Retouching Photography Services, Architecture

You want your marketing photos now but the weather doesn’t co-operate or you are still under construction what do you do?

Hire me. 🙂 I provided 50 architectural photos for Ashton Woods homes in Atlanta when it rained for 2 days and then frost covered everything for the next 2 mornings. I got all the shots during the 4 production days scheduled. Then I spent a few days retouching. Aside from what I normally do, which is to remove the sales office and trap fence, I had to remove puddles, wet streets and cover bare trees and dead grass. The Photoshop terms are compositing, layering and masking.

For the images shown here I had to recreate the garage door which was mostly covered with bushes and bare tree branches. (There were no completed models of this elevation in the new community.) Once the landscaping was removed I had to redraw the rest of the door. Then the door was copied twice to cover the other garage entrances. I removed much of the landscaping and signs and added 2 driveways. I melted the frost off the roof by cloning good roof tiles. I removed the bare tree branches on the left and added leaves to a few trees in the background. I brought the dead grass back to life and added some new sod.

woodstock_knoll_greenville_front_final__72dpiAshton Woods’ customers  will buy THIS home, not the sales office.

Retouching architectural photos is just one of the many photography services that I offer. I retouch portraits and product photos as well.

See more samples in the “Retouching” Gallery here.

Video Production in Spanish

PSA 30 Spanish.Still002 at 800pxls wI recently produced and edited a TV spot for the Special Olympics in Spanish. Although it brought up many challenges for me since I don’t speak Spanish I completed the project by hiring the right people. First, I had the script writer deliver a shortened script because it takes longer to say the same thing in Spanish as it would to say it in English. Then, I hired Betina Frisone to translate the script ( Her contract included approving the final video. I found the voice over talent at A Foreign Language Service. Before we recorded the VO he listened to the English video to replicate the mood of the video and to mark words that needed special emphasis. We recorded both the long and short version of the script, He said the English first, then in Spanish so I knew where to drop it into the timeline. More than 50% of the lines came from the shortened script to fit in the 30 second commercial. In Premiere Pro the sequence was duplicated, I left the audio track in for the English VO so I could match it with the Spanish track then I deleted the English VO track. I remixed the music and ambient sounds so they would not be competing with the new VO and changed the text to Spanish. Betina approved the final version and I output the media for the client. It’s a slow process to complete a video production in Spanish but doable. Watch both English and Spanish versions here.

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