Hamburg Agencies Models

Hamburg Agency Models

Matthew Osborne Photography / MrLeica.com

June 2016

I wrote this while waiting for my flight home after an amazing few days of model photography in Germany last weekend. I collaborated with local model agencies here in Hamburg and photographed 11 models in 2.5 days, back to back.  Good times!

Hasselblad Selfie

The Trip

A big thanks to M4 Models and Core Artist Management for giving me the opportunity.  It was my first visit to Hamburg so I organized all the models remotely in the build up to the trip.  Overall we were lucky with the weather with only a few spots of rain in total. Almost all photos were shot outside on the streets of Hamburg working in the area close to the hotel. The standard of models was generally very high and although I selected the models I photographed almost every one surpassed my expectations.  I’m very excited to see the results.

Cameras

I kept camera gear very simple and I only had 8kg hand luggage to work with anyway. My digital setup was the Leica M240 camera and Voigtlander 35mm Color Skopar pancake lens. For analogue photos  I managed to fit in my Hasselblad 501C 6×6 medium format film camera plus the Zeiss Distagon 60mm f3.5 lens. I shot all black and white film and the majority was Fomapan 100 film shot at ISO 400.

Models

Models included Phila and Antonia from M4 in Hamburg and Anita over on contract from Number One Models in Budapest. I then had Janna, Carmen, Cailtin, Sofia, Chantel from Core and also for a change male models Tomas, Aaron and Chris also from Core.  I expected to be working with all German models but I got to meet Dutch, Hungarian, Australian, American all signed to the Hamburg model agencies.

Some of the female models were of really high standard and a joy to work with but it was the male models that surprised me the most.  All three of the guys produced really strong images and I loved how I can light men differently to women opening a whole new world of lighting oppotunities.  I try to give girls flawless skin with light but for guys any ‘imperfections’ just added character. I hope the resulting photos look as good as I remember!

Conclusion

I shot 11 rolls of film and plenty of digital too so can’t wait to see the resulting images.  I was happy with all the equipment I’d taken to use and would not hesitate to pack the same setup again.

If the agencies like my work I’m already hoping to work with some of the models again soon! 🙂

Sample Photos – Leica M 240

Leica Fashion
Freckles
Agency Model
Dutch Model
Leica M 240 Sunstar
Male Model
Male Fashion

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Digital Hasselblad H3D-31 !!

Digital Hasselblad H3D-31 !!

Matthew Osborne Photography / @MrLeicaCom

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Digital Hasselblad – Intro

As was the case with buying my first digital Leica M9 camera, I never ever thought I’d see the day that I bought a digital Hasselblad. I didn’t even lust after one after as I knew they cost like $40,000 for a new one (when released).

I was looking at some Hasselblad assesories for my Hasselblad V Series 501C film camera when I saw an unpriced second hand digital Hasselblad.  I enquired to the store but it so happened that the camera was no longer for sale. That one sighting spiralled into 2-3 days of intense reading and research.  I think I have watched every Hasselblad related video ever posted to YouTube!  It certainly felt like that.  I looked at the Hasselblad CFV-50C digital back for the older Hasselblad V System cameras and also the more recent Hasselblad H Series digital cameras.  To cut an ever longer story short I found a few reasonably priced older digital Hasselblad cameras on eBay and put in a low bid only to have it accepted to my surprise!

Hasselblad H3D-31 Digital Camera

I am the very proud and excited new owner of a digital Hasselblad H3D-31 camera with 80mm f2.8 H series kit lens. The camera bundle I purchased also included a Hasselblad H series film back and a spare battery grip. This means for the first time I can shoot both digital and film on the same camera body / lens combo!  My dream camera surely!

Hasselblad H3D-31 Camera Spec

As a brief overview I will summarise some of what I absorbed during my reading.  The H Series Hasselblad camera system like the V Series camera system is completely modular.  As with my analogue Hasselblad 501C camera the H3D-31 camera consists of the lens which is interchangeable, the viewfinder or prism, the camera body and the camera back. H3D relates to the camera body model. There was the H1D released in 2002, followed by a H2D, the H3D I have, then H3DII, H4D, H5D and the current model is a H6D. The Hasselblad digital back is where the technology has advanced the most and the numbers ’31’ in H3D-31 name relates to the digital back. 31 means 31 megapixels. There is a 39MP model  ( H3D-39) which I considered and then newer digital backs such as the  40MP, 50MP, 60MP..

