Oliver Paffrath is a genius when it comes to car photographs, he has worked with the best car companies in the business and made their cars look more than amazing on each ad campaign. If you a fan of cars, photography, and great final results you must check this out. Oliver Paffrath After a three year apprenticeship at a still life studio in Cologne, where he honed his technical skills, Oliver Paffrath worked as a first assistant to Michael Klein for six years. This experience, including all aspects of production, prepared Oliver to start his own business in 2001. Initially his career revolved around shooting people, but car photography was never far from his thoughts and combining people with cars became the catalyst for what has become a passion, Based in Hamburg, some of the clients Oliver has created campaigns for are: Chevrolet, Hyundai, Infiniti, Opel, Mercedes Benz, Peugeot, Mazda, Kia and BMW Motorcycles. For more visit oliver-paffrath.com
Yesterday I was browsing Deviantart for some inspiration, when I spotted a photo of Nariscuss. It was the most colorful picture on the screen, it was really eye-catching. I clicked on it immediately to take a closer look at the image but also to know more about the photographer. I found quite a few beautiful and colorful photos there. I liked them so much that I decided to pick some of them and share it with you guys, but first have a look at Nariscuss' bio: Wello! My name is Sophie, 18 years old and i'm from Robin hood county. I've just finished my second year at college and will be attending Portsmouth University in September, doing a BA Honors in Photography. I'm shy, single and sensitive. Love my mates to bites size pieces! Very laid back, polite and quite artistic. I love Futurama - i'm a slight computer geek, i hate politics and love chinese food! The only sport i like is badminton, i'm not very competitive at anything i do and i suck at accepting compliments. I'm self taught in HTML and web-design. As well as photography, although i do have A-level's in Photography, Psychology and Business. For more visit Nariscuss' sites: Deviantart: http://nariscuss.deviantart.com/ Blog: http://narcissus.paper-rain.org/ Speak up Colour magic .: A u g u s t :. .: R a i n :. .: T u e s d a y :. .: G r e e n :. .: S t a r s i g n :. .: B a l l e t :. Capture Green Abby Rainbow Three Musketeers Dancing stars .: R u s t :. .: B o k e h :.
Brian Valentine started taking macro shots as a hobby and today his passion takes him everyday on a trip to his own yard with his camera to discover more about the little things the world has to offer. The macro shots taken by him are absolutely beautiful and very interesting as you get to see all the small details of everything that goes in front of his lens. What macro photography means to you? Macro photography is a fascinating hobby for me, it allows me to explore a relatively unknown world full of fascination. How did you start taking macro photography? I started macro photography when i bought my first DSLR early 2005 along with a semi macro lens- this fired my interest and I soon bought my first "real" macro lens- a sigma 105mm Ex. What are tools do you use to capture the perfect macro shot? I use canon dslr bodies with either a sigma 105mm EX lens or a canon MPE-65 (high power macro lens), I often use flash. I tend to hunt for subjects so a tripod is not really an option so i hand hold the cmaera often with the aid of a bean pole for stabilization. I( also use focus stacking to increase the DOF of photographs. What you like the most about your photos? I like capturing the fine detail of subjects. For more from Brian make sure to visit his flickr.
Water landscapes are really good subjects for Photography, all the nature surrounding, the colors and light effects created by the water reflections, everything makes some photos look simply amazing. Specially the ones in long exposure in my opinion. That's why I've selected a few images to share with you. Click on the image to get to the Deviantart page of the photographer and also you should check out the other works of them,enjoy!
Last week we received a suggestion from one of our readers about Leonard Gren's beautiful fashion photography. And beautiful it is! I was going through his site last night and found other great non-fashion related photos that definitely deserved a mention as well! I think what I love the most about Leonard's work is that it's so clean, as in, not overally processed with textures and what have you. All I've been seeing lately is incredibly overdone photos so this is a nice break from all of that. Anyway, don't forget to check out his portfolio and let me know what you think via twitter or facebook!
