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.
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 a recent trip to California we spent some time roaming around the city of San Francisco shooting various points of interest. The Transamerica Pyramid is such an iconic structure in downtown San Francisco we new it was something we wanted to capture. Click for larger view.
Transamerica Pyramid Center
Earlier this year we photographed some beautiful furniture built by Thos. Moser, the attention to detail on the day of the shoot and the work in done in post production made for a series of really nice images, we were very pleased with how everything came together. Below is one of the images that was used in an ad.
We recently traveled to Toronto, Canada to shoot an interior for one of our favorite commercial clients.
2013 was an incredible year!
We have significantly grown our commercial architectural portfolio this year which is very exciting! Its something we have set out to do and its great to see it come together!
We just received confirmation that we should have a full feature in DWELL coming up this summer of a project we shot this past summer. This has always been my goal/dream and its very exciting to see it about to happen.
The REFLECT project, our first “self assignment”, has been incredibly well received by the public and in the press and is currently making its way around the web on many different blogs and online publications.
And… we are now offering video services! We have produced three architectural video projects of luxury homes in Las Vegas, a behind the scenes video for the REFLECT project and an informal interview series with architectural firm owners which we are calling “Firm Conversations“. The first installment is with Caleb Johnson of Caleb Johnson Architects and Builders. It covers some of the more common questions a potential client might ask and shows off some of their great work at the same time.
Extra postcards from the direct mailing campaign we started this year. They look great!