I’ve been a professional commercial photographer for over a decade now, but I started out as a portrait photographer. I used to post a request on facebook or twitter to find some one who was willing to pose for me, so I could sharpen my skills. I made no restrictions: small, big, ugly, beautiful, girl, boy, young or old… it made no difference to me. As a photographer you must be able to make either a beautiful, interesting or personal portrait of just about anybody.


What camera gear to bring on a short or long trip.

There was a time when I spend my holidays stooped under a gigantic backpack full of camera equipment. Every piece of gear I owned was in the bag and I was ready for every kind of photographic event… After a few years I realised that I was missing out on most of the occasions. I was either trying too hard to find the right perspective, deciding what lens to take or waiting for that perfect moment, just a tiny little better than just a second before. Now many years…


All you need on a short trip: my favourite camera, communication and edit tool, backup power: both in electricity and storage!

Not long ago I wrote an article on how I run my backups: The Never ending Back Up story. While I was writing that article I was in great expectation for my GNARBOX 2.0 SSD.

GNARBOX 2.0 SSD is a rugged backup device for pro content creators who need the most reliable way to back up their files in the field. Unlike other storage solutions, its compact design and powerful on-board backup features make it effortless to manage files without a laptop.

This was the missing link in my on site back up process. Being abroad a lot for photo…


It wasn’t that long ago when I called the ambulance in the middle of the night to get me to the hospital. I had aches from my heart straight to my left arm for several days. You don’t have to be a doctor to know that it is a prequel of a heart attack. While lying in the observation room for a couple of hours I had time enough to contemplate on how I got this far: weighting 108 kilograms, 7 days working weeks, 5 hours or less of sleep a night, bad sleep, unhealthy food, too much food, way…


Everybody who runs a business as a part- or full time professional photographer knows this: back ups are live savers.
PC and hard drive crashes, SD card failures, stolen material, … We all have experienced or know someone who has been in that situation. Most people think that the back up game starts at the end of you process, when everything is loaded to your computer and for some even after they finished editing. You can’t be more wrong about that. Backing up your photos starts at the beginning of you shoot. …


“The times they are a changing” – Thank you Bob Dylan… it wasn’t just your time it’s any time. Our lives are evolving massively due to technology and innovation. There is also a lot of focus on the negative impact of electronic devices on our lives. And I agree on that: we don’t always correctly use the tools we are handed out. I’m not a “digital native”, I grew up stealing corn from the fields, playing wargames with fireworks and riding improvised motorcycles on our bikes, with dad’s best play-cards clapping against the spokes of our wheels . Nevertheless i’ve…


I’m very bad at managing paper. Everything that is printed used to end up on a pile on my desk and over time the same thing happened to that pile as what happens to socks: they disappear inexplicable and never show up again. And when do show up it’s too late. In the case of socks, that is not the end of the world. For official documents, invoices and everything that is related to government taxes or personal documents that is a different ballgame. So about 11 years ago I decided to switch to a paperless office. I wrote a…


A practical insight on how we are organised while travelling Europe.
Travel Journals on www.nikocaignie.be/travel

Travelling with everything in and on your car. Camping in free nature all by ourself self-sufficient and independent of all needs is one of my lifelong dreams. Step by step i’m checking the wishlist both in destinations as in the needed equipement.

We are a family of four: my girlfriend Liene, our two daughters Ellis (9)
& Liv (7), and somewhere on our travels in the mountains of Spain we picked up our cherished dog Roover. We try to discover our continent as much as…


A visual memory of 15 years of personal snapshots.
How to actually enjoy all those snapshots on a daily basis.


Zoals waarschijnlijk elke fotograaf krijg ik dagelijks, wekelijks, … vragen van vrienden, onbekenden, familie, klanten over welke camera ze moeten kopen. En of ik iets kan aanraden. Dat is meestal het begin van een uitgebreid spervuur aan vragen van mijn kant om te achterhalen wat de eigenlijke bedoeling is van de aankoop van de camera. De ene wil snapshots maken, de andere wil liever op reis mooie momenten vastleggen en zij die creatiever uit de hoek willen komen, … Budgetten verschillen ook zeer van persoon tot persoon. …

Niko Caignie

♥ Liene — Ellis — Liv ✤ Photographer & Director ✩ Outdoor & Nature enthousiast.☞ www.nikocaignie.be 🇧🇪

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