Before and After HDR Photo and PHOTIGY News

HDR “Before and After” photo from Atlanta BoTanical Gardens:

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20 Amazing liquid desktop wallpapers for all devices, including Retina displays

We have these twenty amazing high-speed liquid photos that we turned into a wallpapers gallery for your PC/Mac (including the new MacBook Pro with retina display), Ipad/iPhone and Android devices. Me have decided to give financial help to people who need it by donating 50% of the profits of this wallpaper set to

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 Do-It-Yourself Studio Lighting: Sony speaker shot step-by-step

By Alex Stepanov ( what you want folks but I like watching shows like “American Test Kitchen”. First, I like good food. More important though, I like that those people always experiment and play with things that have been around forever and yet, they manage to come up with something new I have not heard before.


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HDR in example. How I processed this picture.

These are the images before and after post-production. Below I’ll show how I did it step by step. I use a different workflow for every HDR photo, and this is one of them. All manipulations with this image are non destructive. You can go back to any step and change all parameters.

The source (middle image) is a good quality photo and I can accomplish this quality only by converting it in Adobe Camera RAW. There are no underexposure and overexposure parts, and I can create nice looking image for the web. But I prefer to create more dramatic, more bold, and more detailed image. To do this, I assemble 3 images in Photomatix Pro.


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WOW! Our water splash photo in 3D design

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How to do a water splash butterfly. Post production.

Some time ago I was impressed with stunning water splash photos some photographers did. I saw flowers, birds, bulls, horses. I was curious  how they actually did it?

Now I know the answer:-)
First, you need a huge set of water splash images and second, many hours of assiduous work. And here is my water splash butterfly:

Water splash butterfly

Water splash butterfly

As you can see at my Layer palette, I did many trials, errors, experimentation. See how many layers turned off:-) But for me it’s only one way to learn – error and trial, and trial again. This what we call experience:-)

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Landscape photography. My post production.

I have been asked many times about the post production I do for a landscape photography. This post should answer some of the questions, as I’ll show you how and what I did on the images from our trip to Key West, FL.
A funny thing is that there is no Photoshop (by it’s common meaning): I’ve used RAW converter to do all (except sharping) the job.
This is why Alex always shoot RAW, and I like to work with RAW files. It is much faster and cleaner to use a RAW converter and a batch processing to get a perfectly adjusted large stack of photos.

Below, I show you several screen shots so that you can see what adjustments I did in a RAW Converter for the particular image. You can’t simply apply these settings for your picture, as they may not work in your case, but you can see the idea and experiment with your own image by moving  sliders and see the difference.

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Great vacation and awesome pictures.

We are back from our small vacation. There was fabulous 3 days of relax in Georgia mountains. We lived in a beautiful house in Hiawassee, Lake Chatuge, Northeast Mountains, Georgia, USA (100 Miles North of Atlanta, GA). Thank you, Doug and Beckie :-) I don’t remember when I had a such relaxed rest last time:-)

Alex made some pictures of us and “Eye Candy” breathtaking mountain and lake views from the deck. All technical details you can read on Alex’s blog.

Enjoy the photos:

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Water in still life, product and advertisement photography: Episode two

Lighting setup, technical details, behind the scene video tutorial for these photos, as always available on our photographer’s blog article:
Water in product and advertisement photography: episode two released!
Today I’ll show you my retouching work. I really enjoyed working with such vivid bright colors. I am a color person, never liked black & white or sepia:-). This is why working with these colorful photos makes me truly happy and positive for entire day.

Hope you’ll feel this energy while looking at our images:-) Have a nice day!

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Sparkling water photography. Tutorial episod 2.

Sparkling water photography. Tutorial episod 2.

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Water in still life, product and advertisement photography: Episode two (announcement)

AKELstudio is glad to announce a new upcoming tutorial, we are working on it right now. This is a second episode from our  “using water in product photography” series (the first one is here).

This time we used a carbonated water, pepper, colored lights and other ingredients:-). Enjoy a little preview, the first image form the photoset:


Water photography tutorial announcement

The tutorial with the lighting setup and a video will be released beginning next week.

Also, one more exciting news for our readers: The next photoshoot of the “water” series we’ll be broadcasting live form our studio!

The live stream will be available on Hi-def format (720p), accessible from any browser and even from smartphones: we’ll be using USTREAM service for the broadcast, there is a viewer available for both iPhone and Droid market.
Chat will be opened for all registered users: our photographer Alex Koloskov will be glad to answer all your questions real time.

Details will be available later, stay tuned!

High Dynamic Range images. HDRi before and after. Landscapes.

I like this type of articles a lot: before and after images.  Now I show you some outstanding HDR images we had done in a past. Do not do them much now, busy with in-studio work with the products, but I still enjoy working with HDRi.
I will not give you many technical aspects how to make HDR photos, but this is what our photographer Alex Koloskov has told me about how he shot these landscape HDR photos:

” I usually do from two to  four or five exposures for each HDR, decision s made based on how wide dynamic range is  needed.

For bright sunny day, where there is a deep shadows  and bright sky or water is present, up to five exposures may be needed to get the correct exposure for the whole range of brightness. On dusk and dawn, two or three exposure will be enough.

I rarely use auto exposure bracketing (when camera makes from 3 to 5 images for you form up to _3 to +3 f-stops), but rather shoot on manual, making more then 3 f-stops bracketing when needed.

The idea is to get correctly exposed the darkest and the brightest part of the image , the rest should fall in between.”


For these landscape images I used Photomatix Pro 3 because I like some unrealistic effect it gives.
When I need more realistic images (especially for architecture) I like to use Photoshop,  selecting two or more files from a set of exposures to merge and create a High Dynamic Range image. There is even more accurate method: using masks, when I manually merge specific areas of the image by masking them and blending with another layer.

But again, for  these particular photos I used Photomatix Pro 3 plus some Photoshop adjustments.

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HDR photography before and after, Atlanta, GA

HDR photography before and after, Atlanta, GA

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Water splash photography and post-production for products advertisement.

If you like to know the shooting details, please take a look our photographer’s blog post:  Water in still life and advertisement photography: Episode one

Here I’ll show you the final images and a little example of post production that was done. Photography with a water usually requires many hours of retouching because of dust (hard to get clear water, if you work on top of the surface right?), air bubbles, wire and fishing line for holding the product.


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