Friday, August 28, 2009

Restoration Plus Imagination

Our friends at PhotoWalkPro ( recently did a post about a terrific photo restoration job they did. You can see that particular post, the restoration, and an idea as to how they did it here.

So let it be made perfectly clear that they did all the really hard stuff with the scratches and entire chunks of missing image (but I have done some work like that in the past). However, I decided that perhaps the job could be taken just a little bit further. So I tried a color-correction to remove most of the sepia effect and then did a manual colorization. Now, I have no idea what colors the people in the picture were actually wearing, so, in terms of accuracy, PhotoWalkPro was probably absolutely correct to leave it where they did.

That being said, I like where I ended up. Here is where PhotoWalkPro ended and where I started.

And here is where I ended up.

So, although I think this process can be taken further to truly maximize the overall effect (and I just wanted to show-off a bit), I know why PWP stopped where they did, and I'm certain that their client was thrilled with the authenticity of the restoration job.

If you have mildly damaged pictures or images with simple color casts, let me know. Perhaps we can bring those memories, that personal history, back to life!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Noah Camera Holster

Check out this interesting bit of gear from Brian Noah. It's a newfangled camera holster that you can find at

Friday, August 21, 2009

and the winner is...

The results are in! We've drawn a winner of the free engagement photo shoot from entries we received at the East Valley Bridal show in Mesa last Sunday. The winner is....

Caron Poole!

I want to thank Caron and all the other participants in our giveaway. But please, don't be disheartened if you didn't win. I have a special offer for you. An RWP engagement photo shoot is valued at $200. But for you, as a special consolation prize, half off! That's right, an RWP engagement photo shoot up to two hours long for only $100!

Contact me at or call 480-252-2787 to schedule a shoot. Only $100 is a remarkable deal and a great way to get to know me and my work before you take the plunge of deciding on your photographer. Thanks again for entering the drawing, stopping by our booth, and considering RWP!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Fun In A Flash

So.... of course you want a professional photographer at your wedding. It just makes sense. But you know what else is a great idea? And makes laughter and joy? A photobooth! The terrific folks over at Fun In A Flash rent out amazing old-school photobooths with some wonderful small twists. Like customizing the photostrips with words or a logo, 2 strips for each set of pictures (1 for the subjects and 1 for your scrapbook!), CD of all event pics, and more. Check them out at or call them at (480) 620-3728. And be sure to check out the pics of Dawn and me below. As if I needed the jester's hat to emphasize my silly side!

Check Friday for free engagement shoot winner!

NOTE: Friday, August 21 at noon we will draw a winner for the free engagement shoot offered at the East Valley Bridal Show on Sunday. Check this blog on Friday to see if you are the lucky winner! Good luck!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Dawn workin the bridal show...

Dawn saying hello to all the eager brides....

Sunday, August 16, 2009

East Valley Bridal Show

Dawn and I worked a booth at the East Valley Bridal Show at the Mesa Convention Center today. We met a lot of very nice brides-to-be, a few swell grooms-to-be, and a lot of very patient parents!

We want to thank everyone who stopped by the booth, other vendors that we had a chance to meet, the organizers of the show, and all the friends and family that helped make it happen!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

beaming bride

from the Lerczak/Beck wedding....

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

projection technology, applied and projected

Today Chase Jarvis was talking about multimedia, especially projection, presentations. Here is a terrific example of an actual projection show.

Projection on buildings - Live performance from NuFormer Digital Media on Vimeo.

and here is a faux-presentation showing what the same company thinks is possible in the medium.

Projection on Buildings from NuFormer Digital Media on Vimeo.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

dslr video

Take a look at this video. In terms of content, it's just a crappy Ralph Lauren ad, but I want you to look at the cinematic quality of its production. And then I want you to know that it was all shot on a Canon 5D Mark II. A DSLR still camera that just happens to have full high-def 1080p video capability. Unbelievable. I never really had any aspirations to shoot motion pictures before, but this kind of thing (and there is getting to be a lot of it out there) is making me think twice.

The dreamy quality of shallow depth of field. I've been doing more and more shallow depth of field work with the still photography, but now take that same nifty fifty lens and shoot video. The possibilities are limitless... from Camille Marotte on Vimeo.

Monday, August 10, 2009


Spent some time this weekend playing with images from Julien and Theresa's wedding from back in '07. I particularly like this new edit of this shot of Theresa.

Saturday, August 08, 2009

new pocketwizards

I know we've talked about the new pocketwizards before, but, since I don't have any yet! I'm going to go on and on about them. Hopefully I'll get a mini and 3 flexes by Christmas to add some flexibility to those spring weddings. Here's a great little video introduction to the devices by Mark Wallace.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Saturday, August 01, 2009

all about the aussies

I admit it, this week I'm all about the awesome Australian Shepherds. These are really great dogs!