pietro pazzi photography: Blog https://www.pietropazzi.de/blog en-us (C) pietro pazzi photography pietro@pietropazzi.de (pietro pazzi photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:31:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:31:00 GMT https://www.pietropazzi.de/img/s/v-12/u857284174-o474174683-50.jpg pietro pazzi photography: Blog https://www.pietropazzi.de/blog 120 120 How to create and share cool images with your mobile https://www.pietropazzi.de/blog/2018/8/how-to-create-and-share-cool-images-with-your-mobile

As you may gather from the images on my website I am an avid photographer that uses state of the art equipment to capture them and then post processing in Lightroom and Photoshop CC. I honestly never for a minute thought that I would do what millions of kids have been doing for a while, taking images with my mobile phone, let alone post processing them on that relatively tiny screen. 

You may have noticed that I quietly added a mobile photography folder with images processed on my mobile phone. I gotta confess, while most the images have been taken by me, a handful of family pictures were downloaded from Facebook. Tough thing is, I live in the Cook Islands and my grandchildren in the UK … we’re on opposite sides of the globe. 

 

My Mobile Technology

Well, things have changed. While my iPhone will never replace my DSLRs, it somehow always seems to be at my side. I am finding that I do not feel that naked anymore when I do not have a DSLR hanging from my shoulders when I’m out and about. Strange feeling.

As eluded to, I constantly have my Apple iPhone i7 with me, not unusual I know. I just wanted to mention that because this post is written based my experience with that particular mobile technology.

Besides the iPhone, I do not use any additional external add-ons such as lenses, filters etc. But I gotta say, while the installed standard camera software may be good, it does not meet my needs. This sent me on a search for something better that would give me more control when taking the photographs.

 

The Best Mobile Camera App

After an extensive search, >Rant - “some software providers make a huge noise about nothing”< , I found ProCamera (only $5.99 in App Store). Not only is it a camera that gives excellent control to the photographer e.g. exposure, focus, even ability to shoot RAW, it is well supported and is continuously updated with new features.

 

My Preferred Mobile Image Processing Software

how to create cool mobile imageshow to create cool mobile imageshow to create cool mobile images While images can be processed in ProCamera, my go-to processing app remains Snapseed (free for both Android and IOS) which was developed by Nik Software and around 2012 was acquired by Google. For the sake of completion, Nik Software is a plugin I use in Photoshop (see my previous post) has moved on from Google and is now owned by DXO.

What makes Snapseed to great? Well, there certainly is much to rave about.

Firstly, it has that Nik Software magic that allows you to select specific areas within an image to adjust it brightness, contrast, saturation and structure. And you can add as many of these local adjustments within an image as you can fit.

Secondly, it has a vast array of tools. It starts with the basic Tune Image which is great with its Ambiance adjustment. Tools I use most often include: 

  • White balance for colour correction.
  • Curves for a bit more contrast control.
  • Crop, Rotate, Perspective and Expand.
  • Lens Blur which gives that tilt-shift blur effect.
  • Glamour Glow and Vignette for a bit of mood.

 

Depending on the look I’m going for, from time to time I would use any of the other tools, which include:

  • Details, HDR, Drama, Grainy Film, Retrolux, Grunge  and Vintage for extra drama.
  • Black and White and Noir for a fine art look.

 

Then there are several Adobe Mobile Image editing apps that I use. The cool thing about having Adobe products on my mobile, desktop and cloud is the interaction and ease of sharing. Although the apps are free, for the interaction sharing you would need an Adobe Creative Cloud account.

The most often used are:

  • Lightroom CC for image editing. The image editing is great with the stand outs being the Profiles, Color, Healing, Geometry and Optics adjustments.

 

  • PS Express for basic image editing and sharing back to my desktop for further processing in PS CC.

 

  • PhotoshopFix brings some great Photoshop tools to the mobile. With tools like Liquify and Healing unwanted elements can easily be altered. Using Smooth, Color and Defocus adjustment focus can be brought to the central element in the image.

 

  • PhotoshopMix brings the most powerful element of Photoshop to mobile … Layers! And these layers include Blend modes and opacity adjustments. Each layer can be adjusted independently as in its big mama Photoshop. This is awesomely powerful.

