For good or for bad, Photoshop has become synonymous with a lot of work in the world of photography. But, Miss Aniela (who was recently commissioned by a Japanese advertising firm, K&L, to showcase the release of the new Nikon D810) proves that Photoshop isn't necessary to create amazing effects in photos.
Miss Aniela shot two back-to-back shoots (White Witch Awakening and Deep Sea Dream) of a "Willy Wonka-esque deliciousness" and was the first fashion photographer to showcase the new Nikon D810.
For her White Witch Awakening shoot, Miss Aniela and her team shot inside a 17th-century home called Aynhoe Park in the UK using a live zebra, flamingo and vulture mixed with stuffed animals. The only image processing was done with Nikon's Capture NX-D RAW image software.
For Deep Sea Dream, a huge octopus tentacle was commissioned for the shoot in a room filled with water, a mermaid and a princess lounging in velvet chairs.
Both shoots are filled with fantasy, whimsy and theatrical effects. Aside from the obvious talent of the photographer and her team, I appreciate how limited photo processing was used. Instead, the resulting photos showcase the camera and the skill of everyone involved and reminds us all of the art behind photography.