NVIDIA is pleased to announce the first Photo Champion for 3D Vision Live, Nick Saglimbeni. Regular visitors to the site should be well familiar with Nick's images. His Warehouse Wonderland image won the site's first monthly Photo Contest, and he was also the first repeat winner of the Contest two months later with Kim Kardashian's Wild West - one of the site's first 3D celebrity images.
Nick is receiving the 2012 3D Vision Live Photo Champion Award as our formal recognition for his outstanding technical achievements in the field of 3D photography, not to mention for his eye for creative lighting and composition. However, that's not all: Nick will also be contributing significantly to the site with future content. We're working on several exciting ideas, which we'll be unveiling shortly. For starters, we have a portfolio gallery of Nick's you can view now, as well as the first in a series of "3D Girl of the Week" images sponsored by Nick that will feature his 3D fashion images of top models.
Nick is an avid proponent of 3D and co-publishes one of the world’s first 3D publications, World’s Most Beautiful. He works out of his Slickforce Studio in Los Angeles, and he has photographed more than 100 magazine covers and national campaigns for Skechers, Sears, Urban Attitude and many others. His work has also been featured on Larry King Live, The Huffington Post, E!, The Soup, Inside Edition, Photoshop User, The New York Times, and Keeping Up with the Kardashians.
NVIDIA is very pleased to bestow this award upon Nick and we are excited about working with him on more eye-popping content for 3DVisionlive, and we know he is as well.
"The 3D Vision Live Photo Champion Award is an absolute honor," says Nick. "I've been a big fan of NVIDIA's for a long time. I've been using their graphics cards since the mid-90's, and they've always been at the cutting edge. This is an amazing time for the 3D movement, and I think NVidia should be a part of any state-of-the-art 3D workflow."
The Photo Champion designation was created to recognize members of the site for extraordinary content contributions and/or for contributing to the evolution of the 3D medium itself and Nick fulfills both sides of that equation. We have many talented contributors to 3DVisionLive.com, so stay tuned for similar future announcements, and who knows, the next one could be yours!
Before we sign off we'll include a brief Q&A with Nick.
NVIDIA: How would you categorize your style when it comes to 3D photography – how do you deliver that “Saglimbeni touch”?
You'd probably have to ask people that follow my work, I'm not sure I can define my own style. I just try to create art that will be fun for people to look at, and with 3D specifically I focus on optimal depth, ease of viewing, and innovative content. We've also developed some amazing methods for retouching in 3D, which gives the art a finished look that I don't think you'll find in other 3D images.
How much potential is there do you think for 3D as a valid artistic medium for photography?
Are you kidding? 3D is THE most valid artistic medium in photography right now. 2D has become so completely saturated that photographers are destroying images trying to make a bang. How much more HDR and compositing do we really need? 2D photography is becoming increasingly artificial, while 3D photography is the exact opposite— a more real viewing experience. And because it's so new, artists have complete creative freedom to experiment and make mistakes and keep growing. You don't see the world in 2D in real life, so 3D photography is the natural progression of the art form.
What do you enjoy most about 3D photography?
There is a creative freedom in 3D photography that left 2D with the proliferation of DSLRs and Instagram. Everybody is a 2D photographer now, my mother even shoots. To me, exciting art is never safe. It has always been made by the pioneers—the people that live and work on the fringe, where there is no safety net. With 3D photography, you have to really think about that Z-axis when you are shooting, as well as how to not hurt your audience's brain when they try to focus on your images. I feel like a kid again when I'm shooting 3D. It's like building something new in Legoland every time.
What tips would you have for our readers for improving their own photography results?
My cinematography mentor, the great Woody Omens, ASC, taught me that it really only comes down to one thing: Shoot everyday. That's it. You will evolve without even trying, and before you know it, you will be able to achieve on camera what existed previously only in your head.
What kinds of ways are you looking forward to contributing to 3D Vision Live? Give us a teaser from some upcoming content we might see…
We've got so much amazing 3D content that I can't wait to release. There are dozens of galleries from WMB 3D: World's Most Beautiful that have only been seen in anaglyph prior to now. Thanks to great companies like NVIDIA, we're now able to release our images for the first time in full-color stereo to audiences that have the viewing technology. We've also got behind-the-scenes videos that document the making of our 3D shoots—that were also shot in 3D. So the viewer will get to experience the whole process as if they were there first hand. I still get a thrill re-living these shoots, because the 3D is so real and the energy on set is always so high—it's like an adrenaline rush!