April 24, 2017

New artwork "Learn to fly"

Fine art surreal photography by Alessandra Favetto

So here it is! "Learn to fly", one of the new artworks of the series "The traveler" that was awarded a nominee in the Fine Art Photography Awards 2017 (I wrote about it here).
This new collection is a special one for me as it's the first time I combine self portraits with surreal fantasy atmospheres. It all started with some photos I took with a blurred long exposure setting and playing around with huge backdrops (from my pet photography arsenal!). I wanted the figure to be identified as a human being but ethereal at the same time. These photos were sitting in my hard drive for a while (months!), waiting for the right time and inspiration to be used. Luckily they came to life in this traveler collection :-))

This artwork is available as a limited edition print at Saatchi Art.

April 17, 2017

This Nominee in the FAPA Awards reminds me of a quote I love

I'm really happy and grateful for the Nominee in the 3rd edition of "Fine Art Photography Awards 2017" (FAPA) in the photomanipulation category with my series "The traveler".

In 2017 Fine Art Photography Awards received 6335 submissions from 89 countries around the world. Winners were selected by highly acclaimed panel of international judges, including: Tim Franco, Nadia Dias, Liza Van der Stock, Matilde Gattoni, Amélie Labourdette, Valery Klamm and Pierre Abensur.
First time for me to participate in this well-known competition together with amazing artists and photographers from all over the world.

I'm not among the winners but I'm truly happy and satisfied about my nominee. Why? Because I've learned to live with passion and enthusiasm, to be grateful for everything that happens in my life, to celebrate every tiny personal and artistic achievement :-))

I always think and meditate about this quote from Arthur Ashe, I love it and it's very inspiring:
"Sucess is a journey, not a destination.
The doing is often more important than the outcome."
I created the art I love, I participated, I got a nominee and I'm happy about it :-)

April 14, 2017

New artwork "Magic flowers"

New artwork "Magic flowers" by Alessandra Favetto

This image is part of the "Me in many ways" collection. This is the same title I gave to another artwork I made with the only difference that is was in spanish "Las flores magicas". Should work more on titleing my works, I know, but there was such magic in those flowers that I didn't bother much :-)))) I always do what I feel so "magic flowers" are always welcome!

This image is available as limited edition print at Saatchi Art.

April 10, 2017

Client from United States

Starting to prepare the limited edition print of "In between" for a collector from United States.
This is image is part of the collection "Me in many ways".
Happy and grateful!

April 06, 2017

How I use and apply textures to my images

I love textures, they give a special touch/atmosphere to an image and I use them in almost every artwork I create.
In my previous post I shared 10 free textures to download and now I want to share with you how I use textures in my works. These are the steps I go through when applying textures to an image in photoshop, let's go!

Find the right texture
First of all I go through my texture library to find out which texture I want to use. This is the hardest and longest part of the process, I try lots of textures before chosing the right one for one particular image.

Color or black and white
I normally work with desaturated textures but colored ones are also a great choice (first image above). I have lots of colored textures so I normally desaturate the one I chose before applying it to the image. Once desaturated I can also give it a special color tone if needed.

Blending modes
Photoshop has lots of blending modes and I usually go through all of them before chosing one. The ones I use more often are:
  • multiply
  • screen
  • soft light
  • overlay
I often duplicate the texture layer as well so I can use different blending modes of the same texture in order to get the result I want.

Turn around and invert
Like I normally do with images as I wrote in this post I always turn around the texture to check which side looks better on the image. I also invert the texture (cmd-I) to see if it can give a different look to the image. This is particularly useful for some textures with grain and scratches.

Strength of texture
I work on the texture to make it match my image by working on these elements:
  • opacity - with the opacity slider
  • light - I add a curve over the layer to darken or lighten the texture as needed
  • layer masks - to erase part of the textures from the image (or the other way around: inverting the mask and adding the texture where I want)
Above, below and multiple
I apply the texture above the main image to make it match the visual style I'm trying to create but I also apply it sometimes below the main image and reveal only some parts with a layer mask. I generally use two or more textures on my images, sometimes I take just a tiny part of a texture so I'm not afraid of piling up layers when I'm creating.

