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Thorsten Overgaard Photo Seminars & Advanced Workshops - São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro
Thorsten by Matthias Frei
 
 
   

São Paulo
Rio de Janeiro

My goal is to instill enthusiasm in any photographer and raise his or her skill level, self-confidence and production volume. And I do.

By: Thorsten Overgaard

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The four-day Overgaard Photo Seminar & Advanced Workshop in São Paulo is limited to 8-10 participants.

The seminar has its base in Central São Paulo.

This is the first workshop in Brazil and I look forward to it.

If you have questions, don't hesitate to e-mail thorsten@overgaard.dk for further info.

The Overgaard Workshop is tailored to bring you up to an advanced level on using your camera equipment, setting up a workflow on your computer, editing and presenting images, and shooting different assignments.

 

Use the button to check out via PayPal if you are sure, or send an e-mail to thorsten@overgaard.dk for further info, to reserve a space, or to require invoice payable via bank transfer. You may also enquire about changing date of seminar/join waiting list for a seminar for the chance that someone wants to change to the other date.

 

Thorsten Overgaard
Photo Seminar & Advanced Workshop
in São Paulo, Brazil
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Thorsten Overgaard
Photo Seminar & Advanced Workshop
in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Send an e-mail to thorsten@overgaard.dk for further info on the next workshop in Brazil.

Other locations: See the seminar calender  

 

 

What to bring: The first evening you will bring the camera(s) you usually use and their lenses. We want to see as all the toys, so don't limit yourself. The second day we will be walking out and about all day photographing, so we will select a minimum of equipment and wear comfortable walking shoes.

The third day you will need a computer with (Aperture or) Lightroom installed (30 day trial is available) to set up a workflow, get your screen calibrated and edit the photos we did on the second day. The fourth day will be a combined day where we go shoot and then finalize the seminar photos on the computers before we end off.

 


Overgaard workshop in Hong Kong 2012. Photo by Gabriel Indalecio.

 

What to expect: You will meet likeminded people who want to improve their photography. 80%-100% will be Leica users, and if you are not, be prepared to become one. And if you are, be prepared to want more.
The seminar is very informal and hands-on and you will be able to ask all the questions you like as we will spend 30-40 hours together.

What we will deal with: People, citiscapes, street photography, portraits, how to handle people, timing, composition, your goal as a photographer, messages in photographs, your unique talents and skills, how to set up a workflow, what to look for when editing, color management, speed of work, white balance, exposure, reflectors, quality light, finding locations, how to present your photographs.

 


The Overgaard Workshop in Hong Kong, 2012. We met a local photographer who wanted to do a large-format portrait of Thorsten. Photo by Eli Blevis.

 

End result: You can expect to get a relaxed and simplified view on photography and realize that this is something you can perform well in, enjoy and produce much more than you used to. You will walk out from this seminar taller and more confident.


Student photo by Randy Chen from the Overgaard Photo Seminar in Hong Kong, January 2011. Leica M9 and 50mm Summilux-M ASPH f/1.4. For more student photos, see here.

     
  "it has taken me a while to digest what I learned at the seminar. I have to say, you made me change my way taking pictures. Even weeks later I recall the one or other snippet of information. There was a lot for me to go through."  
  - H.C., Australia  

Thorsten explaining about small cameras at the seminar in Leica Gallery Tokyo in January 2011. Photo by Pieter Franken.

 

A four-day photo seminar

DAY 1 - 18.00 - 23.00: We start the first day at 18.00 and continue till around 23.00. The first evening is in our seminar location where we go over camera theory, photography history, the rather important basics to understand the essence of photography, and we usually have a lot of equipment and lenses floating around on the table. We will also look at your basic skills and talents, and your purpose as a photographer.

Keywords DAY 1: Questions and answers, lots of equipment, analyzing your career as a photographer, understanding cameras, ISO, aperture, white balance, camera history, lenses, light reflections, types of light, light temperature, natural photography, available light, light metering, light meters, lens design, shutter design ... and more.

 


One wouldn't be able to imagine all the equipment a handful of photographers can bring together... Photo by Pieter Franken.

     
 

"It's really changed my perception on photography and technique as a whole."

 
  - BL, Singapore  

 


Hong Kong December 2010. Leica M9 with 90mm Summarit-M f/2.5

 

     
  "I was very fortunate to have the chance to take one of Thorsten's seminars last year at the Tokyo Ginza Leica Shop. I must say that it was well worth the time as I learned so much, met some great people and came away a better photographer.

Thorsten is a great guy, teacher and a world class photographer who brings much to the art of photography. Be warned though if you haven't caught the" Leica Bug" prior to attending one of his seminars you will after you attend."

 
  - C. B., Japan  

DAY 2: 10.00 - 18.00: We go out as a group the next day. You have an overall assignment of producing three images to present to the group on DAY 3, but the style is relaxed and we simply take a eight hour walk with coffee braks, lunch and lots of talk.
We will be looking for different light conditions and also work with portraits this day - and use all the basic theory we went over the first evening. We we end off with dinner for those who can.

Keywords DAY 2: Inspiration. Questions and answers, hands-on, networking, equipment, White Balancing, light meters, reflectors, portrait photography, strangers and people, street photography, architecture, finding the right light, aesthetics, focusing, timing ... and lots of coffee.

 


Michael, Hans, Friedl and Oskar at work in the streets of Palermo. We walk around and work as a group.

 


We will be spending 30-40 hours together doing formal seminar, walking about, working on images, having coffee and lunch. Lots of things to talk about. Photo by Younès Kabbaj from the Hong Kong seminar.

 

     
  "Simple the best - I learnt a lot from you at the Photo Seminar. It was great to spend a lot of time with you and your experience. I am still deep impressed and it were very memorable days for me. I highly recommend anyone Thorsten's photo seminars.
Now it is time for my homework"
 
  - T.S., Zürich  

 


Doing portrait photography on location in Berlin, February 2011. Photo by Gerhard Gruber.

 


Coffee Break at Classified in Hong Kong, January 2011.

 

DAY 3 - 10.00 - 18.00: We meet in the morning and start with workflow theory. How do you set up computers, harddrives, backup, color management, systems to archive and find images, and then we edit the photos from the day before in Lighrroom or Aperture.
We select the best and do reviews as a group, and after lunch we do portrait photography and advanced theory.

Keywords DAY 3: Reflectors, types of light, looking for the right light, finding a location for portrait photography, message, rhythm in images, what not to photograph, Lightroom editing, DAM/Digital Asset Management, backup, workflow, job numbers, photo archive, keywords.

 


Swiss photographer Matthias Frei editing in London.