 

One thing you will need to adjust to when using PhotoshopFix and PhotoshopMix is your big finger being the pointer on a tiny screen. It tends to be in the way at times … hehe.

 

How I Share My Creations

Now when you wanna share your mobile image and want to add something special Adobe Sparkle has the magic you’re looking for. 

It makes creating awesome post designs, including layout, color, font etc, so easy. The images in my mobile folder with a design element have all been created with Spark. Spark also offers different design sizes for all application types including social media platforms. And it makes it easy to share your creations to those platforms.

 

An Adobe Design Tools That Helps You Find Design Elements in Everyday Life

AdobeCapture is a crazy tool that can help a designer to:

  1. Take a picture of something and transform it into a vector image. Then share it Illustrator or Photoshop on all your devices including mobile.
  2. Identify a Type/font simply by taking a picture and it will be matched to whats available in Adobe Typekit. Select it and it will sync all your devices.
  3. Select color from whatever your eye (through your mobile camera of course) can see. Create thousand of color themes then sync to your applications.
  4. You can take pictures of surfaces to create 3D materials.
  5. Create kaleidoscope type pattens from what you can see through your mobiles camera lens. 
  6. Create brushes the same way.

 

All the Apps mentioned above are available in the Apple App store.

Go check them out.

Play with them.

I promise you that once you get used to these handful of tools you would not want to go with out them.

What an interesting world this mobile is turning out to be.

 

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pietro@pietropazzi.de (pietro pazzi photography) adobe camera design edit image lightroom mobile photography photoshop. post ProCamera process share snapseed spark https://www.pietropazzi.de/blog/2018/8/how-to-create-and-share-cool-images-with-your-mobile Wed, 22 Aug 2018 23:57:56 GMT
360 Photography and Filming https://www.pietropazzi.de/blog/2018/2/360-photography-and-filming

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

Click here to check out some of our first 360 images. 

Some initial learnings, perhaps tips, with 360 photography:

  1. Use a tripod ... the monopod type with little pull out legs at the bottom.
  2. Use a spirit level.
  3. Ensure the lenses or lens covers are clean.
  4. Take care when the contrast between the to lenses are different e.g. shadow on one side and light on the other.
  5. The focus of your image should not be positioned between the two lenses but in form of one of the lenses.
  6. Midday is not the best time for 360.

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 :-)

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pietro@pietropazzi.de (pietro pazzi photography) 360 aitutaki keymission lagoon nikon photoshop vr https://www.pietropazzi.de/blog/2018/2/360-photography-and-filming Tue, 27 Feb 2018 23:52:24 GMT
Impressions of a Year in Paradise https://www.pietropazzi.de/blog/2017/12/impressions-of-a-year-in-paradise

A mix of DSLR and iPhone pics.

Impressions of a Year in Paradise

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pietro@pietropazzi.de (pietro pazzi photography) in paradise year https://www.pietropazzi.de/blog/2017/12/impressions-of-a-year-in-paradise Sun, 24 Dec 2017 01:07:06 GMT
Sleeklens Now a part of My Landscape Workflow https://www.pietropazzi.de/blog/2017/11/sleeklens-now-a-part-of-my-landscape-workflow 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:

https://sleeklens.com/product/landscape-adventure-photoshop-actions/
https://sleeklens.com/product/
https://sleeklens.com/product/professional-photo-editing-service/
https://sleeklens.com/product-category/photoshop-actions/
https://www.pinterest.com/sleeklens/lightroom-presets/?

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pietro@pietropazzi.de (pietro pazzi photography) landscape photography post processing sleeklens workflow https://www.pietropazzi.de/blog/2017/11/sleeklens-now-a-part-of-my-landscape-workflow Wed, 01 Nov 2017 21:23:31 GMT
Try Landscape Post Process Tools https://www.pietropazzi.de/blog/2017/11/try-landscape-post-process-tools 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.

