Photoshop before and after images by Rich Quindry
Because we buy with our eyes, better photos always win. It’s only a question of who has them.
The vast majority of photographers and graphic designers are only familiar with a minimal number of the tools and commands that are available in Photoshop. Rich is both an internationally recognized commercial photographer and a Photoshop expert. This provides enormous advantages to his clients, both in the speed of delivery and reducing costs. His extensive experience as a commercial photographer and his Photoshop expertise provide him with a wealth of approaches to choose from to achieve the desired image.
Almost all of Rich’s images have some enhancement done in Photoshop and other applications. Below are some before and after images that illustrate some of his capabilities.
Extraordinary results require extraordinary means.
Clubhouse for an apartment complex
The only other way to do this is to completely light the inside of the building with studio flash units that are triggered remotely by radio. This requires a crew and much more time to set up and break down. Even then, it’s extremely difficult to get the lighting to feel natural.
Optical equipment for a trade show display
Rich was given a prototype to photograph for use in a trade show display. The prototype was rushed out and lacked the desired fit and finish that the final product would hopefully have. When you blow up a photo for a trade show display the camera sees flaws that often aren’t very noticeable to the naked eye. Enhancing in Photoshop is a must if you want images that are at least as good as your competitors.
Watch image composited in Photoshop
Ad for oil company merger.
It takes more than what a product photographer or a Photoshop expert alone can do to get these results. Usually for advanced projects like these a photographer will be teamed with a Photoshop expert with the Photoshop artist being present at the photoshoot and the photographer overseeing the retouching. This doubles the amount of man-hours that are required when one person can do it all.
Image of a wound care product
The before image shows what Rich was given to photograph.
Ad for a diner
He was going to start renovations immediately, but had Rich add them to the photo so that they would appear in the ad that would be in the next issue.
Product photo for an ad
This digitally enhanced photo was composited from four images: the flashlight by itself to light the product to best advantage; the model holding the flashlight in the same position; a shot for the forward beam and the last for the rear lights. They were then composited in Photoshop, including moving the switch down ever so slightly so it was visible below the fireman’s glove. Then additional work was done to fade the image into darkness to allow for white text; subdue the red in the bottom of the fireman’s coat; stretch the coat under the light; and enhance product details.
The above image shows one of the images used in the composite. Since Rich is a Photoshop expert he was able to plan out exactly what and how everything needed to be photographed to achieve the final result.
Industrial mixing unit
Working on infrastructure
He climbed down into the pit while the men had paused to rest. He placed them where he wanted them positioned and instructed the jack hammer operator to just use it for a few seconds so as to not get too much dust into his lens. As it happened, he was on solid rock and there was hardly any dust created at all. No matter, Rich used his expert skills at Photoshop to re-create it.
Industrial site still under construction
Rich drove to the site and found that the landscaping wasn’t finished. In addition, the tree closest to the camera was dead. He knew that these things would be taken care of before anyone interested in buying the property would arrive, but the marketing materials couldn’t wait. The leaves on the dead tree were hand painted by Rich in Photoshop.