 

     
  "Thanks so much for an inspiring weekend. I learned a lot, and it was a great group of people to spend the weekend with. I hope to see you again soon. "  
  - D.G., New York  

 

Sharron Franks
Student photo by Sharron Franks of two other students on the Overgaard Photo Seminar in London, September 2011. Leica M9 with 35mm Summarit-M f/2.5. See the gallery of student photos here.

     
  "Thank you again for the course. It was a great few days when I learnt a huge amount. I like your easy style. I’m now hoping to have enough money for a Leica M11"  
  - R.S., London  

 


Leica 75mm Summilux-M f/1.4 sample photo - Princess Joy Villa
Model shoot with Princess Joy Villa on the forurth day of the Overgaard Workshop in London, 2014. Leica M 240 with Leica 75mm Summilux-M f/1.4

 

DAY 4 - 10.00 - 18.00: This is the final day after we have done theory, photographed, reviewed our photographs. This day we are busy filling out holes we would like to work more with, refining techniques - and then we have to hurry back and edit the images so it's a wrap before we end off at 18.00.

Keywords DAY 4: Final assignment. Getting it all right. Finising every image and archiving. Publishing.


London workshop. Photo by Felix Kunze.

     
 

"Photography has become dear to my heart again. Hope we have still some time to spend together."

 
  - J., Spain  


Los Angeles, July 2011. Photo by Jeff Rovner.


Networking: The seminars tend to be new networks as we share the same passion in photography, and the participants usually have quite a lot more in common than just photography. Berlin 2011, photo by Malou Lasquite.

 

     
  "Thanks so much for all your instruction this past weekend. I really enjoyed meeting you and spending time understanding more of how you view things. I know there is a lot more to learn and hope we meet again."  
  - R.Y., Texas  


Matthias, Thomas and Chrostoph in Zürich, June 2011


Hong Kong, December 2011.


Berlin, February 2011

     
  "It has been truly enlightening and a great joy for me to share those seminar days with you all! Many beautiful memories remain in the portait and especially the street photography departement ... and not last those personal talks we had about different styles of photography and Leica."  
  - M.F., Austria  

 


London, September 2011, Polaroid courtesy of Abercombie & Fitch


Hong Kong, December 2011.

 

(If you use iPad you may click here to visit the original video on Vimeo)
"Picture Perfect" video about Danish feature writer and photographer Thorsten Overgaard, by Emma Brumpton for Channel Four. The video was done on The Faroe Islands in 2008 during a week of photographing climate changes, when Al Gore visited the islands.

 

 

     
 

Frequently Asked Questions

Which computer do I need for photography?

Here are recommendations for your next computer, before or after a Thorsten Overgaard Workshop: Apple computers has traditionally been the ibest for photography workflow. I used to say that, even if you work with a PC for work, consider an Apple for your photography. But well, things are changing. Apple seem to have a hard time to keep up, and meanwhile for example the Microsoft Surface computer prove to be an excellent platform for photo editing. So, if you heard me say "get a Mac" in the past, let me modify it to, "Consider a Mac, but if you're willing to work with the PC interface, consider a Microsoft Surface computer".

 

The Microsoft Surface computer where you can take off the keyboard and use the screen with a pencil, or a wheel you attach (magnetically) to the screen. They come as 15" with 1TB and i7 Quad-core processors. See MacRumors review of MacBook Pro vs Microsoft Surface.
The Microsoft Surface Pro computer where you can take off the keyboard and use the screen with a pencil, or a wheel you attach (magnetically) to the screen. They come as 15" with 1TB and i7 Quad-core processors. See MacRumors review of MacBook Pro vs Microsoft Surface.

 

Generally, I recommend getting the fastest MacBook Pro available, if you want to be mobile, with the 15" Retina screen, or a 13" with external Eizo or other large screen if you want to be mobile, but perform most final editing work at home. Change computer every 18-36 months to stay in the loop with the fastest technology (things change so fast that a 3 year old computer tends to be really slow).

 

MacBook Pro 15". As of 2018, the Mid 2015 model is still the fastest for photo editing.
MacBook Pro 15". As of 2018, the Mid 2015 model is still the fastest for photo editing.

  

Much less computer power needed if you use Capture One, than if you use Adobe Lightroom CC

Adobe Lightroom CC Classic tend to bog down the computer when it (imports and) build previews, and (since Lightroom CC Classic 2018, also) when it exports JPG's. Traditionally, the processor power of the computer is used to build previews and calculate resized exports in JPG or TIFF. That's when the computer sounds like a hairdryer.

Capture One doesn't bog down the computer (at all) when it exports), and the building of previews upon import is very fast and slick. This of course implies that something is not completely right in the way Lightroom works, and whatever that is, the conclusion is that Capture One works faster. Much faster.

With the new MacBook Pro (2018) reaching beyond $8,000 for the absolute power and largest 4TB hard drive, the option to use a 2015 model, or a smaller model of any of them, is relevant.

 

Speed comparison Lightroom vs. Capture One:

This is how big a difference there is working with Lightroom 7 and Capture One 11. This test was performed with 346 DNG files from 24MP camera (= size 20-30 MB each) using a Mac Book Pro 15" (Late 2016) with 2TB hard drive, 16GB ram:

   

LIGHTROOM
CC Classic 7

 

Capture One Pro
11

Import of 346 DNG files from SD-card
  2:11 min
  2:09 min
Making 1:1 previews
of 346 DNG files
  13:40 min   3:55 min
Export of files **
(346 web-sized JPG's)
  3:45 min   3:20 min
Total waiting time
for import, preview and export of 346 pictures
  19:36 min   9:24 Min
Delay in showing a full-size preview
  1.2 Sec   0.1 Sec

 

 

Speed comparison of MacBook Pro using Lightroom:

If you use Lightroom, which many Leica users still does because it traditionally comes with the Leica camera, you should be aware which Mac computer works the fastest. This is how big a difference there is working with Lightroom 6.x. This test was performed with 346 DNG files from 24MP camera (= size 20-30 MB each). The 2017 model is not in this comparison but was tested to be generally 7% faster than the 2016 model (no reason to upgrade from the 2016 to the 2017 model). I will be testing the 2018 model at a later point and expect it to be on level, or better than, the 2015 model.