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pietro@pietropazzi.de (pietro pazzi photography) landscape nik photography post pro processing ray sleeklens https://www.pietropazzi.de/blog/2017/11/try-landscape-post-process-tools Wed, 01 Nov 2017 19:39:36 GMT
Luminosity Masks https://www.pietropazzi.de/blog/2017/10/luminosity-masks 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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pietro@pietropazzi.de (pietro pazzi photography) blending images instamask luminosity photography pro raya https://www.pietropazzi.de/blog/2017/10/luminosity-masks Tue, 31 Oct 2017 22:29:13 GMT
Nik Software New Owners https://www.pietropazzi.de/blog/2017/10/nik-software-new-owners

Earlier this year Google announced that it would no longer support further development of Nik Software, a software solution I incorporated into my post processing work flow for many years. It is and remains one of my favorite tools. You can image my surprise and concern when Google made the announcement.

The good news is that a french company called DXO have purchased Nik and will continue to support it.

Learn more at Nik at DXO.

 

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Editorial Images https://www.pietropazzi.de/blog/2017/10/editorial-images Kia Orana,

Yakel Tribe 1Yakel Tribe 1Yakel Tribe of Tanna Island Vanuatu celebrating

Some of you may have noticed the new category called "Editorial" that was added to my portfolio.

As an exclusive contributor to Getty iStock Images, I have been given the go ahead to upload editorial images for use by newspaper, magazines, authors and the like.

This is a perfect fit particularly as we travel more and more to exotic areas where few people forth modern have been before.

Take a look at some of the initial images loaded of tribes we came across on Tanna, an island of Vanuatu. 

  1. First editorial Images on my site.
  2. Getty iStock Images from where images can be purchased.
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pietro@pietropazzi.de (pietro pazzi photography) adventure discovery editorial exotic travel https://www.pietropazzi.de/blog/2017/10/editorial-images Tue, 24 Oct 2017 23:35:55 GMT
Transition to Landscape Photography https://www.pietropazzi.de/blog/2017/7/transition-to-landscape-photography Paradise in the Cook IslandsRarotonga Cook IslandsRarotonga Cook Islands

The transition or expansion of my photographic skills from Studio, Fashion, Fine Art and Commercial photography to Landscape has been one filled with experimentation.

This has been an affair that has now lasted just over three years. Although I have always taken pictures when traveling, I never really considered it a genre as one to invest much time enhancing my skills. I much preferred working in studio with tricky objects or beautiful people maneuvering up to 7 lights to get just the right amount of light and shadow to give the exact look or mode I was looking for. 

Then I started to explore world and visited places where few people have been. Remote islands in the South Pacific with people very rarely receiving visitors and where there are no safety rules or staff holding one back from a full experience. Even when you climb to the top of an active volcano. 

The pure beauty of virgin scenes, with the occasional local so friendly and welcoming (... no, no, not because they wanna eat us :-))), no more cannibalism around ... I hope), got me wanting to take and develop pictures to share my experiences with others.

I wanted others to feel, as close as possible, what I felt when I first witnessed these scenes. Using my technology to get the right exposure and composition was not much of a challenge. Naturally I had to add a couple of sharp wide angle lenses to get greater compositions. 

My challenge was in post processing. I just struggled to get the mode with my pictures I was after. I seem to go through almost amateur post production phases of over exposing, or over contrast or killer HDR with way too much detail. It is only now that I am starting to get the softer yet detailed look with no over bright or too dark areas in the pics.

This is a love affair with promise of some awesome things to come.

One can see the path I have taken with the improving my landscape photography on my 500px profile.

https://500px.com/pietropazzi

One can also few my pic history on the following sights:

http://www.pietropazzi.de

https://www.facebook.com/pietropazziphotography/

http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/profile/1241389/

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Underwater Photography https://www.pietropazzi.de/blog/2017/1/underwater-photography Kia Orana,

Kia Orana is how Cook islanders greet.

So, since I know live in the middle of the pacific on a little island called Rarotonga, which has a circumference of 32 kilometers, surrounded by so much water, I thought it makes perfect sense to take my photography underwater.

I wanted to do it properly, and the only way is to get an underwater housing for my beloved Nikon D810. I shopped around and settled for the Ikelite system … housing, dome, lights.

Underwater certainly has its own challenges. I dis this one snorkeling and not diving. Which meant I had to constantly, dive down, get close to the fish, set the camera and snap. Wow this was exhausting. Next time will be diving!

Click here to view a slideshow I uploaded to Youtube of the images I got on this outing.

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Two Photographic Slideshows https://www.pietropazzi.de/blog/2017/1/two-photographic-slideshows Hi fellow image makers,

It has been a while since I posted. One major reason is all the changes that have been taking place in my life the past few month, actually almost two years.

