New Website powered Prodibi

Your website is like the store front window of your business. It's the first thing your clients see and you only have one chance to make a good first impression. So it has to look amazing, reflect your vision as well as your personality and really showcase your work in the best light.
I'm very excited to announce that my NEW WEBSITE POWERED by  PRODIBI  site is now live!
I’d love for you to come and see for yourself.  I would like to hear what you think of the new and any feedback you can give, will help me as I continue on my quest to build a better website. 
This is a never ending journey. I work hard so that every new project is better than the previous, either visually more appealing or technically more challenging. About my new site, while at Salon de Foto this past year I was introduced to Web-based image viewing innovators PRODIBI. I have designed and built around six websites in my career and I have to say this is the sleekest, easiest and most responsive site I have owned  yet to date . But most importantly it's the website that makes my images look the best they have ever looked online. 
That's because Prodibi released a powerful new version of Prodibi Portfolio, a digital image portfolio platform that supports native-resolution image viewing. That  is specifically designed for serious and professional artists and photographers.   

Tile cascade portfolios make for simple and beautiful user experience .
The cloud-based Prodibi Portfolio enables rapid display, zoom and pan of extreme high-resolution images while using minimal internet bandwidth. Unlike other platforms which limit image size for more rapid web viewing, Prodibi Portfolio's fully rendered images quickly and easily display in any browser on tablets, smart phones, laptops and other devices.
The image above shows my beauty portfolio . 


zoomed in 100% for maximum quality and detail. 

It's a totally fresh new look, I have included a lot of never seen before images and series.


Prodibi Portfolio is groundbreaking technology for professional or amateur photographers and artists. Personal portfolios with unprecedented visual experience. visitors will be able to see the work as it was intended to be seen, with fast, smooth zooming regardless of image file size. There is no latency, even when viewed full screen, and no stretching, distortion, or loss of resolution.

Image zoomed to fit the screen

The same image, at 100% zoom on my website 

Another example of the image quality 

...and here at 100% zoom
Prodibi is definitely a differentiator, a way to gain attention and increase your audience,This is truly the perfect way to feature my work on line . My  images are much richer than anything that can be seen on a social media site or a typical website. 
Display rich images of your work. Users can start with a free trial, which easily converts to a subscription service. Features include unlimited file size, image management, color management, smart cropping, ultra-sharp images on the highest resolution monitors, and more.
I am so excited about my new Website that I have made a partnership with Prodibi , and you can  now use PROMO CODE JOAOPRODIBI a 10% discount on any PRODIBI Package.
Free trial available at:

About Prodibi
Prodibi is a Geneva-based company formed in early 2011 by Frederic and Olivier Hamel.  Frederic Hamel, a software developer and talented photographer, suggested to his brother, Olivier, that they combine talents to create a software solution that would allow rapid viewing of native resolution digital images. Prodibi's image viewing products provide professional artists and web publishers with the fastest, most responsive solutions available for displaying high-resolution images on the internet. Prodibi Portfolio is tailored to the needs of casual and professional photographers and artists. Prodibi Image is designed specifically for business users. Prodibi's cloud-based software products are popular with watchmakers, fashion photographers, and other image intensive applications.

Guest Post - Diego Veríssimo: Building a Giant Room Camera for 10€ (and shooting portraits with it)

A giant-camera selfie. Because why not?
It all started as a College project that was given to my friend Ana Magalhães and myself. We needed to create images using alternative photographic processes, so we immediately thought "What could be more alternative than building your own camera?".
I had already built some giant pinhole cameras before so I knew the basics. We just needed to do the same thing and add a lens. But not just any lens -- we wanted to build our own.

The math:
The balcony outside (where we intended to have our models) was about 1 meter long so we didn't have a lot to work with. We'd need a lens that was long enough so it would focus the image as far as possible from the window, but short enough to fit a head and shoulders portrait of someone standing outside. We guesstimated something along the lines of 600mm to 1000mm would work.

Of course we could have just used a real lens at this point, but that presented two problems for us:
  1. It felt like cheating. We were building the entire camera by ourselves and wanted it to feel ours. So if we could build everything including the lens, that would be great;
  2. Even if we wanted to use a commercial lens, we would need to find one with the appropriate focal length and an image circle large enough to shoot large paper negatives.
After some thought, we figured the easiest (and cheapest) way of building our lens was to use a magnifying glass.
Magnifying glasses are converging lenses, which means they focus the light rays onto a focal point at a certain distance. Like this:
That meant we could use a single element to build our lens -- and any images produced with it would look sharp in the center and very soft at the edges. That wasn't exactly a problem for us; we just needed to get the eyes of our model in the center of the lens and the rest would gradually fall out of focus.

