ABOUT

Serge Ramelli

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As a landscape and urban photographer I'm happy to say that today I have accomplished a few things that I'm proud of:

- My fine art photographies are being sold in one of the largest gallery networks in the world called Yellow Korner. They have have 85 galleries around the world, you can see my work and the locations here:

http://www.yellowkorner.com/artistes/325/serge-ramelli.aspx

- With the Publisher Teneues I have published a coffee table book on Paris and one on New York. The sales have been good all over the world, you can see this here:

http://photoserge.com/portfolio

- I host a Youtube Channel that has over 310 000 subscribers. Making it the number one channel on Lightroom in the world and number 4 on Photoshop and number 7 on photography in general:

www.youtube.com/cmoeu

How did this all start?

In 2005 a friend of mine showed me what you can do with Photoshop and turned an ok portrait into a magazine cover. I was amazed, since my earliest childhood I wanted to create art, images and videos. What I like about it, is that all it took to create a great piece of art was a camera and a software, the rest was up to my skills and imagination.

The first shot of the Eiffel Tower that I really liked

The first shot of the Eiffel Tower that I really liked

The first shot of the Pont Neuf that I got that I really liked. I have shot this bridge over 80 times with many different technics.

The first shot of the Pont Neuf that I got that I really liked. I have shot this bridge over 80 times with many different technics.

A selective color effect.

A selective color effect.

 

I started spending over twenty hours per week studying photography and post processing. I discovered Scott Kelby and decided that he was going to be my mentor, years later I had the honor to become his friend. Since then I never stopped learning. With time and competence, I started teaching. 

The Conciergerie Paris.

The Conciergerie Paris.

I specialize in landscapes, cities and interior designs. I love to learn new photography and retouching techniques and share them on my Youtube channel:

PHOTOGRAPHY, LIGHTROOM & PHOTOSHOP TIPS BY SERGE RAMELLI - CLICK HERE

I like very dramatic type photos, inspired by world famous movies such as Amelie Poulain by Jean Pierre Jeunet, Angela of Luc Besson, War Horse by Steven Spielberg, Gone with the wind by Victor Fleming and Gladiator by Ridley Scott. I cannot help myself but when I take a portrait I try to make it into a movie poster. In short I like the drama look. 

Right at the beginning I also became a big fan of Trey Ratcliff's work, we share the same vision of a very colorful and dramatic beautiful planet.

http://www.stuckincustoms.com/

Sun rise on the Saint Marco Plaza in Venice Italy.

Sun rise on the Saint Marco Plaza in Venice Italy.

The Carrousel at the Louvre.

The Carrousel at the Louvre.

My favorite stairs in Montmartre, I came back many times to this spot to get the right sunset.

My favorite stairs in Montmartre, I came back many times to this spot to get the right sunset.

I shot a full series of photos for about 8 years in Paris where every shot would look like they came straight out of a movie.

Some of my photos are heavily retouched, some not. What matters to me is the emotional impact, do people get something out of it or not?

 

The Opera Garnier from the roof the Galerie Lafayette.

The Opera Garnier from the roof the Galerie Lafayette.

 

I started to shoot with the Canon 5D Mark 2 and the Canon 7D. For my landscapes I mainly use the Canon 17-40 F4, sometimes the Canon 24-70 2,8. When I shoot portraits I also use the Canon 70-200 F4. But I would say I work 90% of the time with the 17-40. Since two years I totally switch to the Sony A7r after watching Trey Ratcliff's videos. I loved the idea of having a light camera that you can travel with and that has a better dynamic range than the 5D Mark III. I shoot mostly sunsets and do a lot of hiking, so having to carry light gear was essential. I continue to use the Sony A7R, A7R II and for videos the Sony A7S. I shoot mainly with the 17-35, 24-70.  

A panorama of the McWays Fall in Big Sur California.

A panorama of the McWays Fall in Big Sur California.

I retouch most of my photos with Lightroom, and if I really need to I do the finishing touches in Photoshop. My workflow has really evolved from a lot of Photoshop to 90% Lightroom and 10% Photoshop.

When I want to do HDR I now use Aurora HDR PRO. I love the ability to tone map different parts of the photos:

http://aurorahdr.com/masters/serge-ramelli

Santa Monica state park California with Aurora HDR pro.

Santa Monica state park California with Aurora HDR pro.

The Alexander III bridge in Paris with Aurora HDR Pro.

The Alexander III bridge in Paris with Aurora HDR Pro.

I also shoot a lot with the ND 1000 filter for long exposures effects. I love what it does to the cloud and the water, usually it works better on black and white shots.

Walt Disney Concert Hall, eight long exposures photography stitched together.

Walt Disney Concert Hall, eight long exposures photography stitched together.

But sometimes you get some happy accidents with cloudy sunsets.

Notre Dame long exposure.

Notre Dame long exposure.

I also love to play as an actor and direct movies, I shot three short films as a director and just completed shooting a movie in which I am the lead actor called The Hollywouldn'ts. It's the story of a homeless French actor and a struggling actress band together with a group of misfits in an Alice in Wonderlandesque journey through tinsel town as they struggle to make a film with no money but plenty of attitude. The movie should come out by the end of this year. It was an amazing experience. Crossing my fingers that people will like it!

This is where I'm now most of time.

This is where I'm now most of time.

My favorite movies of all times are:

Star Wars

Indiana Jones

Back to the Future

Gladiator

Life is Beautiful from Roberto Benigni

L'as des As with Jean Paul Belmondo

La Vérité si je Mens

Enter the Dragon

La Grande Vadrouille with Luis de Funes

Amistad

Love Actually

Shooting the milky way in the Joshua Tree National Park.

Shooting the milky way in the Joshua Tree National Park.

My favorite TV shows of all times are:

Firefly

Entourage

Suits

Game of Thrones

Friends

Big Bang Theory

A view of downtown Los Angeles taken from the Griffith Park.

A view of downtown Los Angeles taken from the Griffith Park.


I think that creating images for people to enjoy is the most amazing job in the world :-)

Serge Ramelli