Once again my life has gone in a whole new direction. My partner and I opted out the corporate world and settled in paradise, Cook islands, where we took over a dive and surf shop. You can follow our story at www.peaniesutra.com and learn more about our shop at www.diveandsurf-cookislands.com.

The other major change is a move into travel, adventure and landscape photography. Trust me going from fashion and fine art nude to Landscape is like giving up plumping to become a chef ... doable, but much to learn.

Apart from the many landscape and travel images I have now posted on my website, I thought I'd start creating short slide shows of some recent shoots.

You can view them on Youtube.com and search for Pietro Pazzi Photography.

Here are links to the last two:

1. Sunrise, Sunset & Moonrise in Paradise

With music: https://youtu.be/s4g7-LCJ5bk

Without music: https://youtu.be/lw3Ss2T9NCE

 

2. 40,000 ft above Baffin Island. This one was rater tricky as they were shot through a less than perfect commercial planes window.

https://youtu.be/7seM8E9v8Cs

 

 

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Visit to the South Pacific https://www.pietropazzi.de/blog/2016/7/visit-to-the-south-pacific Hi dear visitor,

The last three monthly my partner and I traveled the South pacific - Cook Islands, Vanuatu and Fiji - in search of finding unusual and awesome images.

Carrying a load of photography equipment on-board so many flights, with aeroplanes of all sizes, certainly posed a challenges. Especially when one of the two photography bags weighed 15 kg. It does not seize to amaze me how intolerant and unhelpful some airlines can be when it comes to transporting such sensitive equipment. Anyway, we got through it, even though at times we unpacked some heavy lenses, only to pack it pack again once we turned the corner :-)

This was the first trip we took along GoPro, two of them in fact. They certainly are not professional video cameras but they are lightweight and compact and help give followers a sense of what we were up to.

We ran a blog during trip on which you can can view our GoPro videos and some initial images we processed on the move.

Click here to visit our site and learn more about our journey to finding our Chill Haven.

Ciao, Pietro

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Updating Site With Tons of Images https://www.pietropazzi.de/blog/2015/9/updating-site-with-tons-of-images Paradise in the Cook IslandsParadise 45The Cook Islands

As some of you may have noticed, I have been rather busy with updating my website with images I have taken in the past.

 

Some fond memories and chuckles. It is interesting to see the different styles post-processing styles I experimented with in the past. For example, HDR. In some cases all I can say is "thank god that I shot all my images in RAW" this makes it easier for me to go back to the original file to reprocess with new learning. Something I will certainly do when time permits at a future date.

 

I also found it of interesting to note the various cameras I used, From a Sony Cybershot G10, a Nikon D70, D7000, D700, D2X and D800. Except for the D70, all the remaining are still in use today ... awesome!

 

I will continue to dive through my archive and upload new pictures in the coming week, so keep returning to see what is new.

 

BTW - feel free to leave some comments on my images .... I am always open to feedback :-)

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Slideshow comes to life https://www.pietropazzi.de/blog/2013/11/slideshow-comes-to-life I decided to experiment with slideshow in Lightroom. Adding sound brings in an added dimension.

 

Take a look at the three youtube links below.

     Translucent Age

     Sweet Dreams

     Just Because

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Blond Is Beautiful https://www.pietropazzi.de/blog/2013/10/blond-is-beautiful Shown below is an images with talented Meli. 

The the diagram at the bottom of the post illustarting the light setup. Once again I used the 150cm Octo softbox. I positioned on the outside and had the light flash through a full sized (floor to ceiling) window. 

Post processing was the usual white balance adjustment, sharpening, "air brushing" and various degrees of contrast applied using both the Curves and Soft Light layer blends. In this image I brought in a light touch of tilt-shift blurring.

D700 with 50mm  f/1.4 at 50mm; ISO 200; 1/100 @ f/5.6

Click here to view these images and other images with Meli

MeliBlond photography

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Fine Art Big Light https://www.pietropazzi.de/blog/2013/3/Fine-Art-Big-Light Shown below is a range of images with Gia with the light setup remained the same for each image. The only change is the post processing applied to each image.

