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!!
311 Summer Street – Boston, MA
Walking around Boston there are many brick buildings throughout the city, its part of what makes the city so great. 311 Summer Street is the perfect example of an iconic building located in one of Boston’s historic neighborhoods. We recently had the opportunity to work with the team at Boston Realty Advisors to photograph interiors and exteriors that showcased the property. Along with the images we also put together a video that explores the ins and outs of the building. The addition of time-lapse footage shows just how full of life the building, streets and sidewalks are on a busy day. We are stoked with how this project turned out. It is a perfect example of marrying motion and stills together to create a cohesive and seamless result.
You can see the finished project at 311summer.com
New Work for Thomas Moser
We recently finished another photo shoot for Thomas Moser that included some of their newest products. We traveled down to their DC showroom and spent the day moving around and staging furniture. The beauty of photographing in their showroom is the abundance of natural light that pours in through a series of large windows. All we needed to do was frame up the composition and sprinkle in a little bit of fill light. Post production involved a lot of cleanup (especially the floor), color/contrast and sharpening. Its easy to make these images look great when you’re working with such a beautiful product.
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.