Photography

About my photos

First a few words regarding the pictures I have the rights to, boring but necessary …

All pictures you find on or linked to through this site are all(!) taken or created by me with one exception. The photo in the header showing me and a bison male is taken by my wife, Klara.

Photos I have the rights to may never(!) be printed for the public, published through the web or in any other way used without my authorization. If my photos are used without a written agreement or my consent the domain owner will be billed according to the latest price list from the Association of Swedish Professional Photographers.

Pictures or a commission?

Would you like to buy one of my pictures or maybe you like to hire me for a commission? Just send me a note through the Contact Form. I have the ability to invoice through Frilans Finans and will be through them VAT registered for the duration of the commission.

From mid-May 2010 most of the pictures will be tagged with GPS coordinates. This will be possible to see directly in my gallery at Flickr.

My equipment

As a Nikon user I’m of course a member of Nikonians and the Swedish NikonForum.

My equipment level also qualifies me for membership in NPU (Nikon Professional User).

My camera bag contains:

  • Nikon Coolpix P7100 (when D-SLR is not suitable)
  • Nikon D750 with Pixels battery grip
  • Nikon D700 with Meike battery grip
  • Nikon D300 (spare and for crop)
  • Sigma 14mm f/2.8 EX Aspherical (HSM)
  • Nikkor (Nikon) AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8
  • Nikkor (Nikon) AF-S 50mm f/1.4
  • Sigma 70-200mm II APO EX HSM DG Macro, f/2.8
  • Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6,3 DG OS HSM Sports
  • Sigma 1,4x APO EX DG converter
  • Sigma 2,0x APO EX DG converter

… and camera and flash tripods, umbrellas … and a whole lot of other gadgets …

Nikon Picture Controls

Nikon have so nicely provided their more high-end camera bodies with a function that gives us the possibility to have our non-RAW outcome handled with a pre-defined S curve, sharpening, saturation and hue. This is called Picture Controls and you can either configure and save your own or you can download them from internet.

I have a set available here, I’m not taking any credit, nor responsibility, what so ever for them. I’ve found them on the internet … 😉 … but I use them my self and they work. Follow the instructions in the text files and you should be just fine … You should find the equivalents of the following films or visual effects, please judge for your self how well they are compared to the originals.

  • Agfa Optima
  • Fuji Astia
  • Fuji Superia Reala
  • Fuji Velvia
  • Kodak Ektachrome
  • Kodak Ektachrome Pulled
  • Kodak Kodachrome
  • Kodak Portra NC
  • sReala
  • sReala2
  • Top Gear

Anyone out there who’s got some other picture controls that they like to share? Please let me know, I would be more than happy to put them up on this site for public download.

… and I’ve also made a Excel spreadsheet to get a better control of my Nikon D700 settings. You find it here

Post processing

Software I use for post processing and that I really feel I can recommend to other D-SLR users:

  • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, actual version is 5.7.1.
  • Adobe Photoshop CC.

What does my post processing look like? Well, my own personal and normal flow is best described as follows whenever I shoot RAW.

  • The following issues are handled in Lightroom
    • Crop and straighten the horizon.
    • Clone away unwanted objects, could be dust spots.
    • White balance, rarely needed though.
    • Balance out the noise, most often from high ISO.
    • Adjust levels, contrast, sharpness and so on …

What’s left for Photoshop then? Not much but for photos intended for large print I always run them through PS to make sure there are nothing more to adjust, clone away and so on.

please email petterniklas@andersnordh.com ...