The the diagram at the bottom of the post illustarting the light setup. Once again I used the 150cm Octo softbox. I positioned on the outside and had the light flash through a full sized (floor to ceiling) window. 

Post processing was the usual white balance adjustment, sharpening, "air brushing" and various degrees of contrast applied using both the Curves and Soft Light layer blends.

D700 with 50mm  f/1.4 at 50mm; ISO 200; 1/100 @ f/5.6

Click here to view these images and other images with Gia

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pietro@pietropazzi.de (pietro pazzi photography) fine art nude light setup playboy post processing https://www.pietropazzi.de/blog/2013/3/Fine-Art-Big-Light Mon, 25 Mar 2013 19:17:07 GMT
Lost In Thought https://www.pietropazzi.de/blog/2013/3/lost-in-thought The images below capture Niky lying serenely on the bed with an expression of being lost in thought.

As with the image in the previous post a 150mm Octo was used. However, this time a widow to the right provided natural fill light. Above her, to the left of the image, the lightbox was set relatively high, pointed downwards to bring light to her entire body. The combination of its large size and close proximity to Niky, gives the image a soft, even and full light. However, in this image the light is harsher than in the previous post, this is due to the removal of the front diffusion cover.

At the bottom of this post is a diagram illustrating the light setup for this image.

 

Although the two images where edited in a similar way, some differences resulted in different final effects. Both images where sharpened (as I do no editing in camera), colour profile corrected, light balanced, and contrast increased in LT. In PS6 I cleaned up the image and applied some "air brushing".

With the first image, and still in PS6, I duplicated it and applied a 100% softlight blend mode to the second layer. In addition I burned the shadows for additional depth.

The second image also received similar treatment to the first but this time I pulled back the bend to 50%. No buring was done. A Curves layer was added and the light increased marginally.

 

D700 with 70-200mm  f/2.8 at 125mm; ISO 200; 1/100 @ f/6.3

Click here to view these images and other images with Niky

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Sensual Bedtime https://www.pietropazzi.de/blog/2013/3/sensual-bedtime This image of Meli has a sense sense of lightness and innocense. It is a high key image that was shot with a single light source plus reflector. The diagram below illustrates the light setup.

Above her, to the right of the image, was a150cm Octo Softbox. It was set relatively high, pointed downwards to bring light to her entire body. The combination of its large size and close proximity to Meli, gives the image a soft, even and full light.  

In addition to the light and reflector, is the white bedding which itself acted as a reflector to light Meli's face, and sides.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

D700 with 24-70mm  f/2.8 at 62mm; ISO 200; 1/100 @ f/5.6


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Links to images

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Easter https://www.pietropazzi.de/blog/2013/3/easter Easter images loaded. Click here to take a look.

Easter

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Singapore https://www.pietropazzi.de/blog/2013/3/singapore First few images of Singapore loaded. Click here to take a look.

Singapore

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Little People Exploring The Human Body https://www.pietropazzi.de/blog/2013/3/little-people-exploring-the-human-body

D700 with 24-70mm  f/2.8 at 70mm; ISO 200; 1/200 @ f/2.8

For a closer look at these images visit: Fun Nude

 

These images where shot using one stripbox set to f/4.0. It was raised above the model and pointed to the background with some spilt onto the the model.

Post processing including sharpening, contrast, bruning and dodging followed by conversion to black and white.

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London Images https://www.pietropazzi.de/blog/2013/3/london-images New images of London added. Click here to view.

London, UK

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New Fine Art Nude Images https://www.pietropazzi.de/blog/2013/3/new-fine-art-nude New black and white fine art images added. Click here to view.

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pietro@pietropazzi.de (pietro pazzi photography) news https://www.pietropazzi.de/blog/2013/3/new-fine-art-nude Tue, 12 Mar 2013 19:37:48 GMT
Stock Images https://www.pietropazzi.de/blog/2013/3/stock-images In 2007 I explored stock photography, but never really got into. At the time I loaded about 50 images on three that sell images. I forget about them until I recently got a message from iStockPhoto advising that I have had a high approval rating and I sold in excess of 250 images. This qualified me to become an "exclusive contributor" and earn higher commission.

