I'm Ingunn. This blog is about learning to make photos instead of just taking them. This is where I collect and express ideas and thoughts, and sometimes I might get sidetracked, too! There is so much to be learned. I have an urge for making life better, simpler and tastier. My picture galleries are in the sections travel and portfolio. I write in English, but I am Norwegian, and comments are most welcome in both languages.


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Entries in portrait (10)


Night and Day

Last night Middle Sister participated in the annual student concert at her music school. She performed "Night and Day" by Cole Porter with the school band, and took us all by surprise with her dark, soft voice and mature performance. No need to tell I'm very, very proud of her.

I had a great time trying to catch both her and her fellow students on camera, and experimented with various settings of ISO, shutter speed and aperture. In fact, I highly recommend stage lightning as playground for practising how to master tricky lightning. I used my 50 mm.

I made a b/w version of this image, too. Which version is best?


My Girl, 14

I've been taking portrait of my youngest daughter every fall for the past couple of years. She's now 14. Hair, makeup and clothes may change, but her radiant eyes remain the same. 


My girl was in Paris

A few days in Paris with my daughter, 15. She's bought a fabulous new dress, and we've both brought back invaluable memories from the city of light. Speaking of which, the light in Montmartre in the afternoon was perfect for portraits, and the dove gray wall provided beautiful contrast. 

Look at her!

f/2.8, 50mm, ISO 800, 1/200


My girl, 13

My girl is growing up. Now she's thirteen already. I focused on her eyes, the green, bright beautiful eyes she has. 

Natural light, 50mm lens, ISO 100, f/2.8


Workshop | Rebekah, a Portrait

A very long hiatus har finally come to an end. Somehow I lost track of photography during the hectic Spring and Summer. Photos have been taken, for sure, but none are published here as of yet. I will look into that later. 

This weekend I attended a workshop by the Norwegian photographer Anne Helene Gjelstad. It was truly inspiring, and I finally learned how to get a more precise focus in my portraits. I also learned a few new ways to arrange the foreground when taking pictures. Both skills will be used frequently. We worked a lot with light, both artificial and natural, with flashes and reflectors. Anne Helene is an enthusiastic photographer and a very good teacher with passion for her art. She brought with her a beautiful young girl, Rebekah, who patiently modeled for us. Isn't she something special? I took several good pictures of her, and here is my first try on processing it. I'm not sure if this is the final result, but I like it. 

Endelig en oppdatering på bloggen etter en lang, lang pause. På en eller annen måte forsvant fokuset på foto for meg i løpet av en hektisk vår og sommer. Bilder har selvfølgelig blitt tatt, men de har ikke havnet her - ennå. Det kan endre seg. 

I helgen har jeg deltatt på et kurs med fotografen Anne Helene Gjelstad. Det var utrolig morsomt og inspirerende, og jeg har nå endelig lært hva som skal til for å få god og riktig fokus i portretter. Jeg har lært mye om å utnytte forgrunnen i bilder bedre, og jeg har lært om lyssetting. Anne Helene er en entusiastisk og kunnskapsrik fotograf med sterk lidenskap for foto, og hun tar fantastisk fine bilder. Hun hadde med seg Rebekah, sin vakre niese, som tålmodig stod modell for oss. Er hun ikke noe helt for seg selv? Jeg tok flere spennende bilder av henne, og her er det første forsøket på en etterbehandling. Det kommer nok flere.

Lens: 50mm, f/2.8, 1/250, ISO 200