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Leica Q Type 116 Hemingway
The Thorsten Overgaard article on the Leica Q: "To be, or not to be, that is the Q"

Leica Q Type 116 Hemingway
It's been 10 years since the 10MP digital back came out for the Leica R9.

Understanding Colors and White Balance in Photography
New article on the Leica M 246 Monochrom: "Old School is the New School" / "Menu Settings"

Understanding Colors and White Balance in Photography
Understanding Colors and White Balance in Photography

Understanding Richard Avedon
Understanding Richard Avedon

Leica M-P 240 Safari
The Leica M Monochrom Type 246 with CMOS sensor

Leica M-P 240 Safari
Traveling through ice landscapes with the new Leica M-P 240 Safari

  Lightroom Survival Kit 6  

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My Queen Margrethe II of Denmark
Celebrating the 75th Birthday - "My Queen Margrethe II of Denmark"

10 Untold Lessons From Vivian Maier
10 Untold Lessons from Vivian Maier

New Article and Interview on the Leica 50mm APO-Summicron-M ASPH f/2.0
New Article and Interview on the Leica 50mm APO-Summicron-M ASPH f/2.0

The Story Behind That Picture - "I Did It"

New pages in the series of Leica M article. Touch the image to read ...

Thorsten Overgaard eBooks

The Story Behind That Picture - "Taking a Human Bath a la Kierkegaard". Click to read.

Learn With Thorsten Overgaard
The Story Behind that Picture - "Scandal is the New Glamour"

Learn With Thorsten Overgaard
Learn with Thorsten Overgaard. Click to read more ...

The Grammy Effect
The Grammy Effect


Preorder these two new eBooks
by Thorsten von Overgaard

  Compisition in Photography   The Freedom of Photographic Expression  

Composition in Photography
- The Photographer as Storyteller

This book will inspire your photographic eye and make you wonder about all the possibilities you can now see.

In this exciting new book Thorsten Overgaard expands and simplifies the subject of composition. It's elevated from theoretic geometric classroom discussions of the 18th century to futuristic practical use of space, rhythm, time, colors, emotions and intuition in your photography.

This book will not to teach you to analyze photographs but teach you to become a great storyteller through photography.


The Freedom of Photographic Expression
- Mastery of Fundamentals and Equipment.

Of all books, this entertaining book is the one to start your photographic adventure with. It is the one that will re-boot yourinterest in photography and make it fun and adventurous!

Thorsten Overgaard takes you through the history of photography from the pinhole camera to today and amuses us with stories on how photograph, even though a kid can do it, became a subject requiring a long education, thick glasses and a lot of equipment!

This book will teach you the fundamentals you need to pick up a camera and simply make great photographs


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The Story Behind that Picture, "Don Hunsteins Freewheelin' Bob Dylan Photograph"

Monday in Kyoto
The Story Behind that Picture, "Monday in Kyoto"

Now online:
A Life With Leica Documentary

  "Thorsten von Overgaard’s epic Leica M9 review, possibly the most informative, as well as longest
and most aesthetic treatise of any product on Earth."


More Sexy Stuff for the Worlds Most Sexy Camera ... touch the image to read more

The Story Behind That Picture: "Always Wear a Camera and a Lucky Dime" ... touch the image to read more

  Join The Overgaard New Inspiration Extension Course
  The Overgaard New Inspiration Course
More info: Read the article.

For a limited time this course includes
a free portfolio review by Thorsten Overgaard
You can do the course at home and on travel at your own pace. Overgaard has taught workshops for years and has compressed the experience to a package of articles, training drills, assignments and video tutorials that will inspire your photography and take you to the next level!

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The Story Behind That Picture: "The Hollywood Murder"
The New Leica Article on 90mm Lenses
New page on the Leica 75mm Summilux and more ...
On The Road With Thorsten von Overgaard

The New Leica M Monochrom Article
  Dr. Paul Wolff
The Great German Leica Photographer of the 20's

The Story Behind That Picture

"An Afternoon in Saint Kitts"
"How to Win Photo Competitions"

The Story Behind That Picture: "When Are You a Photographer?" ... Touch the image to read more
© Henri-Cartier-Bresson/Magnum Photos
"The Decisive Moment - Henri Cartier-Bresson"
Leica 50mm Noctilux f/0.95 Article: "King of the Night"


