OVERCOMING THE FEAR OF PHOTOGRAPHING PEOPLE

I never liked to photograph people. When I exclusively photographed aircraft I did shoot the crews too, but that was all I did when it comes to photographing people. I've never been confident enough to do portrait photography and I never liked it, but recently, after a couple of years of shooting more than aviation, I… Continue reading OVERCOMING THE FEAR OF PHOTOGRAPHING PEOPLE

STAYING CREATIVE IN AIR TO AIR PHOTOGRAPHY

There's nothing so exciting in aviation photography as getting close to the planes. And no matter how much fun it is to stand between jets, it is more fun to have one on your wing. I had the luck to do air to air photo shoots for the last 10 years and even though it's… Continue reading STAYING CREATIVE IN AIR TO AIR PHOTOGRAPHY

’92 PORSCHE ‘NEON’ BTS

The first day of my summer holidays I spent the evening shooting an '92 Porsche. Ever since I saw 'Drive' by Nicolas Winding Refn years ago, I wanted to do a shoot with neon lights, but never happened until now. It was actually after showing pictures I found on Instagram of a Porsche shoot with… Continue reading ’92 PORSCHE ‘NEON’ BTS

SHOOTING BLACK AND WHITE IN LONDON

Last month was quite busy with traveling. First I went to the southern part of Mexico for two weeks and at the end of the month I visited a friend in London for a couple of days. Not only was it a lot of fun, but I also learned a ton about shooting people on… Continue reading SHOOTING BLACK AND WHITE IN LONDON

HOW I EDIT #1

In this series I'll post videos that show how I edit my photos. In this first short clip I show some very basic editing. Depending on the interest I'll post more of these that show more of the complex edits (selective editing, retouching, etc). First one is from a recent bike shoot. https://youtu.be/Et7yxOCf2sQ   Thoughts,… Continue reading HOW I EDIT #1

5 THINGS I LEARNED DURING MY FIRST MOTORCYCLE SHOOT

Last Sunday I did my first real motorcycle shoot. I had some previous experience from taking pictures at a couple of events, but I never did a real shoot. It was a last minute call so I didn't have the time to really plan it and things didn't go exactly as I thought they would.… Continue reading 5 THINGS I LEARNED DURING MY FIRST MOTORCYCLE SHOOT

BLACK APP REVIEW

In short BLACK is an iOS app that lets you put black and white filters over your photos. The filters are based on analog black and white film like apx400 or Ilford HP5. Design BLACK has a super sleek black and white design. The different filters are prominently visible on top of the screen and… Continue reading BLACK APP REVIEW

A GUIDE TO AVIATION PHOTOGRAPHY

Index Disclaimer Museums vs. airports vs. airshows It's not about what you know, but who you know Gear Settings What to shoot Lighting Air to air photography Editing Making money Disclaimer Every now and then I get asked on social media about photography and especially my aviation photography. From the gear I use to what… Continue reading A GUIDE TO AVIATION PHOTOGRAPHY

HOW TO CREATE AN INSTAGRAM AESTHETIC

For the past 5 years I have tried to gain a following on Instagram and failed miserably. It's only since about two years that my following grew above a couple of thousand. Since that first post in 2014 I have learned a lot and mostly that a beautiful feed rakes in more followers than one… Continue reading HOW TO CREATE AN INSTAGRAM AESTHETIC

FLYING IN THE HIMALAYAS

The Nepal trip was one with meany memorable moments, a couple of near death experiences, a lot of waiting and, most importantly, a lot of flying. And what better place to fly than the peaks of the world: the Himalayas. In what follows I will focus on three separate flights we did that involved the… Continue reading FLYING IN THE HIMALAYAS

THE BEST JOB I NEVER HAD

I often get told that I have the best job in the world. I'm always a little surprised cause my job is teaching history to teenagers. It's not bad, but I wouldn't exactly call it the best. Then I realize that those people are mistaken. They don't know about my actual job, because they only… Continue reading THE BEST JOB I NEVER HAD

FLYING AT THE WORLDS DEADLIEST AIRPORT

The blogpost below is about my personal experiences when I went flying at Lukla; Nepal. I had the luck to go there as a member of the Aviation PhotoCrew. There will be a full report at our website soon that will cover more of the background and will have more pictures by other members. I… Continue reading FLYING AT THE WORLDS DEADLIEST AIRPORT

THE PERFECT CAMERA BAG?

The quest for the perfect bag It's something specific to photographers, but we're always looking for that one camerabag. That one that is stylish, comfortable, not too small, not too big, ... In the past years I tried several setups. From backpacks to shoulder bags to combinations of both. But nothing really worked. The closest… Continue reading THE PERFECT CAMERA BAG?

A GUIDE TO AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY

A couple of years ago I had the luck to strap myself into a helicopter somewhere in New Jersey. Taking off in complete darkness, I was sitting with my feet on the skids. Soon we were flying over the Statue of Liberty and World Trade One towards Times Square. It was 31 of december, it… Continue reading A GUIDE TO AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY

A BEGINNING AND AN END

It's strange to say, but everything I do in photography and basically in my free time, is thanks to a helicopter. And all that is now coming to an end. When I was 8 years old my parents took me to the annual airshow of Koksijde. As soon as I laid eyes on the Seaking… Continue reading A BEGINNING AND AN END

BEST HONG KONG PHOTO SPOTS

On April 2, 2018 I was standing in Brussels Airport with my wife and good friend Eric. He wanted to go away for a few days and do some fun stuff. He asked me and my wife to join him on the trip. We had no clue yet where we were going, but he had… Continue reading BEST HONG KONG PHOTO SPOTS

TAKING A PHOTO EVERY DAY FOR 1500 DAYS

On January first 2015 I found myself sitting at a table at my grandparents house. I put a fisheye lens on my iPhone 5 and snapped a picture of my family celebrating the new year. As you can see the fisheye didn't work that well and the photo isn't particularly a good photo. But I… Continue reading TAKING A PHOTO EVERY DAY FOR 1500 DAYS

3 WAYS TO MAKE BETTER INSTAGRAM STORIES

Instagram stories has been around for a few years now and you can't open the app without having new stories to watch. Some people seem to have understood what Instagram stories are all about and made it their own, creating interesting series or using it in an entertaining way. I may not be one of… Continue reading 3 WAYS TO MAKE BETTER INSTAGRAM STORIES

HOW AIR TO AIR PHOTOS ARE MADE

I often get asked on Instagram how my photos of these airplanes in flight are made. The answer is less complicated than some expect but non the less quite spectacular. Taking air to air photos is not that hard from a photographic point, but logistically and organization wise it's more difficult. First of all there's… Continue reading HOW AIR TO AIR PHOTOS ARE MADE

A GUIDE TO ‘POD’ SITES

1. What is POD? Let me start by explaining what POD means. POD stands for Print On Demand. It means you are outsourcing the work. As a seller it means you upload a photo and the website you’re uploading to will handle all the work. They will print and ship the product and they take… Continue reading A GUIDE TO ‘POD’ SITES

PRESETS EXPLAINED

I regularly get asked about the tones and colour grading in my images or how I edit my photos. A big part of the answer lays in my usage of presets. Even today a lot of people still don't know what presets are; what they have to offer; how you can make them or where… Continue reading PRESETS EXPLAINED

2 BEST APPS FOR EDITING ON YOUR PHONE

Imagine campervanning through Scotland for two weeks and having to carry a Macbook Pro with you, only to be able to post some Instagram stories. Or imagine not being able to provide a photo to a pilot or display team for their social media because you can only send it after editing on your laptop… Continue reading 2 BEST APPS FOR EDITING ON YOUR PHONE