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our workflow takes advantage of the best of both traditional and state of
the art processes. While we currently shoot mostly digital we also still shoot conventional professional
grade film too. We convert the image to a digital format by using one of
several high resolution scanners. Our newest scanner is capable of 4000dpi
optical resolution. This yields a file of up to several hundred megabytes
and allows us to not only work on small details, but even the grain
structure of the particular film we are using.
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about film verses digital.
In most cases we correct color and make adjustments where color sources
either cross (such as green fluorescent lights and daylight windows) or
bring out colors that are muted by the film, pigments or other reasons. An
example of this is woodgrains in millwork or some automotive paint colors. We
will correct perspective if using a wide angle lens and crop the image. We
also can eliminate minor flaws in the computer that were not possible in
front of the camera such as small cracks in surfaces, stains or
reflections. We can also in many cases remove powerlines, make a brown
lawn green plus add or remove signage. On a face we may make very subtle
touches to remove hairs, acne, and some of the fine lines. We can even
remove the gray if you like.
Our goal in all of our retouching is for it to be invisible, unnoticeable,
and represent the subject not as altered but in it's most perfect state.
before you look at these examples please
remember that by seeing the "before" the "after" may appear differently than
if had never seen the "before". While these are carefully done in super high
resolution, these typically require only 1-3 hours each to retouch. In some
cases as little as 15minutes. This process adds value to our work for our
Architectural Projects Exteriors - Before & After
Modular Construction Projects
Industrial Projects - Before & After
Portraits - Before & After
We currently use 4 computers, including a powerful laptop capable
of editing photos & video on location. Our main editing system for both digital
video and retouching photography is a dual processor unit with 6Gb of RAM. This
computer also features several hard drive RAIDs, which
means they act as a single huge, superfast drive. Each of these RAIDs is
1Tb (1000Gb) This system allows for
maximum creativity and efficiency.
The digital prints we produce are indistinguishable from conventional
photographic prints. They are not really good inkjet prints. They are
printed by laser on photographic stock. To learn more about our output
options click here.
We have recently started the process of moving to an all digital
studio where high resolution digital cameras replace our film cameras.
This process is expected to take several years as the technology advances.
To read more about this transition click here.