We found a magnifying glass with a focal length of around 700mm and went with it (to figure out the focal length of a converging lens, we held it horizontally inside the store until we could see the lights from the ceiling focused on the floor. Ideally the lights would be farther away but we figured it was close enough).

Here's a list of what we used (we only spent 10€ on supplies):
  • Duct tape
  • Black cardboard
  • Box (an old pinhole camera, actually)
  • Easel (used to place the paper)
  • 9cm lens from a magnifying glass
  • Red filter
  • Tripod
  • Room with a window and a balcony
And the building process:
  1. We isolated the room from outside light using black cardboard and duct tape to cover the window;
  2. Then we estimated the average height of a person sitting outside, on the balcony and did a tiny hole in the cardboard in front of where the face would be;
  3. At this point we had a pinhole camera and we could see that it worked so it was good news;
  4. Then we built the lens, using the box as some sort of bellows (that would allow us to focus) and a magnifying glass with a focal length of approximately 700mm;
  5. We put the easel at the appropriate distance and added a piece of cardboard to hold the paper later. The height of the easel could be adjusted according to the mode's height;
  6. Finally we put a tripod holding the box, making the whole system more stable and allowing for tilt movements on the lens;
  7. Our shutter was built using a red filter. Having it in place would allow us to see what we were doing while putting the paper on our easel without exposing it. Then we'd just remove the filter and put it back in place, exposing the paper in the meantime.
Our focal length was about 700mm and our aperture was about f/10 (our lens had a diameter of 90mm, but after applying all the duct tape we needed to put it in place we were left with 70mm of "usable" lens).

Shooting 18x24cm paper negatives with the camera:
  1. This was all done at night so we could open the shutter, fire a strobe using a radio trigger and close the shutter safely. If we did this during the day, the ambient light would expose the paper and we wouldn't have absolute control over our lighting;
  2. We used an 800Ws strobe with a square 80cm softbox as our only light source;
  3. Shooting the portrait consisted on the following steps:
    1. Sitting the model on the balcony;
    2. Focusing;
    3. Putting the 18x24mm paper on the holder;
    4. Opening the shutter;
    5. Firing the strobe using a radio trigger;
    6. Closing the shutter.
  4. After the exposure, the paper was developed inside the camera itself (the camera also worked as a developing lab).
After developing the negatives, we did some contact prints and then selenium-toned them. Our initial plan involved shooting wet plate collodion also but we didn't like our results.

In the future, we plan to do the wet plates again as well as some really big glass negatives using gelatin.

Our results (the first two are our self portraits):


And the Making Of video:
(we were having some problems with the radio trigger; that's why you see us laughing when it works)

Brazilian Celebrity Super Star Regina Duarte and the Orbis Flash

Recently I had the opportunity to photograph a living legend. Regina Duarte is a film, television and stage actress and one of the most famous actresses in Brazilian show business. One of my favorite   clients is UP MAG TAP AIRLINES inflight magazine. This assignment took me to the beautiful city of Coimbra with the Brazilian Icon for two days. During those two days the journalist and myself acted like tour guides showing our famous guest the beautiful wonders of different Portuguese cities. We discovered different Restaurants, Hotels and local hot spots.

Two days sounds like a lot of time to take someone's portrait, but in reality it's not that much time and the idea is to keep things simple but interesting. So I try to keep my kit light and practical. My camera for most trips is my Canon 5D Mk III. Since I am always on the go, all of the lenses are packed in my Thinktank Pro Speed Belt v2.0 and one of the coolest accessories in my kit is the Orbis. The Orbis is a softbox, beauty dish and ring flash all in one that uses a speedlight flash as a light source.
The images above and for most of the article are created with the Orbis.

The image above is one of my usual setups with the Orbis and two Nikon speedlights connected via pocketwizards.

This is a behind the scenes of a set I did for a fashion shoot. Orbis direct on flash used as a normal ring flash over the lens.
This series of images was shot during one of my portrait workshops at MEF.

As you can see, the Orbis is a very versatile piece of gear that can be used bot on location and in the studio and fits easily into your backpack, weighing next to nothing.

Equipment used:
Canon EOS 5D Mk III (and a Canon EOS 5D Mk II as backup)

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