14 Sep 2015

Monitors for photographers and retouchers

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A monitor for photo editing is a completely different structure than an ordinary display for office or home use. I will try to explain below what a photography monitor is, why you won’t find any in offers of companies such as Dell, Samsung, LG and the like as well as which models are suitable for photo editing. It’s going to be quite a long text, but this topic cannot be briefly summarized. Moreover, the text also includes a list of all monitors appropriate for retouch, together with the differences between them – I believe that such a list may be useful in making the decision.

If you plan to buy a monitor for photo editing any time in the future, this text may prove very helpful. If you deal with photography and reckon that you don’t need such a monitor, you should read this all the more…

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23 Jul 2015

Colors in the photos – natural skin color

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Natural skin color is a torment for many people. Various cameras render colors in different ways; for instance, Nikon has a reputation of producing yellow photos, while Canon – red ones. People also say that Canon’s photos are much better and more natural. If someone takes photos in JPG format, it may matter, but since you read my website, you know my opinion about taking JPG photos: they are only suitable as ready photos after the retouch, not as input material before editing.

This kind of photos is taken as RAWs. In case you don’t know what RAW is, let me explain that it’s an equivalent of the film in analog cameras. It’s a raw file undestroyed by camera editing and processed e.g. in Adobe Camera Raw, Lightroom, or Capture One. All the parameters used to take a photo when you press the shutter release (contrast, white balance, color space etc.) can be changed in the RAW file. JPG is a file with 8 bits per channel, while RAW usually has (depending on the settings and the camera) 12-14 bits. It contains a lot more information; for instance, you can lighten the shadows by several EV. RAWs have various extensions depending on the producer of the equipment, e.g. *.raw (Panasonic), *.nef (Nikon) or *.cr2 (Canon).

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14 Jul 2015

Fashion shots with sun reflectors

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I take photo shoots only with lights. If I happen to organize a photo shoot outdoors, I exclude the sunlight and provide light by myself. That time, however, though I had a studio kit consisting of 600 and 1200 Ws lights for photographing outdoors, I decided to take photos using only the sunlight.

Somewhere in the middle of 2013 I used to take very few photos and concluded that I should change it. I knew that I didn’t want another beauty photo shoot – I finally wanted a fashion one. I also knew whom I would like to work with… but I had no idea where. I had always had huge problems with finding locations for photo shoots; actually, the location had usually remained unknown until the day of the photo shoot. My first idea at that particular time was some nice roof, but go find me a nice-looking roof in my vicinity… Then I thought of taking photos with sand in the background to give them a desert-like style Read more

07 Jul 2015

The Vampire Diaries cosplay

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I have always liked movies related to vampires. Some of them are better than others, but I guess I’ve seen most of them. I definitely consider “The Vampire Diaries” one of the best (first few seasons). As I know a girl that looks VERY similar to the main character of the series, I immediately thought about a photo shoot with her. It took over a year to carry out that project, though; more or less in the middle of that period I discovered that my favorite make-up artist was obsessed with the series. She gets up early in the morning especially to see a new episode broadcast in the USA, then watches it again in the evening and in the meantime comments on photos of the main characters on their Facebook profiles. Other people willing to assist with the photo shoot were the hairdressers from Le’Prestige salon and my proven assistant Matt “Pro” Prociak. We finally did the photo shoot in March 2012, that is, during the second half of the third season of “The Vampire Diaries”. It was the time when I had just bought my first studio light. It was very poor and problematic, but I couldn’t afford anything better then. Read more

30 Jun 2015

Martini in Brick

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Brick is a three-level club in Tarnowskie Góry, Poland, situated at Krakowska street. It’s an avenue leading to the market square, with many shops, banks and the like: simply a city center, though very small in comparison to other towns. The bottom level of Brick has a dance floor for parties, at the ground floor there is a cafe and at the top level – a restaurant. I have taken photos on the dance floor many times.

On the official website you can take a virtual tour of the club and view the locations where the shots described below were taken.

This photo shoot took place in the second half of 2011. A lot has changed in my photos since that time, but let me come back to this topic later. I have done many photo shoots in Brick. I have also taken some beauty shots there because the dance floor has enough space to enable one to set up a mini- studio. Thus, before I started taking photos in the flat belonging to make-up artist Karolina Zientek, I had taken them in Brick, in Tarnowskie Góry. My own housing conditions did not allow for taking photos, nor would any model be able to find my place. Add to that the public transport consisting of one bus line, with one bus per hour (and sometimes per four hours!)…

Let’s come back to Brick. This time, instead of the dance floor, we headed for the top level – to the restaurant. We wanted to take shots over a cup of coffee, but, as is often the case, our plans changed during the work.

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