Phone: (415) 668-4372 Email: info@pipsqueak.com

Photography

and the Digital Darkroom

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Fashion shot of woman with hat

A fashion shot for a milliner.

Many photographers excel at producing effective imagery, but don’t have the computer skills necessary to create a digitally enhanced final product.

On the other hand, many computer artists are incapable of generating high quality original photographic imagery through traditional means.

Both traditional and computer expertise are required for a modern photographic workflow. Styling, lighting, and capturing an image is just the beginning. Retouching, masking, compositing, and grading are critical skills for a photographer today.

Photos for an elementary school science activity that uses Alka-Seltzer tablets as rocket fuel.

Photos for an elementary school science activity that uses Alka-Seltzer tablets as rocket fuel.

Detail from a poster of mammal skulls created for the San Francisco Zoo

Detail from a poster of mammal skulls created for the San Francisco Zoo.

Pipsqueak combines traditional photographic technique with state of the art digital photographic manipulation. We’re adept at Photoshop—we’ve been using it daily since version 2.0 (back when it came on floppies), and we use After Effects for compositing. Since we’re skilled at both photography and digital image manipulation, we can craft our photographic images so they work well when combined with each other or with digital imagery. And since we’re photographers, our digital work doesn’t have that computer-generated look.

Three science-related nature macro images

A leaf of a carnivorous plant—the sundew (Drosera binata) top. a sea anemone (Anthopleura xanthogrammica) above, left. And some mushrooms in our garden (Mushroomus unknownus) above, right.

Reticulated Giraffe head and neck skeleton
An assortment of bird eggs at proper scale
A food shot for Capellino Pasta.

For these product shots for Capellino Pasta, strobe lights were positioned underneath our large translucent shooting table.

A product shot for Capellino Pasta.
The image on the left, titled: After the Party, was shot on medium format Provia film and then scanned.  The image on the right, titled: Paris O'Connell, was acquired digitally.  Both were enhanced.

After the Party, left, was shot on medium format Provia film and then scanned. Paris O'Connell, right, was acquired digitally. Both were enhanced.

Product Shot for Pitch Dark Chocolate - Single Bonbon with Bag + Bitters
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Moody product shots for Pitch Dark Chocolates, an innovative Portland company.

For lighting, we use a Dynalite strobe lighting system for our still work and a tungsten lighting package (Lowell, Arri, Mole Richardson, and Dedolight) for our film and video work.

Our studio includes a large translucent shooting table, a Cambo camera stand, and an onsite HD reviewing monitor. Powerful Apple workstations with large retina-display monitors, a Wacom Cintiq retouching station, and an iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil are all part of our photographic equipment.