Hans Blix
The Story Beind the Portrait of Hans Blix



Anne Archer
Photographing Anne Archer
Leica Article Index
Leica M cameras:   Leica S:
Leica M Type 240 and M-P Typ240 (M10)   Leica S1 digital scan camera
Leica M Monochrom digital rangefinder   Leica S2 digital medium format
Leica M9 and Leica M-E digital rangefinder   Leica S digital medium format
Leica M9-Professional digital rangefinder    
    Leica Cine Lenses:
Leica M4 35mm film rangefinder   Leica Cine lenses
Leica M lenses:   Leica R cameras:
Leica 21mm Summilux-M ASPH f/1.4   Leica R8/R9/DMR film & digital 35mm dSLR cameras
Leica 21mm Leica Super-Elmar-M ASPH f/3.4   Leica R10 [cancelled]
Leica 21mm Super-Angulon-M f/3.4   Leica R4 35mm film SLR
Leica 35mm Summilux-M ASPH FLE f/1.4   Leica R3 electronic 35mm film SLR
Leica 35mm Summicron-M ASPH f/2.0   Leicaflex SL/SL mot 35mm film SLR
Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95    
Leica 50mm Noctilux-M f/1.0 and f/1.2   Leica R lenses:
Leica 50mm Summilux-M ASPH f//1.4   Leica 19mm Elmarit-R f/2.8
Leica 50mm APO-Summicron-M ASPH f/2.0   Leica 35mm Elmarit-R f/2.8
Leitz 50mm Summicron-M f/2.0 "rigid" Series II   Leica 50mm Summicron-R f/2.0
Leica 75mm Summilux-M f/1.4   Leica 60mm Macro-Elmarit f/2.8
Leica 75mm APO-Summicron-M ASPH f/2.0   Leica 80mm Summilux-F f/1.4
Leica 90mm APO-Summicron-M ASPH f/2.0   Leica 90mm Summicron-R f/2.0
Leica 90mm Summarit-M f/2.5   Leica 180mm Elmarit-R f/2.8
Leica 90mm Elmarit f/2.8   Leica 400mm Telyt-R f/6.8
Leitz 90mm Thambar f/2.2   Leica 35-70mm Vario-Elmarit-R f/2.8
    Leica 35-70mm Vario-Elmarit-R f/4.0
History and overview:   Small Leica cameras:
Leica History   Leica Digilux 2 vintage digital rangefinder
Leica Definitions   Leica Digilux 1
Leica Lens Compendium   Leica X
Camera Compendium   Leica D-Lux
The Solms factory and Leica Wetzlar Campus    
Ernst Leitz II and the freedom pledge   Leica Minilux 35mm film camera
The Dream of Oskar Barnack   Leica CM 35mm film camera
Photography Knowledge   Thorsten Overgaard books and education:
Quality of Light   Thorsten Overgaard Workshops
Lightmeters   Overgaard Lightroom Survival Kit
White Balance & WhiBal   "Finding the Magic of Light" eBook (English)
Film in Digital Age   "Die Magie des Lichts Finden" eBook (German)
Dodge and Burn   "Composition in Photography" eBook
All You Need is Love   The Overgaard New Inspiration Extension Course I
How to shoot Rock'n'Roll   The Overgaard New Inspiration Extension Course II
X-Rite   The Overgaard New Inspiration Extension Course III
The Origin of Photo   The Overgaard Photography Extension Course
Case in Point   Free e-Books
The Good Stuff   I-Shot-It photo competition
Hasselblad/Imacon Flextight 35mm and 6x6 scanner    
Leica folder icons   Leica Photographers
    Jan Grarup
    Henri Cartier-Bresson
    Birgit Krippner
    Riccis Valladares
    Christopher Tribble
The Story Behind That Picture:   Martin Munkácsi
More than 100 articles by Thorsten Overgaard   Vivian Maier
Leica Forums and Blogs:  
The Leica User Forum   Leica Camera AG
Steve Huff
Shoot Tokyo   The Leica Pool on Flickr
Erwin Puts   Adam Marelli
Eric Kim   Magnum Photos
Ming Thein  
John Thawley    
Luminous Landscape    
Reid Reviews   Leica M240 User Forum on Facebook
Thorsten Overgaard reviews, how to and inspirational articles about photography:
Leica Digilux 2
Leica Digilux 2
vintage digital camera

New York
"On the Road with Thorsten von Overgaard"
Traveling With My Leica
Read the Story Behing That Picture · Traveling With My Leica

"Photographing the Royal Family of Denmark"
"Inside the New Leica Campus"

Basic Settings of the Leica M
  Provoking the Light
"Provoking the Light"

The New Joy Villa VAGABOND Music Video
  The Boston Dazzle
"The Boston Dazzle" from my recent stay in Boston

The Story behind that picture: "Photographing President Bill Clinton". Touch the image to read the story ...

