NICOLAS HENRI PHOTOGRAPHY
This is the Blog of Swiss Photographer Nicolas Henri

A surprising place… the internet

I am a huge fan of Google Analytics, a free service which provides you with all kinds of more or less informative statistics about your website. One of the most interesting things about it is a filter telling me which sites are linking to mine (referring sites). I love to browse this category and see who is linking to my own site, what these folks have to say about me and why a picture or sometimes just a link appears in someone elses scribbling. Most of the time it will be someone’s blog using one of my images and is kind enough to provide linkage. Some time back a list of 99 remarkable photographers was posted on digital-photography-school.com, sending thousands of photo enthusiasts to my site.

Today I found the blog of Allison Ghegan, reviewing the work of visual artists. Here’s an excerpt of what she had to say about me:

“… I really like Henri’s photos and how he incorporates different angles and perspective throughout his portfolio. Henri photographs both black and white and color photos exceptionally well; proving his capablilities as an equally talented photographer in making use of color or lack there of. I think his strongest capabilities lie in his ability to take a undeniable emotionally charged picture that is interesting and unique to the viewer.”

(by Allison Ghegan @ http://aghegan.wordpress.com )

Sometimes a feel like a kid opening a present, when I have a look at who’s following my work. You never know what you are going to find and I am extremely grateful for all the love I’m getting out there. It really keeps me going.

A big surprise was PLSR.net, a site who’s sole intent is to showcase the portfolios of noteworthy photographers. Suddenly I saw hundreds of hits coming in, so I had a look. The biggest surprise was that me, Nicolas Henri was the best rated photographer on PLSR! (They have a voting system over there, where visitors have a chance to rate the quality of the featured photographers. Make sure to give out your vote on PLSR !!!)

Another interesting one I found is Artists of Phtoshop. While I am first and foremost a photographer, Photoshop does play an important role in my work. So I was happy to find myself listed there - and even with a good rating by visitors! Check it out here!

These are just a few examples. There hundreds of other sites, some big and some smaller ones who’s authors felt, that my photography was noteworthy in some way. I feel very honored about this, I would never have thought that things would take on a life of their own on the net. So for all you folks out there who feature me and my work in some form: Thank you very much!


Posted by nicolas_henri on June 25th, 2009 :: Filed under Technology, Uncategorized, Web
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Snap Happy

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I have never been a fan of cell phone cameras. The images look like s*%?. As a photographer, when you take a camera in your hands, you turn into man or woman with a mission. You are out to create great imagery. At the same time things get complicated, because being photographer you aspire for quality. You start worrying about angles, composition, light, exposure, expression… So why would anyone even bother with a cell phone camera, where a lot (not all) of your photographic concerns simply can’t be addressed?

You end up with a small, noisy, usually badly exposed, shaky image. Hell, you can’t even make decent prints of them… unless you’re going for fine art printing on stamps!

I recently started doing it anyway. Not for client or personal work of course, but perhaps just to keep my eye more alert, scanning my everyday world for decent snaps. When looking through my iPhone camera roll recently I discovered, that these pictures have something about them, which I don’t find in my other work. (And I don’t mean technical quality here.) I think it has something to do with just the fact, that quality concerns go right out the window. With the exception content and composition. In a way it forces you to a more basic, perhaps more pure level of photography. It’s a little like shooting with a Holga camera, where based on poor build quality, you never quite know what you get and you stop to care and jut see what happens.

I’m not saying you should all toss your 5D Mark II’s and D3’s on eBay, but I believe it can make you better photographer, when you start to let go of the technical quality obsession from time to time and just let things happen. Knowing that you can do that, lets you see things and moments around you, which might have passed by unnoticed otherwise - simply because you didn’t have your tank of a camera, softboxes and reflectors set up. And in the end, you might just bring a bit of that mindset back to the big and important shoots (where all your gear IS on the ready) and catch just that moment where the model gracefully scratches her ankle, bringing a human element into anotherwise synthetic fashion shoot… you get the idea.

I leave you with a few of my recent iPhone snaps. These were “enhanced” in camera so to speak, with a neat little free app for the iPhone called Polarize. It basically trashes down your images even more plus adding a nifty Pola frame to it. There’s even a flickr group for images shot with it.

Snap happy!


Posted by nicolas_henri on March 26th, 2009 :: Filed under Artist Technique, Photography
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Nicolas Henri goes Web 2.0

… or something like that. In any case it was about time to get my website updated. A new sleek look, many new features and most importantly: user friendly!

You can now view my work huge (optimized for 23-inch Apple Cinema Displays) and use accordingly big thumbnails to navigate. Actually there are two more ways to move across my galleries but you’ll find out about that at your next visit.

And this is how gorgeous it looks:

And the good stuff keeps coming! Email your favourite images to your editor in chief, colleague or friend straight from the site. Access www.nicolashenri.ch in an optimized version from your iPhone! (How cool is that?!!) When browsing on your iPhone you will automatically be redirected to the iPhone version of my site and save yourself the hassle of zooming in to hit links and zooming out to see anything (you know what I mean) and still have full access to everything.

And of course there is some new material to be seen as well!

Can you resist?


Posted by nicolas_henri on August 22nd, 2008 :: Filed under Photography, Uncategorized, Web
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