Hasselblad Camera Cafe London

Hasselblad Camera Cafe London

Matthew Osborne Photography / Mr Leica

November 2015

Camera Cafe

In September this year I bought my first Hasselblad camera and now I cannot image life without it. As someone that has probably always sounded like a Leica fanboy, I never expected to like the Hasselblad camera system so much.

When I get into something I go all in. I bought my Hasselblad 501C medium format camera with the Zeiss Planar 80mm f2.8 kit lens and also got the Zeiss Distagon 50mm f4 and the Zeiss Sonnar 150mm f4 lenses at the same time. In my head I then wanted to get a longer lens for the Hasselblad, such as a 250mm. I searched online and found there was a place in London specialising in Hasselblad equipment called the Camera Cafe. I buy most of my camera equipment online but loved the idea of bein able to try a lens before I buy. I’m sure the later is the norm for most sain people!

On my next model photography trip to London I made some time to visit the Hasselblad Camera Cafe. It ticked all the boxes as I could refuel with a nice cup of coffee and chat cameras / try lenses all at the same time. I arrived with both my Hasselblad 501C and Leica M240 + Noctilux setup and soon got chatting with the staff. I had just come from their sister store, Aperture Photographic where I get my cameras repaired and had just collected my recalibrated Leica M3.

Here is a photo I took while I was drinking my coffee. There was not a huge amount of light so I used a shutter cable release and shot at 1/8 with the camera rested on the table.  This is my original Hasselblad camera and kit lens.

  • Hasselblad 501C + Zeiss Planar 80mm f2.8

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Leica M3 Calibration

I then asked if I could try a few of the Hasselblad lenses they had in stock and here are the resulting images.

  • Hasselblad 501C + Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 4/120 CFE

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Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 4/120 CFE

I tried some longer lenses but the likes of the 250mm are not really practical for day to day portraits and travelling around as it is so big and heavy.

  • Hasselblad 501C + Zeiss Sonnar 250mm f5.6 CF

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Zeiss Sonnar 250mm f5.6 CF

Hasselblad Camera Cafe

  • Hasselblad 501C + Zeiss Sonnar 180mm f4 CF

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Zeiss Sonnar 180mm f4 CF bokeh test

As I was on a roll trying the different lenses I then asked to try a Hasselblad super wide fish eye lens

  • Hasselblad 501C + Zeiss 30mm f3.5 CF F-Distagon

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Zeiss 30mm Distagon Fish Eye

*All photos shot on 120 Fomapan 100 Classic film (developed in Xtol)

The lens that won my heart on the day was the Zeiss Makro-Planar 120mm f4 and I soon added that to my camera bag (as you may have seen from my Poland trip!).

I really enjoyed my visit to the Camera Cafe and met some fellow Hasselblad enthusiasts, both staff and customers. I will be back again soon and I highly recommend to anyone else with Hasselblad interests. For most other used camera brands such as Leica, Nikon, Canon, Mamiya etc I would recommend the Aperture Photographic store.

Thanks Camera Cafe!

Matt

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Engagement: Alex & Andy

Leica Noctilux Engagement – Analogue film and digital images from Alex and Andy’s E-session in London. Merry Christmas! 🙂

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Engagement: Alex & Andy

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Venue for Engagement Session: Bishops Park, Fulham, London

I caught the train from Coventry and met Alex and Andy on a wet morning in November on Fulham Palace Road.  We decided to grab a coffee in a hope the rain would blow over.  It gave us chance to get to know each other and for me to explain the cameras I would be using.  I had the digital Leica M9 to capture the majority of the photos and also my 1950s Leica M3 film camera.  I had a part roll of black and white Kodak T-Max 100 to finish in the camera and would then shoot colour film, Fujicolor C200.  I normally use Kodak Portra but C200 can be quite nice too.

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Editorial Fashion – Kodak Portra + Leica M3 (2)

Editorial Fashion – Kodak Portra + Leica M3 …(Gina – Session 2)

Editorial Fashion – Kodak Portra Film + Leica M3

Model – Gina Underhill

Photographer – Matthew Osborne Photography (“Mr Leica”)

November 2014

Editorial fashion photography spread using a 1950s Leica M3 camera, 35mm colour film and minimal post processing. Below are photos from a recent shoot with Coventry model Gina who joined me in London as part of a portrait photography workshop. I was demonstrating how easy it can be to get a nice photo with minimal equipment and just daylight. One camera, one lens. We had an amazing day with a great location, a beautiful model and even some brief winter sunshine!

