113 Photos - Aug 9, 2011
Photo: Golden girls by Alex Koloskov and Genia Larionova. www.photigy.comPhoto: The magic of water - we did it! Showing first time, exclusively for G+!

This is a finished look of the beauty shot we had a shoot a week ago.
More about this:
As you see, we have used another image of the model, water ball was created from many splashes in PP.

P.S Now I am wondering where to have it :in "People" or "Liquid"? :-)
Share if you like it!

What to do next hangout... Any fresh ideas?Photo: Photo: I have this image in a Scrapbook photos, but not in "People" album
This is a very old (for my photography age) portrait I did when was learning the strobe lighting, in 2006..

Only 1 light source, you can easily guess where it was:-)Photo: Photo: www.koloskov.comPhoto: www.koloskov.comPhoto: www.koloskov.comPhoto: Almost forgot about this one.Goes into "People". The image from our resent G+ hangout from the studio...

Love the clarity of medium format sensor.. AA filer is evil:-)Photo: One more form "water ball" photoshoot:)
Hasselblad H1, HC 80mm F2.8, 1/800 sec F3.2.
Love shallow DOF.Photo: That was 2 years ago, I was left home with my 2 one year old daughters to babysit them... Feeling alone, I've decided to run a quick photoshoot: got a white paper roll from a studio, 2 speedlites mounted on umbrellas, found that basket and put my kids in it.

To make it stable, I'd have to add some weight to a bottom: few weights from a dumbbell did a job:-)
Kids where surprised, and I've got my moment to pull a trigger:-)Photo: This one is from KeyWest trip last year.
As usually when I shoot against sun (look at the shadow), I did this trick:
1Ev and +1 Flash Ev. Canon 580EX did the job:)Photo: My baby:-)Photo: Another one:Photo: Photo: Two friendsPhoto: Photo: Photo: This is an early one.
That time I thought I'll be shooting people portraits:-))Photo: www.koloskov.comPhoto: www.koloskov.comPhoto: www.koloskov.comPhoto: Business portraitPhoto: Photo: Halloween costumePhoto: www.koloskov.comPhoto: My babiesPhoto: She could be a model:-)Photo: She could be a model:-)Photo: She could be a model:-)Photo: This is +Genia Larionova having hard time. :-)Photo: BTS: http://www.akelstudio.com/blog/our-little-cute-models-a-fashion-shoot-for-alla-koval/Photo: www.akelstudio.com/blogPhoto: canon 8-15mm fisheye review at blog.akelstudio.comPhoto: Spring family photowalk 
It was sort of our usual "family photowalk": everyone was enjoying mother nature, I was enjoying it through the viewfinder:-)

It is already summer in Atlanta, and we missed the blooming time: it gone too fast.
Canon 5D MK II, Fisheye, and yes, this is HDR, "manual HDR".
We took sky from -2Ev shot, and the rest from 0EV one.Photo: Ok, this is my portrait of me reading +Guy Kawasaki book.
Snapped it few days ago when was doing the similar shot after we received +Colby Brown "Google + for Photographers" book. (see shot here: http://goo.gl/iLBZF ).

I did not want to create just another plain shot of guy smiling with the book, so me and +Genia Larionova worked a little bit with the lighting, face expression and post-production.
Like it? Not? Both answers are good, because they will be emotional:)
+Guy Kawasaki , now I'll be waiting for a signed cover from you:-)

P.S Speaking seriously, I love the books. Both of them.Photo: A little girl in a darkness
Looks like she is more curious than afraid. Curiosity is what will lead her through entire life:-)

This was a test shot from one of our old photosets, done it with one strobe (e640) in a shade during bright and sunny day.Photo: I've got some strawberries for you!

So, today we were at the farm and picked up few buckets of strawberries. It is shame, but I have to admit that I was jumping all around with camera taking shots while +Genia Larionova was collecting beautiful juicy strawberries.

At last I've got some good shots:-)

This is a single exposure, almost against the sun shot (sun is on upper left corner) with Canon 8-15mm fisheye.
1EV exposure correction for the camera, +1EV correction for flash (580EXII). The result is a HDR-like look in a single shot: underexposed blue sky and bright surroundings highlighted with the speedlite. 

Enjoy and share the photo while we'll enjoy fresh strawberries with yogurt:)Photo: One more from yesterday egg strawberry hunting.

They love each other so much that one can squeeze another really hard;-)Photo: Lady Bug

Just a fun shot from our strawberry hunting with my little ladies.