Behind That Picture: Standing On My Own Two Feet
  A Moment In Istanbul
Story Behind That Picture: "A Moment In Istanbul"

The new ongoing journal of Thorsten Overgaard
Read the new page 37 about video sound systems



  Buy this New eBook by Thorsten Overgaard

In this easy to read and apply eBook, Thorsten Overgaard takes you on a journey to see, understand and simply use light.
"One of the most important ways to get an aesthetic and pleasant picture is to find the good light."

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The Story Behind That Picture: "Heroes of 9/11"
"Decisions in Photography"

"Photographing the New York skyline"
  The Inspiration to Photograph
"The Inspiration to Photograph"

No photographer has a hit rate of hundred percent
  White Horse by Thorsten Overgaard
Writing Light Letters by Moonlight - Qatar Desert

Click to find a Thorsten Overgaard Workshop Far Away from Home ...

More about Thorsten Overgaard Workshopps: Click here!

Leica M interview on the floor with Stefan Daniel
35 min video interview with Stefan Daniel of Leica Camera AG
  Photographing with the Leica M Monochrom
Three months with the Leica M Monochrom digital rangefinder

"The New Leiac M Monochrom black & white camera"
Doing video woth Johnnie Behiri and the new Leica M

Enjoy our 19 miunutes story "Inside Leica Shop Vienna with Peter Coeln" as part of the On The Road Series.

On The Road with Thorsten von Overgaard
"Overgaard Workshop in Montreal"

The Story behind that picture: "Visiting Singapore"
  Mads Langer
"Photographing Music Festivals"

"A New York Minute"
"A Moment in Time"

Movie Premiere Singapore with Michelle Yeoh
  Vernissage at Leica Galery Salzburg
Photos from the Leica Galerie Salzburg vernissage

"The Palermo Situation"
Slideshow: New York & Los Angeles

"King of Hong Kong"
"Things that become images"
"Visiting Sydney" - See the slideshow from Sydney + student photos from the seminars and workshops

"Soul of a Man"
"Creating Illusions"

Visiting United Nations
“Every artist was first an amateur”
Postcards from Copenhagen Fashion Week
"Postcards from Copenhagen Fashion Week"
  Catherine Kubillus
"The Singer" - Portrait session with Catherine Kubillus

Believe in yourself as a photographer. Click to read more
The Workhose Lens - Leica 35mm Summilux

Kylie Minogue's World Tour 'Les Folies"
Read part two in a series about portraiture and life

adidas Originals celebrates Copenhagen

How adidas Originals celebrated Copenhagen

"The Quality of Light"

The Palermo Situation
A 10-day photography journey into Italy
KENZO 40th Anniversary Show Backstage in London
"The February Issue"
  the late night show with henrik vibskov
The Late Night Fashion Show with Henrik Vibskov

Shooting your own everyday life
"The Art Fashion Show of bARBARA í gONGINI"

How to shoot rock'n'roll and other stage performances
Prince in a slideshow from Roskilde Festival 2010

Slideshow: New York & Los Angeles
How to Photograph a Thoguth

"Something not there caught my attention"
The Crown Prince of Denmark
Shooting strangers in the streets
The Story Behing That Picture
The Leica Cine Lenses that also fits onto the Leica M
Story Behind The Picture "A Visit To Bangladesh"

The Sexy Stuff for the Worlds Most Sexy Cameras.
  Learn With Thorsten Overgaard
"Photographing Bicycles from Cars"
A Life With Leica Documentary
"The Way I use my Leica M 240"
  Berlin Photo Seminar
The Joy of Creation as a Photographer
New page in the worlds longest camera review ...
A Life With Leica Documentary
Haters will be haters: "The Antisocial Personality"
"Seeing With The Leica M 240"

  In Your Bag No: 676 - Thorsten von Overgaard  

The Thorsten von Overgaard SHOP
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Leica Galerie Salzburg

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Forty Portraits of 2008
Free eBook: "Forty Portraits of 2008" by Thorsten Overgaard with portraits of Seal, Cee-Lo, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, Roger Moore, Alphabeat and many others. Click HERE to get your free copy of the eBook

Free eBook "Twenty Portraits of 2007" by Thorsten Overgaard with portraits of Bill Clinton, Kelly Preston, Hans Blix, Juliette Lewis ... and more. Click HERE to get your free copy of the eBook.

Danish architecture anno 1909

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 fine art photos are available as signed editions via galleries or online. For specific photography assignments around the world, contact Thorsten Overgaard via e-mail (see the travel schedule here).

