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Stewart Image and Nations Photo Lab Honor Fallen Hero Charlie Keating IV

May 7th, 2016 Comments off

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This week, a Navy SEAL was killed in Iraq, during an ISIS attack on a small Christian village near Mosul. A handful of American advisers were in the village at the time of the attack, and they were surrounded and cutoff by nearly 200 ISIS fighters. Charlie Keating IV led the SEAL Rapid Response counterattack to rescue the trapped Americans. The small SEAL-led assault team inflicted massive casualties among the ISIS terrorists, effectively destroying the attacking force. Tragically, during the violent 12-hour firefight Charlie Keating IV was killed in action.

Stewart Image was contacted by a friend of Charlie’s family to create a photographic tribute to be displayed at the Memorial Services and funeral of Mr. Keating. Stewart Image was provided a very small (480 KB) file, taken by a cell phone, as the desired image. Michael Stewart implemented extensive upsampling, noise reduction and several creative sharpening techniques to that original image. His extensive technical expertise generated an image suitable for a 16X24 inch canvas print. Stewart Image contacted our friends at Nations Photo Lab in MD to produce a rush print.

Mr. Rob Grant, their Accounts Manager and a fellow photographer, eagerly embraced the challenge of producing, mounting, framing and shipping to CA a 20X30 inch framed canvas print in less than 24 hours. They produced a superb canvas print with an extremely compressed delivery schedule. They then refused to charge us for their outstanding effort. Stewart Image wants to profusely thank both Rob and all those at NPL who worked so hard to meet this challenge for their thoughtfulness and generosity.

CNN has written an article on the incident and you can read it here.

Lansdowne VA Portrait Photography

February 8th, 2015 Comments off

We recently did four sessions of portraits in Lansdowne Va, within the Lansdowne Resort. We’ve done 23 of these portraits for SSP Ameraica at this point. It’s tough to get everyone together in a big company like this, so we have to reproduce the look time after time. We do like to have some variation in the backgrounds and poses we use, so they look nice when all displayed together.

Green Screen Portraits

April 13th, 2014 Comments off

We often shoot background images for our archive while on location for photography assignments.  We frequently use green  screen (chroma key) techniques to make a portraits and drop them onto images from our background archive. We have thousands of backgrounds & elements: buildings, skies, grass, bushes, etc. in our archive.  Many of the bushes and other elements have been isolated from their surroundings over the years for various projects.  You could say, the grass is always greener on the other side of Photoshop.  Placing portrait subjects onto random backgrounds does require finesse  to look natural, but we find this to be a compelling way to make interesting and flexible portraits.  See below green screen portraits of structural engineers:

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Timelapse Headshot Photography

September 12th, 2012 Comments off

We made “Motion Lapse” portraits for Salsa Labs’ Senior Management Team.  See the the way we used motion to bring the portraits to life:

Visit the website to see the motion:

Salsa Labs Management Team Page

Reston Portrait Photography

September 10th, 2012 Comments off

Here is a portrait of Lynn St. Amour. She’s the President and CEO of the Internet Society, which has offices in Reston, Va. We used shallow depth of field to blur the background and utilized the available light on the wall in addition to three of our lights on her. I like the soft lighting we created and the twinkle in her eyes.