Lots of sun + lots of single camera mounted strobe + post magic = the joy.
So.. have a joy and share it :-)Photo: Self-portrait with fisheye

One more shot from the strawberry hunting (you can tell by the style:-)
I was holding the camera directly agains the sun, and Canon 580EXII speedlite did a great job matching its power: otherwise my face would be very dark, as I set camera exposure one stop down.

P.S Thank you +Genia Larionova for cool post production, love how you process the image!Photo: Mmm.. Dear, look what I found!

One more from the strawberry field. This time +Genia Larionova found a huge strawberry and I captured the moment.
As most of the shots from strawberry farm, this one was against the sun with artificial lighting (strobe on a camera).
Recipe: Fisheye lens , -1Ev for ambient, +1Ev for flash. Post production of course.Photo: Wanna bite?

Another one from our "strawberry hunting" series. Soon I'll post the whole album, it will be very cool experience!

P.S Thank you everyone who joined and watched us tonight at Studio Photography Insights. +Dave Nitsche , +Bill Cahill , thank you guys for all the thoughts, critiques and insights. It was great: you can definitely take a bite of this little strawberry:-)
Lets continue discussion on the forum: www.akelstudio.com/blog/forumPhoto: Here is your cheeese, papa!
Not every kid like to go "cheese" again and again, isn't it?

From our trip to Cancun.
Sun (left) + speedlite (front) lighting, 8-15mm fisheye.
Enjoy her smile:-)Photo: Thank you to +Genia Larionova I can show how I was amazed by Lytro Light field camera (http://goo.gl/TDx6B) , had a chance to play with it on G+ Photographer's conference.
Not sure how useful this particular model, but I love the technology behind it.
#gpluspcPhoto: +Genia Larionova taking a picture with  Google  Project Glass:-) A button right where she is pressing with her right hand.
This is re-post, it was already on my stream, but not in my "People" album. So, posting to there now.

Snapped during wonderful time at +Google+ Photographer's Conference #gpluspc , right after my product shot.
And you know what? I was stupid enough and did not try these glasses myself:-)Photo: My colorful life :-)
Snapped this quick portrait yesterday after we finished the shot. Two gallons of latex paint were spilled all around of the studio, it was such fun!
The shot was a part of a project we are working on now, hope I'll be able to show you the outcome in a week or so. Stay tuned!Photo: The magic of PLM (parabolic) umbrella
Fake background of a studio portrait or an outside scenic view with the girl on a foreground?
Answer is here, enjoy:
http://www.photigy.com/the-magic-of-plm-parabolic-umbrella/Photo: Pic in Pic on the go!

What is the best way to showcase the photo? To show how it was composed, right inside the result! The only disadvantage is you'll need an assistant with camera next to you all the time... He-he:-)

More photos from our trip to San Diego: http://www.photigy.com/san-diego-day-one/

This one from San Diego, where I was picturing our quite girls. Enjoy the moment:-)Photo: BTS: http://www.akelstudio.com/blog/our-little-cute-models-a-fashion-shoot-for-alla-koval/Photo: www.akelstudio.com/blogPhoto: Blowing dandelion

Love the springs colors:-)
This si hand-held 3 RAW exposures HDR. Photomatix, then Photoshop.
Captured on 5DMkII and Canon 8-15mm F4.0L Fisheye.Photo: BTS: http://www.akelstudio.com/blog/our-little-cute-models-a-fashion-shoot-for-alla-koval/Photo: www.koloskov.comPhoto: PeoplePhoto: www.koloskov.comPhoto: One day our friends were vising the studio. We ended up making about 100 shots, this is one of them. +Genia Larionova promised to post before and after tomorrow:-)Photo: Mary Poppins? 
This is not what I usually do, but when good friend asked for a prom portraits, I couldn't resist:-)

3x Einstein E640 strobes, daylight mainly killed, on our backyard.
BTS is on the blog, as usual: http://goo.gl/hVauZ

Enjoy and share:-)Photo: This portrait I've was made during our "water ball" photoshoot (http://goo.gl/jn2XS).
Captured by free from AA filter 36x48 seven year old sensor PhaseOne sensor.

Now you know why I am so much waiting for canon 1Ds mark IV: rumors said there won't be Anti-aliasing filter in it.Photo: New year is coming!

This was part of our 2010 New Year celebration. This is a studio shot: +Genia Larionova was throwing fake snow, girls were catching:-)
Hope we'll have fun this year as well.

Are you getting ready for New Year/Christmas shotout?Photo: NataliPhoto: Happy Holidays, Google plus!
Packing and going to our friend's house to meet Santa today:-)

What is your plan for tonight?

