Product Retouching – Furniture – BTS Timelapse
Product retouching is all about fine tuning the subject to ensure it looks as good as possible. A majority of the post production work on this shot is aimed at cleaning up the area so there are no distractions whatsoever. The beauty of a simple background like this is it really lets the product command center stage. We knocked down the glare on the right chair and enhanced the highlights and shadows on both chairs to further define the shape. Beyond that it was cleaning up the floor and dodging and burning the areas that were recessed. Then there was the white wall. At first glance its quite hard to see any problems. By pulling down a curves layer you can quickly see the areas that need attention, mainly the top of the frame where the shadows were inconsistent. There wasn’t to much heavy lifting in post but rather a refinement and cleanup of what was already there.
Trafford – CD Photo Shoot
We love shooting portraits, so when Chris Trafford asked us if we wanted to shoot the imagery for his new album we were totally on board. We’ve worked with Chris in the past on a few aerial projects but this was the first time he was in front of the camera. This guys is chalk full of ideas and concepts and had a pretty clear vision for exactly the type of cover he wanted to create. The concept for the cover was based around the lyrics of the song (and album title) “Rebel For Hire” which can be heard here. Pick up a copy at Bull Moose or on iTunes, its good stuff!!
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.
Behind the scenes glimpse of a recent interview we filmed in coordination with ACT3. Notice the LED panels throwing some nice diffused light over the subjects.
Lighting and camera setup.