I immediatly set out investigated the implications. Firstly, should I apply and be successful, I would need to remove all images from other sites that were selling my images. That initiated a journey of discovery that revealed how successful my first few images where. Best of all, my images earned commission waiting for to claim it. Really cool. 

Secondly, I learnt that I could continue to sell printed images, as found on this site. Thirdly, iStockphoto is the largest royalty free site selling images. Taking these factors into account I applied and was pleased to learn that I was successful.

Now the work starts. I have acculated thousands of photos over the past five years that qualify for stock. So, as I prepare images for print sales via this site, I plan to load versions for download via iStockphoto.

So, do visit my portfolio on iStockphoto when next you are searching for an image for a design or print.

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pietro@pietropazzi.de (pietro pazzi photography) News stock photography https://www.pietropazzi.de/blog/2013/3/stock-images Tue, 12 Mar 2013 11:01:09 GMT
Body Reflection https://www.pietropazzi.de/blog/2013/3/body-reflection Here Kamila is standing infront of a cupboard with a mirror door. As the illustration below shows, I used one Elinchrom Ranger light, fitted with stripbox (without the front cover), position to the right. Overhead I positioned a Nikon SB 900 speedlight set to f/4.0.

D700 with 24-70mm  f/2.8 at 48mm; ISO 200; 1/200 @ f/2.8

Erotica Brunette 1

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It goes without saying that one must take care to avoid any stobe, or photographer for that matter, reflections in the mirror, unless intended.

Post processing was limited to white balance correction, sharpness, contrast and saturation adjustments. Some dodging and burning was also applied.

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pietro@pietropazzi.de (pietro pazzi photography) fine art nude light setup playboy post processing reflections https://www.pietropazzi.de/blog/2013/3/body-reflection Sun, 03 Mar 2013 14:17:11 GMT
Fine Art Nude - Kamila In Studio https://www.pietropazzi.de/blog/2013/2/fine-art-nude---kamila-in-studio This shot of Kamila was taken in studio with a two light set up. Had two 200W strobes fitted with stripboxes. See the light setup in the illustration below.

D800 with 70-200mm  f/2.8 at 102mm; ISO 200; 1/200 @ f/9.0

Black and White Nude 1 LightingSetup

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post processing took place in Lightroom 4. 

The image was converted to greyscale and the following split toning applied:

- Highlights values were kept at zero.

- Shadows values were altered to Hue = 234 and Saturation = 73. 

Sharpening amount was taken to 100 with radius at 1.0. Noise reduction was increased as follows: Luminance = 100 and Detail = 50

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pietro@pietropazzi.de (pietro pazzi photography) fine art nude light setup post processing https://www.pietropazzi.de/blog/2013/2/fine-art-nude---kamila-in-studio Tue, 26 Feb 2013 15:15:00 GMT
Planning A Photography Shoot https://www.pietropazzi.de/blog/2013/2/preparing-for-a-photo-shoot This is the final post of general background on the way I typically work.

Taking time to plan a shoot pays huge efficiency and effectiveness dividends. Typically my photography shoot planning can be clustered into two main categories: Fashion-Glamour-Nude-Lifestyle and Landscape-Travel-Architecture.

 

Fashion-Glamour-Nude-Lifestyle

I find that fashion, glamour, nude and lifestyle shoots take the most preparation as so many elements need to be considered.

Any shoot starts with defining a concept. One should consider the end result that is being sought. What emotion and message do you want images to convey? Is the purpose to highlight the wardrobe or the model?

Once the shoot has been defined I commence with developing a storyboard. The initial draft includes examples of the types of images sought.

Once the draft storyboard is in place I begin the search and arrangement for a suitable model, props, wardrobe, and make-up & hair design and artist.

In parallel an appropriate location decision needs to be made. If not in studio, a location that fits the concept needs to be identified and usage arrangements made. I prefer to do a recon visit of the location and take pictures of potential shooting areas at the location.

At this point I update the storyboard with images taken at the location. I match these with the example images and develop a lighting setup design for each.

(See previous block on the lighting equipment I use. In future blocks, I will detail lighting setups when discussing specific images.)

 

Landscape-Travel-Architecture

The key elements to consider when planning landscape, travel or architecture shoots are the location, weather conditions, light (timing and angle) and composition.

