Amsterdam Photography Workshop

Amsterdam Photography Workshop

Matthew Osborne Photography

April 2015

Flying into Amsterdam on Saturday for the model photography workshop 📷✈️😎 #klm #travel #photography #workshop

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.

Amsterdam Models


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.

Amsterdam Fashion

Film Images

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!

Bye bye #Amsterdam .. Sun setting this evening before I departed. Enjoyable weekend of #photography and sun, 4 #models, 1 #workshop, 5 #cameras ( #leicam9 #leicam3 #leicam2 #bessa R3A #rolleiflex SL66E ) and lots of #film :) 😎📷💃:a

Your City

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.


Author: matthewosbornephotography

Coventry, UK studio based Model and Wedding Photographer offering both Medium Format Film and Digital Images. 1-2-1 Photography and Lighting Tuition also available.

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