August 20, 2016

My Interview for the the World Photography Day

August 19 has been marked as the World Photography Day since 2010 in order to celebrate the 177-year-old journey of photography. Today, photography has become an unimaginable part of our lives and has evolved into being a tool that connects us all. Here is my interview to the CBC TV channel which decided to prepare a short documentary about the photography and photographers in Azerbaijan for the the World Photography Day.

My Interview for the the World Photography Day | Rufat Abas Photography
Photo by Farid Gasanoff

August 5, 2016

Lahij's Craftsman Portraits

In July I was invited by the Azerbaijan Photographers Union to take part in the event organized by the State Agency for Public Service and Social Innovations “ASAN service” in Lahij. Lahij is a notable place in Azerbaijan, with its authentic handicrafts traditions. Removed and isolated, this town has its unique atypical style of life. Coppery, brass work, woodcarving, and handcrafting are the main occupation of the villagers. The village's carpet and rug crafts are also well known in Azerbaijan and the South Caucasus. Ten photographers from the Azerbaijan Photographers Union stayed there for 5 days and each photographer worked on his own project during these days. My project was the environmental portraits of Lahij's craftsman. At the end of the project period I came up with five different craftsman portraits that you can see below. The first image is an ancient and authentic copper-smith's shop that is still functioning nowadays. Enjoy!  

Lahij's Craftsman Portraits | Rufat Abas Photography
The copper-smith's shop

May 9, 2016

Studio Portraits Campaign - Zemfira

Zemfira is a photographer and a friend of mine but this time she wanted to try herself as a model and see how it is being on the other side of the lens. She arrived in the studio already prepared and I knew that it is going to be a nice, moody retro style portrait session.

Studio Portraits Campaign - Zemfira | Rufat Abas Photography

May 3, 2016

Cinematic Street

Here are some of my street photos I made in cinematic style with my new "Cinema Night" lightroom preset applied. Some of these images I posted earlier just as regular street photos but with new cinematic preset they get quite different look and mood. The rest of the photos I am posting for the first time. By the way, the preset is free and available for download, so please see my previous blog post with sample images and download link of my "Cinema Night" lightroom preset. Enjoy!

Cinematic Street | Rufat Abas Photography

May 1, 2016

Cinema Night - Free Lightroom Preset

The cinematic look is becoming more popular nowadays. It is a way of post processing when the images have a look as if they were stills captured from movies. But of course, the images should also have a cinematic mood. Impressed and inspired by color grading in movies like "The Imitation Game" and "Bridge of Spies" I decided to create a lightroom preset with that cinematic look. After few attempts and tests I came up with the "Cinema Night" lightroom preset. You can find a download link at the end of this post. By the way it is free! Hope you will find it useful. 

Cinema Night - Free Lightroom Preset | Rufat Abas Photography

April 15, 2016

Studio Portraits Campaign - Mesi

As you probably remember few months ago I launched new free Studio Portraits campaign. Mesi was one of the several applicants who responded to my casting call. We met last week, planned the session and set the date. Here are the portraits that we made this week in the studio.

Studio Portraits Campaign - Mesi | Rufat Abas Photography

March 17, 2016

Vintage Camera Poster

After renewing my small studio I was looking for some nice posters to decorate it. Unfortunately, I was not able to find a free and high resolution vintage posters online so decided to make my own. Since I have a descent collection of vintage cameras I thought it would be great to use one of them for the poster. I am not as good in Photoshop as in Lightroom but with the help of few online tutorials I finally was able to create something that will look nice on my studio wall.   

Vintage Camera Poster | Rufat Abas Photography