Every week, I get mostly the same questions through email and social media. If you don't find your question here, you can always shoot me a message using the contact form.
Which camera/lens should I buy?
First and foremost, you really should shoot more with the gear you already have. I'm really not that kind of a gear nut myself, although this is often thought about professional photographers. You have to be really interested and aware of new cameras and lenses in order to know which one is the best for a specific goal. That's not what you want to hear, I know.
I'm a tough client. A good wide-angle lens should really do everything in my eyes: Minimal abberations for night photography, wide, sharp and preferably would take screw-on filters. My experiences with Samyang and Tamron have been really good if you're ever considering a new lens. Tamron's 15-30mm, Samyang's 12, 14 and 24mm and a very honorable mention goes out to Sigma's 35mm f/1.4 Art. As for a considerable telephoto lens, don't look further than Tamron's SP 70-200mm f/2.8, or if you really want to go the distance, the Sigma 150-600mm Sport is very sharp for its zoom range.
Please take a look at my image. What do you think about it? Can you give me some advice?
You can book a 1-on-1 Skype Session with me in which we can discuss all your questions you might have. We'll cover critiques on your work and of course process the image. You'll see my entire workflow.
Please be aware that I don't have the time to give everyone critiques, nor can I afford to give free advice. There are great social media sites for this like 500px, where I'm quite active as well. Maybe I'll see your work there.
Which camera and lenses do you use?
At the moment, I'm shooting with a Nikon D750. I use a Sirui Traveller Carbon T-2204XL & Sirui E-20 Ballhead and have a Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 and 70-200 f/4. I have a 1.7x teleconverter that I use for misty mountain shots and sometimes use a Canon camera with 100mm f/2.8L for mushroom photography. It's a fantastic kit and finally found what I was looking for to realize my vision. I've also had great experiences with these:
Tamron SP 90 mm f/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD
Tamron SP 15-30 mm f/2.8 VC USD
Tamron SP 70-200 f/2.8 VC USD
Samyang 14mm f/2.8
Samyang 24mm f/1.4
Samyang 135mm f/2
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
Sigma 150-600mm C f/5-6.3
AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G
Where are you from?
Den Helder, the Netherlands. It's a small town surrounded on three sides by the sea. I'm moving to a more central location among the spectactular woodlands in the Netherlands within a couple of months.
You aren't English?
English isn't my primary language, but I've been accustomed to speaking and writing in English since I was very young. I guess playing those computer games did some good after all. Writing music and lyrics also help in expanding my vocabulary, but this had really taken off since I started writing weekly essays for Fstoppers.com.
What's your idea of the Dutch countryside?
Damn, I miss my mountains. Don't get me wrong, I'm happy with the landscape we have (again) and I'm an admirer of National Parks. We also have a long stretch of beach and stunning dunes all along the west coast. The best part about the Dutch natural landscape though, are our forests, where I love to crawl under ferns, looking for mushrooms.
How do you create those mushrooms?
It's a neat little side-project that generated a lot of international interest. Although I'm a landscape photographer at heart. If you're interested in the entire workflow, then I suggest getting the processing video, that includes a lengthy article describing every detail about doing that yourself.
But this isn't photography anymore. It's more Photoshop than anything else.
The word "Photoshop" got a negative connotation over the years, as it stood synonymous for trickery. Let me be transparent here. I use Photoshop, Lightroom and other software:
...Because photography does not end with the press of a button. Analog (film) photography also needs developing. In that process, all kinds of decisions are being made to recreate an image according to somebody. What most people tend to forget, is that digital photography too, has to be developed. Digital camera's make decisions for you if you do not; if you shoot JPEG's. I want to be in control.
...Because I want to be in control as an artist. I want to tell you a little story with each shot, whether that story needs a different crop, a change in contrast or a focus stack.
...To overcome the technical constraints of the camera. Not even the most modern camera can't shoot directly into a setting sun and correctly expose fore- and background at the same time. My solution is to use multiple exposures and put them together. Others rather use grad filters. There isn't a right way.
...Never to put something in that wasn't there with me.
...To accentuate or to subdue parts of the image.
...Create art instead of registration footage.
...Put a little something of myself in each and every image I create.
...To correct colour.
...and to enjoy the moment of the shoot more intensely than by just looking at the picture again.
Post-processing is an integral and essential part of every form of photography. It has been since the very start of film photography and it will never go away. How much and to what end is a question of taste, experience and skill in the software you use and the language of the visual image. If you want to get better at post-processing on your own images, then I suggest heading over to processing videos.
Where can I download a photo to my computer?
I do not allow this for the following reason: The resolutions on monitors continually increase. If I would show my work on these resolutions on this website or anywhere else online, it would be quite possible to print a decent quality image yourself. Even though I'm working hard and with great joy to produce the finest prints available. Within no time at all, fake-Laanscapes are circling the web, and as a professional, I'm dreading that day.
What's your age?
I saw my first sunrise on December 30th, 1984.
Can we go photographing together?
Sure, although there's a fine line here that separates "Taking pictures together" and "I want a free lesson in photography". I don't offer the latter, but if we could go shooting without pretense, I'd love to get to know you in the field. It's our passion, isn't it? :)
Be aware that I'm not much of a social shooter at golden hour. I constantly run from one place to another and often pant as a result like a sweaty dog. Apart from that, I change lenses every ten seconds and I talk to myself a lot. But maybe you work in the same way and we’ll have a blast talking about the light afterwards.
Can we work together on this project?
Shoot me an outline of the project and I'll let you know! Whether it's hosting a workshop together, writing a review of your product or publishing branded content for your travel destinations. I've worked with publishers like Fstoppers, travel agency Scan Brit, Zoom.nl, Natuurfotografie.nl, PetaPixel, Expert Photography and brands like Haida Filter, Fornax Mounts, BenQ monitors and MSI laptops.
I've also written articles containing interviews with many world-renowned professional photographers and social influencers like Erin Babnik, Thomas Heaton, Paul Hoelen, Simon Baxter, Ryan Dyar, Ted Gore and Alexandre Deschaumes.
Contact me with your proposal here.