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

Green. Copyright Sergi Albir 2015

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 …

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A few leaves of any tree.

Hojas verdes, por Archerphoto, fotógrafo en España

A snake.


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

Carmen Álvarez Videobook Valencia

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

Correfoc in Moraira, Spain.

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

Andrea Anton Rinascere,Lidia Gonzalez Regolf,Archerphoto


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

Gamergy 2016

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

Casting tips

portrait professional photographer

When people from Elite Models tell casting tips it’s time to pay attention.

Casting tips

They recommend not to wear make-up, not to be lazy, get something to do while you’re waiting and not to be shy. And don’t hump. Well, it’s a bunch of things for such a brilliant short video. I just can thank them for being so precise.

If you need a model portfolio, please contact me. I am Sergi Albir, professional photographer. I shoot in Spain and UK, sergi@archerphoto.eu or +34 644459753, Whatsapp and Telegram available.

Check here: http://www.archerphoto.com/modeling-portfolio/

And here you have some samples of my work as a photographer.

L. Mariola by Archerphoto, professional and Fashion photographer for portfolio
L. by Archerphoto, professional photographer for portfolio
Anna Kurika, actress, in her portfolio with Archerphoto, professional photographer in Spain. Casting tips.
Anna Kurika, actress


Matti Ameli and Mar Ortiz, psychologists

Matti Ameli and Mar Ortiz, psychologists

Professional portraits are one of the most interesting jobs that can be performed by a photographer, because if you have a little curiosity, you can learn about people. In this case I was in the office of Matti Ameli and Mar Ortiz, psychologists in Valencia, who are right in Valencia downtown, less than twenty seconds walk from the Plaza del Ayuntamiento. That is what I call to be well located.

Matti Ameli and Mar Ortiz, psychologists

But hey, the important fact is that each of them has more than fifteen years of experience in the fields of therapy and coaching, although each of them explained their own specialty technically on their websites:Matti Ameli has http://mattiameli.webnode.es/ while Mar Ortiz has http://consulta-de-psicologia.webnode.es/.
Matti Ameli

In addition to their private practising, Mar and Matti will occasionally collaborate with me on the issue of photo shoots to improve self-esteem. How? Writing some articles related to the topic. It is very interesting to read the opinion of recognised and valued professionals like them, because they have an accurate perspective, guaranteed by their education and experience. It is a privilege for me to have their articles and I am sure that everyone will find them interesting.

Mar Ortiz

I am Sergi Albir, photographer in Valencia, Spain. If you need professional portraits or a photo session to improve your self-esteem, a mail to sergi@archerphoto.eu or a call to +34 644 459 753 may be the first step.