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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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


Workshop | People in movement

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Another assignment during yesterday's workshop was to create images with people moving while applying longer shutter speed such as 1/30. I made a couple of images that I liked. Do you think I captured the dynamic?

The images are post-processed in Aperture and Color Efex 4 og Silver Efex 2. I used a vintage-filter in the color image, while the other was converted to b/w, and then I added a retro-style by choosing a filter and analogue "film".

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Workshop | Portrait of a stranger

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On a whim I decided to join a workshop with the photographers Eivind Røhne and Stian Schioldborg again this weekend, and I came back packed with new ideas and a lot of fresh inspiration, exactly as I hoped to be. The toughest assignment proved to be "take a photo of a stranger who knows you're doing it". Fortunately, I met only friendly strangers who allowed me to take their portrait. In particular, I met this very charming couple who even told me that they had been together since 1969! A very inspirational truth to be told, I feel. The photo was composed in the camera, and is only slightly corrected in Aperture and Color Efex 4 during post-processing.


More portraits

Girl in pedestrian underpass

One thing often leads to another, which means that today my youngest daughter and I had a fun photo shoot, too, with me making portraits of her. She is a very good model just like her older sister, and she waited patiently for me to cope with everything as best as I could. We tried the underpass trick that I learned during the workshop, and it worked very well this time, too. The light falls in from both sides when the object is placed in a tunnel an it is very flattering. I tried to capture her as a girl on her way into adolescence but still very young and sweet with the little girl remaining playful in the blink of her eye. This is how I see her these days.

We also tried the same location that I used the other day at the light church walls and made a few black and white portraits which also turned out well. More images from this shoot can be seen in my people gallery.


Photography workshop in Oslo

Stian Schioldborg

A little blogging in Norwegian as well today for a change:

Jeg har nettopp deltatt på en workshop i kreativ bildebehandling med Eivind Røhne og Stian Schioldborg. Det var en morsom og lærerik oppplevelse! Masse tips, godt humør, inspirasjon og motivasjon ble med hjem etterpå. De er to flinke karer som kan sine ting og de kan også formidle det. Som et ledd i kurset tok jeg portrettbilder av dem begge to og "fremkalte" dem digitalt. Moro!

Eivind RøhneI've attended a creative workshop in photography and post-processing this weekend, and it was great fun! The photographers Eivind Røhne and Stian Schioldborg are talented and skilled, light hearted and have lots of humour. That is a good combination for a teacher for sure. I made portraits of them both and frankly I think the result is  quite satisfactory! Click on the images for a larger view. They can also be seen in my people gallery.