Posts in Retouching
Image Compositing 101: How to Apply the Awesome Sauce

Chances are you’ve seen composited images hundreds of times without even realizing it. Ever see an image of a squirrel sitting on top of a cereal box? Or a woman in front of the Eiffel Tower sipping tea?  It’s likely that a photographer was not so fortunate to get a squirrel to agree to sit in just the right position atop the box. It’s also likely that there wasn’t the budget available to actually shoot in Paris. These are the types of situation where compositing a photo makes perfect sense.

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How We Did It: The Tempest Composite

Compositing images can be very difficult. Imagine taking 20 different images and combining them in a way that creates a new and totally different image.  Those 20 original shots may be taken at different times of day, with different cameras, from different heights, with different light sources, and different color balances and so on. Not only do you have to cut out tiny pieces of each photo and painstakingly put them all back together into a new photo - but you also have to make sure the color, lighting, perspective etc... all match - so there's no signs that the image is fake. All of this work goes into the image before you can even begin the "normal" retouching that needs to be done.

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A Conundrum Among Colleagues: Is Retouching Bad?

By now, you’ve seen them: the (in)famous non-retouched photos of Cindy Crawford and Beyoncé. When these photos started circulating the web, people spoke up. They commended the women for being brave, for being real, and for not using Photoshop to retouch their faces and bodies. Seeing as though TRG is a photography studio, we obviously had our own opinions on the controversy.  

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Walls of Awesomeness

TRG Reality is a highly professional photography and CG studio that specializes in some of the most stunningly beautiful photography and computer generated imagery you will ever see in your entire life. All of TRG's employees take their jobs very seriously and are incredibly professional...when they have to be. One thing we do best is balance our workload of producing fantastic artistry all while having a lot of fun, and nowhere in the studio is that more evident than in the Digital Department. As soon as you take one step through the wood and glass double doors, you are instantly transported to a wacky world of artistic expression. Your eyes may not know where to focus first as they scan the walls covered in zany weirdness, so here’s a guide to the 12 items displayed in Digital that deserve a little extra attention.

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TRG Reality Has a Spectrophotometer and We'll Use It!

In the “olden days of film” it was the professional photographer’s responsibility to give their clients transparencies that had perfect color. It was easy to hold it up to a light table and know if the color was right or not. But of course you can’t do that with a CD. And to make it even more frustrating, most photographers don’t take responsibility for the CMYK color accuracy of their files, saying that’s the printer’s job.

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