Here are photos taken when Gina arrived to London ahead of the orange dress shoot (first  post).  Hair still pinned up from transit but I said leave it like that as a bit different.  I chose the hat.  Gina was less keen!  I was also using my Rolleiflex SL66E 6×6 medium format film camera loaded with 120 Fuji Pro 400H so will share those soon.

More info –

Camera – 1950s Leica M3 Rangefinder film camera
Lens – Leica Summilux ASPH 50mm f1.4 @ f1.4
Film – 35mm Kodak Portra 160 colour film
Development – C41 processed lab developed and scan
Lighting – Daylight only
Location – Street close to Victoria Station, London
Stylist / Hair / Make-Up – Gina / Matt

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Editorial Fashion – Kodak Portra + Leica M3

Editorial Fashion – Kodak Portra Film + Leica M3

Model – Gina Underhill

Photographer – Matthew Osborne Photography (“Mr Leica”)

November 2014

Editorial fashion photography spread using a 1950s Leica M3 camera, 35mm colour film and minimal post processing.  Below are photos from a recent shoot with Coventry model Gina who joined me in London as part of a portrait photography workshop.   I was demonstrating how easy it can be to get a nice photo with minimal equipment and just daylight.  One camera, one lens.  We had an amazing day with a great location, a beautiful model and even some brief winter sunshine!

More info –

  • Camera  – 1950s Leica M3 Rangefinder film camera
  • Lens – Leica Summilux ASPH 50mm f1.4 @ f1.4
  • Film – 35mm Kodak Portra 160 colour film
  • Development – C41 processed lab developed and scan
  • Lighting – Daylight only
  • Location – Victoria, London
  • Stylist / Hair / Make-Up – Gina / Matt

 

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Hope you like them!  I plan to do similar spreads going forward showcasing different films, cameras, lenses and models.

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London Workshop – Aug 2014

London Photography Workshop – August 2014

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London Photography Workshop – August 2014

Mr Leica Workshop

 

Team photo from the August 30th, 2014 portrait photography workshop in Central London finishing with St. Pauls Cathedral as a backdrop (again!). Left to right on the photo, Rachel, Trang (model), Adam and Gurnek. I had not worked with Trang before but she was recommended to me by another model.  Trang had no modelling experience but was interested in trying it. As for all my model shoots I worked closely with Trang during the week before the photo shoot to advise, clothes, make up, location, expectations etc etc.

 

The importance of learning how to direct portrait poses

I was almost glad Trang had no experience as I meant I had to work harder directing every pose on the day.  I feel it is better for photography students to learn how to direct posing, here by shadowing me, so when they have a shoot of their own they can use some of the same skills to prep their model.

 

For example

If a photographer works with a very experienced model for their first model shoot they may find they have to give little direction and get great looking photos.  They will probably pat themselves on the back once they review the images and say i’m good at this.  Then, on their second shoot they get to work with another very pretty subject but this time they have no experience.  The ‘model’ may assume the generic ‘bus stop’ stance, feet together and arms by their side and say “what do you want me to do?”.  Now the same photographer suddenly becomes unstuck and it is highly likely the images will not be as good as either the photographer or subject has hoped.  They might scratch their head after and say what went wrong this time when I was so good the first time?

Answer.  You need to know how to pose a subject to get the best from them.

 

A good portrait is more than just the pose

The pose is only the tip of the iceberg it terms of getting a nice image when working with a model/ subject but you will get to pick up other little tricks when shadowing me for the day.  Examples: How I communicate to my subject.  How I use light, available light and artificial light. How I select my location and choice of clothes and styling.

Photography Workshop

 

Here is a link to the Flickr group I have setup to share the photos taken by everyone attending – https://www.flickr.com/groups/londonphotographyworkshop/

 

The next portrait photography workshop in London is on Saturday September 13th, 2014.  There are still places available for this day if you are interested.

