Zurich Photography Workshop II

Zurich Photography Workshop II – August 2015

Matthew Osborne Photography / MrLeica.com

Model Photography Workshop

Back in UK after another fun three day photography workshop in Zurich, Switzerland. The workshop content was specifically female model photography using digital Leica cameras and a range of film cameras including Leicas. We shot with mostly available light but combined some strobes and daylight also. All photoshoots were in Central Zurich, outdoor on location and we tried to minimise travel during sessions so not to waste time.

I managed to pack five cameras in my hand luggage to take but then realised my bag weighed 11 kilo so had to leave the weighy yet compact Fuji GF670 behind.  Zurich has amazing architecture so I wanted to take some wide angle lenses but also two 50mm lenses, one for each Leica camera body.  I packed my latest lens purchase,  the light and compact Zeiss ZM Sonnar 50 for the Leica M3 instead of the  Leica Summicron 50mm f2 DR I normally use.

Camera Gear

Leica M Typ 240 digital camera
Leica M3 single stroke – film camera
Leica Noctilux 50mm f1.0 v2
Zeiss ZM Sonnar 50mm f1.5
Voigtlander Color Skopar 35mm f2.5
Zeiss ZM Biogon 25mm f2.8
Voigtlander Super Wide Heliar 15mm f4.5
Nikon F4 SLR film camera
Nikkor 60mm f2.8 Micro
Fuji GA645 medium format film camera
Film & Filters

Camera Film (135 & 120)

Ilford Pan F 50 B&W
Ilford FP4 125 Plus B&W
Kodak Portra 160
Kodak Portra 160VC (Expired)
Kodak Portra 160NC (Expired)
Kodak Ektar 100
Fuji Velvia 100f (Expired)


We worked with different models each day.  Some agency models, some not, some familiar faces and some new ones.  We did two shoots where we had two models with us at the same time so that gave us the oppotunity to pose the girls together.  Nadja and Joelle where good friends so planned for matching outfits for each of the four looks we did.  Laura and Stephanie were also close friends but most of their photos were individual and styled very differently. Big thanks for Joy, Nadja, Joelle, Laura, Stephanie and Sarah for helping make the workshop possible.  Lots of fun and I hope we get to meet again some day!

Digital Photos

A few sample images using the Leica M 240 camera from the photos I have gone through so far –

Leica Noctilux Portrait

Leica M240 + Noctilux

Model Photography Workshop

Zurich Photography Workshop

Film Photos

First of the black and white film negative scans I develop at home.  Colour film photos to follow at a later date once lab developed –

Leica M3 SS + Zeiss ZM Sonnar

Leica M6!


London Photography Workshop – June 2014

London Photography Workshop – June 2014


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.




The Modern Wedding Photographer

The Modern Wedding Photographer

I was at one of Coventry and Warwickshire most popular wedding venue locations yesterday doing pre-wedding engagement photos with my Leica M9.  There was a wedding taking place and everyone was outside for their photos.  As a fellow wedding photographer I am always interested to see how others operate, what gear they are using and what directions they give.  I could hear a loud authoritative voice from a far moving people around in what appeared to be an orderly fashion.  The bridal couple were then brought out to where we were shooting so I let them use our spot to get their photos.  A formally dressed photographer arrived with two mid range crop sensor DSLR cameras around their neck and lenses attached.  My first observation was the lens hoods were still fitted backwards on the lens bodies.  I looked on in bemusement as they started photographing the wedding couple.  The camera had a bare speedlight pointing up to the sky flashing away perhaps in an attempt to bounce light off a distant satellite.  No posing direction was being given and it appeared little or no consideration was taken to composition and direction of available light.  They were there a matter of minutes and were moved on back to the house. The photographer said thanks to us and they were gone.

We then carried on with my manual focus Leica M9 rangefinder and manual off camera flash.  I was thinking to myself, in today’s world of ‘professional’ (oppotunist?) wedding photographers, how many of them could actually photograph a wedding day if their auto everything cameras suddenly died and a guest lent them a full manual camera with a basic non-TTL speedlight?  I would guess as few as 25% of new wedding photographers who have started in the last 5yrs.

Sample photo I took yesterday – Leica M9 + 1980s Leica Noctilux 50mm f1.0 v2

Leica Engagement Photography

There is of course big money to be made in the wedding industry today, especially in the Asian wedding market.  I think many people who are good at project management with good communication skills have realised that they do not actually need to know anything about photography, f stop, shutter speed or ISO.  Modern cameras give nice pictures automatically and if it doesn’t Photoshop can fix it.  I think it is 100% true that for wedding photography technical ability only plays a very small part in getting new clients.  I would say communication skills come first followed by project management and of course who you know.  As they say it is always who you know not what you know!

I am wondering if I should now advertise my photography workshops days to wedding photographers to teach them the basic fundamentals of photography just so they appreciate what the f number means on the back of their camera.

