At the wedding exhibition at the weekend, I took along my new D3s (post on this to follow) to photograph our stand. While I was taking this photograph, a few other exhibitors asked me to take photographs. Richard Booth of Cars by Booth asked if I would take a photograph of his Bentley Flying Spur with Jane wearing a dress by Isabelle Randall.
This was a very quick shot taken with only one flashgun (SB-900) and there was no option to move the cars so it had to be taken where it was in front of exhibition stands which was distracting. Lukas, our Photoshop expert, cloned in the black curtains to create a far better photograph (in this case) to let the car and dress feature. Isabelle and Richard are both going to use it on their websites.
Lukas is our star but all of us at aberdeenphoto.com are skilled in Photoshop (Lukas, Greig, Andy, Charlie, and myself) and we all appreciate the amazing possibilities it affords us when creating images for our client’s. However we still, whenever possible, try to do everything in the camera. No amount of Photoshop skills can compensate for photographs taken badly in poor lighting. Every image we take (approx 100 000 per annum) has some Photoshop work done and most of the enhancements are included in the fees we charge. More extensive re-touching or any special requirements are charged on a time basis, but as we are all experienced utilising the best Apple Mac computers, we can do a lot in a short space of time. We charge re-touching at £15 for 15 minutes, £30 for 30 minutes, and £50 for an hour.
As well as re-touching our own images, we do often re-touch photographs or files for clients and other photographers.