It’s HALFTIME! I can’t believe that the first half of my project is already over. So I think it’s time to sum up the last half year and also to give you a short forecast what will happen in the second half of my P52. First, I want to thank you for being such a faithful reader. If I take a look at the visitor numbers, half a year ago, I wouldn’t have dared to guess that there is indeed a bunch of you out there, who are interested in my weekly babble. So thank you for reading this and looking at my pictures.
I know, this page in it’s current form, is far from the technical standards. Also, I’m not quite content with the design. I update the design to a more.. let’s say “visual approach” in the not so far future. Also, I got a lot of feedback, that some of you would really like to see some before – after Photoshop comparison pictures. I will look into this and try to implement this, when I’m updating of my page. But I have to warn you, this will happen earliest in September – October. I hope you can bear the current design until then ;-). Of course, if you have any suggestions, please feel free to mail me or post them in the comments! But besides the page, I bet it is far more interesting for you, what I plan to do in regards to photography in the next 26 weeks. In order to develop my skills, I decided that I will now learn how to use a 3D rendering program like Blender, 3D Max or Maya. I’m not quite sure which I will choose, but considering my limited budget, I think I will stick with Blender at first, as this is open source.
Yesterday was pretty exciting! I had my first semi-profession photoshooting for Thomas Nicolodi from the traditional munich jeweller Nicolodi (http://www.nicolodi.de/). They are pretty famous for their custom made jewelry and their awesome work with opals. The pictures will be used for advertising in magazines and also for the new homepage they are working on currently (omg.. my pictures will be printed in some magazines). I got myself a brand new background system for this shooting, because I didn’t want to mask my whole basement from every single picture. Even though I think my masking improved very much during the last half year, especially for pictures like this, it is far better to keep the editing at a minimum. I just used frequency separation and some beauty retouching. I just have to say it again, I totally fell in love with the frequency separation method! It’s just so damn powerful. So I still have a bunch of pictures waiting to be edited, but as this is a special occasion, I have 2 pics for you ;-).
I’ll have to skip the lighting setup this week, because to be honest, I used so many different setups and didn’t take detailed notes. So I can’t say in detail which one I used exactly for these two pictures. I hope you can forgive this sloppiness for once ;-).
So long – Florian