Category Archives: Photo Retouching

Beauty and the Beast: Behind-the-Scenes of Shooting Product

Photography is many things: meaningful, informative, brilliant. The path to reach the end result however, doesn’t always have to be.

A tipped light. A couple cardboard boxes for support. Some tissue used to help bounce light…

Presto! A glamorous rotor!

If you need products photographed, give us a call at 734-929-2498 or reach us at info@chin-azzaro.com

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Contest: Senior Portrait Package

Aaahhh…memories of senior year. You take all your tests, you find out if you  “got accepted” to your first choice and of course, you plan what you’re going to wear for your senior photos. What if we told you that you had a chance to win a senior portrait session unlike anyone else’s? We specialize in capturing personalities in the most creative way.

One lucky winner will win the full package with us. Simply go to our Facebook page or email us at info@chin-azzaro.com and tell us why you deserve to win. (Parents, you can enter your son or daughter too)! Check it out and pass it along to all the Class of 2014 seniors you know (in the Ann Arbor area). Enter now through June 30th. But if you can’t wait to win and want to book your session now, see your choices below. Good luck!

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Teen Model Contest

Pan001We’re partnering with a client of ours, zoey + joey | Children’s Hair Studio and Boutique to endorse the new teen salon they’re putting in this summer. The teen salon will include private waiting area, Playstation 3 video games and extra goodies and package deals in the future. The winning model(s) will not only get a year of free haircuts but N will photograph them for the print campaign as well as a mini photo session the day of the shoot. Their parents will receive one retouched digital portrait to share or print as much as they please.

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If you know a photogenic teen (ages 11-18), send them to zoey + joey’s Facebook or our Facebook page for the details. The contest runs through June 30th. Good luck, everyone!

Rules: Rules: Winners will be notified by phone/email by 7/3/13. All models 17 and under must have parent signed consent to be photographed for advertisement publication and be available July 9th or Aug. 6th for the photo shoot. Prizes carry no cash value and cannot be traded for such. Photos remain the property of zoey + joey and can be used for future promotion. A year’s worth of haircuts is 5 per winner and expires one year from first haircut. A digital photo shoot will be taken by Chin-Azzaro | Art Consulting + Commercial Photography and one image will be retouched and sent to parent of winner(s). Winner(s) will be photographed and be seen in at least one printed advertisement in the local area. For questions, please email marketing@zoeyjoeystudio.com

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Latest Tribehaus Shoot : Three Lighting Set Ups, Three Looks

We’ve started shooting for Tribehaus on a regular basis and every week is an exciting chance to sharpen our creative processes. Last weekend we hit the nail on the head when we worked with model Maeve and collaborated again with make up artist Taryn Scalise of Tough Love MPD. Along with the “chief” of Tribehaus, Anna Bagozzi, the stars were in alignment because we had some of the most successful shots we’ve seen a long while. Don’t you agree?


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A New Partnership : Tribehaus | Photo Studio Group

Sunday we shot our first of many sessions for Tribehaus, owned by entrepreneur extraordinaire Anna Bagozzi. With its eclectic and trendy inventory, Tribehaus is an online presence unlike any other offering women’s fashion with plans to expand to menswear. Anna has turned the brand into an empire with her insane marketing skills. Check out her Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr pages.

For model shots, we required a studio space that would allow for flexibility and a seamless or cyc wall, a panel with rounded bottom corner to lend an infinite spatial quality to the images. Not only is it an incredibly brilliant concept, Photo Studio Group, is a community-based resource, offering their space and equipment at a fraction of what it typically costs. We just started our membership and we urge others to visit them as well. It’s better than any other scenario we’ve come across during our years in commercial photography.

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Every shoot depends on successful collaboration of the team. We were really lucky to have Amelia modeling. Not only does she have an incredible high fashion look, she was so personable and a breeze to work with.

No shoot is complete until you bring in hair and make up and Taryn Scalise is a master of both. She got us through two complete looks very quickly and was on hand to catch fly aways with the brush and lip stick touch ups between shots.

Amelia and Anna going over logistics on the set.

Anna from Tribehaus, Nick from Chin-Azzaro and Taryn from Tough Love MPD

We can’t remember the last time such a production went so seamlessly and we can’t wait to do it again. In the meanwhile, support our partners and let us know if you have any questions about buying from, visiting or hiring our friends. See you next week!

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Digital Retouching: A Baseball Legend

It’s not often I get to work with history. The below picture came to me in rough shape in need of digital retouching. When you have a fragile situation like this, you can have the photo professionally replicated so that you can enjoy the copy while the original is preserved in a safe and acid-free environment. The second option, is to have the photo looked at by a conservator and framed under museum quality glass which allows little to no UV rays to harm the image. Each case is different and we can assist you in the making the best decision for your situation.

This photo is particularly significant as it’s of a minor league team coached by baseball legend Johannes Peter “Honus” Wagner, circa 1922.

One of the first steps was to remove the tape. To do so, I matched the yellowed color left by the tape to the rest of the image. Then it was a matter of hiding the lines left behind.

Then I had to borrow, cheat and steal… from existing areas in the image. This can be tedious as it not only requires a firm grasp of Photoshop, but painting skills as well. I had to create image where it had been worn away and then make it believable.

Something that should be applied throughout is to PAY ATTENTION TO DETAIL! Below I added the column to match the one on the right side of the picture. With a big tear and tape covering most of the original, this was a matter of artistic license. A few things to keep in mind are symmetry, perspective and light direction.

Once I had the photo section satisfactory I was ready for the text. Again, removing the tape was first, followed by some blending. Next was adjusting the overall tone and then it was a matter of cleaning up the text.

Here is the final product. The client was happy, what do you think?

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