    MacBook Air 11
(Mid 2013)

1.7 Ghz i7
processor
512 GB
hard drive
Intel 1.5 GB
1 Thunderbolt
2 USB
$1,700 in 2013

  MacBook Pro 15"
(Late 2013)

2.6 Ghz i7
Quad processor
1 TB
hard drive
NVIDIA
750M 2 GB
2 Thunderbolt
2 USB 3
SD-card reader
$3,300 in 2013
 

MacBook Pro 15"
(Mid 2015)

2.8 Ghz i7
Quad processor
1 TB
hard drive
AMD 2GB
2 Thunderbolt
2 USB 3
SD-card reader
$3,100 in 2016
B&H Photo / Amazon

  MacBook Pro 13"
(Late 2016)

2.9 Ghz i5
Duo processor
512GB
hard drive
8GB RAM
Iris Graphics 550
4 x USB-C/
Tunderbolt 3
$1,899 in 2017
B&H Photo
  MacBook Pro 13"
(Late 2016)

3.3 Ghz i7
Duo processor
1 TB
hard drive
16GB RAM
Iris Graphics 550 2GB
4 x USB-C/
Tunderbolt 3
$2,899 in 2017
B&H Photo
  MacBook Pro 15"
(Late 2016)

2.9 Ghz i7
Quad processor
2 TB
hard drive
16GB RAM
AMD Radeon Pro 460 GPU 4GB
4 x USB-C/
Tunderbolt 3
$4,299 in 2017
B&H Photo
Import into Lightroom 6
of 346 DNG files from SD-card
  11:31 min
(External
USB reader)
  2:14 min
(built-in SD reader)
  1:54 min
(built-in SD reader)
  9:54 min
(USB to USB-C dongle)
  7:53 min
(USB to USB-C dongle)
  2:11 min
(External
USB-C reader)
Making 1:1 previews
of 346 DNG files
  26:34 min   21:32 min   11:48 min   17:43 min   17:08 min   13:40 min
Export of files **
(346 web-sized JPG's)
  24:16 Min   4:44 Min   3:12 Min   7:33 Min   7:30 min   3:45 min
Total waiting time
for import, preview and export of 346 pictures **
  62:21 Min   28:30 Min   16:54 Min   35:10 Min   32:31 Min   19:36 Min
SSD hard drive/Flash Memory
read/write/copy speed *
  200MB/sec   800MB/sec   2000MB/sec   1900MB/sec   1950MB/sec   1950MB/sec
Delay in showing a full-size preview in Develop Mode *
  3-5 Sec   0.3 Sec   0.1 Sec   2.0 Sec   2.0 Sec   1,2 Sec
* = When you edit in Lightroom on a computer, the computer depend on the hard drive and not the processor/RAM to show previews immediately.
** = Export of files in other sizes than original uses the processor to resize the files.

 

Big screen

If you want to work on a large screen at home, I recommend getting one or two external screens that connects to your portable, rather than having a "large computer" at home and a "small computer" for travel. It's much easier to have just one computer and not having to sync two computers; and you can invest the money in one really fast computer.

Workspace with two 30" Apple Cinema screens run by a MacBook Pro. © 2014-2016 Thorsten Overgaard.
I used to have a workspace with two 30" Apple Cinema screens run by a MacBook Pro. © 2014-2017 Thorsten Overgaard.

Thorsten von Overgaard editing on Eizo
I like Eizo ColorEdge screens for the image quality and 98% of Adobe RGB color space shown, as well as the mechanical quality. They connect to the MacBook Pro via a USB Type-C -> DisplayPort cable, and to Microsoft Surface Pro via an PM200 cable (Mini DisplayPort -> DisplayPort).

 

Always buy the fastest model available

No matter which MacBook model you buy, upgrade the processor to the fastest possible model, and consider to upgrade the hard drive to the largest available.

In the MacBook Air series, they usually come with an i5 processor, but upgrading to the i7 will increase the speed for photography workflow 4X and only cost $150.

The MacBook 12" is cute, has a great screen, but is also the slowest model for photography workflow. My mother has one and loves it, but she's 70 years old and only uses it for e-mail and online banking.

If you visit an Apple store and compare the 13" MacBook Air with the 15" MacBook Pro, you will realize that there's not much difference in size. So, why not get the computer with the largest screen and most speed?

Even I travel 49 of the years 52 weeks, I've choosen the MacBook Pro 15" every time, and I've picked the fastest model available every time. I travel with my computer, but I never really carry it around. I park it in a hotel or apartment, and when I travel to the next place I put it in my bag until I arrive in the next place. Only if you always (or often) carry your computer around town with you does it makes sense to get a smaller model.

Currently, the MacBook Pro 15" (Late 2016) with 2.9 Ghz and 2TB hard drive may be the choice for slick design, better screen and the 2TB hard drive. But in terms of speed, the previous 2015 model is actually 14% faster for Lightroom.

Currently, the new MacBook Pro 15" (Mid 2018) with 2.9 Ghz i9 processor (when you add $300 for upgrade from 2.6 Ghz i7 processor) and 2TB hard drive ($4,699 at BH Photo) is likely to the first of the new MacBook Pro's that is actaully faster than the previous silver 2015 model.

Maybe in an attempt to sell cloud storage, the SSD disk space has become extremely expensive. The 4TH model is + $2,000 for the extra two TB. If you downgrade from 2TB to 1TB, the price of the computer is 'only' $3,899 at BH Photo.

With it the new MacBook Pro's (Late 2016, Mid 2017 and Mid 2018 models) comes the pain of new Thunderbolt 3/USB-C connections and no SD-card reader built-in.

 

LaCie 5TB harddrive USB-C   LaCie 4Tb harddrive USB3 with USB-C dongle
LaCie 5TB harddrive USB-C   LaCie 4TB harddrive USB3 with USB-C dongle

 

Design

The MacBook Pro does have a slick design. After having looked at Joy using a less-than-impressive in terms of speed 13"' for some weeks, I started looking at my 2015 macbook as a clunky device. The fingerprint opening of the new MacBook is a nice feature together with other things that makes the Late 2016, Mid 2017 and Mid 2018 model a pleasure to use.

The four similar connections is a freedom, once you get harddrives, SD-card readers and all that connects to the Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports. And unlike the iPhone, it still has a mini jack for headphones!

 

No more SD-card reader in the Late 2016, Mid 2017 and Mid 2018 MacBook Pro computers

  StarTech USB-C cardreader for SD-cards
  StarTech SD-card reader is $30 at BH PHoto
   

Apple doesn't even make or sell (in the Apple Store) a SD card reader, so you have to visit BH Photo, Amazon or eBay to find a third party SD card reader that goes into the USB-C plug, or a traditional SD card reader with USB and use a USB-C to USB3 dongle.

Using a USB 3 card reader via a dongle is extremely slow. There are more and more USB-C readers available. The one I got is the StarTech ($30).

Then a few weeks later, I got the SanDisk USB-C reader, and that one is better:

 

The SanDisk Extreme Pro SD UHS-II Card USB-C readers does the job.
The SanDisk Extreme Pro SD UHS-II Card USB-C reader does the job. © 2017 Thorsten Overgaard.

