Hallo and welcome to pietro pazzi photography blog. I have been asked many times to share my knowledge and experiences with fellow photographers and followers of my work. Well, I finally got the time and a platform that can help me do so.
My intention is to share with you current projects, images, photography and lighting techniques, photoshop and lightroom tips and much more. In fact, whatever you ask for I will share. At times I may also revert to shoots previously undertaken to share some practices. So, if you would like to know anything about any images, feel free to email me your questions and I will do my best in answering them in a blog.
Since we sell Nikon Keymission 360 in the shop, I thought it a good idea to lay down the D810 and make some pics with a completely different view on our upcoming trip to Aitutaki.
I gotta admit, shooting in jpg, with two tiny lenses ain't my thing. But here we go. Not only did I take pics but so too my beautiful partner which seemed to get more shots with a flat horizon than I did.
Yep, we took the 360 out without a tripod. We have an excuse though. We just got it the week we left for Aitutaki and obtaining accessories on a remote Island (Rarotonga is where we live) is impossible.
The other challenge we had was with so much water and humidity around, especially when kayaking, keeping the lens or lens covers clean was a mission. Dirt or drops show up really easy. Oh, and we scratched the one lens cover within the first hour. Not funny!
But our top challenge was to get the remote 360 wireless connection to our iPhones to work. Without it, one can not changes settings or shoot from a distance. Very frustrating.
We shot a mixture of photos and video and lucky for me I have access to the full suite of Adobe CC software otherwise I would have some major post processing challenges. Having said that, shooting in jpg and relatively small image sizes remains a challenges in post. It is just not the same as shooting with pro DSLRs.
We certainly admit, that when it comes to 360 with "little" camera, we to still have much to get right.
Then comes display and spring. many platforms can not yet accomodate 360, including my own portfolio here on Zenfolio. So an alternative is veer.tv
Some initial learnings, perhaps tips, with 360 photography:
PS ... I could not really leave the D800 and D810 at home, they came with. Together with some HD filters. Soon you'll see those pics :-)
A mix of DSLR and iPhone pics.
For a long time I preferred to use my knowledge of and skills with Photoshop to edit my images. Then I started to experiment with plug-ins and add-ons. Two worked particularly well for my landscape photography i.e Nik software and Raya Pro. They helped with speeding up and simplifying my workflow.
I recently received an invite from Sleeklens.com to try out their products. They offered me the landscape action package for PS. I was skeptical at first particularly with me previous experience with actions, which did not deliver what I wanted. So I hesitantly agreed to give it a go.
Well, to my surprise Sleeklens actions work really well. What I really appreciate is that each photoshop tool used in an action remains available for further adjustment and tweaking.
In the final analysis, these actions have now joined Nik & Raya Pro as a key ingredients to my landscape workflow. The image below contains a couple of the SleekLens Sunset actions.
Sleeklens offer products for different genres of photography. Take a closer look at what Sleeklens have to offer by following the links below.
Other links to Sleeklens and its services:
The three key post processing tools I know use for my Landscape photography - Nik, Ray Pro and Sleeklens.
More on Sleeklens in my next post.
It is only when I got into Landscape and Adventure photography that I started to value the necessity to work with luminosity curves or masks. I used to do it the traditional way, the way we all learnt to do it in Photoshop, using "Channels" to create masks.
A while ago I came across Jimmy McIntyre's Raya Pro (see first image below), which not only simplifies working with luminosities but also wish blending images of different exposures.
Jimmy recently introduced InstaMask (see second image below) for PS CC which really makes it simple to create and perfect a luminosity selection.
Using Jimmy's tools, together with Nik software, not forgetting PS as a whole, I feel I am starting to create the landscape images I have been searching for, and doing so quicker and easier.
Click here to check out Raya Pro and InstaMask
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