Irakly Shanidze

Irakly Shanidze

Lives in United States Grosse Pointe, United States
Works as a creative
Has a website at www.shanidze.com/en
Joined on May 21, 2004
About me:

I am a founder of International Academy of Photographic Arts that provides
online classes and live workshops in fine art photography ith an emphasis on creative approach and lateral thinking in the US, Canada, Western Europe and Russia.

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David610: The key to this set up is the "individual control of each of the flash heads in turn, which permits me to limit the output of the flash hitting the model's face from underneath." This overcomes the main problem of ringflash photos, shadows above the model.

Well, you can mask the ring flash in all possible and extremely predictable ways.
Going back to the contraption in question, there is no such thing as a wrong lighting setup. It is all about it being appropriate for a particular subject and the space. This four-flash thingy could produce beautiful results, provided the photographer knew what he was doing, which did not seem to have been the case :)

Link | Posted on May 25, 2018 at 04:31 UTC
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StevenE: Law of diminishing returns. Even the best model shots are starting to appear ordinary, even boring, to me. Too much of the same.
More creative shots using any full frame camera with ordinary lights can be more spontaneous and more interesting. Even using a Canon rebel series and a 50 f/1.8 for $100 can deliver better, more exciting, shots.

@marcio_napoli You are absolutely right in explaining what it takes to get a good fashion photo. Yet, I would not discount other types of photography. They also require specialized skills and a lot of practice.

I am a commercial photographer, and for some of my shoots i've used lighting setups as elaborate as one can imagine, however, part of my job is working with ballet dancers in an uncontrolled environment, and let me tell you, from the technical standpoint it is way harder than a fashion shoot.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2018 at 22:43 UTC

Teach me something about lighting... as gross as the ring light is, this setup is even worse. especially in comparison with the first photo shot with bron para :)

What's truly saddening is that this stuff is presented as an example of how world-class photographers operate, an example to follow. This is a seriously misjudged post, as far as I am concerned.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2018 at 22:36 UTC as 27th comment | 1 reply

It was purely accidental, I am sure :)))

Link | Posted on May 19, 2018 at 23:30 UTC as 29th comment
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rbach44: I’ve bene doing this stuff professionally for a while now and the only method I use it Smart Sharpen in Ps and the built in Lightroom sharpening.

In Photoshop: Duplicate your layer, smart sharpen as much as you want, and layer mask out any trouble areas that you may not want sharpened. If you want to draw attention to certain textures just duplicate again, sharpen again, and mask in what you want. Use export for web to save your JPEGs at size.

With Lightroom sharpen as much as you like . Brush in more sharpening if needed but ALWAYS sharpen upon export for your preferred media and export at the final size.

Oh and sharpened more than you think you need for print.

I’ve prepped images up to 20’ high and retouched images for products that come in orders of millions and these methods have always sufficed for my purposes. Some of the fancier methods might look better in a side by side 400% crop, but I doubt anyone will notice when presented.

And it takes a minute every time…

better yet, do it in the luminosity mode, and it looks even more natural.

Link | Posted on May 2, 2018 at 17:39 UTC

That certainly looks super advanced. Yet... I used to use high-pass a few years back until I learned how to use an Unsharp Mask properly :)
Unlike high-pass filter, which changes only the radius, Unsharp Mask also changes the intensity and, most importantly, sensitivity (threshold), which enables doing everything that was shown here in as many as two layers, without masking.

Link | Posted on May 2, 2018 at 16:37 UTC as 35th comment

adorable :)))

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2018 at 07:10 UTC as 74th comment

In the professional environment I can see how it can be used to pre-visualize a set with a client, but its real value is in teaching.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2018 at 05:59 UTC as 15th comment | 1 reply

It's quite amusing to see "Pro" as a part of a telephone name. It's like it was made for phone professionals like telemarketers, call center operators and maybe even phone bots that call us with pre-recorded messages :D

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2018 at 05:55 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply
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Irakly Shanidze: The best comment ever from some Ukrainian guy:
"Плавень Горишнiй
1 week ago (edited)
всегда подозревал, что Земля плоская. она еще вогнутая внутрь, все верно, поэтому океаны не выливаются."

"I've always suspected that the Earth is flat. Yet, it is concave. True, that's why oceans do not spill over."