 

Work simply on a laptop when on the road, and offload to external drives when back home. Here's my hotel room in Jakarta. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm Noctilux. © 2013-2018 Thorsten Overgaard
Work simply on a laptop when on the road, and offload to external drives when back home. Here's my hotel room in Jakarta. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm Noctilux. © 2013-2018 Thorsten Overgaard

 

USB-C is not the same as Thunderbolt 3

The plug for USB-C is the same as for Thunderbolt 3. The confusion on this is so great that the staff in the Apple Store doesn't always know. They will claim it is the same speed. It's not. Thunderbolt 3 is four times faster than USB-C, and that is important when buying a new hard drive: LaCie makes hard drives with USB-C (USB 3.1) connections and Thunderbolt 3 connections for this reason, but many portable drives have just USB-C connection. USB-C speed is rated as 10GB/sec and Thunderbolt 3 is rated as 40GB/sec. This is so little known, most will claim USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 is the same connection and speed (though it was specified in the 40 page document following the release of the MacBook Late 2016).

Thunderbolt 3 hard drives
Hard drives with USB-C are not the same as Thunderbolt 3. The LaCie 6TB, 8TB and 10TB d2 drives are the first ones with real Thunderbolt 3 cables and speeds.


My LaCie 10TB drives with one USB-C connection (top) and two Thunderbolt 3 connections. It's $500 for this model at BH Photo. The cables for USB-C (has a USB-symbol) and Thunderbolt 3 (has a thunder synbol and 3) are different.
My LaCie 10TB drives with one USB-C connection (top) and two Thunderbolt 3 connections. It's $500 for this model at BH Photo. The cables for USB-C (has a USB-symbol) and Thunderbolt 3 (has a thunder synbol and 3) are different.

 

Look at performance, don't listen to the hype

When the new MacBook Pro was announced, it was announced as "Metal on all four sides" and "17% thinner than the previous model" and so on. That's how they sold us Thunderbolt some years ago and that's how the MacBook 12" may sound great (even it is the worst for picture editing).

It's difficult to not get enthusiastic about the new, but make speed comparisons before you go get it all.

Read the numbers carefully below, not the names of the connections!

 

Which external hard drives do I need for photography?

You need external hard drives for storage, and you usually need two so that one is your storage, the other is your backup. In other words, you always buy two, four, six or eight hard drives at a time.

Portable hard drives have a live span of 12-18 months before you want to replace them with a bigger one. You think they will last forever, but your need for storage grows faster than you think. The good news is that price of hard drive space drops with the same speed as your need more space.

This is how big (or little) a difference there is between USB and Thunderbolt, and that Thunderbolt 2 surprisingly is faster than Thunderbolt 3 (tested with Blackmagic Sped Test):

    USB 3
portable
hard drive

2 TB from
BH Photo / Amazon
4 TB from
BH Photo / Amazon

 

Thunderbolt
portable
hard drive

4 TB from
BH Photo
/ Amazon

  USB-C
portable
hard drive

LaCie
Porsche
2TB
BH Photo
  Thunderbolt
2
desktop
hard drive
LaCie 6TB
 

Thunderbolt 3
desktop
hard drive
LaCie 10TB

BH Photo

Read/write/copy speed *
  75 MB/sec   80 MB/sec
           
Read/write/copy speed with MacBook USB-C (Late 2016) via dongle to USB 3
  75 MB/sec   80 MB/sec
           
Read/write/copy speed with MacBook USB-C/Thunderbolt 3
(Late 2016/Mid 2017)
         
103MB/sec
 
137MB/sec
 
117MB/sec
* = Specifications of USB 3.1 says they can do 1,250MB/sec and specifications of Thunderbolt 2 says 2,500MB/sec. That's in theory. If you test them on your machine with a free program like Blackmagic Disk Speed Test, you will see the actual value ((which of course depends as well on your machine's hard drive (5400 RMP or 7200 ROM or SSD). Specifications for FireWire 400 said 100-400MB/sec and FireWire 800 said 800MB/sec.

 

As you can see, the extra price of Thunderbolt external hard drives (usually $100-$200 per hard drive) isn't warranted by the 6% faster speed compared to USB 3. Thunderbolt 3 is greatly improved speed compared to USB-C.

With new MacBook Pro 15" (Late 2016, Mid 2017 and Mid 2018) that has four Thunderbolt 3 conncetions (which looks the same as USB-C), you don't really have a choice. You can use dongles/converters for a while, but all future things you buy should be directed towards USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 (when Thunderbolt came out, you could get FireWire to Thunderbolt converters, and they work; but you want clean cables without having to use dongles/converters).

 

My portable hard drives are currently 4TB LaCie Rugged (USB3) and 2TB Western Digital (USB3).
My portable hard drives are currently 4TB LaCie Rugged (USB3) and 2TB Western Digital (USB3) and 2TB USB-C LaCie Porsche.

 

Remember, you will buy a new one anyways in 12-18 months. Go with USB 3if you can, and don't spend much time reconsidering this decision until portable SSD hard drives come down into a reasonable price range. (There will be coming a new type of SSD hard drives that you can expand unlimited - e-mail me for more info on this so you get a notice when they are available). 

Make sure to avoid portable hard drives that require external power supply! Not much compactness in having a small drive that needs a power supply. A portable hard drive should be powered by the USB or Thunderbolt cable. 

 

Desktop hard drives are a little different in that they last for 3-5 years. Then you want to upgrade them to larger ones because you need more space and the connections becomes obsolete. FireWire 400 (invented 1995) and FireWire 800 (introduced 2009) have died out. Again, time works for you, the price of a top-of-the-line 120 GB hard drive in 2000 was $400 back then, and a 6,000 GB hard drive today costs $400 as well. 

 

This is how big (or small) a difference there is between FireWire 800, USB3, Thunderbolt 2 and Thunderbolt 3:



 

FireWire 800
hard drive

  USB 3
hard drive
  Thunderbolt
2
desktop
hard drive
LaCie 6TB
 

Thunderbolt 3
desktop
hard drive
LaCie 10TB

BH Photo

Read/write/copy speed
  71 MB/sec
  75 MB/sec   137MB/sec   117MB/sec
 

 

The lesson on FireWire, USB, Thunderbolt and the new Apple USB-C Port is that it's the size of the connections that change dramatically, not so much the speed. But the hype with each new type makes you buy new equipment, and that's the main feature.

The USB-C is genius in that it is one connections for power, drives, screens and all. But don't believe for a second it's faster.

 

Some of my external hard drives. FireWire/Thunderbolt in the background, USB backup drives on the front, and USB3 portable hard drives for travel.
Some of my external hard drives. FireWire/Thunderbolt in the background, USB backup drives on the front, and USB3 portable hard drives for travel.

 

USB desktop hard drives vs
Thunderbolt desktop hard drives

You can set up several USB 3 external hard drives via an $18 USB 3.1 Hub so they are all connected at the same time. As the Hub provides power as well, you can actually go with portable drives instead of the Desktop hard drives (that all requires a separate power supply). If you don't depend on speed but use the connected hard drives for archiving (and photo editing, video editing, etc. on the much faster internal SSD/Flash Memory), this is actually worth considering. The USB hub also can charge iPhones and stuff.  

