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About Me

My Inspiration: I like very dramatic type photos, inspirited by world famous movies such as Amelie Poulain by Jean Pierre Jeunet, Angela of Luc Besson, War Horse by Steven Spielberg, Gone with the wind by Victor Fleming, Gladiator by Ridley Scott. I cannot help but when I take a portrait I try to make it as a movie poster. In short I like the drama look. I shot a full series of photos for about 8 years in Paris where every shot would look like as it comes straight out of a movie. Some of my photos are heavily retouched, some not. What matters to me is the emotional impact, do people get something out of it or not? My Tools: I shoot with a Canon 5D Mark 2, Canon 7D. For my landscapes I use mainly the Canon 17-40 F4, sometime the Canon 24-70 2,8. When I shoot portraits I also use sometime the Canon 70-200 F4. But I would say I work at 90% with the 17-40. I retouch most of my photos with Lightroom, and if I really need to do I do the finish touches in Photoshop. My workflow has really evolve from a lot of Photoshop to 90% Lightroom and 10% Photoshop. I also use to do a lot of HDR using Photomatix, but I do it less and less as I find I get a more natural pleasing result using just one raw file with Lightroom. Sometime if the scene has a lot of contrast I will do several exposures and blend them using the layers in Photoshop. This technic is also called digital blending. My favorite Plug in MacPhun. I also shoot a lot with the ND 1000 filter for long exposures effects. My Passion: I also love to play as an actor and direct movies, I shot three short films and I’m working on new projects in that field. I think that creating images for people to enjoy is the most amazing job in the world :-)

Videos

In this episode I'm going to show you how to install and use Lightroom Brush Presets to take your photos to the next level.

How to install a Lightroom Brush Preset:
1. Unzip the file containing the presets
2. Right click and choose “Copy FileN...

In this episode I'm going to give you my 10 top tips for shooting urban landscapes:

1. Shoot using the the correct light at the right time.
2. Always use a tripod to get long exposure shots – always use the lowest ISO possible.
3. Shoot in Man...

In this episode I'm going to give you the winner of my Urban Landscape Competition and a lot of tips and tricks on Urban Landscape Photography!

Winner: Dr Markus Sorin
http://www.photo-markus.com/

Special Featured Photographers:
Stephan Shafe...

In this episode I will show you:
1. The different windows layout modes of Photoshop
2. How to get a photo from one window to another
3. How to make a selection of a sky
4. How to make a mask of the old sky and insert the new sky into that mask
5...

In this tutorial I will show you my entire workflow for a photo I took of the Flat Iron building in New York.




These types of buildings are very high and you have to tilt your lens to catch them. I do that, but I do it taking multiple photos....

In this episode I will show you the best settings that I used to shoot New York from the sky in a helicopter. This is something very difficult due to low light, the speed and movement. I don't think it was possible to get this quality of photo, with ...