be incredibly handy! 

You can take one or several photos in a row if you push down the shutter button of the remote control, or alternatively (and this is what I often do) you can push down the shutter button for 2 seconds and then let go - the remote control then switches to a continuous shooting mode and you can put it away and keep shooting until you are satisfied with your pose or whatever you are doing. Once you are done, you just have to push the button again and the camera stops taking photos. There is also a 4-second timer delay although I have never used this function. It is harder to hide than the smaller Nikon remote but since you get switch it to continuous shooting mode, it is really not a problem to put it away quickly. 

The advantage with this particular remote is that not only can you use it as a wireless remote control but also as a remote flash trigger! I have used it for both purposes several times and it works perfectly. Yes, it is quite a bit more expensive than the Nikon remote but I have never regretted buying this particular one. 

I hope this helped you guys, feel free to ask if you have any questions! And don't forget to come back tomorrow for my blog post about how to focus properly when taking self portraits! :)

All the best,
Andrea

Quick Update

Hi everyone, 

A few days ago I participated in an online contest hosted by Google+ and Saatchi Gallery - the Motion Photography Prize. I was made aware of that contest by my good friend Simon McCheung whose wonderful photo is used a the main photo for the contest (see here).  As you can see on Saatchi's website, the contest includes 6 different categories. At the moment you can participate in the categories landscape and lifestyle. The other categories will be open for submission in time. 

So far, I have participated in both competitions - this is my landscape motion photo and this is my lifestyle motion photo. Yesterday I woke up to find that Saatchi Gallery liked my entry to the landscape contest so much that they posted it on their blog!! You can see it here

If you want to participate in this contest as well, you still have until February 25th to submit to the landscape contest and until March 4th to submit to the lifestyle contest. If you do, post your links below, I would like to see your submissions. 

Have a great weekend!

Andrea