Thunderbolt 2 and Thunderbolt 3 hard drives can be connected in "daiseychain" which means you have one cable going out of the Mac to the first hard drive, then a Thunderbolt from that to the next and from that to the next. They are all connected this way, although it requires that the desktop hard drive needs two Thunderbolt connections (one in and one out).  

One of the problems with Thunderbolt 2 is that the cables go black for no reason. They simply stop working. Some times, after some weeks of rest they may work normally again. If you have a rather complicated setup of drives it's annoying to locate the faulty cable and replace it. Others have reported that Thunderbolt cables caused errors that wiped their hard drives. All in all, it's an easy technology but not a very stable one. We all got into it because "Thunderbolt" sounds so cool, and it's the future (and who doesn't want to be in that?). 

  Sanho 5-in-1 hub for MacBook USB-C is necessary in order to plug in more than one thing. It's a mess..!
  Sanho 5-in-1 hub for MacBook USB-C is necessary in order to plug in more than one thing. It's a mess..!
   

Next thing will be USB-C which was introduced on the MacBook 12" in 2015 and that's also what is on the new redesigned MacBook Pro (Late 2016), wich they call Thunderbolt 3 on that one. (It has 4 Thunderbolt 3 connections and nothing else).

Thunderbolt 3 read/write supposedly up to 4X faster than USB-C even they plugs look the same. If you connect a USB hard drive via the USB>USB-C dongle, the speed will obviously be that of the slowest cable.

In the MacBook 12" it's very unpractical as it is the one and only connection for power, hard drives, scanners, phones and all. "Be careful what you wish for", as the Apple CEO said about that feature.

Do what seems most practical. As long as you have backup of your hard drives, the problems will never be bigger than what you can overcome. I very much buy hard drives the same way I buy Xerox paper:  the price per pack for 500 sheets of Xerox paper, and the price for a 1TB hard drive. I simply make a piece of paper where I list and compare the current models: Speed, Connections, price per TB). If I had smaller storage needs, I would use portable hard drives only. Nice, easy and compact. 

As I don't expect any of my desktop hard drives to be with me for more than 3-5 years, I don't invest in one large system or one large 30TB hard drive. I buy a hard drive that will keep me going for a while; and in 6-9 months when I need more space, I compare and get the next one.

Price comparison of hard drives (July 2018)

    USB 3:

  Thunder-bolt 2:   USB-C:   Thunder-
bolt 3:
LaCie 5TB Rugged
portable HD
      $50 per 1 TB
BH Photo
       
WD 2TB portable HD
  $32 per 1 TB
BH Photo / Amazon
           
LaCie 4 TB Rugged
portable HD
  $35 per 1 TB
BH Photo / Amazon
  $85 per 1 TB
BH Photo / Amazon
  $40 per 1 TB
BH Photo
   
SanDisk 960GB
Portable SSD

  $499 per 1 TB
BH Photo / Amazon
           
LaCie Porsche 2TB
LaCie Porsche 5TB


          $46 per 1 TB
$32 per 1 TB
BH Photo
   
LaCie 10 TB Desktop HD
              $50 per 1 TB
BH Photo
LaCie 20 TB Dock RAID w
SD card reader and more
              $54 per 1 TB
BH Photo

Best buy in hard drives:


As of July 2018, the 20TB Thunderbolt 3 DOCK with raid and several connections, as well as memory card reader, is a really good price per TB. See review here. Price $ 1,095 at BH Photo.

 

In portable hard drives, my favorite is the 2TB LaCie Porsche because it's so slim ($46 per 1 TB). The bulkier 5TB is only $32 per 1TB which is the best price across the lines of portable USB-C drives, but a chunk of metal. It's okay if you have a pocket or place for it in the bag.
In portable hard drives, my favorite is the 2TB LaCie Porsche because it's so slim ($46 per 1 TB). The bulkier 5TB is only $32 per 1TB which is the best price across the lines of portable USB-C drives, but a chunk of metal. It's okay if you have a pocket or place for it in the bag.

 

 
     

 

         
 
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Reviews of the Thorsten von Overgaard Workshops:

 

What People Say

 

     
 

User review of the Thorsten von Overgaard Workshop:

"The Overgaard Photography Workshop is an investment that pays immediate dividends.

In four short days there was a marked swagger in my step. This may sound irrelevant to photography, but in my opinion it’s one of the unspoken tangibles that make professional photographers like Thorsten so damn good – their confidence is able to make them disappear in a sense, and put their subjects at ease.

The funny thing about this is that it wasn't something discussed during the workshop, it was something that I learned from observing Thorsten work. The way he moved without hesitation, the manner in which he sized up his subject, and got the shot and moved on. Quick, clean, and confident! For me, that was the most valuable part of the workshop – spending four days at the elbow of a professional photographer!

What an experience!

I came away excited, eager, and confident that I could produce the kind of photographs I've always envied!

Thank you to my friend Thorsten! Some time in the future, somewhere in the world, our paths will cross again!"

 
  - J. J. (New York)  

 

     
 

User review of the Thorsten von Overgaard Workshops in Rome and Paris:

"Thank you for the Rome workshop.

The last days I spent with you in Rome I have done once before. So why do it again? Same type of workshop and with the same photographer.

Simply because I was so inspired by the first workshop two years ago, that I felt I would (and could) squeeze even more out of you a second time.

Of course some repetition was present on theory but two photo shootings are newer the same, and you always get new information there either wasn't presented the first time, or that you did not grasp at that time.

My overall goal taking part in the Rome Workshop was to focus much on the light, which I can transfer to future photo and television news stories that I produce.

And I got it!

The hands-on practice and advice from you benefits both experienced pro's like my self, and amateurs who wants to step up a level. So with my tired feet walking around hot Rome, I now will go back to work and let the experiences and inspiration go into my photography works.

You are newer too old, too experienced or (especially) too good to learn. Thank you for good company and learning experiences. Thank you to Princess Joy villa and Robin Isabella as well!"

 
  - Morten Aalbek (Videographer of the year 2014, Denmark)  

 

     
 

Review of the Thorsten von Overgaard Workshop in Berlin:

"The Berlin Workshop is still resonating with me. It was truly a great experience, and was really nice to meet you and your family!"


 
  - T. S. (Canada)  

 

     
 

"I wanted to take a moment and thank you again for all of the inspiration you give to so many of us. Earlier this evening I participated in an art show. Now, I have to admit that there are few things more satisfying as an artist than knowing that someone is not only willing to pay for your photographs but display them in their home or office. Thank you for all you do."

 
  - L. T. (USA)  

 

     
 

User review of the Thorsten von Overgaard Workshp:

"I diligently edit and process my images after every shoot as taught in your workshop and am always up to date with my images.