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Thorsten Overgaard Workshops:

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"Finding the Magic of Light"
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"Composition in Photography"
- The Photographer as Storyteller

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Leica History by Thorsten Overgaard

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  Browse and buy photos by
Thorsten Overgaard.
I stopped working with Getty/WireImage and LIFE in 2012 and asked them to pull the photos that they had in commission.
The photos left in these archives are by me, but only the ones made on commission and owned by Getty/WireImage.
My street photo archive, portraits and editorial images will be made available in the The Overgaard Archive at some point in the future.
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After the Tsunami free eBook
Free eBook:
Get the free eBook After The Tsunami with photos and stories by Thorsten Overgaard from the relief work after the December 2004 tsunami in South East Asia. Get it here.

Leica M9 review and sample photos
The Worlds (Possibly) Longest Camera Review:
The Leica M9, Leica M-E, Leica M Monochrom and Leica M 240
digital rangefinders
by Thorsten von Overgaard

Leica Definitions
Leica History
"Photographer For Sale"
Leica Lens Compendium
Leica Camera Compendium
Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95
Leica 35-70mm Vario-Elmarit-R f/2.8
Leica M9 and Leica ME
Leica M Monochrom
Leica M Type 240
Leica Digilux 2
Leica X

Leica 35mm Summilux-M ASPH f/1.4
Leica S medium format dSLR
"On The Road With von Overgaard"

Favorite Restaurants
Thorsten is so obsessed with good coffee that he has made his own restaurant guide – from LA to Berlin.

Articles by Thorsten Overgaard: - online læsemagasin for filantroper
Den Gamle By 100 års jubilæum
Den Gamle By 100 års jubilæum

Leica DMR digital back
The Leica DMR digital back

Leica and Leitz Lens Compendium
Justin Scott from Melbourne, Australia and Thorsten had some fun creating a Leica Lens and Camera Compendum

The Quality of Light with reflectors, ARRI lights, KinoFlo, LED lights, etc
The Quality of Light article about ARRI lights, KinoFlo, reflectors, etc

100,000 Exposures Later [Part III]
100,000 Exposures Later [Part I]
100,000 Exposures Later [Part IV]

Oscar Barnack Leica History by Thorsten Overgaard self portrait
The Leica History website

Leica Digilux 2
"Leica Digilux 2 for professional reportage use"

Ted Sorensen and John F. Kennedy
The page
"Peope I've met" always draw interest. Though not updated for a long time, have a look for your self.

Forældrenes skole, statens børn"Forældrenes skole, statens børn"

Hvad Kennedy ville have sagt"Hvad Kennedy ville have sagt"


Juliette Lewis
"Juliette Lewis" exclusive - online læsemagasin for filantroper

Muslimer i Dialog:
Pakistanere - Ramadanen på Niels Broch - Muslimer i Dialog

Ted Sorensen and John F. Kennedy
The page
"Peope I've met" always draw interest. Have a look for your self.

Watch the slideshow:
70 female guests in the same Bøgelund-Jensen dress at the same party!

Photo seminars Berlin Copenhagen and Hong Kong

After the Tsunami online soundslides
The slideshow After The Tsunami has been seen online by more than 60,000 since July 2006

The Story behind the After The Tsunami feature




Princess Mary of Denmark Fotoseminar med Thorsten Overgaard
Need a fix of royalty, fashion, West Wing power and celebrity? - have a look under February 2009 and meet Princess Mary of Denmark, fashion designers Erik Brandt, Gudrun & Gudrun, presidential speechwriter Ted Sorensen, the mayor of Aarhus ... and more   Photo Seminar Schedules in Copenhagen, Aarhus, London, Berlin.  
TSR 07 Tall Ships' Races Aarhus Denmark   Cille, Heidi, Lars & Mads  
The four Tall Ship's Races slideshows by Thorsten Overgaard was seen online by more than 9,000 visitors in the first four weeks after July 2007. Have you seen it too?   Our friends and neighbours Heidi and Lars got married on August 18, 2007. Thorsten took a few informal photos.
Copenhagen Fashion Week SS08 SLIDESHOW
Copenhagen Fashion Week AS08 Slideshow
Danish Help to Burkina faso SLIDESHOW

Thorsten Overgaard covered the Africa Commissions congress in Burkina Faso in June – and used the occasion to document some of the results, Denmark help create in the areas of water supply, AIDS, human rights and education. Amongst many other projects, Denmark is establishing more than 1,000 water supplies throughout Burkina Faso, a country of 12 million people in West Africa. See the slideshow here

New Era Publications International   Portrætfotografering
SLIDESHOW: Atmosphere from the largest digital printing facility in Europe, the 24/7/365 book production facility of New Era Publications International, Denmark.   Thorsten Overgaard price list of stock photos
SPOT Festival 2008 soundslide   Leica Digilux 2
SLIDESHOW: Atmosphere from the yearly SPOT Festival in Aarhus, Denmark, presenting the future of music.   LEICA: Visit the website about Leica gear, Leica history and all:

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