Dreamhack Spain 2017: results and photos

It’s always worth going through big video games competitions. And more if you have them close to home, as was the case of Dreamhack Spain 2017 (it happened in Valencia again). This time I was not working for the Valencia CF eSports, which had just dissolved its League of Legends team. However the trophy of this competition was for @Elite_Valencia , another local team sponsored by a local specialized in electronic sports that achieved a historical triumph.

However, Evangelion was representing the football club. who had bad luck at the start and after two consecutive defeats, despite a good late streak could not pass the round. If I’m not mistaken, he was the only representative of Valencia CF.  , also a Spaniard, would end up doing the victory against the British  . The joy of this triumph was also contagious amongst fans.

Other competitions and results in Dreamhack

In CSGO NiPGaming won against the also Swedes @RedReserve and in Starcraft2 @ElazerSC2 beat Snute. TRUE and SpeCial were stuck in the semi-finals, which surprised lots of spectators.

In the competition of Smite we saw  winning 3-2 to  in the last match of Summer Finals.

And without more delay, some photos of the competition: there was oriental food, cosplay, contests and a huge LAN area, but it looked much less than the competitions, of course. I may reinforce this post with a video, but I can’t promise.

Dreamhack Valencia 2017: resultados y fotos - Dreamhack Spain 2017: results and photos
Finding the Hearthstone pairings sometimes required additional hardware.

All rights reserved by Sergi Albir. If you want to use any of the photos, contact me at sergi@archerphoto.eu. And if you need photos for your team, your profile or your company, I’d also be happy to talk to you.

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Dreamhack Spain 2017: results and photos

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/

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

 

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

Competitions: Bikini Class 2015, Open Héctor Defez in Castellón, Spain

Bikini Class usually arouses more interest than any other in bodybuilding and fitness championships. It is actually the entry class for women, while men enter into Men’s Fashion or Physique. Or something like that because often classes are named a little different, not to mention that each organizer named as you want. Lately I’ve been to some championships, both AEFF (NAC) and IFBB, which are currently the two most powerful federations, at least in Spain.
In the higher classes, men and women they have more muscle, so there’s always discussions in the public on the tastes of each other on the amount of muscle and how much it motivates each each physical.
I have chosen this competition -the Hector Defez Open (IFBB), held on September 12th 2015 specifically for two reasons: because the level was much higher than that of a standard regional championship and because the winner got a photographic portfolio by me as a prize.

Bikini Class

Claudia Fernández, winner in Open Héctor Defez, in Castellón - Bikini Class
Claudia Fernández, winner in Open Héctor Defez, in Castellón – Bikini Class.
Mónica Santos, in Open Héctor Defez 2015, Bikini class, second place.
Mónica Santos, in Open Héctor Defez 2015, Bikini Class, second place.
Georgina Pedrós, tercer puesto en el Open Héctor Defez.
Georgina Pedrós, third place in Open Héctor Defez.
Miri Calderón en el Open Héctor Defez.
Miri Calderón in Open Héctor Defez.
Yolanda Romero en el Open Héctor Defez.
Yolanda Romero in Open Héctor Defez.

Finally, a picture out of competition. As soon as fhe awards were presented  I was flying to backstage to take a picture of Claudia, the brand new champion, with the check. It is quite logical that just as the championship ends, athletes are wishing some relax and often even go away from the premises, and  I did not want to miss the opportunity.

Claudia Fernández, ganadora de la categoría Bikini
Claudia Fernández con el cheque por un book fotográfico.

I am Sergi Albir, professional photographer. If you want to contact me, sergi@archerphoto.eu is the easiest way. You can also try the phone, +34 644459753, with Whatsapp and Telegram.

The Fitness Sanctuary

When you are called to shoot some pics of chalet, first thing coming to you is going to be a Real Estate work. I supposed they would want to get the better looks of the building. “They are intending to sell it”, I admit that was my impression when I contacted. The moment I arrived there I was told they are establishing a business consisting in some activities for relaxation and physical improvement, especially weight losing. Their programs include blood tests and different exercise routines, with varied activities, from bike tours to yoga or water aerobics. The Fitness Sanctuary has another division in Tarifa (South of Spain), but I just shot their new place in La Cañada, en Paterna, really close to Valencia City. A big property with lots of space and some pines around.

Their clients are mostly British attracted by the Sun and natural charm of the country. It’s a new tourism business quite innovative, not very known in Spain, so I find it really interesting.

Elliot was who contacted me, and when I was shooting I told him I’d love to post an article in my professional photographer web showing the place and linking his web (http://www.thefitnesssanctuary.com) so I could help him to promote it and, all the same, I’d be showing some of my Real Estate pictures.

The Fitness Sanctuary

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To contact with them is easy: their web is http://www.thefitnesssanctuary.com .

My name is Sergi Albir and I am a professional photographer. If you need corporate pictures or real estate photography you can reach me via mail to sergi@archerphoto.eu or via cellular, +34 6444 5 9753. Also Whatsapp and Telegram available.

 

Categories of shots

Often, when shooting, models tell me about some interesting picture they remember and comment me they would like to have a similar one. My experience shows that people finally will choose other pictures that the ones they suggested 99% of the time because it has achieved a more natural, spontaneous pose. But it happens people want to explain how was the image they liked and have no image available, but they insist on explaining how it was. So it is interesting to know the name of each camera shot. So we can express ourselves more clearly.

