A picture of Skull Rock in Joshua Tree, California. It is a large rock that looks like the side of a skull. The sun is shining through a crack in the rock, which makes colorful streaks of light, which are called light leaks.

This image of Skull Rock in Joshua Tree, CA, has been optimized for the web, which means it has been compressed, hence the “banding,” or layered look, around the sun.

Photography

Starting at $250

The starting price consists of photographing one person at your location. It includes helping you strike the most flattering poses, and editing 5 digital images for social media accounts or videos. 

10 pictures are included in the video packages, taken at your location. These include headshots, full body poses, facility shots, and product photos for use in social media or in videos.

Click the Video Production page for more information about video production and packages

Photo Retouching & Restoration

What’s the difference between photo restoration and photo retouching? Photo restoration entails fixing a damaged photograph like the one on the right below. It is scanned in at a high resolution and then the damaged parts are reconstructed, as best as possible, to make the picture usable. Photo retouching is photo editing – enhancing a digital version of a photo to make it look better: cropping, removing items that detract from the subject in the image, re-coloring the image to make it more appealing. 

Retouching

Original: dark, poorly composed

Edited: cropped, made lighter

Original: dark, distracting fence and lights on the right

Edited: lightened, cropped in, added clouds, deleted fence and lights

Restoration

Restoring a photo means editing a damaged picture repair as much of the damage as possible, to try to restore it to its original state. This is an example of a wedding picture taken by an amateur. It has bad lighting, it is poorly composed, and it’s a bit out of focus.

First, I cropped the video to bring the subjects in closer. I used the “Rule of Thirds” to bring them to center-left. Then I stsarted to repair the damaged areas using the Clone tool in Photoshop. Then I experimented with color: black/white and sepia.

These are by no means perfect, but they would both work well in a video, memorial program, and/or book. There are still scratches and the lighting is still bad, but both versions look authentic (black & white and sepia). 

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