Owner of the number #1 Travel Photography Blog on the internet, Trey Ratcliff also know as Stuck in Customs travels the world taking the most stunning hdr photos one has ever seen, and also shares all his photo travel experiences on his personal blog. His work has been featured on national television a couple times and it has been nominated for numerous awards. Represented by Getty, Trey lives the life a lot of photographers dreamed about. With a non-stoppable traveling schedule his collection of hdr photos is an enormous font of inspiration. The post-processing work used to transform his photos into hdr is what make his work very unique and famous. Here you can see a great collection of over 30 photos of The World in HDR. For more visit StuckinCustoms.com Also check out the HDR Tutorial Created by Trey that has helped thousands of people to learn how to use this effect like him. The Book A World in HDR by Trey Ratcliff Inside the Book The rich cover and interiors have been designed by the great French designer Fabien Barral, who also did the graphic design for the website. We have spared no expense in bringing you the highest quality book! More photos of the interior and other tidbits will be revealed in the next few months as we get closer to release. Besides new and extended descriptions with various tips, the book will also feature 10 unpublished photos that will remain exclusive to the book. Because I like to teach by example, the book will feature over 100 photos that I consider to be some excellent examples of "HDR done right". Whenever possible, I include tips and tricks and discuss the conditions of the shot. Often times, I also talk freely about various subjects that are related and help describe more about the way I think about these things. There are many thoughts and questions around human nature, the arts, science, religion, and more. This style has sprung up from the wonderful congenial and conversational style that has helped make this community so fun and exciting. I thank you all for your involvement, your passion, and your feedback. I appreciate it very much. Pre-Order Available
Purchased by the U.S. government from Russia, Alaska became a part of the union as the 48th state of the USA on January 3rd 1959. But, although we consider Alaska a cold, lifeless area, we are very far from the truth. Alaska offers natural wonders that blend the end of their temperatures with a rich and diverse flora and fauna. This collection of 23 wonders of nature in Alaska show a lively area in each season. From the frozen rock solid to the delicate plains of this near Arctic land. Alaska Range Aerial Florida to Alaska on Bicycle (#171) September 18, 1997: Chandalar Shelf Powder Blue Evening by Gary Minish Idyllic Alaska Alaska Range Alaska Range-Glacier Mistical Alaska Welcome To Alaska Alaska Salmon Creek Falls HDR Another Peterson Lake Sunset Mendenhall Glacier and Fireweed Waterfall at Mendenhall Glacier Salmon Creek Falls HDR Glacier in Western Canada Alaska Anchorage A Winter Sunny Day Twin Peaks Frozen waterfall on the Seward Highway, near Turnagain Arm, Anchorage, Alaska Bear Mountain Hyder, Alaska Eagle stalking in Homer, Alaska Pot of Gold in Alaska About the Author: I describe me as a passionated of graphics and stunning artwork. Currently studying System Engineering, work as web programmer in Guatemala City. Love Sci-Fi, my primary computer is a MacBook and you can follow me on Twitter as jmanuelemus
Philipp Klinger is for sure one of my favorite photographers, his work is very well rounded with amazing photos of all types. One of the things that also impress me a lot about his work is that he doesn't mind sharing his experience on how he took the shot, what the shot is about and so on. Each one of his photos is a piece of art ans you have to check out for yourself. Make sure to visit Philipp Flickr for more. Turn To Clear Vision Technique/Processing Straight forward, shot with the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 @ f/3.2 and then square-cropped and converted to b/w. Where? Top Of The Rock observation deck, Rockefeller Center, New York City, USA Invasion Technique/Processing: 1 shot with the Sigma 50mm f/1.4, converted to b/w with Silver Efex, adding a slight