The REFLECT Project | Trent Bell Speaks at TEDx
Late last year we were invited to speak at the Amosokeag Millyard TEDx event in Manchester, NH. The topic was the REFLECT project, an idea we conceived to share stories and experiences through the combination of visual and written form. The idea of speaking at TEDx was new and really exciting for us (and a bit nerve-racking) because it gave us the chance to further the conversation about an idea we are so passionate about. Although this is just one project within the larger scope, we continue to explore the relationship between subject and artist. Stay tuned!
You can watch the video at: TEDx Talks
If you are not familiar with the REFLECT project we have a series of blog posts that have all the coverage from the first iteration at the Maine State Prison.
Babson College | Park Manor West Building | Sasaki Associates
Earlier this summer we had the opportunity to photograph the new Park Manor West Building recently designed by Sasaki Associates. The building is located at the center of Babson College and is surrounded by a beautifully designed quad that encourages students and faculty to use the outdoor space. Because the interior of the building had large open areas throughout it made photographing the space easier with all the natural light that was pouring in. This greatly reduced the need for supplemental lighting. With students and faculty interacting and using each space we were able to craft images that reflected the design and accessibility of the environment.
Architecture in Motion – Spurwink Retreat
We are really pumped to finally lift the veil off a project that has been in the works for over two years now. Architecture in Motion is a documentary video that explores a recently completed oceanfront retreat in Scarborough, ME. After many months of planning and scouting, we spent two days shooting stills and framing up all the compositions that were decided upon in scouting. We followed up each still composition with a video sequence so we could seamlessly match the two in post production. Because this project had such a unique setting we also captured aerial footage to help give a sense of scale and location that wouldn’t have been possible if only filming from the ground. We hope you enjoy!!
Thos. Moser Fall Catalog
The 2015 Thos. Moser Fall Catalog just arrived in the mail and we are thrilled to see our work again grace the pages of this beautifully designed catalog. The layout and execution of the catalog is stunning and it does a fantastic job of showcasing the Thos. Moser product line and the people behind the craftsmanship. We greatly enjoyed working with the creative team at Thos. Moser, their attention to detail and pre-shoot planning really made for a smooth and flawless photo shoot.
Retouching a Panorama Commercial Interior – BTS Timelapse – Trent Bell Photography
The process behind retouching a panorama commercial interior is a lot more detailed then editing a single un-stitched image. This method makes for a great image but also requires a bit more work in post production (especially with added strobes). The new panorama feature in Lightroom is nice but it is completely useless when in comes to building up layers in Photoshop. The Lightroom process relies to much on automation and doesn’t give enough control over how the image should be processed. Luckily there is still the ability within Lightroom to export images to Photoshop where they can then be combined as panoramas (much more control). This method is a lot more predictable when stacking layers and ensuring they line up correctly.
Once we had 4-5 different (panorama, natural light) exposures stacked together in Photoshop we began constructing our base image. There were a few areas that didn’t quite line up but we handled this with a little retouching. After we had our base image completed we started adding in strobe layers. To accomplish this we dropped a single strobe layer on the base panorama layer and manually lined it up by turning the strobe layer blending mode to difference (once the layer is lined up perfectly it will go dark). We checked this after the fact by toggling the layer on and off. This only works if the initial panorama was blended using the re-position method in Photoshop. The re-position method ensures the image hasn’t been stretched or altered to create the panorama but rather re-positioned and blended (otherwise adding additional layers wouldn’t line up). We went through this process every time we included a new layer or element to the image. Once everything was in place we added all the adjustment layers and did the retouching.
Retouching a Commercial Interior – BTS Timelapse – Trent Bell Photography
The process behind retouching a commercial interior is like putting together a giant puzzle; it takes a lot of time but once all the pieces are in place you then see the overall vision. Its extremely rare for us to process an image in Adobe Lightroom and call it good. We take time on site and in post production to make images that speak to our aesthetic as well as the needs of our client. For the composition below we photographed at least 50-60 images (not including lifestyle). This gave us tremendous flexibility in post production to craft an image that felt 100% natural while staying true to what the client envisioned when designing the space. There was easily a good 3-4 hours worth of retouching involved with this image. We’ve condensed it down to 10 minutes for your viewing pleasure.
Interior Photos | Elements | Caleb Johnson Architects + Builders
Biddeford is going through a bit of a revival and one of the best examples of that is Elements coffee shop in downtown Biddeford, ME. The space was designed by Caleb Johnson Architects + Builders and is located on Main St. in a formally unoccupied commercial space that sat empty for years. We spent the day with Caleb and his team capturing 8-10 interior photos that not only featured the overall cafe but also the details found throughout the space. Below are just a few of the compositions from the shoot.
If you’re looking for really good coffee be sure to stop by and get one of their pour overs, its the best in town.
Coffee/used books by day and beer/games/live music by night.
Interior Photography: Unispace and The Salvation Army
We just finalized the images from The Salvation Army office interior that we photographed a few weeks back in San Francisco, CA for Unispace. The scope of the shoot was to capture 8-10 compositions that not only highlighted the workspace as a whole but also the attention to detail that went into every aspect of the design. Notice the throwback images from the early days of The Salvation Army.
It it always exciting when we get the opportunity to work with Unispace as they are one of the leading interior design firms and their work is nothing short of world class.
On Assignment: AE Ceramics
Back in March we had the opportunity to spend an afternoon with Alison Evans of AE Ceramics in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. We were on assignment for Design New England to photograph Alison’s recently opened gallery (AE Home) in Boothbay, as well as capture a portrait of her working on one of her signature pieces. Its great to photograph someone who is so passionate about their craft because it translates into a very natural authentic portrait. Along with the still images we also put together a short video of Alison explaining her craft as she presses together a large oyster coffee table bowl.
Thos. Moser Catalog
The 2015 Summer/Spring Thos. Moser catalog just arrived in the mail and we are thrilled to see our work grace the pages of this beautifully designed catalog. Along with the catalog is a postcard and a mini catalog that features the latest addition to the Thos. Moser portfolio, the Cumberland Collection. Just flipping through the pages there is a real sense of elegance about this furniture.
We are honored to be given the opportunity to photograph such beautiful handmade American furniture. Some of the photos featured in these catalogs can been seen in the product section of our website.