 

Here are a few photos I took during the workshop and you can see photos by others in the group on the Flickr link above:

(All photos are taken with a Leica M9 camera + Leica Summicron 50mm f2 v5 lens as an in camera black and white JPEG processed via Lightroom 3. No Photoshop as awaiting new computer).

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Medium format film photography

In addition to using the Leica M9 I also took my new Fuji GF 670 medium format film folding camera to London.  I had the GF 670 camera in the 6×6 film format (can also select 6×7) and shot two rolls of black and white C41 Ilford XP2 Super 400 film (to use up the old film (from the fridge) and to get it lab developed with my other colour C41 film).

Leica M9 photos are now the norm for me so I get far more excited by my film photography, whether the new GF670 (4 rolls of film now waiting to get developed!)(very very excited as the first photos from the camera and include two rolls shot in Poland), the 35mm Leica M2 film camera, the Mamiya RZ 67 or any of my other film cameras.  I used to favour 6×6 film format when I first discovered film photography a few years ago using a ARAX-CM (Kiev 88) and a Pentacon Six TL so it was great to compose my subjects in a square frame again.  It’s like Instagram but 1000x better and real! 🙂

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Photography Workshops Autumn 2014 dates:

  • Saturday September 13th, 2014 – Model: Lauma (Lativian)(see my Flickr stream for example images)
  • Saturday October 25th, 2014 – Model: TBC but possibly Katie or Trang.

Hope to see you there! 🙂

More details..

 

Location:
Central London

Model:
TBC

Meeting Place:
TBC

Duration:
6hrs

Start time:
TBC depending on attendees but normally 11:00am

What equipment do you require on the day?
As a minimum you will require a camera with manual settings (even if you use the aperture priority or shutter priority settings to take your photos) and ideally a camera body with interchangeable lenses. I will bring a speedlight with Nikon triggers. You do not need a speedlight (flash) but feel free to bring with you if you have one. Please bring whatever lens you would use for portraiture for you style. This can be wide angle through to telephoto. I will bring a 5-in-1 reflector but again if you prefer to use any other light modifiers please bring them with you if not too bulky.

Previous experience required?
No experience of portraiture required. If you have some photography experience that would be beneficial but be no means essential.

What is included on the workshop?:

I give you the opportunity to shadow me on a location model shoot in London photographing a model on the street. I will teach you how I see light and shadows and use these to enhance your portraiture photography. We will use Central London as a backdrop to our portraits and I will show you how to get the best from different light sources. Lighting will include daylight only, daylight + reflector, daylight + speedlight (on camera and off camera flash), artificial light sources such as tungsten lights and any other light source we come across. I will teach you how to pose a model, tips as to how to work with models and what are the do’s and don’ts when working with models for the first time. I normally include some street photography as we move between locations so if that is your thing I will also show you how to zone focus and focus easily on moving subjects with manual lenses. I normally break up the day for light refreshments in a reputable coffee shop. This gives us chance to talk techniques and rest our legs over coffee and gives the model chance to change outfits ready for the second half. Please review my images on Flickr before signing up to the workshop so you understand the style of images I will be teaching. Thanks.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/32681588@N03/sets/72157633135264195/

Cost:
£150 per person.
Deposit of £25 payable in advance to hold you place. Balance payable on the day (or before).

Birmingham workshops and Coventry photography studio workshops:
If you cannot make it to one of my London workshops but would like to book tuition, I run 1-2-1 evening and weekend workshops from my Coventry studio at £35ph. I have had visitors from Alaska, Switzerland and Italy to name a few so if you are not UK based please do not rule it out. I am also looking to run workshops in a second city, Birmingham and also perhaps Poland if the demand is there.

If you would like book a day or request more details on any of the above please contact me at mosbornephotography@gmail.com

Thanks

Matt

http://www.matthewosbornephotography.co.uk/Photography-Courses.html

London Photography Workshop – July14 + NEW DATES

London Photography Workshop – July 2014 + New Dates for Autumn 2014!

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London Photography Workshop – July 2014

London Photography Workshop 2014

Team photo from the July 19th, 2014 portrait photography workshop in Central London. Left to right, Daniel, Leona (Model), Paul (on left photo) / Me (MrLeica.com) (on right photo). The weather forecast was bad so I had my umbrella but we got really lucky and had a day of sunshine.  Mark was not able to make the trip so there was only four of us on the day. Leona kindly modelled for us and was brilliant.  When Leona and I shot together in London last time it was freezing so it was nice to shoot some different clothes.  The four of us had a really nice day doing what we all love, photography (modelling – Leona!).  There are already dates in the diary for a follow up workshop.

