Amsterdam Photography Workshop
Matthew Osborne Photography
Back in April I flew over to Amsterdam for a weekend to teach 1-2-1 model photography to a local portrait photographer using Leica rangefinder cameras, both analogue film Leicas and newer digital versions.
Cameras for the trip:
- Digital Leica M9 Camera
- 1950s Leica M3 Film Camera (50mm frameline)
- 1950s Leica M2 Film Camera (35mm framelines)
- Voigtlander Bessa R3A Camera
- 1973 Leica Summicron 90mm f2
- 1950s Leica Summicron 50mm f2 DR + close focus Goggles
- Voigtlander Nokton Classic 35mm f1.4 (for M2)
- Voigtlander Nokton Classic 40mm f1.4 (for Bessa – has 40mm framelines)
- Rolleiflex SL66E + Zeiss Planar 80/2.8 HFT lens
- 35mm and 120 Film
I decided to take one medium format camera and for a change I packed my 6×6 Rolleiflex SL66E. I normally use my Leica Noctilux on the M9 so packed my 90mm Summicron lens instead this time. I kept the Summicron 50 DR on my M3 and had the 35mm and 40mm Voigtlander lenses on the M2 and Bessa.
Film packed included:
Fresh stock –
- Kodak Portra 160 and 400
- Kodak T-Max 100
- Kodak Tri-X 400
- CineStill 800T
Expired non-refrigerated film –
- Kodak BW400CN
- Fujicolor C200
- Kodak EliteChrome 100
We had a full day on Saturday with model Mariska in the morning and fitness model Deborah in the afternoon with a slight overlap. We were lucky with the weather and had sunshine nearly all day so shot with available light only. I shot with fresh film stocks on the first day and we used a reflector for some fill light on some photos.
Sunday I shot with model/ actress Julia in the morning and then model/ dancer Nyima in the afternoon before catching my flight home in the evening. I decided to try shooting with some of my expired film and make the most of the blue skies for the second shoot. I styled the photoshoot with satured colourful film in mind and it work well I think.
I will share some of the photos taken on separate film type used blog posts when I get chance. I scan the lab developed colour film negatives and develop and scan my black and white film negatives. Images to follow!
If you would like me to fly out to meet you in your home city and provide 1-2-1 photography tuition, or teach photography to you and a small group it is more than possible. You do not need to own or use a Leica camera nor do you need to shoot with film. It would probably suit experienced photographers looking to master portraiture or those wanting to learn how to work with a model more so than a beginner.