Stockton Globe - Digital Historic Conservation & Recreation
Shedding some light on the amount of care and attention we spend preparing our background photography.
We are very pleased to see the revival of Stockton Globe is nearing completion.
When we see photographs of the newly refurbished theatre it reminds us of how sad the old building looked in 2019 when we photographed it for our marketing images.
By comparing our finished images with our original background photographs we can appreciate the amount of careful restoration work that has been carried out on-site, although by the nature of restoration work, this usually goes unnoticed. Similarly, the amount of digital photo editing work we did to make the old building look great again can also go unnoticed when we see the final marketing images.
In the same way that real world historic conservation and restoration work involves a lot of careful repairing, replacing and making good the existing building, we carry out our own digital restoration work using our digital editing software.
We spent a large amount of time digitally repairing the existing theatre and surrounding buildings within our photographs. Our aim was to make the new additions blend seamlessly with the existing photographs. This required colour grading the new areas and adding highlights and shadows to match the surrounding lighting conditions. We used photographs taken from alternative angles to clone, patch and paint over the areas hidden by scaffolding, hoardings, graffiti and dirt.
This editing work is always time consuming and requires patience as well as an understanding and love of architecture. We often spend many days preparing our base photographs before we can start to see the new vision appear. Clearly this careful work has an impact on the amount of time and cost necessary to create the final images, which can be overlooked or ignored when comparing the true cost and value of our imagery with others.
The new areas of cloning and infill need to be as detailed and sharp as the background photographs. This is only possible by using high quality and high resolution photographs, which is why we commission professional background photography for all of our planning and marketing photomontage imagery. On this occasion, the background photographs were taken by Lawrenson & Grebby Photography.
Once the digital editing and preparation work was complete we could superimpose our 3D model of the new theatre into the photographs to create the new Stockton Globe vision.