I have had your New Inspiration Course for a couple of days and have viewed all videos. I recently submitted a few images to a gallery in Portland for an exhibit.

I will continue to refine and work on the things you have talked about."


 
  - J. L. (Canada)  

 

     
 

"It was a wonderful time, so many wonderful lasting friendships developed in this workshops!"

 
  - R. W. (Austria)  

 

     
 

"Since we have met in the Overgaard Workshop Amsterdam I have been going wild making photos. Your approach really enabled me to make a steep change in making and processing photos. Many thanks for this!"

 
  - E. A. (Netherlands)  

 

     
 

"I’m more confidence in doing portraits after the workshop."

 
  - B. N. (UK)  

 

     
 

"The Berlin Workshop is still resonating with me. It was truly a great experience, and was really nice to meet you and your family!"

 
  - T. S. (Canada)  

 

     
 

Thorsten Overgaard Workshop Review:

"Thorsten, I appreciate the genuine way in which you continue to communicate with your students and admire your success in creating a community of enthusiasts around you.

"I was such a beginner when I did your workshop that it has taken me quite a while to incorporate what you taught us into my photographic life.

"I remember you are not a fan of spending hours on a photo, and nor am I – indeed one of the benefits of the workshop was to show how one could spend more time out and about with the camera".

 
  - M. B. (France)  

 

     
 

"Thank you again for sharing the basics of your craft with us in Milano! It was a pleasure to meet you and I hope to find another opportunity to join one of your future classes in a different city soon!"

 
  - Y. M. (Switzerland)  

 

     
 

"Thanks a lot for a great workshop in Stockholm - it was f…… fun and inspiring."

 
  - G. M. (Denmark)  

 

     
 

Review of the Thorsten Overgaard Workshop in Paris:

"Thank you for the great days and your hospitality. Besides meeting you, Joy and the others and having a good time, the workshop inspired me a lot and I learnt lots of new things.

I took more photos than I usually take and was more courageous as well in shooting people. That was great! I´m really happy with the results and what I did.

There is also an element of frustration about start working with the photos in a better way, to learn more, to improve, to take more time for photography. Let's see what changes this might lead to".

 
  - B. K. (Sweden)  

 

     
 

"It was a good time in Paris, it really inspired me a lot. And good to get to know you."

 
  - B. N. (France)  

 

 

     
 

"Thanks for an inspiring workshop and nice company in a lovely city. It was really great getting together with you and be in the Leica-bubble for a few days. I liked the relaxed atmosphere and learning from you"

 
  - B. K. (Sweden)  

 

     
 

Review of the Thorsten Overgaard Workshop in Hong Kong:

"It was a great pleasure spending the past three days with you guys. It was a lot of fun walking around Hong Kong with our Leica. 

Thank you Thorsten for sharing your professional experience with us, it really changed my point of view on keeping data files. With the advancement of technologies, we must keep a set of data which can take the test of times. That's a very important message amongst others that I learned in the past three days.

In the meantime, always carry your camera and be ready for the next shot!"

 
  - B. L. (Hong Kong)  

 

     
 

"First of all my gratitude goes to Thorsten who wants to share his knowledge about (Leica) photography, answering to all our recurring questions.

His methodology is perhaps not what hardware-, software-, cloud-, ...companies want us to do but as a former IT engineer I can only acknowledge his views about preserving our digital "heritage".

Unfortunately the times of the shoe boxes with our 10x15cm photographs are gone (with or without the negatives). Some markings on the envelope and that was it. Some had photo albums for the major events. The advantage of the old system is that anyone could view your pictures without any specialised hardware. I have some 19th century negative glass plates and you can still see what's on it alas in negative.

Recently I found back some negatives my grandfather took in the first WW with his Kodak Vestpocket camera ... In a world full of digital wonders like smart phones we never take so much pictures as nowadays as a society. Most of these pictures are lost or will be lost shortly because of a new smart phone, hard disk crash, incompetence of the user. The chance your hard drive crashes is higher than of your home burns down.

The workflow explained is for me the best I have ever seen. The portrait session; we missed the model but Bengt did a great job. He has FB profile photos for the next 10 years...

Explaining how to observe the light... It was a pleasure to meet you all in this fantastic workshop in Amsterdam, hope we will keep in touch somehow."

 
  - E. B. (Netherlands)  

 

     
 

"Than you for an inspiring course in Stockholm, and thanks to your expansive personality and great camera knowledge, lightly conveyed.

The Lightroom Survival Kit will help me remember the intricacies of geting the raw file into a great picture."

 
  - E. B. (Sweden)  

 

     
 

Review of the Thorsten Overgaard Workshop in Vienna, Austria:

"I would like to say thank you for the workshop. It was a great experience of realizing my potential, capturing important hints and of course meeting you personally.

It was a pleasure for me to join you and the Leica fellows these summer days in Vienna."

 
  - A. P. (Russia)  

 

     
 

"I just wanted to write and say it was a very inspiring three days with you all - I learned a lot from everyone. It was a pleasure to meet you all and hope to see many more of your photos in the future.

Thank you for this Thorsten. It was a great use of three days and you really taught me a lot and inspired me very much, not only in photography but music and life. I look forward to when our paths cross again. All the best man."

 
  - E. Z. (Bosnia)  

 

     
 

Review of the Thorsten von Overgaard Workshop in Rome, Italy:

"I enjoyed myself very much in the Rome Workshop. I learned a lot, and only now the full experience is sinking in.

Thank you. I am trying make the New York Monochrome Masterclass.

All the best to Princess Joy Villa and Robin Isabella".


 
  - E. L. (Jerusalem, Israel)  

 

     
 

"This is just to let you know that I had a great time these last three days in Amsterdam. We had a good group and I liked the relaxed way in which you approach photagraphy. I picked up a number of valuable ideas and technical tricks. Thanks a lot!"


 
  - M. L. (Netherlands)  

 

     
 

"I take the opportunity to thank everybody for having the pleasure of sharing fantastic moments with you all."


 
  - A. S. (Netherlands)  

 

     
 

Review of the Thorsten Overgaard Workshop in Sydney, Australia:

"Thank you again for the great time in Sydney. It was (and I say this quite seriously) a life changing experience. I'm a lot more confident to take and show my photos now. You should be proud that you have obviously brought knowledge and confidence to so many people. I will see you again some time in the future for a refresher."

 
  - J. G. (Australia)  

 

     
 

Review of the Thorsten Overgaard Workshop in Malmo, Sweden:

"I was participant on your photo workshops in Malmo in 2011 and 2012. My abilities increased beyond imagination after that. Will you be offering a workshop only about portrait photography?"

 
  - C. B. (Malmo, Sweden)  

 

     
 

Review of the Thorsten Overgaard Workshop in Berlin, Germany:

"Meeting you was one of the most memorable things in my life!"