Here is a link to the Flickr group I have setup to share the photos taken by everyone attending – https://www.flickr.com/groups/londonphotographyworkshop/

The next portrait photography workshop in London is on August 30th (fully booked).

Here are a few photos I took during the workshop:

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London Photography Workshop

Portrait Photography Workshop, London

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New Dates – Photography Workshops Autumn 2014

I am happy to announce two more London Photography Workshop dates:

  • Saturday September 13th, 2014 – 3 places available
  • Saturday October 25th, 2014 – 3 places available

Hope to see you there! 🙂

More details..

 

Location:
Central London

Model:
TBC (Perhaps Katie or Leona, or a possibly a different model)

Meeting Place:
TBC

Duration:
6hrs

Start time:
TBC depending on attendees but normally 11:00am

What equipment do you require on the day?
As a minimum you will require a camera with manual settings (even if you use the aperture priority or shutter priority settings to take your photos) and ideally a camera body with interchangeable lenses. I will bring a speedlight with Nikon triggers. You do not need a speedlight (flash) but feel free to bring with you if you have one. Please bring whatever lens you would use for portraiture for you style. This can be wide angle through to telephoto. I will bring a 5-in-1 reflector but again if you prefer to use any other light modifiers please bring them with you if not too bulky.

Previous experience required?
No experience of portraiture required. If you have some photography experience that would be beneficial but be no means essential.

What is included on the workshop?:

I give you the opportunity to shadow me on a location model shoot in London photographing a model on the street. I will teach you how I see light and shadows and use these to enhance your portraiture photography. We will use Central London as a backdrop to our portraits and I will show you how to get the best from different light sources. Lighting will include daylight only, daylight + reflector, daylight + speedlight (on camera and off camera flash), artificial light sources such as tungsten lights and any other light source we come across. I will teach you how to pose a model, tips as to how to work with models and what are the do’s and don’ts when working with models for the first time. I normally include some street photography as we move between locations so if that is your thing I will also show you how to zone focus and focus easily on moving subjects with manual lenses. I normally break up the day for light refreshments in a reputable coffee shop. This gives us chance to talk techniques and rest our legs over coffee and gives the model chance to change outfits ready for the second half. Please review my images on Flickr before signing up to the workshop so you understand the style of images I will be teaching. Thanks.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/32681588@N03/sets/72157633135264195/

Cost:
£150 per person.
Deposit of £25 payable in advance to hold you place. Balance payable on the day (or before).

Birmingham workshops and Coventry photography studio workshops:
If you cannot make it to one of my London workshops but would like to book tuition, I run 1-2-1 evening and weekend workshops from my Coventry studio at £35ph. I have had visitors from Alaska, Switzerland and Italy to name a few so if you are not UK based please do not rule it out.  I am also looking to run workshops in a second city, Birmingham and also perhaps Poland if the demand is there.

If you would like book a day or request more details on any of the above please contact me at mosbornephotography@gmail.com

Thanks

Matt

http://www.matthewosbornephotography.co.uk/Photography-Courses.html

London Photography Workshop – June 2014

London Photography Workshop – June 2014

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London Photography Workshop

Here is a team photo a London tourist took for us after the June 28th, 2014 photography workshop in Central London. Left to right, Steve, Me (MrLeica.com), Katie (Model), Andy and Christina. The weather was typically British and very changable but we didn’t let it dampen our spirits and we still had a great day. Great to meet and work with such a lovely bunch of people with the same common interest, photography. We had one Nikon shooter, one Leica/Sony shooter, one Fuji/Leica shooter and me with my Leica M9 + medium format Mamiya RZ67 Pro II.

Here is a link to the Flickr group I have setup to share the photos taken by everyone attending – https://www.flickr.com/groups/londonphotographyworkshop/

I look forward to the next portrait photography workshop on July 19th in London.

I will also try to get some dates announced for September and October soon.

Thanks

Matt

http://www.matthewosbornephotography.co.uk/Photography-Courses.html