About The Images
One of my greatest flaws through the years has been the failure to
thoroughly photograph each project following its completion. In fact,
the first two or three years of work went completely undocumented. Eventually,
realizing my mistake, I would at least try to take a snapshot in the
shop, outside on the lawn, or possibly at the client's home upon delivery.
Needless to say, very few of these photos are of sufficient quality
to merit serious consideration.
Working in large format as is my preference, requires dedication, time,
proper lighting, and a sizable budget; none of which were obtainable
to me, having just starting out in business. The images I selected for
the site, therefore, mainly had to meet one simple criterion - they
had to be reasonably editable in Photoshop. Fortunately, small compressed
graphics on web pages can be very forgiving of casual editing. Out of
this collection, I then had to select the group which I felt best represented
the variety I wished to illustrate. Of the hundreds of photos I began
with, I estimate that less than five percent actually made the cut.
The largest percentage of these were again 35mm snapshots. Several were
from more carefully composed medium format film, while two or three
were from more recent large format chromes. A number of the small format
negatives were professionally scanned at a local photo finisher. All
of the medium and large format films were scanned here using a Heidelberg
Linoscan. The jpeg compression factors selected were a bit overzealous,
but I wished to use slightly larger images than typically seen online
and chose to trade off size for a bit of clarity.
One of my main considerations was uniformity of the graphics. Such
a menagerie of images needed to be made more consistent in appearance.
The result for some, was a slightly contrite background or shadows that
never really existed. Still, this was far superior to seeing the neighbor's
trees, or the shop's ancient workbench in the background. Having learned
the lessons of the past, I now have a collapsible product table, background,
and lighting equipment almost permanently set up. I can properly photograph
every project at any stage I wish.