If you are reading this and do want to join me on a photography workshop, either in my studio in Coventry or on location in London feel free to get in touch – http://www.matthewosbornephotography.co.uk/Photography-Courses.html

If you are reading this and are looking to book a wedding photographer that offers photos using a 1950s film camera (Leica M2), a more modern medium format film camera (Mamiya RZ67 Pro II) or a manually operated digital camera (Leica M9) then you can find out more detals here – http://www.matthewosbornephotography.co.uk/Wedding-Photographer.html


MrLeica.com – BLOG

MrLeica.com – BLOG

(Matthew Osborne Photography)

One stop blog for Leica M cameras, Leica M lenses, Hasselblad cameras ..plus various other film cameras, films and film formats

Leica Noctilux Selfie

Blog Content:

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  • Hasselblad – Hasselblad Camera Blog Posts
  • Weddings – Leica Wedding Photography & Hasselblad Weddings
  • Models – Model Photography & Trip Blogs
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Leica M cameras are my workhorse tools for all types of photography, both digital Leica cameras and Leica film cameras. I also shoot medium format and large format film and my appetite for analogue film photography is stronger than ever.  The majority of the blog content is either Leica M camera related or film photography.  I am a people photographer, models, fashion, lifestyle and wedding photography so most of my photography is portraits, experimenting with various cameras, lenses and films.  The digital Leica M Typ 240 camera is my current do everything digital M camera but my favourite Leica camera is the Leica M3 film camera.  I am also a huge fan of Hasselblad medium format film cameras and I use them a lot for client film photography shoots.

Mr Leica – About:

Hi, I started this blog page in March 2013 as my Flickr followers keep asking me to share some of my thoughts. To give you a brief background, my photography began in 2008 after getting a Panasonic Lumix TZ5 for Christmas.  Today I have a lot of cameras and offer Photography Tuition to those who often get paid for their work. Besides teaching, I shoot as a Wedding Photographer and Model Photographer.  I am 100% self taught so thought a blog would be a great way to share some of the things I have learnt so far.  At the end of 2012 I started to develop a passion for Film Photography and in the summer of 2013 I bought my first Leica camera.  I am now officially a Leica nut and use a digital Leica M240 and M8 plus Leica M3s, M2, M4-P and M6 film cameras for most of my photography.  This includes Leica wedding photography, Leica lifestyle photography and Leica fashion / model photography.  I also enjoy using medium format film cameras such as the amazing Hasselblad 501C 6×6 camera (my main medium format film camera), Fuji GF670, Rolleiflex SL66E, Mamiya RZ67 Pro2 to name a few and 4×5 large format film using a 1947 Pacemaker Speed Graphic and Sinar F2.  In 2014 I started to teach portrait photography and lighting in London running monthly group photography workshops. Currently I teach photography on 1-2-1 basis providing 1-2-1 photography tuition (normally with a model) on location, often in London if on location and in the UK, from my Coventry UK studio or overseas such as New York, Zurich and Amsterdam.

Destination Leica Wedding Photographer

Leica Wedding Photographer offering desination Wedding Photography both in the UK and overseas. Natural documentary style wedding photography fused with stylised wedding portraits.  As a Leica photographer I like to work quietly as an observer in the background and photograph by available light where possible.  I use both digital and film Leica cameras but my passion is film photography.

Traditional Film Wedding Photographer UK

Film wedding photographer that still prefers film cameras in the digital era.  I use 35mm Leica film cameras, medium format Hasselblad cameras and large format film cameras.  If you appreciate film photography as much as I do then I would be delighted to cover your wedding.  You may have already booked a wedding photographer but like the idea of a few special images shot on film?  I would be happy to oblige!

Engagement Sessions

Engagement photography is very rewarding and I enjoy working with a couple to create natural yet stylised images using a aray of cameras to give you as set of unique looking images.  E-sessions are invaluable for giving couples experience in front of the cameras ahead of their wedding day and it gives us a chance to get to know each other too.

Large Format Portrait Photographer

Large format camera portrait session that gives one of a kind photos.  4×5 format sheet film images and instant Polaroid photos.  I fuse my model photography experience with my passion for film photography.

Leica Lifestyle Photographer

I have realised from how I direct my model shoots that I am in fact a lifestyle photographer.  Posing often everyday people in everyday situations to look very natural.  I have not yet branded myself as a lifestyle photographer but it may be a route I take in the future as this style comes very naturally to me and I find it easy to work closely with my clients to get the best from the images.  If you are looking for new and creative photos for your social media site, blog, website or business then do get in touch.

Model Photographer

Studio based model photographer in Coventry specialising in black and white female portraiture using both digital and film cameras.  I help new models build a model portfolio and regularly collaborate with model agencies and published models in the UK, Europe and the US.

UK Photography Workshops

I provide 1-2-1 photography tuition and lighting workshops from my Coventry studio and on location.  I will help you to understand light and your camera to enhance your photography. Through 2014 I was running London photography workshops teaching small groups of photographers how to work with a professional model on location.  Currently I focus on providing 1-2-1 tuition rather than teaching groups both here in the UK and overseas.

I hope you find the content as enjoyable to read as I find it is to document.