blue toning. Where? Staten Island Ferry Terminal while waiting for the Ferry back to Manhattan. Is Time Linear? Technique/ProcessingShot with my Sigma 12-24 @ 24mm. The framing took a few attempts (especially to align the lines of the ceiling with the 12h mark of the clock... No fancy processing this time, just converted to b&w and a little dodge and burn for more contrast on the clock Where? Nearly all my photos are geotagged, so you can see directly on the flickr map where the photo was taken. This one's been shot in the brand new Guillemins train Station in Liège, Belgium, designed by the famous spanish architect, Santiago Calatrava. It's still in work though and should be finished by the end of september 2009. Nevertheless, it's already a very impressive structure. New York - Brooklyn Bridge Panorama Technique/Processing: I've taken 8x7 = 56 shots for this photo. 8 for the panorama to cover everything i wanted and each of them with 7 different exposures for the DRI). Stitched the 0 EV exposure in PTGui and made it remember all the control points and the exchanged the photos for all other exposures (ranging from -3 to +3 EV). Those 7 panoramas where then blended in Photoshop using Smart Object Stacking and manual mask painting. Color and Contrast processing then done mostly using Nik Color Efex. My Tree During The Perseid Meteor Shower Technique/Processing Shot at ISO 2500 and 30 seconds exposure. I used this combination to get many stars in the sky, but they should still be visible as dots (thus the high iso and rather short exposure). Flashed the tree and the path using an SB-28 off-camera (in my hand) using the test button @ 1/8 several times. Nearly no post processing in Photoshop Robot Technique/Processing: Shot with the Sigma 12-24, then removed the lens distortion with PTLens and converted it to b&w using Nik Silver Efex Pro Cape Cod - Sunset Technique/Processing: HDR made using Photomatix (for a change) from 5 exposures New York City - The Police Horse Technique/Processing: Shot wide open with the Sigma 50mm f/1.4. Shadows lightened a bit and the cross processed with Nik Color Efex. No HDR or DRI (obviously ;)) Bale Of Straw Technique/Processing: DRI made using 2 of the 7 exposures (Smart Object method) and then processed in PS with Nik Color Efex and curves. Metropolis Technique/Processing: Just shooting straight up into the sky (not really 'just' as it took quite long to frame it symmetrically) with the Sigma 12-24mm @ 12mm. I darkened the sky and lightened the Chrysler Building entrance. B&W processing done with Nik Silver Efex Pro as usual. Location: NYC, Lexington avenue, between E 42nd and E 43rd street. The building on the left is the Chrysler Building and the one on the right is the Grand Hyatt Hotel in whose facade the Chrysler Building is reflected. Toronto Skyline Technique/Processing: We planned to take the Ferry to the Toronto Islands to take shots of the skyline from there, but unfortunately (for us) the ferries were on strike during our visit (Reminded me of the railway strikes we had in Germany last year...), so we had to go to the Humber Bay Park instead. I made a standard 5 exposure bracketing using the 70-300mm VR lens, taken at my night settings - most importantly ISO 160 which generates the least noise on the D700 ( ISO 125 and 100 are worse, as they are interpolated by software and thus result in a loss of dynamic range). Blended in Photoshop using the ADRI technique and the result was manually blended with the darkest exposure masking everything but the highlights. New York - Grand Central Terminal Technique/Processing: I put the camera onto the balustrade of the stairs and exposed for 3 seconds to achieve the motion blur. It's not very sharp in 100% view as i had to set the aperture to f/20. No HDR or DRI processing this time - only one single exposure, but i tried to retain as much detail in the highlights and shadows usind RAW and Nik's Color Efex (Tonal Contrast). New York - Brooklyn Bridge Sunset Niagara Falls at Night Technique/Processing: No HDR or DRI this time. Just one exposure (the colors were changing so i had no time to make several exposures) Is It The End Of Days? Technique/Processing: DRI of 3 images, processed to look a bit 'apocalyptic'...
