photography mikko lagerstedt

Fine Art Print Shop

We have received numerous print inquiries, so we have worked long for an option to purchase my work directly from this website. The shop is now live! You can choose three different Hahnemühle fine art papers and various sizes for your preferred artwork. You can learn more about the printing materials here: Print Information.

If you didn't find a photograph, you would love to have a fine art print. You can contact us by emailing: mikko.lagerstedt@gmail.com and we will add it to the shop. 

So what happens when you order a print? Here are the steps we make to provide our quality products:

  1. We receive the order information and review the picture, size, and paper choice
  2. Image sent to Dialab a Finnish fine art printing lab
  3. The print is delivered to be reviewed and signed by Mikko Lagerstedt
  4. Artwork packed
  5. Buyer receives delivery notification with a tracking code

And this all happens in a couple of days. The art buyer will receive the print within ten business days after the delivery notification.

Illuminated Night

We were fortunate to capture the Northern Lights couple of weeks ago when they hit the South of Finland.  Here is another view of those beautiful lights dancing in the sky. For this photograph, I was there standing on a rock captured in Porvoo, Finland.

Equipment and Exif

Nikon D800, Samyang 14 mm f/2.8 Sirui Tripod & Ball Head
ISO 4000, 14 mm, f/2.8, 20 sec.
Edited with Phase Presets Collection Basic Adjustments

Mikko Lagerstedt - Illuminated Night - 2015 - Porvoo, Finland

Everlasting Moment

A long night at the coast of Finland. For this photograph, I wanted to capture that everlasting and eternal feeling of movement and constancy. I captured this photograph on the same night as my previously published photograph Divided. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed to spend the whole night there. 

Equipment & Exif

Nikon D800, Samyang 14 mm f/2.8 & Sirui Tripod R-4203L, and Sirui Ball Head K-40X
ISO 1600, 30 secs. f/2.8

Processing

I edited this photograph with my upcoming Lightroom Collection called Phase. The Collection should be available for the public to purchase by next week. I will be still making some changes to it and will be sending it for preview for three lucky owners of my previous Fine Art Preset Collection

Everlasting Moment, 2014 - Mikko Lagerstedt

Alone In The Light

While going through some of my photographs from last year, I came across with this one. A shot on a beautiful misty Summer morning, taken about a year ago. As the sun was rising I had my camera on my tripod and used my remote controller to trigger the camera. 

Equipment 

Nikon D800, Nikon 16 - 35 mm f/4.0 VR, Sirui R4203-L tripod & Hähnel Giga T Pro II remote controller.

Exif
ISO 100, f/5.6, 35 mm, 1/1600 sec.

Post-processing

Lightroom for color temperature, contrast and saturation. I also used one of my presets to base edit the photo: Morning Blues. 

More info about the tools I use, can be found in the FAQ-page.

Want a print of this photo? You can find it here: Alone in the Light

Alone in the Light - Mikko Lagerstedt - 2014

How To Process Star & Night Sky Pictures in Lightroom 5 & Photoshop

So after a successful photo trip (Top 5 Tips to Photograph Stars & Night Sky) to take photos of stars, here are a simple process I use to edit the RAW files. These work both in Lightroom 4, 5 and Camera Raw. I edit my pictures in 16 bit mode with Color Profile of Pro Photo and File Format Tif. You can set these in Lightroom 5, from the Edit → Preference →  External Editing. If you want to learn all my tips and tricks, check out my Star Photography Masterclass eBook.

Equipment & Exif:  
Nikon D800, Nikon 16 - 35 mm f/4.0 @ ISO 6400, f/4.0, 35 mm, 15 sec.

Before:

After: 

Basic Adjustments

First thing is to decide how you want the image to look. Going through the main adjustments you can make the changes to the exposure contrast etc. Most of the time I find myself slightly adding exposure and contrast. Here is where I also adjust the color balance via the White Balance sliders. In this example I went towards and added Contrast to +45 and Reduced the Highlights to -36 I added hint of saturation also +7. 

Graduated Filter & Radial Filter

The Graduated Filter is excellent tool to use on these kind of images. I used my preset ”Night Sky Clarity” which just adds lot of Contrast and Clarity. (Settings: Exposure 0,29, Contrast 81, Clarity 76) Drag the slider where you want the stars to pop. In this particular image I also added another Slider to darken the top of the frame to give it a balacing sky to the ground. I also darkened the right part of the sky where the moon was. The Radial Filter works basially the same as the Graduated Filter, but adds a circular shaped adjustment. This is a great tool to use if you need to edit a just one part of the sky. For example, you can use it to enhance the detail in Milky Way by adding contrast and exposure strictly to the Milky Way part of the image.

Lens Correction

I used Nikon 16 – 35 mm f/4.0 VR lens in this photo. It has relatively small distortion in 35 mm focal lenght. Simply click on the Enable Lens Correction. I tend to reduce the vignetting settings to 55.  After this I went in the Manual Settings to correct the perspective distortion. In this particular case I adjusted the Vertical Slider to -35, which seemed to work quite nicely.

Sidenote:

For Samyang 14 mm f/2.8 lens you can use the same dialogue if you have installed the preset for the lens. Use Adobe Lens Profile Downloader http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=5492 to download the profile. In this particular lens it does very nice work on the distortions and vignetting. I use Nikon D700 version of the correction, because it does perfect job in the D800 also. 

Detail

I use this dialogue to adjust the noise reduction. It works very nicely for High ISO captured images. This image was ISO 6400 so it did need some noise reduction. Usually I leave the other adjustments to default. In this case I added luminance noise reduction to 25.

Boost up the Stars In Photoshop

Use commands CTRL / CMD + E to open the file in Photoshop. Go to Select → Color Range → Select stars with the Sample Tool. In this case easiest ways to see the selection is to use Selection Preview: Black Matte. Click OK. Now the stars are loaded as selection and use the shortcut CTRL / CMD + J to duplicate the selection to another layer. After this set the layer Blending Mode to Screen. If you want to boost the stars even further, make a duplicate of the current layer with the same shortcut.  Select the Layers you just created and add them to a group with shortcut CTRL / CMD + G and add a mask to it from the layers panel, if you need to reduce the adjustments from a particular spot in the image. Brush with black and you are done. 

Step one in Photoshop - Boost up the Stars - Selection

Step two in Photoshop - Boost up the Stars - Selection Done

Step three in Photoshop - Boost up the Stars - Duplicate The Layers

Step four in Photoshop - Boost up the Stars - Group The Layers

Step five in Photoshop - Boost up the Stars - Mask Out

Save for Web

Save the file as tif and open it again in Lightroom.

I do this in Ligthroom 5 because I find the image saving settings easier because I can use presets. Shortcut CTRL + SHIFT + E. I export the files as JPEG, sRGB with Resize to Fit Long Edge for example 1000 pixels and resolution 72. Sharpen For: Screen, Amount: Standard and you are done.

I try to make another tutorial on how to combine multiple exposures to make a one night photo with extra depth. I didn't manage to have time for it yet, so you will have to wait for it for some time.