SuamSport

If someone asks me, I usually say that “running is cowardly”. A few months ago they helped me with the phrase, complementing it. So now I say that “running is cowardly and guilty”. Well, once the inevitable joke is made, I can tell you that I was working with some friends, writing content for SuamSport, its application, which is really interesting.

SuamSport

SuamSport

The application consists of several parts: on the one hand is an exhaustive race search engine in Spain. Not only you can look for them, but you have the right information and filter them according to our needs. So far it would not be bad, but the app will train us. It will recommend us adequate exercises to be competitive in these races or just to get in shape. Don’t say goodbye! We’re not finished yet! It will teach us how to do those exercises properly with athlete videos developed and supervised by professionals, which focuses on critical points (but only in them, avoiding us a huge speech about the critical importance of psoas stretching related to the fourth vertebra). A couple of phrases per exercise and a short video that loads VERY fast on your mobile (they are optimized precisely for that), and you are ready.

SuamSport

SuamSport, iOS and Android

SuamSport is available for iOS and Android and you can try it in beta already. What have I done? Videos and photos. What should you do? Install the app now and try it out. After that, surely you will end up telling a friend that whenever you see is running from one side to another, preparing a marathon or something worse. And, uh, they also have a website with additional content.

 

How much do models earn?

One of the questions that often appears in some informal conversations I have with people who are not in the world of photography and fashion have to do with how much a professional model wins. It’s a question that has a similar answer to if you were asked how much a professional athlete earns. Depends on the category. There are models and footballers who earn absolutely nothing and perform their activity for reasons other than money. Sometimes because they are in shape, sometimes because they like to show off or because they think that at the beginning of their career they can not ask for money because they do not contribute too much to generate money.

How much do models earn?

In any case, there is a huge variability between what a semi-professional or professional model charges for a catwaik, which can be between 50 and 300 € and the fantastic figures that move some stars. Figures that can make you dizzy. An example: Naomi Campbell won in 2013 about 49 million dollars. This is not a common trend, but Gisele Bundchen made in 2007 about 33 million dollars and Kate Moss, that same year, hardly 9. Miranda Kerr usually does, to put another example, around 7 million dollars to the year.

If we look at 2016, the list of the best paid stands out much more to -again- Gisele Budchen, but probably because she includes her income in businesses in which it she has participated and actively invested. In this case, the figures are in sterling pounds, because my source is – I’m sorry – the Daily Mirror.

Top 7 in 2016

Gisele Bundchen, 308 million pounds.
Adriana Lima, 8.1 million pounds.
Karlie Kloss, 7.8 million pounds.
Kendall Jenner, 7.7 million pounds.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, 6.9 million pounds.
Gigi Hadid, 6.9 million pounds.
Cara Delevigne, 6.9 million pounds.

It’s not just the catwalk

How much do models earn?

However, today, the most important part of the income is obtained in publicity campaigns, being the image of the top brands or attending events. From there, it is difficult to define what a “professional model” is. Some girls – and guys – who have not posed for any publication, but have a lot of followers in social networks like Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, with profiles in many Similar to a model, earn comparable figures. Kendall Jenner has an important part of her income, for example, for that reason. She gets between $ 125,000 and $ 300,000 for every Instagram post. From there, of course, you have to pay expenses like professional photography, makeup, public relations and others. In spite of everything it is evident that it is a good business.

So determining how much a professional model earns is extremely complex if it is not defined before we speak. It is not standardized work such as a local police or air traffic controller. The figures of what is charged per day of work – by a normal model – can be misleading: not every day there is a catwalk, and yet you have to go to the gym, stay in shape and invest money to stay wonderful .

In any case, I am not a model, I am a professional photographer. If you need a portfolio to make a name for yourself into the wonderful world of professional models, that would be the first step you should take. My email is sergi@archerphoto.eu . My phone, with Whatsapp included is +34 644459753.

Edit photos with free software: GIMP

No one doubts that Photoshop is today the key reference in image editing. Many photographers, including myself, are using Lightroom instead of conventional Photoshop. Lightroom is another Adobe product. They are not really helping much to clarify things with their products’ naming: it is official name is Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.

But if, like me, you have several computers and you are not willing to pay one license for each of them, and you still want to have software completely legal, I can recommend GIMP. It is a free software, very powerful, that is a step behind Photoshop. This may sound like “bah, it’s worse, I will not settle”, but anyone who has put their hands on Photoshop realizes that you can work with previous versions without problem. GIMP can make your photos better. And you can begin in minutes. Of course, they provide complete help documentation and a community of users quite friendly.

