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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Nuit Blanche Ottawa 2014/Christopher Griffin promo photography.

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I shot these for Ottawa artist Chris Griffin to promote his work in the 2014 Nuit Blanche Festival in Ottawa. Having the widest cyc wall and the longest floor space run of a studio in Ottawa allowed me to create this in one shot. The antique canoe was roughly 15 feet long and yes, we do have a double set of cargo doors that allowed us to bring the canoe into our Gladstone studio. There would have been no way to shoot it on standard 8 foot background paper and comping it together would have been a nightmare.

I believe the canoe to be of 50`s or 60`s vintage and I chose to light it slightly warmer than real life to contrast the blue background I created with light…Virtually no photoshop, other than comping the shots together…What can I say. I am old school that likes to shoot it right the first time.

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