The following is some information on the stuff I do with the whole camera thing:
Whether you are looking for photos for your commercial or residential real estate, architecture, products, weddings, events, family portraits… you name it. I’ve done a little of everything and can apply those skills to your project.
Have you ever noticed that thing in pictures where buildings have angled walls, or images have odd curves and angles that you don’t seem to see when you look at these things in person?
These “effects” are caused by two things; first, the camera sees the world through a barrel shaped lens, and because of the shape and the physical characteristics of that lens, light gets bent in odd directions as it travels through the glass and into the camera. This can cause curves and distortions in the image that wind up making things that should be straight… not straight. What complicates this even more is lenses differ wildly from each other in how they distort an image, and a single lens can distort differently along it’s variations in focal length. So there’s a huge range of wonky across the entire spectrum.
The other effect you see here is a result of the difference between what the camera sees and what we see. Our eyes have a powerful partner; the brain. Our brain automatically interprets and makes corrections so that we don’t notice all the funny angles that we see in tall buildings and such, but when we look at a picture, our eyes don’t have the depth information necessary to make those corrections, so two-dimensional images suddenly look strange.
Through perspective correction, I am able to adjust images so they appear the way you would expect them to, with the sides of buildings straight and true and with barrel and lens distortions eliminated. The end result is a subtle and almost imperceptible, yet extremely powerful visual difference. You and your customers may not even be able to tell you exactly why your images are so much better than others they have seen in the past, but they will most certainly know it to be so.
Have you ever had a picture taken of the inside of a building where both the inside features and a bright sunny window were in view? What were the results? Usually you wind up with either an unpleasant overexposed (bright white) window and perhaps even some interior overexposure. Or, perhaps, the view outside the window is visible and the interior is dark or possibly even black. Needless to say, neither of these situations is ideal.
The human eye and brain are once again up to their old tricks. Our unique eye/brain combination can deal with these strong contrasting conditions in ways that a camera simply cannot. The end result is that a human being can see an equivelent of roughly twenty-one “levels” of light, where a camera can only see about seven.
With high dynamic range processing, these kinds of fantastic images are possible. The stunning results will be a unique value add for you and your customers that will have a major positive impact on the impression of your products and services.
This process is by no means unique these days, by the way. Almost any photographer can do it. The difference with me is I work very hard to make the images look just as you would expect to see them in real life, whereas the popular trend these days is to really “amp up” the color saturation and contrast to make these images look almost surreal. I could do that too, I suppose, but I personally think it looks ridiculous. So I don’t. To each their own.
Did you know that almost all computer monitors and printers can have wildly different colors? Consider this… what if your monitor is 50% less red than your printer? That pretty picture of the bride on the lawn will look a bit funny when her dress is pink and the lawn is brown, won’t it?
This is why color calibration is so critical. I take care to ensure that all of my equipment is properly calibrated using specialized tools and software, and I work only with printing houses that also ensure that their equipment is properly calibrated. This ensures that the image is the right color, every time.
Impression Engineering offers the full range of Image Correction services, including ensuring proper color, contrast, sharpness, horizon/tilt, etc. These services are included with most packages. What’s more is that I provide optional (and admittedly not inexpensive) services such as blemish and distraction removal, airbrushing, etc.
There are limits to what I will do. I’ve removed ladders and yellow buckets from a construction site, but I won’t move a fire hydrant or put flowers in an empty barrel. Could I do those things? Yes, I most certainly could. But I won’t. And yes, those are actual requests I’ve had. And they aren’t even the craziest ones.
I offer full high-quality panoramic capabilities, for everything from 360 degree interior perspectives to exterior panoramic views of buildings, skylines, etc. These images include full perspective and consistent color correction in the panoramas to avoid unwanted distortions or other unfortunate side-effects of this process that would take away from the impact of this kind of imagery.
I offer full high-quality color-calibrated prints of any of my work.
I also sell limited-run, framed, signed and numbered prints of my “Things Artistic“. A basic framed print will tend to run around a few hundred dollars, and will go up from there depending on the particular image and the size of the print. If you are interested in a print of a particular image, please contact me for more information.
Before arriving on-site, I will invest significant effort to understand as much about the location as possible. This includes not just simple things like the details of the setting, but also often overlooked details like what direction the primary subject will be facing to maximize natural lighting conditions, weather conditions to ensure beautiful skies for your pictures, when the facilities are likely to be occupied or not and by whom, how the occupants will respond to a photographer on-scene and how to respond, etc.
I am a full digital service, providing all images as JPEG (other options available), electronic file delivery and even optional on-line gallery services.
I understand that in the digital age, the needs and uses of imagery will vary as our world and the technology to drive it changes. With that in mind, I work with my customers to develop flexible and easy to manage usage agreements to allow them as many options as possible with the least amount of complexity.
I use only high-quality professional Nikon Digital SLRs, flashes and accessories. I use mostly high quality Nikkor lenses, though I do occasionally employ a specialized high-quality Sigma lens as required. We use only top-shelf and approved accessories to ensure maximum quality and reliability. And also to ensure that my camera doesn’t burst into flames when I mount some cheap flash on it. You probably think I’m joking, but I’m not.