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Photo Shoot Production Case Study - Part 18
2008-06-02 20:39:00
Been out of town for two weeks so now just finishing up on this case study.. Here is the second to last image...
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Photo Shoot Production Case Study - Part 17
2008-05-15 21:53:00
Here is The last of the cowboy portraits....
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Photo Shoot Production Case Study - Part 17
2008-05-15 21:53:00
Here is The last of the cowboy portraits....
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Photo Shoot Production Case Study - Part 16
2008-05-14 19:02:00
Well, slowly but surely we are getting these images up. We are a bit crazy this week with some shoots, and developing new portfolios, blah, blah, blah... at any rate... here is another portrait. Three more shots to go an we can finally wrap this one up!
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Photo Shoot Production Case Study - Part 16
2008-05-14 19:02:00
Well, slowly but surely we are getting these images up. We are a bit crazy this week with some shoots, and developing new portfolios, blah, blah, blah... at any rate... here is another portrait. Three more shots to go an we can finally wrap this one up!
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Photo Shoot Production Case Study - Part 15
2008-05-08 21:52:00
Here is the second portrait from the shoot. These guys were all great and really got into the spirit of the characters!
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Photo Shoot Production Case Study - Part 15
2008-05-08 21:52:00
Here is the second portrait from the shoot. These guys were all great and really got into the spirit of the characters!
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Photo Shoot Production Case Study - Part 14
2008-05-07 22:49:00
Over the next few days, we'll share the finals of the portraits from our case study shoot. We are getting the images back from our retoucher and can finally post the finished product! Here is the first portrait
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Photo Shoot Production Case Study - Part 14
2008-05-07 22:49:00
Over the next few days, we'll share the finals of the portraits from our case study shoot. We are getting the images back from our retoucher and can finally post the finished product! Here is the first portrait
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Media - DHP
2008-05-01 22:32:00
In revamping the web site we have also added some new "media" including recent interviews and Podcasts. Check out the Media Section to access them and remember to scroll down.
Media - DHP
2008-05-01 22:32:00
In revamping the web site we have also added some new "media" including recent interviews and Podcasts. Check out the Media Section to access them and remember to scroll down.
Suzuki Association of the Americas
2008-04-30 22:52:00
The Suzuki Association of the Americas did a short 10 minute interview with me about the "creative process" to use as a teaching aide for their music instructors. It revolves around the body of work I shot for the Pasadena Conservatory of Music. You can check out the QuickTime Movie here.
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Suzuki Association of the Americas
2008-04-30 22:52:00
The Suzuki Association of the Americas did a short 10 minute interview with me about the "creative process" to use as a teaching aide for their music instructors. It revolves around the body of work I shot for the Pasadena Conservatory of Music. You can check out the QuickTime Movie here.
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Lisa Carney - Retoucher Extraordinaire
2008-04-30 00:00:00
If you have been following recent posts about the "Case Study" then you have certainly seen us mention doing post production work on the project. Quite often we do a lot in house. But when we get too busy or have something on the more complex side we have our favorite retoucher that we send stuff to. Lisa Carney. We have been working with Lisa for close to 15 years. We are nothing if not loyal! But besides that, she is great at what she does and willing to share her talents with others through seminars and workshops. You have seen Lisa's work in our portfolios and previous posts. If you are an avid follower of this blog then you have also seen where Lisa lives and works in this post. At any rate, she has done all the work on the "Case Study" images and we shared the final group shot with you yesterday. The portraits are yet to come... Check out her site both for retouching work and for workshops (online ones!!!!!)
Lisa Carney - Retoucher Extraordinaire
2008-04-30 00:00:00
If you have been following recent posts about the "Case Study" then you have certainly seen us mention doing post production work on the project. Quite often we do a lot in house. But when we get too busy or have something on the more complex side we have our favorite retoucher that we send stuff to. Lisa Carney. We have been working with Lisa for close to 15 years. We are nothing if not loyal! But besides that, she is great at what she does and willing to share her talents with others through seminars and workshops. You have seen Lisa's work in our portfolios and previous posts. If you are an avid follower of this blog then you have also seen where Lisa lives and works in this post. At any rate, she has done all the work on the "Case Study" images and we shared the final group shot with you yesterday. The portraits are yet to come... Check out her site both for retouching work and for workshops (online ones!!!!!)