Here again it starts with a clear definition of the outcome sought and the purpose or use of the final images. For example, understand whether the images would be used for commercial, illustrative or decorative purposes. Then understand the mood that the image should convey and what objects the image should contain.

Armed with this information begin your scout for an appropriate scene or location. Here previous places visited and the internet can be valuable resources to identifying suitable places.

As it is not always convenient to do a scout visit, Google maps, for example, can assist with identifying possible shooting locations that will provide the best angle from where to shoot. The internet is once again a great resource for investigating light conditions e.g. weather conditions, sunrise and sunset times, direction of sunrise or sunset etc.

Use this information to plan the best time to visit the location and preliminary ideas on shooting position. Once at the location can you finalise the best shooting position.

I always say that it is best to get the shot right in camera than to rely on post processing. With the power of software continuously increasing it has become very easy to add effects to images. Some of them are effects that are better created in camera using filters. For this genre, as a minimum, I carry a polarizer, and a set of neutral density filters. Oh, and do not forget the sturdy tripod.

Also consider additional lighting for architectural shoots. For example, strobes to light buildings form within or from without. Naturally these need to be quite powerful, upwards of 1000W.

When travelling it is advisable to always have a couple of Speedlights on hand to illuminate dark corners or add creative lighting effects. As an added tip, keep a pack of colour gels on hand to add colour effects.

 

Model or Object Release

Note that it is important to understand what commercial usage rights you as a photographer has of images containing models, man made structures and objects. Signed releases may be needed. iStockphoto has more on this subject and also provides a sample release form you can download and use.

So, now that we have concluded the intro posts, let’s start unpacking some recent shoots and images.

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pietro@pietropazzi.de (pietro pazzi photography) model release planning https://www.pietropazzi.de/blog/2013/2/preparing-for-a-photo-shoot Sun, 24 Feb 2013 12:00:00 GMT
Image Processing Workflow https://www.pietropazzi.de/blog/2013/2/image-processing-workflow This is the second to last post providing an overview of the equipment I use and the way I work. Many of the topics covered in these first overview blogs will be revisited in future blogs when discussing actual shoots and images.

In this post I will briefly discuss the workflow I adopt to post process images.

I shoot exclusively in RAW. This provides me with a file that has increased processing flexibility, minimising the risk of destructive processing. Below is the typical post processing workflow I adopt with most my work.

lightroom 4

Selecting and Preparing Images

1. I start with importing images into Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.

2. Images are assigned metadata to assist with the file management.

3. I make a first selection of images by colour coding them yellow.

4. I generally follow this up with a prioritising images for processing using a star rating. 5 stars being “must do” images. 1 is if time permits.

5. All prioritised images are corrected for (a) camera profile (updated with the profile obtained using the X-Rite ColourChecker Passport), and (b) lens correction.

6. For each series of images, with the same light set-up (I would have used the X-Rite ColorChecker Passport to take a light reading during the shoot), I correct the white balance (WB) using the eyedropper tool.

photoshop CS6

 

Individual Image Processing

7. Once the images have been prepared, I commence with processing individual images. This starts with RAW sharpening. As I do no in camera editing, including sharpening, I apply an initial RAW file sharpening.

8. In Lightroom 4 I typically do a first pass adjustment for (a) contrast and (b) saturation. (More on this when discussing images in future posts.)

9. From this point onwards, files are processed in Adode Photoshop CS6 and rendered back in Lightroom as TIFF files.

10. While in Photoshop, a host of appropriate editing techniques are employed. (More on this when discussing images in future posts.)

11. Final images are colour coded blue.

 

Image Output

12. Images for use on monitors are simply exported directly from Lightroom 4 as sRGB at 72dpi.

13. Images that are to be printed are prepared in Photoshop CS6. This starts with adjusting the image to the desired sharpness.

14. This is followed my selecting the correct printer profile and soft proofing the image. This may require tweaking of the contract and/or saturation.

15. The final step is to export the image with the imbedded printer profile at 300dpi as a .jpg or .TIFF file.

 

When working in Photoshop I find it much simpler to perform editing work using the Wacom Intuos 5 tablet.

The next post will close the series of providing you high level overview of my working approach, and I will share my thoughts on planning a shoot.

