Luck helps those who are patient – and know their camera
Both these pictures were shot with a 35mm lens on my Fujifilm XT-1 mirrorless camera, which I sometimes prefer as it's a lot less bulky than my traditional pro-DSLRs.
Why using people will make you a better photographer
Few places in the world are home to such magnificent sights as Norway, where the environment takes on a sublime beauty.
The better you know a place, the better your photos will be
I was born in Groningen and raised in The Hague, but it never really felt like my town. It was more formal and there was not really a beating heart to it. Later on, I realized I had to read between the lines to understand it.
How I found this beautiful scene in Bruges
When I saw this nun walking over the grass to take a short-cut, I waited until she stepped into a free space between the trees so I could capture the sense of peace in this remarkable place.
Sometimes I kiss my tripod
I am not particularly fond of using a tripod because you have to carry it around and once you have set it up it restricts your movement. But it does allow you to capture wonderful images you would otherwise not be able to take.
Why good photos always come back to faces
While shooting on Santorini, I was reminded that you really get to know a destination through the people that live and work there.
When photographing cities, start with an overview
When I arrive in an unfamiliar city for a photography job, I stick to my winning two-step process. Number one: find an overview. Number two: zoom in on a detail.
When telling an urban story, include people
Starting photographers often make the mistake of telling an urban story where buildings are the stars, leaving out the inhabitants and consequently creating a set of images that lack soul.
Sometimes the photo you don’t like is also important
Brussels is one of the most interesting European cities I’ve seen. I didn’t immediately fall in love with it but it conquered my heart in time.
Shoot shallow and focus on the eyes for great portraits
I had a great time shooting in the Aegean region of Turkey and I would love to go back.