Ottawa Image Retouching

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We like to capture products right the first time and shoot so that there is as little retouching as possible….but sometimes that simply is not possible.
Try as we might, these products were a couple of those cases in which we went as far as we could with light and knew that it was time to let Photoshop happen…

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Parliament Hill Chef

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I happened to be looking up some files and came upon these shots from a decade ago. This is Judson Simpson, Chef of the Parliament Hill restaurant. The first was shot for Air Canada`s Enroute mag about a decade ago and then a few years later I shot this group of Canada`s Culinary Olympic team using the same location. Yes, the winter shot was a bunch trickier, but these folks were real troopers that day.

I am reminded every day of what good fortune I have had to have enjoyed a career in the heyday of photography in Ottawa. Many clients, like Judson have been with us for a decade and some…amazingly…. for 40 years!

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Commercial photo retouching

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A lot of people don`t realize that in general, what comes straight out of a digital camera is not an optimal product. Digital files need sharpening for the
repro medium you are working in, color balancing and minor dust retouching all of which we call “basic post processing”. Beyond that, the sky is the limit. In this example for a local law firm we did a mild version of what is called HDR…Hi Dynamic Range compositing of three images to bring out detail in the scene. We will gladly sell our clients anything their heart desires…even RAW files, but 98% of our clients have us do the post processing…To put it simply…it`s what we do BEST.

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Ottawa Baroque Concert

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Shooting live music events can be a challenge. Dark old churches, the sensitivity of the audience and performers, as well as simply finding that angle that tells the story….I love it.

This was shot for a local group at Glebe St James Church….established in the same year as my studio building.

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Ottawa Jewellery Photography /Small Product Photography

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We shoot a lot of product photography, but small products like jewellery,tech and cosmetics are some of the best challenges. It is always gratifying to help small business clients compete in this marketplace we call the web. Photographing the products is generally a small part of the overall work. Generally it takes about half the time of the shoot to properly plan the look and how it fits not only technically but aesthetically within the various media the client is not only currently using but may use in the future.

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The Power of Images.

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Images work…strong images work harder.

I shot this for an artist to help promote his work in Nuit Blanche Ottawa. There were roughly a hundred artists who submitted their images to local media to get PR for both the event and their own particular exhibit. The three largest media all included this image out of the hundreds to choose from…I work with companies large and tiny to help them show off their wares. It still amazes me that most people do not realize the power of a strong image in a world swamped with weak images.
I can only imagine that is part of what separates successful people from failures…

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Ottawa River Scenic and Stock Photography.

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Ottawa is an incredible city…
Sometimes we forget this until we are shaken out of our routine by a simple boat ride. I rode along with my daughter on her last tour as the guide/narrator on Paul`s Boat Lines (no relation) My family have worked the Ottawa for over 300 years from being Couriers De Bois, Loggers, Lumbermen and now guides.I now add, of course…Photographers. The most famous was our cousin Joe Montferrand whose mother was, in fact, a Couvrette. Unsung was my great grandfather who was the foreman at the Booth Lumber yards for two decades.
For my part, I contribute to a number of Ottawa River based charities and of course take great joy in exploring the work of my friend John Ceprano whose art adorns the shore and my clients who run white water rafting ventures.
We are so lucky to have the river and I look forward to the continuing efforts to clean it up for future generations.

Meredith Brown - September 11, 2014 - 12:53 PM

Paul, thanks for putting your talents to work for the Ottawa River! I couldn’t agree more with your last statement : “We are so lucky to have the river”.

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