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pietro@pietropazzi.de (pietro pazzi photography) RAW lightroom photoshop post processing printing https://www.pietropazzi.de/blog/2013/2/image-processing-workflow Fri, 22 Feb 2013 12:00:00 GMT
Exposure and Colour Management https://www.pietropazzi.de/blog/2013/2/exposure-and-colour-management While composition is a fundamental element to a good image, without good exposure the quality of the image will be weakened. To ensure proper exposure one should correctly meter shots.

When out and about, one should use in-camera metering. More on this, and the correct interpretation of histograms in a future post.

When using strobes a good incident measurement device should be used. I use the Sekonic L-358 FlashMaster. It is a very effective mid range meter. More on effectively using light meters in a future post.

 

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Light colour is the next most important light measure. Most digital camera have white balance settings that approximate the lighting conditions. However light colour is influenced by many factors e.g. dominantly colours in the surrounding, different light types etc. These demand that extra care be taken to measure light quality which starts with using a 18% grey card.

To effectively measure light colour and create a camera profile I use the X-rite ColoChecker Passport.

x-rite colorchecker passport

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, with the image correctly exposed and the light colour measured, we need to ensure that the monitors on which we process our images are correctly calibrated to emulate true colours. I use Spyder Pro 3 to calibrate both PC and Mac monitors.

 spyder pro 3

 

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pietro@pietropazzi.de (pietro pazzi photography) colour management exposure monitor calibration https://www.pietropazzi.de/blog/2013/2/exposure-and-colour-management Wed, 20 Feb 2013 11:30:00 GMT
Lighting Equipment https://www.pietropazzi.de/blog/2013/2/lighting-equipment Photography is about capturing light and shadows. Natural or available Light is not always existing at the intensity or angle to create the image we have in mind. In comes strobe lights to help create the ideal lighting conditions. Strobes are typically used both in studio and on location shoots.

To help me create the lighting effects I desire I employ:

elinchrom

 

 

 

 

  • Elinchrom Range RX 1100W. Because of its stability and light colour, I use these as my key and fill lights.
  • Excella, several ranging from 200W to 1000W. These are most often used for rim and background lighting.
  • SB 900 and SB 800 Nikon Speedlights. These are used on and off camera. Depending on the shoot type, these speedlights are employed as key, fill, rim and / or background lighting. I find them useful, when used with gells, to add background colour.

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When it comes to light modifiers I have tried them all and these days find myself using the following with the Elinchrom sets.

  • 150cm and 90cm Octa
  • Beauty dish with 30 degree honeycomb grid
  • Square and strip soft boxes

 

On the Excella lights I use mostly:

  • Standard reflectors
  • Barn doors
  • Snoots
  • 20 and 30 degree Honeycomb grids
  • Gells

 

In addition I have white, black, silver and gold reflector of various sizes. In studio I have four large Styrofoam boards, with one side painted matt black and the either remaining white.

Anything available can be used with strobes to block light, also referred to as gobos.

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pietro@pietropazzi.de (pietro pazzi photography) lighting https://www.pietropazzi.de/blog/2013/2/lighting-equipment Mon, 18 Feb 2013 10:45:00 GMT
Black and White - a study in monochrome https://www.pietropazzi.de/blog/2013/2/black-and-white-by-pietro-pazzi Take a look at my first coffee table book conatining images taken around the world. It is a soft cover and contains 100 pages of high quality images.

click here or on the image to be redirected to blurb to view the book.

 

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pietro@pietropazzi.de (pietro pazzi photography) black and white book news travel https://www.pietropazzi.de/blog/2013/2/black-and-white-by-pietro-pazzi Tue, 12 Feb 2013 13:09:13 GMT
Shoot With Kamila https://www.pietropazzi.de/blog/2013/2/shoot-with-kamila

In following blog posts I will describe the recent shoot with Kamila from the Czech Republic. Kamila is a wonderful model to work with and who is not only beautiful, but extremely experienced at posing.

 

The only light source for this image was natural day light. A reflector was used on the left. See diagram below.

 

Nikon D700, 70-200 @ 120, ISO 200, 1/30 sec @ f / 4.5

 

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pietro@pietropazzi.de (pietro pazzi photography) boudoir fashion glamour light setup playboy https://www.pietropazzi.de/blog/2013/2/shoot-with-kamila Mon, 11 Feb 2013 20:11:42 GMT