Edge - Portfolio Book

For galleries I want to send examples of my images and the best way to do this is with a solid portfolio book. As my old books were not suitable for this due to the heavy use, I decided couple of days ago to order a new portfolio book "Edge" from a Finnish camera store Rajala Pro Shop and their new photo book. I just received it today safely wrapped inside a big envelope. I took some photographs of it and I must admit: it looks fantastic!

The first thing that struck me was the size and the thickness of the pages. It sure gives you a professional feeling, when the pages don't bend while going through the book. You can order it with 20 pages and the size is 30 cm x 30 cm, which is fantastic for showing quality pictures in decent size. I used square photos for my book so that I could fit more in the book. The overall quality of the book is superb! Colors, sharpness and detail are all well balanced. 

I used matte finish on the cover. There is also a glossy finish available

If you want to prevent it for scratching over time I would recommend to go with a glossy finish

If you want to prevent it for scratching over time I would recommend to go with a glossy finish

Here you can see how thick the pages are

The spreads look fantastic and the overall quality of the prints is excellent

Great sharpness and detail in the photographs

If you are located in Finland and you are searching for a book to show your work, or want to create a book for yourself  I highly recommend Rajala Pro Shop photo book: Rajala Kuvakirja

For those of you who would like to see a book with my pictures, I will be working on it in the future!

How To Use Lightroom Presets Collection Phase

Hi everyone, I made a tutorial on how you can easily change the way your images look with the Phase Collection. The main idea of the Phase Collection is to save time with the editing and give you unique way to improve your photographs.  

Here are examples on how you can change the way your images look:

The Whole Universe Surrenders

Finally new work from just couple of days ago. I used two exposures to create this surreal effect. Remember to visit my exhibition Atmosphere open through 14th January to 8th of February 2015 in Pohjanmaan valokuvakeskus, Lapua. 

I was inspired to title my image by this quote "To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders." - Lao Tzu. 

Equipment & Exif

Nikon D800, Nikon 16-35 mm f/4.0 VR & Sirui Tripod R-4203L and Sirui Ball Head K-40X

For the sky: 30 sec, f/4.0 ISO 3200 @ 16 mm
For the foreground: 445 seconds, f/9.0, ISO 100 @ 16 mm

Post-Processing

Edited with my new Phase preset collection "Hazy Night" using Lightroom. After the images were edited they were blended together in Photoshop.

Hope you like it! 

Mikko Lagerstedt - The Whole Universe Surrenders, Emäsalo, 2015