Actually, these are conventions that allow us to talk about the pictures, but one should not adhere to these definitions to know if the shot is good, bad or average. If the photo works, it works, even when does not fit well in a name.

Categories of shots

Very Wide Shot

It is used to locate the model (or the subject we are going to shoot) in the context. It is very common using a wide angle lens -they can get a major angle being closer- for this, but I preferred to shoot Ava  with my 135 mm from afar. I had to shout her to hear me.

Very Wide Shot. Ava Meade by Sergi Albir, professional photographer in Spain.

Wide Shot

The same as above, but the context is slightly  less important. In this case, Renata was doing choreography in a bodybuilding and fitness championship. Although there was no way of technical department playing the music that she had been training with she did not lose her smile in any moment.

Renata Ban. Wide Angle Shot, por Archerphoto, photographer in Spain.

American Shot (Medium Long Shot)

Roughly from the knees. In this pic we can appreciate the nice figure of Roser, but we avoid in this the fan foot and the light stands, and everything else that was in the bottom. 

American Shot. Roser, by Archerphoto, photographer for business in Spain.

Medium Shot

There are two variants from Medium Shot. Roughly chest level or slightly below. Mary’s hair has the maximum prominence with this frame.

Medium Shot. María, by Archerphoto. Video and photography in Spain.

Medium Close Shot

I said, a little above or a little below, the average plane can start from the hip or the sternum. Jessica, in this case appears in an example of the short version of the shot.

Jéssica. Shots in photography and filmmaking. By Archerphoto, corporate photography and video production in Spain.

 

Close Up

The face is the protagonist, and the look is key. Patricia was fantastic throughout the session, and this was one of the last shots.

Patricia, by Archerphoto. Pro photographer in Europe.

Extreme Close Up

Even closer. Ana’s eyes were particularly interesting, so this framing is thoroughly justified. Some people call it “the Italian Shot”.

Italian Shot. Ana Peris, by Archerphoto, professional photographer in Valencia, Spain.

Cut in

Obviously here we seek to capture some detail in particular: in this case, the dress designed by Anillarte is noteworthy.

Detail by Archerphoto, professional photographer in Valencia, Spain.

By camera placement

Bird Shot

You shoot from a position above the subject. Joana in this case has focused the face and the rest of the body is losing definition, but it is a photographer’s choice (myself, of course). 
Bird's Eye Shot. Joana, by Archerphoto, professional photographer in Valencia, Spain.

Low Angle Shot

You shoot from below the head of the subject. Some times, from below the hip. I selected this plane in which he showed a little gem with a forced angle, but in many cases is less exaggerated angle shot.

Low Angle Shot. Gema, by Archerphoto, professional photographer in Valencia, Spain, Europe.

Aerial or Zenithal

From above 90 ° soil. Usually uncomfortable shoot well, but Marijose is splendid in this shot with some dramatic tone. 

Aerial Shot. Marijose, by Archerphoto, pro photographer and videographer in Spain.I am a professional photographer. If you need good pictures, contact me. I usually work in Valencia, Spain, but if you cover the travel expenses you can count on me to the South Pole. My mail: sergi@archerphoto.eu , my phone with Whatsapp and Telegram, +34644459753

 

Four red pictures

In case anyone had not noticed, lately when I have a lot of time, or simply I don’t feel like writing a long post, I choose some photos previously edited and show them. In this case the criterion is the color red. Despite what one would have thought, I have not jumped to display pictures of redhead models, but I have opted for other things. In any case, I have pictures to show more red, so there will be similar posts in the future.

Four red pictures

The first photo is the wall of a grocery store near my home in Valencia. It has a red and light, with that, bokeh, contrast and diagonal composition the result is somehow catchy.

In this case, a play about the legend of Tombatossals a mythical giant that contributed to the foundation of Castellón. The clear red light tinted everything, and the result is obvious.

At the port, some old machinery repainted in such an indelicate manner may be attractive to photograph.

A clean new Ferrari to admire. I do not feel particularly proud to surrender to its charms, but sometimes a professional photographer is human. Sometimes.

If you need professional photos in Valencia, Madrid, Alicante and elsewhere,sergi@archerphoto.eu or a message to +34 6444 May 9753 for Whatsapp or Telegram. Photography for companies, individuals and institutions.

Circus photography

Circus photography

It was a while since I went to the circus, but I was invited to the Circo Gran Fele (in Valencia, Spain) and, of course, had to shoot there. That  flying trapeze artists is a fact that had always interested me do. I do not mean pictures, but to actually do it. But my athletic skills were limited when I was young and now they are not lacking, but honestly, I can do little more than jump over a trench or get on a branch to do some weird photo. Little more. So, it’s good to see people doing impossible things up there that I find really captivating. And from below, with 135mm, and considering that lighting crew is only illuminating them, if you’re around, you can take some interesting images.

Circo
Still, I’m more interested in backstage photos, and I’m working on the possibility to take pictures there rehearsing, and during the performance. If I succeed, I will put in here, obviously. For now, a few pictures on the trapeze are a small sample of what I did.

Circo

If you liked the pictures and you need some kind of photography, as you can imagine, I am a professional photographer. I am working mainly in Valencia, but go where needed. My email is sergi@archerphoto.eu and you can also contact me by Telegram or WhatsApp in 644459753

This post is also available in Spanish: http://www.archerphoto.eu/fotos-en-el-circo/

Circus photos by Archerphoto, photographer in Spain