Today, we turned Ingredient Masters Inc.’s business portfolio over to Scott Culshaw, owner, located in Cincinnati. The city is fortunate to have him; he could have moved the company anywhere in the world as he deals with multi-national corporations on a daily basis. He is a unique man with real faith and real family values and it shows in his endeavors; right down to the cups of coffee he personally makes at meetings! It’s rare to find, yet alone work with someone of that caliber. A few cross my mind, Barbara Lyons, Carol Law, Kathleen Garmany, Katie Spears, Mark Stucker, Russ Romme, Steve Barnett, Vicki Shelton – and the list goes on.
We are fortunate for these great role models from which we can base our own business. I’ve seen everyone of them put forth time, money and effort into helping others around them both through their business and by personal means where feasible. We wish Scott well in recovering from his recent knee surgery; rest and well-being are truly deserved!
Here are a couple screen shots of our work:
Throughout its 16 years of business, Vortex InterActive has had a variety of outstanding multi-media projects. Though photography and image effects (graphic design, touchup, and enhancement) are the company’s mainstay, we offer much more. This is one of the main reasons for our name rather than “_____name Studio” Vortex InterActive is where various imaging services come together in “Helping People Visually Communicate Incredible Ideas”. Over these years we have shot and produced dozens of videos, and for the first time we are making a Vortex InterActive exclusive so our customers can gain an accelerated understanding of the services we offer.
Vortex InterActive projects have included direct production in: 3D animation, virtual reality, interactive CD-authoring, musical score composition, audio work, music videos, television commercials, infommercials, logo design, web-design, web-sites, green screen, photos to playable DVD, photography of all kinds; weddings, couples, products, models, architectural, food, pets, and the list goes on.
Vortex InterActive past and/or present clients include: The U.S. Navy, Mitsubishi Motors, General Electric, Procter & Gamble, University of Cincinnati, Kroger’s, Gallerie USA, Christian Dior, Great Oaks, Kathleen Garmany & Platinum IV Salon, Blonde Dog Brewing, Cole & Russell, Grant County, The Graeter Family, Deb Knoske (Miss America, Miss USA, Miss Teen USA Pageant Photographer), John Kinsella CMC, FWMCS (World Master Chef), Kathryn Spear (Wellness Coordinator Spear Inc.), The Coy Taylor Band, and Buckeye Field Supply to mention a few that have entrusted us with their projects.
We service many outstanding inviduals throughout the year that make it nearly impossible to mention them all, and we are grateful for every one. It is our hopes this list will include “you” for choosing our services whether it be for a simple photograph or full video production. We enjoy what we do and we enjoy the people we work for: stay tuned to see some highlights of what we’ve done and what we can do for you!
Vortex InterActive has dealt with dozens of restorations and retouches throughout its 15 years of service. Some have been relatively simple with minor color and detail enhancements, others quite standard concerning the removal of beauty marks, and yet others more challenging with major elements torn and/or completely missing. Whether for color change, detail enhancement, modeling, magazine layout, funerals, anniversaries, preservation, or whimsical desire, you can rest assured you are receiving the best in the industry. We have even handled corporate photographs for Miss America Pageant Entries, Christian Dior, Galerie USA (Candy and Holiday Gift Supplier to Macy’s, Target, Wal-Mart, Graeters), Krogers and the like under this category. Photographic restorations and retouches are handled on a case-by-case basis in terms of cost. You can find an approximate cost listed on our pricing page to give you an idea.
“I have never seen anyone’s work as good as this! It’s perfect!” – Charlene Lane, funeral restoration.
Genious! You’re like the Houdini of photography; getting my photos out of a tough situation. Your work is brilliant!” – Joe Wolf, Van Halen Retouch.
You may or may not have been aware of our work, but if you’re within the Cincinnati region, most likely you have seen us…
For the past 6 months, our images have shown up on billboards across the Cincinnati Region for Great Oaks on major roads and highways as well as on Cincinnati Metro buses.
Last year, we did a full video production for their new website featuring 11 of their main courses which you can catch a glimpse of both (images and video) in our galleries:
Indeed, everytime a new brochure gets published, you are also viewing our images – Vortex InterActive is proud to have been on most of their front covers for the past three years as well as on cut-sheets and on banners throughout their campuses.
Contact Vortex InterActive for your digital imaging needs be it photography, Adobe lessons, or consultation: 513-432-4000.
When it comes to removing elements within an image, the clone tool is the first thing Photoshop users go for; and rightly so. Using it alone would be a mistake and all too often, this is the only tool people use. Sure it may look like fixed in the end, but fine details are what separates an acceptable image from an exceptional image or even a “believable” image.
I have learned several things over…the years that carried over from when I used to lay hardwood floors: sometimes even though a single board would fit perfect, I would cut it into smaller ones as well as looking for dark and light ones – were they grouped together too much? too little? It was a fine study of textures, tints and shades all working together to produce a stunning variation no matter where you looked; and it looked natural. Every time I had a local crew come in to sand for finishing, they were always amazed I had laid them myself: I have had several job offers to which this day I just smile.
I apply the same technique to my cloning and that is what separates Vortex InterActive’s work from the average. The clone tool does not stand alone, I also use the Spot Healing and Healing Brush when appropriate (away from edges). I use different blending modes and opacities to lighten and darken areas – fine details often overlooked. Feathering on my edges when I cut and paste. A variety of selection tools – lasso, polygonal, ellipse marquee using “shift” to add, “alt” to subtract. Every now and then, even adding matching film grain!
Another esoteric technique I use is peripheral vision – the same seasoned stargazers use – sometimes objects show up better staring off a little to the right or left instead of directly at it. The image is translated by from the back of our eyes with rods and cones that haven’t been “burned” by so much use, and as a result, one can see fine subtle details that are just a few shades or tints off; things show up better. All for making the believable and exceptional image such as shown in our Impossible “Hollywood” Shot.
A Basic Introduction to Digital Photography class is $180.00 for four 2-hour sessions totalling 8 hours of class time at our studio on 821 York Street, Newport, KY. The class meets once per week for one month. Class times vary as invdividuals are paired to accomodate. Classes can be in groups or private.
Contact us for more information or for specifics and rates on Specialized Classes that can be taken at our studio or in the comfort of your own home. We teach, but are not limited to, Animals, Commercial, Food, Flash, High Dynamic Range (HDR), Landscape, Model, Natural Lighting, Night Time, Macro, Portrait, Product, Studio Lighting, Wedding, Pets, Adobe Photoshop, Premiere, and After Effects.