I like very dramatic type photos, inspired 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 10 years in Paris where every shot looked like it came 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, sometimes the Canon 24-70 2,8. When I shoot portraits I also sometimes use the Canon 70-200 F4. But I would say I work at 90% with the 17-40. I more recently started using the Sony A7R which I have come to really love. I retouch most of my photos with Lightroom, and if I really need to, I do the finishing touches in Photoshop. My workflow has really evolved from a lot of Photoshop to 90% Lightroom and 10% Photoshop. I also do a lot of HDR using Photomatix. Sometimes, 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 company is MacPhun. I also shoot a lot with the ND 1000 filter for long exposure 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 :-). Select Serge Ramelli great courses here