Why do I need a Digital Hasselblad?

Good question! I guess the honest answer is I don’t ‘need’ it so why did I buy one if I already have the digital Leica M 240 camera?  As the months pass I am getting more and more obsessed with light and in particular adding artificial light to my model photography images using strobes.  I always wish the Leica M 240 had a faster flash sync speed of greater than 1/180 but it doesn’t.  I am spoilt by my Hasselblad 501C film camera that can sync with flash at 1/500.  If you are not a strobist, what this basically equates to is I can dim daylight to a greater extend (such as on a bright day) then light the model with strobes. The Hasselblad H3D-31 lenses can sync at 1/800 so it will be like living the dream (and the newer Hasselblad ‘orange dot’ HC lenses sync at 1/1000 on my H3D and at 1/2000 on the latest H6D camera body).

The Hasselblad H3D-31 is certainly not the perfect camera so here are some pros and cons compared to my Leica M240.

Hasselblad H3D-31 vs. Leica M240 – Pros

  • Larger digital sensor – giving a look more similar to medium format film than 35mm.  More detail captured, more colour depth, texture and dynamic range (more steps of grey between absolute black and absolute white).
  • Fast flash sync speed – 1/800+ on all lenses for my strobist work
  • Shooting teathered – I can use a FireWire to connect the H3D-31 to a laptop to display images straight to a computer screen.  This is great when shooting for clients and has become almost expected in the fashion industry.  I plan to use the Hasselblad on location as much as possible and unteathered but at least I now have the option to connect to a laptop if requested.
  • Retouching for magazine submissions and clients – the larger sensor captures more detail so I have more information to work with if retouching an image for a magazine spread. I would say medium format has become the industrial standard for fashion and beauty images over the last five years.
  • Interchangeable digital back and film back – being able to shoot both film and digital on the same camera body is one less camera to carry around.  I love black and white film but if I’m honest I think for colour images I get better results with digital. I always favour my Hasselblad 501C over my Leica M 240 for the special / key photos with models but the processing time to develop film on mass is quite a time burden when I have clients waiting. The digital Hasselblad H3D-31 will speed up my workflow and capture high quality images.
  • Modular Hasselblad system – being Mr Leica some people may ask why I didn’t buy a Leica S2 for the superior image quality verses the Leica M 240? I like the Hasseblad H System because it is modular.  As technology continues to advance at the rapid pace looking ahead I can use the same lenses, prism and camera body and just upgrade the digital back.  This was a big plus for me as I didn’t want to invest in a camera that would become worthless in a few years.

Hasselblad H3D-31 vs. Leica M240 – Cons

  • Expensive camera system – most things associated to Hasselblad (like Leica) are expensive but for digital Hasselblad even more so.  Whether a spare battery, a lens or a digital back, it is crazy expensive.
  • Useable ISO – I’m told by owners of H3D-31 cameras that they rarely  go above ISO 100/200 but 400 is possible. In contrast, the Leica M 240 is happy at ISO 3200.
  • Big and heavy – I’ve done the maths and I calculate that the digital Hasselblad H3D-31 weighs the same as my current Hasselblad 501C setup with prism and both cameras with the 80mm kit lens. It is certainly not a pocket camera but I can still carry it in 8kg hand luggage overseas.
  • Close focus – the original plan was to buy a H3D-31 (or H3D-39) camera body (only) and then buy the amazing Hasselblad Makro-Planar 120mm f4 lens for close focus and overall good sharpness/ contrast. As I got a good deal with the smaller lighter 80mm kit lens I will start with this setup and look to get a good deal on a 120mm lens going forward. The inability to focus closer easily with the Leica M240 always bugs me.
  • Bigger file size – will fill memory cards and computer hard drives faster but I think I will shoot less and use my film photography mentality when shooting. I don’t mean under shoot but think more before pressing the shutter.  That can only continue to be a good approach and the polar opposite to  the machine gun approach of some DSLR shooters.