Hope this was helpful!
Happy texture!

April 04, 2017

Textures of CAAC free download

Today I'm going to share with you a set of 10 free textures I photographed at Caac, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo, a contemporary art museum in Seville, Spain. These are textures of the walls of the exterior buildings of the museum.
In the free set you'll find the original color and also the desaturated version which I normally use for my artwork. A total of 10 free textures that you can dowload here.

Hope you enjoy them!

March 29, 2017

"Time to rest" and a tip for photographers

"Time to rest" and a tip for photographers

This is my new work, "Time to rest", a self-potrait square and textured image and this is the tip for photographers/artists: turn your images around!
Whenever I start working on a new photo I always give it a 90 degrees turn until I'm back to the original; I normally do it in Lightroom with my raw file and using the useful arrows at the bottom of the picture. I turn it clockwise 90 degrees, then again, then again until I'm back to the original. By doing this the same image might get a new dimension and can change dramatically. It doesn't happen on all the photos of course but it's worth giving it a try.

I hope you find this tip useful :-)))

You can view and shop this artwork at Saatchi Art.

March 21, 2017

Inspired by Shakespeare

Fine art photography by Alessandra Favetto

Inspiration comes from everywhere! Wether it's a song, a book, a smell, a quote or a movie, inspiration can hit you at any time and in any place. That's why I always keep several notebooks around, one or two at home and one following me all the time in my bag. Whenever I hear, see or experience something that is worth keeping in mind for future inspiration I write it down on my notebook. It's a habit I have since long before starting my journey in photography so I have plenty of material to go back to when I need it.
This phrase is one of my favourites! I wrote it down on my pocket moleskine about 18 years ago! It's from William Shakespeare's Hamlet:
 One of the images that I can relate to this quote is the one above "Love yourself", from the "Creatively" collection.
"This above all:
to thine own self be true,
And it must follow,
as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man."
 Thank you William for the inspiration!

March 15, 2017

New artwork "Wedding memories"

Wedding memories - Fine art self portrait photography by Alessandra Favetto

The story behind this photo is that one day I took my wedding dress from the closet where it had been hanging for years and wore it again to take some pictures. The great part of the story is that I could still fit in the dress! I happily remembered about my wedding and about being a bride and played around with the tulle while taking pictures and that resulted giving the image this dreamy nostalgic look.

This artwork is part of the "Me in many ways" collection and fine art prints are available in a limited edition of 10, regardless of size (available sizes: 25x25cm and 50x50cm), signed and numbered on the back.
You can view and shop this artwork at Saatchi Art.

March 13, 2017

The self-portrait photographer kit

The self-portrait photographer kit

As a self-potraiture artist I'm frequently asked (mainly from non-photographers) how do I shoot my self-portraits and I normally answer "with a camera of course"! But I use other items as well so here's my "how do I do it" post to start taking self-portraits.

The self-potrait photographer basic equipment: you will need
  • a camera
  • a tripod
  • a wireless remote shutter release
  • yourself as a model

You don't need any fancy or expensive stuff. I started with a Nikon D3100  my husband gave me for my birthday in 2012 and it was great! I bought a 50mm 1.8 lens to have a better lens (but you can use the 18-55mm lens that comes included with the camera as well) and a cheap lightweight tripod. Then I bought a wireless remote shutter release for Nikon (be careful to buy the right one for your camera because there's a model for Nikon and one for Canon!) and started taking photos!
Some of my first artwork collections were done with this basic equipment.

Now I'm using the same wireless remote shutter release although it's the third one I buy because I break them :-)) I'm using now a full frame Nikon D600 (new model is now Nikon D610) and only if I need a full body shot and I don't have enough space then I put on the 24-70mm 2.8 lens, otherwise I stick to my 50mm that suits my needs perfectly.
I did buy a new tripod (Tokura, the one in the photo) becuase I needed a more stable one for outdoor shots :-)

And that's it!
Have fun!!