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My Print Store… finally!

After several years of looking for a decent online solution, I am very happy to announce that my store is now online:

My focus is on print sales but images may also be licensed for use in magazines, ads, etc. To get started I released a selection of portrait and fashion shots, which you my fellow readers, have showed the most interest in over the years.

You may choose between two sizes and three different types of fine art paper and pay safely and secure via PayPal or credit card. I will receive your order instantly and get started with producing your print. That’s right: I will personally prepare your print, ensuring it fulfills my artistic vision and level of quality! Not only does this guarantee that you will receive a genuine Nicolas Henri print, it also shaves off quite a bit of the final price tag, compared to other services out there. Have look!

A while ago I tried as a service to sell prints, but it turned out that the process was slow and expensive for customers, because whitewall would do the printing and shipping and added quite a margin ontop of the base price. But thanks to the folks at, who developed the backend of my store, all these things have changed. Perfect visual integration with my main site and zero commission on sales, allowing me to offer prints at a great price!

I will be adding new images to the print store regularly, but if you are missing an image of mine you saw elsewhere, just drop me a line and I’ll add it for you!

Posted by nicolas_henri on September 25th, 2010 :: Filed under Photography, Print, Web
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Tutorial: The Glacier’s Tear

The German photography blog recently published a tutorial of mine on how my image “The Glacier’s Tear” was made. It sparked quite a response over there, so I decided to share an English Version here. While the shoot for it was fairly straight forward, this is a Photoshop Tutorial for the most part.

The Finished Image:

This is the final image, which most you will know from my portfolio. But the original capture looked like this:

Right at the start of the shoot, model Clarissa mentioned that she had this really cool white fur hat with her and she wanted some pictures with it. At the time I thought ” yeah, well, we might do something with it once I’m done with the images I have in my head.” Once we were done with my program for the day, I agreed to do some “fur-hat-imagery”. When I looked through the viewfinder of my Canon 5D I (finally!!!) saw how cool this could really turn out! Clarissa’s lovely gaze, framed in fine white structures - great! I used my favorite portraiture lens, the EF 100mm Macro. At the bottom, just out of frame, I placed a silver reflector, bouncing some light from the overcast sky into Clarissa’s face. That was all the light we needed. No strobes here. The frame was shot at ISO 100, f/2.8, 1/1500.

Not much else to say about the shoot, except that Clarissa even managed to squeeze out a little tear, which led to the title: The Glacier’s Tear.

The Post Production:

Alright, grab yourself a cup of tea and make sure you have a little spare time. If you want to, dig up a similar portrait shot from your archives and play along.
At the beginning of my post processing, I always “zero out” the image. Sounds strange but it describes the process fairly well. The idea behind it is to get a very flat exposure before I start to work on the image. With this technique I lower the highlights and raise up the shadows towards a medium value. With this image, this might not seem necessary, since it was fairly evenly exposed. However this step is necessary for the next steps to work out properly.
In Lightroom (or any other RAW-Converter of your Choice) export a normally exposed version of the image, just as it was taken. Export as 16-Bit TIFF, colorspace Adobe RGB, no sharpening or de-noising.
Now export a second version where the exposure is lowered by 0.5 to 1 stop. And then a third version with exposure raised by 0.5 to 1 stop. Open all three exports in Photoshop and you should have something like this:

Now all three exports are combined into one photoshop file as layers. Place your normal exposure at the bottom, the brighter on over it and the darker one at the top of the layer stack. Hide the draker version at the top by ticking off the eye symbol to the left of the layer. You should now see the layer with the raised exposure. Switch to the Channels tab, where you’ll see the Red, Blue and Green channels of the image. We’ll now perform a highlight based selection. Hold down your Command button and click into the thumbnail of the combined RGB-channels at the top.

Photoshop will generate a selection based on how bright sections of the image are. You should see “roaming ants” around the brighter areas of your image:

Switch back to the layers tab to convert this selection into a layer mask. Click on ther “add layer mask” symbol at the bottom of the layers window:

Continue after the jump…

Posted by nicolas_henri on September 23rd, 2010 :: Filed under Artist Technique, Lighting, Making Of, On Location, Photography, Web
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I spent the last few days working on a new and more recognizable look for my website. I’ve been meaning to do this for some time. But between all the projects of past few months (read: years) it’s hard to find that kind of time. First up I created a new color scheme for the site. It used be lots of shades of gray and I felt a little more color would be in order. I chose a combination of petrol and orange with light grey backgrounds for the imagery. A great help in finding the color scheme was Color Lovers - a site as simple as it is brilliant: It’s dedicated to nothing but the combination of colors. Have look, I ended up spending hours looking at color swatches!

Working on the back end of my site, I took the opportunity to completely re-arrange all the galleries and add new ones. For the first time now, the entire body of my series GLAUBE | LIEBE | HOFFNUNG is now available - have a look!

When all was done I realized that my logo, was still dull and grey and generally looking very outdated:

old logo

I started dabbling in Adobe Illustrator, trying to build a new logo. But after all I’m a photographer, not a logo designer. This is when I suddenly remembered that I had met a young designer on my Twitter some time ago. Her name is Carolin aka Royal Nightmare, based in Hamburg, Germany.

i don’t rebel to sell… by ~royal-nightmare on deviantART

So the real beauty of social networking kicked in. We quickly connected via Twitter and bounced ideas around. Carolin got to work and by the end of the day I had 12 (!!!) different and ingenious logo designs in my mailbox! We both agreed that this one was it:

The new logo, designed by Caroline

Quite the difference, wouldn’t you agree?! Carolin did a great job and I can’t say thanx enough! make sure to check out what else she is doing: and follow her very entertaining Twitter

I can’t wait for the new business cards to arrive! For the time being check out my brand spanking new site, with new logo and of course loads of new images!

Posted by nicolas_henri on April 1st, 2010 :: Filed under Photography, Web, business
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