Services and Process

In today’s world of photography and advertising, collaborating with a professional and creative photographic retouching artist is essential to your vision and business. This process is beneficial for more than just basic technical needs. Creative photographic retouching truly plays an important role in crafting the final image your clients desire, and reflect the quality that you strive to deliver.

+   Photographers

It is imperative that you separate yourself from the pack by working closely with a photographic retoucher. One who not only has the ability to fulfill the technical needs required, but one who will provide a fresh and creative approach. It is especially important to work with someone you trust, feel comfortable and communicate well with, given the relationship you’ll have in collaborating with a creative team, clients and advertising professionals. My photography clients are busy out doing what they love, making photographs. I am ready to work alongside the creative team to ensure that a project achieves the needs of the client, in a timely and efficient manner. Through experience, I have achieved the delicate balance necessary through a level of understanding when it comes to the client’s needs. Keeping these standards through maintaining the vision, personal style and aesthetic of the photographer’s body of work, while carefully creating the final image to match the fresh and current trends in advertising, as well as the client’s outward perception of their brand, is what separates my work from others in the field.

+   Agencies

As an independent photographic retoucher, I work alongside some of the top advertising photographers and among other creative teams to create the visual trends you see today. The diverse opportunities and projects I’ve experienced allow me to bring a sense of contemporary style, refinement, and unique vision to any project as well as a network within the industry of other professional retouchers and digital artist to collaborate with for those larger projects.

Services

+   Photographic Compositing

Crafting a detailed, unique single image from multiple images, where the final product presents itself as both reliable and cohesive, is my passion. In this process, I pay close attention to detail down to each individual pixel, while blending and correcting lighting, delivering the ultimate goal of a fresh and clear, unified image. I work meticulously delivering a final result that fits perfectly, while never cutting corners.

+   Specialty Retouching

Projects involving beauty  cars, product, architecture retouching and other subject matter can require special understanding of what is needed as well as the way light interacts with the materials. I have worked on projects involving a wide range of subject matter. If needed I can always provide more samples of work that fall within your specific needs.

+   Photographic Detail Creation

A tedious task but one that is necessary to fill in gaps in an image when source material is not available  Creating detail is sometimes done in composites but occasionally can be needed so solve problems in a single image. To create detail at a photographic level requires good old fashion painting techniques combined with a myriad of Photoshop tricks to give it that photographic feel.

+   Onset Composite Tech

Complex composite images can benefit from having a retoucher onset to make sure everything is going to come together in post by assessing the practicality and viability of the images working together in real time along with rough composites where appropriate. As an alternative to being onset, viewing of the images via a Skype screen share session is an alternative when traveling is not an option. This is not a photographer’s ‘digital technician’ service.

+   Quick Turnaround

It is not ideal but it happens and when you are up against a deadline and it just has to be done we will make it happen. We have dozens of projects that have been completed start to finish overnight or over the weekend. Some due to short photography to press dates others due to last minute changes to a project. Whatever it is we will work to make it happen, just contact us by phone as opposed to email as soon as possible so we can plan on freeing up time for you.

+   Photographer’s Portfolio Retouching and Pricing

As a photographer  to get the type of work you want you have to show that type of work in your portfolio and that should involve working and collaborating with a retoucher. I am interested in building long term relationships with photographers that want to go after those creative projects and help build a cohesive portfolio of images through post production work. If you are interested in working on portfolio work together I offer competitive rates to help in building a stronger body of work for you.

+   Pantone Color Matching

Ensuring your product is accurately represented in photographs is important, we can match the color of your product to the Pantone color it is supposed to be or change it to a completely different color. If Pantone color matching is a service you need on a project please let us know prior to starting.

Process

+   Pre-Production Creative

The best results always come when everyone works together; I prefer working together from the start with the photographer and or the agency team to expand upon ideas as well as strategy to get the best results. Often this is during the estimation phase and I am more than happy to talk through the project and offer thoughts and suggestions, best of all its free! Lets figure out how to make your idea awesome together!

+   Continuous Backup

To ensure that dead lines are met I use a dual backup system. Local version-ed backups are made every four hours of every changed file on our server and every six hours to a secured data vault at RackSpace. Aside from access to the latest file change being available regardless of any disaster, a full history of the file versions is also available so nothing is every lost.

+   Revisions

I offer two file revisions with any project before the completion date. Files counting toward this will be marked with ‘Rev1’ and ‘Rev2’ in the file name to distinguish between any in progress comps for feedback. Changes after the set completion date will be billed extra.

+   Digital File Delivery

Digital delivery of files is the fastest way to move files. For your convince I work with Dropbox, Google Drive, Skydrive as well as my own FTP/HTTP server. Let me know what works best for you; default method is send HTTP links to download files.  All flattened image files are available for 30 days.

+   Online Billing

All of my billing documents are sent through Freshbooks and are available for you through a email link and not an attached PDF along with a full history of projects we have worked on together and payments made. Everything you need to know is always available!

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