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A Different Kind of Reshoot

by on Nov.01, 2010, under Photography

In the past, I’ve mentioned that I don’t mind reshooting old subjects if I missed something the first time or if I wasn’t completely happy with the technical execution – depth of fields wasn’t quite what I wanted or the framing could have been every so slightly better – but recently I’ve found myself doing a different type of reshooting. Since upgrading my camera and lenses this year, and since being so impressed with the quality improvement I’m getting with the new equipment and some changes in my processing workflow, I’ve been reshooting to get higher quality versions of existing photos. The difference in sharpness between the old Sigma 10-20mm and the Nikon 14-24mm is very noticeable and the 1 stop bracketing I’m now doing for my HDRs is definitely allowing me to create cleaner images that should print as large as I would ever want. Previously, I pretty much assumed that people would not want prints larger than 36″x24″ but I’ve handled orders for two 50″ prints in the last couple of months so I guess larger sizes are in demand after all.

I have several examples from last weekend’s Space Center Houston trip where I reshot exactly the same composition and I’ll post these later. For the time being, here’s an example where I was reshooting for both quality and composition. I love the detail in the new shot (on top) and the fact that it’s less obviously a mock-up since you can’t see quite as many plexiglass panels and “audio tour” reference numbers. Talking of size, I sent a quote to a customer in France a few months who wanted to use the bottom image printed 15 feet wide to cover an office wall. I wonder how the new version would look at that size? You can click through either image and access the original file to take a closer look.

Shuttle Cockpit, Space Center Houston

Shuttle Cockpit, Space Center Houston

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