It totally makes no sense! If it were torus, we would be able see backs of those elephants it is sitting on!

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2018 at 03:11 UTC
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Irakly Shanidze: It would be swell if they also made them in some easily adoptable mount like Leica M, or T-mount, or PL for god's sake. An ideal, of course, would be Leica SL.
The way it is, these lenses, no matter how great they are, they are not adoptable to the best mirrorless Super35 4K camera on the market :(

@noirdesir - this is what I predominantly use the SL for. Combined with an external HDMI recorder, it generates excellent ProRes HQ 10-bit footage, either in 4k (Super35), or FullHD (full frame, or Super35).

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2018 at 03:07 UTC
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Irakly Shanidze: It would be swell if they also made them in some easily adoptable mount like Leica M, or T-mount, or PL for god's sake. An ideal, of course, would be Leica SL.
The way it is, these lenses, no matter how great they are, they are not adoptable to the best mirrorless Super35 4K camera on the market :(

Just so you know, Super35 is a professional cine format. Most movies that you watch in the theater are shot on Super35. None of the current DSLR and mirrorless 35mm cameras (except Sony a99-II) are capable of the full-width 4K capture.
These are specialized cine lenses, nobody expects them to be used for still photography.

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2018 at 21:39 UTC
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Mateus1: Do they cover APS-C? And can be mounted on Fuji?

Yes, you can choose between Fuji, Sony-E and MFT mounts.

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2018 at 05:33 UTC

It would be swell if they also made them in some easily adoptable mount like Leica M, or T-mount, or PL for god's sake. An ideal, of course, would be Leica SL.
The way it is, these lenses, no matter how great they are, they are not adoptable to the best mirrorless Super35 4K camera on the market :(

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2018 at 05:33 UTC as 15th comment | 5 replies
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Irakly Shanidze: The best comment ever from some Ukrainian guy:
"Плавень Горишнiй
1 week ago (edited)
всегда подозревал, что Земля плоская. она еще вогнутая внутрь, все верно, поэтому океаны не выливаются."

"I've always suspected that the Earth is flat. Yet, it is concave. True, that's why oceans do not spill over."

That kinda makes sense on a micro level... We just have to accept that we live on convexities while fishes swim where it's concave. The macro profile, however, is obviously flat :)

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2018 at 05:24 UTC
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Dylthedog: Is it just me or do they look a bit crunchy? The images seem to lack smoothness and come across a little harsh; I'm not mad on the skin tones either.

Lots of detail though. Maybe it's just processing taste in some cases.

I don't even bother to use JPEGs for color reference, as so many variables are in place, especially with AWB. It is DNG/RAW that shows how far the image can be pushed.

Link | Posted on Mar 26, 2018 at 01:17 UTC
On article Russian drone pilot pushes his tiny drone to 33,000ft (363 comments in total)
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Irakly Shanidze: The best comment ever from some Ukrainian guy:
"Плавень Горишнiй
1 week ago (edited)
всегда подозревал, что Земля плоская. она еще вогнутая внутрь, все верно, поэтому океаны не выливаются."

"I've always suspected that the Earth is flat. Yet, it is concave. True, that's why oceans do not spill over."

no. the Earth is concave.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2018 at 17:35 UTC
On article Russian drone pilot pushes his tiny drone to 33,000ft (363 comments in total)

The best comment ever from some Ukrainian guy:
"Плавень Горишнiй
1 week ago (edited)
всегда подозревал, что Земля плоская. она еще вогнутая внутрь, все верно, поэтому океаны не выливаются."

"I've always suspected that the Earth is flat. Yet, it is concave. True, that's why oceans do not spill over."

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2018 at 23:34 UTC as 35th comment | 6 replies
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Dylthedog: Is it just me or do they look a bit crunchy? The images seem to lack smoothness and come across a little harsh; I'm not mad on the skin tones either.

Lots of detail though. Maybe it's just processing taste in some cases.

i dunno... skin looks true on macbook pro 2017.
wideangle shots are indeed a bit harsh, 90mm has kinda yucky bokeh, but zeiss pictures do look great.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2018 at 18:41 UTC

hmmm. i really like this camera. good shots too :)

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2018 at 18:38 UTC as 56th comment
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