Edit photos with free software: GIMP

Edit photos with free software: GIMP

Working with GIMP is equivalent to that, working with an earlier version. It also has small differences in some nomenclatures and locations, but it is about details. It is easy to find the way to work with this system that is also multiplatform. We can treat photos on Windows, Linux or MacOS. GIMP is being updated with the contributions of programmers from all over the world who are interested in free software, so it stays competitive with the passage of time. GIMP is not the only free software available for photo editing, but it’s one of the most interesting. It is quite ready to professional use, and I myself have used it as a professional photographer when I have needed it. Currently I have installed GIMP on all computers, but I will probably use it more on the computer that I am preparing with Linux.

Edit photos with free software: GIMP

Some issues are a bit different, such as the fact that instead of “Save As” most of the options to convert the format of photographs should be carried out like “Export”. Mostly minor issues. Lots of options and many professional photography tools. I miss the possibility of working in 16 bits, but it is something that is not even used by all professionals. However, it is still announced that this feature will be available for a later version.

Downloading GIMP is simple: https://www.gimp.org/downloads/ and is safe. In short, a good free alternative to Photoshop.

I am Sergi Albir, professional photographer. If you need photos in Spain, or anywhere, we can talk. My email is sergi@archerphoto.eu and my phone is +34 644 459 753. Whatsapp available.

Do not read from here

Really. This is just to insist that I am a photographer but I also do videos for companies and individuals, as well as content marketing, SEO and things like that in Valencia, Barcelona, ​​Madrid, Alicante, London or Bratislava. Both in the videos and in the photos I can organize the complete work. From the design of the session to the production of the same, including professional makeup, clothing and hairdressing, to the elaboration of complete campaigns, for both businesses and NGOs. For these things I use both conventional software and free software. The best result. Here are some samples: http://www.archerphoto.eu/produccion-audiovisual/

Green! Verd! Verde! 绿色

It is time to upload a few pictures with the green as the protagonist. Okay, a lot of floor and all that, but it’s only logical. Green meant death for Lorca, but for almost everyone else it has very different implications. In fact, just the opposite, vitality, exuberance and even energy, by its intensity. In any case, this post is only an excuse to choose a little of what I feel like teaching. Interestingly, it is probably the color, along with the yellow, more scarce in my photos. I hope no one has chlorophyll intoxication …

A few leaves of any tree.

Hojas verdes, por Archerphoto, fotógrafo en España

A snake.

Verde

Green Park, London.

Verde en Green Park, Londres

Takumar 50 1.4 and EOS 5D Mark II. Please do not this at home. Do not do this at home: the mirror touches the lens and can be damaged, so I had to buy another 50 1.4, this time from Canon …
Verde, por Archerphoto, fotógrafo profesional en España
Takumar 50 1.4 and EOS 5D Mark II.  Again. I was too eager of using this lens and the camera could have been damaged, but I was lucky. Not willing to give it another try.

Jugando con el Takumar 50 1.4

A pic shot with my NX500 strictly overprocessed. But, eh, I liked the idea and the result is funny. A simple led light under a damaged glass with some experimental mojito in it and, voilà, you’ve got a pic to exaggerate in Lightroom. Being a photographer is sometimes great…

Green light

I am Sergi Albir, professional photographer. If you have to contact me, a Whatsapp or Telegram at +34 6444 5 9753 or an email to sergi@archerphoto.eu is enough for us to start working. I am a photographer in Valencia, but I work where necessary.

Carmen Álvarez videobook

August was finishing and I was shooting a session that was intended to be a fairly quick question but we ran lengthening lot. We were so into job with the look of ballet that lasted nearly twice as expected. We had prepared it enough, with outfits by Nadia Alba and Carmen Alvarez as a model, and the results were pretty good. However, a problem of saturation of work, I could not get it to this blog, but I showed some photos on Flickr and Facebook and Nadia made her post, I recommend that you read after seeing this entire article (if you speak Spanish. If you don’t the pics are OK, and Google Translate can be an option). However, here it is Carmen Álvarez videobook.

While there are many photos available, Nadia hadn’t the videobook we did for Carmen. It’s a little fashion film and a little videobook. But even if half of those things, I do not see a problem because all serves as a sample of what can be achieved with a few days of intensive work.

