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August 30, 2012

My new Lightroom 4 Presets (Expired Film Look)

January 18, 2012

I’ve been playing around with the Lightroom 4 (beta) and I created a free preset for presetpond.

This is called “Expired Film” and it uses the new features in the develop module (RGB curves). It comes in 3 flavors: Normal, Cold and Warm.

Download this preset here:

before and after

Here all my other presets:

Aperture Preset with Texture

April 19, 2011

I’m posting some Aperture and Lightroom presets.
Nothing too crazy, just my usual soft tones/cross process/vintage style.

Take a look if you like, it’s all free of course !

Recently I discovered a trick-hack to add Textures inside the Aperture Brush Adjustments.

You can download this Aperture Preset here at presetpond.

You can replace the TIFF mask generated by Aperture with your favorite texture. Just open the TIFF file with Photoshop paste your greyscale texture, scale it (up or down) to fit the edges and overwrite the original file.

To find the Mask file follow these steps:
Select one of your photo, go to “Curves” brick and enable it. Modify the curve bringing down the middle point (just for test now you will adjust it later)

Now click on the “Brush Curves In”

On The Brush panel, click on the Gear icon (drop down menu) and Click
“Clear from entire photo”.

This will create a black mask file on your disk.

Add a simple brush stroke, like, make and “X” in the middle of the image, in this way, you can make sure that you’re editing the correct mask later on with Photoshop.

Close Aperture.

Now to find this mask you need to dig inside your Aperture Library.

Mine is under “Name of Computer” >Users> “Name of User” > Pictures.

Right click on Aperture Library and choice “Show Package Contents”

You will see a list of folders, double click on “Masks”. You will see a list of subfolders, sort them by Date Modified. Double click on the first folder. You will see one or more subfolders.. again.. double click on the most recent folder. You should now see a tiff file, something called like “CjHwJwD1TuGxP2akef1onA.tiff”

Open it with Photoshop, it should be a black image (Grayscale 8bit file) with a white “X” in the middle.

Now open your texture, convert it into black and white (convert it to grayscale) and adjust the brightness and contrast to make it punchy.

Select all pixels, Copy, go back to the Mask file and Paste.

Now adjust the size of the texture to match the edges of your Mask.
Flatten the layers and save (overwrite) the file.

Now you can re-open Aperture, and the new mask should be loaded.
You can play around with the Curves adjustment now.
The white areas of the mask will show the adjustment. If you want to change this, you can select “Invert” under the Gear icon drop down menu.

Have fun!

P.S. If you want to use these masks/textures on files with different resolutions you will need to re-scale and re-adjust the textures in photoshop again.

Andrea “Rusky” Rascaglia

Maggie in TST

April 16, 2011

Fibonacci over and over…


April 6, 2011

From a series of pictures shot in Rome, in the winter of 2009.
Small in the background you can see St. Peter’s

Shot with a Richo Caplio GX100. Printed and framed now it’s in our living room (50 x 40 cm)

Tokyo !

October 16, 2010

It’s been a great holiday (honey moon actually)!
I shot a lot of videos and photos.
I was with the Canon 7D and only the Sigma lens (24-70 – f 2.8).
As soon as I have some free time I’ll upload some more photos and edit the videos.

This is a picture shot in Harajuku:

Somewhere (in the underground station, I don’t remember where, probably Sinjuku)

At the Senso Temple in Asakusa:

In Ginza:

This is a very cool place, the Tokyo International Forum (Marunouchi)

Dreams are like angels, they keep bad at bay

August 15, 2010

iPhone and plastic bullet.
Title from The Power of Love – FGTH