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Digital Power Wash with Photoshop

Recently while reviewing a draft of a video project, my client made the observation the store front was in desperate need of a power wash at the time the photo provided me was taken. The deadline was looming and there would not be time to get it washed and then shoot the picture.  I mentioned to them I may have a technique to improve the appearance and they agreed to give it a shot. The trick was to not make it look too obvious and retain the textures of the architecture.

There are always different ways to approach it. The building faces were rectangular panels so I chose to cut the panels into new layers and change the blending mode to screen. This significantly lightened the image areas while preserving the underlying textures. I adjusted the transparency of the layers as needed. Adding a mask and using the brush tool the effect could be cancelled in areas where not needed such as the trees in front of the building. The client was very pleased with the results and we lost no time toward the completion of the project.
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GEAR:

Lightroom 5
Photoshop CC
Final Cut X
Snagit Studio
BlogStomp

Retirement Revelry for Dr. Reddick

I recently had the privilege to be assigned to cover the retirement celebration for Dr. Reddick at UTHSCSA. It was impressive to hear the accomplishments and accolades spoken on his behalf by his colleagues, students and direct reports as well as the president of the college.

I had covered events at this venue in the past and this time I thought to take advantage of a mezzanine area above by placing an Elinchrom Digital Style 600RX strobe with umbrella secured to the hand railing with a Manfrotto Magic arm and super clamp. The location positioned this light source approximately 60 feet from the podium and 25 feet above the ground floor. Unfortunately the podium was positioned close to the back wall but I went ahead and placed a Canon EX600RT as far back as possible and set the remote to manual at about 1/16th power. This produced a slight hair / rim light effect that gave a little more separation from the background. The rear strobe was triggered with a Pocket Wizard MultiMax and output adjusted using an Elinchrom SkyPort.

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Recently I’ve started using a Gary Fong Lightsphere and have been pleased with the results.
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Photos by Joel Spring / RxDesign.com

Covering BioMed SA’s 9th Annual Julio Palmaz Award Banquet – presenting to Dr. Francisco Cigarroa

The Julio Palmaz Award for Innovation in Healthcare and the Biosciences was launched in San Antonio by BioMed SA, a non-profit corporation founded in 2005 to help grow and promote the city’s thriving healthcare and bioscience sector. The award honors individuals who have made significant contributions to advances in these fields. Dr. Palmaz accepted the first award, named in his honor, at BioMed SA’s Annual Meeting in 2006.

This year’s recipient is Dr. Francisco Cigarroa and here are some images from the celebration:

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Cick here for more information about BioMed SA and the Palmaz award.

 

In an effort to get better control over lighting I used a ratcheting tie down to steady and secure a lightstand to concrete pillars that happened to be in an optimum location. Securing them in this fashion eliminated a need for sand bags and removed the hazard of expanded base legs to passers by since this venue is tight on space. I faced two Canon EX600RTs toward the stage from either side of the main table and faced two toward the speaker and audience (~45 degrees) to get some light back into the audience for candids. The edge/rim lighting adds something special to the shots of the speakers on stage.

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Photos by Joel Spring / RxDesign.com

GEAR:

Canon 1Dx
Canon 600EX-RT
Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L EF II (USM) LENS
Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS EF II USM LENS
Canon CP-E4 Compact Battery Pack