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Today’s post is from Antti Karppinen. Antti is Digital artist, photographer, retoucher from Finland. Antti is was named Portrait photographer of Finland for 2013 and is an internationally awarded commercial photographer. He belongs to a new generation of image artisans, to whom believe all things are possible and creates complex visual concepts and images with unlimited imagination.


Recently we featured Antti’s wonderful Jack Sparrow series which you can see here: CAPTAIN JACK SPARROW MOVIE POSTERS USING MINIMAL GEAR IN A GARAGE STUDIO 

In my work, the concept and the pre-visualization of the images are the key issues. It is all about fresh ideas and trying out to achieve something that has never been seen when trying to create original pieces of art.

Sometimes, I just know that a project will evolve into something original already before I even start shooting the pictures. This time it was this couple (Vesa & Elina), who gave me pretty much free hands to do a wedding photo that would be something different. Well, I definitely tried to push myself to create something new and I think I did.

The soon-to-be married couple both sent me some ideas they had in mind. The images they sent me as a guideline were from different movies, lots of weird stuff, definitely not your typical wedding shots. I looked through the images and came up with an idea of switching the wedding theme into the world of illusion and magic, something similar to the dream world in the movie, Inception.

After a bit of location scouting, I decided that I would do the images in my friend Janne’s bar, Tähti, which has a really cool jazz-themed section. Cool walls, red chairs, an area for the band, etc. I came up with an idea to switch the perspective of things altogether. I rotated the environment totally sideways and shot one of my coolest composite shots! This image will twist your mind and also your neck.

The composite has mainly three elements, the groom the bride and the environment. Pretty straight forward retouch, but the concept would be the the key issues to make the image stand out.

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Watch the Behind the Scenes Retouch Video

Gear List

Camera: Canon 5D Mark III
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm F 2.8
Elinchrome Quadra Ranger flashes


Even if I shoot mostly commercial cases, these are the kind of wedding images I love doing, with lots of time, really creative ideas and the freedom to deliver what I know best – storytelling images with a fresh approach. We will see in April what color medal I will be bringing home from the World Cup of Photography!

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