Photo Shoot Production Case Study - Part 13
2008-04-29 03:09:00
Well here it is... Finally after a little time at the retouchers we have the final image in our hands. Obviously there are some significant changes from the original that was shot. But that is the beauty of digital. A lot more options, if you shoot it the right way. We swapped the background sides and cleaned up a lot of small things as well as adjusting the overall color and contrast in addition to adding the scenic in the window. The individual portraits will have a similar look and we'll share those over the next few days.
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Photo Shoot Production Case Study - Part 13
2008-04-29 03:09:00
Well here it is... Finally after a little time at the retouchers we have the final image in our hands. Obviously there are some significant changes from the original that was shot. But that is the beauty of digital. A lot more options, if you shoot it the right way. We swapped the background sides and cleaned up a lot of small things as well as adjusting the overall color and contrast in addition to adding the scenic in the window. The individual portraits will have a similar look and we'll share those over the next few days.
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Photo Shoot Production Case Study - Part 12
2008-04-26 01:59:00
As we wait for the final images to come back from the retouchers, lets cover the last few things we would normally do. Once the shoot is done we would be right on top of accumulating all of the bills and invoices from the various vendors we used on the shoot. We would cross reference all of the bills that came in with our estimate to make sure that we have indeed accounted for everything. We would then generate a final invoice for the project, including all of our fees and expenses and get that off to the client at the earliest opportunity. The sooner we get it in the sooner we get paid! Aside from that we would also create a "job jacket" if we haven't already. For us, we put EVERYTHING that pertains to the job in here. All paperwork, forms model releases, client communications and a disk of all of the raw images.... everything! We would also take some tome to organize and archive all of the imagery and make sure that we have three copies of the digital files. One on the main s...
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Photo Shoot Production Case Study - Part 12
2008-04-26 01:59:00
As we wait for the final images to come back from the retouchers, lets cover the last few things we would normally do. Once the shoot is done we would be right on top of accumulating all of the bills and invoices from the various vendors we used on the shoot. We would cross reference all of the bills that came in with our estimate to make sure that we have indeed accounted for everything. We would then generate a final invoice for the project, including all of our fees and expenses and get that off to the client at the earliest opportunity. The sooner we get it in the sooner we get paid! Aside from that we would also create a "job jacket" if we haven't already. For us, we put EVERYTHING that pertains to the job in here. All paperwork, forms model releases, client communications and a disk of all of the raw images.... everything! We would also take some tome to organize and archive all of the imagery and make sure that we have three copies of the digital files. One on the main s...
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Updated Website
2008-04-24 23:48:00
If you haven't been to the web site recently, check it out. We have made some modifications over the past few weeks. And be sure to check it out again in a couple weeks, because we plan on making a few more changes, rearranging a few things, and adding some of the new imagery. Comments are always welcome!
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Updated Website
2008-04-24 23:48:00
If you haven't been to the web site recently, check it out. We have made some modifications over the past few weeks. And be sure to check it out again in a couple weeks, because we plan on making a few more changes, rearranging a few things, and adding some of the new imagery. Comments are always welcome!
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Photo Shoot Production Case Study - Part 11
2008-04-24 01:51:00
When we did the photo shoot, we also shot a series of "blanks". These were shots of the set with no talent in it. We shot some at the beginning. Some in the middle. And some at the end. We also shot some set variations with a lantern and other objects and some different exposures of the lantern lit. All of these "blanks" were for the post production end. It allows us to have all of the elements available to us in case we spot problems or want to make changes after the fact. And that is exactly what happened in this case. Once we sat down after the shoot and started to evaluate everything, we decided to switch a few things around on the set. Our "blanks" were there to save the day. We now regularly do this on every shoot we do. In fact we just shot a portrait yesterday for a company that we had done a session for, some time ago. They wanted the new portrait to match the previous ones we had done. It would have been so much easier had we shot blanks back then, but alas we had not ...
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Photo Shoot Production Case Study - Part 11
2008-04-24 01:51:00
When we did the photo shoot, we also shot a series of "blanks". These were shots of the set with no talent in it. We shot some at the beginning. Some in the middle. And some at the end. We also shot some set variations with a lantern and other objects and some different exposures of the lantern lit. All of these "blanks" were for the post production end. It allows us to have all of the elements available to us in case we spot problems or want to make changes after the fact. And that is exactly what happened in this case. Once we sat down after the shoot and started to evaluate everything, we decided to switch a few things around on the set. Our "blanks" were there to save the day. We now regularly do this on every shoot we do. In fact we just shot a portrait yesterday for a company that we had done a session for, some time ago. They wanted the new portrait to match the previous ones we had done. It would have been so much easier had we shot blanks back then, but alas we had not ...
