Affinity Photo

To retouch the images we create at the studio, we’ve been using the Affinity Photo software for a few years now. It is an amazing software, that has help us achieve a higher level of quality on our images.

In fact we like so much the software the we approached Affinity some time ago, to show what we were doing with it. That it resulted in a few collaborations for the Affinity Blog Spotlight (if you miss that, you can find an interview here and a few tips for product photography here)

This time Affinity challenged us to use the iPad version of the Affinity Photo software, to work on some images, and provide some feedback.


For this, I imagined an image to test the app and see how it stands against the computer. The story would go something like this:

It’s late at night. A dark blue light fills the space. From the side, there are a few rays of pink and green light coming in, probably from some nearby neon lights.

On a small table, we see two books stacked with a black Moleskine notebook on top, with some scribbles and sketches coming out. A black squared pen and some drawing material is scattered around, as well as, a contact sheet with some images marked and some printed photographs.

A tall glass with ice and sparkling water rests on the table, half empty, along with some personal belongings and an old film camera.

Something makes you go back to the contact sheet. You notice that one of the images marked on the contact sheet, is the image you’re looking at…

Basically the idea was to create an image in a dark blue environment, with some hints of magenta (Affinity photo) and green (Affinity Designer) that could be someones late night working table.

Personal belongings would include one or two of the Affinity pins, probably facing down, with some coins, a plane boarding pass or train ticket (ended up not being used but meant a traveling person, with focus on mobility), house keys and  something small related with a bicycle (to hint for a younger public).

The contact sheet would be created from other images of the set, captured before the final image. The sheet had an empty space to place the final image on post (kind of an image, within an image, within an image,…)

Imagem de bastidor de fotografia de fotografia por Martins Ribeiro - fotografo de produto


The post production, totally done on iPad, included focus stacking of the image (28 images of 60 megabytes each), curves adjustments and lighting to create the mood, several corrections and placing the final image in the contact sheet.

Here is a quick video of the set, as we worked on the composition.


My first impression was that it was a bit difficult to work on a 10″ or 12″ screen, specially being used to a 27” monitor, but after a few hours, I’ve notice something interesting: it’s really easy to have an overall view of the image, instead of focusing too much on the details, and that is great.

If you have an iPad, give it at try. The updated version was just launched and now it’s a great time to improve the way you work on your images.

Bellow is the final image (8984×6732 px), as well as a few details of the image.

Fotografia de publicidade por Martins Ribeiro - Lisboa