by Oliver Regueiro on March 16, 2019
Sometimes I'd have an idea for an image that requires a bit more than a camera and lights. Sometimes I need help. CGI or computer-generated imagery helps me create those ideas. And I'm not talking about combining different images to create a new one. I'm talking creating things from scratch — like the first encounter between a diver and a mermaid that I made around 2010.
A Diver’s Dream
The diver, the ground and the pipe were created using CGI
I started to do more CGI and photo projects. Then, in 2011, I decided to focus on the camera and work on getting better at photography. I also didn't want to spend so much time sitting in front of a computer as opposed to being behind the camera.
Recently, amazing new software and hardware advances, have made it a lot easier to create more in a lot less time. So I decided to give it another try. I have tons of ideas in a drawer because I didn't have the budget to make them 100% in camera. Well, it is time to dust them off and get back to work.
The first image I made using this method is called “The Little Gardener”. It's about a little girl and the first leaf on the tree she has been taking care of inside an old house. It's about wonder and discovery.
It took me a while to finish this one. Everything in the scene, except the girl, was made using CGI.
Here you can see what's a photo and what's CGI
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Oliver is an award winning advertising, editorial and fine art photographer. Born in Denver, raised in Venezuela and now based in Seattle, Washington. He specializes in portraiture and travel photography. Oliver loves storytelling. His use of lighting and very specific color treatment creates a unique mood that separates his work from other photographers.
He also has a strong CGI background, having worked as a matte painter and cg artist for both advertising, film and video game productions. (Little known fact, he also worked as a music teacher back in the day) Being involved in every aspect of production, Oliver makes each photograph a personal piece by working on it from pre-production all the way through to creative retouching.
His list of clients include McDonalds, FedEx, Amtrak, Phuong Dang Perfumes, AT&T, Adler Planetarium in Chicago, Saturday Night Live, Modern Luxury, Werther's Original, City of Miami, Carnaval de Barranquilla and multiple magazines around the country.
He always finds time to work on personal projects. From simple nudes to whole series about endangered birds in captivity. Also focusing on environmental and social issues.
He is obsessed with Iceland and really likes sake.
Oh and in case you were wondering, it's pronounced Re-gay-ro.