P.S This is +Genia Larionova with our daughters year ago:-)Photo: Children of photographer

Hey, papa is coming! :-))Photo: My little assistant
Today we spent some time in a studio, shooting our friends. My little daughter was glad to help me with the lighting.
I know she is really enjoying to be a model.. unlike the other girl:-)Photo: Her tender glance
I almost never shoot portraits outside of the studio, but this one is my favorite.
It was early spring, blooming trees, no Photoshop but beauty of Canon 70-200mm F2.8L IS... The only artificial here was a fill light from camera mounded speedlite.

Enjoy and share if you like it:-)Photo: Escaping form Mandir

There is a place in Atlanta, called BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir. We have visited it about a year ago, it was a pretty interesting dive into Indian culture.
They did not allow to take photographs inside, so we did outside.

Now, a little quiz: do you think this is a multi-exposure (HDR) or a single shot?


This is not HDR by any meaning: single shot, and no tone mapping during post.
This is a single exposure, with 2 speedlites firing on the scene: one from a camera , another from the left, with 2:1 power ratio between them .
Left one was little too bright, this explains too white skin of my girl.

Also, I dialed -1 EV correction for the ambient, and +0.6EV correction for flash. this explains blue sky: the ambient was a little underexposed, exactly the way I like :)Photo: Meditating
Same place, Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (http://goo.gl/hJcZp) , single exposure.
I do not remember what exactly she was doing (3 years old can't meditate I guess:-), but it was cool moment to catch.Photo: Another shot for microstocks. Can't figure out how to name it.
We did not hire model, these are our friends.:-)Photo: From early experiments with studio light...Photo: Running on the beach
Kids definitely enjoy Cancun:-)

Sun on the left right, strobe on the front, captured through fisheye lens. That intense color of the sky is another reason I love ultra wide angle lenses: no polarizer is needed, post production is minimal as well.
The trick is to dial Ev - 0.5 or so (to dim the sky) and add juice to strobe (+1Ev or so)Photo: Photographing kids on a beach is almost "catch me if you can" game:-)
This time I've got her, almost blindly pointing camera to her.
I could only wish to get her feet in frame.
This is Cancun, Mexico

P.S Forgot to add: I've used camera mounted Canon speedlite with +1 EV correction to fight the sun, which was in front of me (see right top corner, here it is:-).
Exposure compensation were dialed -1EV.Photo: Fun at Caribbeans
This time I've catch her:)

P.S Direct sun from the right (see the shadow), but Canon 580EX has some good power too;)Photo: Do not touch me!

She is such a wild girl:-)Photo: Listen to me, son
Did this shot about 7 years ago when my parents were vising us in Atlanta.Photo: Running at San Francisco

Cool shot from Union Square, SF. Our girls were happy, same as we:-)
When last time you where just happy, without any conditions? If you can't remember, look at her, and learn it back:-)
P.S kudos to +Genia Larionova for the post processingPhoto: Magical water
I can almost hear she is saying "Papa, this water is magical!".
Top-down portrait with fisheye, in the middle of Caribbean sea, and creative use of post-production time: what could be more magical for a photographer?

BTW, there are many good tutorials about post prodcution from my photoshop lady, +Genia Larionova (she processed this image) here, take a look: http://goo.gl/DHQhGPhoto: Reaching the Star

Another cool shot from our Cancun vacation. +Genia Larionova post production, credit for a starfish goes to TreadCarefully from deviantart.
Yes, we added it in post.
The rest is real as you and me:-)
I've catch the moment when my little model was going down, thats explains a flying hair.
BTW, in many cases, when work with fisheye and kids I shoot without looking to a viewfinder. Like on this  image, I've got a shot with camera lowered few inches to a ground, it was a rapid move:-)
Result is unpredicted (as well as the reaction from people who sees such shots) but in many cases rewarding.
Enjoy:-)Photo: So here she is, my lady

Other day we went to a shopping center and I had Nikon D800E with me (my test camera for a few weeks) to shoot some portraits between a shopping. I was using ISO 1600-12600, shooting with Nikkor macro F2.8 wide open.
Despite high pixel density, noise levels of this 36Mpx monster was quite manageable.
This is +Genia Larionova , and this is her retouching as well:-)Photo: You better not mess with me, or I'll shoot you:-)
This is +Genia Larionova post production of this shot I posted earlier (https://plus.google.com/102865263115020893218/posts/Pd2u2t927QB).