Summary

To sum up the Hasselblad H3D-31 purchase, I bought it to continue my progression towards the world of fashion photography and to take me and my photography to where I want to be. I continue to aim to make the best possible images and I think the detail captured can only benefit me. I understand a good photographer can use any camera to make a great images, even an iPhone, but the fast sync speed and different look of the image gained are specific to my own needs and will give a look I cannot achive at the moment.

Coming Soon..

I bought the Hasselblad H3D-31 camera ahead of a model photography trip to Budapest, Hungary.  I have just returned from a long weekend away so I will write a follow up post soon to give my first thoughts of the Hasselblad and also some sample images!

Hasselblad H3D-31 User’s Manual

http://www.manualscamera.com/manuals/hasselblad/Hasselblad_H3D-31.pdf

Polish Models – Mamiya 6 (Film)

Polish Models – Mamiya 6 (Film)

Matthew Osborne Photography / @MrLeicaCom

June 2016

Hello,  I finally get chance to share some of the film photos from my last model photography trip to Poland.  If you read my blog post review in April you may remember that I decided to take the newly purchased Mamiya 6 medium format film camera rather than the Hasselblad.  As such you may see a difference in photo style compared to last year when I took my Hasselblad 501C.  The other main difference to note is for this year I was shooting the Mamiya 6  mostly with strobes whereas I used the Hasselblad with ambient light only.

Mamiya 6 Fashion

In no particular order here are a selection of model photography / fashion / portrait / beauty photos from Poland all shot with the Mamiya 6.  As I get chance to process more I will try to add them to the gallary below.

You can click any photo to see details of film and developing methods used.

Black and White Film

Karo
Mamiya 6 Fashion
Mamiya 6 + Fuji Acros
Summer Vibe
Mamiya 6
Mamiya 6, Poland
Analogue Fashion
Analog Fashion
Polish Model - Mamiya 6
Film Fashion
Editorial Shoot - Mamiya 6
Film Fashion - Editorial Shoot
Light and Shadow Fashion

Natalia
Mamiya 6 Portrait
Mamiya 6 Fashion
Mamiya 6 + 75mm f3.5
Mamiya 6 Model Photography

Teresa
Mamiya 6 Boudoir Photography
Mamiya 6 + 75mm

Julia
Mamiya 6 in Poland
Fashion on Film

Sylwia
Fomapan 100@800
Mamiya 6 + Fomapan 100@800
Fomapan 100@800
Fomapan 100@800

Ana
Mamiya 6 B&W
Mamiya 6
Mamiya 6 Rangefinder

Colour Film (sorry not many processed yet!)

Karo
Mamiya 6 + Kodak Portra 160
Kodak Portra 160 Fashion

Mamiya 6 Conclusion

I am happy with some of the photos shared above but I think the Hasselblad 501C takes far sharper images with more clarity and ‘pop’.  I took the Mamiya 6 to Ukraine (photos still being processed) but I think for the next trip I will try to pack the Hasselblad instead.

Lastly, as mentioned in the last post a big thanks to all the models and to the agencies (Malva Models and Future Models Management) for the collaboration.

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Nikon F4 + Fujicolor Fashion

Nikon F4 + Fujicolor Fashion

Matthew Osborne Photography / @MrLeicaCom

June 2016

Nikon F4 Portrait

Here are a selection of photos I shot in May with Sophie.  All photos were shot on Fujifilm Fujicolor C200 35mm film and lab developed / scanned.  Photos were taken using daylight only and with my Nikon F4 SLR camera.  I used two lenses on this shoot, a Tokina 100mm f2.8 Macro lens and Voitglander 40mm f2 SL-II pancake lens.  Photos watermarked in Lightroom.

I tend to prefer black and white photography / B&W film photography but on occasion I really like colour film.  This is one of those occasions and I was really pleased with how the photos came out.  I am getting to the point now where I have far more photos to share than I can post in 1’s and 2’s on the likes of Flickr and Facebook.  As such I  have started to share similar photos in groups of 3 on Instagram – @MrLeicaCom

That said I will also try to share more frequent smaller blog posts like this one containing a series of similar images.

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