 

Carmen Álvarez en la sesión de su videobook

One of the noteworthy things about this video is that we were testing a Panasonic VX980, which has not given a bad result. It’s not like working with a DSLR, but is much more comfortable in terms of autofocus, it’s lighter and generally more intuitive. In terms of quality it works well enough as long as we do not get into almost total darkness. For photos, as usual, my EOS 5D Mark III. We were shooting in Valencia, Spain. You may have seen some of this place in movies like Tomorrowland and you will see it in Doctor Who.

Carmen Álvarez videobook. Ballet look.
Carmen Álvarez

Here, in addition to the video, are some of the photos we did and did not use it in Nadia’s post. Probably this gallery will be expanded because there is more material that I’ll love showing from the same session.

I am Sergi Albir. I make professional content: photo, video, radio and more. If you need quality material to social media or advertising, you can contact me on +34 644 459 753 or sergi@archerphoto.eu

 

Correfoc: Moraira 2009

A few days ago a friend reminded me on Facebook it’s years we knew each other. I searched some photos of that day and found, among many others, a few of a correfoc. So I thought to process them and upload them here.

Correfoc: Moraira 2009

The context, of course, are the loca festivities of Moraira (Alicante, Spain). In this case, the correfoc was held on July 17 and do not remember anyone coming out hurt or the like. In fact, despite the appearance, it is performed by people who are dedicated continuously (and in many cases professionally) to these events, so they walk, jump and perform their show, but not as in other events as I can be a cordà, in which participants firecrackers are shot to each other.

Correfoc: Moraira 2009

Correfoc: Moraira 2009

Overall, for what I know, in the Marina Alta region they are particularly popular, and also in some Valencian or Catalan towns and in the Balearic Islands. I am not an expert, but they seem to come from the Balls de Diables (Dance of Devils), a 12th century tradition.

Correfoc: Moraira 2009

Correfoc: Moraira 2009

Correfoc: Moraira 2009

Either way, they are interesting to document and aesthetically appealing. The festive atmosphere is evident and one can only wonder how in the month of July there are people willing to wear all necessary protection to avoid burning (although they feel the extra heat from fire). I think it was in a T-shirt and I was sweating a lot. The popular host is usually very good. You can find in the photos some curious uniforms (those of curious prints), which belong to the festeros (each year a squad is organising the festivities, those are the festeros) who were particularly close to each spark.

Correfoc: Moraira 2009

Correfoc: Moraira 2009

If you need professional photography services or video you can contact me with Whatsapp or Telegram in +34 644459753 or by e-mail: sergi@archerphoto.eu . I am Sergi Albir. Best office hours.

Andrea Anton: Rinascere

 

New designers are a bit unpredictable. You can not know what will be happen to a person who is releasing her first collection, but in the case of Andrea Anton the result was that one would expect from a long established professional. And a good one, because shooting her first collection was fabulous. Mostly. Clothes are great and it was extremely simple to adapt them to Lidia Gonzalez Regolf, who posed brilliantly, and the result was good. The session itself, with 35ºC in Valencia was, so to speak, less than comfortable.

Andrea Anton: Rinascere

Andrea is from Xàtiva and studied in Barreira, probably the best fashion school in Valencia and, probably one of the most important in Spain. I was taking pictures in the parade, but the idea above all was to create a lookbook with the collection, called Rinascere, showing an evolution of feelings after a breakup: from a moment of total darkness, surrounded by a Gothic theme, to transition moments until an irrepressible joy and happiness, everything supported by both the color range as floral accessories.

If we are not going to be so discreet, it was a bit hellish. If it had not been because we were all very committed to ensure that all work was perfect n each detail, it could have been a disaster. Too hot, hard work, many tests and many details.

But the clothes were excellent, spectacular complements, the ideas that we had planned worked perfectly and Lidia is a prodigy. She does not only look great but her attitude is outstanding: positive, cheerful and tireless. I like to clarify this because many models visit this blog looking for information and advice, and almost never write how much a good attitude contributes to the workflow.

Smiling, being nice and maintaining that tone throughout not always influence each photo session, but on the feelings of the team. If the session is short, nothing happens, but if you have to spend many hours the effect is multiplied.