Pretty cool, isn't it? I even start liking myself on a photos, which is rare:-)
Genia has captured the whole post-production of this image, soon it will be available on Photigy.com. Check out other of her post-production tutorials here: http://goo.gl/9bz3EPhoto: Happy Sunflowers

Few weeks ago we stopped by at local sunflower field. Kids had fun, we grabbed a nice bouquet of sunflowers and left $5 in the box full of dollars (it was one of those "serve yourself" type of farms).
I had my "special" fisheye portrait lens and snapped quite unusual and colorful shots.
This is one of them. Sun was in front of me, flash was working hard and overpowered everything.
Post production was very close to what we have on this tutorial, in case you interested: http://goo.gl/guLi4

Enjoy the life like these kids! Photo: I am the white rabbit, follow me

We will not have Photigy Live hangout tonight, I am taking day off. Working on a liquid photography course for www.Udemy.com and want to finish it ASAP.
Soon +Dave Nitsche and I will annonce a winner of "It's a feeling" contest (http://goo.gl/ezsZY). Do not forget about our next week assignment, the ring shot (pure "jewelry photography" shot, more info is here  http://goo.gl/h6Dp4)

Now you can follow these white rabbits :-)Photo: +Genia Larionova is having fun on a sunflower field:-)
My shot, Genia's post-processing. She was experimenting with new techniques, and this was one of the outcomes.
She is going to create a tutorial soon, and for now you can check another tutorial with the similar outcome : http://www.photigy.com/3-minutes-effect-to-make-a-difference-for-your-photo/

P.S Do not forget to tune in to PHOTIGY Live hangout tonight: we'll have   +Rodney Pike talking about creativity, curiosity and success. He also going to show some of his photoshop techniques! More info here: http://goo.gl/XLmB9Photo: Swimming alone
We are back from Florida!
If you think I had an underwater  enclosure for my Canon, you are wrong:-) I was almost swimming with it (and Canon Speedlite on top), and so far camera survived.
I've used fisheye lens, and ACR converter to adjust colors. The image looks very close to what I've got straight from a camera. Shooting technique described here, if you want to learn it:

Enjoy:-)Photo: Alone in the ocean
Another crazy shot from our last trip to Florida. Fisheye lens.

Shooting technique is similar to what I've described below:
Slightly overexpose foreground and slightly underexpose background in one shot. I achieve this by using on-camera speedlite strobe (Canon 580EX II in my case, but any other will work as well) and dialing Flash exposure compensation to +1EV (+0.5EV) and dialing ambient exposure compensation to -1EV (+-0.5Ev).

Doing this allows camera to capture things like vivid blue sky even on slights overcast day and have more contrast on everything by slightly underexposing the shot.
On other hand, additional power for a filling light (the strobe) adds brightness for anything on a foreground and visually separate the subjects from the background.

For all the shots below I’ve used Canon 8-15mm F4.0L  fisheye lens, and extremely wide viewing angle requires to have a diffuser on the flash (580EX has built-in one, which is appreciated a lot:)

Shooting mode : Av (aperture priority), which means strobe works as a filling light.
Full article: http://www.photigy.com/3-minutes-effect-to-make-a-difference-for-your-photo/
#prophototips  Photo: Self-Portrait in sand

Why to use tripod? Stick camera in sand, set timer to 2 sec and here we go:-) Right against the sun.
The equipment and shooting techniques (for curious minds) is smilar to what described here: http://www.photigy.com/3-minutes-effect-to-make-a-difference-for-your-photo/Photo: Lost in Corn
From our last trip to a nearest farm. This kind of playground is what you can find there, along with lots of other crazy stuff :-)
Like the style of the shot? Dig here for more, including a post-production tips&tricks: -> http://www.photigy.com/people/Photo: Choosing a right pumpkin

+Genia Larionova is doing a great job finding the best one... not an easy task as you see:-)
More shots: http://www.photigy.com/people/
Enjoy:-)Photo: Halloween at AKElstudio: learn more at www.photigy.comPhoto: Halloween at AKElstudio: learn more at www.photigy.comPhoto: I am not laughing

Few days ago we were playing in studio, testing Canon M and Canon 7D. This is one of the shots from that test. My daughter :-)

BTW, I've got pretty interesting results on a studio test of Canon M, in few days will be posted.
More of my studio portraits, mostly tutorials (if you one of those guys who always like to find out how things were done:-) : http://www.photigy.com/people/ Photo: Polina

A portrait of our friend Polina. We made this portrait during another shot,  "liquid magic"   ( BTS is here: http://www.photigy.com/making-of-magic-water-beauty-shot/ )

Great details and shallow DOF form Hasselblad H1 + 80mm f2.8 lens. Some cool post-production as well:-)Photo: Today in Atlanta botanical garden:-)