 
  - I. L. (USA)  

 

     
 

Review of the Thorsten Overgaard Workshop in Bangkok, Thailand:

"I'm one of the luckiest guys in the world who have chance to attend the Thorsten Overgaard workshop in Bangkok."

 
  - N. S. (Thailand)  

 

     
 

User review of the Thorsten von Overgaard Workshop:

"I also wanted to express my gratitude again for the great workshop experience. As you know, I have been rediscovering my love of photography, and I feel that – beyond everything I learned about light, technique and software – I really took a giant step forward in "seeing" again, and in embracing the sheer fun of making photos.

I think your design of the workshop os right on the mark. The full day of ambling around, looking for the beautiful light, and taking (hopefully) great photos. I know it worked for me (since I was up at 3 AM trying to take pictures of the downtown skyline).

I feel energized about my photography, and am planning on getting much more involved with it over the coming months. I've been taking photos of fun things in the countryside on my way to work (I drive through about thirty miles of fields, dairies, falling-down buildings, old and rusting farm equipment and so on). I'm also learning more about both Lightroom and Media Pro.

So, thanks again for a great experience. I hope to take another of your workshops again."

 
  - B. S. (San Francisco)  

 

     
 

Review of the Thorsten Overgaard Workshop in Seoul, Korea:

"Dear Thorsten and Joy, I wish to thank you and Joy for a wonderful four days of photography. From the first day of theory to the last day of choosing our best, it was a wonderful experience that inspired me to take more pictures and share them with others.

I learned a great deal from your critical comments and also your showing how to improve the final picture through minor adjustments in Lightroom. Many of my friends have a heavy hand with Lightroom but you showed us how to adjust the camera so that minimal post processing was necessary to have a good final product.

Joy was also such a pleasure to be with. She is such a professional in her chosen field of modeling, entertainment and production. Her sharing of this knowledge with us was a compliment to Thorsten's photographic knowledge. She was also very flexible and willing to share her poetry with us after coming out of the cold of Seoul's winter too.

I will always remember those four days as being very special because of both of you. When you come to Seoul again, I plan to be there!

Again thank you for a wonderful photo experience."

 
  - G. F. (Korea)  

 

Overgaard Workshop in Berlin
Overgaard Workshop in Berlin.

 

 


Thorsten von Overgaard Workshop Review Video

 

     
 

"I'll add my thanks to everyone for making this a thoroughly enjoyable workshop -- very atypical from those that I've taken in the past. 

Thorsten, the way you've mixed the practical (technical) and the craftsmanship of making a good image with arguably the best tools out there left me with very actionable take-aways.

Thorsten and Joy - thank you for being wonderful gracious hosts and hope our paths will cross again."

 
  - D. C. (USA)  

 

     
 

"If you want to feel more confident with photographing and editing your photos from DNGs to finished pictures and have fun while doing it, I can warmly recommend attending Thorsten’s workshop. Not only did he help me shoot with more confidence, but he also taught me his editing workflow. He has a pleasant way of instructing and he inspires his students to develop a style of their own."

 
  - P. V. (Monaco)  

 

     
 

"Thanks for pushing your students to use those extreme apertures more frequently. Fun stuff.
I hope you are well wherever you are."

 
  - B. P. (France)  

 

     
 

"It was a great pleasure spending the past three days with you guys. It was a lot of fun walking around Hong Kong with our Leica cameras.  

Let us share this passion and try to get together with each other and share our creations over coffee, lunch or dinner.  

Thank you Thorsten for sharing your professional experience with us, it really changed my point of view on keeping data files. With the advancement of technologies, we must keep a set of data which can take the test of times. That’s a very important message amongst others that I learned in the past three days.

In the meantime, always carry your camera and be ready for the next shot!  Let’s try to get together again!"

 
  - B. L. (Hong Kong)  

 

     
 

"I would like to say thank you for the workshop we recently had. It was a great experience of realising my potential, capturing important hints and of course meeting you personally. It was a pleasure for me to join you and the few Leica fellows these summer days in Vienna."

 
  - A. N. (Austria)  

 

     
 

"Thanks again for a fantastic workshop in Montreal. it was a highlight of my summer."

 
  - A. S. (USA)  

 

     
 

"Just a short note to say how much I enjoyed your seminar this past weekend in Havana. You were able to clear up most of my photography questions and give me a great deal of other things to think about in image capture and techniques.

I am still quite rusty on the Lightroom use and manipulation, but I suspect that will be secondary to capturing good images going forward. Confidence in color was the real treat of the weekend."


 
  - C. J. (USA)  

 

     
 

"It was a pleasure to work and play with all of you for the last four days. A great experience I won’t soon forget. Now I have 11 new friends from around the world.

Many thanks to Joy for dressing up and posing out in the hot sun for a few hours for our photo shoot - I’m sure it wasn’t easy! Very much appreciated!!

And of course many thanks to Thorsten for being so patient and working through the details of being an excellent Leica photographer … searching out the light and introducing us to his efficient workflow processing procedure.  I am approaching my photographer in a much different light now, compared to my photography life prior to the course.

Awesome!"

 
  - A. R. (USA)  

 

     
 

"Thank you for a great couple of days. It has been super fun and educational. I enjoyed our conversations, and now when I’ve looked through your best pics, I feel humble and starting to realise that I have a lot to learn.

Thank you Thorsten and thank you Joy for all support and I wish you both the best of luck with future endeavours.

Fun to meet so many more Leica users. I would love to keep in touch so if you are on Facebook"

 
  - L. M. (Sweden)  

 

     
 

"Many thanks for a terrific workshop! Cannot tell you how much I enjoyed learning from you and with colleagues (and new friends) from around the world. I feel that my skills improved, and everyone learned in a very relaxed manner. Joy was extraordinarily gracious to work with all of the students."

 
  - J. P. (USA)  

 

     
 

"what a magical three days!!! I greatly appreciated being with such a terrific, interesting and compatible group, and learning not only from Thorsten and Joy, but from each other."

 
  - M. M. (Germany)  

 

     
 

"I've had some time to reflect on the Perth workshop and wanted to send you a note to say a big thank you for everything that you taught me over the four days!

It was fun, relaxed, informative and a really positive environment. You and Joy complimented each other perfectly, your collective enthusiasm is infectious and you've changed the way I look at the world. 

The three key things I took away from the workshop are:
1) love your gear,
2) keep it simple, and
3) just do it!

I now understand why people who attend one workshop are likely to do another one. I think attending a second workshop would be like listening to your favourite song with really good headphones - you get so much more out of it! I will definitely be back!

I can't recommend your workshop highly enough - if anyone is even considering it they should definitely do it (although, be prepared to want more Leica gear)!"

 
  - J. H. (Australia)  

 

     
 

"Enjoying my photography more than ever since the workshop. Love the monochrome Leica."

