I want to share with you this portrait session i took with Natalie in my studio in Florence. I used just one big soft light coming from the up right corner and a black backdrop: in this situations I want to concentrate more about the subject and want to try to "get it out" from the background in a nice contrast of lights and shadows. The photos have been retouched only on the contrast and color side but not any extensive retouching in Photoshop has been done.

Photographers are lot of the times not only obsessed about the quality of the pictures but also about the tools they are using. We’re considering the cameras as our tool to get the job done, but it’s not a mystery that lot of the time, we’re looking to an item that can give us satisfaction and not frustration when we are shooting.

I remember my first class of photography I took around 14 years ago: at the time (the year 2002) the digital reflex where kind of expensive and limited in the quality of images recorded. There was the big debate about analogue vs digital and who was the best one. In those years there was no mach: analogue photography was still an edge over the digital world.

I think the evolution of smartphone photography is quite amazing. In just some year we had phones with better and better camera. We can capture images with a quality that until some years ago only a professional reflex could achieve. LG in this years pushed so much with their smartphone and it seams that the new device that will be presented next week (the LG G5) will be even better with dedicated external photography module (a sort of hand grip for photography and a 360º camera). So here's my test using the LG G4 a smartphone that is worth to get in consideration even now that the new one will be out to the market in some weeks. The reason is that in this moment the price is quite low compared to the new version and the device is very capable.

Recently in October I had the big satisfaction to be invited in Canada from my friend Igor, co-founder of MiniMax company. They are one of the sponsors for the Calgary Film Festival. I was in charge to take some photos during the closing ceremony (you can see the photos of the event at this link here). Well, my trip there was off course a great moment to travel a bit around and discover the beautiful nature of Canada. So my main visit during those days was at Banff National park: it's a very wide area that offers some amazing views over lakes (like Lake Louise) and unique ski resort places for winter sports.

I’ve been so lucky and proud to be invited from my friends Igor&Igor of MiniMax Group at the Calgary Film Festival. In this way I had the opportunity to take some pictures of the special guests from the last gala’s evening.

I loved the night. First of all there was shown the best ten short movies selected by the festival jury: each of them had something unique, going from drama to irony, psychological introspection to sweet stories of everyday life. The dress code and style of the night was thinking about the ’30ies years. I’ve to say that no one had disappointed with that: every guest had a particular and unique touch in the style of the evening that made the atmosphere inside the theatre so special.

I want from long time to write a post analyzing the photographs taken with the smartphone. I think we're in a really big change talking about the photography. We are now inside the real revolution of the digital image time: we now have the chance to put in our pockets a device often less thick than a centimeter that not only allows us to take great photographs in terms of exposure and colors but also gives us the ability to edit the shots working on the postproduction with powerful Apps. Even more, today we can share our pictures immediately with the world and we could have millions of users ready to "receive" and see our works.

Lifestyle and street fashion photos taken with Olya in the small park San Michele in Trieste, just below the city's cathedral. I really liked the thick ivy on the wall of the stairs as it formed a great natural background for the pictures! I took these images with the Fuji X100T. I worked in natural light and post processed the .raw files as always in Lightroom.

Slovenia has a beautiful natural area that every year hosts travellers from around the world, attracted by the charm of forests, crystal clear rivers and the huge underground caves. In this context, the Triglav’s park is an excellent destination for a nice and relaxing vacation. There are so many interesting points to take pictures! During our trip we stopped in Tolmin, Kobarid and Bovec following some of the suggested itineraries, such as the one that brings in Tolmiska Korita. The photos below were taken with the Fuji X100T, a very small camera easy to carry with you on all the occasions! A feature that Fuji X100T has and it proved to be very useful is the native ND filter that lowers exposure to 3 stops: I’ve used it in the opening photo of this article. By activating this filter and stepping down the aperture to f/16 you are able to take the photos with the exposure time of one second so you obtain the effect of moving water!

Lake Bled in Slovenia is a small oasis of peace, tranquility and nature. It’s located in the northern part of Slovenia at about 50 kilometers from Ljubljana. In the center of the lake there’s a small island on which stands a church: you can easily reach the island renting a rowboat. Talking about photo equipment, for this holiday in Slovenia I brought back with me an old piece of history of photography: the legendary Pentax 67 with whom I took a couple of Ektachrome 120 film. I'm curious to get back the developments and see the results obtained with this camera! For the pictures below, they have been taken with the lighter and smaller Fuji X100T, which always gives good results, especially in colors!

 

Photo session in the studio with Veronica. For these pictures I wanted to use both the Fuji X-T1 with the 35mm f/1.4 and the Canon 5D Mk2 with 100mm macro. The big problem I had was with the wireless flash trigger that would not work well with Fuji. Then I’ve worked only with continuous light using the modeling lamp of the flash by lifting a bit the Iso and managing the light i was having. I created the contrast of the last images using only a beauty dish: I love the kind of light that you can get with this modifier!

A photo session that took place around Tuscany’s with Olya. I used only natural light and I’ve looked for the contrasts between lights and shadows. I took all of these photos with Fuji X-T1 and the 35mm f/1.4. I am very satisfied with the color rendering of this camera and this lens. The Fuji camera is very fast and precise focusing too. But the absolute best feature of the X-T1 for me is the quality and size of the electronic viewfinder: once you get used about it, is very difficult to go back!

Who does not love summer? Perhaps is the most beautiful period of the year, when you can spend more time outdoors and organise parties with friends. The photos you see below I made during a day with friends in the middle of the beautiful Chianti Classico in Tuscany. I took all the picturesin natural light with the inseparable Canon 50mm f/1.4 and the 5D MkII. The color toning was given in postproduction with Lightroom with the color profiles of VSCOcam.

During the last Pitti Uomo I was contacted by the fashion blogger Sani Starr who needed to take pictures for his blog and website during the famous Florence’s fair. In the two days scheduled for the photos at Pitti Uomo’s fair, Sani wore two different outfits that were perfectly matching with the theme "Pitticolor" of this edition. As for the photos previously proposed, these images were taken trying the Fuji X-T1 and the 35mm f/1.4, used almost always as open as possible. I also tried shooting with the electronic shutter that allows extremely fast shutter speeds (up to 1 / 32,000 sec!), useful when we want to use large apertures (as in my case f/1.4), and we are dealing with a lot of sun light. Again I was extremely surprised and happy (and Sani it was too!) with Fujifilm color output from photos, which were slightly retouched in contrast and white balance using Adobe Lightroom.
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