P.S This cool separation from a background by different brightness happens when I use fill-in flash for outdoor portraits.
More about the technique: http://www.photigy.com/christmas-time-photography-four-aa-batteries-against-the-sun-and-more/ — with +Genia Larionova Photo: My little girl, 5 years old here. This is one of those rare occasions when I got her to pose for me in the studio.

http://www.photigy.com/people/Photo: People and fun: http://www.photigy.com/people/Photo: We all SmugMug Family!Photo: Halloween 2013Photo: This is my beautiful +Genia Larionova: today we were at the nearest lake and I've catch low sun and other beauty of our world:-)
The flare is real, there is a little post-processing in the shot using Color Efex from Nik Software Collection.
I was using fill-in flash (Canon 580Ex if it makes any difference), Canon 24-70mm lens at F3.5 1/1000 sec shutter.
The trick was to overexpose (+1Ev flash comp) by strobe and slightly underexpose with ambient light.
Cool look isn't it? You'll find more of my tutorials on his topic here: http://www.photigy.com/people/Photo: Another one with +Genia Larionova :-) I've tried to use a tine Sony Nex7 built-in flash as a fill light, and it worked:-)

http://www.photigy.com/people/Photo: Flying Adore
My little lady was flying like this at G+ Scott Kelby World Photowalk. She couldn't resist, it was such fun! :-)Photo: Come and play, if not afraid :-)
Another shot of +Genia Larionova from Photigy Halloween party. BTS is here:
Like it? Then share and play:-)

P.S I am such a lucky guy!  Photo: The day I met my bunny:-)
with +Genia Larionova 
Tech info (my usual setup for outdoors quick shots): +1 Ev for Flash, -0.5 EV for ambient. Genia also did some magic in Photoshop - you know, those girly things with skin, etc:) Photo: My face expression when I realized that it was our last evening at Zion - #selfie with #fisheye :-)Photo: One of those rare moments when I was able to catch my little one not posing for me and being herself... Canon 70-200 F2.8L at 200mm (aging rare lens for Zion park)Photo: An unusual  (for us) image: +Genia Larionova used one of my photos from #photowalk  and used one of digital background form this $2000 bundle (which is on 95% Off sale now: http://goo.gl/irFpe2 ) to create this image.
What do you think? We are new to this type of work  - and I'd love to hear your opinion.
P.S The background was from +Trey Ratcliff and +Miss Aniela "Midnight In Paris" tutorial. And Genia used Topaz Remask plugin (comes free with the bundle) to cut off model from a background effortlessly ...
#composite  Photo: Waiting for sunset at Carmel - from last weekend.
Thank you +Genia Larionova   for cool post-processing, love it. This is Canon 14mm lens on Sony 7. Hope one day Zeiss will release a good variety of lenses for Sony FE e-mount...
It was this adapter for Canon lenses I've used: http://goo.gl/f8X9oWPhoto: My little one, Lilia, posing for a portrait. We went to San Jose Zoo (pretty strange place BTW, almost no animals but many cool activities for kids:-) and I asked my girls to pose for a shot - on a tram rails.

This image was captured with Sony A7 and Zeiss 70-200mm F4.0 lens at 200mm. What was cool that I was able to shoot almost from a ground without laying down - flip LCD screen on Sony is a good deal for such shots!Photo: My lovely, sweet, adorable, mystifying and inspiring +Genia Larionova :-)Photo: Moments in life...
Children grow so fast that I often see them younger that they are, and photography helps me to realize how grown they are.
This is LiliaPhoto: Oh-oh - went to the studio today and catch a little explorer!
Does she know what she is doing? Time to send her to one of Photigy courses I guess:-))Photo: This is how splash magic happens -behind the scene.
Results are here: https://www.photigy.com/28-amazing-splash-photos/Photo: Life Moments in sunny California. Waiting for a dinner:-)
Sony a7 + Canon 14mm F2.8L lensPhoto: My muse and my love, my best friend and the most interesting person in my life, my business partner and my teacher.
She Inspires and challenges me, she makes me crazy and mad and helps me see things that I would probably never experience without her.
We spend hours every day talking about things we value, from photography and business to education and quantum mechanics, from politics and cars to self development and humanity...
Thank you +Genia Larionova  for being in my life, for all your wisdom and patience while dealing with my "internal buys and dragons" :-))
P.S this is Canon 50mm F1.4:-)Photo: "Grand Master Puppeteer" - with Svetlana Chernyavsky (model),
"The Doll" project by Verve group:  https://goo.gl/a8AgSU
Retouching by Genia Larionova
MUA: Alina Hyrko
Hair stylist: Timberly Gwan Kerby

Camera/lens/lighting: H3dII-39, HC80mm F2.8, Broncolor