 
  - R. F. (UK)  

 

     
 

"Thanks again for the GREAT workshop experience.

It is going to take me awhile to return to (almost) normal after the last several days. I have photo and software details swirling around in my brain, and am trying to assimilate it all. I hope the three of you had a good trip this morning and that you have a wonderful time in Florida as well."

 
  - B. S. (USA)  

 

     
 

User review of the Thorsten von Overgaard Workshop in Perth, Australia:

"I've had some time to reflect on the Perth Workshop and wanted to send you a note to say a big thank you for everything that you taught me over the four days.

It was fun, relaxed, informative and a really positive environment. You and Joy complimented each other perfectly, your collective enthusiasm is infectious and you've changed the way I look at the world.

I now understand why people who attend one workshop are likely to do another one. I think attending a second workshop would be like listening to your favourite song with really good headphones - you get so much more out of it! I will definitely be back!

I can't recommend your workshop highly enough - if anyone is even considering it they should definitely do it (although; be prepared to want more Leica gear)!

Since finishing the workshop I've bought a light meter and ordered a WhiBal card and a Rock'n'Roll camera strap from Tie Her Up. I've downloaded the workshop notes and saved them to my iPad for holiday reading and will get a new Apple laptop and some hard drives in the new year, start going through all my photos and set up the workflow you taught us.

Most importantly, I'm now carrying the Leica X Vario with me more often!

Until we meet again, keep having fun and spreading the love!"

 
  - J. H. (Australia)  

 

     
 

"I’ve been several days thinking about the workshop we attended, and I’m still thinking about it!

Throsten's job was very professional and complete. And the style he suggested fitted exactly with my way of thinking photography: search for the light, then search for the subject. The use of Leica lenses wide open (with the help of ND filters) - terrific!

My photographs really explode in my computer. Thank you Thorsten and Joy, those four days wil be unforgetable to me."

 
  - A. B. (Argentina)  

 

     
 

"Three pleasant days have changed forever, years of strong image production.

Congratualtion to Thorsten who could immediately create a team spirit maintain everybody's 3 days 110 % focus on improving ."

 
  - M. J. (USA)  

 

     
 

"I had a great time also. Since I only bought my first Leica about 3 months ago, I know I have a lot to learn, and I really feel I have a superb jump start with all of you help. Thanks Thorsten, Joy and everyone else. Please let’s stay in touch."

 
  - S. G. (USA)  

 

     
 

"Thorsten, thanks for another great experience. I look forward to one in Toronto or Montreal!"

 
  - J. H. (London)  

 

     
 

User review of the Thorsten von Overgaard Workshop:

"Thanks again for the GREAT workshop experience!

It is going to take me a while to return to (almost) normal after the last several days. I have photo and software details swirling around in my brain, and I am trying to assimilate it all."

 
  - B. S. (USA)  

 

     
 

"I just wanted to say thank you to all of you for a really fantastic workshop and the time spent together. This weekend will always be very well remembered!"

 
  - S. M. (Germany)  

 

     
 

User review of the Thorsten von Overgaard Workshop in Hong Kong:

"Thanks again for an amazing experience. Definitely keen to do another workshop with you both in the near future to hone my skills. Apologies for having to run out constantly. Thanks again for everything."

 
  - G. C. (Hong Kong)  

 

     
 

Review of the Thorsten Overgaard Workshop in London:

"I was in a flat spot with my picture making, I was reading your blog which I follow with great interest. Your blog said 'wear your camera and get out and do something'.

Well after a bit of thought, I went out and put on an exhibition of 80 pictures in our local library exhibition room. This turned out to be very successful with photographic societies and others visiting the exhibition.

Thank you for having inspired me!"

 
  - R. D. (UK)  

 

     
 

"Now, 10 days after of our workshop I am feeling even much more grateful to your three days of relaxed lesson. I have been shooting every day and I can notice your legacy more present in my photos .

I have been changing all my image workflow and now it is simpler , faster and much better final result
Many thanks and congratulation your teaching system that keep people improving, it doesn't finish when at workshop ends."

 
  - M. J. (France)  

 

     
 

"Thank you Thorsten. I'll try and get at least one image everyday. "

 
  - D. P. (USA)  

 

     
 

Thorsten von Overgaard Workshop Review:

"Towards the end of 2012, I purchased a Leica M9P camera and Leica 35mm lens; I did not know how much this little black box was about to shape all of 2013 for me.

In Jan 2013 I attended a four-day workshop in London with Danish photographer Thorsten Overgaard. It was, not only, an incredibly informative few days but also tons of fun and I met some wonderful people. The encouragement I got from Thorsten and everyone else gave me an incredible boost to get 2013 started. In fact I loved the workshop so much I immediately enrolled on the Sept 13 session which turned out to be even better.

I found Thorsten's straightforward approach to both using the camera and towards editing extremely refreshing but it was the way he taught me how to look for light that, honestly, changed the way I view the world.

I see differently now and because of that I also think differently. I've started to compose and record music in a way that is much clearer and for the first time in my career true to how I want to hear it.
"
(Feel free to see images on my blog).

 
  - B. G. (Music Composer & Producer London)  

 

     
 

User review of the Thorsten von Overgaard Workshop in Sydney, Australia:

"First of all I would like to thank you for some very educational and inspirational days in Sydney. I feel that I've grown a lot as a photographer, not only through what you taught us, but also by just observing how you move and interact with subjects on the street. And your "All you need is love" approach to photography is the best advise I've ever received as a photographer.

I'm still aiming for my "less is more" approach to photography. If something doesn't add to the story you’re trying to tell then try to crop it out (preferably in camera) or wait for the right moment when there are no distractions. I just had another look at your website and one of my favorite photos is of the Sikh reading a book shot with the 80mm Summilux-R. There must be hundreds of people in that photo but they all add to the story and therefore not a single one should be cropped. Very inspiring indeed!

Hope to see you again in the future, in Australia or somewhere else around the world. All the best."

 
  - H. H. (Sydney)  

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

   


   
   

As always, feel free to e-mail questions or comments to me at thorsten@overgaard.dk


- Thorsten Overgaard

   



   
     
     
   

 

     

Student photo of Thorsten in London, September 2011, by Swiss photographer Matthias Frei

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Thorsten Overgaard
Thorsten von Overgaard is a Danish writer and photographer, specializing in portrait photography and documentary photography, known for writings about photography and as an educator. Some photos are available as signed editions via galleries or online. For specific photography needs, contact Thorsten Overgaard via e-mail.

Feel free to e-mail to thorsten@overgaard.dk for
advice, ideas or improvements.

 

 

Review of the Thorsten von Overgaard Workshop in Luxoria Magazine:

Thorsten Overgaard Workshop Review in Luxoria Magazine






 

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