I love to see surrealistic photos well done and if you with me on that you really going to enjoy this. Holger Pooten is a German photographer that has the most creative photographs I have seen lately, sharp shots with creativity overloading making his photos very unique. Make sure to check out his full portfolio at www.holgerpooten.com
Marta Orlowska, or ...marta at flickr, as you will see here, is a very talented artist. Her photos are stylish, beautiful, have a great color composition and transmit us a great feeling. Some images look old, some look a bit like HDR and some even reminded me of the "Charlie's Angels". Take your take to admire this selection! Marta Orlowska has had a keen interest in Art for many years using different mediums such as pencil, charcoal, acrylics, oil, mosaics and more to express her unique artistic vision. Now using the camera and Photoshop as the next tools, she exploits them to evoke her feelings and mood. Using a photographic medium she creates a different world from everyday reality by capturing moments of others and her surroudings and by placing them in her own creative world. Saw Marta's work in one of our Daily Inspiration posts and really liked her style. So I decided to make this selection to share with you some of her photos. Enjoy the images and make sure to visit Marta's flickr page. :)
I really LOVE macro... and browsing around Flickr I found the work from Sakura, a girl from Tokyo that has a natural talent to capture beautiful things. Her images are reallly delicate, colorful, inspiring and gorgest. As the images speak for themselves, I have not much to say. And I'm sure you will also like her work... I am a Japanese girl who live in Tokyo. Love to take photos of natures, just like small wild flowers and small creatures, around me. You can find me on flickr. Enjoy the images and make sure to visit Sakura's flickr page to check out further amazing photos! Enjoy... :)
Back when I was a kid, I was attracted to everything creative & colorful. My neighbor, who wrote books about experiments for kids, showed me a lot of colorful playings. My favorite experiment was closing my eyes and pressing my fingers against them. Most of the times you see a firework of colors in space depending on the light around you, and the amount of pressure you press against the eyes. Alan Jaras Photographs look exactly like those images I use to see on my head. The interplay and the interaction of light on materials and surfaces has long been a fascination for me. As a research scientist and microscopist I used many optical and lighting techniques to gain a deeper understanding of the nature of materials. I am now exploring the world of caustics - those magical patterns that are formed when a beam of light travels through transparent textured materials. Using traditional photographic techniques and pieces of complex shaped glass and plastics I project these patterns directly on to colour film. The resulting images and photographs that you see are purely analogue and are not computer generated, but a true representation of the patterns formed by the light beam after its complex journey through the refractive objects I create. I have always sought to find a bridge between art and science; with these "Refractographs" I now feel I have achieved my goal. Where to find him on the web Flickr.com/photos/alajaras/ - Flickr Account Gallery2c.com/ - Buy Prints Where to find him on the web Flickr.com/photos/alajaras/ - Flickr Account Gallery2c.com/ - Buy Prints
Lately I've been getting a lot of photography how-to questions so I decided to start a series of posts called "Photography Quick Tips" where I'll share with you guys some short and simple steps to achieving the effects of your choice. As a disclaimer, I just want to mention that I'm not exactly a Photoshop expert like my cousin, Fabio (yeah, the Photoshop gene doesn't run in the family, who knew?). It's basically just pure experimentation on my end, so there are probably other ways to achieve these effects that I'm not aware of. In that case, just let me know. I want to learn from you guys too! Oh, and you can send me your questions via facebook or twitter. Anyway, I'll start the series off with a question I received last week from @shamefuld about how I managed to achieve film quality with my Canon Digital Rebel. Final Image Original Image How To Step One Open your image and before anything, double click on the Background layer over at the layers palette to unlock it. Step Two To get that medium format film effect we need to turn the rectangular image to a square. Do this by going to Image > Canvas Size. I chose to do 6.944 x 6.944. By doing this instead of readjusting the image size straight away, we can better control the crop later on. Step Three Since the canvas size is now smaller than our original image, scale it down using free transform (Command + t). And crop it however you wish. Step Four Now it's time to get that faded look. Go to create new fill or adjustment layer at the bottom of your layers palette, select Exposure and adjust according to your preference. The trick is to bring up the Offset and bring down the Gamma Correction a little. Step Five Go back to create new fill or adjustment layer at the bottom of your layers palette, select Brightness/Contrast this time. Check the Use Legacy box, bring down the Contrast and boost up the Brightness to your liking. This softens the image. Step Six Again return to create new fill or adjustment layer, select Photo Filter. Adjust according to the feel you want your image to have. I wanted a cold feel for this one. Step Seven Adjusting the Curves is just a personal preference of mine. Basically this is just a lot of experimentation and adjustment layers. Go to town with the adjustment layers option. Seriously, adjust layers to your heart's content, people. Most of the time I don't even know what I'm doing. I've found that sometimes you go in with something in mind but get something really different to what you wanted and really cool in the end, so just play around with it a little. Step Eight After that I just started repeating steps. Try adding some color fills like I did here (Create new fill or adjustment layer > Solid Color). Set the blend mode to Overlay and bring down the Opacity to around 30-40%. You can even go all out and add some fancy schmancy textures in there if you want. Maybe even some noise to reproduce that film grain effect. Have fun!
