Not HDR. San Francisco at Night: Before and After

Do not miss a new post of a great photographer Alex Stepanov from San Francisco on WWW.PHOTIGY.COM

Of smoke: a field guide to photographing smoke

San Francisco HDR and The Google + One Year Anniversary Photowalk in Atlanta, GA

To celebrate the first year of Google+ and the photography community, we’re doing a photowalk in downtown Atlanta.

Where and When:

June 30th

We will meet at Centennial Olympic Park at 5:00 pm.
At 7:00 pm we’ll all meet at a restaurant somewhere close to share photos, hang out, and have some prizes (yep!) and get to know each other.
At 8:30 we will continue the Photowalk, and shoot night Atlanta.

Photographers of all skill and levels are welcome. From beginners to pros. What if you only have a phone camera? YES! you too!
If you plan attending, please register on photowalk’s Plancast page

 

See you on Photowalk! Genia

List of Top Architectural Photography Blogs.

My blog has been featured on Guide to Art Schools’ list of the Top Architectural Photography Blogs.

It’s funny: As soon as we have decided to remove the architecture portfolio from our portfolios and concentrate only on a product photography, we got such interest in our architecture photography:-)

Me and Alex like architecture, but for now a studio photography is much more interesting for us: concentrating only in a studio work we’ll have more chances to become “world best” in what we do.. and we both won’t accept less:-) But any way that’s cool!

Architecture photography post-production and retouching for Vieler International.

Half year ago we did a product photo-session for Vieler International.

Now Andre Vieler asked us to shoot exterior photos of the whole plant. We used a fork lifter to raise the photographer to a height where was much less perspective distortion.  This works much better then any tilt/shift lens, I wish we could have such lifter for all of our architectural projects:-)

Here I’ll show you how I did a post-production, some parts of work flow. Here is the image before and after:

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Architecture photography post-production and retouching

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Kids room decoration from the artist and designer Anna Shafigina

This post I would like to devote to my friend and a very talented person Anna Shafigina.
She has a great taste and perfect sense of style and harmony, her perfectionism allows her to achieve blameless outcome in any fields. Today I will show you Anna’s talent for an interior decoration and design. She decorated this room for her baby boy Nicolas. Amazingly good, isn’t it?

Photography by Atlanta photographer Alex Koloskov
Retouching by Genia Larionova

Interior Design Photographer

Interior Design Photographer

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BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Atlanta, GA

Mandir is the name for a Hindu place of worship and prayer. The word mandir is composed of two words, Man and Dir, whose meanings are mind and still, respectively.  Therefore, a mandir is a place where the mind becomes still; a place where we experience peace from worldly problems.  For centuries, the mandir has remained a spiritual, educational, social and physical cornerstone of Indian society.

Read more information about Mandir

It is very unusual to find something like this in Georgia. The place is truly beautiful and the marble carvings are amazing. Unfortunately we can take photos only from a distance. The rest beauty I’ll try to remember:-)

Lifestyle photography

Lifestyle photography

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Lens distortion and perspective correction in architecture photography

This article is for those who do not have  tilt shift adapter or TS lens and still do architecture photography.
I’ll show you how to correct perspective distortion using Photoshop. Camera lens distortions occur frequently when taking pictures of architectural subjects with a wide-angle lens and the need to use an external program. Distortion will always have place when  we shoot tall buildings, tilting the camera upwards.  There is no way (unless you have TS adapter or lens)  to get  vertical lines to be vertical on a picture, as it will fall in the middle.

However, you can easily correct camera lens distortions using Photoshop or other photo software.

Below you can  find list of software for lens distortion and perspective correction and tutorial how to fix it in Adobe Photoshop

How to correct perspective distortions of an image using the Adobe Photoshop Free Transform Tool.

Before lens distortion and perspective correction

Before lens distortion and perspective correction

After lens distortion and perspective correction

After lens distortion and perspective correction

All you have to do is:

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New stock images of Night Atlanta, GA

You can buy all this images in High Resolution on our stock photos web sites:

Night Atlanta, GA stock images

Night Atlanta, GA stock images

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Architectural Photography Post-Production

I would like to share some examples on how we do a post-processing for architectural photography. Below you’ll see before and after images with explanation what we did and how. Sometime the result looks like HDR, but it is not a real HDR, where HDR processor compiles several images into one. The results often looks not real, showing non-existent lighting and colors. Which is OK for the Art, but unacceptable for a commercail photography.
The best way is a manual process, where we replace some parts of the image, using masking or working with dodge or burn tools. More examples of such techniques you can find in our Portfolio

Exterior architectural photography

Exterior architectural photography

Post-production:

  • Camera RAW processing
  • Cleaning with Clone Stamp Tool
  • Alignment using Guides and Free Transform
  • Asphalt Retouching
  • Crop, Resize for web and apply Unsharp Mask

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Piedmont Park, Atlanta, HDR photogrpahy

Piedmont Park, Atlanta, HDR image

HDR photogrpahy

I hope you see where is before and after:-)