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Photo Shoot Production Case Study - Part 10
2008-04-21 20:01:00
So Finally we get down to the actual images. We are by no means finished though. From here our base images go into the post-production phase where our digital artist works on them with us to take them the final few steps. But here are the images that came from the shoot. As we get the finals back after post production, we'll post them as well so that you can see the finished product.
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Photo Shoot Production Case Study - Part 10
2008-04-21 20:01:00
So Finally we get down to the actual images. We are by no means finished though. From here our base images go into the post-production phase where our digital artist works on them with us to take them the final few steps. But here are the images that came from the shoot. As we get the finals back after post production, we'll post them as well so that you can see the finished product.
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Photo Shoot Production Case Study - Part 9
2008-04-18 01:18:00
Sorry! We got slammed with some projects that had to be accomplished immediately. So we have been absent for a few days. Back to the Case Study - Tuesday morning finally arrived. We got to the set early. There was still a lot of dressing to do as well as dialing in the lighting. Upon arrival the major portion of the set was done. There was still a lot to do but we also had until 1:30pm to do it. We had set up and pre-lit the portrait set as we knew we would be doing those shots first and that would take the better part of the morning. Doing it this way also gave the set stylist more time to finesse the main set. The first talent was not scheduled to show up until 10:00 so the main order of business was to power up the cameras and computers, fine tune the lighting on the main set, and eat breakfast. The Wardrobe Stylist and Hair & Make-up Artist arrived at 9:00. we went over the look we were going for and the wardrobe stylist ran out to get a few additional items. The first...
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Photo Shoot Production Case Study - Part 9
2008-04-18 01:18:00
Sorry! We got slammed with some projects that had to be accomplished immediately. So we have been absent for a few days. Back to the Case Study - Tuesday morning finally arrived. We got to the set early. There was still a lot of dressing to do as well as dialing in the lighting. Upon arrival the major portion of the set was done. There was still a lot to do but we also had until 1:30pm to do it. We had set up and pre-lit the portrait set as we knew we would be doing those shots first and that would take the better part of the morning. Doing it this way also gave the set stylist more time to finesse the main set. The first talent was not scheduled to show up until 10:00 so the main order of business was to power up the cameras and computers, fine tune the lighting on the main set, and eat breakfast. The Wardrobe Stylist and Hair & Make-up Artist arrived at 9:00. we went over the look we were going for and the wardrobe stylist ran out to get a few additional items. The first tal...
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Photo Shoot Production Case Study - Part 8
2008-04-11 02:11:00
One other item that we did before the shoot was to make contact with our retoucher and forward them all of the illustrations and any other scrap material we had for their reference so that they could begin the process of thinking about what they were going to do with and for the final product. We are scrambling right now to get some materials out to clients and so must put off the final few entries till next week. We will hopefully be able to post an entry on Monday about the shoot itself and follow up with a few notes on post-production. Have a good weekend and we'll be back on Monday!
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Photo Shoot Production Case Study - Part 8
2008-04-11 02:11:00
One other item that we did before the shoot was to make contact with our retoucher and forward them all of the illustrations and any other scrap material we had for their reference so that they could begin the process of thinking about what they were going to do with and for the final product. We are scrambling right now to get some materials out to clients and so must put off the final few entries till next week. We will hopefully be able to post an entry on Monday about the shoot itself and follow up with a few notes on post-production. Have a good weekend and we'll be back on Monday!
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Photo Shoot Production Case Study - Part 7
2008-04-08 22:48:00
Monday arrived and the shoot was one day away. The set stylist arrived at the studio and started his magic. The assistants went and picked up all of the rental equipment as well as all of our in-house equipment and we made several trips over to the studio to load in. A better part of the morning was simply organizing everything and setting up the cameras and computers to make sure all was functioning. We set up some preliminary lights and assessed the situation and decided on renting a few more items to fill out our arsenal. After lunch and another run to pick up the additional rental items we started in earnest on pre-lighting. The individual portraits we would do were fairly straight forward as far as the set was concerned. We would simply be shooting them against a simple wall flat that was to be of the same material as the larger set. We wanted to have this be separate from the large set so as to be able to light each set independently and be able to start shooting while the s...
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