Alexia Sinclair is a very talented art photographer and digital artist based in Sydney - Australia. Her distinct style is easily recognized and highly original. Using a visual narrative to seduce her audience with each photographic feast, Sinclair’s art is dark and seductive, baroque and symbolic. Her multilayered photographs subtly present contemporary notions of fashion and beauty through innovative digital media, whilst restoring antique notions of classicism, elegance and luxury. Sinclair is an artist who skillfully walks the tightrope that divides the worlds of Fine Art and Commercial Art. Motivated by her love and devotion for all things intricate and unusual, this versatile creative uniquely approaches her creative production by filling all of the roles, from designing sets and props, to makeup and costumes. Sinclair travels the world photographing locations and models and works in post production constructing imagined worlds through the combination of her photographs and hand illustrations. I saw Alexia's work on my daily researches online and her images got my attention. I loved the colors, the atmosphere, post production and style. I'm pretty sure you will also like the images! Find more about Alexia and her work online at: Personal Website Flickr Page Make sure to visit Alexia Sinclair's portfolio and enjoy the images... :)
Sometime ago we had a pretty awesome post on pictures of dogs, which had some pretty sweet images, from all over the world. Today, it's all about cats! These little animals are pretty amazing pets and look real good in pictures. Also, you guys should visit each photographer's page to check more of their great work. Enough said, check these out! ;D Villi.Ingi The whitest cat I know FrizzText Red Cat Blue Alison Kinsey Has the cat got your tongue? jciv Cat in Motion Sarah Stewart Cuddles Cat tanakawho Cat among the cherry blossoms 3 Celeste RC The Cats of Ulthar David R. Preston Evil Cat strollerdos cat's eyes Erika Snyder Cat Portrait III Stephen Falken Mmm Giane Portal Asleep brothers franks-anger the cat AstridT the cat mamazmeilor Darn Good Looking Cat jennifah Cat hawflakes waiting for my cat prince
After finding a preview of Lindén's work on BOOOOOOOM!, I instantly fell in love and knew this was something I had to share with you guys. Stockholm-based Anders Lindén's approach to photography is very simple. His photographs all have a slight mysterious vibe to them and a soft dreamy feel. And not to mention I absolutely love his use of low contrast and muted tones. Don't forget to check out his portfolio. Send me your suggestions for my next post via twitter or facebook. I'd love to hear from you!
If you’re not familiar with the work of Kim Høltermand you need to be. His photographic masterpieces scream of minimalism and moody tones. His work is extremely distinct and really has an epic style. If you’re a fan of photography this is one for you! Kim grew up in the suburbs of Copenhagen and throughout his childhood grew an interest in drawing. He had drawn from an early age but hadn’t taken art seriously until he got to college. Kim worked as a graphic designer while his interest in photography grew. He got his first SLR only a couple years ago and things have really taken off for Kim since that moment. Kim specializes in architectural photography. In a quote from himself “I heart Architecture”. Aside from architecture Kim also takes some really amazing nature and landscape photos, and has been thinking recently about beginning a to work with film. Here are some of his amazing works! For more information visit Kim's Behance page at http://www.behance.net/Holtermand About the Author I'm Alec Schmidt - a graphic designer from the US. I have an obsession with type, color and creativity. I hope to share tons of cool stuff with you about art and design! You can also find me on Twitter:@Anepic.