Patrick Arends
Photography

Overview for Leica

The girl in the picture - July 2015

On 8 June 1972, war photographer Nick Út saw a naked girl running towards him. It turned out to be the 9 year old Kim Phúc, fleeing from a napalm bombing during the Vietnam war. Nick won a Pulitzer Prize with the famous photograph he took of her.

David Stephens and his colleagues brought Nick and Kim together at the official opening of his new Leica Store in Manchester. They both talked about their personal experience of that particular moment in time, frozen on black & white film by pressing a shutter button. (more)

London portrait shoot

Reflecting on my recent photographic journey with Arteh Odjidja (see post below this one), I thought it would be good to re-visit my first photography workshop with Thorsten Overgaard in London. Thorsten is a professional photographer, writer and educator from Aarhus, Denmark and travels around the world shooting assignments and hosting photography workshops. He shoots Leica cameras only and has a very down to earth approach to photography, making this fantastic muse very simple to understand, and improve your skills instantly.

My most memorable moment in the workshop was the portrait shoot. Thorsten covered all the essentials you need to keep in mind when shooting portraits. Finding a location, measuring light, calibration of the colour temperature, how to use a reflector to improve the articulation, the composition of the whole, keeping an eye out for the little details that you can’t really expect to see on the back of your camera. These were all very practical and aimed at improving the results. Simply no fluff around the edges! (more...)