Why You Want to Hire a Professional Photographer

Would you do your own appendectomy?  No?

While the results of a mistake aren’t nearly as potentially serious the point is it makes sense to hire a professional to do the job.  You want your product or service to look as good as possible when you’re trying to attract new customers.  You work very hard to do the best job for your customers and clients.  Why short change yourself when you present your work to prospective new clients?

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Anatomy of a Restoration

Image restoration is a task that has been made easier in some ways with digital tools but even though it may be easier, it’s still not a 5 minute exercise as some may want to lead you to believe.  In a past article I discussed the process of recreating a photo of a mural that had been damaged.  That project took about 9 hours of editing time to complete.

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When Perfect Isn’t

An architectural firm hired me to shoot one of their projects which entailed some redesign work in part of the library at a local university.  I prepped the images, which included some stitched panoramics.  The architect had told me they wanted me to have some fun with the shoot.  So in stitching the panos I purposely left curvature distortion where there would normally be straight lines.  As I always do, I posted the proof images onto a non-public, password protected area of my site for the client to view.  After doing so, the client came back and asked if they could get one specific image at full size before I delivered everything on CD.  The image they wanted was one of the panoramics with the curved lines.

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Old Buildings – A Recent Commercial Assignment

A lot of the commercial work I do is architectural.  Recently, I was hired by an architectural firm to shoot several of their projects.  One of those projects was a nearly 200 year old building.  As you might expect with a building that old, there had been modifications done, there had been additions, there had been repairs and there had been settling over time.  The work my client had done was converting the structure from industrial to mixed use commercial/residential.  This included work on the exterior, cleaning up the brickwork, adding new –  but period looking – detail and the design work on the interior.

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The Puzzle – A Recent Commercial Assignment

Recently I was hired by an architectural firm to photograph four mural panels at a local college.  The architects had been engaged to do some redesign work at the school.  Part of the redesign included covering up the murals.  The murals are mixed media pieces and include some relief elements on two of the panels.

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