Lidia González Regolf,Andrea Antón:Rinascere, Archerphoto, fotografía moda

Lidia González Regolf,Andrea Antón:Rinascere, Archerphoto, fotografía moda en Valencia

Lidia González Regolf,Andrea Antón:Rinascere, Archerphoto, fashion photography in Spain,Andrea Anton Rinascere

Lidia González Regolf,Andrea Antón:Rinascere, Archerphoto, fotografía moda

Lidia González Regolf,Andrea Antón:Rinascere, Archerphoto, fotografía moda

Lidia González Regolf,Andrea Antón:Rinascere, Archerphoto, fotografía moda

Lidia González Regolf,Andrea Antón:Rinascere, Archerphoto, fotografía moda, Andrea Anton Rinascere

I’ll post more photos on my Flickr, specifically in this gallery: https://www.flickr.com/photos/archerphoto/albums/72157670850903421

I am Sergi Albir, professional photographer. You can contact me at sergi@archerphoto.eu. My phone +34 644459753 has WhatsApp and Telegram, and if you want to know my twitter, @archerphoto.

 

Gamergy 2016, eSports in Madrid

Last weekend (24, 25 and 26 June) was held Gamergy 2016. This is an eSports event held in Madrid, Spain. Particularly in IFEMA. Electronic Sports – eSports – are growing much too fast. Events are becoming ever more spectacular: the competition is becoming much audience who behaves with increasing enthusiasm. It was worth uploading some photos, including some players of Valencia CF eSports, the first football club in Spain which launches its eSports division, starting with a Hearthstone team (The Fallen, Evangelion, Nara and Josemi_HS), they are planning a Rocket League team and is rumored to be major news soon. However, the adaptation of eSports to sport has been faster in the more negative aspects: the number of gossip, lies, hoaxes and inventions displayed per second is spectacular. This has not been an exception in Gamergy 2016.

Priority for League of Legends

Gamergy attention was focuesd in LoL, League of Legends, for which a quite spectacular stadium was mounted. Not very big, but quite interesting. It was filled to the brim already in the semifinals, and just the same in the final match. The rest of the eSports was not given much ground but the general atmosphere was very positive. FIFA 16, Call of Duty, Clash Royale, Street Fighter, and even a section of retro games. An oasis for gamers and curious and interesting number of cosplayers, who had a stage mounted for your photos. Also some demonstrations of virtual reality booths and shops, as in any similar event.

 

Gamergy 2016,LOL

Gamergy 2016

Gamergy 2016

Gamergy 2016,cosplay

Gamergy 2016,cosplay

Gamergy 2016,cosplay

Gamergy 2016,League of Legends,LOL

Gamergy 2016,eSports

Gamergy 2016

Gamergy 2016,gaming

If you don’t have enough photos in https://www.facebook.com/VCFeSports/photos/?tab=album&album_id=478503442349066 you will find more of my Gamergy 2016 pics.

I am Sergi Albir. I take pictures. And videos. And so on, as you can imagine. If you need to hire, sergi@archerphoto.eu is a good idea and +34 644459753, too.

Photography for Business: Jale castanets

It’s no wonder taking pictures of things I had ever thought. In this case I had to take pictures of one of only three companies in Spain that still produce castanets.

Photography for Business: Jale castanets

The manufacturing process is interesting, but my task was  taking pictures of the final product, not how they work, which is a traditional process in which each piece it is reviewed one by one each before being  sent to the clients.

I did some pictures for their web catalog (http://www.castanuelasjale.com). However mostly I was producing some images in a more attractive, more creative profile, which are intented to illustrate the contents that appear on their blog. Inbound marketing, you know. In general, it is much more fun to work on that line than in the system catalog, which is a technically demanding and arduous photography.
Photography for Business: Jale castanets

Photography for Business: Jale castanets

So, well, you had to play around with the light, texture and the most interesting aspects of the curves. It was essential to use lenses with maximum aperture to achieve a more artistic impression. At the end of the day, the castanets will be used by artists. It was not a purely technical issue, but involved an almost artistic profile. So in some of these pictures, I got carried away a bit. Some images were not really useful for what they needed, so I decided that would use them here. I hope you like it.

Meticulous attention to detail

In any case, the fact is that working with a company that provides such personal attention to their product was more interesting than expected. Personal concern that each piece fits what the end customer will find, especially in terms of color is outstanding, and reveals, of course, their interest for customer satisfaction.
Fotografía profesional: Castañuelas Jale 响板 캐스터네츠

Professional Photography: Jale castanets

My name is Sergi Albir. I am a professional photographer. If you need photos for your business or personal photos want, you can find me via e-mail at sergi@archerphoto.eu or by phone, +34 644 459 753, which has both WhatsApp and Telegram. (Photography business: Jale castanets). 摄影师的业务